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The Three Regions Cruise

The Three Regions Cruise

Cycle along the canal banks, taste delicious white wines in the Maconnais-Beaujolais wine region, and discover fascinating historic sites.

  • Country / Region
    France / Burgundy & Franche Comte

Cycle along the canal banks, taste delicious white wines in the Maconnais-Beaujolais wine region, and discover fascinating historic sites.

  • Country / Region
    France / Burgundy & Franche Comte
Description 
  • Cruise Highlights
    ActivityActivity Use of bicyclesTourTour Chateaux and historic monumentsActivityActivity Great destination for fishingItinerary Itinerary Branges RETURN via Mâcon & Chalon-sur-SaôneActivityActivity Observe wildlife and nature.ActivityActivity Wine tasting sessions

Summary

Indulge in sumptuous scenery as you sail through Burgundy and reward your palate with the finest wines the region has to offer. Taste light and dry wine crafted from chardonnay and pinot blanc grapes and don’t miss the crowd favourite Macon Supérieur, a white wine with higher alcohol content. Visit the bookshops in Cuisery, discover Tournus with its historic structures, and explore the riverside town of Chalon-sur-Saône to check out its famous museums, modern aquatic centre, and Renaissance buildings.

 

Cruising Time Number of Locks Lock Type Waterways Duration
 26 hours 8 Seille: Self-operated locks
Grande Saone: Automated locks, manned by lock-keeper
Petite Saone: Automatic operated by a lock-keeper 
River Seille, River Saone 7 nights

 

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Inclusions

  • Hire of the boat and its onboard equipment
  • A fully equipped kitchen
  • Towels and linen for all passengers
  • A boat handling demonstration prior to departure
  • Technical support
  • On-board maps and visitor information
  • Passage through locks

 

Exclusions

  • Optional holiday extras
  • Boat damage waiver
  • Running costs (diesel, gas, engine wear and tear) - charged by the engine hour (by the litre in Scotland)
  • Travel to and from the base(s)
  • Waterside services if you use them (i.e. moorings where a charge is applicable, pump-out if needed, water, etc.)
  • Cancellation plan & any travel/personal insurance
  • Food and drink



Important Notes

  • The Petit Saône, Big Saône and the Seille River are all easy to navigate and suitable for beginners.
  • The locks on the Seille River are self-operated while on the Petit Saône, some are automatic and have lock keepers. On the Big Saône, three large automatic locks have lock keepers between St. Jean-de-Losne and Mâcon. On the Canal des Vosges, Canal de Bourgogne and the Canal du Centre, all locks are automatic.
  • Petit Saône locks operate from 9:00 am - 7:00 pm. They are closed for lunch from 12:30 pm -1:30 pm. Big Saône locks operate from 6:00 am - 9:00 pm with no lunch closures.
  • There are numerous well-equipped moorings on the Seille River. Mooring on pontoons or in a harbour is compulsory on the Big Saône.

 

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Itinerary 

Branges – Cuisery – Pont-de-Vaux – Mâcon – Tournus – Chalon-sur-Saône – Branges

Explore the following towns and villages:

  • Branges
  • Cuisery
  • Pont-de-Vaux
  • Mâcon
  • Tournus
  • Chalon-sur-Saône

Branges
Welcome to Branges, a calm and peaceful town. Take the opportunity to cycle along the canal banks and explore the area. Downtown, you can have a drink on the terrace of a French village bar. 

Cuisery
Cuisery is one of the four famous Book Villages of France. There are more than a dozen book shops selling collectors' items in gravure, lithography, illuminated text, early comics, etc. You will surely enjoy this cultural visit. The Church of Notre Dame is also pleasant to visit.

Pont-de-Vaux
Take the 3.5 km long canal, which will lead you to Pont-de-Vaux town. The town hall houses a small museum with local artists’ paintings. Behind the harbour master’s office there’s the House of Water and Nature, with exhibitions dedicated to wildlife and the environment, with multimedia displays that children will love. Try your hand at fishing at the lake, south of the port - day fishing licences are available at the Tourist Office. 

Mâcon
Mâcon is one of the oldest cities in France, and the capital of southern Burgundy. Despite its age, it was badly damaged during the religious wars, so few relics of its past remain. One of its marvels is the Maison de Bois, built between 1490 and 1510, and certainly the most famous house in the city. Its wooden façade is decorated with a multitude of statuettes of monkeys and men. Stroll through the city and you’ll see St. Pierre church. Stop to admire its elegant twin spires, which dominate over the town.

Tournus
Tournus is a wonderful city filled with medieval monuments and vestiges. Here, you will have the opportunity to discover the beautiful Saint-Philibert church, with its high medieval tower covered in green ivy. The well-preserved abbey palace is also wonderful to observe and a great place to go for a walk. 

Chalon-sur-Saône
Along the Saone, influenced by the history of the Burgundian kingdoms, is Chalon-Sur-Saone. Discover its long and complex history and its beautiful monuments. The market place, with the Saint-Vincent cathedral, is magnificent to see.

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