From our once-in-a-lifetime Burgundy river barge voyage to a deep dive into the rich history of Paris and the WWII legacy of northern France, embark on more than two weeks of unforgettable adventures in culture and gastronomy. Float by canal to medieval towns and pastoral vineyards, and enjoy plenty of free time to roam gorgeous centuries-old cities, gardens, and grounds. To resist France’s allure is futile – this experience is nothing short of revolutionary.
Day 1 Dijon
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Dijon (1D)
Enjoy an orientation walk in the morning to explore Dijon. Visit the Ducal Palace, the local market, and the old town. In the afternoon, enjoy free time before transferring to the river barge and embarking the DaniÈle.
Day 3 Dijon/Longecourt-en-Plaine (1B, 1D)
Depart Dijon 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 a wine tasting in the quaint village of Vougeot before meeting our barge in Longecourt-en-Plaine.
Day 4 Longecourt-en-Plaine/Saint-Jean-de-Losne (1B, 1L)
Start the day with a walk around the beautiful lush gardens of ChÂteau de Longecourt, a typical Burgundy castle. Continue the morning walking along the canal and visiting its many locks. Enjoy the Burgundy canal as we walk a 5km (3 mi) stretch of the canal between Longecourt and La BiÈtre lock. Climb aboard the barge and continue sailing to St-Jean-de-Losne. Free time in the afternoon to visit St-Jean-de-Losne.
Day 5 Saint-Jean-de-Losne/Chalon-sur-SaÔne (1B, 1L)
Cruise along the SaÔne River before arriving to Chalon-sur-SaÔne. Take in a presentation by a local wine expert and enjoy a horizontal tasting on board. Spend a relaxing afternoon walking through the footpaths around Chalon-sur-SaÔne. Choose to do some shopping in town or relax on board with a glass of local wine.
Day 6 Chalon-sur-SaÔne/Chagny (1B)
Cycle along the CÔte de Beaune, stopping at villages and vineyards along the way. Explore the vineyards of Chateau de Chassigny-Montrachet while stopping to sample some wines. This mostly flat ride is an ideal way to experience quintessential Burgundy.
Day 7 Chagny/Saint-LÉger-sur-Dheune (1B, 1L, 1D)
Arrive to Santenay. Enjoy a tour of the stunning ChÂteau de Santenay and indulge in a wine tasting from local wineries. Continue cruising to Saint-LÉger-sur-Dheune. Enjoy lunch on board while watching the countryside go by. Upon arrival, explore the quaint village or visit the medieval castle of ChÂteau de Couches.
Day 8 Saint-LÉger-sur-Dheune/Paris (1B)
Transfer to Beaune, the historic wine capital of Burgundy. Enjoy a tour with a docent, exploring the Hospices of Beaune, a charitable hospital that has been funded by the annual wine auction for over 155 years. Delve into history and discuss the relationship of the hospice with the powerful wine merchants of Burgundy. Enjoy some free time to explore before catching the train to Paris.
Day 9 Paris (1B)
Explore the historic covered MarchÉ d’Aligre with a local chef and food expert. Rarely visited by tourists, this market is where locals come to shop for food. Meet vendors, enjoy tastings, and learn about the history of the market and the specialties offered here. The afternoon is free to explore the city on your own.
Day 10 Paris (1B)
Enjoy a free day to explore Paris. Opt to visit museums, shop, or take a river cruise.
Day 11 Paris/Bayeux (1B, 1D)
Depart for Giverny to visit Claude Monet’s garden, inspiration for the artist’s water lily series and named as one of National Geographic’s "top 10 most magnificent gardens in the world." Continue on to the pretty port town of Honfleur for a walk with our CEO and some free time. Arrive this evening in Bayeux and enjoy a dinner at a local crÊperie.
Day 12 Bayeux (1B)
This morning, we immerse ourselves in WWII history with a local€credited expert. Begin with a lecture on the Allied invasion and visit a museum to view and handle WWII relics including vintage weapons, uniforms, and maps. Then board a WWII transport vehicle to visit Secqueville-en-Bessin War Cemetery to learn about the significance of poppies — the ultimate emblem of military sacrifice. This afternoon, continue exploring with our CEO, visiting Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, and the American cemetery and memorial.
Day 13 Bayeux (1B)
Today, enjoy an excursion to Mont-Saint-Michel, an island commune off the coast of Normandy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the medieval fortress is considered one of the most stunning and imposing sites in Europe with origins dating back to the 6th century. Take an orientation walk with our CEO then enjoy free time to explore. Opt to visit the abbey, monastery, or museums, or wander the winding lanes and cobblestone streets.
Day 14 Bayeux (1B)
Enjoy a free day to explore Bayeux and its medieval centre. Wander its quaint streets to visit shops and cafÉs then opt to visit the cathedral and the famed Bayeux Tapestry.
Day 15 Bayeux/Paris (1B)
Depart for the river port city of Rouen where we take an orientation walk with our CEO and enjoy some free time. Continue back to Paris where we visit the studio of renowned National Geographic photographer Reza. Enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour with one of Reza’s assistants to learn about his work in conflict zones around the world and how his stunning photos make it from lens to page. After, enjoy some wine and cheese in this artistic setting; if we are lucky, we may even get to meet Reza.
Day 16 Paris (1B)
Enjoy a morning walk with our CEO in the medieval centre of Paris; the Île de la CitÉ. Opt to visit inside Notre Dame, and the Sainte-Chapelle. Afterward, take advantage of free time to explore the city.
Day 17 Paris (1B)
Depart at any time.
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