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Burgundy River Adventure

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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 along the lazy Saone River and the Burgundy Canal, 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.

Note that this is an active cruise with two full days of bicycling.

Clients Say:

Crew, food, wine, tours, guide were excellent. I would recommend this trip to everyone. I love the fact that there was a small number of other people on this cruise.
T. and P. Smith (2016 Burgundy Cruise)

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About This Cruise

Itinerary Highlights

Dijon, Fragnes, Verdun-sur-le-Doubs, Seurre, Auxonne,Longecourt-en-Plaine


  • 6 nights aboard the Daniele canal barge
  • 1 night in a Dijon hotel
  • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Allow $260-340 for meals not included. Drinks and tips on board not included
  • Cycling in the vineyards of Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits with wine tasting
  • Saint-Jean-de-Losne and Petit-Ouges visit
  • All transport to/from included activities and between destinations
  • Use of bicycles during shore excursions
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout

Air Options

While we have no specific air deals on this cruise, please call 1-888-868-6871 if you would like us to assist with your airfare.

Not included:

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance (Required). See Travel Insurance
  • Drinks while on the riverboat not included
  • Optional tours or optional admissions
  • Tips and gratuities


Day 1, Dijon
Arrive at any time.
Accommodation Mercure Dijon (or similar)
Day 2: Dijon/Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune (B, D)
Enjoy a free morning to explore Dijon. Opt to visit the Ducal Palace, the local market or go for a mustard tasting. In the afternoon, travel to St Leger and embark the Daniele.

Private Vehicle
Dijon – Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune1h-1h30m
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Day 3: Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune/Chagny (B, L)
Enjoy a quiet morning on board before a walk in the vineyards of Santenay with an included wine tasting. Continue cruising to Chagny. Opt to walk through the village and woodlands in the area.

Daniele Riverboat
Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune – Chagny
Hop aboard and float on to the next stop,

Day 4: Chagny/Chalon-sur-Saone (B)
Enjoy a bike ride through the area in the morning. Cycle along the vineyards of Cote de Beaune and enjoy a white wine tasting. Opt for lunch in the village. Head back to the barge and continue to Chalon-sur-Saône. Opt for a walking through the old part of town. If you prefer not to bike, spend a relaxing day on the Daniele.

Daniele Riverboat
Chagny – Chalon-sur-Saôn
Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

Côte de Beaune Cycling Verdun-sur-le-Doubs 35-40km,
Cycle to the beautiful town of Mersault, before stopping in Puligny-Montrachet for lunch. Continue to the Chateau de Chassigny-Montrachet for a guided wine tour of the cellars before meeting the barge in Chalon-sur-Saône.

Day 5: Chalon-sur-Saône/Saint-Jean-de-Losne (B, L)
Enjoy a morning cruise along the Saône River. On arrival in St-Jean, enjoy a walking visit of the town. Opt to enjoy dinner ashore.

Daniele Riverboat
Chalon-sur-Saône – Saint-Jean-de-Losne
Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

Saint-Jean-de-Losne Visit
One of the capitals for the river barging world, Saint-Jean-de-Losne is located at a crossroads of waterways. The local cafés are still often occupied by regulars of the canal barges and riverboats, so grab a table and get to know the locals while enjoying a bite of lunch. Relax in the sunshine with a glass of wine, or opt to walk just outside the town to the local picturesque woodlands.

Day 6: Saint-Jean-de-Losne/Petit-Ouges(B, L, D)
Cruise along the canal during the morning before taking a walk along the Burgundy Canal. After lunch, relax as the barge makes its way to Petit-Ouges. Opt to cycle or walk along the canal as the barge makes its way to port, or relax on the terrace while watching the riverside life unfold. If you chose to walk or cycle along the barge, this is an 8km route that takes you around the beautiful lush gardens of Château de Longecourt, a typical Burgundy castle, and finishes in Petit-Ouges where the boat stops for the night.

Daniele Riverboat
Saint-Jean-de-Losne – Petit-Ouges
Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

Day 7: Petit-Ouges/Dijon (B, D)
Depart Petit Ouges for a full day cycling tour through the Côte de Nuits region along the Route des Grands Crus, lined with lovely vineyards and some of the most picturesque villages in the region. Enjoy wine tasting in the quaint village of Vougeot before meeting barge in Dijon. If you prefer not to bike, spend a relaxing day on the Daniele.

Daniele Riverboat
Petit Ouges – Dijon
Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

Gevrey Chambertin and Marsannay Château Excursion
Dijon – Longecourt-en-Plaine 40km
Leave the river behind and cycle through the Côte de Nuits region along the Route des Grands Crus - famous for the Grand Cru Burgundy wine that is produced here. Along the way, pass through the small, picturesque villages such as Chenôve, Marsannay-la-Côte, Couchey, Fixin, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey-Saint-Denis, and Chambolle-Musigny. Stop for lunch, and a wine tasting and cellar tour in the quaint village of Vougeot. After lunch, opt to visit the famous Château du Clos de Vougeot, where one of the world's most expensive wines is produced. Continue cycling the last stretch of this beautiful route before meeting the barge in Dijon, and sit down to a well-deserved dinner on deck..

Day 8: Dijon (1B)
After breakfast, catch the group transfer to the train station in Dijon. Tour ends on arrival.

Please do not book onward travel before 7pm.


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Untour in Paris, Provence, or Alsace with $100/person discount.

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