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Burgundy & Normandy Highlights
(National Geographic Journey)

17 days with G Adventures  Rating: Budget

River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Dijon
Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Dijon 
Enjoy an orientation walk in the morning to explore Dijon. Visit the Ducal Palace, the local market and the old town. In the afternoon, enjoy free time before transferring to the river barge and embarking the Danièle. (1B, 1D)

Day 3 Dijon/Longecourt-en-Plaine 
Cycle to Gevrey-Chambertin, a small but well known Burgundy village. Enjoy wine tasting at the Château de Marsannay and continue to Côte du Nuits before meeting the barge in Longecourt-en-Plaine. This mostly flat route is the best way to see quintessential Burgundy. (1B, 1D)

Day 4 Longecourt-en-Plaine/Auxonne 
Start the day with a walk around the beautiful grounds of Château de Longecourt, a typical Burgundy castle. Continue the morning walking along the canal stopping in small villages and looking at the various locks. Enjoy the Burgundy canal as we walk a 10km (6.2 mi) stretch of the canal between Longecourt and St-Jean-de-Losne. Embark on the barge to continue towards Auxonne. Upon arrival, take a short train ride to the charming town of Dole for dinner and free time to explore. (1B, 1L)

Day 5 Auxonne/Seurre 
Have a relaxing morning on board, or take some more time to wander around Auxonne. Continue on to Seurre with some free time to explore this quaint town on your own. (1B, 1D)

Day 6 Seurre/Verdun-sur-le-Doubs 
Spend the morning discovering the area around Seurre on foot before returning to the barge. This afternoon, take in a presentation by a local winemaker and enjoy a horizontal tasting. Continue towards Verdun-sur-le-Doubs with free time to explore. (1B, 1L)

Day 7 Verdun-sur-le-Doubs/Fragnes 
Enjoy a full day of biking through vineyards and villages along the Canal du Centre. Stop in the charming villages of Chagny and Santenay along the way. Enjoy wine tasting at the Château de Marsannay, followed by a stop in Meursault for an optional lunch before returning to the barge in Fragnes. (1B, 1D)

Day 8 Fragnes/Paris 
Transfer to Beaune, the historic wine capital of Burgundy. Enjoy a tour with a docent, exploring the Hospices of Beaune, a charitable hospital that has been funded by the annual wine auction for over 155 years. Delve into history and discuss the relationship of the hospice with the powerful wine merchants of Burgundy. Enjoy some free time to explore before catching the train to Paris. (1B)

Day 9 Paris 
Explore the historic covered Marché d'Aligre with a local chef and food expert. Rarely visited by tourists, this market is where locals come to shop for food. Meet vendors, enjoy tastings, and learn about the history of the market and the specialties offered here. The afternoon is free to explore the city on your own. (1B)

Day 10 Paris 
Enjoy the day free to explore Paris. Opt to visit museums, shop or take a river cruise. (1B)

Day 11 Paris/Bayeux 
Depart for Giverny to visit Claude Monet's Garden, inspiration for the artist's water-lily series and named as one of National Geographic's "top 10 most magnificent gardens in the world." Continue on to the pretty port town of Honfleur for a walk with your CEO and some free time. Arrive this evening in Bayeux and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local crêperie. (1B, 1D)

Day 12 Bayeux 
This morning we immerse ourselves in WWII history with a local, accredited expert. Begin with a lecture on the Allied invasion and visit a museum to view and handle WWII relics including vintage weapons, uniforms, and maps. Then board a WWII transport vehicle to visit Secqueville-en-Bessin War Cemetery to learn the significance of poppies, the ultimate emblem of military sacrifice. This afternoon continuing exploring with our CEO, visiting Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, and the American cemetery and memorial. (1B)

Day 13 Bayeux 
Today enjoy an excursion to Mont-Saint-Michel, an island commune off the coast of Normandy. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the medieval fortress is considered one of the most stunning and imposing sites in Europe, with origins dating back to the 6th century. Take an orientation walk with our CEO then enjoy free time to explore. Opt to visit the abbey, monastery, or museums, or wander the winding lanes and cobblestone streets. (1B)

Day 14 Bayeux 
Enjoy a free day to explore Bayeux and its medieval centre. Wander its quaint streets to visit shops and cafes and opt to visit the cathedral and the famed Bayeux Tapestry. (1B)

Day 15 Bayeux/Paris 
Depart for the river port city of Rouen where we take an orientation walk with our CEO and enjoy some free time. Continue back to Paris where we visit the studio of renowned, National Geographic photographer Reza. Enjoy an exclusive behind the scenes tour with one of Reza's assistants to learn about his work in conflict zones around the world and how his stunning photos make it from lens to page. After, enjoy some wine and cheese in this artistic setting; if we are lucky, we may even get to meet Reza. (1B)

Day 16 Paris 
Enjoy a morning walk with our CEO in the medieval centre of Paris; the Île de la Cité. Opt to visit inside Notre Dame, and the Sainte-Chapelle. Afterward, take advantage of free time to explore the city. (1B)

Day 17 Paris 
Depart at any time. (1B)
Tour Map
All This Included
Combine a once-in-a-lifetime Burgundy river barge experience with the rich history of Paris and Normandy's WWII sites on a historical and gastronomical adventure you'll remember forever. Float by canal barge to medieval sites, quaint villages, and pastoral vineyards along the Saône, visit the Normandy beaches and indulge in plenty of free time to roam centuries-old cities, gardens, and grounds. France awakens all your senses.
  • Six nights aboard the Danièle canal river barge
  • Orientation walk of Dijon and Ducal Palace
  • Cycling in the vineyards of Côte de Beaune with wine tasting
  • Verdun-sur-le-Doubs walking excursion
  • Visits to Saint-Jean-de-Losne, Auxonne, and Longecourt-en-Plaine
  • Wine Talk and Horizontal Tasting
  • Cycle through Gevrey-Chambertin
  • Wine tasting at the Château de Marsannay
  • Côte de Nuits visit
  • Use of bicycles during shore excursions
  • Tour the Hospices de Beaune with a history docent
  • Paris culinary experience
  • Tour of Monet's gardens
  • D-Day Academy with recognized expert
  • Visit D-Day landing beaches, cemeteries and memorials
  • Excursion to Mont-Saint-Michel
  • Visit a National Geographic photographer's studio
  • Paris orientation walk
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • Aboard the Daniele river barge (6 nts), hotel (10 nts).
  • 16 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners.
  • Transportation: Private vehicles, Daniele river barge, bicycle, train, walking, antique WWII vehicle, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Accommodations on this Tour
Daniele river barge (6 nights)
Hotel (10 nights)
  • Small group experience; Max 22.
  • Age requirement: 12+. All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Allow USD $675-880 for meals not included.
  • Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

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