Local Living France - Burgundy Canal Boat
Day 1 Louhans
Meet at our boat in Louhans at 4pm in order to join the group grocery shopping trip (please refer to joining instructions for more information on where to meet). Each person will be stocking up for a few breakfast, lunch and snack items to store on board our 49-ft canal boat. The boat has 4 cabins with attached bathrooms plus a cabin for your CEO. A shared lounge and kitchen round off the inside space with the outside boasting wooden garden furniture and an electric barbecue. Opt to rent a bicycle during your tour and store it on board, space permitting. There will be a welcome meeting and safety briefing at 6pm on board the boat. Louhans is a small ancient walled city that was once occupied by the Spanish. Famous for the 157 arches found throughout the city, there are many beautiful buildings that serve as remnants of times past. Be sure to sample some of the rich culinary specialties such as the Bresse chicken and the corniotte pastry. Note that Louhans is accessible by train from Dijon, which has multiple daily train connections to both Paris and Lyon.
Days 2-7 La Seille & Saône Rivers
The itinerary is very flexible and will depend on the traffic going through locks and spaces available at marinas. Cruise 4-5 hours a day along the La Seillie and Saône River maneuvering through locks on the way and stopping at small villages along the way. Take your turn driving your boat if you'd like to give it a go. Start your trip off by cruising through a canal surrounded by vineyards and quintessential Burgundy countryside. All of our overnight stops are great starting off points for walks along the water. Some of our overnight stays coincide with weekly markets that are great for picking up fresh produce, local cheeses and other other homemade goods. Hike the trails along the water and through the greenery of the Saône Valley, Sample local wines and delicious French cuisine as you float along the waterways, stopping to visit picturesque towns and their beautiful vintage buildings en route, including La Truchère, Tournus, Chalon, Fragnes, Gigny-sur-Saône and Pont de Vaux. Hike or cycle trails alongside the canal, visit a château or just relax on board the boat. Opt to visit the culture-rich town of Beaune either by train or by cycling along beautiful vineyard-lined paths and roads en route. Explore the extensive underground wine cellars of Beaune and be sure to sample some of the gastronomical delights the town is famous for while you're there. If you'd prefer to stay in Chalon-sur-Saône, the local market and cathedral square are both highlights. The nearby Chateau du Pommard boasts an interesting museum, impressive sculptures and well-manicured gardens. In Tournus, explore the alleyways, old buildings and cafés of this town on the southern tip of Burgundy. Sample the artisanal chocolates and the best of the region's cheeses while you're here—they'll go great with the wine you pick up in Beaune. Tournus is home to the St. Filibert Abbey, which has impressive mosaic work and is a great example of Romanesque architecture. If you'd prefer to visit neighbouring areas, consider exploring nearby Brancion, a small medieval village with a castle and covered market that are surrounded by typical Burgundy countryside—fields, vineyards and charm.
Day 8 Louhans
Wrap up the week with a final cruise back to Louhans. The tour will finish upon arrival back to Louhans at 9am.