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7 Day Burgundy Cruise along Le Canal De Bourgogne

Rich and refined, Burgundy is as elegant and enticing as the wines it’s world-famous for.  Drift past vineyards, stop at picture-book towns and stroll grand palaces – all from on board a luxury barge.




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Tour Highlights

  • Cruise on a floating boutique hotel along a peaceful, vineyard-fringed canal
  • Get a taste of Burgundy’s wine-making heritage at Château du Clos de Vougeot
  • Discover the citadel of Besançon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • 6 nights on board MS Jeanine, a boutique hotel barge
  • Experienced driver and tour leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Local guide in Dijon
  • Daily European-style breakfast (B) 5 lunches (L), 6 evening meals including farewell gala dinner (D)
  • Selected drinks during the cruise (water, wine, beer, coffee)
  • Selected local taxes
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Paris and Dijon

Day 2

Dijon and Petit Ouges

Day 3

Petit Ouges and Saint-Jean-De-Losne

Day 4

Saint-Jean-De-Losne and Dole

Day 5

Dole and Ranchot

Day 6

Ranchot and Besancon

Day 7

Besancon, Palace of Fontainbleau and Paris

Day 1

Travelling from Paris, we greet Dijon where we step on to our private barge with the crew waiting to welcome us.  While it’s all hands on deck for them, there’s a cocktail and delicious dinner to make us feel at home. And with that, our cruise is underway. (D)

Day 2

Back on dry land, this morning we enjoy a leisurely drive through a rural idyll, where row upon row of vines and honey-stone villages will have us thinking we’ve slipped inside a romantic landscape painting.  This is Burgundy, and when in Burgundy, it’s only right that we visit a historical icon of wine production.

On our barge once more, we depart for Petit Ouges.  On this tour, travelling to our destination is just as wonderful as arriving, especially with the green and pleasant landscape of the Saône Valley rippling around us.  As we go, we’ll enjoy both lunch and dinner on board. (B,L,D)

Day 3

Simply sit back in luxurious surrounds and take in some of France’s most sublime wine country, relishing lunch in between.  We arrive in Saint-Jean-de-Losne late in the afternoon – which allows time to take a walk or ride along the bike path before dinner at a local restaurant. (B,L,D)

Day 4

Waking on the water, we leave our barge moored alongside the riverboats lining the banks of Saint-Jean-de-Losne to saunter around its pretty streets.  We soon discover it’s boating heritage and characteristic Saône Valley buildings.  Back on the barge as we cruise to Dole, our afternoon destination where we share a meal at a local restaurant. (B,L,D)

Day 5

Before setting sail once more, we take some time to explore Dole and its charming town centre.  Lunch brings us back to our barge, then it’s off to Ranchot.  But you don’t have to cruise the whole way.  With bicycles on board for our exclusive use, you could swap the decks for dry land and ride alongside the canal on the bike path.  Once you’ve worked up an appetite, dinner tonight will be served on board. (B,L,D)

Day 6

There’s a leisurely morning in store first as we cruise further along the Canal de Bourgogne.  After lunch, we depart for Besançon via coach to explore the area at a leisurely pace.  Later, we’ll tour the Royal Saltworks, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before celebrating our final evening on the water with a gala evening dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 7

After a hearty breakfast, we bid farewell to our barge and look forward to our drive to Paris. (B)


Sightseeing Highlights

  • Bicycles available to hire
  • Return transfer from Paris to Dijon
  • Tour of Royal Saltworks
  • Trail of the Chat Perché tour
  • Entrance included to: Citadel of Besancon and Palace of Fontainebleau

Important Information

  • We pride ourselves on securing charming, intimate boutique accommodation for our guests.
  • On rare occasions, we may be required to substitute a property previously listed in our itineraries.  Please note that any hotel changes will be consistent with our high standards.

Tour Inclusions

  • 6 nights on board MS Jeanine, a boutique hotel barge
  • Experienced driver and tour leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Local guide in Dijon
  • Daily European-style breakfast (B)
  • 5 lunches (L), 6 evening meals including farewell gala dinner (D)
  • Selected drinks during the cruise (water, wine, beer, coffee)
  • Selected local taxes
  • Bicycles available to hire
  • Return transfer from Paris to Dijon
  • Tour of Royal Saltworks
  • Trail of the Chat Perché tour
  • Entrance included to: Citadel of Besancon and Palace of Fontainebleau

On the vast majority of our tours we travel by Mercedes or Mercedes Vito mini-coaches.  Think comfortable seats, air-conditioning and large windows for enjoying the view.  With the flexibility to go anywhere a car can, we take the smaller roads through beautiful scenery and get right to the heart of tiny villages and buzzing cities.

Along the way, your tour leader can offer intriguing insights about the sights we see over the on-board PA system and, with long drives kept to a minimum, you’ll have plenty of time to stretch your legs and explore sites for yourself.

Our accommodation, whether a rustic rural, old country estate, traditional villa or castle hotel, is carefully selected to always reflect the character and charm of the destination you are staying in.  Some properties are situated in a stunning setting or have interesting historical and architectural heritage; whilst others may be chosen for their owner-hosted welcome or excellent food.  Character is not a substitute for quality and comfort however and at all of our hotels you’re guaranteed an en-suite, a great night’s sleep and delicious food.  There is a choice of twin, double or single rooms and while room sizes in older buildings may vary, each room will have its own unique style and character.



FAQ’s

What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.



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