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Indulge in the scenery and produce of the famous Burgundy wine region of France

7 daysFrom £2,195 per person
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Save £300 per person on selected cabin upgrades when you book on or before 7th April 2020 -  if booking online discount will be applied post booking.

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2020 Tour code: CDR20

About the tour

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.

Highlights

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - London to Dijon

We meet at our London St Pancras departure office ahead of our Eurostar journey to Paris. From here we continue to Dijon by high-speed rail where you board your hotel barge, the MS Jeanine.

Includes
  • Dinner
Eurostar
Day 2 - Longecourt-en-Plaine

Dijon was first established as a settlement under the Romans, but was only ever of minor importance and had no established trading reputation. But in 1032, Robert the Old became the first Duke of Burgundy, and proclaimed Dijon as his capital. In this privileged position, the city enjoyed vast wealth and power and developed a rich cultural heritage.

Dijon was then situated on the 'spice route', and became known for its popular gingerbread and eponymous mustard. As the gateway to a number of vineyards, Dijon was also famous for the many wines produced in the Burgundy region. We delve into the history of this delightful city on a guided tour that includes sights such as the Palace of the Dukes and Notre Dame church. Afterwards we set sail for Longecourt-en-Plaine, our mooring point for the night.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
MS Jeanine
Day 3 - The Grands Crus Wine Circuit

We cast off this morning and the Jeanine picks up the Grands Crus Wine Circuit on an excursion to 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 and continue cruising to Auxonne.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dijon
Day 4 - Sailing to Gray

We continue sailing through verdant landscapes as our barge makes its way along the Petite Saône Canal to the town of Gray. From the sun deck, you can enjoy the passing scenery of overhanging trees, cheerful French villages, grand country houses and flower-filled meadows. Why not enjoy a coffee, or something a little stronger, as you pass the time with your fellow passengers?

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
MS Jeanine
Day 5 - Gray and on to Savoyeux

We disembark this morning for a guided tour of Gray, a riverside town with a history that dates back to the 7th century. The centre is a jumble of period houses from across the decades; here 18th-century architecture sits happily alongside 12th-century fortifications and Baroque style chapels. The rest of the day is spent making the leisurely journey to Savoyeux, where we arrive early this evening.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
MS Jeanine
Day 6 - Port-sur-Saône

Our day begins with a guided excursion to Champlitte's medieval castle. Occupying an important defensive position on the boundary line between both the Duchy and County of Burgundy, the castle has been a strategic stronghold as well as family home in its later years. The impressive external structure is complemented by the rustic décor, almost provincial in style. Tonight a special gala dinner is served, helping us celebrate such a memorable cruise.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Champlitte
Day 7 - Return to London

Disembark after breakfast today, meeting your Tour Manager for the return journey to Paris where we join Eurostar service back to London St Pancras International.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Eurostar

Additional information

Shore Excursions - Included in your Tour

Dijon

Your time here is spent exploring this historic destination on a guided tour. Explore the Parliament District and experience the quaint medieval streets that snake across the city.

Grands Crus Wine Circuit

The 'road of the great wines' provides an excursion into the heart of France's famous Burgundy wine country. Wend your 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.

Gray

Enjoy a guided tour of this attractive town, well off the tourist track, and uncover the history of this Gallo- Roman settlement that surely lives up to its translated name of illustrious.

Medieval castle at Champlitte

A listed historical monument since 1909, this castle is also home to the compelling Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions .

Please Note

Please note: Our sailings on 30th May and 13th June operate a different itinerary. Sailing from Dijon, excursions are included to Longecourt-en-Plaine, the Grand Crus Wine Circuit, St Jean de Losne, Chalon sur Saone, a hike to the Cirque du Bout du Monde, Santenay, and St Leger sur Dheune. Please call for more details.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Trains

Eurostar
TGV

Ship

MS Jeanine

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Upgrades

Door to door luggage from £180
Upgrade to Standard Premier Class on Eurostar
London Hotels
UK rail connections

Reviews

75% of travellers would recommend this tour

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Anonymous

Submitted 11/07/2019

great holiday but we had to divert due to lack of water in a canal.Manager and crew made the best of a very difficult situation

Mrs M Rook

Submitted 28/09/2018

well run peacefull and the best GRJ holiday we have had withGRJ

Mrs M Johnson

Submitted 02/07/2018

The boat and tours were good. The return journey a disaster. The itinary was very very different to advertised with no explanation.

Anonymous

Submitted 08/06/2018

Better than i had expected on a small barge. Food and wine and service excellent

Sukiefrom Great Rail Journeys
Thank you for getting in touch, our barge cruises are often surprising - in a good way! It's a much more intimate way to cruise than some of the bigger river and ocean ships, and allows you to see locations you wouldn't be able to travelling any other way.
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Mr J Shipway

Submitted 21/10/2017

Journey not quite as expected.I had downloaded tour CDR17 .The stops on the tour we actually did were not the same and I felt possibly not as interesting.

Mr P Weinberger

Submitted 21/10/2017

It was good but the weather good have been better.

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