Next April, we’re combining beautiful scenery with a relaxed barge trip through Burgundy. Join River Cruise Advisor’s Ralph Grizzle and only 21 others, for a seven-day adventure through one of the most beautiful regions of France.
Priced at $3,495 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. When investigating travel insurers, be sure to check CFAR (Cancel for Any Reason) insurance and Covid coverage.
- Prices are per person, double occupancy. Single traveler rates can be quoted upon requests.
- A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 per person guarantees your space.
- Please review the Waiver Agreement that you will be required to agree to and sign before boarding.
Burgundy, April 16-22, 2022, 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
I’ll also be hosting two other barge cruises in April: Burgundy: October 21-27, 2021 with Singer/Songwriter David Wilcox and Alsace: April 8-14, 2022
Note that our sailing is a reverse itinerary, beginning in Dijon.
From Besançon to Dijon, this majestic cruise on the Rhône-Rhine canal will take you through authentic and traditional cities with different stories and hidden gems. You will visit the Saline Royale of Arc-et-Senans, Dole or the charming city of Saint-Jean-de-Losne, first river port of France home to the Musée de la Batellerie, recounting the history of navigation on inland waterways.
DAY 1 BESANCON
Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner.
DAY 2 BESANCON – RANCHOT
We’ll depart by coach to Arc-et-Senans for the tour of the Saline-Royale. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this royal factory was built between 1775 and 1779 at the wish of King Louis XV. We’ll return on board after our tour and cruise towards Ranchot.
DAY 3 RANCHOT – DOLE
This morning will be spent cruising towards Dole. In the afternoon, join us for an original and unique tour, following the “trail of the Perched Cat.” This trail refers the famous tales of a Perched Cat, written be Marcel Aymé who lived in Dole as a child.
DAY 4 DOLE – SAINT-JEAN-DE-LOSNE
We’ll spend this morning cruising towards Saint-Jean-de-Losne. In the afternoon, join us for a guided tour of the cityand the Battellerie Museum which recounts the history of navigation, followed by a tasting of local products.
DAY 5 SAINT-JEAN-DE-LOSNE – PETIT-OUGES
We’ll spend the whole day cruising towards Petit-Ouges, reaching it in the afternoon. Upon arrival in Petit-Ouges, enjoy time at leisure to discover the “circuit of the three washhouses.”
DAY 6 PETIT-OUGES – DIJON
This morning will be spent cruising towards Dijon. In the afternoon, join us for an excursion along the Grands Crus Wine Route. The touristic Grands Crus Wine Route passes through the finest and most prestigious of the Burgundy vineyards. Tonight’s our gala evening and dinner.
DAY 7 DIJON
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.