Burgundy Canal & the Saone river
Canal and river cruise
Saroche canal and river cruise from Dijon to Saint Leger sur Dhuene, cruising along the Burgundy canal, the river Saone and the Canal du Centre.
For people seeking gourmet cuisine, quality wines, historical interest and beautiful countryside, Saroche offers the best choices.
Dijon to Saint Leger sur Dheune
Burgundy Canal / River Saone / Canal du Centre
Cruise Duration : Six Nights / Seven Days
Sunday Afternoon - Dijon
Guests are greeted at the pre-designated meeting point and escorted to Saroche in Dijon. After settling in you are invited to join the Captain for a champagne reception and cruise safety briefing. Plenty of time for a stroll around Dijon which has many places of interest such as the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy housing the Fine Arts Museum with its paintings from the 14th Century to the present day. Climb the 316 steps of Philip the Good's Tower to get a wonderful view of the region, or merely relax on board and enjoy the view.
Monday - Cruising : Dijon to Longecourt-en-Plaine
Leave behind the bustling centre of Dijon and journey through the countryside to the canal side village of Longecourt. Stroll between the locks or cycle alongside as the barge travels slowly through the pastoral countryside.
Excursion : A tour through the Côte de Nuits vineyards known as the Champs Elysées of Burgundy; sample the famous wines at special tastings; visit the Chàteau of Clos de Vougeot.
Tuesday - Cruising : Longecourt-en-Plaine to Seurre
Travel along to the picturesque little town of Saint Jean de Losne, where the cruise joins the tranquil River Saône, the cruise continues on to the pretty village of Seurre with origins going back to the 5th Century BC.
Excursion : A trip to Beaune, Burgundy's wine capital, for a tasting at Patriarche Pere et Fils the largest cellars in the Burgundy. Tour the Hotel Dieu with its honeycombed, coloured tiled roof - famous for its collection of pottery jars and its annual wine auctions.
Wednesday - Cruising : Seurre to Chàlon-sur-Saône
Chàlon-sur-Saône is a bustling riverside town with good shopping and many picturesque riverside walks or cycle paths. The old city is a mesh of mediaeval cobbled streets with half-timbered houses, lively squares and historic churches and the cathedral.
Excursion : Visit the Denon Museum and the Nièpce Museum, tracing the history of photography, and named after Nicéphore Nièpce (1765-1833) the inventor of photography and a native of Chàlon.
Thursday - Cruising : Chàlon-sur-Saône to Chagny
The cruise route now enters the Canal du Centre at Chàlon and begins the climb through the cornfields and through tree fined reaches to the bustling town of Chagny.
Excursion : The 13th Century Chàteau Le Rochepot - built by crusading knight Régnier Pot, thrown to the lions for refusing the hand of the Sultan of Arabia's daughter, he miraculously came out the winner and was released for his bravery.
Friday - Cruising : Chagny to Saint Leger sur Dheune
The final cruise borders the Côte d'Or wine region and meanders round the craggy slopes of the Maranges hills with their famous vineyards to Saint Leger. Captain's farewell dinner ashore in Santenay.
Excursion : Visit Santenay for wine-tasting at one of the many picturesque caves, maybe a dip in the soothing thermal springs or perhaps a visit to the Casino.
Saturday - Saint Leger sur Dheune
Time after breakfast for one last chance to sit on deck before your departure from Saroche.
*The cruise is from Saint Leger sur Dheune to Dijon on alternate weeks
It is our aim to provide a cruise tailored for you,
wherever possible we will adjust the cruise to fit in with your requirements.
Activities such as riding, tennis, hot air ballooning and golf can be organised on request.
Bicycles and boules are available on board.