Fleurey-sur-Ouche - A Champagne Welcome
Our private driver meets our guests in Paris, Geneva or Dijon at the airport or hotel of your choice at 2:00 pm or Dijon at 4:00 pm. You will then be chauffeured by minivan to the mooring. Upon arrival you will be greeted by our cheerful crew and experience our welcome. While we get you checked in and the crew take your luggage to your stateroom, you’ll have the chance to sit and relax with our signature champagne welcome. Afterwards there will be plenty of time to unpack and unwind before your first of many incredible dinners on board.
Fleurey-sur-Ouche - Gissey-sur-Ouche - Wine Tasting at Patriarche
Enjoy a relaxing start to the day as we begin the morning cruise to St. Marie. Guests will have time to relax on deck or enjoy a leisurely bike ride on the bike path as the barge continues the journey into the scenic Valleé de l’Ouche. After lunch, guests will tour the labyrinthine cellars of Patriarche, featuring hundreds of wines in vaults dating to the thirteenth century. The tasting will include eight wines, explained by a sommelier, and a bottle of wine. We return to the barge to enjoy sundowners on the deck or in the bar before dinner aboard. After dinner, enjoy a magnificent tour of Dijon by night before retiring for the evening.
Gissey-sur-Ouche - la Bussière - Market Day with Lunch in Dijon
It’s market day in Dijon. Enjoy breakfast aboard, before embarking on a walking tour along the cobblestoned streets of Dijon with a stop at the vibrant fresh market and famous mustard shop. Afterwards we’ll take a break and relax at one of Dijon’s many charming cafes for a café latte or tea, before starting our guided tour of Dijon’s major landmarks. This includes the Ducal Palace, Eglise Notre-Dame and the Cathedral of Saint Benign. Lunch will be enjoyed at a local restaurant in Dijon, after which guests will be free to enjoy Dijon’s abundance of shoppes. Around 3pm we will return in time for a happy hour cruise or bike ride before we dock for the evening with dinner aboard.
la Bussière - Pont d’Ouche - Vinyl Night
A relaxing start to the morning with breakfast before embarking our morning cruise through Burgundy. After lunch, we’ll visit a local vineyard for a private tasting, partake in a tour of their vineyards and enjoy a tasting of their wines. We return to the barge in time for a signature sundowner. Freshen up and get ready for our vinyl evening. Kick off your shoes and flick through a diverse selection of vinyl records from then and now. Turn up the volume of your favorite 45’s for us all to enjoy, while the chef adds the final touches to dinner.
Pont d’Ouche - Crugey - Hotel Dieu, with Lunch in Beaune
Enjoy an early breakfast before embarking on a visit to the charming town of Beaune, the wine capital of the Cote d’Or. We start with a tour of the famous Hôtel-Dieu, a well maintained medieval hospital that received patients until the late-20th century. A lunch will be enjoyed in this picturesque town. There will be plenty of time to meander the shopping district and enjoy the enchanting café in the town square, before attending a private wine tasting. Guests will return for an late afternoon cruise. Relax with sundowners and dinner aboard.
Crugey - Vandenesse - Chateauneuf, and Abbaye de la Bussiere
Delight in a relaxing cruise past the spectacular Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, overlooking the Burgundy Canal. After a lunch, we’ll embark on a tour of the chateau, enjoy the magnificent views of the countryside and a stroll around the quaint village, before we visit the beautifully restored authentic 12th century Cistercian abbey, the Abbaye de la Bussiere. The abbey, is nestled in an immense landscaped park and gardens and is today a fine hotel. Finally we will return to the barge for our traditional happy hour and final dinner aboard.
Transfer to Paris, Geneva or Dijon - Champagne Breakfast, Departure
After a leisurely enjoyable breakfast, depart around 9:00 am for transfer by minivan to Dijon or to your Paris or Geneva destination, arriving there about midday.
Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. It runs in reverse on alternate weeks.