Canal Barge Cruise,
Burgundy Canal Culinary Vacation, France

A Canal Barge Culinary Cruise over the Burgundy Canal will cover some historic territory. The Canal de Bourgogne or Burgundy Canal provides north to south access through France and connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Mediterranean Sea through the Rivers Seine and Yonne to the north, and the rivers Rhone and Saone to the south.  
The Burgundy Canal was conceived in 1607 and  work on the canal started in 1727. The canal was completed in 1832 when barges made the first crossing.

The Village of
Pouilly en Auxios, north of Dijon, is the highest point on the canal at 378 meters above sea level. (1,240 feet)  
A three-kilometer tunnel (2.07 miles) is one of the intriguing features of this marvel of engineering
A complex system of reservoirs and feeder canals keeps the Burgundy Canal running and makes it an intriguing engineering accomplishment and a wonderful place to enjoy a walk, bike ride, or culinary barge cruise through the French countryside.
Burgundy Canal
Many Burgundy Valley
Barge tours leave
from the port
of Dijon,
 go north and then return
Barge Culinary and wine Cruises will have a full crew including a chef, an open bar, bikes on board, and van support

Canal Barge Tours, The Culinary Cruise
through East Central France

Culinary tour barges stop for the evening meal below the castles at 11 th century Chateauneuf-en-Auxious
Canal Barge Cruise Vacation,
Burgundy Canal Culinary Cruise, France

Canal Barge through the Burgundy Canal:


The area traversed by the Burgundy Canal is some of the most scenic in France and includes rolling farm country, small villages built in the 11th century, and imposing hilltop castles and chateaus of the Medieval period

The Culinary barge cruise will include a chef who will cook the meals while you cruise along or visit the local villages on bikes provided by the cruise company.  At the end of the day you tie up for the night and have your evening meal.
A van will follow and provide transportation to the villages and allow the crew to shop for fresh vegetables and the local wines in the villages.

The barge will have bikes stored on deck for your tours of the canal villages and the paths along the canal.      

Much of the Burgundy Canal remains just the way it was when constructed in the 17th Century; the locks operate by hand for the most part and the locking through process can involve the passengers.

Canal Barge Cruises through the Burgundy Canal offer Culinary Central France.  The Canal Barge Cruise on the Burgundy Canal can be a Culinary Vacation with a chef aboard.
Canal Barge Cruises through the Burgundy Canal offer Culinary Vacations, wine tours, biking and sightseeing in Eastern France
Burgundy Canal locktenders house
Barge Culinary and wine Cruises could have a full crew including a chef, an open bar, bikes on board, and van support
Reach the Burgundy Canal
The
TGV high speed Train and a high speed toll highway reach Dijon from Paris.
Burgundy Canal locktenders house
Burgundy Canal  Culinary
Vacation Cruise
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.   
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