River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Dijon
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Dijon/Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune
Enjoy a free morning to explore Dijon. Opt to visit the Ducal Palace, the local market or go for a mustard tasting. In the afternoon, travel to St Leger and embark the Daniele. Raise a glass to the beginning of your river adventure. (B, D)
Day 3 Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune/Chagny
Enjoy a quiet morning on board or opt to walk in the vineyards of Santenay and indulge in a wine tasting. Enjoy lunch on board while watching the quaint countryside go by. Continue cruising to Chagny. Explore the village and woodlands in the area.
Upon arriving in Chagny opt to enjoy the surrounding lush greenery on a nature walk, sit down for a coffee at one of the many quaint cafês in town, or take a taxi to a local winery. Tonight, consider dining tonight at the famous Michelin-starred restaurant in town, Pierre & Jean. (B, L)
Day 4 Chagny/Chalon-sur-Saône
Cycle along the Côte de Beaune, stopping at villages and vineyards along the way. Visit a winery famed for Crémant de Bourgogne, a sparkling wine. This mostly flat ride is an ideal way to experience quintessential Burgundy.
Known for the fine quality of white wine, the Côte de Beaune region is especially famous for their wines produced using Chardonnay grapes. Learn about the complexity of grape growth in this region, and how these conditions influence flavour. (B)
Day 5 Chalon-sur-Saône/Saint-Jean-de-Losne
Enjoy an afternoon cruise along the picturesque Saône River toward Saint-Jean-de-Losne. Opt for a walking through the old part of town, or take free time to explore this town's quaint shops and cathedral square. Opt to enjoy dinner ashore. (B, L)
Day 6 Saint-Jean-de-Losne to Petit Ouges
Cruise along the canal during the morning before taking a walk along the Burgundy Canal. After lunch, relax as the barge makes its way to Petit-Ouges. Opt to cycle or walk along the canal as the barge makes its way to port, or relax on the terrace while watching the riverside life unfold.
If you chose to walk or cycle along the barge, this is an 8km route that takes you around the beautiful lush gardens of Château de Longecourt, a typical Burgundy castle, and finishes in Petit-Ouges where the boat stops for the night. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Petit-Ouges to Dijon
Depart Petit Ouges for a full day cycling tour through the Côte de Nuits region along the Route des Grands Crus, lined with lovely vineyards and some of the most picturesque villages in the region. Enjoy wine tasting in the quaint village of Vougeot before meeting barge in Dijon. (B, D)
Day 8 Dijon
After breakfast, catch the group transfer to the train station in Dijon. Tour ends on arrival.
Trains departing from Dijon can be booked after 10am and flights from Paris can be booked from 7pm. (B)
River Cruise Highlights
Cruise up the canals of Burgundy aboard the Danièle
Sip local wines and sample regional dishes
Cycle through villages and vineyards
Relax in the onboard Jacuzzi as the scenery glides by
All This Included
Blessed with some of the most gorgeous countryside in Europe, if not the world (not to mention perhaps the best wine around), Burgundy is a place everyone should explore at least once. And the best way to do it is from the deck of an ambling river barge. Visit small villages and first-rate wineries, bike through forests and vineyards on a provided bicycle, and soak up the glorious sunshine, all with the help of a charming little hotel that goes where you go. You won’t get a better glimpse of Burgundy’s pastoral pleasures than this.
Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Foodie Moment: Cremant de Bourgogne Wine Tour, Rully Your Foodie Moment: Vougeot Wine Tasting and Cellar Tour, Vougeot
Wine, beer and non-alcoholic drinks included on board
6 nts aboard the Danièle canal barge
Cycling in the vineyards of Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits
Wine tours/tastings and cellar visits for Cremant de Bourgogne and Vougeot
Visits to Saint-Jean-de-Losne and Petit-Ouges
All transport to/from included activities and between destinations
Use of bicycles during shore excursions.
Aboard the Danièle canal barge (6 nts)
Hotel (1 nt)
7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners.
Transportation: Private vehicles, Danièle canal barge, bicycle, walking.
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
Accommodations on this Tour
Barge: Aboard the Daniele canal barge (6 nts)
Hotel (1 nt): Dijon, France: Mercure Dijon (or similar)
Small group experience; Max 22
Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
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