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
Romaney: Famous for La
Maison du Poulet de Bresse, a restaurant with many local
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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,
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
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
registering on-line or by calling
Wildlight Photography at (612) 804-7377 during the weekday office hours of 9:00 am-4:30 pm
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trip start date are as follows: 150-91 days - 65% of trip cost; 90 days
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
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