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Meandering Along the Burgundy, Saône and Centre Canal

Example 7 Day Cruise aboard MS Déborah
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Take a magnificent journey through the Saône-et-Loire and La Côte d'Or regions of France on this 7-day French canal cruise. Sail by the banks of the Saône River and discover the attractions of the Canal du Centre, 'the canal of the two seas.' Linking the Saône River to the Loire River, the Canal du Centre is a must see. Cruise past hills and lush green pastures, invigorating forests and countrysides, stopping to discover small villages and renowned vineyards.
SantenayDijonSaint-Jean-de-LosneVineyardsVillage
Highlights
  • Enjoy a tasting of the famous local wines and other delights
  • Tour Chalon-sur-Saône, birthplace of Joseph Nicéphore Niepce
  • Hike to the beautiful Cirque du Bout du Monde
  • Walk to the center of Santenay, a charming little wine-producing village
Places Visited
  • Europe
  • France
  • Burgundy
  • Saone River
  • Chagny
  • Chalon Sur Saone
  • Dijon
  • Longecourt-En-Plaine
  • Saint Jean de Losne
  • Saint Leger Sur Dheune
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Dijon | Embark

Board the MS Déborah in Dijon at 6 PM and settle into your cabin. Once on board, explore your new home and meet the crew before sitting down for dinner. The ship stays in port overnight.

Day 2: Longecourt-En-Plaine

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning will be spent cruising. Take advantage of this first day cruising to relax and admire the beautiful Burgundy scenery, or to walk or bike alongside the boat on the canal's bicycle path. In the afternoon, join an excursion along the Grands Crus Wine Route. The touristic Grands Crus wine route passes through villages and the finest and most prestigious of the Burgundy vineyards. Return on board in Longecourt-en-Plaine.

Day 3: Saint-Jean-De-Losne

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning will be spent cruising. As you travel, you are free to bike along the Doubs River at any time by taking the Green Way bike path. In the afternoon, join a tour of Saint-Jean-de-Losne. Explore monuments that tell the story of the city's prestigious past, such as the monument commemorating the Siege of 1636, and the Hôtel-Dieu, which was a charitable hospital founded in 1658 and is surrounded by intricately wrought iron railings dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Day 4: Chalon-Sur-Saone

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning will be spent cruising towards Chalon-sur-Saone. As you cruise, you'll admire the Saône River's hilly banks and typical local houses perched on its hillsides. Feel free to ride alongside the boat taking the Green Way bike path. In the afternoon, join a tour of Chalon-sur-Saône, birthplace of Joseph Nicéphore Niepce, one of the inventors of photography.

Day 5: Chagny

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Breakfast and lunch are served on board as the ship cruises towards Chalon-sur-Saône. Alternatively, choose to bike to Chalon-sur-Saône along the banks of the Doubs River. In the afternoon, explore this charming town, the birthplace of Joseph Nicéphore Niepce, who invented photography in 1824. Enjoy an excursion around the old town, which contains wooden framed houses which were constructed during the 15th to 17th centuries. Also, view the Cathedral of St Vincent and classical dwellings from the 17th and 18th centuries. Continue to the town center and enjoy a wine tasting before returning to the ship for dinner.

Day 6: Santenay | Saint Leger Sur Dheune

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Set off towards Santenay, a wine village with a priceless historical and natural heritage, which we will reach during the morning. Set off from the ship and walk to the center of Santenay, a charming little wine-producing village. Join a wine tasting session at one of the 38 wine producers' in the village. In the afternoon, you'll cruise towards Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune. Relax and admire the passing lush landscapes. Late in the afternoon, arrive in St. Leger-sur-Dheune. Tonight is the gala evening and dinner.

Day 7: Saint Leger Sur Dheune | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. Transfer by coach to Dijon, arriving late in the morning.

Ship/Hotel

MS Déborah

Reception on the MS Déborah
Restaurant on the MS Déborah
Lounge on the MS Déborah

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Main Deck
10 double cabins equipped with private bath with shower, TV, cabin-to-cabin telephone, safe, and air conditioning.
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Lower Deck
1 cabin for passengers with reduced mobility equipped with private bath with shower, TV, cabin-to-cabin telephone, safe, and air conditioning.

Notes

This fare includes: 
  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included
This fare includes excludes:
  • Drinks on the wine list
  • Champagne at the bar
  • Drinks served during excursions or transfers
  • Cancellation/baggage insurance
  • Personal expenses

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