From Dijon to Besançon, this majestic cruise between Burgundy and the Doubs valley will take you through authentic and traditional cities with different stories and hidden gems
Day 1 - Paris/Dijon
Day 2 – Dijon/Petit-Ouges
Day 3 - Petit-Ouges /Saint-Jean-de-Losne
Day 4 - Saint-Jean-de-Losne /Dole
Day 5 – Dole/Ranchot
Day 6 - Ranchot/Besançon
Day 7 – Besançon/Paris
Drift lazily through landscapes of infinite charm steeped in history in a relaxed and soothing atmosphere. Each day heralds a new journey through beautiful scenery sprinkled with chateaux, cathedrals, towns and sleepy villages. The Petite-Saône river and Canale du Rhone au Rhin take you through the heart of French cuisine and culture and Burgundy’s wine-producing estates, famous since the time of Philip the Bold. Magnificent Dijon, famous for its mustard and architectural grandeur was the capital of the Dukes of Burgundy who built one of the most powerful states in Europe in the 13th century. The city is a great display of gothic, medieval and renaissance with its many ancient houses, ‘bourgeois’ homes and parliamentary buildings.
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Free Cabin Selection
UK Tour Manager
Group Size: 2 – 20
Day 1 Eurostar from London to Paris and by road to Dijon, calling at Troyes for a walk around this historic town, situated within the Champagne wine region, and known for its churches and stained glass. Embark your vessel for a six-night cruise. Welcome cocktail before dinner. (D)
Day 2 Excursion along the Grands Crus wine route passing through the finest and most prestigious of the Burgundy vineyards. Enjoy a wine tasting. Return on board and cruise to Petit-Ouges, a charming country village, discovering the magnificent lush, green landscapes of the Saône Valley. Upon arrival in Petit-Ouges, you can explore the "Path of the Three Wash Houses”, a 4km stroll in the heart of the village, and discover three wash houses and a charming village dated back to the 7th century. (B, L, D)
Day 3 Enjoy cruising towards Saint-Jean-de-Losne passing picturesque vineyards and enchanting countryside. Perhaps relax on the sundeck admiring the scenery. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Visit Saint-Jean-de-Losne with its prestigious past and capital of canal barging in France, which lies at the heart of the French waterways and canal system in southern Burgundy. Cruise towards Dole, a hilltop city and birthplace of Louis Pasteur. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Enjoy an original and unique excursion, following the "trail of the Chat Perché”, referring to the famous tales written be Marcel Aymé who lived in Dole as a child. Cruise towards Ranchot. Perhaps enjoy a bicycle ride along the banks. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Morning cruise towards Besançon. In the afternoon, travel by road to Arc-et-Senans for a tour of the Saline Royale, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Evening gala dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Disembark and travel to Auxerre for a walk around the old town. Continue to Paris for your Eurostar to London. (B)
Cabins are available from 5pm on arrival and until 9am on departure (before/after this, luggage storage on board is possible).
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.
Péniche Danièle is a surprisingly spacious barge registered in France with a mainly European crew. For 20 years Jules Verne has been the main UK partner of the innovative French cruise company, CroisiEurope, established 40 years ago, now boasting the largest European river and barge fleet (over 40 ships), yet still operated by the same family. All drinks, except premium brands are included throughout the cruise. Enjoy International and French cuisine with a choice of wines in an elegant one-sitting dining room. Breakfast is a buffet, lunch and dinner waiter service. Reception, lounge bar, sun terrace with Jacuzzi and sundeck, WiFi (free/limited). Bicycles are available for use when the vessel is moored. The vessel does not sail at night. 10 air-conditioned lower deck cabins (118 sq. ft.) with picture window, private facilities, hairdryer, safe and satellite TV.
A 4-star hotel in the centre of Paris close to the Opera and La Bourse. Bar, WiFi (free) with 50 air-conditioned rooms with mini-bar and satellite TV. An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently €2.88 per person per night.
per person in a twin Lower Deck cabin
Eurostar from London St. Pancras
Supplements per person
Standard Premier Class £195
Extra nights – Paris
Hotel Chess (per night) £145
Single Supplement £125
Arrival transfer add £45
Departure transfer add £45
Rail travel, all port charges, 6-night cruise, breakfast daily, full board and drinks on cruise vessel, excursions, UK Tour Manager, local expert guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated rail fares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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