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Invigorating France: A Walk-and-Barge Adventure in Burgundy

Program Number: 21396RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/18/2014 - 9/27/2014; 4/30/2015 - 5/9/2015; 10/1/2015 - 10/10/2015;
Duration: 9 nights
Location: France
Price starting at: $3,595.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Holidays, Festivals & Events; Walking/Hiking Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 22; 8 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 8 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Vegetarian    

Experience the province of Burgundy and get close to the land in two ways: expert-led walking excursions through picturesque landscapes and a voyage through quiet canals aboard an exclusively-chartered “hotel barge.” Discover world-renowned vineyards and learn what makes Burgundy wines unique. Onboard the barge, follow canals that are like quiet back roads through the region. Complete your adventure with two nights in Paris.




Activity Particulars

Walking 3-5 miles at a time; sometimes two walking excursions per day. Terrain is generally flat with some gradual hills. Some cobblestones and other uneven footing.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Aboard Jeanine, 6 nights; Paris, 2 nights.



Day 1: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.


Day 2: Arrival Lyon (France) / coach to Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune / embark Jeanine:

Board the barge in the commune of Saint-Léger for your orientation and a get-to-know-you dinner.



Day 3: Chagny:

Experience the beauty of Burgundy as you journey into the hilly countryside and begin exploring on foot. Your expert leaders illuminate the natural history of the region.



Day 4: Santenay:

Meet a local vintner who teaches you about the winemaking process (complete with a tasting). Navigate along the Canal du Centre, opened in 1792 to link the north and south by water.



Day 5: Chalon-sur-Saône:

Journey to Beaune, the “wine capital of Burgundy” where France’s premier wine auction takes place. Walk through vineyards where pinot noir and chardonnay grapes are grown.



Day 6: Saint-Jean-de-Losne:

A prime location at a crossroads of waterways made this a prosperous trading town for centuries. Experience its history on foot. Reembark the barge to navigate the Burgundy Canal.



Day 7: Petit-Ouges:

Journey through legendary vineyards on the Route des Grands Crus, perhaps the greatest wine route in Europe. Learn why the varietals produced in Burgundy are treasured worldwide.



Days 8-10: Dijon / disembark / train to Paris / departure:

Walk through the historic center of Dijon and visit the Musée des Beaux-Arts, housed in the lavish Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy. Take the high-speed train to Paris, where you join a local expert to walk the Île de la Cité, the medieval heart of the city, and enjoy some free time to stroll the grand boulevards and neighborhoods. Lodging: Stylish Latin Quarter hotel.



La Jeanine

This comfortable two-deck barge was fully renovated in 2013. It can accommodate up to 22 Road Scholar participants on an exclusive sailing. Each cabin has a window, private bath with shower, TV and independent temperature control. Amenities include a spacious lounge with a bar, a sun deck and a Jacuzzi. Bicycles are available for you to borrow.


Meals and Lodgings
   MS Jeanine
  Chalon sur Saône, France
Verdun sur le Doubs, France
Seurre, France
Saint Jean de Losne, France
Petit-Ouges, France
Dijon, France
6 nights
   Villa Beaumarchais
  Paris, France 2 nights
 MS Jeanine
Type: Luxury Barge
  Description: Entirely renovated in April 2013, the MS Jeanine is one of the most modern barges in operation today. There are 12 cabins and each are 97 sq. ft.
  Contact info: 12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg,   France
phone: +Nopublicphoneforthebarge
  Room amenities: Each cabin has a window and is equipped with private en-suite facilities (shower and WC), hairdryer, TV, radio, telephone (for internal calls only), safe and independant air-conditioning.
  Facility amenities: The MS Jeanine has a spacious lounge with bar, restaurant, sun deck with loungers and parasols, a barbecue deck,a jacuzzi at the prow of the barge, bicycles on board available for use by passengers and free wifi.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: No pre or post nights 

 Villa Beaumarchais
Type: Hotel
  Description: Nestled at the corner of the Passage du Grand Veneur, the Villa Beaumarchais echoes the charm of typical lanes of the Place des Vosges.
  Contact info: 5 rue des Arquebusiers
Paris,  75003 France
phone: +33 (0)1 40 29 14 00
web: www.villa-beaumarchais.com
  Room amenities: Cable television, complimentary newspaper, air conditioning, phone, internet access, minibar, wake-up calls, private bathroom, bathrobes, hair dryer, pay movies, in-room safe
  Facility amenities: Buffet breakfasts, room service, air conditioning, mini bar, WiFi, safe.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: TBA Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and availability.


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
The program starts with the transfer from Lyon (LYS) Airport to the ship in St. Leger. You will be staying at MS Jeanine that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast at the hotel in Paris. You will be staying at Villa Beaumarchais the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
No parking available
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Chalon sur Saône
  Transportation to site: Arrival at Lyon (LYS) airport in the afternoon for an hour 40 minute transfer to the barge in Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune. Independent travelers may join the group transfer if their flights coincide with the program. An alternate option is to take the TGV from the Lyon Airport to Chalons-sur-Saone. A taxi can then be taken to the barge.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Paris
  Nearest airport:  Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
  Transportation from site: Transfers to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport scheduled based on departure times. Independent travelers may join the group transfer if their flights coincide with the program. An alternate option is to take a taxi or make a Parishuttle reservation. Paris Shuttle, a third party service, offers a discounted shared shuttle and private transfer rates to Road Scholar participants. The rate they offer is about 10% discount off their published rate. Use the website below to take advantage of these rates and book your transfers for arrival and departure from Paris. You will need to pay in advance with a credit card to confirm reservations and print your own voucher. (Please note when using this link that the website does not indicate that the prices are discounted.) www.parishuttle.com/index.php?partner=P60WEN
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Departures from the USA
(Thursday, September 18)
   
 In Transit Overnight: Overnight flight to Lyon, France.

Day 2: Arrival in Lyon / Transfer to the Barge
(Friday, September 19)
   
 Morning: Arrival at Lyon (LYS) airport and transfer to the barge in Chalon-sur-Saone. The transfer is approximately 1 hour 40 minutes.
 Afternoon: Once we board the barge, we will hold an orientation. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner on the barge.
   
Accommodations: MS Jeanine
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Santenay
(Saturday, September 20)

Note: Today's activities include walking 3 to 4 miles over footpaths along the hillsides with a small incline.



   
 Breakfast: On board the MS Jeanine.
 Morning: We will depart by coach toward Nolay, where we will find our trailhead to hike to the Cirque du Bout du Monde, a Natura 2000 natural site. You will see the imposing chalk cliffs carved out by the Cozanne River which created a blind valley, where a waterfall over 80 feet high adds a touch of wonder. We will continue on toward Mont de Sène, an ancient Celtic religious site which overlooks the Santenay vineyards from a height of over 1,700 feet. Classified as a “nature park," it is characterized by its rustic plants and wild shrubs. From this spot, there are amazing panoramic views of the surrounding main peaks and valleys, including the vineyards of the Côte de Beaune, the Saône Valley, Morvan, Jura, and the Alps.
 Lunch: On board the MS Jeanine.
 Afternoon: We will walk to the center of Santenay, a charming little wine-producing village to enjoy a wine tasting session at one of the 38 wine producers in the village. We will return to the ship and cruise toward Verdun-sur-le-Doubs.
 Dinner: On board the MS Jeanine.
   
Accommodations: MS Jeanine
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Chalon-sur-Saône
(Sunday, September 21)
   
 Breakfast: On board the MS Jeanine.
 Morning: Enjoy a presentation by your Study Leader as the barge sails toward Seurre.
 Lunch: On board the MS Jeanine.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a walking tour of Chalon-sur-Saône, birthplace of Joseph Nicéphore Niepce, who, in 1824, was one of the inventors of photography. In the Old Town, you will find half-timbered houses built between the 15th and 17th centuries, the restored facade of St Vincent’s cathedral, and classical mansions dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. Our tour will continue in the town center, where we will have a tasting session of wine from the Côte Chalonnaise.
 Dinner: On board the MS Jeanine.
 Evening: Take delight in French and regional trivia.
   
Accommodations: MS Jeanine
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Saint-Jean-de-Losne
(Monday, September 22)

Note: Today's activities include walking up to 3 to 4 miles over cobblestone streets.



   
 Breakfast: On board the MS Jeanine.
 Morning: Enjoy the scenery as we cruise toward Saint-Jean-de-Losne.
 Lunch: On board the MS Jeanine.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a guided tour of Saint-Jean-de-Losne on which you will explore monuments that tell the story of the city’s prestigious past, such as the monument commemorating the Siege of 1636, and the Hôtel-Dieu, which was a charitable hospital, founded in 1658, and is surrounded by intricately wrought iron railings dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. Our visit will continue with the Gare d’Eau (Water Station), and a tour of the Gothic-style Church of St John the Baptist, built in brick during the 16th century. In addition, the Batellerie Museum, also known as the Sailors’ House (closed on Mondays), one of the oldest houses in the town, dating from the 15th century, which takes you through the history of canal navigation. We will end our tour at the Town Hall where you will have the chance to taste local specialties from Burgundy.
 Dinner: On board the MS Jeanine.
   
Accommodations: MS Jeanine
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Petit-Ouges
(Tuesday, September 23)
   
 Breakfast: On board the MS Jeanine.
 Morning: Relax while we cruise to Petit-Ouges. At each lock we pass through, you can get off the boat and visit the charming villages that line the Doubs River on foot.
 Lunch: On board the MS Jeanine.
 Afternoon: As we sail towards Petit Ouges, learn more about the intriguing history of Burgundy.
 Dinner: On board the MS Jeanine.
   
Accommodations: MS Jeanine
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Route des Grand Crus
(Wednesday, September 24)

Note: Today's activities include walking 4 to 5 miles in the vineyards and the wine caves with no railing.



   
 Breakfast: On board the MS Jeanine.
 Morning: We will cruise toward Dijon.
 Lunch: On board the MS Jeanine.
 Afternoon: We will take an excursion along the Burgundy Grands Crus Wine Route. The touristic Grands Crus wine route passes through villages and the finest and most prestigious of the Burgundy vineyards
 Dinner: Gala dinner on the barge.
   
Accommodations: MS Jeanine
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Disembark / Explore Dijon / TGV to Paris
(Thursday, September 25)

Note: Today's activities include walking up to 2 to 3 miles in Dijon and carrying luggage on and off the train.



   
 Breakfast: On board the MS Jeanine.
 Morning: We will disembark the barge and explore Dijon by foot. We will make our way to the Fine Arts Museum, which is the old Dukes of Burgundy Palace.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant in Dijon.
 Afternoon: We will transfer to the train station and take the TGV (High Speed Train) to Paris.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant in Paris.
   
Accommodations: Villa Beaumarchais
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: L'île de la Cité / Notre Dame Cathedral / The Sainte Chapelle
(Friday, September 26)

Note: Today's activities include walking up to 3 to 4 miles in the morning over cobblestone streets and use of the Paris metro. This underground public transportation system is accessed by going up and down flights of stairs; elevators or escalators are NOT available in the majority of stations.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy a morning walk and metro ride to L'île de la Cité, the historical heart of Paris. With your local expert, explore the two best examples of gothic architecture, the Sainte Chapelle and the beautiful famed Notre Dame cathedral.
 Lunch: On your own.
 Afternoon: Enjoy some free time to discover the parts of Paris you have not yet seen or spend time in either the Musée d'Orsay or the Louvre.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner in Paris.
   
Accommodations: Villa Beaumarchais
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Departure from Paris
(Saturday, September 27)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Departures to the Charles de Gaulle Airport will be scheduled based on departure times. Breakfast is served at the hotel from 7 AM to 10 AM;early departure breakfasts are not available. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Paris Musee Jacquemart-Andre
The Jacquemart-André Museum, founded by collector Édouard André and his portraitist wife Nélie Jacquemart, is in an opulent mid-19th-century residence on one of Paris’ posher avenues. It has furniture, tapestries and enamels, but is most noted for its paintings by Rembrandt and Van Dyck and Italian Renaissance works by Bernini, Botticelli, Carpaccio, Donatello, Mantegna, Tintoretto, Titian and Uccello. Don’t miss the Jardin d’Hiver (Winter Garden), with its marble statuary, tropical plants and double-helix marble staircase. Just off it is the delightful fumoir (the erstwhile smoking room) filled with exotic objects collected by Jacquemart during her travels. The salon de thé is one of the most beautiful in the city. For additional information, visit www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com
  Musee National du Moyen Age
The National Museum of the Middle Ages is housed in two structures: the frigidarium (cooling room) and other remains of Gallo-Roman baths dating from around AD 200, and the late-15th-century Hôtel de Cluny, considered the finest example of medieval civil architecture in Paris. The spectacular displays at the museum include statuary, illuminated manuscripts, weapons, furnishings, and objets d’art made of gold, ivory and enamel. But nothing compares with La Dame à la Licorne (The Lady with the Unicorn), a sublime series of late-15th-century tapestries from the southern Netherlands now hung in circular room 13 on the 1st floor. Five of them are devoted to the senses, while the sixth is the enigmatic À Mon Seul Désir (To My Sole Desire), a reflection on vanity. For additional information, visit http://www.musee-moyenage.fr/
  Musee de L’Orangerie
Located in the southwestern corner of the Jardin des Tuileries, this museum, with the Jeu de Paume, is all that remains of the once palatial Palais des Tuileries, which was razed during the Paris Commune in 1871. It exhibits important Impressionist works, including a series of Monet's Decorations des Nymphéas (Water Lilies) in two huge oval rooms purpose-built in 1927 on the artist's instructions, as well as works by Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Renoir, Sisley, Soutine and Utrillo. For additional information, visit www.musee-orangerie.fr/
  Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
The rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré is a street in the 8th arrondissement. Although relatively narrow and nondescript (especially in comparison to the avenue des Champs-Élysées), it is cited as being one of the most fashionable streets in the world, thanks to the presence of virtually every major global fashion house.
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