Pont d’Ouche to Saint Jean de Losne
The day to day itinerary described below is a typical cruise. However, on any one cruise
the moorings may change and the places visited may vary depending on the season and
Sunday – Pont d’OucheArrival
Cruise route map
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Depart from Paris in our luxury private transfer service direct to the barge moored in the port at Pont
d’Ouche, where you board the Après Tout for your canal cruise through Burgundy on the Canal de
Bourgogne (the Burgundy Canal). A champagne reception gives you a chance to meet your crew. A
delicious four course dinner will be served with wonderful wines to match, followed by after dinner
drinks – weather permitting all will be served on the magnificent teak deck.
Monday – Cruise to GisseyArt Gallery Visit and Châteauneuf-en-Auxois
This morning you will start to discover the delights of this beautiful canal cruise and there are ample
opportunities to disembark the barge at the many locks and walk or cycle the sections between each
ecluse (lock). This afternoon we make a special private visit to an English artist of world renown, who
has set up his gallery and workshop in a converted barn in a nearby village. His work is world class,
and he was recently commissioned to create a piece of art to celebrate the Olympics in London. We
are shown through the workshop, and here he explains how he creates his wonderful bronze sculptures,
some of which have been produced for the Queen of England. We then drive up to Châteauneuf-
en-Auxois, a medieval hill-top village steeped in history. T his is a charming place with stunning
views at every corner, and you can really appreciate from this height, all of the amazing surrounding
countryside. We return to the Après Tout for cocktails and dinner, which is moored in the
picturesque village of Gissey.
Tuesday - Cruise to Fleurey.Visit Beaune
The barge continues to cruise through the peaceful Ouche Valley, where time seems to
have stood still over the centuries. A relaxing morning will be spent cruising on the canal, as the
barge slowly cruises towards Fleurey. After a delicious buffet lunch served on the deck - weather
permitting—we visit 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 fascinating history and magnificent
Dutch-inspired tiled roof. After some free time for shopping or strolling in the pedestrian streets we
have an optional appointment for a private wine tasting at the famous cellars of Joseph Drouhin. This
tour is by invitation only. Tonight we are moored in Fleurey.
Wednesday - Cruise to, and visit, DijonDinner on shore
The Après Tout continues cruising on the canal towards the city of Dijon. This afternoon we visit Dijon,
a wonderful town with a long and interesting history. 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, we 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.
Once back to the barge, perhaps try a Kir Royale made with local cassis, a liqueur invented here in
Dijon made from blackcurrants and mixed with the Burgundy Champagne equivalent named Crémant.
This evening dinner is taken on shore at a wonderful restaurant.
Thursday- Cruise to LongecourtVisit Clos de Vougeot and jeep drive through the vines
Cruising south away from Dijon, we now continue our journey along the Canal de Bourgogne (the
Bugrundy Canal) through the flat plains towards the River Saône. After lunch, your guide takes you
to the area named the Côte d’Or (meaning ‘Gold Coast’ in French) which is planted with vines that
produce some of the world’s most famous wines. Here we visit the Clos de Vougeot, a medieval château
surrounded by vineyards. This is truly a magnificent château and the headquarters of the Chevaliers
du Testevin, whose special label is awarded annually to the finest Côte d’Or vintages. We have
arranged some fantastic World War II jeeps to take you through the vines to explore some of the
small tracks that wind through this famous land for some exhilarating fun! Then, back to the barge
moored in Longecourt for a refreshing drink followed by a delicious dinner.
Friday - Cruise to St JeanVisit a truffle producer. Lunch in Gevry Chambertin
Enjoy a relaxing morning on board as we cruise on the canal towards St Jean de Losne, the largest
inland port in France. Mid morning you transfer to a château where truffles are grown and learn all
about these ‘black diamonds’ and how to find them! Of course, we purchase some of these delights
as tonight, they will feature in the gala dinner. Afterwards we continue to the charming village of
Gevrey Chambertin, in the heart of vineyards. Here you are welcomed by Madam Drouhin Laroze,
the owner of this prestigious ‘Grand Cru’ property. We have a splendid lunch on the terrace overlooking
the family’s vines while enjoying her choice of wines. This is truly a very unique experience.
After lunch, we are given a very informative private tour of the cellars. We return to the barge and
continue to cruise from the canal, and then finally on to the beautiful River Saône.
Saturday – Depart the barge
After breakfast disembark and transfer to Paris with our private luxury transfer service.
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A PROVISIONAL ITINERARY AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. ON ALTERNATE WEEKS THE CRUISE IS IN THE REVERSE DIRECTION