The Burgundy Canal runs for 150 miles through the interior of France. While  much of the canal remains just the way it was when constructed in the 17th and 18 th Century.  The canal boats running today offer every option from self-drive to luxury wine and culinary cruise.   Culinary themes that delve into wine and chocolate or the local wines paired with French cooking can be tailored to the visitors preference
Groups can charter for a  n a week-long exploration of French culture that offers the traveler a unique experience
The old barges started their runs in 1832 carrying commercial cargo and passengers.  
Cargo rarely traverses the canal now but much history and tradition lingers and one great way to experience it is on a barge tour with a French chef, wine  cellar, and cheese board while studying French cooking.
Burgundy Valley Canal, Narrow Boat Culinary and Wine Cruises
A Burgundy Canal Lifestyle Vacation offers  French cooking, local Burgundy wines, and a Week-long Immersion in French Culture on a Canal Barge narrow boat Cruise
Burgundy Valley Canal Boats on a canal barge holiday below the castle at  Chateauneuf-en-Auxois
Burgundy Valley Canal Boat Rentals  still  run the 150 miles of the canal that joins the Atlantic to the Mediterranean Sea. They traverse the interior of Eastern France on a canal that hasn't changed much since the 17th and 18 th Century.
The culinary cruise boats make their slow runs out of Dijon many other ports and they stop each night allowing passengers to hike or bike to the nearby villages.  A van follows the boat and takes passengers in to the village if they choose not to bike or walk.
Itineraries include Hiking, Biking, Golf, Wine and Chocolate, Culinary wine and meal pairing.   Many boats include all meals and open bar.
Barge Cruises out of the city of Dijon make one week culinary and wine trips on the Burgundy Canal
TGV high speed Train and a high speed toll highway reach Dijon from Paris.
When not dining or cruising the visitor can tour the old castles and hike or bike the roads through the villages.
The operators can arrange horseback riding
Burgundy Valley Canal Boats offer Culinary and Wine Cruises that include a chef and a wine expert leading visits to the vineyards and wine cellars of the Burgundy Valley.
The narrow boat tours and culinary trips pass some of the 189 locks and the houses of the  locktenders.  
List Of Rental Boats with Links
Many cruises start in Dijon and cruise south through the wine region near Beaune
Culinary and Wine Cruise
How to Reach Burgundy Valley Canal Culinary Barge Tours on the Burgundy Canal
  • Dijon
Barge Cruises on the Burgundy Valley are centered in the City of Dijon and surrounding area including the city of Beaune.  
  • Beaune
Beaune is at the southern end of the canal and noted for wine production.  The barges make one-week culinary and wine trips on the Burgundy Canal in East Central France.
TGV high speed Train and a high speed toll highway reach Dijon from Paris.
Best Time To Go To the Burgundy Valley:   
  • Cruise Season, Hiking and Biking
April to October  is canal cruise season and good times to go to Burgundy for Barge Tours, Dijon visits, biking and hiking along the canal and veloroutes, and the culinary cruise vacation.  
  • Weather
The weather in Burgundy is temperate March and April (50-75 F) Showers could come in any month but will be of short duration.  Weather is good in September October, great months to visit.
  • Low Season
From  April to mid May the barge tours and hotels 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.  The last two weeks of October can be low season and the end of the cruise season for some providers.
  • High season
Hotels in the area and barge trips have their high season, mid May to Mid July and early September to mid October.   
  • Airport Rentals
selection, price, and ease of booking auto rental on the web.   Shop online well ahead of your trip and choose air, hotel or auto in France.  Rentals available at TGV Stations
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