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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

Salamanca

Discover the Rivers of France & Portugal

2 sailing dates May 2022 to June 2022
14 Nights From Villefranche, France, France to Beaune
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Viviers

Sensations of Lyon & Provence- Marsellie to Paris

3 sailing dates May 2022 to August 2022
9 Nights From Marseille, to Paris
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Viviers

Three Rivers Discovery with Lisbon

3 sailing dates April 2022 to June 2022
17 Nights From Villefranche, France, France to Portugal , Lisbon
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Lyon

Ultimate France - Bordeaux to Avignon

59 sailing dates April 2022 to October 2023
21 Nights From Bordeaux, France to Avignon
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Tournon

Burgundy, the River Rhône from Avigon

1 sailing date March 2022
7 Nights From Avignon, France to Lyon
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Arles

Lisbon with Three Rivers Discovery- Lisbon To Nice

2 sailing dates June 2022 to July 2022
17 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to France , Villefranche, France
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Tournon

Aix-en-Provence with Sensations of Lyon & Provence

5 sailing dates May 2022 to September 2022
10 Nights From Aix-en-Provence, to France , Lyon
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Lyon

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence from Avignon

37 sailing dates April 2022 to October 2023
7 Nights From Avignon, France to Lyon

Includes flights and overseas transfers

Riviera Travel logo FROM £1419pp
Tournon

Grand France - Paris to Port Louis (southbound)

23 sailing dates March 2022 to October 2023
14 Nights From Paris, to France , Port St. Louis
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Strasbourg

Rhine & Rhône Revealed (Northbound)

24 sailing dates March 2022 to October 2023
14 Nights From Port St. Louis, France to , Amsterdam
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Lyon

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence from Lyon

41 sailing dates April 2022 to October 2023
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Avignon

Includes flights and overseas transfers

Riviera Travel logo FROM £1519pp
Lyon

Burgundy and Provence with 2 Nights in Paris

25 sailing dates April 2022 to October 2023
9 Nights From Paris, to France , Port St. Louis
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Paris

Grand France - Port Louis to Paris

24 sailing dates March 2022 to October 2023
14 Nights From Port St. Louis, France to , Paris

Includes flights and overseas transfers.

Avalon Waterways logo FROM £5499pp
Lyon

Sensations of Lyon and Provence & Nice

5 sailing dates April 2022 to September 2022
10 Nights From Lyon, France to Villefranche, France
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Lyon

Sensations of Lyon & Provence from marsellie

30 sailing dates April 2022 to October 2023
7 Nights From Marseille, to France , Lyon

Save up to £2,600 per couple PLUS book and pay in full to save an EXTRA £400 per couple

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Villefranche

Sensations of Lyon & Provence with Nice

4 sailing dates April 2022 to September 2022
10 Nights From Villefranche, France, France to Lyon
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Lyon

Sensations of Lyon & Provence from Lyon

31 sailing dates April 2022 to October 2023
7 Nights From Lyon, France to , Marseille

FREE premium drinks package PLUS book and pay in full 12 months prior to sailing to save an EXTRA 10%

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