What is so appealing about pleasure cruising along the canals in France is that it provides the opportunity to take in the idyllic landscapes throughout the journey. Join us on a trip down the waterways, as we discover the quaint local towns and villages that make up part of this cruise; from places steeped in history, such as the Royal Salt works at Arc-et-Senans, to local culinary specialties that delight and surprise the taste buds.
DAY 1: DIJON
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 before dinner.
DAY 2: DIJON - PETIT-OUGES
Join us on an excursion along the Grands Crus wine route. The touristic Grands Crus wine route passes through the finest and most prestigious of the Burgundy vineyards. We’ll stop along the way for a wine-tasting session. We’ll return onboard and cruise to Petit-Ouges, discovering the magnificent lush, green landscapes of the Saône Valley. Upon arrival in Petit-Ouges, discover the “Path of the Three Wash Houses” (1).
DAY 3: PETIT-OUGES - SAINT-JEAN-DE-LOSNE
The whole day will be spent cruising towards Saint-Jean-de-Losne. Take the time to sit back and admire the vineyards and scenery that we’ll slowly pass by as we cruise. We’ll arrive in Saint-Jean-de-Losne late in the afternoon.
DAY 4: SAINT-JEAN-DE-LOSNE - DOLE
Join us on a visit of Saint-Jean-de-Losne, the capital of canal barging in France, which lies at the heart of the French waterways and canal system in southern Burgundy. The afternoon will be spent cruising towards Dole.
DAY 5: DOLE - RANCHOT
Join us on an original and unique tour, following the “trail of the Chat Perché”. This trail refers to the famous tales of a Perched Cat, written be Marcel Aymé who lived in Dole as a child. It also refers to Dole's location, which is perched on a beautiful hillside. We’ll return onboard and cruise towards Ranchot. You can use the bicycles (available on board) to ride on the bike path that follows our route on the canal.
DAY 6: RANCHOT - BESANCON
The morning will be spent cruising. In the afternoon, we’ll set out by coach to Arc-et-Senans for a tour of the Saline Royale. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this royal factory, built between 1775 and 1779 in the shape of a semi-circle, was where salt workers traditionally lived and worked. Tonight is our gala evening.
DAY 7: BESANCON - Dijon
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. Transfer by coach to Dijon. End of our services.