Explore Normandy & Burgundy

Combining our once-in-a-lifetime Burgundy river barge experience with the rich history of Paris and the WWII chapter of France's north means over two weeks of cultural and gastronomical adventure you'll remember forever. Float by canal to medieval towns and pastoral vineyards, and indulge in plenty of free time to roam gorgeous centuries-old cities, gardens, and grounds. France is ready to excite all your senses.

  • Duration: 17 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 166209
  • Starts: Dijon, France
  • Finishes: Paris, France
You will Visit
  • Dijon
  • Paris



Day 1: Dijon

Arrive at any time.

Additional Notes:
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.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


Day 2: Dijon (1B, 1D)

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.

Additional Notes:
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.

Included Activities:
Dijon Orientation Walk


Day 3: Dijon/Longecourt-en-Plaine (1B, 1D)

Cycle to Gevrey-Chambertin, a small but well known Burgundy village. Enjoy wine tasting at a Château de Marsannay 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.

Included Activities:
Gevrey Chambertin Winery in Côte de Nuits Excursion

Danièle Riverboat


Day 4: Longecourt-en-Plaine/Saint-Jean-de-Losne (1B, 1L)

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

Included Activities:
Saint-Jean-de-Losne Visit

Danièle Riverboat


Day 5: Saint-Jean-de-Losne/Chalon-sur-Saône (1B, 1L)

Cruise along the Saône River before arriving to Chalon-sur-Saône. Take in a presentation by a local wine expert, and enjoy a horizontal tasting on board. 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.

Included Activities:
Burgundy Wine Talk and Horizontal Tasting

Danièle Riverboat


Day 6: Chalon-sur-Saône/Chagny (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Côte de Beaune Cycling

Danièle Riverboat


Day 7: Chagny/Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Chateau de Santenay Wine Tasting

Danièle Riverboat


Day 8: Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune/Paris (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Visit Hospices of Beaune

Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))
Local train (3.00-3.50 hours)


Day 9: Paris (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Local Market Visit with a Chef


Day 10: Paris (1B)

Enjoy the day free to explore Paris. Opt to visit museums, shop or take a river cruise.

Included Activities:
Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos


Day 11: Paris/Bayeux (1B, 1D)

Depart Paris for Upper Normandy and the quaint village of Giverny. Impressionist painter Claude Monet lived and worked here from 1883 until his death in 1926. Monet felt that his flower and water gardens here were his greatest works of art and to this day, they are meticulously maintained. These served as inspiration for his celebrated water-lily series and have been named by National Geographic as one of the "10 most magnificent gardens in the world."

Honfleur sits on the estuary where the River Seine meets the English Channel and is considered one of the prettiest port towns in France. Its quaint harbour and historic buildings have always been a draw for artists, including Monet.

Included Activities:
Claude Monet's Gardens

Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 263km)


Day 12: Bayeux (1B)

Take in scenes of the D-Day landing which had a pivotal role in the history of the world. Visit the moving memorials and beaches and learn about the impact this event had on the direction of the Second World War. The Battle of Normandy Historical Area is considered an open-air museum and includes all the sites, museums and memorials associated with D-Day and the invasion. Old army bunkers and war relics still exist along the five beaches: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword, while museums and memorials throughout the region stand as forceful reminders of this decisive period of WWII. Nearly 30 cemeteries (including American, British, Canadian, French, German and Polish) hold the remains of almost 100,000 young soldiers who never returned from their service in Normandy. Today these memorials offer quiet space for personal reflection for every visitor, young or old, regardless of nationality.

Included Activities:
D-Day Historical Experience
D-Day Beaches & Memorials

Private Vehicle


Day 13: Bayeux (1B)

Today enjoy an excursion to Mont-Saint-Michel, an island commune off the coast of Normandy. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the medieval fortress is considered one of the most stunning and imposing sites in Europe, with origins dating back to the 6th century. Take an orientation walk with our CEO then enjoy free time to explore. Opt to visit the abbey, monastery, or museums, or wander the winding lanes and cobblestone streets.

Included Activities:
Excursion to Mont-Saint-Michel

Private Vehicle (3.00-3.50 hours)


Day 14: Bayeux (1B)

Enjoy a free day to explore Bayeux and its medieval centre. Wander its quaint streets to visit shops and cafes and opt to visit the cathedral and the famed Bayeux Tapestry.


Day 15: Bayeux/Paris (1B)

Rouen was an important city in the Roman era and Middle Ages, showcased by its historical (and beautiful) centre of Gothic churches and medieval half-timbered houses. it is most notable as the place where Joan of Arc was tried for heresy.

Included Activities:
Paris Photography Studio

Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)


Day 16: Paris (1B)

This afternoon, you are free to explore on your own to discover the “je ne sais quoi” of this stunning city. Opt to visit the Eiffel Tower, explore the city's outstanding museums and churches, float down the River Seine on a cruise, or simply people-watch.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk


Day 17: Paris (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

    • Six nights aboard the Daniele canal river barge
    • Orientation walk of Dijon and Ducal Palace
    • Cycling in the vineyards of Côte de Beaune with wine tasting
    • Verdun-sur-le-Doubs walking excursion
    • Visits to Saint-Jean-de-Losne, Auxonne, and Longecourt-en-Plaine
    • 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
    • Tour of Monet Gardens
    • D-Day Academy with accredited expert
    • Visit D-Day landing beaches, cemeteries and memorials
    • Excursion to Mont-Saint-Michel
    • Visit a National Geographic photographers studio
    • Paris orientation walk
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Aboard the Daniele river barge (6 nts), hotel (10 nts)
    • 16 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
    • Private vehicles, Daniele river barge, bicycle, train, walking, antique WWII vehicle, walking
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Tour Highlights:
  • Learn about Burgundy's renowned vineyards
  • Bike through the vineyards and villages
  • Stroll through the charming town of Seurre
  • Explore the markets of Paris