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Get Away From It All: Saone-et-Loire to the Cote d'Or

Dijon - Dijon - Example 7 Day Cruise aboard Danièle
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From Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune to Dijon, join us for a unique journey along the Burgundy canal to discover cities with distinctive charm. Visit Saint-Jean-de-Losne and its Musée de la Batellerie, recounting the history of navigation, and taste regional products and wines in Santenay. Explore Chalon-sur-Saône, a beautiful city full of art and history, and hike to the Cirque du Bout du Monde for some gorgeous panoramas. Immerse yourself in this relaxing cultural cruise that is sure to delight and inspire.
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Highlights
  • Discover the wine-producing village at Santenay
  • Enjoy a tasting of local wines at Chalon-sur-Saône
  • Explore the canal's banks at Petit-Ouges
  • Visit the most prestigious Burgundy vineyards
Places Visited
  • Europe
  • France
  • Burgundy
  • Saone River
  • Chagny
  • Chalon Sur Saone
  • Dijon
  • Petit Ouges
  • Saint Jean de Losne
  • Saint Leger Sur Dheune
  • Santenay
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Dijon | Embark

Transfer by coach from Dijon to Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune. Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail.

Day 2: Saint-Leger-Sur-Dheune| Santenay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We'll leave by coach for our excursion towards Nolay, where we will find our trailhead to hike to the Cirque du Bout du Monde, a Natura 2000 natural site. We'll see the imposing chalk cliffs carved out by the Cozanne River which created a blind valley, where a waterfall over 80 feet high adds a touch of wonder. We'll continue by coach towards Mont de Sène, an ancient Celtic religious site that overlooks the Santenay vineyards from a height of over 1,700 feet. In the afternoon, we'll walk to the center of Santenay, a charming little wine-producing village with a priceless historical heritage and wine tasting* session at one of the 38 wine producers' in the village. The end of the afternoon will be spent cruising towards Chagny.

Day 3: Chagny

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning will be spent cruising towards Chalon-sur-Saone. Feel free to bike along the banks of the Doubs River by taking the Green Way bike path (1). In the afternoon, join us on a walking tour of Chalon-sur-Saône, the birthplace of Joseph Nicéphore Niepce, who, in 1824, was one of the inventors of photography. Enjoy a tasting* of local wines before returning on board.

Day 4: Chalon-Sur-Saône

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning will be spent cruising towards Saint-Jean-de-Losne. Bicycles are available onboard if you would like to ride along the canal's banks (1). In the afternoon, join us on a guided tour of Saint-Jean-de-Losne and the Batellerie Museum (closed on Mondays), which will end with a tasting* of local specialties from Burgundy. Afterward, we'll return on board.

Day 5: Saint-Jean-De-Losne

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The whole day will be spent cruising towards Petit-Ouges. Bicycles are available onboard at any time if you'd like to take a bike ride along the canal's banks (1). We'll arrive in Petit-Ouges late in the afternoon.

Day 6: Petit-Ouges

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning will be spent cruising towards Dijon. In the afternoon, join us on an excursion along the Burgundy Grands Crus Wine Route. The touristic Grands Crus wine route passes through villages and the finest and most prestigious of the Burgundy vineyards. We'll stop along the way for a wine tasting* session. Tonight is our gala evening and dinner.

Day 7: Dijon | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.

Ship/Hotel

MS Danièle

Danièle on the Canal de Garonne
Dining Room on the Danièle
Lounge on the Danièle

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Main Deck
1 cabin for passengers with reduced mobility. All cabins have a view and include a private bath with shower, TV, radio, cabin-to-cabin telephone, safe, and reversible air conditioning.
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Lower Deck
11 spacious cabins with windows equipped with private bath with shower, TV, radio, cabin-to-cabin telephone, safe, and reversible air conditioning.

Notes

  • 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
CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS
  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED
    • The Cirque du Bout du Monde and the Mont de Sène, spectacular natural sites
    • Wine tasting session in Santenay
    • Chalon-sur-Saône, a town of art and history and birthplace of photography
    • Saint-Jean-de-Losne, the capital of seafarers
    • The Burgundy Grands Crus Wine Route

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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