Quintessential Burgundy – Lesbian Travel

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FRANCE

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Float down the Saône River, drifting from one stunning landscape to another.  Bike through vineyards and forests and indulge in its unforgettable flavours.  Then head to Paris for two nights of discovery for all of your senses.

Days
10

Style
Active

From
$2720

Quintessential Burgundy – Lesbian Travel

Map of Quintessential Burgundy

There may be no more beautiful way to explore the countryside villages of timeless Burgundy than from a river barge coasting the Saône River. Drift from one stunning landscape to another, stopping to roam the region’s famous vineyards, ride bikes through its vast forests, and indulge in its unforgettable flavours. Then head to Paris for two nights of exploration for all of your senses. This is a unique perspective of the France you’ve dreamed about. Embrace it.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS – All prices are for Twin main Deck, please check with us if you would like an upgrade to your room, I will provide the price

Tour Highlights

  • Bike through vineyards and villages on your way to Dijon

  • Enjoy a Burgundy wine lesson and tasting

  • Explore the historic Hospices of Beaune

  • Visit some local Parisian markets

Full Itinerary

DIJON

Arrive at any time.

Please note that most flights arrive in Paris, approx 340kms away. There are frequent trains that run between Paris and Dijon – make sure to arrive in Dijon in time for the 6pm welcome meeting this evening.

 Dijon, Palace, History
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
1h 18:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation

Mercure Dijon (or similar)

DIJON

Enjoy an orientation walk in the morning to explore Dijon. Visit the Ducal Palace, the local market and the old town. In the afternoon, enjoy free time before transferring to the river barge and embarking the Danièle.

 

 Dijon, France, Building, Old Town
Dijon Orientation Walk
Dijon

Explore the capital of the Dukes of Burgundy. Dijon was once second only to Paris as a centre of power in France. Visit the Ducal Palace, the local market, and the old town.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

DIJON/LONGECOURT-EN-PLAINE

Cycle to Gevrey-Chambertin, a small but well known Burgundy village. Enjoy wine tasting at a local winery and continue to Côte de Nuits before meeting the barge in Longecourt-en-Plaine. This mostly flat route is the best way to see quintessential Burgundy.

Gevrey Chambertin and Marsannay Château Excursion
Dijon – Longecourt-en-Plaine40km

Leave the river behind and cycle into the countryside of Gevrey Chambertin. Explore the small village located on the Route des Grands Crus in the Côte de Nuits. The town is famous for the Grand Cru Burgundy wine which is produced nearby. Cycle on to the Château de Marsannay for a wine tasting of some of the region’s best wines.

 Girl, Morning, Forest, Cycling, Autumn
Danièle Riverboat
Dijon – Longecourt-en-Plaine

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

LONGECOURT-EN-PLAINE/SAINT-JEAN-DE-LOSNE

Start the day with a walk around the beautiful lush gardens of Château de Longecourt, a typical Burgundy castle. Continue the morning walking along the canal stopping in small villages and looking at the various locks. Enjoy the Burgundy canal as we walk a 10km (6 mi) stretch of the canal between Longecourt and St-Jean-de-Losne. Free time in the evening to visit St-Jean-de-Losne.

You can rejoin the barge at any of the four locks along the way. Opt to use one of the bikes to ride ahead of the walkers.

Danièle Riverboat
Longecourt-en-Plaine – Saint-Jean-de-Losne

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

Cliff, River, Shore, Barge, Village

Saint-Jean-de-Losne Visit
Saint-Jean-de-Losne

One of the capitals for the river barging world, Saint-Jean-de-Losne is located at a crossroads of waterways. The local cafés are still often occupied by regulars of the canal barges and riverboats, so grab a table and get to know the locals while enjoying a bite of lunch. Relax in the sunshine with a glass of wine, or opt to walk just outside the town to the local picturesque woodlands.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

SAINT-JEAN-DE-LOSNE/CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE

While sailing along the Saône River take in a presentation by a local winemaker and enjoy a horizontal tasting. Spend a relaxing afternoon walking through the footpaths around Chalon-sur-Saône. Choose to do some shopping in town or relax on board with a glass of local wine.

 Lyon, Bridge, Rhône, River, Saône
Danièle Riverboat
Saint-Jean-de-Losne – Chalon-sur-Saône

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Burgundy Wine Talk and Horizontal Tasting

Enjoy an expert presentation by a local winemaker on the vineyards and wines of Burgundy. Learn about the various vineyards and AOC. Enjoy a horizontal tasting (different wines from the same year) focusing on the two main vineyards of the region: Côte de Nuits reds and Côte d’Or whites.

Wine, Winery, Burgundy, Rioja, Cava

Meals included:

Breakfast

CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE/CHAGNY

Cycle along the Côte de Beaune, stopping at villages and vineyards along the way. Explore the vineyard of Puligny Montrachet and Meursault while stopping to sample some wines. This mostly flat ride is an ideal way to experience quintessential Burgundy. Opt for lunch in town before returning to the barge.

Danièle Riverboat
Chalon-sur-Saône – Chagny

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

Côte de Beaune Cycling
Verdun-sur-le-Doubs – Chagny 35-40km

Bike along the vineyards of the Côte de Beaune. Famous for its white wines, these small roads are dotted with villages and vineyards.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

CHAGNY/SAINT-LÉGER-SUR-DHEUNE

Enjoy a quiet morning on board before a walk to the Chateau de Santenay vineyard with an included wine tasting. Continue cruising to Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune. Upon arrival, opt to visit the Château de Couches, a spectacular medieval castle surrounded by beautiful countryside.

 Chateau De Courances, Castle, Historical
Danièle Riverboat
Chagny – Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

Chateau de Santenay Wine Tasting
Chateau de Santenay

Enjoy a leisurely walk from the barge to Chateau de Santenay vineyard. One of the largest wine-producing estates in Burgundy, take time to explore the beautiful grounds before tasting some of the property’s wines.

Optional Activities – Day 7

Château de Couches Excursion
Chagny

The Château de Couches is a stunning historical monument, home to a rich history and a thriving wine business. Opt for a wine tasting, or explore the grounds on a tour to discover the story of the château.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

SAINT-LÉGER-SUR-DHEUNE/PARIS

Transfer to Beaune, the historic wine capital of Burgundy. Enjoy a tour with a docent, exploring the Hospices of Beaune, a charitable hospital that has been funded by the annual wine auction for over 155 years. Delve into history and discuss the relationship of the hospice with the powerful wine merchants of Burgundy. Enjoy some free time to explore before catching the train to Paris.

 Beaune, France, Historically, Tourism
Private Vehicle
Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune – Beaune1h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Visit Hospices of Beaune

Enjoy a tour with a docent, exploring the Hospices of Beaune, a former charitable hospital that has been funded by the annual wine auction for over 155 years. Delve into History and discuss the relationship of the hospice with the powerful wine merchants of Burgundy.

Local train
Beaune – Paris 2h-2h30m

Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.

PARIS

Explore the historic covered Marché d’Aligre with a local chef and food expert. Rarely visited by tourists, this market is where locals come to shop for food. Meet vendors, enjoy tastings, and learn about the history of the market and the specialties offered here. The afternoon is free to explore the city on your own.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Local Market Visit with a Chef
 Spices, Market, Food, Ingredient, Stall

Explore the historic covered Marché d’Aligre with a local chef and food expert. Rarely visited by tourists, this market is where locals come to shop for food. Meet vendors, enjoy tastings, and learn about the history of the market and the specialties offered here.

Accommodation

Hotel Relais Monceau (or similar)

PARIS

Depart at any time.

 

Meals included:

Breakfast

Inclusions

Accommodation

  • Aboard the Daniele river barge (6 nts), hotel (3 nts).
  • 12 spacious cabins.
    Amenities: each cabin has a window and is equipped with private en-suite facilities (shower and WC), TV, radio, telephone (for internal calls only), safe and independent air-conditioning.Number of cabins : 12
    Maximum passenger capacity : 24
    Number of crew members : 5
    Amenities on board : spacious lounge with bar – restaurant – sun deck with loungers and parasols – barbecue deck – Jacuzzi – bicycles on board available for use by passengers – wifi on board.

Transport

  • All transport to/from included activities and between destinations.
  • Private vehicles, Daniele river barge, bicycle, train, walking.

Activities

  • Orientation walk of Dijon and Ducal Palace.
  • Cycling in the vineyards of Côte de Beaune with wine tasting.
  • Visits to Saint-Jean-de-Losne and Longecourt-en-Plaine.
  • Wine Talk and Horizontal Tasting.
  • Cycle through Gevrey-Chambertin.
  • Wine tasting at the Château de Marsannay.
  • Côte de Nuits visit.
  • Use of bicycles during shore excursions.
  • Tour the Hospices de Beaune with a history docent.
  • Paris culinary experience.

Meals

  • 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners

Exclusions

Insurance

  • Travel Insurance is mandatory for all Brave Women Travel tours. Please forward a copy of your signed policy to our office.

Transport

  • International Airfare

Gratuities

  • Gratuities for the drivers/tour guides

This tour is operated by
G Adventures

Departing: October 13, 2017

From: $2720 USD

Days: 10

Style: Active

Physical Rating: + 3 Moderate

Age Requirement: +18

At A Glance

  • Bike through vineyards and villages on your way to Dijon

  • Enjoy a Burgundy wine lesson and tasting

  • Explore the historic Hospices of Beaune

  • Visit some local Parisian markets

July 13/18 $2,720
May 4/18 $3,049
Oct 13/17 $2,999
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