On this cruise you will be taken on a magnificent journey through the Saône-et-Loire and La Côte d'Or regions of France. We will cruise gently past the banks of the Saône River, the “sacred water” with its preserved nature, and discover all the attractions of the Canal du Centre, “the canal of the two seas”, linking the Saône River to the Loire River. Then, we will pass through hills and lush, green pastures, invigorating forests and countryside, discovering the Burgundy Canal and its wonderful, rural landscapes. At the crossroads of the most renowned wine appellations, we will cruise alongside the great vineyards of the Côte Chalonnaise and the Côte de Beaune. This itinerary was created to discover all the famous destinations and each unique and authentic town, so prepare to be captivated by its many facets.
DAY 1: Dijon - SAINT-LEGER-SUR-DHEUNE
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 - CHAGNY
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 which 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 - CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE
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, 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 - SAINT-JEAN-DE-LOSNE
This morning will be spent cruising towards Saint-Jean-de-Losne. Bicycles are available on board 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. Afterwards, we’ll return on board.
DAY 5: SAINT-JEAN-DE-LOSNE - PETIT-OUGES
The whole day will be spent cruising towards Petit-Ouges. Bicycles are available on board 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 - DIJON
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
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.