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

Program Number: 21396RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/30/2015 - 5/9/2015; 10/1/2015 - 10/10/2015; 5/10/2016 - 5/19/2016;
Duration: 9 nights
Location: France
Price starting at: $3,695.00 - 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; Low Fat; Low Salt    

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
   CroisiEurope Jeanine
  Saint Leger, France
Chagny, France
Chalon sur Saone, France
St Jean de Losne, France
Petit-Ouges, France
Dijon, France
6 nights
   Best Western Jardin de Cluny
  Paris, France 2 nights
 CroisiEurope Jeanine
Type: Barge
  Description: The Jeanine barge travels along the canals in France.
  Ship Information: Decks:2 Total Cabins: 12 (11 cabins on the lower deck, 1 cabin on the upper deck) Total Passengers: 24 Cabin Size: 97 sq. feet
  Contact info: 12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg,  67000 France
phone: +0033 3 88 76 44 44
  Room amenities: All cabins have individual controls for AC and heat. Cabins are equipped with satellite television, a radio, a hairdryer and a safe for your valuables. The private en-suite facilities include a shower, toilet, sink, and are provided with towels, but not washcloths.
  Facility amenities: Ameinities include: spacious lounge with bar, dining room, sun deck with loungers and umbrellas, barbecue deck, jacuzzi at the front 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 

 Best Western Jardin de Cluny
Type: Hotel
  Description: This three star hotel situated in the center of Paris, will charm you with its warm welcome, its calm and contemporary atmosphere and it's respect for the environment. On a quiet street in the heart of the Latin Quarter, the hotel is the ideal place to discover Paris: Saint-Germain-des-Près, the Louvre, le musée de Cluny, Notre-Dame de Paris are all nearby.
  Contact info: 9 RUE DE SOMMERAND
Paris,  75005 France
phone: +33 (0)1 43 54 22 66
  Room amenities: Entirely renovated, the 40 bedrooms at the Best Western Jardin de Cluny offer you serenity and comfort in a sophisticated setting made up with warm and colorful materials. All the rooms are non-smoking and air-conditioned and include bathroom with a bathtub or shower. You will also enjoy free WiFi access. Amenities in the bedrooms include: Hair-dryer Slippers Mini bar Welcome basket Desk Telephone Flat Screen TV Ironing board upon request
  Facility amenities: Enjoy the salon & bar from 7 a.m. to midnight. Organic wines and champange are offered. A flat screen T.V. is available for your viewing. Free, secure, high-speed WiFi and a computer with a printer is available for use. Breakfast buffet served from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in a stone cave. Organic and fair trade products are offered. Daily newspaper (Le Monde, Figaro, International Herald Tribune).
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

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 CroisiEurope Jeanine that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast at the hotel in Paris. You will be staying at Best Western Jardin de Cluny the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
NO parking available
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Saint Leger
  Transportation to site: Arrival Lyon (LYS) airport in the afternoon for transfer to the barge in Saint-Leger-sur-Dheune. This is a 1 hour transfer.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Paris
  Nearest airport:  Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
  Transportation from site: Transfers to CDG airport. This is an independent program and there are no group airport transfers. 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.)
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: Travel to France
(Thursday, April 30)
 In Transit Overnight: Overnight flight to Lyon, France

Day 2: Arrival Lyon and Transfer to the Barge
(Friday, May 1)
 Arrive To: Arrival Lyon (LYS) airport in the afternoon for transfer to the barge in Saint-Leger-sur-Dheune. This is a 1 Hour transfer. Once we arrive on the Barge we will hold an orientation. We will gather in our private meeting room in the early evening where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. 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 board.
Accommodations: CroisiEurope Jeanine
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Sail from Saint Leger to Chagny on the "Canal du Centre"
(Saturday, May 2)

Note: walking 3 - 4 miles over foot paths along the hillsides with a small incline.

 Breakfast: On board.
 Morning: This morning enjoy a a drive in the hillsides of Burgundy and explore the picturesque country side with a local expert.
 Lunch: On board.
 Afternoon: After lunch we sail our first stretch on the canal du Centre (central canal) toward Chagny. Enjoy a first presentation by your Study Leader. later we stop in Santenay to visit a vineyard and learn about winemaking
 Dinner: On board.
Accommodations: CroisiEurope Jeanine
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Sail from Chagny to Chalon-sur-Saone on the Canal du Centre"
(Sunday, May 3)
 Breakfast: On board.
 Morning: This morning enjoy a presentation by your Study Leader as your barge sails the canal du Centre.
 Lunch: On board.
 Afternoon: After lunch we walk from the barge to the village of Santenay where we meet a winemaker, who teaches us the entire process of wine making. We end with a special tasting.
 Dinner: On board.
 Evening: Evening of French and regional trivia
Accommodations: CroisiEurope Jeanine
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Sail from Chalons-sur-Saone to St Jean de Losne on the Saone River
(Monday, May 4)

Note: Walking up to 3 - 4 miles over cobbled stone streets

 Breakfast: On board.
 Morning: This morning our journey transports us to the area near Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy. Here we explore the famed Hospice de Beaune and walk the vineyard of the Cote de Baune.
 Lunch: On board.
 Afternoon: After lunch we sail towards St Jean de Losne continue to hear about Burgundy. Enjoy some time on deck to watch the picturesque scenery as you sail the Soane River.
 Dinner: On board.
Accommodations: CroisiEurope Jeanine
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Sail from St Jean de Losnes to Petit Ouges on the Burgundy canal.
(Tuesday, May 5)

Note: Walking up to 3 - 4 miles in the morning over cobbled stone streets

 Breakfast: On board.
 Morning: This morning explore St Jean de Losne on foot. Once a prosperous trading city at the connection of the Burgundy canal and the Saone River, today it a a leisure cruising port that maintains its charm.
 Lunch: On board.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, as we sail towards Petit Ouges, learn more about the intriguing history of Burgundy
 Dinner: On board.
Accommodations: CroisiEurope Jeanine
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Sail from Petit-Ouges to Dijon
(Wednesday, May 6)

Note: Walking 4-5 miles in the Vineyards and the wine caves with no railing.

 Breakfast: On board.
 Morning: This morning we explore the "route des Grands Crus" or the greatest wine route in Europe,walking the vineyards of, Gevrey-Chambertin and Clos de Vougeot with a visite of the castle of clos de Vougeot. We end the morning with an exceptional tasting.
 Lunch: On board.
 Afternoon: The afternoon sail from Peti-Ouges to Dijon on the Burgundy Canal. Learn more about the wines of Burgundy.
 Dinner: On the barge.
 Evening: Join in a game of French trivia.
Accommodations: CroisiEurope Jeanine
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Disembark, Explore Dijon and TGV to Paris
(Thursday, May 7)

Note: Walking up to 2 -3 miles in Dijon. Carrying luggage on and off the train.

 Breakfast: On board.
 Morning: This morning we disembark the barge and explore Dijon by foot, we make our way to the Fine Arts Museum, which is the old Dukes of Burgundy Palace.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch we transfer to the Train station and take the TGV (High Speed Train) to Paris.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
Accommodations: Best Western Jardin de Cluny
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Discovering Paris' Ile de la Cite - Notre Dame Cathedral and the Sainte Chapelle
(Friday, May 8)

Note: Walking up to 3 - 4 miles in the morning over cobbled stone streets. This day includes 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 Ile de la Cite. 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: This afternoon, enjoy some free time to discover the parts of Paris you've not seen or spend time in either the Musee d'Orsay or the Louvre.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner in Paris
Accommodations: Best Western Jardin de Cluny
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Departure from Paris (CDG) aiport to return to the US
(Saturday, May 9)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: This morning transfers will be scheduled based on departure times. Breakfast is served at the hotel from 7 AM to 10 AM, early departure breakfast 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
  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
  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
  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.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. 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.

Suggested Reading List

A Traveller's History of France

Author: Robert Cole

Description: This fast-moving survey covers the conquests of ancient Gaul through the heady days of revolution to modern times.

Adventures on the Wine Route, A Wine Buyer's Tour of France

Author: Kermit Lynch

Description: A delightful and warmly anecdotal book highly recommended for anyone touring the wine regions of France. Lynch brings the domains and appellations of French wine to full-blown life and his portraits of the grand personalities who make the wine are priceless.

Burgundy Map

Author: Michelin Travel Publications

Description: An up-to-date regional map, including Dijon, at the scale of 1:200,000 published by Michelin.

Companion Guide Burgundy

Author: Robert Speaight, Francis Pagan

Description: A personable district-by-district guide to Burgundy, this intelligent (and very British) book interweaves maps, some illustrations and plenty of opinionated detail regarding local geography, history and culture.

Eyewitness Guide Paris

Author: Eyewitness Guides

Description: Gorgeous, well-illustrated and filled with maps, this compact book provides an excellent overview of the French capital, its history, traditions and sights.

Fire in the Blood

Author: Irene Nemirovsky

Description: Nemirovsky explores the passion of youth and ties of family in this exquisite short novel set in rural Burgundy in the years before WWII.

Food Wine Burgundy

Author: David Downie

Description: Downie's highly selective guide to Burgundy's authentic eateries, culinary traditions, wine, wineries, food artisans and gourmet shops.

In a Dark Wood Wandering, A Novel of the Middle Ages

Author: Hella Haasse

Description: With a cast of thousands including Joan of Arc and the Dukes of Burgundy, this 1949 historical novel renders the political intrigue, people and texture of 15th-century Europe and of medieval court life during the Hundred Years War.

Lonely Planet French Phrasebook

Author: Marie-Helene Girard, Anny Monet

Description: This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.

Long Ago in France, The Years in Dijon

Author: M.F.K. Fisher

Description: A memoir of Fisher's years in France in the late '20s and early '30s, a time of exuberant discoveries of the glories of French food and French culture.

Paris Map

Author: Borch Maps

Description: A sturdy laminated map of the city center at a scale of 1:12,000 and all of Paris at a scale of 1:15,000.

Paris in Mind

Author: Jennifer Lee (Editor)

Description: With selections spanning 300 years, this wonderful anthology reflects America's long connection to Paris and the French. The 30 American writers tapped include Benjamin Franklin, Ernest Hemingway and David Sedaris.

Paris to the Moon

Author: Adam Gopnik

Description: Gopnik writes with candor and humor about Paris and Parisian ways in these charming reflections on adapting to life in glorious exile.

Paris to the Pyrenees

Author: David Downie

Description: David Downie's spirited book is haunted by the Gallo-Roman forebears of modern France. On ancient trails through the forests of the rugged Morvan, they continued across the celebrated wine country of Burgundy and the centuries-old Via Podiensis on the Way of Saint James.

Shadows in the Vineyard, The True Story of a Plot to Poison the World's Greatest Wine

Author: Maximillian Potter

Description: A Vanity Fair correspondent relates every seedy detail in this true crime story. When a Burgundy vinter refused an offer of extortion, his priceless vineyards were poisoned.

The Food of France

Author: Waverly Root

Description: An evocative and beautifully written survey of French food. First published in 1958 and revised in the mid-1970s, the book covers the important regions of French cuisine by dividing them into domains of Butter (northern France), Fat (Alsace) and Oil (the south).

The Gothic Enterprise, A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral

Author: Robert A. Scott

Description: An enthusiast, Scott delves into the history, design, architecture and wonder of Europe's medieval cathedrals and great Abbey churches.

The Most Beautiful Villages of Burgundy

Author: James Bentley, Hugh Palmer (Photographer)

Description: Divided geographically, this handsome book is an illustrated portrait of the region, its landscape, architecture and people. With maps, a travel guide and 260 photographs.

Wine and War, The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure

Author: Donald Kladstrup

Description: This thrilling account of how the vintners of France saved their crops -- and their bottles -- as the Nazis approached, focuses on the activities of five winemaking families in Burgundy, Alsace, Champagne, Bordeaux and the Loire Valley.

Wines of Burgundy Map

Author: Institut Geographique National

Description: A colorful, detailed map of important vineyards within the Burgundy region. Produced by French cartographers and written in French. One-sided. Scaled at 1:55,000.

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