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G Adventures: Burgundy River Cruise Adventure

Price: R 35,859.00

8 days, Dijon to Dijon.

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.

Booking Details For This European River Cruise

Selected departure dates: Prices per person sharing from:
April & May 2019 R 35,859.00 pps

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1: Dijon

Arrive at any time.

Day 2: Dijon/Fragnes

Enjoy a free morning to explore Dijon. Opt to visit the Ducal Palace, the local market or go for a mustard tasting. In the afternoon, travel to Fragnes and embark the Daniele. Enjoy a free morning to explore the capital of the 'Dukes of Burgundy'. Take time to discover the covered and open air market, the Old Town and the Ducal Palace. In the afternoon stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Day 3: Fragnes/Verdun-sur-le-Doubs

Cycle along the Côte de Beaune, stopping at villages and vineyards along the way. Explore the vineyard of Puligny Montrachet and Meursault while stopping to sample some wines. This mostly flat ride is an ideal way to experience quintessential Burgundy. Opt for lunch in town before returning to the barge near Verdun-sur-le-Doubs.

Day 4: Verdun-sur-le-Doubs/Seurre

Spend the morning discovering the area around Verdun on foot. Return to the barge and continue towards Seurre with free time to explore.

Day 5: Seurre/Auxonne

Arrive to St-Jean and visit the town. Enjoy free time to explore and opt for lunch in town. Continue cruising to Auxonne with time to relax on board and watch the idyllic scenery glide by.  Visit Saint-Jean-de-Losne, one of the capitals for the river barging world, located at a crossroads of waterways. The local cafés are still often occupied by regulars of the canal barges and riverboats, so grab a table and get to know the locals while enjoying a bite of lunch. Relax in the sunshine with a glass of wine, or opt to walk just outside the town to the local picturesque woodlands.

Day 6: Auxonne/Longecourt-en-Plaine

Explore Auxonne continuing to Longecourt. Walk along the canal and visit villages along the way. Opt to take one of the bikes from the barge and cycle to Longecourt. Opt to visit the castle and gardens or enjoy a coffee while the barge catches up. The charming little town of Longecourt-en-Plaine is easily accessible right from the canal. Wander through the quiet streets and enjoy tasting some local produce at the town hall. This is quintessential French village life at it's best, so soak up the atmosphere and practice your French with the locals!

Day 7: Longecourt-en-Plaine/Dijon

Enjoy a full day of biking through vineyards and villages to reach Dijon. Depart Longecourt and cycle to Gevrey Chambertin, a small but well known Burgundy village. Enjoy wine tasting at the Château de Marsannay and continue to Cote du Nuit before meeting the barge in Dijon. This mostly flat route is the best way to see quintessential Burgundy.  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. Cycle on to the Château de Marsannay for a wine tasting of some of the regions best wines.

Day 8: Dijon

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

Validity Valid for select departures in April & May 2019
Currency NB. Our prices are quoted in ZAR, and subject to exchange rate fluctuations.
Inclusions • Accommodation aboard canal barge (6 nights), comfort hotel (1 night)
• 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
• All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks on board are included throughout the whole trip
• Cycling in the vineyards of Côte de Beaune with wine tasting
• Verdun sur le Doubs walking excursion
• Saint-Jean-de-Losne visit
• Auxonne visit
• Longecourt-en-Plaine visit
• Cycling Gevrey-Chambertin
• Wine tasting at the Château de Marsannay
• Côte du Nuit visit
• All transport to/from included activities and between destinations
• Use of bicycles during shore excursions
• Private vehicles, Daniele canal barge, bicycle, walking
• Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
Exclusions • Allow USD 255-335 for meals not included
• Tips on board
• International flights and taxes
• Drinks and items of personal nature
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