Barging in Burgundy
May 16–26, 2014
Limited to 18 Travelers!
With its bucolic countryside,luxuriant vineyards and picture postcard towns, France’s Burgundy region is worth a special look. In Beaune, wine capital of Burgundy, marvel at the 15th century Hospices de Beaune, a former hospital that today is a museum showcasing priceless works of art. Explore Dijon, which grew from a fortified Roman settlement to a flourishing medieval provincial capital.Travel the legendary Route des Grands Crus and explore the Côte d’Or region, enjoying wine tastings in châteaux. Embark on a three-night cruise of the Canal du Centre and the Saône River. Disembark in Lyon, where a three-night stay provides the opportunity to see Roman ruins and Renaissance masterpieces.
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Depart for Lyon, France
Arrive at Lyon airport, proceed to Hôtel Carlton Lyon; Welcome Dinner featuring local wine at a local bouchon, a traditional Lyonnaise restaurant
Walking tour of Lyon; Cooking Class; Learn tips and secrets about French cuisine; The lesson includes how to choose ingredients, how to cook in the native style and how to prepare your delectable dishes. Afterward, enjoy your prepared lunch; Enjoy dinner at a local bouchon, a traditional Lyonnaise restaurant
Learn of the beauty and history of Lyon's oldest district, known as Old St. Jean. En route, make a special stop to savor a French specialty
En route to Tournus, visit the local food market at Les Halles. Explore the district of Fourvière, the site of the city's original Roman settlement in the first century B.C. ;Remarkable views of the confluence of the Saône and Rhône rivers as well as the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Arrive in Tournus, a distinctively Mediterranean-flavored town with flat roofs and narrow streets. Walk in the medieval town center and visit the 11th-century St. Philibert Abbey; Embark the Caprice and enjoy a welcome Kir Royal and the presentation of the crew; Welcome Dinner aboard the ship
Sail along the tranquil Saône River; Take in the fine architecture and stroll the colorful food market during a walking tour of Chalon, the birthplace of photography. Experience the Caprice ascending 30 feet through a river lock as we enter the Canal du Centre for a short cruise towards the village of Fragnes
Cruise along the magnificent riverside scenery in the heart of the Côte de Beaune and Chalonnais wine regions. Take advantage of opportunities to walk or cycle between the locks and beside the Canal du Centre. Stop for a look around Santenay, a renowned wine-producing village and home to a castle that once belonged to Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy. Enjoy lunch on the Caprice; Arrive St. Leger sur Dheune
Disembark the Caprice and transfer to Beaune and the Hôtel Le Cep; Discover the highlights of Beaune, known for its beauty, wine and art, Beaune is home to a 15th-century Gothic masterpiece, the Hospices de Beaune, which served as a hospital until 1971; Enjoy a lunch of French specialities at a restaurant in Beaune
Travel to Dijon, the capital of the Dukes of Burgundy. The town’s historic center abounds with notable architecture and landmarks, including stately stone mansions and charming half-timbered houses that date from the 15th and 16th centuries; Feast on a traditional, home-style lunch in Dijon; Scenic drive of the road that links the wine-producing towns of the Côte d’Or. Visit Gevrey-Chambertin, a charming village known for its Côte-de-Nuits wines. Explore the Château du Clos de Vougeot, a Renaissance mansion beloved by Burgundy wine enthusiasts. Conclude with a visit and tasting at the incredible 17th-century Château de Meursault
Enjoy the day at leisure to explore picturesque Beaune; Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant
Depart for the airport in Lyon for your return flights home
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