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Burgundy River Cruise Experience

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Blessed with some of the most gorgeous countryside in Europe if not the world (not to mention perhaps the best wine around), Burgundy is a place everyone should explore at least once. And the best way to do it is from the deck of an ambling river barge. Visit small villages and first-rate wineries, bike through forests and vineyards on a provided bicycle, and soak up the glorious sunshine, all with the help of a charming little hotel that goes where you go. You won’t get a better glimpse of Burgundy’s pastoral pleasures than this.

What's Included

6 nts aboard the Daniele canal barge. Cycling in the vineyards of Côte de Beaune with wine tasting. Verdun sur le Doubs walking excursion. Saint-Jean-de-Losne visit. Auxonne visit. Longecourt-en-Plaine visit. Cycling Gevrey-Chambertin. Wine tasting at the Château de Marsannay. Côte du Nuit visit. All transport to/from included activities and between destinations. Use of bicycles during shore excursions.

Highlights

Cruise up the canals of Burgundy aboard the Daniele, sip local wines and sample regional dishes, cycle through villages and vineyards, relax in the onboard Jacuzzi as the scenery glides by.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Itinerary Disclaimer

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Important Notes

While it is our intention to follow the itinerary as advertised, some modifications to the itinerary may be needed if water levels become very low. This is rare, but please note that some excursions and activities may change if it is necessary to modify the sailing route.

Group Size Notes

Max 22

Transport

Private vehicles, Daniele canal barge, bicycle, walking.

Solo Travellers

We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accommodation

Aboard the Daniele canal barge (6 nts), comfort hotel (1 nt).

My Own Room

Please note that if you have booked the “My Own Room” option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops

About Accommodation

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 : 22
Number of crew members : 5
Amenities on board : spacious lounge with bar – restaurant – sun deck with loungers and parasols – barbecue deck – Jacuzzi at the prow of the barge – bicycles on board available for use by passengers – wifi on board.

Joining Hotel

For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent.

Joining Instructions

Please note that day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned on this day. Upon arrival to the city on day 1 (or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us), please make your way to the joining hotel (note that check-in time will be in the afternoon). Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note or bulletin board in the reception with a note from your CEO. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on day 1 (usually between 5pm and 7pm), where you will get a chance to meet your CEO and other travellers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details!
 
If you are arriving later and will miss the Welcome Meeting, your CEO will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need, and with morning instructions for the next day.
 
When you arrive to Dijon, you will have several options to get to the hotel:
 
If you have pre-arranged an arrival transfer, look for the driver holding a G Adventures sign in the arrivals hall. Please approach them, and ask them who they are supposed to be picking up (do not tell them your name, they should have this information already). Once they give you the correct name, have your passport ready to show them and you will be on your way!
 
We always recommend printing out the address of the hotel (in the native language as well as English if available), to show to your taxi driver.

From Dijon Ville train station it’s about 10 – 15 minutes by taxi to the hotel and the price is around €10 depending on traffic. Alternatively, you can take Tram 1 from stop Foch Gare to Auditorium which takes about 10 – 15 minutes as well and costs €1.20.

If you arrive into Gare de Dijon Porte Neuve it’s a 10 minute walk or a few minutes by taxi. A taxi will cost around €5 – €6.

It’s easy to reach Dijon by train. There is at least one direct train a day, otherwise most trains will go via Lyon and most trains will go into Dijon Ville train station. Some trains might arrive into Dijon Porte Neuve.

For the latest time tables and tickets, please visit http://www.sncf.com/en/passengers

Arrival Complications

We don’t expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier and contact us as soon as possible. If you have a pre-booked transfer, and you have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Starting Point hotel, following the Joining Instructions. Please apply to your travel agent on your return for a refund of the transfer cost if this occurs.

What to Take

Dress on board is informal. Plan to bring comfortable, casual clothing for all activities. When packing, we suggest that you do not weigh yourself down with too many clothes or too much gear. Select informal, practical attire that can be worn in layers.

Checklist

Passport (with photocopies)
• Travel insurance (with photocopies)
• Airline tickets (with photocopies)
• Cash in USD
• Cash, credit and debit cards
• Any G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information or trip details
• Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
• Camera, memory cards, batteries and chargers
• Reading/writing material
• Rain poncho
• T-shirts
• Comfortable clothing for hiking/cycling.
• Walking boots/sturdy shoes
• Swimwear if you would like to use the on board Jacuzzi.
• Sunblock
• Toiletries (biodegradable)
• Watch/alarm clock
• Water bottle (water available for refills)
• First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking.)

-Antibacterial wipes/gel
-Ear plugs

Laundry

Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.

Emergency Fund

Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an ‘emergency’ fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

A Couple of Rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your leader, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency evacuation and repatriation. A minimum coverage of USD200,000 is required. G Adventures can provide you with the appropriate coverage. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

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Group Leader

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.

Meal Budget

Allow USD255-335 for meals not included. Tips on board not included. Beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks on board are included throughout the whole trip. All other alcoholic drinks would be at an additional individual expense.

Meals Included

7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners

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Itinerary

  1. Day 1 Dijon

    Arrive at any time.

  2. Day 2 Dijon/Fragnes (1B, 1D)

    Enjoy a free morning to explore the capital of the ‘Dukes of Burgundy’. Dijon was once second only to Paris as a centre of power in France. The powerful Dukes, made rich from their wine harvest, used their wealth to design a splendidly liveable city. Take time to discover the covered and open air market, the Old Town and the Ducal Palace.

    Transport:
    Private Vehicle (1.00-1.25 hours)

  3. Day 3 Fragnes/Verdun-sur-le-Doubs (1B, 1D)

    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 near Verdun-sur-le-Doubs.

    Included Activities:
    Côte de Beaune Cycling

    Transport:
    Daniele Riverboat

  4. Day 4 Verdun-sur-le-Doubs/Seurre (1B, 1L)

    Spend the morning discovering the area around Verdun on foot. Return to the barge and continue towards Seurre with free time to explore.

    Transport:
    Daniele Riverboat

  5. Day 5 Seurre/Auxonne (1B, 1D)

    Arrive to St-Jean and visit the town. Enjoy free time to explore and opt for lunch in town. Continue cruising to Auxonne with time to relax on board and watch the idyllic scenery glide by.

    Included Activities:
    Saint-Jean-de-Losne Visit

    Transport:
    Daniele Riverboat
    Daniele Riverboat

  6. Day 6 Auxonne/Longecourt-en-Plaine (1B, 1L)

    Explore Auxonne continuing to Longecourt. Walk along the canal and visit villages along the way. Opt to take one of the bikes from the barge and cycle to Longecourt. Opt to visit the castle and gardens or enjoy a coffee while the barge catches up.

    Included Activities:
    Longecourt-en-Plaine Excursion

    Transport:
    Daniele Riverboat

  7. Day 7 Longecourt-en-Plaine/Dijon (1B, 1D)

    Enjoy a full day of biking through vineyards and villages to reach Dijon. Depart Longecourt and cycle to Gevrey Chambertin, a small but well known Burgundy village. Enjoy wine tasting at the Château de Marsannay and continue to Cote du Nuit before meeting the barge in Dijon. This mostly flat route is the best way to see quintessential Burgundy.

    Included Activities:
    Gevrey Chambertin and Marsannay Château Excursion

    Transport:
    Daniele Riverboat

  8. Day 8 Dijon (1B)

    Trains departing from Dijon can be booked after 10am and flights from Paris can be booked from 7pm.

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