The network of rivers and centuries-old canals that crisscross Burgundy – France’s fabled wine-producing département – were practically tailor-made for pleasure cruising. Life unfolds at a different pace in this pastoral part of the world, and nowhere is that more obvious than from the deck of a piloted river barge (or peniche) that doubles as your floating hotel. Come experience central France on the sly.
Boat Layout: Spacious lounge with bar, dining area, sun deck with loungers and parasols, Jacuzzi, onboard wi-fi, bicycles available for passenger use.
Cabins: 12 lower deck cabins, all with en suite bathrooms, windows, TV, radio, telephone (internal calls only), and air- conditioning.
As the capital of Burgundy’s wine country, Beaune is practically a holy site for oenophiles. Step off the canal boat for a spell and take an optional stroll through this amazingly well-preserved medieval city to investigate its legions of underground wine cellars, gorgeous laneways, and centuries of Roman and Gallic history.