Fleurey-Sur-Ouche to Escommes (or reverse)
Sunday, Day 1
Cruise route map
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Guests are met at the Westminster hotel
in central Paris and transferred to the elegant L’Impressionniste moored in Fleurey-sur-Ouche for your cruise through Burgundy. A champagne reception welcomes you on board and provides you with a chance to meet the captain and crew. Dinner on board.
Monday, Day 2
Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche
This morning experience your first day’s cruise along this enchanting canal, which also promises a walk or cycle along an ever-present towpath cruising past sleepy villages and pretty lock houses. After lunch we visit Clos de Vougeot, headquarters of the esteemed Chevaliers du Tastevin, who award a special prized label to the finest Cote d‘Or vintages every year. On the way back to the hotel barge we enjoy a tasting of fine Burgundy wines in the cellars of a reputable domaine, such as Chateau André Ziltener, a family-run winery built on the foundations of an old Cistercian abbey. Dinner on board.
Tuesday, Day 3
Gissey-sur-Ouche to La Bussiere
After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of old Dijon including a visit to 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 the leisurely afternoon cruise to La Bussiere. Dinner on board.
Wednesday, Day 4
La Bussiere to Pont d’Ouche
The Abbey of La Bussiere
After a morning cruise to Pont D’Ouche, we go on an exclusive tour of the magnificent 12th century Abbaye de la Bussiere. The ornamental gardens and lake, wine press, crypt and cellars are interwoven with ancient colonnades, stone staircases and huge stained glass windows. After a Kir Royale aperitif, we enjoy the gastronomic delights of Master Chef Emmanuel Hebrard in the Bistro or Garden Restaurant whilst enjoying a selection of local Burgundies. Mid-afternoon, we visit the medieval village, craft shops and castle of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, once an outpost of the Dukes of Burgundy and offering a fine overview of the feeder lakes, canal and surrounding countryside. Dinner on board.
Thursday, Day 5
Pont d’Ouche to Vandenesse-en-Auxois
After breakfast we cruise to Vandenesse-en-Auxois, passing grazing white Charolais cattle, rolling hills and picturesque villages crossing the only canal bridge on the Burgundy Canal. In the afternoon we drive through the premier cru vineyards into Beaune, capital of Burgundy wine country with a history going back over 2,000 years. We absorb the fascinating 15th century Hotel Dieu Hospice, before visiting another one of Burgundy’s oldest winemakers, such as Bouchard Pere et Fils, renowned for its Grand Cru and Premier Cru wines and of course, enjoy a tasting. Dinner on board.
Friday, Day 6
Vandenesse-en-Auxois to Escommes
Our last day’s leisurely cruise takes us to the canal summit, 1,250 feet above sea level, just before the Pouilly tunnel. This afternoon we visit Chateau de Bussy-Rabutin and see the portrait gallery created by the disgraced Louis XIV before strolling through the French-style gardens and enjoying views of the chateau surrounded by its moats. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board
Saturday, Day 7
After breakfast disembark the barge and transfer to the Westminster hotel
in central Paris.
On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.