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The Waterways of Burgundy


Indulge in the scenery and produce of the famous Burgundy wine region of France along its picturesque waterways. We travel along the Grands Crus Wine Circuit for an authentic flavour of wine-rich France.


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Tour Highlights
  • Excursion along the Grands Crus Wine Circuit
  • Guided tour of Saint-Jean-de-Losne
  • Sightseeing tour of Chalon-sur-Saône
  • Côte Chalonnaise wine tasting
  • A visit to Cirque du Bout du Monde
  • Santenay guided tour and wine tasting
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

London to Dijon

We meet in St Pancras at our dedicated Departure Office ahead of our Eurostar journey to Paris. From here we continue to Dijon by rail where we board our hotel barge, the Jeanine, for a six night cruise along the Burgundy, Saône and Canal du Centre. After a complimentary drink, we enjoy our first dinner on board.

  • Dinner
Day 2

Cruising to Longecourt-en-Plaine

We set sail this morning for Longecourt-en-Plaine, where we pick up the Grands Crus Wine Circuit on an excursion through the six villages in the area that produce the finest Burgundy wines. The 'road of the great wines' runs from Dijon in the north to Santenay in the south, and the route is punctuated by a collection of vineyards and attractive towns that have become prosperous with the growth of the wine trade in this region. Many of the vineyards in this region are quite small, averaging around 10 hectares, producing a small quantity of very high quality wine. Some of the best vintages require between 10 and 20 years to mature, further restricting the volume of wine produced. Following our time along this captivating wine route we return to the ship in time for dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3

Continue to Saint-Jean-de-Losne

We join the River Saône this morning, stopping in Saint-Jean-de-Losne for a guided tour that explores the city's history, in particular the siege of 1636. Saint-Jeande- Losne has long been famous as one of the 'barging capitals' of France, and all along the canal that runs through the town are barges in different states of repair. Perhaps use this opportunity to visit the Saint-Jean-Baptiste church, with its beautiful 18th century organ, or explore the Musée de la Batellerie. This museum provides a fascinating insight into the history and traditions of this canal-faring town.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Chalon Sur Saone
Day 4


Continue sailing through verdant landscapes as our barge makes its way to Chalon-sur-Saône. Here we enjoy a guided tour of this town, the birthplace of Joseph Nicéphore Niepce, the inventor who was a pioneer in the field of photography. He developed the heliographic technique which was used to create the oldest surviving photograph from nature. We see the Cathedrale Saint Vincent, a former Roman Catholic building and the old seat of the Bishop of Chalon. Elements of the building date back as far as the 8th century, however the Gothic outer works are from the 19th. It was made a national monument of France in 1903. Following the tour we enjoy an included tasting of Côte Chalonnaise wines.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
MS Jeanine
Day 5

Chagny and Cirque du Bout du Monde

After some scenic sailing this morning, we embark on an optional hike to the Cirque du Bout du Monde, 'the Circle at the Edge of the World', which boasts views out across the hilly terrain and an 80 foot high waterfall.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 6-7

Santenay wine tasting and return to London

We arrive into Santenay today, a historical wine village, where we indulge in a wine tasting session of local produce. Santenay's wine is traditionally red and much more deeply coloured than its further northern counterparts, made from the pinot noir grape. The wine itself is considered to be more rustic in style and slightly less sought after than its more refined neighbours. Afterwards we continue down river to St Leger-sur-Dheune, enjoying a Gala dinner on arrival. On Day 7 we return to Paris for the Eurostar service back to London, where our tour concludes on arrival.


The itinerary may differ depending on departure.

  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Breakfast

Included in your Tour

Grands Crus Wine Circuit

The 'road of the great wines' provides us with an excursion into the heart of France's famous Burgundy wine country. We wend our way past verdant vineyards and quaint, historic towns on a journey through the heart of one of the most revered wine routes in the world.


Our time here is spent exploring this historic city with a guided tour. We see the Saint-Jean-Baptiste church and the Musée de la Batellerie.


The birthplace of Nicéphore Niepce, a photography pioneer, Chalon-sur-Saône provides us with plenty of historical insight into the past of this region on our guided tour.


The historic wine village of Santenay provides the perfect place for a tasting of locally grown wines.


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