Burgundy Barge River Cruise

Join the Women’s Travel Club as we meander from Besancon to Dijon.  This majestic cruise between Burgundy and the Doubs valley will take you through authentic and traditional cities with different stories and hidden gems. You will be able to visit the Saline Royale of Arc-et-Senans, Dole or the charming city of Saint-Jean-de-Losne, first river port of France home to the Musée de la Batellerie, recounting the history of navigation on inland waterways.


  • 6 Nights Luxury River Barge
  • La Saline Royale (Royal Salt works), listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site
  • Dole, hilltop city and birthplace of Louis Pasteur
  • Saint-Jean-de-Losne and its monuments telling the story of its prestigious past
  • The charming country village of Petit-Ouges
  • The Grands Crus Wine Route
  • Wine tasting in Saint-Jean-de-Losne
  • 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
  • Shipboard Gratuities
  • Local English Speaking Guide
  • Port charges and taxes
  • Women’s Travel Club Tour Host


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



Double Occupancy – $5929 CAD per person (sharing a room) – approx. $4400 USD
Single Occupancy – $6969 CAD per person (your own room) – approx. $5200 USD

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 $1500 due at time of booking.
A second payment of $3000 is due on April 1, 2024
Final payment due – July 1, 2024

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

Booking Deadline

Book by March 1, 2024.  After this date space may be limited and subject to availability.

Activity Level

Low Moderate Activity
Some walking tours at elevations. You should be able to walk comfortably for a few hours at a relaxed pace with stops.

Group Size

Minimum – 10 members
Maximum – 21 members


  • 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)

Tour Host

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 concierge 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 Irene Murray.

Roommate Matching Policy

Roommate matching is done as a courtesy and while most matches result in wonderful friendships, success is not guaranteed. If during the tour you decide you would no longer like to share a room with your roommate you will need to request (and pay for) a single room at all accommodations. This can be shared between the two people in the room if it is a mutual decision. If you are a very light sleeper or snore you may want to consider getting your own single room.

Flight Information

The Women’s Travel Club recommends booking flexible/refundable air tickets when possible. This tour is a guaranteed departure.
Arrive to Dijon, France – Your best option is to take the high speed train from Paris (CDG)  – arrive by 6 PM on the first day of the tour.
Depart from Besancon, France – Your best option is to take the high speed train to Paris (CDG) – anytime on the last day of the tour .
If you would like assistance booking international flights for your tour please use the form below. The Women’s Travel Club Flight Desk will work with you to arrange the best options.
Our Flight management fee is CAD 100.00 + HST, per tour.
Flight Quote

Travel Insurance:

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
Use this link to request an insurance quote.

Insurance Quote


MS Jeanine

A cruise aboard a canal barge promises a peaceful break where you take the time to discover “la douce France” in a different way. The MS Jeanine, a true cocoon of charm, sails on the French canals and offers its passengers an original and authentic experience.

The MS Jeanine is a beautiful Premium canal barge, measuring 38,50 meters long and 5,07 meters wide. It can accommodate 22 passengers, in 11 cabins. The size of the cabins is 8m2, offering amenities and providing guests with all the comforts they need during their stay. On board, everything has been taken care of down to the smallest detail and the 6 crew
members guarantee a personalized service. The decoration is stylish with an elegant and intimate atmosphere. Located on the upper deck are the restaurant, which offers delicate cuisine in a refined setting, the lounge bar and a relaxation area with a
jacuzzi. Comfortable sun loungers are provided on the sun deck, the ideal place to relax and admire the surrounding landscapes. A journey aboard the MS Jeanine promises an unforgettable getaway on the water.

Grand Hôtel La Cloche Dijon - MGallery

The Grand Hôtel la Cloche, a subtle blend of refinement and comfort, offers spectacular views over the prestigious Place Darcy, the gateway to the old town. Conveniently located at the edge of the historic city center and 5 min from Dijon train station. Enjoy the bistro restaurant Les Jardins by La Cloche, and the chic, contemporary Bar by La Cloche, with its landscaped garden. The Spa by La Cloche under the old stone vaults shares the haute couture spirit with the Carita brand and 100% Burgundy Vinesime cosmetics.

** Occasionally, due to situations beyond our control, specific hotels may change. Any accommodation changes will be to a similar hotel.


Through our own clients and networking clubs we have realized a general desire for women to travel but they don’t always have a companion. We developed the Women’s Travel Club for these women to have a fun and safe group to travel with. We offer a wide range of destinations, so that there is something for everyone.

We have women of all ages, with the average being 45 to 65 years. However, we do have regular travelers anywhere from 30 years to over 80 years of age.

We do not include international flights in the price of our tours. Not including the cost of international flights in the cost of the tour allows members the flexibility to get the flight schedule, price and class of service that best suits them. The Women's Travel Club flight desk will be happy to help arrange your international flights.

Yes, we always negotiate the best possible single supplement rate for our trips. Single spots fill quickly and may be limited so we suggest you book early for a single spot.

Yes, each of our booking forms has an area for you to request to be matched with a roommate. We get some general information that will help us match you with a great new friend.

France is a Schengen area country. Canadian and US citizens do not need a visa for travel to countries within the Schengen area for up to 90 days. However, travel requirements may change at any time. Please visit your governments travel recommendations page. Canada - Canada Travel Recommendations & Information USA - USA Travel Recommendations & Information

It is cooler in the Dijon region in October but also it is quieter with In October Dijon generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 16°C (61°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 8°C (46°F) and moderate monthly rainfall.

Absolutely, this tour is filled with so much more than wine tasting. Abundant sights, history and cuisine will make this a great tour for anyone who wants to experience the French countryside.

Oct 17 - Oct 23 2024

Tour Level: Classic Tours,
Tour Type: Cruises,
Deposit of $1,500.00 due at time of booking.