Burgundy by River Barge

National Geographic Journeys, Dijon to Paris

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

There may be no more beautiful way to explore the countryside villages of timeless Burgundy than from a river barge coasting the Saône River. Drift from one stunning landscape to another, stopping to roam the region’s famous vineyards, ride bikes through its vast forests, and indulge in its unforgettable flavours. Then head to Paris for two nights of discovery for all of your senses. Experience the France of your dreams from the inside out.

What’s included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Burgundy Wine Talk and Horizontal Tasting, Chalon-sur-Saône National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Visit Hospices of Beaune, Beaune National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Local Market Visit with a Chef, Paris Hands-on: Côte de Beaune Bike Ride, Chalon-sur-Saône
  • Six nights aboard the Danièle canal river barge
  • Orientation walk of Dijon and Ducal Palace
  • Verdun-sur-le-Doubs walking excursion
  • Visits to Dole and Longecourt-en-Plaine
  • Cycle through Gevrey-Chambertin
  • Côte de Nuits visit
  • Use of bicycles during shore excursions
  • All transport to/from included activities and between destinations

Highlights

  • Learn about burgundy's renowned vineyards
  • Bike through the vineyards and villages
  • Stroll through the charming town of seurre
  • Explore the markets of paris

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) 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. Included Activities: Dijon Orientation Walk
Day 3 Dijon/Longecourt-en-Plaine (1B, 1D) Cycle to Gevrey-Chambertin, a small but well known Burgundy village. Enjoy wine tasting at a local winery 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. Included Activities: Côte de Nuits Cycling Excursion with Wine Tasting - From Dijon Transport: Danièle Riverboat
Day 4 Longecourt-en-Plaine/Auxonne (1B, 1L) You can rejoin the barge at any of the four locks along the way. Opt to use one of the bikes to ride ahead of the walkers. Transport: Danièle Riverboat Local train (0.25 hour(s), 16km) Local train (0.25 hour(s), 16km)
Day 5 Auxonne/Seurre (1B, 1D) 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. Transport: Danièle Riverboat
Day 6 Seurre/Verdun-sur-le-Doubs (1B, 1L) Spend the morning relaxing on 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. Included Activities: Burgundy Wine Talk and Horizontal Tasting Transport: Danièle Riverboat
Day 7 Verdun-sur-le-Doubs/Fragnes (1B, 1D) 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. Included Activities: Côte de Beaune Bike Ride Transport: Danièle Riverboat
Day 8 Fragnes/Paris (1B) 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. Included Activities: Visit Hospices of Beaune Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s)) Local train (3.00-3.50 hours)
Day 9 Paris (1B) 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. Included Activities: Local Market Visit with a Chef
Day 10 Paris (1B) Depart at any time.
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