Slow Travel By River Barge in France

I came across a perfect vacation which I am adding to my list: G Adventures’ Burgundy River Cruise Experience.  It is a perfect girl trip, or a couple trip, as long as you like slow travel, and at the same time enjoy activities such as wine tasting, cycling and walking……perfect!

Offered by G Adventures and National Geographic Journeys, this  8 day trip will allow you to kick back and relax….. I don’t think I could put it better myself, so direct from their blog:

” “Adventure” is a tricky word. For many, it implies fast-paced, near constant action. And while plenty of adventures do indeed deliver adrenalized thrills up the wazoo, “adventure” doesn’t have to mean hectic and up-tempo. In some places, “adventure” can be as slow and low-key as the current of a lazy river.”

“Burgundy, the fabled wine-producing département of central France, is crisscrossed by a network of rivers and centuries-old canals practically tailor-made for pleasure cruising. The best way to navigate them is from the deck of a piloted river barge, or peniche, that doubles as a floating hotel. Life unfolds at a different pace in pastoral Burgundy, and its even more relaxed on the rivers.”

This trip offers a little bit of everything…..a slow pace, gorgeous scenery, a quiet getaway, and unrivaled food and wine.

“There may be no more beautiful way to explore the countryside villages of timeless Burgundy than from a river barge coasting the Saône River. Drift from one stunning landscape to another, stopping to roam the region’s famous vineyards, ride bikes through its vast forests, and indulge in its unforgettable flavours. Then head to Paris for two nights of exploration for all of your senses. This is the unique perspective of France you’ve dreamed about. Embrace it.”

Priced from $2932 CAD plus flights…. (Prices as of 2021)!

Eight days with the following include:

Six nights 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.

Barge Accommodations Information: 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 : 24
Number of crew members : 5
Amenities on board : spacious lounge with bar – restaurant – sun deck with loungers and parasols – barbecue deck – Jacuzzi – bicycles on board available for use by passengers – wifi on board.

If this trip interests you, or if there are other destinations on your radar, please don’t hesitate to contact me…..

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