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  • Sample Itineraries
    The Burgundy Canal Itinerary (between Gissey sur Ouche and Pont Royale)
    Cruise route map
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    Sunday
    Meet at Dijon train station arrivals hall at 4pm. Transfer to the Who Knows for Champagne welcome. Time to settle in before dinner on board.

    Monday
    After breakfast you set sail and head upstream towards Pont d'Ouche. Today is all about cruising with plenty of opportunity to cycle and walk along the tow-path, exploring the small villages along the route or just sitting on the deck and watching Burgundy glide by. The Ouche valley is noted for its steep sided tree lined dense deciduous forest, wild boar, deer and birds of prey.
    The sedate pace continues through the afternoon and we climb through several locks to our destination of Pont d'Ouche our mooring for the night. Its name comes from the canals aqua duct that crosses over the river Ouche and the valley opens out into a wide pastoral scene that France is so famous for.

    Tuesday
    This Morning Jason will drive you into the wine district of the cotes du Nuits. First Jason will do a guided visit of the famous Cistercian winery of the Clos du Vougeot, home to the "Knights of the round table of wine tasting". We then venture into the vineyards for a discussion on the vine, grape and strict growing conditions of Burgundy’s AOC, before doing a wine tasting.
    In the afternoon Jason and Dawn cast off and you set sail for Vandanesse en Auxoise this relaxing cruise takes the barge through several locks, giving you plenty of opportunity to walk or cycle along the tow-path. Our mooring at Vandanesse is in the shadow of Chateauneuf-en-Auxoise, classified as one of the prettiest villages in France. You can not help but be impressed by the view, truly memorable.
    The Who Knows Barge - Approaching the Pouilly tunnel
    Approaching the Pouilly tunnel


    Wednesday
    After breakfast Jason will drive you to Beaune, the capital of wine production in Burgundy. Jason will do a guided visit of the world famous Hospice de Beaune built in 1443.
    In the afternoon Jason takes you to Patriarche Pere et Fils, the famous wine cellars in Beaune where his extensive knowledge of wines comes into play to guide you through the cellars and tastings. With over 4 million bottles at any one time in their underground caves that cover over 4 acres you will not go short for a drop or two, this is an extensive tasting ranging from the simple to the illustrious.
    A leisurely drive back through the countryside returns you to the barge.

    Thursday
    This morning Jason drives you the short distance up to Châteauneuf to do a guided visit of this impressive fortified castel with its commanding views of the canal and surrounding area. Behind the château is a fantastic village, surprisingly small considering the obvious importance of the château.
    In the afternoon we set sail and head for the summit pound, where we prepare the barge to travel through the Pouilly tunnel, a hugely impressive feat of engineering, built by British prisoner of war during the Napoleonic wars. Our transit takes us around 45 minutes and brings us out at Pouilly en Auxoise our mooring for the night.

    Friday
    On your final day aboard we revert back to the utter sublime joy of pure barging. From the summit pound at Pouilly, we descend 12 locks in quick succession as we once again head into the Burgundian countryside, with ample opportunities to walk and cycle by the barge.
    In the afternoon we spend several relaxing hours lazily gliding through the valley floor to our destination of Pont Royal where the Who Knows moors up and the reflection of a wonderful week can begin.

    Saturday
    After breakfast Jason will drive you back to Dijon train station, for your onward journey. With memories and pictures that will last a lifetime

    PLEASE NOTE—THE ITINERARY RUNS IN THE REVERSE DIRECTION ON ALTERNATE WEEKS, AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.


    The Champagne Itinerary (between Reims and Jaulgonne)
    Cruise route map
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    Sunday
    Pick up from Reims train station, minibus transfer to the Who Knows at Sillery just south of Reims. Welcome champagne reception and safety speech. Time to settle in before dinner on board the barge.

    Monday
    After breakfast we set sail and gently cruise down the canal towards the tiny village of Sept Saulx, with a view of the grand cru vineyards of the Montagne de Reims holding much promise to come during the week, we pass many areas and villages made famous for the hard fought battles during World War I.
    After lunch on board we drive to the Monument de la Ferme de Naverin, Where we visit the battle site of the famous legions of the champagnoise. Return to the barge in the afternoon with time to freshen up. Dinner tonight is in the village of Sept Saul at the restaurant Chevel Blanc, where traditional regional dishes are met with friendly service and a wonderful wine list.

    Tuesday
    This morning we cruise through the tunnel of Mont de Billy and then decend the 8 locks of the Echelle de Mont de Billy joining the canal du Marne a la Soane and mooring up in the town of Tour sur Marne.
    After Lunch we drive to the champagne house of Ployez Jaquemart home to some of the less well know champagnes that grace the tables of some of the finest restaurants and hotels in the world.
    Return to the barge and tonight's dinner is in the fabulous restaurant overlooking the canal in Tour, the Touraine Champagnoise.

    Wednesday
    We leave the barge this morning to head into the historic city of Reims, with it's torrid history and wonderful architecture we explore the centre with its fabulous cathedral.
    Time to enjoy a relaxed lunch in Reims. We meet up in the early afternoon and take a short minibus ride across town to visit one of the most famous champagne houses of Reims.
    We return to the barge where you have time to relax before Dawn serves a wonderful 5 course dinner accompanied by the finest wines France has to offer.
    The Who Knows Barge - Dom Perignon
    Dom Perignon


    Thursday
    After breakfast we set sail for Cumieres on the Marne river, we pass by hill covered vineyards owned by many famous champagne houses like Bilcart-Salmon, Mumm and Moët & Chandon.
    After lunch we head to the historic town of Hautvillier the home of Dom Perrignon the founding father of Champagne. This evening Dawn prepares another sumptuous meal to delight your taste buds.

    Friday
    Today is all about the joy of barge cruising. We set sail and cruise down the Marne River, gently meandering through the Marne valley covered in vineyards, history and wonderful French countryside.
    Mooring up to enjoy a leisurely lunch before we carry on cruising through the afternoon to the village of Jaulgonne.
    Gala dinner on board the barge where Dawn wows you with more delights from her kitchen.

    Saturday
    After breakfast Jason will drive you back to Reims train station for your onward journey, leaving you with memories of a wonderful week aboard the Who Knows.

    PLEASE NOTE—THE ITINERARY RUNS IN THE REVERSE DIRECTION ON ALTERNATE WEEKS, AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

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