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The Waterways of Burgundy

7 days From £2,795 £2,395 per person

Indulge in the sIndulge in the scenery and produce of the famous Burgundy wine region of France, where history and flavours intertwine. cenery and produce of the famous Burgundy wine region of France

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2024 Tour code: CDR24

About the tour

Soak up the scenery and local produce of France's famous Burgundy wine region as we sail along its picturesque waterways. Follow the established Grands Crus Wine Circuit, relaxing aboard your comfortable barge, and enjoy visits to attractive riverside towns, including Gray, Savoyeux and Port-sur-Saône.

Explore Dijon with a local guide, journey along the Grand Crus Wine Circuit whose vineyards produce the world's finest wines and discover Champlitte's medieval castle. As we sail, relax and savour the serene beauty of sloping vineyards and idyllic villages that make up the landscapes of the region.

Unforgettable Experiences

Grand Crus Wine Circuit
Grand Crus Wine Circuit
Picture-perfect corner of the world that’s responsible for some of the most exclusive Burgundian wines, we cruise through riverside villages famed for their aged vintages.
Tour of Dijon
Tour of Dijon
First established as a settlement under the Romans, over the years, Dijon has accumulated a fascinating history and a lot of money, in part thanks to its popular mustard. We step back in time with our guide to learn what life was like here over the centuries.
With Flemish influences and pastoral styling, this national monument has been both a defensive castle and a family home. There’s also a museum to enjoy, where a wealth of exhibits transports us to the turn of the 20th century.

What’s included


Day 1 – Attractive Dijon

Our holiday begins as we meet at London St Pancras ahead of our Eurostar journey to Paris. From here, we continue to Dijon by high-speed rail where we board our hotel barge, MS Daniele. A 3-course welcome dinner is served once we've settled into our cabins.

  • Dinner
Day 2 – Discovering Dijon

We set out on a guided tour of Dijon, a city sat on a former spice route that rose to fame thanks to its popular gingerbread, mustard and wines. Exploring with a local guide, we delve into Dijon's history with visits to the Palace of the Dukes and the Church of Notre Dame. Back on board, we set sail for Longecourt-en-Plaine.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 – A taste of the Grand Crus Wine Circuit

Boarding a coach, we pick up the Grand Crus Wine Circuit, driving through villages that produce the finest Burgundy wines. The 'road of the great wines' runs from Dijon to Santenay, and is punctuated by a collection of quaint vineyards and attractive towns. Many wine producers here make only 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.

Our journey continues to a wine estate for a tasting of these esteemed Burgundy wines. We're shown the traditional vineyard, visit the cellars that hold barrels and bottles, and then take part in a tasting of the famous wines from the region with an expert.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - Sail along the Petite Saône to Gray

Relax on board today as we slowly sail along the Petite Saône to Gray. You could head up to the boat's terrace area to soak up charming vistas of sloping vineyards and secluded villages. Alternatively, you could socialise with new friends at the bar as we float through the beautiful river landscapes.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 – Quaint Gray and picturesque Savoyeux

Today, we enjoy a guided tour of Gray, which reveals a jumble of period buildings, as 18th-century townhouses sit comfortably beside medieval fortifications and Baroque-style chapels. Exploring the cobbled streets, we admire the historic architecture and learn about the town's rich history. The rest of our day is spent making the leisurely journey to Savoyeux, where we arrive in the early evening.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 – Historic Port-sur-Saône

Our day begins with a guided excursion to Champlitte's medieval castle. Occupying an important defensive position between the Duchy and County of Burgundy, the fortress has been both a strategic stronghold and a family home. The impressive external structure contrasts with a rustic décor that's almost provincial in style.

We also visit the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions, an ethnological museum located in the castle, where the wealth of exhibits gives a glimpse into life at the turn of the 20th century. Back onboard, a special gala dinner is served, as we celebrate a memorable cruise.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 – Home

It's time to disembark after breakfast today for the return journey to Paris. In the French capital, we join the Eurostar service back to London St Pancras where we say goodbye and head home with wonderful memories from our time on the lovely waterways of Burgundy.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.




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