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.
Delve into the vineyards and villages of Burgundy during hikes and bike rides across the region’s stunning countryside.
Explore Dijon’s medieval old town and the renowned Hospices de Beaune with local guides.
Sip on Burgundy’s world-famous wines during private tastings with local vintners.
Browse the Marché d’Aligre with a Parisian chef, meeting vendors and sampling their specialties.
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 enchanting old town, and the Ducal Palace on an orientation walk. 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. (1B, 1D)
Day 4 — Saint-Jean-de-Losne
Start the day with a walk around a typical Burgundy castle and its gardens. Continue the morning with a walk or bike ride along the canal, visiting small villages between Longecourt and Saint-Jean-de-Losne. This evening, enjoy free time to discover Saint-Jean-de-Losne, located where the Burgundy Canal meets the River Saône. Take a seat at a waterfront café, or walk to the outskirts of town to explore the surrounding woodlands. (1B, 1L)
Day 5 — Chalon-sur-Saône
This morning, a local wine maker joins us on board for a wine lesson and tasting as we sail along the River Saône. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the charming center of Chalon-sur-Saône, a port city of half-timbered houses and inviting squares. (1B, 1L)
Day 6 — Chagny
Cycle along the Côte de Beaune, stopping at villages and vineyards along the way. Explore the vineyards of Puligny Montrachet and Meursault, and enjoy tastings at the area wineries. Opt for lunch in town before returning to the barge. (1B, 1D)
Day 7 — Santenay/Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune
Enjoy a quiet morning on board, followed by a walk and wine tasting amid the vineyards of Santenay. Continue cruising to Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune and visit the Château de Couches, a spectacular medieval castle surrounded by beautiful countryside. (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 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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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.
Transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary.
Accommodations River barge (6 nights), comfortable, mid-range hotels (3 nights)
Meals Included 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners. Allow an additional $360-470 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, river barge, 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.