For fine regional dishes and outstanding wines you can’t beat Burgundy – and now with Locaboat’s self-drive boating holidays you can experience the best of this region along with some exclusive excursions to fascinating places and things to do. Here are some of the best:
The tastes of Burgundy:
Discover local specialities such as ‘escargots de Bourgogne’ (snails from Burgundy), ‘nonettes’ (spiced buns), ‘jambon persillé’ (ham in aspic, with parsley), Burgundy’s famous truffles, ‘beef Bourguignon’, ‘oeufs meurettes’ (eggs in red wine sauce) and much, much more…
1) Gourmet Heritage tour of Chagny (exclusive)
A guided tour of this town’s history and heritage, the best places to eat and pre-arranged tastings of local cheeses, chocolate and preserves.
2) Cookery classes in Rully (exclusive)
Just follow chef’s instructions and you can all prepare the dishes of your choice – macaroons, Burgundy specialities and savoury nibbles. Then taste them and take home a recipe book.
3) Local market cookery morning on your boat!
Sandrine guides you on a Tuesday at Chagny Market, or on a Thursday visiting local food producers based near your mooring, to help you buy what you need for the day’s special menu. Back on board your boat you’ll prepare the meal together – and then you get to eat it!
Know your wines:
Discover the famous appellations that have made Burgundy’s wine estates household names all over the world
1) A vineyard at Chagny
On any day of the week, the actual owners will come and pick you up at the quayside and take you to their wine estate for a guided tour and wine-tasting.
Choose from two options: a wine discovery tour, or a wine and local specialities discovery tour.
2) Wine made by the monks of Cluny Abbey
Your personal guide will lead you in the footsteps of the Cistercian monks to discover the treasures hidden in Cluny’s cellars in this magnificent setting.
3) Wine tours departing from Chagny (exclusive)
Your wine-expert guide will chauffeur you on a half-day tour of the Burgundy vineyards between Beaune and Chagny. Ask him about geology, history, vine-growing or wine-making techniques during your three-hour tour.
4) Discover Chardonnay
Setting off from Chardonnay village itself, your guide will tell you all about the village’s geology as it relates to wine-growing, the grape varieties, and the wines that bear the name.
Heritage and history
Discover the magnificent abbeys and other sacred buildings with which Burgundy is blessed, and the historical importance of this region.
1) A bike ride along the Saone, from Fleurville (exclusive)
Cycling with your guide along the level path you will discover the part played by the river in the local environment and its economic development, how it works (in particular its flood tides), and its fauna and flora. This easy route between Fleurville and Tournus can be adapted to suit the abilities of those taking part.
2) Story telling tour of Tournus (exclusive)
Jarl le Chevelu (Jarl the Hairy) will escort you around Tournus on a tongue-in-cheek historical tour in search of Charles le Chauve (Charles the Bald)!
Two hours packed with anecdotes, thrills and strange discoveries: fun for people of all ages.
And for families with children…
The whole family can have fun and learn new things together; here are some activities that the kids will enjoy just as much as grown-ups.
1) Pre-historic man / archaeologist workshop (exclusive)
Spend an afternoon being a prehistoric man, then an archaeologist at the major site at Solutre! You’ll find that making fire is child’s play, and going hunting using a spear-thrower! Then learn about archaeological digs and claim your souvenir gift. Private workshop reserved for Locaboat.
2) Treasure Hunt at Chalon (exclusive)
Discover the city of Châlon, its history, heritage and culture. By yourself or in a group, solving the clues will lead you to discover the town in a new way. At the end of the treasure hunt, if you’ve got enough right answers, you’ll get a prize, too!
These activities are available with cruise departure points at Saint Léger sur Dheune and Mâcon and must be booked at least one month in advance. They can be accessed on foot from your boat, or transport from the canal is provided where necessary, and they are usually available in French and English.
For more information send a detailed message to Locaboat, including number of cabins you require and your preferred dates. They will reply straightaway with their best cruise options and a quotation.
To preview the boats see www.french-waterways.com/boating-holidays-vacations/hire-boats-locaboat.html.