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(Tour code: CDR18)

An all-inclusive Hotel Barge cruise along Burgundy, Saone and Canal Du Centre

Indulge in the scenery and produce of the famous Burgundy wine region of France along its picturesque waterways. We travel along the Grands Crus Wine Circuit for an authentic flavour of wine-rich France.

Highlights
  • Excursion along the Grands Crus Wine Circuit
  • Guided tour of Dijon
  • Sightseeing tour of Gray
  • Visit to the medieval castle at Champlitte
  • MS Jeanine
  • Timeless Meaux
  • Longecourt-en-Plaine
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • Optional Bag Concierge
  • All Inclusive Board Basis
    MS Jeanine

The Waterways of Burgundy 2018Tour Details

Print Itinerary
Day 1 Eurostar
Eurostar

London to Dijon

We meet in St Pancras at our dedicated Departure Office ahead of our Eurostar journey to Paris. From here we continue to Dijon by rail where we board our hotel barge, the Jeanine, for a six night cruise along the Burgundy, Saône and Canal du Centre. After a complimentary drink, we enjoy our first dinner on board.

Includes:
  • Dinner
Day 2 MS Jeanine
MS Jeanine

Cruising to Longecourt-en-Plaine

Dijon was first established as a settlement under the Romans, but was only ever of minor importance and had no established trading reputation. But in 1032, Robert the Old became the first Duke of Burgundy, and proclaimed Dijon as his capital. In this privileged position, the city enjoyed vast wealth and power and developed a rich cultural heritage.

Dijon was then situated on the 'spice route', and became known for its popular gingerbread and eponymous mustard. As the gateway to a number of vineyards, Dijon was also famous for the many wines produced in the Burgundy region. We delve into the history of this delightful city on a guided tour that includes sights such as the Palace of the Dukes and Notre Dame church. Afterwards we set sail for Longecourt-en-Plaine, our mooring point for the night.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Grands Crus Wine Circuit
Grands Crus Wine Circuit

The Grands Crus Wine Circuit

We cast off this morning and the Jeanine picks up the Grands Crus Wine Circuit on an excursion to the six villages in the area that produce the finest Burgundy wines. The 'road of the great wines' runs from Dijon in the north to Santenay in the south, and the route is punctuated by a collection of vineyards and attractive towns that have become prosperous with the growth of the wine trade in this region. Many of the vineyards in this region are quite small, averaging around 10 hectares, producing a small quantity of very high quality wine. Some of the best vintages require between 10 and 20 years to mature, further restricting the volume of wine produced. Following our time along this captivating wine route we return to the ship and continue cruising to Auxonne.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 MS Jeanine
MS Jeanine

Sailing to Gray

Continue sailing through verdant landscapes as our barge makes its way along the Petite Saône Canal to the town of Gray today. Perhaps relax on board and socialise with your fellow sailing companions as you soak up the scenic views. Alternatively you might like to take one of the available bikes for a gentle ride along the canal's banks.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Sailing to Gray
Sailing to Gray

Gray and on to Savoyeux

We disembark this morning for a guided tour of Gray, a riverside town with a history that dates back to the 7th century. The centre is a jumble of period houses from across the decades; here 18th century architecture sits happily, and quirkily, alongside 12th century fortifications and Baroque style chapels from the 1600s. The rest of the day is spent making the leisurely journey to Savoyeux, arriving early this evening.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Port-sur-Saone
Port-sur-Saone

Port-sur-Saône

Our day begins with a guided excursion to Champlitte's medieval castle. Occupying an important defensive position on the boundary line between both the Duchy and County of Burgundy, the castle has been a strategic stronghold as well as family home in its later years. The impressive external structure is complemented by the rustic décor, almost provincial in style. Tonight a special gala dinner is served, helping us celebrate such a memorable cruise.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Homeward bound

Return to London

Disembark after breakfast today, meeting your Tour Manager for the return journey to Paris where we join Eurostar service back to London St Pancras International.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Shore Excursions Shore excursions
Shore excursions

Included in your Tour

Dijon

Your time here is spent exploring this historic destination on a guided tour. Explore the Parliament District and experience the quaint medieval streets that snake across the city.

Grands Crus Wine Circuit

The 'road of the great wines' provides an excursion into the heart of France's famous Burgundy wine country. Wend your way past verdant vineyards and quaint, historic towns on a journey through the heart of one of the most revered wine routes in the world.

Gray

Enjoy a guided tour of this attractive town, well off the tourist track, and uncover the history of this Gallo- Roman settlement that surely lives up to its translated name of illustrious.

Medieval castle at Champlitte

A listed historical monument since 1909, this castle is also home to the compelling Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions .

Please Note More information
More information

Please Note

While most of the departures feature the itinerary shown, selected departures CDR1802 & CDR1803 have a slightly different itinerary due to high water levels. The alternative itinerary begins in St Leger and travels up to Dijon, and includes a combination of similar excursions. For more information, please call us on the number above.

 

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

What’s included
  • An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

    • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager up to embarkation & from disembarkation from the Jeanine
    • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
    • Standard Class rail travel throughout

    Comfortable accommodation in your destination

    • 6-night cruise on board the MS Jeanine

    Delicious meals included

    • 17 meals including 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners
    • All inclusive selection of complimentary beers, wines and soft drinks

     

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Night time river cruise of Strasbourg (subjet to availability)
  • Guided tour of Wingersheim hops path with a beer tasting
  • Guided tour of Saverne
  • Guided tour of Sarrebourg
  • Excursion to Haut-Barr Castle
  • Visit to Lutzelbourg Castle
  • A trip to the Inclined Plane at Arzviller
  • Visit to the Crystal Works

Enhancing your tour

  • Upgrade your Eurostar journey to Standard Premier Class for the discounted price of £75 per person each way (was £95 per person each way)
  • Luggage transport available from as little as £200 per person

This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Helen Laverack
Helen
Julie Pacalon
Julie
Kathryn Cambridge
Kathryn
The Waterways of Burgundy

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