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'L'Impressionniste' - Burgundy Canal

European Canal Barge Cruises: Tranquil voyages along Europe's scenic canals and rivers

Itinerary

Day 1: SUNDAY

Meet in Paris and transfer to ‘L’Impressionniste,’ moored in Fleury-sur- Ouche. A champagne welcome awaits before dinner on board.

'L'Impressionniste'   |   Meals: D
Day 2: MONDAY

This morning, cruise along the enchanting canal with opportunities for walking or cycling along the towpath. After lunch, visit Clos de Vougeot, headquarters of the esteemed Chevaliers du Tastevin, whose annual awards are prized by local Côte d’Or wineries. After a wine tasting, rejoin the barge at Gissey.

'L'Impressionniste'   |   Meals: B, L, D
Day 3: TUESDAY

Journey to Dijon today for a walking tour that includes the flamboyant Gothic-style Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy, begun in the 14th century. Then set out on a leisurely afternoon cruise along the picturesque canal to La Bussière.

'L'Impressionniste'   |   Meals: B, L, D
Day 4: WEDNESDAY

This morning, explore the magnificent 12th-century Abbaye de la Bussière, set in 15 acres of landscaped parkland. Enjoy an apéritif before lunch in the vaulted Michelinstarred restaurant. Continue to the handsome Château de Commarin with its variety of architectural styles that includes two 14th-century towers from its original feudal castle. Back on board ‘L’Impressionniste,’ cruise to Pont d’Ouche before dinner.

'L'Impressionniste'   |   Meals: B, L, D
Day 5: THURSDAY

Pass grazing white Charolais cattle on the morning cruise to Vandenesse-en-Auxois. After lunch, visit Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, with its fascinating 15th-century Hôtel- Dieu charity hospital, now a museum. Rejoin the barge at La Repe.

'L'Impressionniste'   |   Meals: B, L, D
Day 6: FRIDAY

Cruise to the canal summit today, 1,250 feet above sea level. At mid-afternoon, visit the medieval hilltop village of Chateaneuf-en-Auxois for fine views of the surrounding countryside. Return to the barge at Escommes and gather with fellow travellers for a gala farewell dinner this evening.

'L'Impressionniste'   |   Meals: B, L, D
Day 7: SATURDAY

Disembark after breakfast and return to Paris, where your program ends.

Meals: B

Cruise itinerary operates in reverse direction on alternate weeks.

Canal Barge Cruising in Europe is a relaxed way of travel that is inherently flexible and subject to change. The above itinerary is an example of the places you may see and visit during your cruise; your actual itinerary may vary.