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Burgundy & Normandy Highlights

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 17 Days | Dijon to Paris
  • Group Size: Max 22

Trip Details

 

Discover France on a journey from Burgundy’s idyllic countryside to the lively streets of Paris and the coastal landscapes of Normandy. Float along the Saône River by canal barge, disembarking to discover the medieval castles, quaint villages, and rolling vineyards of Burgundy. Then travel to Normandy by way of Paris and Monet’s Giverny. Soak in the region’s maritime ambiance in the port town of Honfleur, climb Mont-Saint-Michel’s imposing fortress monastery, and take a walk across Omaha Beach. Our journey ends back in Paris, with plenty of free time to immerse yourself in this City of Lights.

Trip Highlights

    • Visit the Paris studio of renowned National Geographic photographer Reza for a behind-the-scenes tour and wine-and-cheese reception.
    • Cruise through Burgundy on a canal barge, disembarking to explore charming medieval villages and the idyllic French countryside.
    • Hear from a World War II historian in Normandy, and visit the region’s legendary D-Day beaches.

Itinerary - 17 Days

Day 1 — Dijon

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 — Dijon

Enjoy a morning orientation walk in Dijon, medieval home to the dukes of Burgundy. This afternoon, roam on your own before settling into our river barge. (1B, 1D)

Day 3 — Longecourt-En-Plaine

Enjoy a full day of biking through vineyards and villages, stopping to explore the quaint village of Gevrey Chambertin. Located on the region’s Route des Grands Crus, the town is famous for its first-rate Burgundy wines. Visit the famous Château de Marsannay for a tasting, and continue to Côte de Nuits before meeting the barge in Longecourt-en-Plaine. (1B, 1D)

Day 4 — Auxonne

Start the day with a walk around the Chateau de Longecourt, exploring its lush gardens. Then take a walk or bike ride along the canal, stopping in small villages between Longecourt and Saint-Jeande-Losne. This evening, explore Auxonne at leisure. (1B, 1D)

Day 5 — Seurre

Enjoy a relaxing morning on board. Then continue on to beautiful Seurre and enjoy free time to explore this charming town at your leisure. (1B, 1D)

Day 6 — Verdun-Sur-Le-Doubs

Spend the morning exploring the fortified village center of Seurre and the surrounding countryside. Then float on to Verdun-sur-le-Doubs, where three rivers converge: the Saône, the Doubs, and the Dheune. (1B, 1L)

Day 7 — Fragnes

Cycle along the Côte de Beaune, stopping at villages and vineyards along the way. Explore the vineyards of Puligny Montrachet and Meursault. Opt for lunch in town before returning to the barge. (1B, 1L)

Day 8 — Beaune/Paris

Transfer to Beaune for a guided walking tour of the renowned Hospices de Beaune, a 15th-century charitable hospital that’s been funded for 155 years by the city’s annual wine auction. Explore the area on your own and then catch the train to Paris. (1B)

Days 9 & 10 — Paris

Visit the historic Marché d’Aligre with a local chef and food expert. Rarely visited by tourists, this market is where locals come to shop for groceries. Meet vendors, enjoy tastings, and learn about the history of the market and the specialties offered here. Enjoy the rest of your time in Paris to explore on your own. (2B)

Day 11 — Giverny/Honfleur/Bayeux

Depart for Giverny, home to Claude Monet’s exquisite gardens. Stroll promenades lined by a rainbow of blooming flowers, and seek out scenes from the acclaimed artist’s most iconic impressionist paintings. Continue to the charming port town of Honfleur and wander its winding, cobbled lanes while soaking in a bygone maritime ambience. Arrive in Bayeux and enjoy dinner at a local creperie. (1B, 1D)

Day 12 — Bayeux/D-Day Beaches

Delve into World War II history with a local expert, hearing about the Allied invasion before visiting a local museum for an opportunity to handle relics from the war. Ride in a genuine WWII transport vehicle to the Secqueville-en-Bessin War Cemetery and take a guided tour of the grounds. This afternoon, visit the legendary Omaha Beach, the cratered cliffs at Pointe du Hoc, and the American Cemetery. (1B)

Days 13 & 14 — Mont-Saint-Michel/Bayeux

Perched on a tidal islet about a mile off the coast, the imposing medieval fortress of Mont-Saint-Michel is one of the greatest religious sites in all of Europe and has drawn pilgrims since the eighth century. Take an orientation walk, and then spend free time exploring this UNESCO World Heritage site, including the Gothic citadel of La Merveille and the charming 15th-century village that winds across the base of the abbey. Enjoy the next day to explore Bayeux on your own, and consider a visit to the see the Bayeux Tapestry Museum—home to the magnificent 230-foot embroidered account of the Norman Conquest. (2B)

Days 15, 16, & 17 — Rouen/Paris

Visit Rouen, enjoying free time to stroll its medieval streets. Continue to Paris, where we’ll visit the studio of renowned National Geographic photographer and explorer Reza. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of his workspace and enjoy a wine-and-cheese reception. The next morning, go on a CEO-led walk through the medieval center of Paris. Opt to visit the interiors of Notre Dame and Sainte-Chapelle. Enjoy a final afternoon to explore the city on your own before departing the following day. (3B)

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Dates

2017
  • Aug 04 - 20, 2017
  • Sep 01 - 17, 2017 (sold out)
  • Oct 27 - Nov 12, 2017

Trip Cost

Price From

$5,099

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Cost Details

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

What's Included

Internal flights, transport between destinations and to/ from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. Optional experiences are at an additional cost

Accommodations
Aboard the Daniele river barge (6 nights), hotel (10 nights)

Meals Included
16 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners. Allow an additional $675-880 for meals not included

Transportation
Private vehicles, Daniele river barge, bicycle, train, antique WWII vehicle

Optional Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.