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The waterways of Burgundy

From £2,095 pp

A fully inclusive Barge holiday along Burgundy, Saone and Canal Du Centre.

Indulge in the scenery and produce of the famous Burgundy wine region of France along its picturesque waterways.

We travel along the Grands Crus Wine Circuit for an authentic flavour of wine-rich France.

Whats Included:

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager up to embarkation & from disembarkation of the MS Jeanine
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • Standard class rail travel
  • 17 meals including 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners
  • 6-night cruise aboard the MS Jeanine
  • All inclusive selection of complimentary beers, wines and soft drinks
  • Exciting excursions and free time to explore
  • Guided tour of Dijon
  • Sightseeing tour of Gray
  • Tour of Aigues-Mortes with a local guide
  • Visit to the medieval castle at Champlitte
  • Trip along the Grands Crus Wine Circuit

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin with a limited number of single cabins available on all decks, at the relevant supplement.

Burgundy Canal
Dijon 2
Sancerre Vineyard
Day 1 London to Dijon

We meet in St Pancras at our dedicated Departure Office ahead of our Eurostar journey to Paris.

From here we continue to Dijon by rail where we board our hotel barge, the Jeanine, for a six night cruise along the Burgundy, Saône and Canal du Centre.

After a complimentary drink, we enjoy our first dinner on board.

Dinner

Day 2 -Cruising to Longecourt-en-Plaine

Dijon was first established as a settlement under the Romans, but was only ever of minor importance and had no established trading reputation. But in 1032, Robert the Old became the first Duke of Burgundy, and proclaimed Dijon as his capital. In this privileged position, the city enjoyed vast wealth and power and developed a rich cultural heritage.

Dijon was then situated on the ‘spice route’, and became known for its popular gingerbread and eponymous mustard. As the gateway to a number of vineyards, Dijon was also famous for the many wines produced in the Burgundy region. We delve into the history of this delightful city on a guided tour that includes sights such as the Palace of the Dukes and Notre Dame church.

Afterwards we set sail for Longecourt-en-Plaine, our mooring point for the night.

Day 2 -Cruising to Longecourt-en-Plaine

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - The Grands Crus Wine Circuit

We cast off this morning and the Jeanine picks up the Grands Crus Wine Circuit on an excursion to the six villages in the area that produce the finest Burgundy wines.

The ‘road of the great wines’ runs from Dijon in the north to Santenay in the south, and the route is punctuated by a collection of vineyards and attractive towns that have become prosperous with the growth of the wine trade in this region. Many of the vineyards in this region are quite small, averaging around 10 hectares, producing a small quantity of very high quality wine. Some of the best vintages require between 10 and 20 years to mature, further restricting the volume of wine produced.

Following our time along this captivating wine route we return to the ship and continue cruising to Auxonne.

Day 3 - The Grands Crus Wine Circuit

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Sailing to Gray

Continue sailing through verdant landscapes as our barge makes its way along the Petite Saône Canal to the town of Gray today.

Perhaps relax on board and socialise with your fellow sailing companions as you soak up the scenic views.

Alternatively you might like to take one of the available bikes for a gentle ride along the canal’s banks.

Day  4 - Sailing to Gray

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Gray and on to Savoyeux

We disembark this morning for a guided tour of Gray, a riverside town with a history that dates back to the 7th century.

The centre is a jumble of period houses from across the decades; here 18th century architecture sits happily, and quirkily, alongside 12th century fortifications and Baroque style chapels from the 1600s.

The rest of the day is spent making the leisurely journey to Savoyeux, arriving early this evening.

Day 5 - Gray and on to Savoyeux

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Port-sur-Saône

Our day begins with a guided excursion to Champlitte’s medieval castle. Occupying an important defensive position on the boundary line between both the Duchy and County of Burgundy, the castle has been a strategic stronghold as well as family home in its later years.

The impressive external structure is complemented by the rustic décor, almost provincial in style. Tonight a special gala dinner is served, helping us celebrate such a memorable cruise.

Day 6 - Port-sur-Saône

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Journey Home

Disembark after breakfast today, meeting your Tour Manager for the return journey to Paris where we join Eurostar service back to London St Pancras International.

Breakfast

A purpose-built hotel boat, 24-passenger, two-deck Jeanine has 12 cabins and sports a very bright new look — one of its standout features, making it one of the most modern barges on the waterways.

Jeanine’s cheerful and colorful decor extends to the cabins, which have bright cushions, bedspreads and drapes and contemporary prints on the walls. There are 12 air-conditioned cabins (equally sized at 97 ft2 / 9 m2), all on the lower deck and accessible by a flight of stairs, each with a picture windows. As amenities, each cabin has private bathroom (WC, sink, shower cabin), flat TV, radio, phone (only for internal calls), hairdryer, personal safe, individual air-conditioning.

The ship’s amenities and facilities include a lounge (with its own bar), a restaurant, sundeck relaxation area (with loungers and parasols, a barbecue area, prow-located Jacuzzi), also complimentary bicycles and Wi-Fi Internet usage.

The MS Jeanine offers a real taste of France in every sense of the word, offering an authentic French experience.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • Catering for 22 guests in 11 Twin cabins
  • Terrace with tables, chairs and loungers
  • Jacuzzi
  • Retaurant
  • Lounge & Bar
  • All-inclusive drinks (excluding champagne and selected wines/spirits)
  • Complimentary Bicycles
  • Complimentary WIFI

Accommodation & Amenities

11 comfortable cabins 86 ft²

Standard cabins are around 86ft² in size with picture windows and feature twin beds, en-suite bathroom with shower, TV, climate-controlled air conditioning and an in-room safe.

Cabins

86 ft², Main Deck

  • Twin beds
  • Picture Window
  • Bathroom with shower, basin & WC
  • In-room safe, telephone and TV
  • Independent air-conditioning
  • Wi-Fi

DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
May 30JeanineDijon£2195Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin86 ft², Panoramic Windows£2195  
Upper DeckAdapted Cabin118 ft², Panoramic WindowsPlease Call  
Jun 13JeanineDijon£2195Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin86 ft², Panoramic Windows£2195  
Upper DeckAdapted Cabin118 ft², Panoramic WindowsPlease Call  
Aug 8JeanineDijon£2195Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin86 ft², Panoramic Windows£2195  
Upper DeckAdapted Cabin118 ft², Panoramic WindowsPlease Call  
Oct 3JeanineDijon£2095Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin86 ft², Panoramic Windows£2095  
Upper DeckAdapted Cabin118 ft², Panoramic WindowsPlease Call  

Enhancing your tour

Upgrade your Eurostar journey to Standard Premier Class from £95 per person each way
Luggage transport available from as little as £200


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