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Beaune River Cruises

About Beaune

Beaune is a quiet city in the east of France, not too far from the border with Switzerland and approximately halfway between Dijon and Chalon-sur-Saone, just a couple of hours drive from Paris and Lyon. A number of river cruises which take place in France are tailored to one or more of the country’s famed wine regions and one of the most famous of these is the Burgundy province. The wine capital of Burgundy is Beaune and quite simply, it is home to some of the best vineyards in the entire world. The importance of the wine industry in the region certainly draws a lot of tourists, but the city itself isn’t particularly well-known for having attractions other than its vineyards. However, Beaune still has some of its original walls and ramparts, along with a moat, while the views of the surrounding Cote d’Or hills are some of the best in the area.

Exploring Beaune

As you’d expect, the main draw in Beaune is the vineyards and most river cruise operators offer tours of the region, where you’ll learn all about the wine-making process, exploring the renowned cellars and finding out some of the details of the local cultures surrounding the whole industry as you go. Of course, you’ll also be able to take part in some tasting sessions during which you’ll get to know what the best product of the region is really like and why it is so revered.

As well as wine-based excursions, the town also yields some eye-catching architecture, including a number of hospices. The most popular of these is the beautiful Hotel Dieu, the proprietors of which also own some of the vineyards. As well as being an utterly charming structure, it still functions today as a retirement home, though the majority of its footfall still derives from tourism. Whichever you choose to visit, there is some incredible architecture to enjoy, while another impressive sight is the Notre Dame Church, which dates all the way back to the 12th century.

One wine-producing chateau which remains popular with visitors whether they are fans of the fruit of the vine or not, is Chateau de Savigny-les-Beaune. Here, you’ll find all manner of vintage aircraft, cars, motorcycles and agricultural vehicles, which offer the perfect distraction for history and memorabilia buffs. The clue is in the name at Dalineum, which offers a fascinating showcase of a number of the celebrated surrealist’s works as well as some picturesque gardens.

An excellent way to take in many of these sights is by way of the VisioTrain 2000, a tourist train that operates between April and September and offers 45-minute tours of the town and its sights.

Beaune tips

As you may have guessed, the chance to sample some of the world’s most celebrated wine is a must when in Beaune, so make sure you book a wine-tasting excursion to make the most of your visit

Beaune Itineraries

Lyon

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence from Lyon

30 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Avignon
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Lyon

Marseille to Lyon

1 sailing date July 2019
7 Nights From Marseille (Provence), to France , Lyon
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Lyon

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence from Avignon

30 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
7 Nights From Avignon, France to Lyon

Blue Cross Sale | Why not add a drinks package from £109pp. French Balcony Middle Deck from £1,749pp. Single French Balcony from £3,078

Riviera Travel logo FROM £1299pp
Lyon

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence

1 sailing date May 2019
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Avignon
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Avignon

Paris to Nice & Sensations of Southern France

4 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2019
12 Nights From Paris, France to Villefranche (Nice)
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Avignon

Sensations of Lyon and Provence & Paris

1 sailing date June 2019
9 Nights From Arles, France to Paris
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Lyon

Rhine & Rhone Revealed

8 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
19 Nights From Toulon (for Cote D'Azur), to United Kingdom , London
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £3969pp
Mainz

Rhine & Rhone Revealed

11 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
18 Nights From Amsterdam, to France , Villefranche (Nice)
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £4219pp
Avignon

Burgundy & Provence

11 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
16 Nights From Toulon (for Cote D'Azur), to Rome
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Lyon

Sensations of Southern France - Marseille to Lyon

22 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2020
7 Nights From Marseille (Provence), to France , Lyon
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £1699pp
Lyon

Burgundy & Provence - Paris to Cote D'Azur

12 sailing dates April 2019 to November 2019
10 Nights From Paris, France to , Toulon (for Cote D'Azur)
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £2899pp
Paris

Cote D'Azur to Paris

12 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
10 Nights From Toulon (for Cote D'Azur), to France , Paris
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £2799pp
Lyon

Rhine & Rhone Revealed

10 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
15 Nights From Amsterdam, to Toulon (for Cote D'Azur)
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £4219pp
Rudesheim

Rhine & Rhone Revealed

7 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
15 Nights From Toulon (for Cote D'Azur), to Amsterdam
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £3969pp
Avignon

Cote D'Azur to Paris

9 sailing dates April 2019 to September 2019
15 Nights From Toulon (for Cote D'Azur), to France , Paris
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £2599pp
Lyon

Between Lyon and Nice

6 sailing dates April 2019 to September 2019
10 Nights From Lyon, France to Villefranche (Nice)
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £2169pp
Avignon

Rhine & Rhône Revealed with Aix-en-Provence & Nice

12 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
18 Nights From Amsterdam, to France , Villefranche (Nice)
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Avignon

Burgundy & Provence with London - Northbound

11 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
13 Nights From Toulon (for Cote D'Azur), to United Kingdom , London
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Avignon

Burgundy & Provence with Aix-en-Provence & Nice

11 sailing dates April 2019 to November 2019
13 Nights From Paris, France to Villefranche (Nice)
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Lyon

Burgundy & Provence with Barcelona

11 sailing dates April 2019 to November 2019
13 Nights From Paris, France to , Barcelona
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