Apres-Tout hotel barge

Cruising between St Jean de Losne and Pont d'Ouche on the Burgundy Canal
The barge Apres-Tout

Accommodating up to 6 passengers

View of the Apres-Tout

Apres-Tout is rated 5 star

  • Visit Dijon, the capital of Burgundy
  • Explore Beaune including the world-famous Hotel Dieu Hospice
  • Visit a truffle farm and learn all about this delicious gourmet product
  • Private wine tastings
  • Unique jeep safari in the vineyards

Cruise file for Apres-Tout

From 6500 USD per person

Charters from 34,000 USD

Specifications

Crew members : 5

Boat size
Length 98′5″ ft (30 metres)
Width 16′5″ ft (5 metres)

Number of bicycles : 6

Accommodation

Up to 6 guests

Suites : 3

Also...

Central heating

Air-conditioning

Spa or pool

Demonstration galley

Apres-Tout photos and videos

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About the barge "Apres-Tout"

As you step aboard the Apres Tout, it is hard to believe that this barge, built in 1950 in Chalon-sur-Saône, was once used for carrying cargo!

While the exterior may be traditional, the interior offers a modern, sleek design with light open spaces and chrome and wooden fittings throughout.

As you have chosen to relax rather than pilot your own boat, you will certainly enjoy watching Rory at work in the wheelhouse. The comfortable seating for six has all-round visibility and a removable roof, thus creating a perfect viewing area.

A couple of steps down and you can see the chef at work in the purpose-built galley. Pull up a stool and watch Caroline working her culinary genius using fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Apres Tout has a wonderfully spacious dining room with a saloon measuring 6m. x 4m.! Solid wood dining furniture and firm leather sofas make this the perfect area to savour the gourmet meals and fine wines that will be an integral part of your cruise.

A flat screen TV and Bose sound system are available for your entertainment.

Access to the sundeck is via the saloon. Measuring a very impressive 15.7m x 4m, the teak deck has ample room for several loungers, sun umbrellas and a dining area too. To the front of the deck, you will find the spa, ideal for cooling off on those hot summer afternoons.

During the day, you may like to take a quiet moment in the 10.5m square study, where you will find a computer and a selection of books. Opening portholes, made of traditional brass, ensure plenty of light.

Apres Tout has three very spacious, carpeted and air-conditioned cabins, each measuring 4.4m x 3.3m and with plenty of storage space. The king size bed can be divided into two large singles, if preferred. Each cabin contains a flat screen with DVD player, a writing desk, a telephone, a wardrobe with safe, and opening windows with blinds. The cabins are tastefully decorated with just a hint of colour for a truly relaxing ambiance.

The en-suite bathrooms have an electric toilet, an elegant, full size hand basin and a fully tiled, double size, walk-in shower, complete with non-slip flooring and handrails for your safety. Here you will also find a range of complimentary Occitaine toiletries. The bathrooms all have opening windows with blinds for privacy and electric shaving points.(110v)

Rory and Caroline have selected a top of the range Mercedes Viano, with tinted windows, leather seats and air-conditioning throughout. Seating eight, plus space for luggage, this is the ideal vehicle for your transfers and excursions.

The crew quarters are completely separated from the guest accommodation.

Plan of Apres-Tout

Plan of the hotel barge Apres-Tout

Apres-Tout cruise routes & itineraries

Cruise along the Burgundy canal through Dijon

Cruise map for Apres Tout

Sunday: Pont d'Ouche
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 Apres Tout for your canal cruise through Burgundy on the Canal du Bourgogne.
A champagne reception gives you a chance to meet the crew.
A delicious four course dinner will be served with wonderful wines to match, followed by after-dinner drinks -weather permitting, all served on the magnificent teak deck.

Monday: Pont d'Ouche - Gissey
This morning you will start to discover the delights of this beautiful canal cruise route giving ample opportunities to disembark the barge at the many locks and walk or cycle the sections between each "ecluse".
Lunch is taken on shore at the stunning Abbaye de la Bussiere set in magical grounds.
Afterwards, we drive up to Chaateauneuf-en-Auxois, a medieval hill-top village steeped in history.
This 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 Apres Tout for cocktails and dinnerin the picturesque village of Gissey where the barge is now moored.

Tuesday: Gissey - Fleurey
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, we visit the delightful town of Beaune, the capital of the wine region of Burgundy.
Enjoy a visit to the famous Hotel-Dieu, Hospice de Beaune with its interesting history and magnificent tiled roof.
After some free time for shopping or strolling in the pedestrian streets, we have an appointment for a private wine tasting at the famous cellars of Joseph Drouhin.
Tonight we are moored in Fleurey.

Wednesday: Fleurey - Dijon
The Apres Tout continues cruising on the canal towards the city of Dijon.
Late morning you transfer to the charming village of Gevrey Chambertin, in the heart of the vineyards.
Here you are welcomed by Madamme Drouhin Laroze, the owner of this prestigious "Grand Crus" property.
We have a splendid lunch on the terrace over-looking the vines while enjoying her choice of wines.
This is truly a very unique experience.
This afternoon we visit Dijon, a wonderful town with a long and interesting history.
There is free time to shop in the many chic boutiques or to simply sit in a pavement cafee and watch the world go by.
Later, we will visit the 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 Cremant.
Thursday: Dijon - Longecourt
Cruising south away from Dijon, we now continue our journey along the Canal de Bourgogne through the flat plains towards the River Saone.
After breakfast, your guide takes you to the area of the Cote dOr (The Gold Coast in french) planted with vines that produce some of the world's most famous wines.
Here we visit the Clos de Vougeot, a medieval chaateau surrounded by vineyards.
This is truly a magnificent Chateau and the headquarters of the Chevaliers du Tastevin, whose special label is awarded annually to the finest Coote 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!
Back to the barge for lunch and a relaxing afternoon cruise to Longecourt.

Friday: Longecourt - St Jean de Losne
Enjoy a relaxing morning on board, as we cruise on the canal towards St Jean de Losne, the largest inland port in France.
After lunch we continue with the gourmet theme and visit a local truffle producer at his Chateau, near Nuits St George.
Here, we learn all about this most valued mushroom and of course, purchase some of these delights as tonight, they will feature in the gala dinner!
We return to the barge now moored on the beautiful River Saone where we slip away from the mooring for a gentle cocktail cruise on this lovely river.

Saturday: Departure
After breakfast, disembark and transfer to Paris with our private, luxury transfer service. Thank you.

Cruise rates


The Burgundy Canal dates and rates

Accommodation Regular
Whole boat charter for 6 39000
Whole boat charter for 5 35000
Whole boat charter for 4 34000
Price per person, based on double occupancy 6500
Single person supplment 3000
Prices in USD.
- Departure Dates -
Regular April 10 to September 18
October 9 to October 23

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