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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

Paris

Sensations of Lyon & Provence

4 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
10 Nights From Marseille, France, to France , Paris
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Lyon

Nice to Lisbon with Three Rivers Discovery

1 sailing date May 2021
20 Nights From Villefranche, France to Portugal , Lisbon
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Lyon

Spanish Conquest & Lisbon with Sensations of Lyon

3 sailing dates May 2021 to July 2021
21 Nights From Lyon, France to Portugal , Lisbon
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Avignon

Lisbon to Nice with Three Rivers Discovery

2 sailing dates June 2021 to July 2021
20 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to France , Villefranche
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Salamanca

Three Rivers Discovery with Lisbon

1 sailing date May 2021
17 Nights From Villefranche, France to Portugal , Lisbon
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Pinhao

Lisbon with Three Rivers Discovery- Lisbon To Nice

2 sailing dates June 2021 to July 2021
17 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to France , Villefranche
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Lyon

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence from Avignon

32 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
7 Nights From Avignon, France to Lyon
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Lyon

Grand France - Paris to Port Louis (southbound)

12 sailing dates March 2021 to October 2021
14 Nights From Paris, France to Port St. Louis, France
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Koln

Rhine & Rhône Revealed-Amsterdam to Port St. Louis

2 sailing dates June 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to France , Port St. Louis, France
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Breisach

Rhine & Rhône Revealed (Northbound)

12 sailing dates March 2021 to October 2021
14 Nights From Port St. Louis, France, France to , Amsterdam
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Vienne

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence from Lyon

38 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Avignon

Includes flights and overseas transfers

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Salamanca

Three Rivers Discovery Nice To Porto

7 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2022
14 Nights From Villefranche, France to Portugal , Porto
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Lyon

Burgundy and Provence with 2 Nights in Paris

9 sailing dates April 2021 to September 2021
9 Nights From Paris, France to Port St. Louis, France
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Avignon

Grand France - Port Louis to Paris

12 sailing dates March 2021 to October 2021
14 Nights From Port St. Louis, France, France to Paris
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Avignon

Sensations of Lyon and Provence & Nice

6 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
10 Nights From Lyon, France to Villefranche
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Arles

Sensations of Lyon & Provence from marsellie

30 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2022
7 Nights From Marseille, France, to France , Lyon

Save up to £1,000 per couple PLUS enjoy €150 to spend on-board per cabin. Book and pay in full by 31st October to save an additional £400 per couple. For Loyalty members receive an additional £200 per couple

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Lyon

Sensations of Lyon & Provence from Lyon

31 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2022
7 Nights From Lyon, France to , Marseille, France

Save up to £1,000 per couple PLUS enjoy €150 to spend on-board per cabin. Book and pay in full by 31st October to save an additional £400 per couple. For Loyalty members receive an additional £200 per couple

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