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Burgundy Barging

With Lyon and Paris

From $6,297
total price from Boston, New York
$5,695 air, land & barge cruise inclusive plus $602 airline taxes and fees
Tour Days
12 days
Tour Membership
12-20 guests
Post-Tour Extension

Physical Activity Level:

Overview

Once reserved only for royalty, the scenic canals of France now welcome travelers seeking intimate encounters with rural life. Aboard a privately chartered barge, we savor fine French food and wine, and new friends as we leisurely ply the waterways of the Rhone-Rhine and Burgundy canals. Combined with stays in Lyon and Paris, this tour embraces the good life, French style.

Tour Details

Burgundy Barging

With Lyon and Paris

From $6,297

total price from Boston, New York
$5,695 air, land & barge cruise inclusive plus $602 airline taxes and fees

Tour Days
12 days

Tour Membership
12-20 guests

Optional Extension

Physical Activity Level:

Tour Days
12 days

Tour Membership
12-20 guests

Optional Extension

Physical Activity Level:

Overview

Once reserved only for royalty, the scenic canals of France now welcome travelers seeking intimate encounters with rural life. Aboard a privately chartered barge, we savor fine French food and wine, and new friends as we leisurely ply the waterways of the Rhone-Rhine and Burgundy canals. Combined with stays in Lyon and Paris, this tour embraces the good life, French style.

Small Group Highlights

  • Six-night privately chartered barge cruise
  • Lyon sightseeing
  • Tour of Saline-Royale saltworks UNESCO site
  • Informal atmosphere of barge cruising
  • Wine and all bar drinks on board
  • Opportunities to walk or bicycle along canals and through villages
  • Rural French scenery
  • Visit to charming town of Dole
  • Remote village of Petit-Ouges
  • Grand Crus wine route excursion and wine tasting
  • Paris city tour including the Louvre
  • Free time to explore Paris

Day-by-Day Itinerary

B
= Breakfast Included
L
= Lunch Included
D
= Dinner Included
1
Depart U.S. for Lyon, France
Depart U.S. for Lyon, France
2
Arrive Lyon
D
D
Arrive Lyon

After arriving in Lyon today, we meet our Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director and fellow travelers at a briefing about the journey ahead, followed by a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

After arriving in Lyon today, we meet our Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director and fellow travelers at a briefing about the journey ahead, followed by a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

3
Lyon
B
B
Lyon

Today’s tour of France’s second largest city features the beloved Fourvière Basilica and the ruins of the Gallo-Roman theater. We also see Lyon’s mind-boggling tromp d’oeil murals and Renaissance-era Vieux Lyon. Then we’re free for independent exploration in this city rich in history, culture, and gastronomy. With lunch and dinner on our own, we can indulge in some noted local fare – perhaps at a bouchon, a traditional tavern serving Lyonnais specialties.

Today’s tour of France’s second largest city features the beloved Fourvière Basilica and the ruins of the Gallo-Roman theater. We also see Lyon’s mind-boggling tromp d’oeil murals and Renaissance-era Vieux Lyon. Then we’re free for independent exploration in this city rich in history, culture, and gastronomy. With lunch and dinner on our own, we can indulge in some noted local fare – perhaps at a bouchon, a traditional tavern serving Lyonnais specialties.

4
Lyon/Beaune/Besançon/Board MS Jeanine
B
D
B
D
Lyon/Beaune/Besançon/Board MS Jeanine

This morning we set out by coach for Beaune, gateway to the Burgundy wine region. On our walking tour of this walled town, we visit the renowned Hôtel Dieu Museum, with its colorful tiled roof, vineyard, and paintings of “The Last Judgment” by Flemish master Van der Weyden. Then we continue on to Besançon, where we board the privately chartered barge MS Jeanine and enjoy a welcome reception and the first of our meals on board.

This morning we set out by coach for Beaune, gateway to the Burgundy wine region. On our walking tour of this walled town, we visit the renowned Hôtel Dieu Museum, with its colorful tiled roof, vineyard, and paintings of “The Last Judgment” by Flemish master Van der Weyden. Then we continue on to Besançon, where we board the privately chartered barge MS Jeanine and enjoy a welcome reception and the first of our meals on board.

5
Barging – Besançon/Ranchot
B
L
D
B
L
D
Barging – Besançon/Ranchot

We depart by coach this morning for Arc-et-Senans, where we tour the Saline-Royale, the former royal saltworks built in 1775. A UNESCO site, the decommissioned saltworks are known especially as a rare example of industrial architecture. Following our tour of the museum and grounds, we return to MS Jeanine and get our first taste of barging as we ply the waters of the Rhone-Rhine Canal, passing through rolling countryside dotted with ancient villages, farms, and vineyards. We’re bound for Ranchot, where we spend the night.

We depart by coach this morning for Arc-et-Senans, where we tour the Saline-Royale, the former royal saltworks built in 1775. A UNESCO site, the decommissioned saltworks are known especially as a rare example of industrial architecture. Following our tour of the museum and grounds, we return to MS Jeanine and get our first taste of barging as we ply the waters of the Rhone-Rhine Canal, passing through rolling countryside dotted with ancient villages, farms, and vineyards. We’re bound for Ranchot, where we spend the night.

6
Barging – Ranchot/Dole
B
L
D
B
L
D
Barging – Ranchot/Dole

This morning we continue on our leisurely course towards the small town of Dole in France’s Jura region. Our barge carries bicycles on board, so we have the opportunity to ride along the towpath that follows our route on the canal. Early this afternoon we reach Dole, a charming and refreshingly untouristed town with a well-preserved historic center lined with 17th-century stone buildings. Here we set out on a unique tour visiting Dole’s highlights following the cobblestoned “Trail of the Perched Cat,” a reference to the popular French tales of the “Perched Cat,” whose author lived here as a young boy. We also visit the home of scientist Louis Pasteur. Then we return to our barge for dinner and an overnight on board.

This morning we continue on our leisurely course towards the small town of Dole in France’s Jura region. Our barge carries bicycles on board, so we have the opportunity to ride along the towpath that follows our route on the canal. Early this afternoon we reach Dole, a charming and refreshingly untouristed town with a well-preserved historic center lined with 17th-century stone buildings. Here we set out on a unique tour visiting Dole’s highlights following the cobblestoned “Trail of the Perched Cat,” a reference to the popular French tales of the “Perched Cat,” whose author lived here as a young boy. We also visit the home of scientist Louis Pasteur. Then we return to our barge for dinner and an overnight on board.

7
Barging – Dole/Saint-Jean-de-Losne
B
L
D
B
L
D
Barging – Dole/Saint-Jean-de-Losne

We spend the morning cruising towards Saint-Jean-de-Losne, the region’s traditional barging hub at the confluence of the Saône River and the Burgundy Canal. After lunch on board, we explore the town and tour the Musée de la Batellerie, where we learn about the history of boating on the canals of France.

We spend the morning cruising towards Saint-Jean-de-Losne, the region’s traditional barging hub at the confluence of the Saône River and the Burgundy Canal. After lunch on board, we explore the town and tour the Musée de la Batellerie, where we learn about the history of boating on the canals of France.

8
Barging – Saint-Jean-de-Losne/Petit-Ouges
B
L
D
B
L
D
Barging – Saint-Jean-de-Losne/Petit-Ouges

Built between 1775 and 1832 to allow cargo to move between the Atlantic and Mediterranean, the Burgundy Canal is one of historic import – and contemporary allure. We travel a portion of this celebrated waterway today as we barge to Petit-Ouges. Again, we may choose to bicycle along the canalside path, or simply relax on deck sipping French wine as we watch the gentle rural scenery unfold. This afternoon we dock in tiny Petit-Ouges, where we embark on an excursion along the Grand Crus wine route that comprises some of the area’s finest and most prestigious wineries. And naturally, we stop along the way for a wine-tasting session.

Built between 1775 and 1832 to allow cargo to move between the Atlantic and Mediterranean, the Burgundy Canal is one of historic import – and contemporary allure. We travel a portion of this celebrated waterway today as we barge to Petit-Ouges. Again, we may choose to bicycle along the canalside path, or simply relax on deck sipping French wine as we watch the gentle rural scenery unfold. This afternoon we dock in tiny Petit-Ouges, where we embark on an excursion along the Grand Crus wine route that comprises some of the area’s finest and most prestigious wineries. And naturally, we stop along the way for a wine-tasting session.

9
Barging – Petit-Ouges/Dijon
B
L
D
B
L
D
Barging – Petit-Ouges/Dijon

We spend our last morning on the canal en route to Dijon, traveling through the lush green landscapes of the Saône Valley. This afternoon we embark on a guided tour of Dijon, capital of the Burgundy region know for its restored medieval center, its rich architecture ranging from Gothic to art deco, the beautiful covered market of Les Halles, and of course, its mustard. Back on board MS Jeanine, tonight we raise our glasses to our barge adventure at a gala dinner.

We spend our last morning on the canal en route to Dijon, traveling through the lush green landscapes of the Saône Valley. This afternoon we embark on a guided tour of Dijon, capital of the Burgundy region know for its restored medieval center, its rich architecture ranging from Gothic to art deco, the beautiful covered market of Les Halles, and of course, its mustard. Back on board MS Jeanine, tonight we raise our glasses to our barge adventure at a gala dinner.

10
Disembark/Dijon/Paris
B
B
Disembark/Dijon/Paris

We bid adieu to Burgundy today as we board the TGV high-speed train for the 1½-hour journey to Paris. After arriving in the French capital this afternoon, we embark on a panoramic tour that passes all the highlights: Notre Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysées, the Seine. Then we’re free for dinner on our own in this city celebrated for its cuisine.

We bid adieu to Burgundy today as we board the TGV high-speed train for the 1½-hour journey to Paris. After arriving in the French capital this afternoon, we embark on a panoramic tour that passes all the highlights: Notre Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysées, the Seine. Then we’re free for dinner on our own in this city celebrated for its cuisine.

11
Paris
B
D
B
D
Paris

The City of Light, a moveable feast, all things artful and cultural – and that’s just a taste of this most celebrated of all capital cities. This morning we visit the Opéra Garnier, the opulent opera house now used for ballet performances and setting for Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera. If the Opéra Garnier is unavailable, we will visit the Musée Rodin, set in the sculptor’s former workshop and gardens. This afternoon is free for independent exploration – perhaps to remain at the museum; explore the historic Marais district or relax in elegant Place des Vosges; enjoy a bateau mouche ride on the Seine; see the dazzling stained glass at medieval Ste-Chapelle; or get a bird’s-eye view of the city from atop the Eiffel Tower … the options are truly endless. Tonight, we celebrate our Gallic sojourn over a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

The City of Light, a moveable feast, all things artful and cultural – and that’s just a taste of this most celebrated of all capital cities. This morning we visit the Opéra Garnier, the opulent opera house now used for ballet performances and setting for Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera. If the Opéra Garnier is unavailable, we will visit the Musée Rodin, set in the sculptor’s former workshop and gardens. This afternoon is free for independent exploration – perhaps to remain at the museum; explore the historic Marais district or relax in elegant Place des Vosges; enjoy a bateau mouche ride on the Seine; see the dazzling stained glass at medieval Ste-Chapelle; or get a bird’s-eye view of the city from atop the Eiffel Tower … the options are truly endless. Tonight, we celebrate our Gallic sojourn over a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

12
Depart for U.S.
B
B
Depart for U.S.

We transfer to the airport this morning for our return flight to the U.S.

We transfer to the airport this morning for our return flight to the U.S.

Reverse barge itinerary: Dijon to Besançon
  • Apr 29
  • May 13
  • May 27
  • Sep 2
  • Sep 16
  • Sep 30

Tour Price Includes

  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities
  • 10 nights’ accommodations: 4 nights in Superior First Class hotels; 6 nights aboard First Class MS Jeanine
  • 23 meals: 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Private 6-night barge cruise on the Rhone-Rhine and Burgundy canals
  • Unlimited beer, wine, and soft drinks at meals and at bar aboard barge
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)

Average Daily High by Month (°F )

  Apr May Jun Sep Oct
Lyon 61 69 76 73 63
Burgundy 60 68 74 71 62
Paris 60 67 73 70 61

Average Temperature (°F )

  Apr May Jun Sep Oct
Lyon 61 69 76 73 63
Burgundy 60 68 74 71 62
Paris 60 67 73 70 61

Dates & Prices

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Post-Tour Extension

Paris – On Your Own

3 days, 2 nights
From
$435
+ $395 Single Supplement

Paris – On Your Own

3 days, 2 nights
From
$435
+ $395 Single Supplement

See more of this wondrous city on your own, at your own pace.

Post-Tour Extension Price Includes

  • 2 nights’ accommodations at Hôtel Edouard 7 (Superior First Class)
  • 2 meals: 2 breakfasts
  • Transfer to Paris airport

Accommodations

Tour Directors

Caroline Buizza

“Caroline’s sparkling personality, good humor, and wit made our tour extra-special: one of the best guides ever!”

Sallie & John Kingham
Yardley, PA

Laurent Pesneaud

“Wow! A Renaissance Man. Very knowledgeable and very skillful with our diverse group. Patient and kind. Great sense of humor.”

Mildred & John Olson
Moseley, VA

Balwinder Probhakar de Bois-Juzan

“Balwinder went over and above in helping us. She recognized our needs without our asking! Extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to be with!”

Cynthia Mall
Newman, CA

Martin Pénicaud

"Martin was warm, helpful, full of joy and energy. He shared an incredible amount of information easily…Truly a professional. Would love to do another tour with him!"

Christine George & Robert Ramsey
Tacoma, WA

Aurélie Fourteau

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Tour Directors

Balwinder Probhakar de Bois-Juzan

“Balwinder went over and above in helping us. She recognized our needs without our asking! Extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to be with!”

Cynthia Mall
Newman, CA

Martin Pénicaud

"Martin was warm, helpful, full of joy and energy. He shared an incredible amount of information easily…Truly a professional. Would love to do another tour with him!"

Christine George & Robert Ramsey
Tacoma, WA

Aurélie Fourteau

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Caroline Buizza

“Caroline’s sparkling personality, good humor, and wit made our tour extra-special: one of the best guides ever!”

Sallie & John Kingham
Yardley, PA

Laurent Pesneaud

“Wow! A Renaissance Man. Very knowledgeable and very skillful with our diverse group. Patient and kind. Great sense of humor.”

Mildred & John Olson
Moseley, VA

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Guest Photos & Testimonials

We've already recommended this particular tour to a friend and a family member. This tour is a true gem.
Harry & Elizabeth Redd
Rockville, MD
A very relaxing yet lovely way to visit rural France. The almost daily excursions were a good balance to relaxing on the barge.
Robert Washburn & Judith Drasin
Philadelphia, PA
Another EXCELLENT Odysseys trip. As we have reflected [during] the past few days [at] home, we are so very pleased with it all. Thank you.
Christine George & Robert Ramsey
Tacoma, WA
I really enjoyed the barge portion of the tour. It was everything I had hoped it to be. And the food was far, far beyond expectation.
Kevin Murphy
Rochester, MI
We've already recommended this particular tour to a friend and a family member. This tour is a true gem.
Harry & Elizabeth Redd
Rockville, MD
A very relaxing yet lovely way to visit rural France. The almost daily excursions were a good balance to relaxing on the barge.
Robert Washburn & Judith Drasin
Philadelphia, PA
Another EXCELLENT Odysseys trip. As we have reflected [during] the past few days [at] home, we are so very pleased with it all. Thank you.
Christine George & Robert Ramsey
Tacoma, WA
I really enjoyed the barge portion of the tour. It was everything I had hoped it to be. And the food was far, far beyond expectation.
Kevin Murphy
Rochester, MI
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