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. Dinner on board.
DAY 2: SAINT-LEGER-SUR-DHEUNE - SANTENAY - CHAGNY
Departure by coach toward Nolay, where we will find our trailhead to hike to the Cirque du Bout du Monde, a Natura 2000 natural site. You'll see for yourself 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. Continuation by coach toward Mont de Sène, an ancient Celtic religious site which overlooks the Santenay vineyards from a height of over 1,700 feet high. Back on board in Santenay. In the afternoon, 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 is spent cruising toward Chagny.
DAY 3: CHAGNY - CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE
Morning spent cruising toward Chalon-sur-Saone. You have the possibility to bike along the banks of the Doubs River by taking the Green Way bike path(1). In the afternoon, walking tour of Chalon-sur-Saône, birthplace of Joseph Nicéphore Niepce, who, in 1824, was one of the inventors of photography.Back on board.
DAY 4: CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE - SAINT-JEAN-DE-LOSNE
Morning spent cruising toward Saint-Jean-de-Losne. Bicycles are available on board if you would like to ride along the canal's banks(1). In the afternoon, guided tour of Saint-Jean-de-Losne, which will end with a tasting of local specialties from Burgundy. Back on board.
DAY 5: SAINT-JEAN-DE-LOSNE - PETIT-OUGES
The whole day is spent cruising toward 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). Arrival in Petit-Ouges late in the afternoon.
DAY 6: PETIT-OUGES - DIJON
Morning spent cruising toward Dijon. In the afternoon, 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. Gala dinner on board.
DAY 7: DIJON
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.