Combining our once-in-a-lifetime Burgundy river barge experience with the rich history of Paris and the WWII chapter of France's north means over two weeks of cultural and gastronomical adventure you'll remember forever. Float by canal to medieval towns and pastoral vineyards, and indulge in plenty of free time to roam gorgeous centuries-old cities, gardens, and grounds. France is ready to excite all your senses.
Duration: 17 Days
Guide (Language): english
Start City: Dijon, France
Guaranteed Departure: No
Physical Demand: Light
Trip Rating: 0%
Trip ID: 166209
End City: Paris, France
|Duration: 17 Days||Guaranteed Departure: Yes|
|For lovers of:||Physical rating: Light|
|Accommodation standard: Moderate%||Traveller Tour Rating: 0%|
|Your Guide: English speaking||Tour code: 166209|
|Starts: Dijon, France||Finishes: Paris, France|
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Please note that most flights arrive in Paris, approx 340kms away. There are frequent trains that run between Paris and Dijon – make sure to arrive in Dijon in time for the 6pm welcome meeting this evening.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
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.
Dijon Orientation Walk
Cycle to Gevrey-Chambertin, a small but well known Burgundy village. Enjoy wine tasting at a Château de Marsannay and continue to Côte de Nuits before meeting the barge in Longecourt-en-Plaine. This mostly flat route is the best way to see quintessential Burgundy.
Gevrey Chambertin Winery in Côte de Nuits Excursion
You can rejoin the barge at any of the three locks along the way. Opt to use one of the bikes to ride ahead of the walkers.
While sailing along the Saône River take in a presentation by a local wine expert and enjoy a horizontal tasting. 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.
Burgundy Wine Talk and Horizontal Tasting
Cycle along the Côte de Beaune, stopping at villages and vineyards along the way. Explore the vineyard of Puligny Montrachet and Meursault while stopping to sample some wines. This mostly flat ride is an ideal way to experience quintessential Burgundy.
Côte de Beaune Cycling
Enjoy a quiet morning on board before a walk to the Chateau de Santenay vineyard with an included wine tasting. Continue cruising to Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune. Upon arrival, opt to visit the Château de Couches, a spectacular medieval castle surrounded by beautiful countryside.
Chateau de Santenay Wine Tasting
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.
Visit Hospices of Beaune
Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))
Local train (3.00-3.50 hours)
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.
Local Market Visit with a Chef
Enjoy the day free to explore Paris. Opt to visit museums, shop or take a river cruise.
Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
Depart Paris for Upper Normandy and the quaint village of Giverny. Impressionist painter Claude Monet lived and worked here from 1883 until his death in 1926. Monet felt that his flower and water gardens here were his greatest works of art and to this day, they are meticulously maintained. These served as inspiration for his celebrated water-lily series and have been named by National Geographic as one of the "10 most magnificent gardens in the world."
Honfleur sits on the estuary where the River Seine meets the English Channel and is considered one of the prettiest port towns in France. Its quaint harbour and historic buildings have always been a draw for artists, including Monet.
Claude Monet's Gardens
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 263km)
Take in scenes of the D-Day landing which had a pivotal role in the history of the world. Visit the moving memorials and beaches and learn about the impact this event had on the direction of the Second World War. The Battle of Normandy Historical Area is considered an open-air museum and includes all the sites, museums and memorials associated with D-Day and the invasion. Old army bunkers and war relics still exist along the five beaches: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword, while museums and memorials throughout the region stand as forceful reminders of this decisive period of WWII. Nearly 30 cemeteries (including American, British, Canadian, French, German and Polish) hold the remains of almost 100,000 young soldiers who never returned from their service in Normandy. Today these memorials offer quiet space for personal reflection for every visitor, young or old, regardless of nationality.
D-Day Historical Experience
D-Day Beaches & Memorials
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.
Excursion to Mont-Saint-Michel
Private Vehicle (3.00-3.50 hours)
Enjoy a free day to explore Bayeux and its medieval centre. Wander its quaint streets to visit shops and cafes and opt to visit the cathedral and the famed Bayeux Tapestry.
Rouen was an important city in the Roman era and Middle Ages, showcased by its historical (and beautiful) centre of Gothic churches and medieval half-timbered houses. it is most notable as the place where Joan of Arc was tried for heresy.
Paris Photography Studio
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
This afternoon, you are free to explore on your own to discover the “je ne sais quoi” of this stunning city. Opt to visit the Eiffel Tower, explore the city's outstanding museums and churches, float down the River Seine on a cruise, or simply people-watch.
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Trip Name: Explore Normandy & Burgundy
Duration: 17 Days
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Trip Code: 166209
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