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Burgundy Barge River Cruise

September 2024

River Cruise

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. Two great French passions, wine and food, come together here in a particularly enticing way. The best way to experience it is from the deck of our private ambling river barge with a fabulous group of women. 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.

 

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Inclusions & Highlights
  • 6 Nights Luxury River Barge
  • The Grands Crus Wine Route Tour
  • Guided tour of Saint-Jean-de-Losne
  • Guided visit of Chalon-sur-Saone
  • Walk to the Cirque du Bout du Monde and the Mont de Sene
  • Wine tasting in Santenay
  • Use of bicycles during shore excursions
  • All meals from dinner first night to breakfast last day
  • Wine, Beer and Non-alcoholic drinks on board
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Gala dinner and evening
  • Wifi
  • Transfer St Leger to Dijon on last day
  • Shipboard Gratuities
  • Local English Speaking Guide
  • Port charges and taxes
  • Women's Travel Club Tour Host
Itinerary

 

Day 1
Women's Travel Club Burgundy Barge River Cruise - Dijon
Welcome to Burgundy, France!

Upon arrival to the Dijon you are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner.
Accommodations: MS Daniele

Day 2
Women's Travel Club Burgundy Barge River Cruise  - Chateau du Clos de Vougeot
Dijon - Longecourt-en-Plaine

This morning will be spent cruising. Take advantage of this first day cruising to relax and admire the beautiful Burgundy scenery, or to walk or bike alongside the boat on the canal's bicycle path. In the afternoon, join us on an excursion along the Grands Crus Wine Route. The touristic Grands Crus wine route passes through villages and the finest and most prestigious of the Burgundy vineyards. We'll return on board in Longecourt-en-Plaine.

In the afternoon, set off on the Grands Crus Wine Route, including Gevrey-Chambertin and the Clos de Vougeot, with a visit of the Chateau du Clos de Vougeot. As early as the 12th century, monks from the Citeaux abbey built winegrowing outbuildings in the middle of the vines. The main building strongly influenced by the Renaissance style was added in the 16th century. The Clos Vougeot remains the symbol of more than 1000 years of Burgundy history. The journey continues to a wine estate for a tasting* of Burgundy wines. Here you will discover a traditional vineyard, visit the cellars that hold barrels and bottles, then take part in a commented tasting of the famous wines from the region.
Accommodations: MS Daniele

Day 3
Women's Travel Club Burgundy Barge River Cruise  - Saint Jean de Losne
Longecourt en Plaine to Saint Jean de Losne

This morning will be spent cruising. As we travel, you are free to bike along the Doubs River at any time by taking the Green Way bike path. In the afternoon, join us on a tour of Saint-Jean-de-Losne. We'll explore monuments that tell the story of the city's prestigious past, such as the monument commemorating the Siege of 1636, and the Hôtel-Dieu, which was a charitable hospital founded in 1658 and is surrounded by intricately wrought iron railings dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Saint-Jean-de-Losne is a small town with many monuments bearing testimony to a rich and prestigious past. Today it is the capital of barging in France, lying at the heart of the French waterways and canal system in southern Burgundy. With the help of a guided visit of the town, in the company of a registered guide, you'll discover the exterior of the Monument Commemorating the Siege of 1636 and the Hôtel-Dieu which was a hospital founded in 1658 enclosed by a wrought iron fence dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. You will also visit the Gare d'Eau (or Water Station), the Church of St John the Baptist, built during the 16th century in a mix of Gothic and Renaissance styles, and the Batellerie Museum (also known as the Sailors' House), one of the oldest houses in town, dating back to the 15th century which recounts the history of navigation. Your visit of the town ends at the Hotel de Ville, a former town hall built in the early 17th century, where you'll get the chance to taste some local specialties.
Accommodations: MS Daniele

Day 4
Women's Travel Club Burgundy Barge River Cruise - Chalon sur Saone
Saint Jean de Losne to Chalon sur Saone

This morning will be spent cruising towards Chalon-sur-Saone. As we cruise, you'll admire the Saône River's hilly banks and typical local houses perched on its hillsides. Feel free to ride alongside the boat taking the Green Way bike path. In the afternoon, join us on a tour of Chalon-sur-Saône, birthplace of Joseph Nicéphore Niepce, one of the inventors of photography.


Set off on a discovery tour of Chalon sur Saône and its old town. Chalon came into being as the main port to the Eduens people during the Gaulish period and saw its glory days at the beginning of the Middle Ages as the Merovingian capital of Burgundy, and then again at the end of the same period as the site of famous international fairs. Joseph Nicéphore Niepce who invented photography was born in Chalon in 1765, one more reason to the town's fame. Today, Chalon is a city of Art and History, and as you wander around the Old Town you will be delighted by the half-timbered houses built between the 15th and 17th centuries, the restored facade of St Vincent's cathedral and fine classical mansions dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. Our visit will continue downtown with a tasting* session of some local wines.
Accommodations: MS Daniele

Day 5
Women's Travel Club Burgundy Barge River Cruise - Cirque du Bout du Monde
Chalon sur Saone to Chagny

This morning will be spent cruising towards Chagny. This is the perfect moment to relax and enjoy the hillside scenery and rolling meadows along our route. We'll set out for a hike to the Cirque du Bout du Monde. We'll discover the imposing chalk cliffs carved out by the Cozanne River which created a blind valley, where a waterfall over 80 feet high adds a touch of wonder.

Departure for a walk to the Cirque du Bout du Monde, part of Natura 2000 sites - a European network of nature protection areas. There, you will admire the imposing chalk cliffs carved out by the river Cozanne which create a cirque where a 25-metre high waterfall was formed. Our coach will then take us to Mont de Sène, or the Mountain of the Three Crosses, an ancient Celtic religious site which overlooks the Santenay vineyards from a height of some 521 meters. This classified site is characterized by its rustic plants and wild bushes. Enjoy the amazing panoramic views of the surrounding main peaks and valleys, including the vineyards of the Côte de Beaune, the Saône Valley, Morvan, Jura and the Alps.
Accommodations: MS Daniel

Day 6
Women's Travel Club Burgundy Barge River Cruise  - Santenay
Chagny - Santenay - Saint Leger Sur Dheune

We'll set off towards Santenay, a wine village with a priceless historical and natural heritage, which we will reach during the morning. We'll set off from the ship and walk to the center of Santenay, a charming little wine-producing village. Join us for a wine tasting* session at one of the 38 wine producers' in the village. In the afternoon, we'll cruise towards Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune. Relax and admire the passing lush landscapes. Late in the afternoon, we'll arrive in St. Leger-sur-Dheune. Tonight is our gala evening and dinner.

Set off for the center of Santenay, a charming little wine-producing town with a priceless historic heritage where a local wine producer will greet you. You will learn more about the wine making process and enjoy a tasting* of 3 wines.
Accommodations: MS Daniele

Day 7
Women's Travel Club Burgundy Barge River Cruise
Saint Leger sur Dheune to Dijon - Depart

It is time to say good-bye to new friends and this beautiful area. We will transfer to Dijon after breakfast. Continue your journey with our Paris extension.

**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

 

Important Details & Pricing
Pre-Booking Only

Pre-book now to hold your spot. As soon as we have full details and pricing we will let you know. At that time you can decide if you would like to confirm this tour. If you do book you will save $100 off the tour as a thank you for showing us your interest.

 

Rates

Double - TBA
Single - TBA

If you would like the double occupancy rate but don't have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room. Single occupancy may be limited. CAD = Canadian dollars. USD = United States of America dollars. Conversion to USD is approximated by current exchange rates and subject to change. You will be charged in CAD and your bank may charge a slightly different rate or fees.

Payment of TBA due at time of booking
Final Payment due - TBA

*All payments are non-refundable Please see full terms and conditions. Prices are subject to change and availability.

 

Activity Level

Moderate Activity
This tour does have some walking tours. The walking tours are at a relaxed pace. Cycling is available each day.

 

Group Size

Minimum - 10 ladies
Maximum - 21 ladies

 

Exclusions
  • International Airfare (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals and beverages while not onboard
  • Upgraded Alcoholic Beverages
  • Personal gratuities
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Early check-in and late check-out of pre/post night hotel
  • Arrival transfer (WTC can help arrange)

 

Hosted by:

Women's Travel Club tours are hosted tours. Your tour host is in addition to local tour guides. Your Women's Travel Club tour host is your tour conceierge and there to make sure every part of the tour runs smoothly. Our trained hosts are seasoned travelers who are with you every step of your tour so that you only have to worry about enjoying yourself and having fun.
The Women's Travel Club Tour Host for this tour is TBA.

 

Flight Information

Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to info@womens-travel-club.com.
Please do not book flights until tour is confirmed.

Arrive to Paris (Dijon) - If you fly into Paris it is convenient to take the train to Dijon.

Depart from Paris (Dijon) - Flights should not leave before 7 PM.

Please complete the form to request flight options for your tour. The Women's Travel Club Flight Department will work with you to arrange the best options. Our Flight management fee is CAD 100.00 + HST, per tour.

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Travel Insurance:

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
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Accommodations
Women's Travel Club Burgundy River Cruise
MS Daniele

The MS Daniele is a luxury barge complete with a lounge bar, a restaurant, a sun deck with loungers and parasols, a Jacuzzi and a barbecue deck at the front of the boat for outdoor pleasure.
The ship features eleven spacious air-conditioned staterooms for a maximum of 22 passengers. All accommodations are equipped with windows, radio, TV, telephone (for internal calls only), Wi-Fi, safe, private shower and toilet.