Burgundy France Barge Cruise and
Loire Valley Bike Tour
|The ultimate experience- Visit two fabulous regions of France on one tour!
|- Burgundy Barge & Bike Cruise- Aboard the luxury hotel barge, "La Reine Pedauque"
voted the "Best Barge in Burgundy" since 1999*. (Biking can be done from the barge- see itinerary)
*Rating by The Burgundy Canal web portal
- Loire Cycling- See all the famous Chateaux of the Loire. Note- Cycling is not mandatory.
Non-riders can still visit all the Loire chateaux
We are partnering with the top France barge cruise operator, France Cruises, to offer the
ultimate combination of relaxation and active travel!
- 8 days/7 nights of luxury accommodations in two of the most beautiful regions of France
- 3 nights aboard the fabulous "La Reine Pedauque" with cruising on the Burgundy canal
- All meals and drinks, including alcoholic beverages, while on the barge cruise portion
- Visits and excursions to Dijon, wine tasting in Beaune (capital of Burgundy wine country) and
Meursault, and visits to exotic medieval villages in Burgundy. You have an option to do
guided bike excursions as well.
- 4 nights in the stunning Loire valley in two luxurious hotels- all breakfasts and dinners
- Visits and tours to all the major Loire Chateaux including Chenonceau, Cheverny, Chambord,
Azay-le-Rideau, Villandry, Chaumont, Amboise, and more.
- Cycling tours led by experienced guides- support vehicle, free use of bicycles included-
note- cycling is not mandatory. All the chateaux and venues can be experienced without cycling.
- Comfortable small group atmosphere- maximum group size 14 (note- must have at least 6 people for departure)
Luxury barge "La Reine
Pedauque" voted the
"Best Barge in
Burgundy" since 1999
by the Burgundy Canal Web
Day 1- Our visit to the Burgundy region begins in Dijon, which was founded as a Roman settlement. This province
was home to the Dukes of Burgundy from the early 11th until the late 15th centuries. Burgundy was a place of
tremendous wealth and power and one of the great European centers of art, learning and science.
We’ll stroll through the town center, which is one of the best-preserved in France. About 60% of the buildings are
over 200 years old, and the Gothic cathedral's crypt dates from 1000 years ago. The city center has many fine
houses dating from the 15th through 17th centuries. Famous for its strong mustard (the version sold in the U.S. is
nowhere near as strong as the original), and as the center of the famous Burgundy wine region, Dijon is a fitting
place to begin our adventures. After our visit to the city center we’re off to our home for the next three nights, the
fabulous hotel barge, La Reine Pedauque, which has been rated the Best Barge in Burgundy since 1999 (rating
Day 2- Our Burgundy barge cruise begins this morning, and we’ll
pass through the lovely Vallee de l’Ouche. We’ll head off for an
excursion to Beane, the wine capital of Burgundy and also home
to the fabulous 15th century Hospice and its splendid glazed tile
roof, the finest example of Burgundian/Flemish architecture in
existence. It’s then back to La Reine Pedauque for lunch,
followed by an afternoon visit to the medieval fortified village of
Chateauneuf en Auxois. Bikers can consider getting to
excursion sites on bikes rather than in the van.
Day 3- After breakfast, we drive over the hills of the Ouche valley to the famous wine producing town of Mersault.
A visit to a private cellar has been arranged, with wine tasting and a chance to sample some of the most
prestigious wines of this area. We return to La Reine Pedauque in time for a delicious lunch, and we then begin
cruising through one of the most attractive stretches of the Burgundy canal to La Bussiere. We moor a short
distance from the abbey which is well worth a visit. Tonight we’ll enjoy our farewell dinner on our spectacular
barge. Once again, bikers have the option to cycle to an excursion site rather than ride in the van. We'll let you
know how far it is and what the cycling options are.
Day 4- Today we bid adieu to the fabulous La Reine
Pedauque and its friendly crew, and we head off to
start our discovery of another of the famous regions of
France, the Loire Valley. We’ll check into our
excellent hotel and get ready for our bike ride to visit
lovely chateau Chaumont. Looking as if it leaps out of
a fairy tale, this building was also the home of
Catherine de Medici before she took over
Chenonceau after the death of her husband, King
Henri II. After our visit through this remarkably lovely
castle overlooking the Loire River, we’ll head
back to our hotel for our first group dinner in
this superb region.
Day 5- Today we venture off to two of our favorite
chateaux. The first is Cheverny, which is the most lavishly
furnished of all the Chateaux of the Loire.
Cheverny is still owned by descendants of the man
who originally built the chateau between 1604 and
1634, Count Hurault de Cheverny. The property was
not ransacked during the French Revolution, as were
some of the buildings in the region, but rather it was
protected by the townspeople, as the family was
always kind to the people of the region. Perhaps we’ll
get a chance to see the dozens of hunting dogs which
are kept to keep up the Count’s legacy of deer hunting
in the nearby woods. Next we’ll visit the largest of the Loire
chateaux, Chambord. Chambord was a royal residence,
and both Louis XIII and his son, the “Sun King” Louis XIV,
stayed there on many occasions. The chateau has
over 400 rooms and is reminiscent of Versailles.
Unfortunately there is little furniture, as the building
was pillaged during the French Revolution. Still, on
your tour of the building you’ll get an appreciation of
the opulence accorded the royalty at the time.
Get set for another great group dinner at our hotel.
Day 6- Today is moving day, and we head westward
toward our new home, the splendid Domaine de la
Tortiniere, which is located south of Tours. On the
way we’ll make several memorable visits. The first of
these is Amboise, where Leonardo da Vinci lived in his
last years. we’ll visit the impressive chateau that
overlooks the town and the Loire river, as well as the
Clos-Luce, Leonardo’s home in Amboise. We’ll see the
display of machines conceived by this genius, whose
ideas were 400 years ahead of his time. These
machines were constructed by IBM from Leonardo’s
drawings. After having experienced the genius of
Leonardo, we’re off to visit what is probably the most
famous of all the Chateaux of the Loire, Chenonceau.
This is true for both architectural reasons as well
as because of its romantic legends. Constructed
across the river Cher, it is an amazing site to see
the rushing waters below you as you tour the building.
Two famous women lived here as well, and both had
enormous gardens constructed outside the chateau,
and these are not to be missed. One lady was Diane
de Poitiers, who was given the chateau by her admirer,
King Henri II. She was forced to leave by his wife,
Catherine de Medici, who took up residence there
herself after Henri was killed in a tournament .
A wine tasting is on tap at the Chenonceau winery
before we move onward to our gorgeous hotel. We’ll
settle in before another unforgettable dinner.
the most famous and popular chateaux in the
entire Loire valley. The first is Azay-le-Rideau
built along the Indre river which
provides its protective moat. At
Villandry the gardens are especially
attractive and are a three star
attraction by themselves. The
chateau is also spectacular. After
cycling back to our hotel, get set for
a memorable farewell dinner to celebrate
the extraordinary experiences we’ve had
on this memorable tour.
Day 8- After breakfast we’ll transfer to the train
station in Tours. Paris is only about an hour away
on a high-speed TGV train. In fact you can take a
train to the CDG airport in less than two hours (one
change of trains required).
Please call about 2009 available dates which will depend on barge
Prices- $4,895 per person double occupancy. ($500 single supplement)
- Accomodations on luxury barge in Burgundy for 3 nights including all meals and all drinks,
including alcoholic beverages (based on double occupancy- single supplement $500)
- Numerous sightseeing excursions from the barge (see above itinerary)
- Bikes are available on the barge for rides.
- Accomodations in high-end hotels in the Loire, including all breakfasts and dinners (beverages
- Use of bicycles, helmets, bike locks, day bags, etc., in the Loire portion.
- Daily bike routes led by experienced tour guides
- "Sag wagon" for those who don’t wish to cycle
- Refreshments daily along routes
- Welcome cocktail on "La Reine Pedauque"
- Entrance fees to museums and attractions specified in itinerary
- Gratuities for hotels and included meals
- All transfers from Dijon to Tours
- Intimate small group atmosphere (most groups are 6-14 people)
- Lunches during Loire cycling period- Guides will suggest cafes or restaurants.
- Alcoholic and other bottled beverages at meals in Loire portion.
- Orders from supplemental menus
- Flights from U.S. to Europe and return- Train tickets to Dijon from Paris and to Paris
Note: Hotels of equal quality may be substituted for those specified above if necessary. Beaux
Voyages, Inc. retains the right to cancel departures if a sufficient number of guests are not booked (6 people minimum
needed for this tour). In that case your deposits will be refunded and we'll work with you to try and schedule another
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