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BURGUNDY BY BOAT

A JOURNEY OF FOOD, WINE, CULTURE, AND SCENERY VIA CANAL BOAT THROUGH THE BURGUNDY SAONE REGION OF CENTRAL FRANCE

BRANGES TO GRAY - A THREE REGIONS CRUISE

 

JUNE 23 - JULY 1, 2017

COST:  $4,495.00 pp.

 

SPECIAL OFFER:  REGISTER FOR BOTH THE 2017 FLOWERS OF MONET WORKSHOP AND THE BURGUNDY BY BOAT TRIP AND SAVE 10% ON BOTH VENUES.  [Final cost for this trip: $4045]

Limit:  7 people

  

Included:

RT train transportation between Paris (Gare Lyon) and the Burgundy region.

8 days / 7 nights cruising the rivers and canals of the La Seille and Saone aboard a privately chartered, luxury, canal boat.

Breakfast + (When on board) afternoon wine and appetizers

Sightseeing through historical villages and medieval towns whether by foot or bike (provided).

     Famed the world over for its wines, Burgundy is on of the great historic regions of France dating well back into the Middle Ages. At one time Burgundy was the great dukedom which rivaled in power and prestige with the kingdom of France itself. Today, it is best known locally as the 'green land of running water' and internationally as a wine lovers paradise, the cruising region of Burgundy offers you a chance to savor the beautiful landscapes, fine cuisine, and excellent wines. The pace of life here, both on land and water, is slow and gentle and one to be savored as you cruise through historic locks and quiet waterways.

 

    

Day 1:  Our journey begins in Paris where you will be transported through the French countryside to our overnight hotel in Louhans.
Day 2:  After breakfast and some local sightseeing we will transfer to Branges where we will board our boat and get it outfitted for the journey. Our cruise begins on the La Seille river which is considered to be one of the prettiest small rivers in France.
Day 3-8:  Our daily schedule will be influenced by where we anchor for the night, sailing/lock schedule, and sight seeing times. The canal locks do not open until 9am, close at noon for a one hour lunch and end the day at 7pm. This will give us time for early morning photo ops in the villages where we are anchored and breakfast on board before we begin the day's cruise. Cruising time each day will be around four hours with time available to sightsee in some of the villages along our route. Where possible lunch and dinner will be in a nearby town or village giving us the opportunity to sample the local cuisine.

Some of the villages and town along our route include:

Cuisery:  Noted as one of the four book villages in France. The Church of Notre Dame can also be visited.

Romaney:  Famous for La Maison du Poulet de Bresse, a restaurant with many local specialties.

Tournus:  A city filled with medieval monuments and vestages.The Saint-Philibert church is noted for its high, ivy-covered medieval tower.

Charlon-sur-Saone: A town influenced by the history of the Burgundian Kingdoms. It is noted for its beautiful monuments, marketplace, and the Saint Vincent cathedral. The museum of photography is also located here. The Rully wine region is located nearby so there are a number of local wine cellars where you can taste red wines made from Pinot Noir grapes or the Rully white. It is also where the medieval Chateau of Rully is located with a dungeon dating back to the 12th century.

Chagny:  A pretty small town with plenty of restaurants including the famous Lameloise. It also has an 18th century apothecary shop and contemporary art gallery. The village sits on the border between the Cote de Beaune wine growing area to the north and the Cote Chalonnaise to the south making it an excellent site to tour the local wine cellars and sample the local vintages.

 Verdun-sur-le-Doubs: A quiet little village known for the beautiful Floerew bridge.

Seurre:  Is the native village of the famous French writer Bossuet. Noted also for the popular local dish made from fish, the pochouse serruoise.

Saint-Jean-de-Losne:  At the junction of a number of waterways the city was know as one of the capital of barging in Europe and that history is reflected in the town's culture.

Auxonne:  Sometimes referred to as the "Jewel of the Saone" it is a stronghold community dating to the Middle Ages. The town contains historical structures dating back to the 12-13th centuries. The Chateau Louis XI can also be visited. It is also the home of the artillery school where Napoleon received his training. There is a museum dedicated to him.

Gray:  This is our debarkation site. The large stone banks testify to the importance of the town's trading position since the Middle Ages, its port having been the main trading center in Franche-Comte. The town is proud of its architectural heritage. Along the streets of the "old district of Gray", buildings and mansions present an interesting historic charm. There is a nice view of the town from the 18th century stone bridge.

Day 9:  We will leave our boat in Gray and transfer by taxi to Dijon where we will take the train back to Gare Lyon in Paris. Our arrival time in Paris is estimate to be middle afternoon and the end of our trip.

 Please note that the above itinerary is subject to change due to weather, sailing conditions, and desires of the group, etc. Within the timetable of the trip we will try to be as flexible as possible.

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Typical Boat Features based on eight passenger capacity: Boat type and size will be subject to change based on number of passengers)

  • Four cabins that each have a double bed that can be transformed into two single beds. Hanging cupboard and storage
  • Each cabin has its own shower where possible, hand basin and electric toilets
  • Central saloon and inside steering position.
  • The galley has a large molded work surface and is equipped with refrigerator, oven and two or three ring hob, sink and various storage space.
  • On board electrical power is 12v. When attached, shore power is 220v with French wall plug receptacles.
  • The is an upper level sun deck with direct access to the galley area.

 

 

Registration:                                            ON-LINE REGISTRATION

Trip costs Include: Round trip train and taxi transportation between Paris and our cruise location. Overnight lodging in Burgundy. Boat charter. Bicycles. Breakfast. Afternoon appetizers and wine while on board. Entry fees for designated side trips (e.g. winery trips).

Not Include: Ground transportation to and from designated meeting/departure point in Paris. Damage costs to boat, its supplies and equipment caused by participant. Activities not indicated on itinerary; travel/baggage/accident/cancellation insurance; gratuities; personal use items such as phone, laundry, wine, etc.

Airfares: Air fare costs for flights from participants home city to Paris, France are not included. Participant is responsible for making their own arrangements to arrive in Paris for the start of the trip.

  A deposit of $750.00 is required at the time of registration with the balance due in full one hundred and fifty (150) days prior to the start of the trip.

Reservations: Due to the popularity of this trip, making an early reservation is recommended. You can reserve a place by either registering on-line or by calling Wildlight Photography at (612) 804-7377 during the weekday office hours of 9:00 am-4:30 pm PST. We accept credit cards (VISA, MC, Discover).

Cancellation Policy: Per person charges for cancellations received 150 days or less from the trip start date are as follows: 150-91 days - 65% of trip cost; 90 days or less prior to departure - 100% of trip cost. We recommend that you purchase cancellation insurance as this policy is strongly adhered to. Note: In addition of cancellation fees, deposits required to guarantee hotel rooms or local transportation may be nonrefundable. The purchase of travel insurance covering baggage, accident/life and trip cancellation is highly recommended. Wildlight Nature Photography reserves the right to cancel any group due to insufficient registration. In the even of such cancellation, those with reservations shall be notified as soon as possible and a full refund of trip payment will be given. Wildlight Nature Photography is not responsible for  additional expenses incurred in preparation for a trip.

    Payment of deposit represents an acceptance of both the above and the following terms and conditions:  Wildlight Nature Photography, its affiliates and all cooperating airlines and agencies act only in the capacity of agents in all matter of transportation and tour operation, and their liability is limited to the terms of the airline tickets, boat, and land accommodation contracts. They are not responsible for any delays, inconveniences, accidents, expense or mishap of any kind whatsoever resulting entirely, or in part, from the negligence of others or from causes beyond their control. They can accept no responsibility for photography days lost or other losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, riot, war, quarantine or other causes. All such losses or expenses must be born by the participants as program rates provide for arrangements only for the time stated. The right is reserved to substitute hotels of similar category for those indicated and to make any changes in the itinerary where deemed necessary or caused by changes in air schedules, weather, seasonal variation or naturally occurring geological events. They are not responsible for changes in photography conditions, locations, or subjects due to variations caused by seasonal changes, weather, and/or wildlife movements and migration patterns. Baggage is at owner's risk entirely. No refund can be made for unused hotel rooms, meals, sightseeing trips or tours unless arrangements are made at the time of booking. The right is reserved to decline to accept or to retain any person as a program member for any reason which affects the operation of the program or the rights, welfare, or enjoyment of the other program members, and refund or the recoverable land program services is the limit of the liability of Wildlight Nature Photography and its affiliates.

 

 

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