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40 EUROPE›› FRANCE, GREECE NEW TRIP NEW TRIP BURGUNDY CANAL BARGE LOCAL LIVING › Cruising along the lush Saône River › HIGHLIGHTS › › Hiking and cycling riverside trails › › Sampling world-famous Burgundy wines › › Tasting French gastronomic delights › › Getting a fresh perspective on an old country WHAT'S INCLUDED ACCOMMODATIONS 49-ft canal barge (7 nts) TRANSPORT Train, bus, river barge, walking GROUP SIZE Max 8, avg 6 GROUP LEADER CEO throughout MEALS INCLUDED 1 dinner. Allow EUR250-320 for meals not included. LOCAL LIVING See back foldout. 8 DAYS—DIJON TO DIJON FROM $1949 TRIP CODE: EFBL IS THIS TRIP FOR ME? TYPE: GROUP SERVICE LEVEL: STANDARD PHYSICAL DEMAND: @ Dijon FRANCE Beaune ( Pontailler-Sur-Saône ITINERARY Get a new perspective on France with this canal barge adventure. Each day you'll cruise for 4-5 hours, clearing locks and seeing the world at a pace you'll appreciate. Along the way stop for wine tastings and gastronomic indulgences, cycle along country lanes and hike green valleys. Your houseboat home has only four cabins, so you're sharing the deck and the views with like-minded travellers. With a CEO there to offer advice—and steer!—you'll quickly realize that getting there is half the adventure. Please note that the following is a sample itinerary only and may change due to canal conditions, traffic, weather and other factors. Some departures will run in the opposite direction. Auxonne St Jean de Losne Seurre Verdun-sur-le-Doubs Chalon-sur-Saône Louhans Tournus Paris FRANCE WHAT'S INCLUDED ACCOMMODATIONS Private house with pool (7 nts) TRANSPORT Private van GROUP SIZE Max 12, avg 8 GROUP LEADER CEO throughout MEALS INCLUDED 1 dinner. Allow EUR200-280 for meals not included. DAY 1 DIJON Meet in Dijon then transfer to beautiful green Pontailler-sur-Saône in the Burgundy region where you board our 49-ft canal barge. The barge has four cabins with attached bathrooms plus a cabin for your CEO. A shared lounge and kitchen round off the inside space with the outside boasting wooden garden furniture and an electric barbeque. Opt to rent a bicycle during your tour and store it on board, space permitting. DAY 2 AUXONNE Dig into the included starter kit of breakfast essentials and local delicacies to start your day off right, then cruise 4-5 hours a day along the Saône River. Opt to go hiking or check out Auxonne's castle and other medieval buildings. DAY 3 ST JEAN DE LOSNE Enjoy the day's cruise through the region's lush greenery before arriving to this important river port. Sample the town's specialities of marble hams and cheese puffs. DAY 4 SEURRE Hike the trails along the water and through the greenery of the Saône Valley, walk through town to see its beautiful vintage buildings or try your hand at fishing in the river. Enjoy a dinner of regional specialities with some local friends. (1D) DAY 5 VERDUN-SUR-LE-DOUBS Cruise to this old settlement town. Stroll along the river, cycle along the roads and don't miss trying the local speciality of pôchouse, which is river fish in a white wine cream sauce. DAY 6 CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE/BEAUNE Optional day trip to Beaune by train or bicycle. DAY 7 TOURNUS Explore the alleyways, old buildings and cafés of this town on the southern tip of Burgundy. Sample the artisanal chocolates and delicious cheeses while you're here— they'll go great with the wine you picked up in Beaune. DAY 8 DIJON Sample some of the rich culinary specialities from the ancient walled city of Louhans before transferring back to Dijon in the afternoon. TRIP DATES ( START – FINISH ) May 18 – May 25 Jun 29 – Jul 06 Jul 13 – Jul 20 Aug 10 – Aug 17 Sep 07 – Sep 14 Oct 05 – Oct 12 CRETE LOCAL LIVING › Hiking Europe's longest gorge › HIGHLIGHTS › › Admiring the peaceful meadows and ancient settlements › Rambling along Agia Irini Gorge from Sougia to Omalos › › Enjoying the churches of Chania › › › Sipping local wines and playing backgammon with the locals › Relaxing at your Cretan home › LOCAL LIVING See back foldout. 8 DAYS—CHANIA TO APOKORONAS FROM $1249 TRIP CODE: EGCL IS THIS TRIP FOR ME? TYPE: GROUP SERVICE LEVEL: STANDARD PHYSICAL DEMAND: ! Chania CRET E Apokoronas ITINERARY Fall in love with Crete on this Local Living adventure. You can visit ancient settlements, attend wine tastings or sit by the harbour and soak up the island's spirit. How you spend your time is up to you. Get active and hike Samariá Gorge—Europe's longest—or the Agia Irini Gorge, or both. You'll share your home—and its pool—with like-minded travellers but your days are your own. With a CEO there for advice, the only thing you'll need to worry about is never wanting to leave. GREECE CRETEE C CREET DAY 1 CHANIA Meet and transfer to our private Local Living home in Apokoronas. With a fully equipped kitchen, swimming pool, barbeque and plenty of shared common areas, your home away from home is a great base for exploration and relaxation. DAY 2 APOKORONAS Dig into the included starter kit of breakfast essentials and local delicacies to start your day off right. Get comfortable and explore your new surroundings, then feast on a traditional Greek meal with some local friends for dinner. (1D) DAYS 3-7 APOKORONAS Do as much or as little as you like during your stay in Crete. Your home is a great base for active pursuits, cultural exploration and sun worshipping, so fill your days as you like. Hike Europe's longest gorge, the Samariá Gorge, or kayak the craggy coastline. Get to know western Crete through wine tasting, hanging out in local taverns, exploring nearby beautiful churches and visiting local markets. Get your backgammon on against the locals then bliss out on the beach or by your house's pool. DAY 8 APOKORONAS Depart at any time. TRIP DATES ( START – FINISH ) May 18 – May 25 Jun 15 – Jun 22 Jul 13 – Jul 20 Aug 10 – Aug 17 Dates and prices are subject to change. For booking, availability, and detailed itineraries, consult your travel agent or check online. Sep 07 – Sep 14 Oct 05 – Oct 12 (

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