For the 2020 season, we are pleased to be able to offer a relaxing itinerary on the Canal du Centre, in the heart of the Burgundy vineyards.
Choose our Bed & Breakfast option to enjoy the maximum freedom at the minimum cost of any hotel barge in this beautiful region.
To make the most of the day, breakfast will be served between 8 am and 10 am, before cruising in the morning, but late afternoon cruising is also possible should you wish. If the weather is hot, this can be very pleasant towards the end of the afternoon.
At each mooring, the Captain will explain the various sites and visits within 10 to 20 minutes of the barge, and can collect your car should you wish to make use of it.
Fancy discovering the local cuisine? Your hostess has a list of potential restaurants and bistro in the area: You will be spoilt for choice.
The following is a sample itinerary:
Sunday: Saint Leger-sur-Dheune
Arrival from 2pm. The closest stations are Le Creusot, Chalon-sur-Saone and Dijon.
Saint Leger-sur-Dheune is a small town with a variety of shops. We recommend bringing some provisions with you as shops are often closed on Sunday in rural France.
Close by is the beautiful Chateau de Couches, while the magnificent Chateau de Sully is 30 minutes by car.
For the romantics, we recommend driving to Mercurey and the Vallée des Vaux for an evening walk and a stunning sunset.
Dining: Le Marchand at Saint Leger sur Dheune or the restaurants at the Hotel des Maures at Couches
Monday: Saint Leger-sur-Dheune to Santenay
2h30 hour cruising to Santenay
This afternoon, relax on the deck, play boules, enjoy a cycle ride, or perhaps catch up on some holiday reading
Dining: Le Terroir
We will spend the day in this beautiful wine-growing village. The vineyards are just 15 minutes walk from our mooring point.
Within the village, you can also visit the 12th-century church of Saint Jean-de-Narosse and a 15th-century windmill.
Nearby, admire the beautiful exterior of the 14th-century Chateau of Philippe le Hardi (Phillip II of Burgundy).
For a magnificent panoramic view, we recommend taking a bike ride to "La Montagne des 3 Croix" above the village.
If you are feeling lucky, you could try your hand in the Casino, or simply watch others while you dine in the restaurant there. There is a rich source in Santenay. Only towns with a natural source may operate a casino!
Dining: L'ouillette or Le Terroir in Santenay; l'Auberge des Maranges in nearby Cheilly-les-Maranges
Wednesday: Santenay to Chagny
Chagny is a small market town with a variety of shops, bars and restaurants, and a beautiful town square.
Numerous beautiful buildings in a wide variety of styles can be seen including the church of Saint Martin and the Château de Bellecroix.
We recommend a wine tasting in the Domaine de la Folie (producers of Rully 1er Cru de Bourgogne) just 5 minutes by car from Chagny centre, in a beautiful setting
and a visit to the local snail farm at Fontaines, L'Escargot des Près, for an insight into this fascinating world. (10 minutes drive)
Dining: Why not treat yourselves to an unforgettable meal in the famous "Lameloise", the only 3*Michelin restaurant in Burgundy
Thursday: Chagny to Remigny
It's market day at Chagny. This morning brings the perfect opportunity to witness rural French life at its best. In the town square, you will discover a wide variety of fresh, local produce from honey to vegetables and fruit, cheese, wine and more, so what better way to provision the kitchen for your lunch or dinner?
Our cruise brings us to Remigny, a small village renowned for its white and red wines. You may like to enjoy more tastings!
Alternatively, hop in your car for 15 minutes to Mellecy, where you can visit the stunning Château de Germolles, dating from the 13th & 14th centuries, (home to the Dukes of Burgundy at that time) with its romantic gardens built in the English style of the 14th century.
Dining: We recommend the Restaurant Le Mercurey (at Mercurey, 15 minutes by car) or the Restaurant Le Bouzeron (at Bouzeron, 8 minutes by car)
Friday: Remigny to Saint Leger-sur-Dheune
Take time to enjoy the view and savour your last hours of cruising. There will be time for walking cycling, relaxing and chatting about your week aboard.
For your final evening dining, we recommend the Restaurant L'auberge des Alouettes (at Châtenoy-le-Royal, 20 minutes by car)
Samedi: Saint Leger-sur-Dheune
After breakfast, it is time to say goodbye. Au revoir!
Saint Leger-sur-Dheune on the Canal du Centre rates and dates
|Private charter for up to 6 guests, 6 nights||5400 €|
|Private charter for up to 6 guests, 3 nights||3950 €|
The price is in euros, and includes
3 or 6 nights aboard, depending upon your chosen cruise
Two crew: Captain and Hostess
Private charter: Use of three ensuite cabins; bedding and towels
1.5 to 2.5 hours cruising per day
The team can move your car from mooring to mooring if you wish so that you can use your car to visit the surrounding area
The barge will be moored within walking distance of a local restaurant each evening, whenever possible
Optional extras: Price available on request
7/9-place air-conditioned minibus
Hot-air balloon flight
Golfing at Chateau de Chailly ou Beane Levernois
Take-away menus delivered to the barge
Not included: Meals other than breakfast
Transport to and from the meeting point
Entry fees to excursions; wine tasting; personal purchases
Tips for the crew: We recommend 5%- 10% if all is to your satisfaction