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Luxury Barging in France

Tour rating: 4.88 / 5, Based on 6 Reviews
Cruise to France

Sit back and relax as you cruise the canals and tranquil waters of the famous Champagne and Burgundy regions of France on a 5-star barge. In 11 days discover top attractions of French towns like Reims, Beaune, and Lyon, go on exclusive wine and champagne tours and visit precious chateaus. Note: Tour starts every Friday from April 5th to October 18th, 2019 (except June 7th and Sept. 27th).

Luxury Barging in France

11 days2 cities
France1 country
Cruise to France
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$8,898
Tour rating: 4.88 / 5, Based on 6 Reviews

Sit back and relax as you cruise the canals and tranquil waters of the famous Champagne and Burgundy regions of France on a 5-star barge. In 11 days discover top attractions of French towns like Reims, Beaune, and Lyon, go on exclusive wine and champagne tours and visit precious chateaus. Note: Tour starts every Friday from April 5th to October 18th, 2019 (except June 7th and Sept. 27th).

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Day-By-Day

Reims

first destination
2 days in the city and 6 days cruising
2 nights in a hotel and 6 nights onboard a ship
Day 1
Arrival to Paris & Train to Reims
Transfer
Transfer

Welcome to the most romantic city in the world and the charming capital of France - Paris! Upon arrival, your driver meets you and takes you to the train station in Paris for your short train ride to Reims.

Day 2
Champagne Tour & Reims Sightseeing
Day tour
Day tour
City tour
City tour
Tasting
Tasting

After breakfast you meet your guide and driver at the hotel and go on a sightseeing tour of main attractions of the Champagne region that is bubbling over with heritage sites and fine Champagne.

Day 3
Transfer to Dole & Embarkation
Transfer
Transfer

In the morning after breakfast, you check out from the hotel. You are transferred to the petite charming town Dole located in eastern France, where you embark the luxurious Hirondelle ship.

Day 4
Enjoying Clos de Vougeot
Day tour
Day tour
Tasting
Tasting

Following breakfast, your barge reaches a special place in the Burgundy wine region, the medieval chateau called Clos de Vougeot. Today you get to visit the Clos de Vougeot, surrounded by a wall. The vineyard has existed since the 12th century.

Day 5
Exploring Dijon
City tour
City tour

Today after breakfast you take a walking tour of the capital city of the historical Burgundy region, the historic town Dijon. During the tour, you visit the local market, the beautiful Ducal Palace and visit the popular mustard shop called Grey Poupon.

Day 6
Sightseeing in Beaune
City tour
City tour

In the morning after breakfast continue your exploration of France. In the afternoon enjoy a tour of the wine capital of Burgundy, charming Beaune. During the tour you get to see the main attractions of the city, including the famous Hotel-Dieu.

Day 7
Experiencing Chagny
Day tour
Day tour

Today after lunch have an outstanding time touring the best-preserved residence of the Dukes of Burgundy, the Chateau de Germolles, located near Chagny. Chateau de Germolles was built in the second part of the 14th century.

Day 8
Chateau de Chamirey Sightseeing
Day tour
Day tour
Tasting
Tasting

Today your cruise vessel reaches its final destination, Saint Leger. After lunch you get to tour the family-run Chateau de Chamirey, renown for delicious high-quality wines. As part of the tour, you have a wine tasting.

5-star hotel
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Collect memories of a lifetime and enjoy your perfect vacation, staying in a stylish 5-star hotel. Offering a wide range of impeccable services, central location, and great facilities to take advantage of, the hotel provides everything a traveler can ask for a nice stay. The pictures in the gallery are examples of 5-star hotels we offer.

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Reims
Lyon

Lyon

second destination
3 days in the city
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 9
Disembarkation, Transfer to Lyon & City Tour
Transfer
Transfer
City tour
City tour

Following breakfast, you disembark the ship. You are transferred to Lyon, the capital city in France’s Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region, and taken to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

Day 10
Beaujolais Tour
Day tour
Day tour
Tasting
Tasting

Today after breakfast in the hotel meet your driver-guide for a half-day tour devoted to exploring the southern Beaujolais area, a hilly region dotted with hilltop villages built in golden stone.

Day 11
Departure from Lyon
Transfer
Transfer

This is the last day of your tour of France. Your driver meets you at your accommodation and takes you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future vacations!

5-star hotel
5

Collect memories of a lifetime and enjoy your perfect vacation, staying in a stylish 5-star hotel. Offering a wide range of impeccable services, central location, and great facilities to take advantage of, the hotel provides everything a traveler can ask for a nice stay. The pictures in the gallery are examples of 5-star hotels we offer.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation in 5-star hotels in the Champagne region and Lyon city center;
  • 6 nights / 7 days in a cabin on board the Belmond MS Hirondelle;
  • 1st class train tickets Paris - Reims;
  • Delicious breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Table d’hôte meals (3 daily) during the cruise including regional specialies and seasonal delicacies unique to the particular area of the cruise. Meal service starts with a dinner on the day of embarkation and ends with breakfast on the day of disembarkation;
  • Tea, coffee, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks throughout the cruise;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • Professional licensed English-speaking guides;
  • All entrance fees according to the program;
  • Support line during the trip.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • A sightseeing tour of main attractions of the Champagne
  • A tour & wine tasting in Clos de Vougeot
  • A walking tour of Dijon
  • A sightseeing tour in Beaune
  • A tour in the Chateau de Germolles & a dinner in a Michelin restaurant
  • A visit to the family-run Chateau de Chamirey & wine tasting
  • A tour with top attractions of Lyon
  • A half-day tour in Beaujolais

What To Know

  • You can expect to find some shops, restaurants, and museums closed for lunch between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
  • French breakfast is not as heavy as other European breakfast meals, it usually includes sweet pastries, toast, fruit, yogurt, cereal
  • Tipping in restaurants might be included in the bill, "service compris" (tip included) or "service non-compris" (tip not included), but in any case, if you liked the service you can leave few Euros on the table either way
  • Most communication equipment takes 220/110 volts, you will need an adapter plug (type E) to make your plug fit into the socket
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