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There may be no more beautiful way to explore the countryside villages of timeless Burgundy than from a river barge coasting along 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 to explore this timeless city.
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
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.
Day 4 — Auxonne
Start the day with a walk around a typical Burgundy castle, exploring its lush gardens. Continue the morning with a walk or bike ride along the canal, stopping in small villages between Longecourt and Saint-Jeande-Losne. This afternoon, attend a presentation by a local winemaker and enjoy a tasting. This evening, explore Auxonne at leisure. (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) Seurre
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, 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. Explore the area on your own and then catch 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)
Our newest line of trips, offered in partnership with G Adventures, 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.
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.
destinations and to/from included activities,
and activities as listed in the itinerary.
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.