Burgundy River Adventure

  • France

Cruise up the canals of Burgundy aboard the Daniele, sip local wines and sample regional dishes, cycle through villages and vineyards, relax in the onboard Jacuzzi as the scenery glides by.

Blessed with some of the most gorgeous countryside in Europe if not the world (not to mention perhaps the best wine around), Burgundy is a place everyone should explore at least once. And the best way to do it is from the deck of an ambling river barge. Visit small villages and first-rate wineries, bike through forests and vineyards on a provided bicycle, and soak up the glorious sunshine, all with the help of a charming little hotel that goes where you go. You won’t get a better glimpse of Burgundy’s pastoral pleasures than this.

was €1,9998 days from €1,329

(€166.17 per day)

Suitable for
All ages
Trip Code
EFLEDN
Travel Style
Marine
Service Level
Upgraded
Physical Grading
2 - Light
Trip Type
Small Group
Group Size
Max 22
Accommodation
Aboard the Daniele canal barge (6 nights), comfort hotel (1 night).
Meals
7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Other
  • 6 nights aboard the Daniele canal barge
  • Beaune and Chalon-sur-Saône visit
  • Cycling in the vineyards of Côte de Beaune with wine tasting
  • View more
    • Verdun sur le Doubs walking excursion
    • Cycling Gevrey-Chambertin
    • Wine tasting at the Château de Marsannay
    • Dole visit
    • Côte du Nuit visit
    • All transport to/from included activities and between destinations
    • Use of bicycles during shore excursions.

Day 1 Dijon

Arrive at any time.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

accommodation

Mercure Dijon

Day 2 Dijon / Fragnes

Depart in the morning from Dijon toward Fragnes. Stop in the enchanting town of Beaune along the way to spend some free time. Continue by private transfer to Chalon-sur-Saône and take a walk around its medieval streets. Transfer to Fragnes to embark on the barge. Raise a toast to your river adventure and sit down to your first dinner on board.

Leaving Dijon behind, travel to to the wine-making capital of Burgundy, Beaune. Considered to be one of the best places in the region for wine tasting, don't miss the chance to visit a Burgundy wine cellar. Opt to visit the iconic Hospices de Beaune, a medieval charity hospital known for its colourful geometric roof, and art collection.

Continue to Chalon-sur-Saôn where the town's half-timbered houses and baroque style cathedrals will make you feel like you've stepped into another time. Start your exploration in front of the Town Hall and explore the winding old streets, popping into quaint shops along the way. Opt to visit the Church of Saint-Pierre, the Museum Denon, or sit at a cafe and watch the local hustle and bustle.

Private Vehicle

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

free time

Stop in the charming town of Beaune en route to Chalon-sur-Saône. With its beautiful medieval and Renaissance buildings, the lively centre is perfect for a stroll.

Private Vehicle

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

free time

Get lost in the winding old streets of this medieval town.

Private Vehicle

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Optional Activities:

  • Hospices de Beaune Visit

    Founded in the mid 1400s, the Hospices de Beaune was originally a hospital for the poor. One of the buildings is now a museum with information about the hospital. Take in the fascinating architecture of the original building.

  • Burgundy Wine Cellars Visit

    Opt to take a stroll through one of Beaune's historical wine cellars to learn more about the wine culture of Burgundy.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 3 Fragnes / Verdun-sur-le-Doubs

Enjoy a full day of biking through vineyards and villages along the Canal du Centre of Côte de Beaune. Stop in the charming villages of Chagny and Santenay along the way. Indulge in a wine tasting at the Château de Marsannay, followed by lunch in Meursault before transferring back to the barge. Sit down to dinner on the barge.

Danièle Riverboat

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

Côte de Beaune Bike Ride

Cycle through the Côte de Beaune region, exploring the canal, vineyards and villages along the way. This mostly flat ride is an ideal way to experience quintessential Burgundy. Stop in the charming villages of Chagny and Santenay followed by a wine tasting in Chassagne Montrachet. Opt for lunch in the town of Meursault before returning to the barge.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 4 Verdun-sur-le-Doubs / Seurre

Spend the morning discovering the area around Verdun on foot. Enjoy lunch on the barge as you drift through the canals, continuing towards Seurre. Free time to explore upon arrival.

Danièle Riverboat

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

Optional Activities:

  • House of Wheat and Bread Visit

    Housed in a quaint 18th century building, this museum offers visitors the opportunity to learn about 70 years of bread making and harvesting. Tours offered in French.

  • Wine and Cheese Tasting

    Learn about the craft of cheese production and indulge in a tasting of two local wines, and four cheeses paired with bread.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 5 Seurre / Auxonne

Continue cruising to Auxonne with time to relax on board and watch the idyllic scenery glide by. Enjoy lunch on the barge before docking in Auxonne. Upon arrival, take a train to Dole and enjoy free time to explore the winding streets of this medieval town. Opt to visit the Collégiale Notre-Dame, or take a walk along paths through the Chaux Forest.

Danièle Riverboat

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

Local train

Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.

free time

Get out and explore this quaint medieval town.

Local train

Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.

Optional Activities:

  • Collégiale Notre-Dame Visit

    Erected in the 14th century, this church is a uniquely constructed hybrid of gothic and renaissance architecture styles.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 6 Auxonne / Ouges, France

Continue cruising toward Petit-Ouges. Opt to cycle or walk along the canal as the barge makes its way to port, or relax on deck while watching the riverside life unfold.

If you chose to walk or cycle along the barge route, visit the castle and gardens, explore the villages along the way, or enjoy a coffee.

Upon arrival into Petit Ouges, opt to take a hike along the scenic Circuit of Three Wash Houses.

Danièle Riverboat

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 7 Ouges, France / Dijon

Enjoy a full day of biking through the vineyards and villages along the Route des Grands Crus before reaching Dijon. Depart Petit-Ouges and cycle to Gevrey-Chambertin, famous for the Grand Cru Burgundy wine produced in the region. Continue on to a local winery for a wine tasting before meeting the barge in Dijon.

This mostly flat ride is an ideal way to experience quintessential Burgundy.

Côte de Nuits Bike Ride

Leave the river behind and cycle into the countryside of Gevrey Chambertin. Explore the small village located on the Route des Grands Crus in the Côte de Nuits. The town is famous for the Grand Cru Burgundy wine which is produced nearby.

Château de Marsannay Wine Tasting

Arrive at the stunning Château de Marsannay estate, sprawled over 28 hectares of vineyards. Learn above the history of Burgundy wine, its production, and the château's unique cellar architecture. Indulge in a wine tasting of a variety wines from the estate, while enjoying the view over the vineyard. Santé!

Danièle Riverboat

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 8 Dijon

After breakfast, catch the group transfer to the train station in Dijon. Tour ends on arrival.

Trains departing from Dijon can be booked after 10am and flights from Paris can be booked from 7pm.

Departure Day

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

If you're flying out of Paris today, please note that it is approx 340km away. The group will be dropped off at the Dijon train station in the morning – we recommend not booking flights until the evening to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

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