Burgundy River Cruise Adventure - Southbound

Marine, Dijon to Dijon

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

You could take a class to become a sommelier, or you could hop aboard a barge and take your wine education on the road – or water, technically. Explore Burgundy’s countryside villages and vineyards during this eight-day tour along the Saône River. Cycle through scenery that will make 40k (25 mi) feel like a breeze, soak in the local way of life around a deliciously-laid table, and explore the historic wine capital of Beaune. Don’t take notes, just taste them.

What’s included

  • 6 nts aboard the Danièle canal river barge
  • Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune cycling
  • Wine tours/tastings and cellar visits in Vougeot and Chassagne-Montrachet
  • Visits to Saint-Jean-de-Losne and Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune
  • Free time to explore historic Dijon
  • Use of bicycles during shore excursions
  • All transport to/from included activities and between destinations

Highlights

  • Visit burgundy’s wine capital: beaune
  • Cycle through incredible scenery between vineyards
  • Become a connoisseur with multiple wine tastings
  • Walk around the canal and the gardens of château de santenay

Itinerary

Day 1 Dijon Arrive at any time. Additional Notes: Please note that most flights arrive in Paris, approx 340kms away. There are frequent trains that run between Paris and Dijon – make sure to arrive in Dijon in time for the 6pm welcome meeting this evening. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Dijon (1B, 1D) Explore the capital of the Dukes of Burgundy. Dijon was once second only to Paris as a centre of power in France. Visit the Ducal Palace, the local market, and the old town. Transport: Private Vehicle (0.20 hour(s))
Day 3 Dijon/Longecourt-en-Plaine (1B, 1D) Depart Dijon 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 a wine tasting in the quaint village of Vougeot before meeting barge in Longecourt-en-Plaine. Additional Notes: Today's cycling route is moderately challenging, with a few inclined paths. E-bikes are available to rent upon request (limited availability - see the "About Transportation" section of the Tour Details page for more information). Included Activities: Côte de Nuits Cycling: Dijon to Vougeot Vougeot Wine Tasting and Cellar Tour Côte de Nuits Cycling: Vougeot to Longecourt-en-Plaine Transport: Danièle Riverboat
Day 4 Longecourt-en-Plaine/Saint-Jean-de-Losne (1B, 1L) You can rejoin the barge at any of the three locks along the way. Opt to use one of the bikes to ride ahead of the walkers. Included Activities: Saint-Jean-de-Losne Visit Transport: Danièle Riverboat
Day 5 Saint-Jean-de-Losne/Chalon-sur-Saône (1B, 1L) Sail along the Saône River take in picturesque scenes of local life on the shore. Spend a relaxing afternoon walking through the footpaths around Chalon-sur-Saône. Choose to do some shopping in town or relax on board with a glass of local wine. Transport: Danièle Riverboat
Day 6 Chalon-sur-Saône/Chagny (1B) 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. Upon arriving in Chagny opt to enjoy the surrounding lush greenery on a nature walk, or sit down for a coffee at one of the many quaint cafês in town. Tonight, consider dining tonight at the famous Michelin-starred restaurant in town, Pierre & Jean. Additional Notes: Today's cycling route is moderate with a few inclined paths. E-bikes are available to rent upon request (limited availability - see the "About Transportation" section of the Tour Details page for more information). Included Activities: Côte de Beaune Cycling: Chalon-sur-Saône to Puligny-Montrachet Chateau de Chassagne-Montrachet Wine Tour Côte de Beaune Cycling: Chassagne-Montrachet to Chagny Transport: Danièle Riverboat
Day 7 Chagny/Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune (1B, 1L, 1D) Arrive to Santenay in the morning and opt to take a walk around the village, or tour the grounds of the stunning Château de Santenay. Continue cruising to Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune. Enjoy lunch on board while watching the countryside go by. Upon arrival, explore the quaint village or visit the medieval Château de Couches. Transport: Danièle Riverboat
Day 8 Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune/Dijon (1B) After breakfast, catch the group transfer to the train station in Dijon. Tour ends on arrival. Additional Notes: Please note that most flights arrive in Paris, approx 340kms away. There are frequent trains that run between Paris and Dijon – make sure to book any onward travel from Paris after 7pm on this day. Included Activities: Departure Day Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours)
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