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France's Hidden Canals, Burgundy 1528 CourseCatalog/images/new.gif

Discover the Burgundy region of France, cruising through it's historical canal network. Discover the charms of France and the riches of this region through experiential excursions and at your own in an intimate, small group setting.

Day 1: Home - Paris, France - This afternoon, we transfer to Boston International Airport for our transatlantic flight with your Tours of Distinction Tour Director.

Day 2: Paris, France - Transfer to the hotel and check in. Later, we enjoy a guided tour of Paris. With our mini-coach and local guide we discover the mythical sites of the capital. Since its foundation as Lutece on the Ile de la Cite, two thousand years of history have seen eccesiastics, sovereigns and heads of state leave their mark on the city, building churches, erecting monuments and palaces, creating prestigious museums and outlining sumptuous perspectives. Its distinguished ourturiers, perfumers and jewelers have strongly built up Paris's reputation for taste and elegance. A city of festivities, theaters and famous cabarets, Paris also glows from the sparkle and shine of its well-known revues. There is free time in the evening to enjoy this exciting city and experience the local Parisienne cuisine.

Day 3: Paris to Besancon - After breakfast, an optional chocolate tour in Paris is available. Later, transfer to train for a train ride into Besancon. Upon arrival, transfer to your barge for embarkation on the Jeanine. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail and later enjoy our first meal onboard.

Day 4: Besancon to Ranchot - Departure by coach to Arc-et-Senans for the tour of the Royal Saltworks (La Saline-Royale) which was built between 1775 and 1779 by Calude-Nicholas Ledoux the the wishes of King Louis XV.  Today listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this masterpiece consists of a complex of 11 buildings constructed in the shape of a semi-circle, and was where the salt workers lived and worked. There is time for a stroll in the gardens spread out behind the different buildings. Returning to our barge, we spend the afternoon sailing towards Ranchot.

Day 5 - Ranchot to Dole - Our morning is spent cruising towards Dole. During the afternoon, discover Dole, the birthplace of Louis Pasteur, in the company of your guide as you follow the "Trail of the Perched Cat." This is a reference to the author Marcel Ayme, creator of the famous Contes du Chat Perche, who spent his childhood years in Dole. Perched on a limestone hillside alongside the canale, Dole was the capital of the County of Burgundy before it became part of the French kingdom in 1678. Along your tour, you will discover the many historic monuments which have granted Dole the City of Arts and History label. You'll also get to see Louis Pasteur's birthplace which today houses a museum tracing the history of the scientist's life, the Cours Saint-Mauris, a garden where the fluid design of the lower section contrasts with the straight paths of its upper section.  Enjoy the wonderful views over the Chaux forest from the garden's terrace. You will aslo be able to see the former Hotel-Dieu, which was a hospital for the poor built in the 17th century. You will end your visit of Dole with the famous Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame, built between 1509 and 1580, whose bell tower dominates the historic town center. There are many othermonuments that you will be able to admire during the tour as you discover this town steeped in history. Afterwards, enjoy some free time on your own before returning on board for dinner.

Day 6: Dole to Saint-Jean-de-Losne - Morning spent cruising towards Saint-Jean-de-Losne. Saint-Jean-de-Losne is a small town with many monuments bearing testimony to a rich and prestigious past. Today is the capital of barging in France, lying at the heart of the French waterways and canal system in southern Burgundy. With the help of a guided visit of the town, in the company of a registered guide, you'll discover the exterior of the monument Commemorating the Siege of 1636 and the Hotel-Dieu which as a hospital founded in 1658 enclosed by a wrought iron fence dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. You will also visit the Gare d-Eau (or Water station), the Church of St John the Baptisht, built during the 16th century in a mix of Gothic and Renaissance styles, and the Batellerie Museum (also known as the Sailors' House), one of the oldest houses in town, dating back to the 15th century which recounts the history of navigation. Your visit of the town ends at the Hotel de Ville, a former town hall built in the early 17th century, where you'll get the chance to taste some local specialities. Afterwards, enjoy some free time before returning on board. Prior to our evening meal, we will have the opportunity to enjoy a local French Carabet entertainment.

Day 7: Saint-Jean-de-Losne to Petit-Ouges - Morning spent cruising towards Petit-Ouges. As we float by, you will discover the magnificent lush, green landscapes of the Saone Valley. A bike path was created that follows our route on the canal. You are free to take this path whenever your wish, bicyles are availabe on board. At the end of the afternoon, we'll arrive in Petit-Ouges where you can take the time to visit this tiny village as your own pace. Discover the surprising mini-museum dedicated to locks and its collection of photos, post cards and objects related to the Burgundy Canal. Have fun taking in the local curiosities. You can also enjoy a four-kilometer hike on the "Path of the Three Wash Houses," exposing three historic wash houses in very different styles. This little known area of Dijon that traces its roots back to the 7th century will surprise you. We will return on board for dinner. In the evening, partake in a wine and cheese pairing on-board to begin our evening festivities followed by dinner.

Day 8: Petit-Ouges to Dijon - This morning, sit back and admire the vineyards and scenery that slowly pass us by as we cruise. In the afternoon, set off on the Grands Crus Wine Route, including Gevrey-Chambertin and the Clos de Vougeot, with a visit to the Chateau du Clos de Vougeot. As early as the 12th century, monks from the Citeaux Abbey built wine-growning outbuildings in the middle of the vines. The main building strongly influenced by the Renaissance style was added in the 16th century. The Clos Vougeot remains the symbol of more than 1000 years of Burgundy history. The journey continues to a wine estate for a tasting of Burgundy wines. Here you will discover a traditional vineyard, visit the cellars that hold barrels and bottles, then take part in a commented tasting of the famous wines from the region. Tonight is our gala evening as we enjoy our final night onboard.

Day 9: Dijon - Buffet breakfast on board. After disembarkation, our luggage is transferred to our Dijon hotel and we enjoy a tour of this historical city. The historic center is packed with many ancient houses, including some beautifully decorated townhouses (built by wealthy medival burghers) and Parlimentary building, and occupies several hectares of what is know as a Protected Area (to preserve Dijon's ancient monuments and buildings for posterity). Evening at leisure to explore this pedestrian friendly city.

Day 10: Dijon to Home - Transfer by train to Charles-de-Gaulle Airport for the flight home.

Trip includes transfers, airfare, two nights pre-cruise tour of Paris, six night canal cruise on the Jeanine, all meals and beverages onboard, locally-guided excursions, small group setting, fully escorted, six member crew.

Date: August 28 - September 6

Price: 10 days / $4,259 pp/double


Sessions:  1
Dates:  8/28/2018 to 9/6/2018
Meeting Times:  Tuesday 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Wednesday 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Instructor:  Tours of Distinction
$4,259.00   (Class Fee)
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