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Deborah – Burgundy & Rhone Rhine Cruise

Nothing beats seeing the glorious landscapes of Rhône-Rhine canal from the deck of the premium barge Deborah, cruising from the ancient city of Besançon to the lively town of Dijon.


Explore Grands Crus Wine Route, including Gevrey-Chambertin and Chateau du Clos de Vougeot.

Enjoy an audioguided visit of La Saline-Royale, a UNESCO masterpiece built in Arc-et-Senans.

Follow the famous "trail of the Perched Cat” during your guided tour of Dole.

Join a guided tour of Saint-Jean-de-Losne home to the wonderful Batellerie Museum (Sailors' House).

Join an optional hike on the "Path of the Three Wash Houses" in Petit-Ouges.

Enjoy a tasting of Burgundy wines in a wine estate along the famous Grands Crus Wine Route. 

Discover authentic traditions, tales and hidden gems on a 6-night cruise from the ancient city of Besançon near the Swiss border to the lively town of Dijon. Experience the refine amenities of hotel barge Deborah as you cruise along the lovely Rhône-Rhine canal drenched in epic scenery.

Luxuriate in the glorious landscapes from the deck of the ambling Deborah and go ashore to get the most out of the region's rich heritage. Visit the UNESCO-listed Saline Royale of Arc-et-Senans, join an original and unique tour of the famous "trail of the Perched Cat” in Dole, and learn more about the history of navigation on inland waterways at Musée de la Batellerie in Saint-Jean-de-Losne. Travel to Petit Ouges to discover the "circuit of the three washhouses" then visit the magnificent Chateau du Clos de Vougeot along the touristic Grands Crus Wine Route where you'll also enjoy a tasting of Burgundy wines.

2020 Departure Dates

  • 09 - 15 April
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6-night luxury cruise
Double-occupancy cabin accommodation with shower in bathroom
Excursions mentioned in the program
All meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day
Onboard drinks included (except for drinks from the special lists)
Assistance from onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
Welcome cocktail and gala dinner
All port fees

On-Board Facilities

  • Maximum of 22 passengers
  • 1 cabin for people with reduced mobility (upper deck)
  • 10 double cabins (main deck)
  • 5 crew members
  • TV and telephone (for internal calls only)
  • Bathroom with shower and toilet
  • Towels and safe
  • Independent air-conditioning
  • Electricity 220V
  • Wi-Fi
  • Jacuzzi
  • Restaurant & lounge bar
  • Terrace


  • Drinks from special lists or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers
  • Cancellation and baggage insurance
  • Transfers to/from departure/arrival points
  • Personal expenses


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Day 1

Passengers are welcome to board the ship at 6.00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, you'll be introduced to the crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner.

Discover France aboard Deborah barge.
Day 2
Besançon - Ranchot

Depart by coach to Arc-et-Senans for the tour of the Saline-Royale. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this royal factory was built between 1775 and 1779 at the wish of King Louis XV. Return on board after the tour and cruise towards Ranchot.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Besançon - Ranchot
Saline-Royale, a UNESCO masterpiece.
Day 3
Ranchot - Dole

This morning will be spent cruising towards Dole. In the afternoon, join an original and unique tour, following the "trail of the Perched Cat”. This trail refers the famous tales of a Perched Cat, written by Marcel Aymé who lived in Dole as a child.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ranchot - Dole
The old town of Dole
Day 4
Dole - Saint-Jean-de-Losne

Spend this morning cruising towards Saint-Jean-de-Losne. In the afternoon, join a guided tour of the city and the Battellerie Museum which recounts the history of navigation, followed by a tasting of local products.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dole - Saint-Jean-de-Losne
Saint-Jean-de-Losne, first river port of France.
Day 5
Saint-Jean-de-Losne - Petit-Ouges

Spend the whole day cruising towards Petit-Ouges, reaching it in the afternoon. Upon arrival in Petit-Ouges, enjoy time at leisure to discover the "Circuit of the Three Washhouses.”

Note: The Circuit of the Three Washhouses is not a guided tour. 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Saint-Jean-de-Losne - Petit-Ouges
Lock Museum of Petit Ouges
Day 6
Petit-Ouges - Dijon

This morning will be spent cruising towards Dijon. In the afternoon, join an excursion along the Grands Crus Wine Route. The touristic Grands Crus Wine Route passes through the finest and most prestigious of the Burgundy vineyards. Tonight's your gala evening and dinner.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Petit-Ouges - Dijon
The magnificent Chateau du Clos de Vougeot.
Day 7

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9.00 a.m.


Additional information

Official language
6 nights
from AUD3,770
per person, twin share
Cultural, Luxury
09 April - 15 April 2020

Important notes

For the safety of passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary. The itinerary is subject to mooring availability at locks or ports, and may be modified as necessary.

(1)  Excursions included in this itinerary:

  • La Saline Royale (Royal Salt works), listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site
  • Dole, hilltop city and birthplace of Louis Pasteur
  • Saint-Jean-de-Losne and its monuments telling the story of its prestigious past
  • The charming country village of Petit-Ouges
  • The Burgundy Grands Crus Wine Route

(2) The Circuit of the Three Washhouses (Day 5) is not a guided tour.

(3) There is no laundry service on board the ship.

(4) Child discount (2-9 years) available.

(5) This itinerary is available in reverse direction for the hotel barge MS Jeanine:

Burgundy & Rhone Rhine Canal
Dijon - Petit Ouges - Saint-Jean-De-Losne - Dole - Ranchot - Besancon
Departures: 16 April, 30 April, 23 July, 3 September


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