Quintessential Burgundy

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
  • Six nights aboard the Danièle canal river barge
  • Orientation walk of Dijon and Ducal Palace
  • Visits to Saint-Jean-de-Losne and Longecourt-en-Plaine
  • Cycle through Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits with wine tastings
  • Use of bicycles during shore excursions
  • All transport to/from included activities and between destinations

Highlights

  • Bike through vineyards and villages
  • Enjoy a burgundy wine lesson and tasting
  • Explore the historic hospices of beaune
  • Visit some local parisian markets

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 (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) 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 our 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 Excursion with Wine Tasting - From Dijon 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) Cruise along the Saône River before arriving to Chalon-sur-Saône. Take in a presentation by a local wine expert and enjoy a horizontal tasting on board. 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. Included Activities: Burgundy Wine Talk and Horizontal Tasting Transport: Danièle Riverboat
Day 6 Chalon-sur-Saône/Chagny (1B) Cycle along the Côte de Beaune, stopping at villages and vineyards along the way. Explore the vineyards of Chateau de Chassigny-Montrachet while stopping to sample some wines. This mostly flat ride is an ideal way to experience quintessential Burgundy. 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 Beaune Cycling: Chalon-sur-Saôn to Chagny Transport: Danièle Riverboat
Day 7 Chagny/Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune (1B, 1L, 1D) Arrive to Santenay. Enjoy a tour of the stunning Château de Santenay and indulge in a wine tasting from local wineries. 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 castle of Château de Couches. Included Activities: Chateau de Santenay Wine Tasting Transport: Danièle Riverboat
Day 8 Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune/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 (0.50 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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