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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

Amsterdam

Rhine & Rhône Revealed-Amsterdam to Port St. Louis

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

Rhine & Rhône Revealed - Amsterdam to Nice

15 sailing dates September 2020 to October 2021
18 Nights From Amsterdam, to France , Villefranche (Nice)
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Lyon

Three Rivers Discovery Nice > Porto

3 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
14 Nights From Villefranche (Nice), France to Portugal , Porto
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Viviers

Burgundy and Provence with 2 Nights in Paris

12 sailing dates September 2020 to September 2021
9 Nights From Paris, France to St. Louis, France
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Lyon

Sensations of Lyon and Provence & Paris

2 sailing dates September 2020 to October 2020
9 Nights From Marseille, to France , Paris

Includes HUGE savings of up to £2,200 per couple!

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Lyon

Sensations of Lyon & Provence

17 sailing dates September 2020 to October 2021
7 Nights From Marseille, to France , Lyon

Includes HUGE savings of up to £500 per couple plus €200 FREE to spend on-board! Book today and pay by 31st October to save an extra £250!

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Avignon

Sensations of Lyon & Provence

14 sailing dates September 2020 to October 2021
7 Nights From Lyon, France to , Marseille

Includes HUGE savings of up to £500 per couple plus €200 FREE to spend on-board! Book today and pay by 31st October to save an extra £250!

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