Burgundy River Adventure

8 days, Dijon to Dijon – Save 15%
Starting at $1,614 per person
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Blessed with some of the most gorgeous countryside in Europe if not the world (not to mention perhaps the best wine around), Burgundy is a place everyone should explore at least once. And the best way to do it is from the deck of an ambling river barge. Visit small villages and first-rate wineries, bike through forests and vineyards on a provided bicycle, and soak up the glorious sunshine, all with the help of a charming little hotel that goes where you go. You won’t get a better glimpse of Burgundy’s pastoral pleasures than this.
  • Cruise up the canals of Burgundy aboard the Daniele
  • Sip local wines and sample regional dishes
  • Cycle through villages and vineyards
  • Relax in the onboard Jacuzzi as the scenery glides by

When arranging your transportation, such as flights, please take into consideration the below time restrictions for joining and departing from your group. With these times, we have taken into account travel time to/from the airport in the given destination and required time for check-in or baggage collection/immigration.

Your flight must arrive by or before: 11:59 p.m. on day 1

Your flight must depart no earlier than: 7:00 p.m. on day 8

Itinerary

Day 1: Dijon
Arrive at any time.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting. The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Inclusions:

  • Round-trip airfare on Air New Zealand from Los Angeles or San Francisco to Coolangatta, returning from Sydney
  • One-way flight from Coolangatta to Sydney
  • Three nights The Sebel Coolangatta, One Bedroom Ocean View Apartment
  • Premium ticket to Aida on the Beach on one evening
  • Three nights O'Reillys Rainforest Retreat including breakfast daily
  • Four nights Holiday Inn Old Sydney, King Superior Room, including breakfast daily
  • Full-day Boutique Gourmet Wine Tour
  • Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb
  • Sydney Opera House Showcase Package, A Reserve including tour and Opera Performance on one evening
  • Round-trip private transfers throughout
  • US/foreign taxes/fees including Sep 11 Security Fee

Day 2: Dijon/Fragnes
Depart in the morning from Dijon toward Fragnes. Stop in the enchanting town of Beaune along the way to spend some free time. Continue by private transfer to Chalon-sur-Saône and take a walk around its medieval streets. Transfer to Fragnes to embark on the barge. Raise a toast to your river adventure and sit down to your first dinner on board.

Leaving Dijon behind, travel to to the wine-making capital of Burgundy, Beaune. Considered to be one of the best places in the region for wine tasting, don't miss the chance to visit a Burgundy wine cellar. Opt to visit the iconic Hospices de Beaune, a medieval charity hospital known for its colourful geometric roof, and art collection.

Continue to Chalon-sur-Saôn where the town's half-timbered houses and baroque style cathedrals will make you feel like you've stepped into another time. Start your exploration in front of the Town Hall and explore the winding old streets, popping into quaint shops along the way. Opt to visit the Church of Saint-Pierre, the Museum Denon, or sit at a cafe and watch the local hustle and bustle.

Day 3: Fragnes/Verdun-sur-le-Doubs
Enjoy a full day of biking through vineyards and villages along the Canal du Centre of Côte de Beaune. Stop in the charming villages of Chagny and Santenay along the way. Indulge in a wine tasting at the Château de Marsannay, followed by lunch in Meursault before returning to the barge. Sit down to dinner on the barge.

Day 4: Verdun-sur-le-Doubs/Seurre
Spend the morning discovering the area around Verdun on foot. Enjoy lunch on the barge as you drift through the canals, continuing towards Seurre. Free time to explore upon arrival.

Day 5: Seurre/Auxonne
Continue cruising to Auxonne with time to relax on board and watch the idyllic scenery glide by. Enjoy lunch on the barge before docking in Auxonne. Upon arrival, take a train to Dole and enjoy free time to explore the winding streets of this medieval town. Opt to visit the Collégiale Notre-Dame, or take a walk along paths through the Chaux Forest.

Day 6: Auxonne to Petit-Ouges
Continue cruising toward Petit-Ouges. Opt to cycle or walk along the canal as the barge makes its way to port, or relax on deck while watching the riverside life unfold.

If you chose to walk or cycle along the barge route, visit the castle and gardens, explore the villages along the way, or enjoy a coffee.

Upon arrival into Petit Ouges, opt to take a hike along the scenic Circuit of Three Wash Houses.

Day 7: Petit-Ouges to Dijon
Enjoy a full day of biking through the vineyards and villages along the Route des Grands Crus before reaching Dijon. Depart Petit-Ouges and cycle to Gevrey-Chambertin, famous for the Grand Cru Burgundy wine produced in the region. Continue on to a local winery for a wine tasting before meeting the barge in Dijon.

This mostly flat ride is an ideal way to experience quintessential Burgundy.

Day 8: Dijon
After breakfast, catch the group transfer to the train station in Dijon. Tour ends on arrival.

Trains departing from Dijon can be booked after 10am and flights from Paris can be booked from 7pm.

  • Terms & Conditions:

    Eligible passengers shall receive 15% off per person on guaranteed departures of select small group tours. Must be booked by May 31, 2017 at 23:59 EST for travel departing between April 4, 2017 and December 31, 2017. Valid for new bookings only and must quote promo code 17GA015MAR01AMZFRA at time of booking. 

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