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Burgundy

Meandering canals, timbered villages and delicate wines

Burgundy’s River Saône meanders gracefully through a rolling landscape of green and gold, studded with castles, mosaic roofs and Romanesque churches. Famous for its wines, the region displays neat rows of vines that flourish in the long, warm summers and produce the fruit that becomes such favourites as Chablis, Meursault and Gevrey-Chambertin. Scattered between are picturesque timbered villages like Noyers-sur-Serein where geraniums spill from pots and pretty squares buzz with the activity of shoppers and artists.

Once central to Burgundy’s prosperity, the canals that lace the terrain fell into decline with the construction of the railways. Today, they’re popular with tourists who want to explore the region – a cruise in a luxury barge is the perfect initiation to the Burgundian way of life: slow, relaxed and enjoyable. Back on dry land, the Morvan Forest is the crowning glory of the Bourgogne for nature lovers. Home to over 150 species of birds, a multitude of tree species and mammals such as badgers, deer and boar, it’s a beautiful place to while away the day.

The many paths and trails, the delightful villages and the abundance of fine food and wine make Burgundy an ideal destination for visitors, whether they choose to walk, cycle or travel the old-fashioned way, in an authentic canal barge.

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