There may be no more beautiful way to explore the countryside villages of timeless Burgundy than from a river barge coasting the Saône River. Drift from one stunning landscape to another, stopping to roam the region’s famous vineyards, ride bikes through its vast forests, and indulge in its unforgettable flavors. Then head to Paris for two nights of discovery for all of your senses. Experience the France of your dreams from the inside out.
Float along the Saône River on
a canal barge, disembarking for
private wine tastings with local
Bike through scenic vineyards
and villages, and visit a castle in
Stroll the stalls of the Marché
d’Aligre with a Parisian chef.
Itinerary - 10 Days
Day 1 — Dijon
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 — Dijon
Explore Dijon, medieval home to the dukes of Burgundy. Stroll its markets, the charming old town, and the Ducal Palace on a walking tour. This afternoon, settle into our river barge. (1B, 1D)
Day 3 — Longecourt-En-Plaine
Cycle to Gevrey Chambertin, a small but well-known Burgundy village. 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 a typical Burgundy castle, exploring its lush gardens. Continue the morning with a walk along the canal, stopping in small villages between Longecourt and Saint-Jeande-Losne. Embark the barge to continue towards Auxonne. Upon arrival, take a short train ride to the charming town of Dole for dinner and free time to explore. (1B, 1L)
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. This afternoon, take in a presentation by a local winemaker and enjoy a horizontal tasting. Then float on to Verdun-sur-le-Doubs, where three rivers converge: the Saône, the Doubs, and the Dheune. (1B, 1L)
Day 7 — Fragnes
Enjoy a full day of biking through vineyards and villages along the Canal du Centre. Stop in the charming villages of Chagny and Santenay along the way. Enjoy a wine tasting at the Château de Marsannay, followed by a stop in Meursault for an optional lunch before returning to the barge in Fragnes. (1B, 1D)
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. Delve into history and discuss the relationship of the hospice with the powerful merchants of Burgundy. Enjoy some free time to explore before catching the train to Paris. (1B)
Day 9 — 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. This afternoon, explore Paris on your own. (1B)
Day 10 — Paris
Depart at any time, or extend
your stay in this iconic city. (1B)
Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.
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Accommodations Aboard the Daniele river
barge (6 nights), comfortable, mid-range hotel
Meals Included 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches,
4 dinners. Allow an additional $355–465 for
meals not included. While on board the boat, beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks will be included. All other alcoholic drinks would be at an additional individual expense. Tips on board not included.
Transportation Private vehicles, Daniele river
barge (pictured below), bicycle
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.