Canal de Bourgogne, Saone River, Canal du Centre:
Dijon to St Leger sur Dheune
Your heart of Burgundy Cruise offers a true taste of the treasures of Burgundy. This cruise offers an incredible abundance of interesting shore excursions by coach, on foot, by balloon, or by bicycle. This incomparable region is world-renowned for its exquisite cuisine and fine wine
Meet at the Dijon railway station on Saturday afternoon at 4:05 P.M.. We will then transfer you to the hotel barge located along the Burgundy Canal east of Dijon. Sip Kir Royale (with champagne) as we welcome you on board and introduce you to the crew. (Meanwhile, your luggage is quietly taken to your cabin.) After everyone is aboard we will continue cruising the canal to our evening mooring in Ouges. Before dinner there will be time to walk the tow path or bicycle to the next lock. Tonight you will enjoy your first gourmet dinner on board.
After your buffet breakfast aboard Caprice, our motor coach will whisk you to Dijon for a tour of this capital of Burgundy. Meanwhile Caprice continues down the Canal de Bourgogne. Passengers will return to Caprice for lunch and continue cruising along the canal. There are many opportunities for guests to walk along the towpath or cycle into nearby villages. This evening we will moor in St Jean de Losne, traditionally the center of barging in Burgundy. It is in St Jean de Losne that the Canal de Bourgogne merges with the River Saone. There is ample opportunity to walk through the village before dinner and stroll the quiet streets after dinner. There are hundreds of barges moored here in addition to major barge manufacturers. Live-aboard barge owners are abundant. It is a unique village.
This morning your guide will take you to visit Clos de Vougeot. Wine was produced here as early as the 12th century, by none other than the local monks. A private wine tasting follows before we return to Caprice. This afternoon we will cruise to Chalon sur Saone. Chalon sur Saone is the second largest city in Burgundy and has been an important trading center since Gallo-Roman times. There will be time to visit the beautiful medieval town center surrounding the Cathedral St Vincent.
Today we enter the Canal du Centre from the Saone through a lock with a 50-foot rise. We will cruise along an attractive winding stretch where a good towpath and fairly frequent locks give ample opportunities to walk or cycle the towpath. This afternoon we will have an excursion to the nearby village of Rully for a private guided tour of the 12th century Chateau. When we return to Caprice it will be moored in the lovely little town of Chagny.
Morning excursion to Beaune. Beaune is the wine capital of Burgundy and home to the magnificent Hotel-Dieu, a charity hospital founded in 1443. This monument boasts the finest Burgundian-Flemish architecture in the world. Afternoon cruise through the meanders of the Canal du Centre to moor in the midst of the famous vineyards of Santenay.
Today we navigate to the quiet village of Dennevy. Drive to Couches to visit the chateau of Marguerite of Burgundy, the beautifully preserved vestiges of a vast medieval fortress, followed by a tasting of the wines made here by Emmanuel Cayot, son of the owner. Ample time for walking or cycling today. Later we cruise on to the picturesque village of St Leger-sur-Dheune for a farewell gala dinner.
After breakfast, transfer to the Dijon railroad station. Arrival at Dijon Railway Station is just before noon.
Note: This is a sample itinerary: it is subject to modification in the case of unforeseen circumstances such as canal closures. The boat cruises in the opposite direction on alternate weeks. We may modify our overnight stops and excursions without prior notice in order to assure a consistently high standard of moorings and visits.
|Accommodations||Rate Type||Rate Amount|
|Single Cabin||7 night||2200|
|Stateroom per person||Regular||1700|
|Departure Dates (Saturday)||Rate Type||Route|
|April 14, 28 May 12, 26, Jun 09,23, Jul 07, 21, Aug 04, 18, Sep 01, 15, 29, Oct 10, 18||7 night||Avignon to Aigues Mortes|
|Apr 04, May 05, Jun 03, 16 30 Jul 14, 28 Aug 11, Sep 8, 22 Oct 10||7 night||Aigues-Mortes to Avignon|
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