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Those who enjoy an elegant yet casual atmosphere, with the opportunity to join Captain Rory in the wheelhouse or Cordon Bleu Chef Caroline in the kitchen, will feel a sense of belonging as if they are family. Quality exudes in every aspect of this extraordinary barging experience; from the relaxing suites to the huge partially covered sundeck with table and chairs for dining, lounge chairs for relaxing, and hot tub for enjoying a glass of wine under the open sky. This is how the enchanting waters of Burgundy’s river will be the wonderful road to float on the French wonders of pure delectation.
The Apres Tour barge has space for six passengers and four crew members. This is a Deluxe category barge with a length of 127 feet long with partially covered sundeck with table and chairs for outdoor dining and separate area with lounge chairs, open kitchen to watch the chef prepare meals, Mac computer with internet access and printer in separate study. It also has three cabins of 158 square feet long, including an en-suite bathroom. The cabins are suites with king or twin beds and have central heat, air conditioning, bathrobes, heated towel racks, satellite television, Bose DVD player, CD player, and iPod docking station.
Depart Paris in a luxury private transfer service direct to the barge moored in St. Jean de Losne, where you board the Apres Tout deluxe barge for your cruise through Burgundy on the Canal du Bourgogne. A champagne reception gives you a chance to meet the crew. Once you have settled into your cabin, it will be time to return to the deck for a cocktail cruise on the Saone River. A delicious four course dinner will be served with wonderful wines to match, followed by after dinner drinks - weather permitting all served on the magnificent teak deck.
Leaving the Saone River behind, now you enter onto the Canal de Bourgogne, through the first of many locks. Spend the morning enjoying your first cruising day on the flat plain from the river toward Dijon. After lunch, your guide takes you to the area of the Cote d’Or’ (Gold Coast) planted with vines that produce some of the world’s most famous wines. Here, you visit the Clos de Vougeot, a medieval château surrounded by vineyards. This is truly a magnificent chateau and the headquarters of the Chevaliers du Tastevin, whose special label is awarded annually to the finest Cote d’Or vintages. Some fantastic World War II jeeps were arranged to take you through the vines to explore some of the small tracks that wind through this famous land for some exhilarating fun. For those who have a little more energy, they can stop at a truffle producer and learn how the black diamonds grow and then how to find them. You return to the Apres Tout barge for a well-deserved refreshing cocktail.
This morning you will visit Dijon, a wonderful town with a long and interesting history. As it is market day, the center is thriving with traders selling their produce and shoppers meandering taking in the atmospheric feel of this magnificent city. There is plenty of time to shop in the city’s many chic boutiques or sit in a pavement café and watch the world go by. Later, you will visit the Grey Poupon mustard shop for a tasting of this famous product and then take a walk through the historic area of the town which will captivate you with its historical past, including the Ducal Palace. You return to the barge for lunch and an afternoon cruise into Dijon, where you moor for the evening. Tonight, try a Kir Royale, made with local Cassis (a liqueur invented in Dijon and made from blackcurrants) and mixed with the Burgundy Champagne equivalent named Cremant.
Leaving Dijon behind you head to the valley of the Ouche. Enjoy a relaxing morning on board; there are many locks for dis-embarking to cycle or to walk. Late morning, you will be transferred over the hillside and down through the vines to the charming village of Gevrey Chambertin. You will be greeted by the owner of this prestigious Grand Crus wine makers, and here you have a splendid lunch on their terrace overlooking their vines. During lunch, Madame Drouhin Laroze (the owner) will present her wines. This is truly a very unique experience. After lunch, you are given a very informative private tour of the cellars. You then take a scenic drive along the famous Route du Grand Crus, passing through many of the famous wine villages.
The morning is spent cruising through the lovely Ouche Valley, this is a truly spectacular part of the canal, small villages pass by, cows wander in the fields, and there is nature all around. There is a total feel of peace and tranquility as you slowly cruise this magnificent canal. After another wonderful lunch, you are transferred to the delightful town of Beaune, the capital of the wine region of Burgundy. Enjoy a visit to the famous Hôtel-Dieu, Hospice de Beaune with its interesting history and magnificent tiled roof. After some free time for shopping or strolling in the pedestrian streets you have an optional appointment for a private wine tasting at the famous cellars of Joseph Drouhin, this tour is by invitation only. Later, you return to the barge for a refreshing cocktail and freshen up before one of the high lights of the week, a gourmet dinner at the stunning Abbaye de la Bussiere. This Relais and Chateaux property has been beautifully transformed from a Cistercian abbey into a fabulous hotel, set in architectural grounds where you will dine in style tonight.
Today enjoy the final stretch of this beautiful canal cruise. You will pass through several more locks until reaching your destination of the port at Pont D’Ouche. This afternoon you make a special private visit to an English artist of world renown, who has set up his gallery and workshop in a converted barn. His work is world class, and was commissioned to create a piece of art to celebrate the Olympics in London. You are shown through the workshop, and explained how he makes his marvelous pieces of bronze sculptures many of which have been produced for the Queen of England, including the war memorial in London. You then drive up to Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, a medieval hill-top village steeped in History. This is a charming place with stunning views from all angles, of the surrounding countryside. Return to the Apres Tout barge for a gala dinner with wonderful wines to match and a fond farewell.
After breakfast disembark and transfer to Paris with your private luxury transfer service.
Cruise through the Ouche Valley
Cycle or walk through the road between Dijon and the valley of the Ouche
Drive along the famous Route du Grand Crus
Excursion to the area of the Cote d’Or’
Explore some vines World War II jeeps
Private tour of the Grand Crus wine makers’ cellars
Tour around Dijon’s historic area
Tour of Châteauneuf-en-Auxois
Visit a medieval château surrounded by vineyards
Visit a truffle producer for a truffle session
Visit the Beaune town
Visit the Gevrey Chambertin Village
Visit the Grey Poupon mustard shop
Visit to an English artist of world renown
Visit to Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune
This cruise will take place across the Canal du Bourgogne in the Burgundy region of France; making stops at and passing by the Saone River, Cote d’Or’, St. Jean de Losne, Longecourt, Dijon, Ouche River, Gevrey Chambertin, Fleurey, Ouche Valley, Beaune, Gissey, Pont D’Ouche, and Châteauneuf-en-Auxois.
During this wonderful cruise you will taste daily gourmet breakfast, lunches, and dinners. Wonderful wines will be served to match your dinners. One of your gourmet dinners will be at the stunning Abbaye de la Bussiere This wine vacations includes a champagne reception, refreshing cocktails like Kir Royale made with local Cassis and mixed with Cremant.
During your vacations, spend your free time to shop in chic boutiques or sit in a pavement café to relax and enjoy the French style streets.
The Apres Tout barge has a 6-person spa on deck. Please send an inquiry to Canal Barge Cruises for more information.
Please arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG).