National Geographic Journeys

Explore Normandy & Burgundy

  • Duration 17 Days | Dijon to Paris
  • Group Size Max 22
  • From $6,298 AUD
Call 1300 363 742

Trip Overview

From our once-in-a-lifetime Burgundy river barge voyage to a deep dive into the rich history of Paris and the WWII legacy of northern France, embark on more than two weeks of unforgettable adventures in culture and gastronomy. Float by canal to medieval towns and pastoral vineyards, and enjoy plenty of free time to roam gorgeous centuries-old cities, gardens, and grounds. To resist France’s allure is futile—this experience is nothing short of revolutionary.

Trip Highlights

  • Meet winemakers and taste their vintages in castles and wine estates along the River Saône
  • Explore the Hospices of Beaune and Mont-Saint-Michel, and wander through Monet’s gardens at Giverny.
  • Ride World War II a transport vehicle between the historic war sites of Normandy.
  • Attend a wine-and-cheese reception at the Paris studio of National Geographic photographer and explorer Reza.

Itinerary - 17 Days

Day 1 Dijon

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Dijon

Explore majestic Dijon on a morning orientation walk visiting the Ducal Palace, the local market, and the old town. This afternoon, roam on your own before transferring to the Daniele, our home for the next week. (1B, 1D)

Day 3 Longecourt-en-Plaine

Cycle through vineyards and villages on the way to the quaint village of Gevrey Chambertin. Located on the region’s Route des Grands Crus, the town is famous for its first-rate Burgundy wines. Visit the famous Château de Marsannay for a tasting, and continue to Côte de Nuits before meeting the barge in Longecourt-en-Plaine. (1B, 1D)

Day 4 Saint-Jean-de-Losne

Start the day with a walk around the lush gardens of the Château de Longecourt. Continue along the canal, passing through small villages along the way. After an afternoon wine tasting, take advantage of free time to explore centuries-old Saint-Jean-de-Losne. (1B, 1L)

Day 5 Chalon-sur-Saône

While sailing along the Saône River, enjoy a presentation by a local winemaker followed by a tasting. Spend a relaxing afternoon following the footpaths around Chalon-sur-Saône. Browse the shops in town or relax on board with a glass of wine. (1B, 1L)

Day 6 Chagny

Bike along the Côte de Beaune, stopping at villages and vineyards along the way. Explore the vineyards of Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault and taste some wines. Opt for lunch in town before returning to the barge. (1B, 1D)

Day 7 Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune

Relax on board as the barge drifts south, and disembark for a walk and tasting in the vineyards of Santenay. Continue cruising to Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune. Upon arrival, visit the Château de Couches, a spectacular medieval castle surrounded by beautiful countryside. (1B, 1L)

Day 8 Beaune/Paris

Transfer to Beaune for a guided walking tour of the renowned Hospices de Beaune, a 15th-century charitable hospital that has been funded for 155 years by the annual wine auction here. Explore the area on your own and then catch the train to Paris. (1B)

Days 9 & 10 Paris

Explore the historic covered Marché d'Aligre with a local chef and food expert. Rarely visited by tourists, this market is where locals come to shop for food. This afternoon and the next full day, roam this amazing city on your own. (2B)

Day 11 Bayeux

Depart for Giverny to visit Claude Monet's Garden, which National Geographic named one of the "10 most magnificent gardens in the world." Continue to the scenic port town of Honfleur for some free time. Arrive this evening in postcard-pretty Bayeux and enjoy a welcome dinner at a crêperie. (1B, 1D)

Day 12 Normandy Beaches/Bayeux

Step back in time with a World War II guide today. Take in a lecture on the Allied invasion and visit a museum with the expert to view and handle relics from the war. Then ride in a genuine WWII transport vehicle to Secqueville-en-Bessin War Cemetery to learn how poppies came to symbolize remembrance of the casualties of war. This afternoon, visit Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, and the American Cemetery and Memorial with your CEO. (1B)

Days 13 & 14 Mont-Saint-Michel/Bayeux

Spend a day at the imposing medieval fortress of Mont-Saint-Michel, an amazing UNESCO World Heritage site. Take an orientation walk and then have free time to visit the island's abbey or museums, or simply to wander its winding cobblestone lanes. Enjoy the next day to yourself to explore the town of Bayeux. (2B)

Day 15 Rouen/Paris

Follow the Seine River to the city of Rouen for some free time. Then continue to Paris to visit the studio of National Geographic photographer and explorer Reza. Take a behind-the-scenes tour with one of Reza's assistants to learn about his work in conflict zones around the world and enjoy a wine-and-cheese reception. (1B)

Day 16 Paris

Enjoy a morning walk with our CEO on the Île de la Cité, one of the oldest parts of the city. Opt to visit the interiors of Notre Dame and the Sainte-Chapelle. Then enjoy free time to explore the city. (1B)

Day 17 Paris

Depart at any time. (1B)

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