Barging in Burgundy, France
October 7 - 17, 2014
Co-sponsored with Smith College
Discover the bucolic country-side, picturesque vineyards and charming towns of Burgundy on a special program that explores the history and charm of this famous region. Begin your adventure in Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy. In Dijon, walk in the footsteps of Burgundy’s dukes as you wander its bustling streets. Travel the legendary Route des Grands Crus and explore the Côte d’Or region, enjoying wine tastings in medieval châteaux and private wineries. Cruise for three nights aboard the Caprice and take in magnificent views of vineyards covering the rolling hills. Conclude in Lyon, a sophisticated metropolis replete with scenic parks, riverside paths and a historic old town listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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Day 1 In Transit
Depart your gateway city for Lyon aboard scheduled jet service
Day 2 Lyon/Beaune
Upon arrival transfer to Beaune and Hôtel Le Crep. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore picturesque Beaune. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner featuring local wines.
Day 3 Beaune
Discover the highlights of Beaune, the Jewel of Burgundy. Known for its beauty, wine and art, Beaune is home to the 15th-cebtyr Gothic masterpiece, the Hospices de Beaune, which served as a hospital until 1971.
Enjoy lunch and a wine tasting at a private Beaune winery.
Day 4 Dijon/Côte D’Or
Travel to Dijon, the capital of the Dukes of Burgundy. The town’s historic center abounds with notable architecture and landmarks, including stately stone mansions and charming half-timbered houses that date from the 15th and 16th centuries. Feast on gastronomical delights at a Dijon restaurant for lunch.
After lunch, emabark on a scenic drive of the road that links the wine-producing towns of the Côte D’Or. Visit Gevrey-Chambertin, a charming village town for its Côte-de-Nuits wines. Explore the Château du Clos in Vougeot, a Renaissance mansion beloved by Burgundy wine enthusiasts. Conclude with a visit and tasting at the incredible 17th-centur Château de Meursault.
Day 5 Beaune/Cruise
The morning is at leisure in Beaune. Enjoy a lunch of French specialties at a Beaune restaurant. After lunch, transfer to Tournus and go on a walking tour of the medieval town center. Visit the 11th century St. Philibert Abbey. Embark the Caprice, your home for the next three nights.
Day 6 Cruise
Cruise to Chalon-sur-Saône, the birthplace of photography. Take in the fine architecture and stroll the colorful food market on a walking tour of Chalon. Visit a local museum dedicated to European paintings and archaeological exhibits. Tonight the barge moors in Fragnes.
Day 7 Cruise
Cruise from Fagnes to Santenay and enjoy the magnificent riverside scenery in the heart of the Chalonnais and Côte de Beaune wine regions. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell diner aboard the Caprice.
Day 8 Lyon
Disembark the Caprice in Santenay and transfer to Lyon. Enjoy lunch at a traditional brasserie. After lunch, check into the Hotel Sofitel Lyon Bellecour. This afternoon explore Lyon. Founded by the Romans in the first century B.C., by the 15th century Lyon was one of the most populated cities in Europe. See the influence of many architectural styles and eras from Roman to Gothic to Renaissance during a walking tour.
Day 9 Lyon
Learn tips and secrets about French cuisine in the world capital of gastronomy in your French cooking class. Rest of your day is at your leisure.
Day 10 Lyon
Discover the beauty and history of Vieux Lyon, the city’s oldest district. Tonight attend a Farewell Dinner at a Lyon restaurant with your fellow travelers.
Day 11 In Transit
Transfer to the airport for the return flight to your gateway city.
Cost and program Inclusions
$4,995 . . . . . . . . Per person, based on double occupancy
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- Three nights in Beaune, France at the deluxe Hôtel Le Cep
- Three nights aboard the cozy Caprice Barge
- Three nights in Lyon at the deluxe Hotel Sofitel Lyon Bellecour
- Deluxe motor coach transfers between Beayne and Tournus and between Santenay and Lyon, including baggage handling
- Informative educational programs presented by local experts that will enhance your insight into the region
- All excursions as outlined in the program itinerary
- Personal VOX listening device to hear every word from your English-speaking guides
- Attend a Welcome Dinner
- Gather for a Farwell Celebration
- Enjoy 9 breakfasts, six lunches and six dinners; tea and coffee with all meals plus wine with dinner
- Sample authentic regional specialties during select meals at featured local restaurants.
- Take advantage of leisure time to try the local cuisine independently
- All tips for local guides and drivers are included
Faculty Study Leader
Catherine Lafarge, Professor Emeritus of French
Leading your trip will be Catherine Lafarge, Professor Emeritus of French at Bryn Mawr College.
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A native of France, Lafarge came to the United States in 1957 as a Fulbright scholar at Mt. Holyoke College, where she earned her bachelor's degree. She began teaching at Bryn Mawr in 1966, immediately upon earning her doctorate from Yale University. An expert in the literature of 18th-century France, she developed innovative courses on the city of Paris in the 17th and 18th centuries and was a founding member of Bryn Mawr's unique Growth and Structure of Cities Program. She chaired the French Department from 1979 to 1984 and also from 1996 to 1991; she served as dean of the GSAS from 1985 to 1995. In October, 2004 Professor Lafarge was awarded France's Ordre des Palmes Academiques in a ceremony in the Ely Room of Wyndham House. The order, instituted in 1808 by Napoleon I, honors those who have made significant contributions to the understanding of French culture throughout the world.
Throughout her career, Lafarge has been active in numerous professional societies, particularly the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, which she served as treasurer, board member and president. Among the honors she has won are grants from the American Philosophical Society and the American Council of Learned Societies, as well as the Mt. Holyoke Alumnae Association's prestigious Sesquicentennial Award.