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The Waterways of Burgundy

(Tour code: CDR6)Dijon to Besancon

Cruise Burgundy's charming canal network on this inspiring tour of eastern France. Delightful vineyards and ancient châteaux's line the shore as we pass through some of the nation's most celebrated wineries.


Take advantage of our special offer on the 14th October 2016 departure of the Waterways of Burgundy - buy one place and get the other half price. To claim this offer, please call 01904 734 359 and quote code: CDR6BOGHP. View terms and conditions.

Tour Highlights
  • Excursion along the Grands Crus wine route
  • ‘Circuit of the Three Wash Houses’ tour through Petit-Ouges
  • Visit the Saint-Jean-de-Losne, the canal capital of France
  • ‘Trail of the Perched Cat’ themed tour of Dole
  • Cruise through the Saône Valley
  • Visit to Saline-Royale, a UNESCO World Heritage site
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
  • Optional Bag Concierge
  • All-Inclusive Board Basis

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

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Day 1

Boarding at Dijon

Board the Eurostar from our dedicated St Pancras Departure Office and head to Paris, continuing on to Dijon, where we board our vessel, the MS Jeanine. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner.

Day 2

To Petit-Ouges

This morning, we embark on an excursion along the Grands Crus wine route. Heralded amongst the finest wine routes in France, the Grands Crus winds a path through some of Burgundy's most celebrated and revered vineyards, passing traditional French gites and farming villages. Later, our ship continues on through the verdant Saône Valley towards Petit-Ouges. On arrival, we embark on the popular 'Circuit of the Three Wash-Houses'; a relaxing walking route through this quiet area of Greater Dijon and a fantastic chance to marvel at the impressive scenery.

MS Jeanine
Day 3


The morning starts with a visit the canal capital of France, Saint-Jean-de-Losne, situated at the centre point of the French canal system in southern Burgundy. 

Day 4

Onwards to Dole

We begin our morning with an exploration of Saint-Jean-de-Losne, one of the most important waterway marinas in France. The city is steeped in history and has a long past linked to the canals here. Perhaps take in some of the key sights, including the Gothic style church and the Water Station, an important point on the network between Burgundy and Paris. Back aboard, we continue on toward Dole, arriving that afternoon.

Notre Dame, Dole
Day 5

Ranchot and ‘The Perched Cat’

Embark on a charming excursion around the small town of Dole this morning, following the "trail of the Perched Cat". A reference to the series of fairy tales written by childhood resident Marcel Aymé, the Trail takes in some of Dole's most picturesque landmarks, including the impressive Basilique Notre-Dame de Dole and the childhood home of Louis Pasteur. Back aboard, we continue on towards Ranchot at an easy pace perfect for admiring the passing scenery.

Day 6

Saline-Royale & Besancon

After a morning spent cruising France's waterways, we depart our mooring by coach, bound for Arc-et-Senans for a tour of the Saline Royale. The Royal Saltworks is one of France's most impressive examples of early Enlightenment themes within architecture. First built in the 18th century, the Saltworks were one of France's most prominent and productive factories, with many of the workers living onsite within the building's semi-circled walls. Now a museum dedicated to a variety of exhibitions, the Saline Royale boasts UNESCO World Heritage status. We then return to our vessel at Besancon and enjoy a farewell Captain's Gala dinner to mark our last evening on board. 

Homeward Bound
Day 7


Today we disembark in Dijon and return to London via Paris and the Eurostar.


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