Cruising between Plombieres les Dijon and Vandenesse en Auxois on the Burgundy canal
A member of the Prosperite crew will meet your party at one pick up location in central Paris, Lyon or Geneva at 2 pm, or Dijon at 4 pm, and then chauffeur you via Mercedes minivan to the barge, at anchor in the petite port of Plombieres-les-Dijon, located outside the larger town of Djon.
You'll be welcomed by the traditional champagne reception, and enjoy the first of many gourmet dinners on board.
Where Medieval Monks Made Wine
Prosperite leaves Dijon, heading on to the Burgundy Canal for a tranquil morning cruise through the first of many locks.
After lunch, devote the afternoon to an introduction to the Cote D'Or wine region lying south of the canal.
First, we'll drive through the vineyards and villages of the Route des Grand Crus on the way to Clos de Vougeot, a 12th-century chateau where Cistercian monks learnt the art of winemaking.
Marvel at the ancient wine presses and soak in the ambience of this elegant chateau surrounded by vineyards.
We return to Prosperite, now moored in Fleurey-sur-Ouche.
Join the locals at the Dijon Market
This morning we'll drive to Dijon for a morning devoted to this lovely town.
We'll walk the historic district, with its colourful tiled rooftop buildings, and then stop at the Covered Food Market, which was designed by Gustave Eiffel!
A vast selection of local produce, fish, cheeses, bread, baked good and delicious delicacies bring the bustling market to life.
There will be time to browse in the tiny boutiques lining the cobbled streets, too.
Then it's back to Prosperite for lunch and an afternoon cruise to Gissey-sur-Ouche.
Why not take one of the barge's bikes for a meander along the towpath, or indeed a nearby village or two?
Dinner on board ends this beautiful day.
Dinner at a Michelin-Starred Restaurant
A short morning cruise to Le Bussiere-sur-Ouche begins this eventful day.
After lunch, begin with a quick stop at "La Ferme du Poisset", a nearby farm which produces very fine goat cheese, which we'll be tasting!
Then on to the adorable village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois perched high on a hill overlooking the canal.
Here is an enchanting old chateau - very simple but with history and ghosts around every corner.
Then walk the cobbled streets of the village and browse in the craft shops.
Then we return to Prosperite where there will be time to prepare for dinner at Abbaye de la Bussiere, a former Cistercian Abbey now immaculately restored into a hotel and Michelin-starred restaurant.
Medieval Hospice in Beaune - Plus Shopping!
This morning we cruise deeper into the Ouche Valley to Pont d'Ouche.
Now is a great time to cycle, walk or simply relax on deck and watch scenes of great beauty float by.
After lunch, it's back into the Mercedes Minivan for a cruise high-point: An excursion to Beaune.
This enchanting town is the wine capital of Cote d'Or: underneath its streets lie hundreds of miles of wine cellars.
Visit the 15th-century hospital Hotel Dieu, which is gorgeously preserved and provides a unique glimpse of life in the Middle Ages.
There may be time for an impromptu wine-tasting, to browse the shops or enjoy a cafe in the square.
Then its back to Prosperite to relive the day at dinner on board.
The ultimate French Wine Tasting Experience
Our final morning cruise takes Prosperite to Vandenesse-en-Auxois.
Take a last, long morning to relax!
Then it's back to the Cote d'Or vineyards, passing through colourful villages on the way to a cellar tour/wine-tasting at Domaine Prieur-Brunet in Santenay.
Return to your barge - now your home from home - for cocktails and the festive Captain's Dinner, to end your Prosperite cruise in style!
A Sad Farewell
You'll depart between 8 am and 9 am and be chauffeured either to one location in central Paris, or one location at Charles de Gaulle Airport.
Please do not book flights before 2 pm on the departure day.
Transfers which fall outside of these specific parameters can be arranged by us before departure, at your expense.
The Valley Ouche rates and dates
|2020 USD rates|
|Whole boat charter for 8||60000||54000|
|Whole boat charter for 7||58100||52500|
|Whole boat charter for 6||56400||48900|
|Price per cabin (minimum 2 to confirm)||7500||6750|
|Value||April 26; July 12 to August 23
October 18 & October 25
|Regular||May 3 to July 5; August 30 to October 11|