Burgundy cruise itinerary
Dijon to Vandenesse-en-Auxois or reverse
Sunday, Day 1Dijon
Cruise route map
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Guests are met at in central Paris or Dijon and transferred by minibus to the hotel barge, moored in Dijon harbour, where the Captain and crew welcome you with a Kir Royal reception. Time for a walk or bicycle ride before your first dinner on board.
Monday, Day 2Dijon to Velars
After breakfast we enjoy a walking tour of old Dijon, including a visit to the former Ducal Palace, the Cathedral of Saint Benign, the vivid produce markets, mustard shops and the impressive Notre Dame de Dijon, or enjoy some excellent shopping time. Return to the hotel barge for lunch and a leisurely afternoon cruise on the Burgundy Canal past Lake Kir and the limestone escarpments, which feed the nearby vineyards, to our mooring in Velars. Dinner on board.
Tuesday, Day 3Velars to Ste-Marie-sur-Ouche
This morning we cruise to Ste-Marie-sur-Ouche, with plenty of opportunity to walk or bicycle along the ever-present towpath. After lunch on board, we visit Chateau Savigny-les Beaune, a magnificent property nestled between the hillsides in the Cote de Beaune. Originally built in 1340, it has now been expanded by the present owner Michel Pont, as a museum for classic Abarth cars, aeroplanes, motorcycles and historic wine production equipment. The garden holds around 80 aircrafts, not quite what you expect to find in the middle of one of the most renowned wine regions of the world. Return to the hotel barge for dinner on board.
Wednesday, Day 4Ste-Marie-sur-Ouche to St. Victor
Morning cruise to St-Victor-sur-Ouche through some very pretty locks, past rolling hills and picturesque villages. We enjoy an early lunch on board and a drive across the premier cru vineyards into Beaune, capital of Burgundy wine country, with a history going back over 2000 years. We absorb the fascinating 15th century Hotel Dieu Hospice and the former Ducal Palace. Dinner on board.
Thursday, Day 5St.Victor-sur-Ouche to Pont d’Ouche
Medieval hospice of Beaune
After breakfast we cruise along the canal deep into the forest to Pont d’Ouche. After lunch we enjoy a very special wine tour and tasting at the renowned Chateau of Meursault, a must for wine and history lovers. The vines of the Chateau de Meursault are ideally situated and sheltered from the winds by the hills to the west. The soil is rich in calcite and well drained, making it ideal for growing the estate's highly-regarded vintages. Dinner on board.
Friday, Day 6Pont d’Ouche to Vandenesse
This morning we enjoy a relaxing cruise past the spectacular Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, offering wonderful photo opportunities. After lunch we visit this beautiful medieval village with its castle and stunning views. We then visit the nearby moat-encircled 13th century Chateau de Commarin. Going back 26 generations, the de Vogue family ownership portrays an insight into the glamorous lives of the French aristocracy as well as showing off the Chateau, stables and landscaped gardens. Captains Farewell Dinner on board.
Saturday, Day 7Vandenesse
After breakfast, transfer to central Paris or Dijon.
On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.