7 Days Wine Tasting in France

  • Burgundy Canal, Northern Burgundy, France

Sailing Holidays France 

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.

Highlights

  • Special wine tastings
  • Tour of a vineyard in vintage WWII jeeps
  • Visit a truffle producer and learn about truffle hunting
  • Bike and / or walk along the canal in the beautiful Ouche Valley
  • Explore the 13th century Chateau de Commarin
  • Drive the famous Route du Grand Crus
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Gourmet cuisine meals
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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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.

Day 1, Sunday: Transfer from Paris to St. Jean de Losne

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.

Day 2, Monday: St. Jean de Losne to Longecourt

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.

Day 3, Tuesday: Longecourt to Dijon

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.

Day 4, Wednesday: Dijon to Fleurey - Lunch Gevrey Chambertin at a wine makers

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.

Day 5, Thursday: Fleurey to Gissey

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.

Day 6, Friday: Gissey to Pont d’Ouche - Lunch at Abbaye de la Bussiere

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.

Day 7, Saturday: Transfer to Paris

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.

Activities
  • Cycling
  • Golf course nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Mountain walking / trekking nearby
  • Shopping nearby
  • Spa
  • Wine tasting / tour
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Café nearby
  • Dining area
  • Special menu request
Services
  • Free bicycle
  • Hair dryer
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Local market
  • Toiletries

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.

  • 6 nights accommodation in a deluxe barge
  • 13 excursions
  • All barge amenities
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Daily escorted excursions by air-conditioned van
  • Transportation between Paris and the barge
  • Wine and drinks on board
  • Wines with lunch and dinner
  • Airfare
  • Gratuities
  • Other transportation to the meeting location
  • Personal expenses
  • Spa treatments
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG).

Testimonials

  • Review by Barbara and Larry
    9 out of 10

    "Your service was prompt, informative, and personalized. All of the information was spot on which helped make our experience easy and excellent. No question was too big or too small and was answered in a timely and efficient manner. The pre-cruise information provided was excellent, even down to the packing information. We would use Beth at Canal Barge Cruises again in a heartbeat!"

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  • Review by Archie A. from United States
    9 out of 10

    "The service and assistance provided by Beth Hanson and Canal Barge Cruises were fabulous. We combined our barge adventure with a week before and a week after in France. Beth gave us a superb recommendation for a hotel in Provence and then booked it for us. We especially enjoyed our stay in the small village of Villeneuve-les-Avignon. The organization of the tour and the information flow to us were very much appreciated and useful. My wife has a problem with fish but the chef was very accommodating for her, and the rest of us never suffered from a lack of wonderfully prepared meals, wine, cheese, and snacks. The pre-trip information was exactly what we needed and very helpful. The recommended packing list became our checklist as we organized for the trip. Thank you for making this an adventure of a lifetime."

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  • Review by Rita and Cliff S. from United States
    9 out of 10

    "Beth, it was the most fabulous week! The other 4 people and we got along so well. Accommodations were even better than we had hoped and the food, cheese, wine selections, and our side trips were prepared so special just for us! Thank you so much for helping us to do this. Captain Rory, his wife Caroline, Nicole, our cheese expert, and Julian, our sommelier, and out tour guide were the best!"

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Availability

This vacation is available from April 10 to October 23 with arrival on Sunday.

 

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