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A Taste of Burgundy France

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 18 people
Destination(s): France  
Specialty Categories: Barging   Bicycle Touring  
Season: May - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1265 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1500 US Dollar (USD)

Starting in the capital of Burgundy, Dijon, this cycling holiday follows the Canal of Burgundy and the river Saône until you reach the charming provincial town of Tournus. The scenery you cycle through changes from small villages and slightly rolling hills to lively and attractive historical towns like Beaune and Chalon sur Saône. Several times you may dream away when you travel by hotel barge on the Saône river.

Highlights (included): Wine tasting Burgundy wines - Cruise by boat on the Saône river - Visit to the pearls of Burgundy: Dijon and Beaune - Visit to abbey Les Citeaux - Several guided city walks.

Route: Dijon > Longecourt en Plaine > Auxonne > Verdun sur les Doubs > Chalon sur Saône > Tournus > Dijon

Price per person in double cabin $1265 on standard barge. Tours booked and paid in full at time of booking usually qualify for a discount pp/dbl base on the exchange rate at the time of booking. Inquiry about your discount when you book this tour. Some two person cabins some three or four person cabins. Discounts for third and fourth person in cabin. Pay bicycle insurance on board.

- Airfare is not included in price
- Travel Insurance not included: see web site for link to Travel Guard or contact 4 Winds Tours and for air, hotel options in Europe.
- Dates : May 5, 12, 19, 26 June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, July 21, 28, August 4, 11, 18, 25. September 1, 8, 15, 22, 30 and October 6.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1, Saturday: Arrival in the afternoon in Dijon, the beautiful capital of Burgundy. You embark and will meet the crew and your tour leader.

Day 2, Sunday: Cycle tour ± 20 Km. In the morning you make a short cycle ride in the northwest Dijon region. Halfway in the afternoon you'll get the chance to discover Dijon by way of a special city walk.

Day 3, Monday: Cycle tour ± 45 km. The day starts with a small sailing trip to and through the first two locks in the Burgundy Canal. You walk back to the bicycles and pedal pass the beautiful abbey of Citeaux. Your trip ends in the village of Longecourt en Plaine.

Day 4, Tuesday: Cycle tour ± 45 km. Across small roads and forestries you cycle across some pretty villages to the pretty town of Auxonne at the river Saône. Later you follow the river to St. Jean de Losne where the Burgundy Canal joins the river Saône. Here we visit the musée de la Batellerie.

Day 5, Wednesday: Cycle tour ± 55 km. Today you will visit the beautiful fortified town of Beaune, also known for its many tastefull wines (Cote d'Or). Your tour leader will take you on a stroll through the town and you will have time to visit for example the church 'Collegiale Notre-Dame' or the museum of the Burgundy wines. In the small town of Verdun sur les Doubs the barge will await you.

Day 6, Thursday: Cycle tour ± 25 km. In the morning you cycle through the forestry of Gergy and then follow the Canal du Centre to Chalon sur Saône. In this port town, located at the Saône river and the Canal du Centre, you will have the afternoon off. You can do some window shopping, visit a museum or relax on one of the many terrases.

Day 7, Friday: Cycle tour ± 55 km. You leave Chalon and hit an old railway track, now a cycle path. In Buxy you visit a winery in an old tower. The trip continues by descending to the river Saône and then ends in the town of Tournus. Here you find the beautiful St. Philibert church, which is certainly worth a visit. The abbey dating from the 10th century has a beautiful architecture and is one of the oldest in France.

Day 8, Saturday: End of your holiday and transfer by train to Dijon.

Note: Tour itinerary is subject to changes.

Tour Includes:
- Stay on board (8 days/7 nights)
- Full board (breakfast, packed lunch, 3-courses meal)
- Tour leader for cycle tours and city walks (multilingual; English, German and Dutch)
- Bike with 21 gears and pannier
- Info booklet
- Transfer Tournus - Dijon/Dijon - Tournus
- City walks
- Visit to museum
- Tasting of Burgundy wines.

Tour Excludes:
- Journey to and from Dijon, France
- Bicycle insurance of 17,50 euro paid on board
- Excursions not in program
- Alcoholic drinks on board
- We highly recommend to bring a bike helmet on this trip as helmets are not available on tours in France.

Note: Gratuities are at your personal discretion.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Full tour price is $1,265.00 per person. You can receive a discount per person on this tour if paid in full at time of booking with favorable excahnge rate - subject to change- contact 4 Winds Tours for details.

Price Includes:
- 8-days, 7 nights accommodations on board the barge.
- Full board (breakfast + packed lunch + 3-courses dinner)
- Coffee and Tea on board
- Services of tour leader who bikes with group
- Use of 21-speed bicycles with panniers
- Credit card fee
- Booking fee
- Info booklet
- Transfer Tournus - Dijon by train or reverse
- City walks with tour leader
- Visit to a museum
- Tasting of Burgundy wines.

Price Excludes:
- Travel insurance
- Airfare
- Excursions, entrance fees not mentioned above
- Bicycle insurance of 17,50 euro paid on board
- Gratuity tip for crew at your discretion
- Alcoholic Drinks
- Transfer between airport and Dijon.