France River Cruise with Lisbet

Agent Name: Lisbet MacKay
Date: September 2005
Trip Location: Burgundy region, France

River Cruise - Lisbet0002Overall Impression: River Cruising in Europe has been described as a guided tour without the packing and unpacking. We sailed on self crewed motor boats that, while not luxurious, were perfectly comfortable and came equipped with 4 cabins, 2 washrooms with showers, a fully equipped kitchen, a main cabin with chairs and table plus another table on top for al fresco dining. Burgundy is a peaceful, rural region in the heart of France renowned as the home of

fine wine and cheese, and we had a wonderful time taking full advantage of this. It is also a very historic region and the particular route that we followed was called following in the footsteps of Napoleon. The tour was a nice mixture of relaxation, drifting along the river, to activity, navigating the locks, biking and walking.

Travel Tips: You don’t need any boating experience to charter the boats; they are built like bumper cars and are practically indestructible. As the cabins are quite small, it is a good idea to charter a boat with one extra cabin to use as a storage room for extra luggage. If you are looking for a slightly less active trip go down the river rather than up the river as it is easier to manoeuvre the locks.
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Things to Buy:
Wine, Dijon mustard

Best Time to Travel:
Anytime from May to October but September is probably the best time.


Best Bargain:
The cost
of the boat charter which was very reasonable. Your only other expense is the cost of food where you can either cook you own or visit the many local restaurants that line the river and canals. The local restaurants were friendly, had good food and were reasonably priced.