October 21-27, 2021, we’re combining great music with beautiful scenery on a relaxed barge trip in Burgundy. Join River Cruise Advisor’s Ralph Grizzle and singer/songwriter David Wilcox, and only 20 others, for a seven-day adventure through one of the most beautiful regions of France. Learn more about David here.
Priced at $4,095 per person, double occupancy, our Burgundy barge trip is …
- Intimate, with only 22 guests on each trip
- Interesting, with included tours in some of France’s most beautiful cities and villages
Our group will have the whole barge.
Note that all payments are non-refundable. Please purchase travel insurance from a reputable provider in case your travel plans change due to illness or other matters.
- Prices are per person, double occupancy. Single traveler rates can be quoted upon requests.
- A non-refundable deposit of $2,000 per person guarantees your space.
- Please review the Waiver Agreement 2021 that you will be required to agree to and sign before boarding.
Burgundy, October 21-27, 2021, Slideshow Itinerary
Note that the itinerary shows old dates before the April 2020 postponement but otherwise remains the same.
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- Unlimited complimentary onboard beverages, including beer, fine wine, spirits, mineral bottled water, soft drinks specialty coffees and tea.
- All meals onboard. Superb French Cuisine, with to-die-for French cheeses served during each dinner on board
- Bicycles available on board
- Free WiFi
- All port fees
NOTE THAT OUR ITINERARY IS IN THE REVERSE DIRECTION
From Montbéliard to Besançon, cruise through lush landscapes and breathtaking scenery along the valley of the Doubs. Discover authentic cities and sites with a rich heritage and unique traditions such as Montbéliard, the Citadel of Besançon, the city of Baume-les-Dames or the Reposoir Chapel.
DAY 1 MONTBELIARD
Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6 p.m. in Montbeliard. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail.
DAY 2 MONTBELIARD – L’ISLE-SUR-LE-DOUBS
Join us on a walking tour through the historic heart of Montbéliard, a former Württemberg principality. The afternoon will be spent cruising towards l’Isle-sur-le-Doubs. Take time to relax and admire the beautiful scenery in the Doubs Valley, or to walk or cycle along the canal paths alongside the boat.
DAY 3 L’ISLE-SUR-LE-DOUBS – CLERVAL
The morning will be spent cruising towards Clerval. At any time you are free to bike along the banks of the Doubs River by taking the EuroVelo 6 Cycle Route. In the afternoon, we’ll discover the hiking path to the Reposoir Chapel,
DAY 4 CLERVAL – BAUMES-LES-DAMES
The morning will be spent cruising towards Baumes-Les-Dames that we will reach in the afternoon. You will relax and enjoy a breakfast buffet as we cruise the river for the rest of the morning. During the morning, you are free to bike alongside the boat by riding on the EuroVelo 6 Cycle Route. You can come and go as you please, returning on board at any time. Enjoy a relaxing lunch on board before we arrive in Baumes-les-Dames early in the afternoon. We’ll set off for a guided tour of Baumes-les-Dames. Here we’ll discover the ancient town center, including typical buildings full of character, and the beautiful abbey. We’ll enjoy a tasting of local products before returning on board.
DAY 5 BAUMES-LES-DAMES – DELUZ
The morning will be spent cruising towards Deluz. In the afternoon, we’ll discover the various hiking paths around the town. You’ll have the opportunity to discover the Pelouse Sèche (dry grassland) site, which is part of the Natura 2000 project.
DAY 6 DELUZ – BESANCON
The morning will be spent cruising toward Besancon. During the morning, you are free to bike alongside the boat by riding on the EuroVelo 6 Cycle Route. Early in the afternoon, we’ll reach in Besancon and set out on a guided tour of the Citadel of Besançon. After the visit, enjoy some free time to visit the Citadel’s various museums, including the Resistance and Deportation Museum, the Comtois Museum and the Natural History Museum. Tonight is our gala evening and dinner.
DAY 7 BESANCON
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9 a.m. End of our services.
Photos from the Barge
I’ve hosted barge cruises for the past five years now. In 2015, I hosted a canal cruise from Arles-to-Sete trip on the Anne-Marie. These photos will give you a taste of what to expect, along with posts below that detail each day of our trip. All of CroisiEurope’s barges are practically identical in layout and offerings.
CroisiEurope’s barges are custom-built for hotel barging, as opposed to being modified from cargo barges. Anne-Marie features bicycles, included excursions, jacuzzis, and complimentary WiFi that actually worked well — and the all-important open bar.
Staterooms are down one deck from the living room and bar, cozy, measuring 110-square-feet, and exceptionally well-configured, with plenty of space for storage. Knowing that the staterooms were small before boarding Anne-Marie, I found that the cabin exceeded my expectations.
The staterooms featured smartly designed storage in the headboards of the twin-bed configured staterooms, as well as a small closet for hanging clothes and storage of suitcases underneath the beds. I was pleased to see the bathroom had plenty of storage, in a smartly configured drawer beneath the sink, and that the shower was large enough to accommodate all of my 6’5″ body, even with the glass doors closed and elbows extended when washing my hair.
Dinner On Anne-Marie
Dinner is served course-by-course, beginning with an amuse-bouche, followed by a starter, then the main course, then cheese, then dessert — all complemented by complimentary wines from the region, which just so happens to be the largest wine-producing region in France. We enjoyed Côte du Rhône, Provençal Rosé as well as Chablis and Chardonnay, along with other wines on our voyage.
For those with food allergies or food preferences, the galley can be flexible, serving alternative dishes. Bottled water was at our table, both sparkling and still. Specialty coffees and soft drinks, as well as spirits and beer, were all available at no extra charge.