Burgundy Canal – Dijon – River Saone – Rhone-Rhine Canal – Canal du Centre – River Seille – Macon – Lyon
The ancient Dukedom of Burgundy is home to possibly the most concentrated essence of the best of France and what is French. With its capital at Dijon, Burgundy is rightly regarded as one of the most attractive yet diverse waterway regions.
West of Dijon, the Burgundy Canal follows the impossibly pretty Ouche Valley, heading towards Paris.
In the east, the Rhone-Rhine Canal threads itself through Franche Comté, past Besancon, alongside and into the River Doubs, bound for Basle and the Rhine.
South, the Canal du Centre breaks away from the Loire valley, looping around to Chalon and finally, bisecting the region north to south, is the ample River Saone gently flowing south to join the Rhone at Lyon.
The unique attractions of the region are world-famous. The many charming historic towns, a legacy from the Duchy’s former golden age, will provide an opportunity to stop, explore and marvel. Romanesque monuments, castles and abbeys are complemented by cities of culture, crammed with art treasures and historic relics. Historic Dijon, home to mustard and brightly coloured tiled roofscapes, Michelin restaurants, Coq au Vin, Bœuf Bourguignon, Charolais cattle and Bresse poultry.
Not forgetting the wine-waiter’s dream team – Beaune, Macon, Nuits-St-George, Beaujolais, Chablis and Cote d’Or.
We feature a comprehensive array of self-skippered (bareboat) hire boats from France’s leading fleets. You can enjoy a superb holiday – vacation aboard your ‘floating home from home’ in Burgundy.
Taking a luxury hotel barge vacation cruise in Burgundy is one of the most enjoyable, most relaxing ways to appreciate its many hundred years of history, heritage and culture; its wine and cuisine!
Memorable all-inclusive Saone and Rhone river cruises from Burgundy to Provence. Stunning views from your cabin window, wining and dining, and fascinating historic town and vineyard excursions.
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France: fresh local produce, superb simple food, sophisticated fine cuisine, Grand Cru wines, Champagne AC, vin ordinaire, boulangerie bread, croissants, gateaux and 246 types of cheese!
Canalside towpaths are flat and well-maintained. Perfect for some enjoyable, gentle cycling or walking through the gorgeous French countryside.
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