Burgundy Canal Barge, Culinary Cruise,
Burgundy Valley, France
The cruise of Central France could include a chef, an open bar, cooking lessons, bikes on board, and trips to vineyards, wine cellars, and artisanal cheese makers.  
A Culinary Barge Cruise on the historic territory. The Canal de Bourgogne or Burgundy Canal since 1823 has provided north to south access Atlantic Ocean with the Mediterranean Sea through the Rivers Seine and Yonne to the north, and the rivers Rhone and Saone to the south.  
Burgundy Canal History
The Burgundy Canal was conceived in 1607 and  work on the canal started in when barges made the first crossing.

The Village of Pouilly en Auxios, north of Dijon, is the highest point on the canal at 378 meters above sea level. (1,240 feet)  
A three-kilometer tunnel (2.07 miles) is one of the intriguing features of this marvel of engineering

A complex system of reservoirs and feeder canals keeps the Burgundy Canal running and makes it an intriguing engineering accomplishment and a wonderful place to enjoy a walk, bike ride, or culinary barge cruise through the French countryside.
Several Burgundy Valley Barge tours leave from the port of Dijon,  go north and then return
How to Reach Burgundy Valley Canal
Culinary Barge Tours on the Burgundy Canal
Canal Barge Tours, Culinary Cruises
city of Beaune.  The barges make one-week culinary and wine trips on the Burgundy Canal in East Central France.
The
TGV high speed Train and a high speed toll highway reach Dijon from Paris.
Culinary tour barges meal below the castles at 11 th century Chateauneuf-en-Auxois

Passenger use the bikes on board to visit the villages
The area traversed by the Burgundy Canal is some of the most scenic in France and includes rolling farm country, small villages built in the 11th century, and imposing hilltop castles and chateaus of the Medieval period.

The Culinary Barge Cruise will include a chef who will cook the meals while you cruise along and then put up for the night and your evening meal.  A van will follow and provide transportation to the villages, vineyards, and allow the crew to shop for fresh vegetables and the local wines in the villages.
The barge will have bikes aboard to tour the canal village and the canal.     
Much of the canal remains just the way it was when constructed in the 17th Century; the locks operate by hand for the most part and the locking through process can involve the passengers.
A Burgundy Canal Culinary Barge Cruise could be a Wine and Culinary Cruise through the Burgundy Valley.
Burgundy Canal Barges on Culinary Cruises park for the night in the Burgundy Valley, France
Burgundy Canal Barge Cruises with a Wine and Culinary Cruise Itinerary.
barge cruise through the Burgundy Valley of Central France.
bikes on board, and van support for trips to the vineyards,  wine cellars, village restaurants, and artisanal cheese makers.
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Chef on board   Click to  see itinerary
The barge Caprice, a French hotel barge  touring Dijon to St-Leger-sur-Dheune in the Burgundy Valley
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A Burgundy Canal Barge with bikes on board locks through below Chateauneuf-en-Auxois
  • French Wine Explorers
French wine Explorers runs land based wine tasting and barge cruise wine and culinary trips.  They will design a trip to your specifications on the Rhone, the Canal du Midi, or the Burgundy Canal.
http://wine-tours-france.com/wine-culinary.asp


4 passengers, Wine tasting, Cuisine
Burgundy Canal Barge,
Culinary Cruise
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Dijon is a good base for barge trips on the Burgundy Canal
Burgundy Canal Culinary Cruise
  • When To Go To the Burgundy Valley   
  • Dijon visits, biking and hiking along the canal, and the culinary cruise vacation.  
The weather in Burgundy is temperate March and April (50-75 F) and the barge tours will not be booked solid so prices are lowered.  Mid July and all of August can also offer lower prices because much of France goes on a six-week vacation.  
  • Barge Tour High Season
Barge trips have their high season, mid May to Mid July and early September to mid October.  The last two weeks of October can be low season and the end of the cruise season for some providers.  
  • Weather
Weather is good in September October, great months to visit.
Showers could come in any month but will be of short duration.  
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