National Geographic Journeys: Explore Normandy & Burgundy (EFWHNG)
Trip Style: Information Not available
Service Level: Upgraded
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 22.
Meals Included: 16 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Learn about Burgundys renowned vineyards, Bike through the vineyards and villages, Stroll through the charming town of Seurre, Explore the markets of Paris
From our once-in-a-lifetime Burgundy river barge voyage to a deep dive into the rich history of Paris and the WWII legacy of northern France, embark on more than two weeks of unforgettable adventures in culture and gastronomy. Float by canal to medieval towns and pastoral vineyards, and enjoy plenty of free time to roam gorgeous centuries-old cities, gardens, and grounds. To resist France's allure is futile - this experience is nothing short of revolutionary.
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- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 12/31/2017
- 17 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Dijon||Day 1 Dijon|
Arrive at any time. Additional Notes: Please note that most flights arrive in Paris, approx 340kms away. There are frequent trains that run between Paris and Dijon - make sure to arrive in Dijon in time for the 6pm welcome meeting this evening. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Dijon||Day 2 Dijon (1B, 1D)|
Enjoy an orientation walk in the morning to explore Dijon. Visit the Ducal Palace, the local market and the old town. In the afternoon, enjoy free time before transferring to the river barge and embarking the DaniEle. Included Activities: Dijon Orientation Walk
|Day 3||Longecourt-en-Plaine||Day 3 Dijon/Longecourt-en-Plaine (1B, 1D)|
Depart Dijon for a full day cycling tour through the COte de Nuits region along the Route des Grands Crus, lined with lovely vineyards and some of the most picturesque villages in the region. Enjoy a wine tasting in the quaint village of Vougeot before meeting barge in Longecourt-en-Plaine. Additional Notes: Todays cycling route is moderately challenging, with a few inclined paths. E-bikes are available upon request (limited availability). Included Activities: COte de Nuits Cycling Excursion with Wine Tasting - From Dijon Transport: DaniEle Riverboat
|Day 4||Saint-Jean-de-Losne||Day 4 Longecourt-en-Plaine/Saint-Jean-de-Losne (1B, 1L)|
You can rejoin the barge at any of the three locks along the way. Opt to use one of the bikes to ride ahead of the walkers. Included Activities: Saint-Jean-de-Losne Visit Transport: DaniEle Riverboat
|Day 5||Chalon-Sur-Saone||Day 5 Saint-Jean-de-Losne/Chalon-sur-Saone (1B, 1L)|
Cruise along the Saone River before arriving to Chalon-sur-Saone. Take in a presentation by a local wine expert, and enjoy a horizontal tasting on board. Spend a relaxing afternoon walking through the footpaths around Chalon-sur-Saone. Choose to do some shopping in town or relax on board with a glass of local wine. Included Activities: Burgundy Wine Talk and Horizontal Tasting Transport: DaniEle Riverboat
|Day 6||CHAGNY||Day 6 Chalon-sur-Saone/Chagny (1B)|
Cycle along the COte de Beaune, stopping at villages and vineyards along the way. Explore the vineyards of Chateau de Chassigny-Montrachet while stopping to sample some wines. This mostly flat ride is an ideal way to experience quintessential Burgundy. Additional Notes: Todays cycling route is moderately challenging, with a few inclined paths. E-bikes are available upon request (limited availability). Included Activities: COte de Beaune Cycling: Chalon-sur-Saon to Chagny Transport: DaniEle Riverboat
|Day 7||Saint-Leger-sur-Dheune||Day 7 Chagny/Saint-LEger-sur-Dheune (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Enjoy a quiet morning on board before a walk to the Chateau de Santenay vineyard with an included wine tasting. Continue cruising to Saint-LEger-sur-Dheune. Upon arrival, opt to visit the ChAteau de Couches, a spectacular medieval castle surrounded by beautiful countryside. Included Activities: Chateau de Santenay Wine Tasting Transport: DaniEle Riverboat
|Day 8||Paris||Day 8 Saint-LEger-sur-Dheune/Paris (1B)|
Transfer to Beaune, the historic wine capital of Burgundy. Enjoy a tour with a docent, exploring the Hospices of Beaune, a charitable hospital that has been funded by the annual wine auction for over 155 years. Delve into history and discuss the relationship of the hospice with the powerful wine merchants of Burgundy. Enjoy some free time to explore before catching the train to Paris. Included Activities: Visit Hospices of Beaune Transport: Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s)) Local train (3.00-3.50 hours)
|Day 9||Paris||Day 9 Paris (1B)|
Explore the historic covered MarchE dAligre with a local chef and food expert. Rarely visited by tourists, this market is where locals come to shop for food. Meet vendors, enjoy tastings, and learn about the history of the market and the specialties offered here. The afternoon is free to explore the city on your own. Included Activities: Local Market Visit with a Chef
|Day 10||Paris||Day 10 Paris (1B)|
Enjoy the day free to explore Paris. Opt to visit museums, shop or take a river cruise. Included Activities: Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
|Day 11||Bayeux||Day 11 Paris/Bayeux (1B, 1D)|
Depart Paris for Upper Normandy and the quaint village of Giverny. Impressionist painter Claude Monet lived and worked here from 1883 until his death in 1926. Monet felt that his flower and water gardens here were his greatest works of art and to this day, they are meticulously maintained. These served as inspiration for his celebrated water-lily series and have been named by National Geographic as one of the "10 most magnificent gardens in the world." Honfleur sits on the estuary where the River Seine meets the English Channel and is considered one of the prettiest port towns in France. Its quaint harbour and historic buildings have always been a draw for artists, including Monet. Included Activities: Claude Monets Gardens Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 263km)
|Day 12||Bayeux||Day 12 Bayeux (1B)|
Take in scenes of the D-Day landing which had a pivotal role in the history of the world. Visit the moving memorials and beaches and learn about the impact this event had on the direction of the Second World War. The Battle of Normandy Historical Area is considered an open-air museum and includes all the sites, museums and memorials associated with D-Day and the invasion. Old army bunkers and war relics still exist along the five beaches: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword, while museums and memorials throughout the region stand as forceful reminders of this decisive period of WWII. Nearly 30 cemeteries (including American, British, Canadian, French, German and Polish) hold the remains of almost 100,000 young soldiers who never returned from their service in Normandy. Today these memorials offer quiet space for personal reflection for every visitor, young or old, regardless of nationality. Included Activities: D-Day Historical Experience D-Day Beaches & Memorials Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 13||Bayeux||Day 13 Bayeux (1B)|
Today enjoy an excursion to Mont-Saint-Michel, an island commune off the coast of Normandy. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the medieval fortress is considered one of the most stunning and imposing sites in Europe, with origins dating back to the 6th century. Take an orientation walk with our CEO then enjoy free time to explore. Opt to visit the abbey, monastery, or museums, or wander the winding lanes and cobblestone streets. Included Activities: Excursion to Mont-Saint-Michel Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-3.50 hours)
|Day 14||Bayeux||Day 14 Bayeux (1B)|
Enjoy a free day to explore Bayeux and its medieval centre. Wander its quaint streets to visit shops and caFes and opt to visit the cathedral and the famed Bayeux Tapestry.
|Day 15||Paris||Day 15 Bayeux/Paris (1B)|
Rouen was an important city in the Roman era and Middle Ages, showcased by its historical (and beautiful) centre of Gothic churches and medieval half-timbered houses. it is most notable as the place where Joan of Arc was tried for heresy. Included Activities: Paris Photography Studio Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
|Day 16||Paris||Day 16 Paris (1B)|
This afternoon, you are free to explore on your own to discover the "je ne sais quoi" of this stunning city. Opt to visit the Eiffel Tower, explore the citys outstanding museums and churches, float down the River Seine on a cruise, or simply people-watch. Included Activities: Orientation Walk
|Day 17||Paris||Day 17 Paris (1B)|
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: N/A
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