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Wine & Water

Cruising in Burgundy near Dijon and Beaune

6 passengers

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Wine & Water highlights

  • Visit the wine capital of Burgundy, Beaune, with it's magnificent Hotel Dieu Hospice (medieval hospital) and lovely, old town centre
  • Dijon: Follow the Owl Trail to the church of Notre Dame, many historical buildings, a colourful market and enticing boutiques, including the Mustard Shop
  • Visit the Clos de Vougeot, headquarters of the Chevaliers of the Tastevin, to view the vineyards
  • Private wine tastings in Gevrey Chambertin, Aloxe Corton, Santenay, Cogoloin & Volnay where our resident expert Max is always welcomed with a smile
  • Cheese tasting in the Fromagerie Gaugry
  • Mustard tasting
  • Menus on board are BIO, made with fresh local products
  • Invitation to dine in an old chateau & to lunch in a local Burgundian restaurant

Wine & Water cruise file


  • Charters from 13,400€


  • Crew members : 4
  • Up to 6 guests
  • Suites : 1
  • Double cabins : 2

Boat size

  • Length 101′8″ ft (31 metres)
  • Width 16′7″ ft (5.05 metres)


  • Central heating
  • Air-conditioning
  • Spa or pool
  • Wifi
  • Demonstration galley
  • Electric bikes
  • New minivan & new spa pool
  • Bicycles : 6

Guests have said...

We appreciated the Cabin sizes and furnishings
Please rate the boat: 9/10

Would you book with us again? Absolutely! This is our third cruise booked with you. Sorry we did not get to... continue reading

Richard Haslep, USA. September 2014

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About the barge "Wine & Water"

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As you enter Wine & Water, you will be impressed by the spacious lounge/diner/galley and the exceptional headroom of 2.2m. throughout the barge.
Decorated in light colours, full of natural light, this is the perfect space in which to relax.
Leather settees and a fine bar invite you to leave the stresses of life far behind you, added to which, the dining table and seating has been specifically designed to ensure a perfect view of the surrounding countryside.

Leading off from the saloon, just three steps down take you to a wide, light corridor from which the suites are accessed.
Two identical suites contain purpose-built ship beds with drawers underneath, which can be arranged as two singles or one queen.
There is hanging space and two opening windows.
The tiled en-suite bathrooms feature high-standard fittings and opening windows.
At the front, a spacious suite with freestanding furniture has an exceptionally large en-suite bathroom with shower room and two hand basins.
The suites and corridor are fully carpeted and are characterised by LED floor lighting.
Good insulation between the cabins assures privacy for all of our guests.

The attention to detail aboard is second to none: handmade tiles adorn the bathrooms, and a stained glass window featuring the boat has been handmade by a local craftsman to complete the decoration.

During your cruise, enjoy the panoramic view from the fully furnished, 40m2 top deck, complete with heated spa pool and teak deck furniture, which includes comfortable loungers.
Alternatively, join Max in the wheelhouse to watch the master at work, or make use of the six mountain bikes and explore the hills, or the towpath if you are feeling less sporty!

For those needing to keep in touch, bluetooth Sonos sound system Wi-Fi is available on board.
Laundry facilities are provided.
Bathrobes, slippers and soaps are provided.

Cruises are for 6 nights and 5 full days.
All meals are included and comprise continental breakfasts, buffet lunches and evening dinners, with fresh, local Burgundian produce.
Selected local wines, beers and soft drinks are also included.
Lunches are either on board or in local restaurants; dinners are mainly on board, but one will be taken in the local Chateau de St Sabine.
The use of bicycles and all visit entrance fees, excursions and local taxes are included.

There are many places of interest to consider for excursions.
Dijon, the capital of Burgundy, is rich in history and culture and boasts three market days, high-class boutiques, museums, and the famous Dijon mustard shop.
Chateauneuf-en-Auxois is reputed to be one of the prettiest villages in France.
Beaune is the capital of the wine region and is known for its Hospices de Beaune and its mustard museum.
The Chateau du Clos de Vougeot was built in the 12th century by Cistercian monks.
You might also like to visit the renowned wine producing locations of Gevrey Chambertin, Aloxe-Corton, Mersault or Puligny-Montrachet.

Wine & Water deck and cabin plans

Wine & Water cruise routes & itineraries

Cruising between Fleurey-sur-Ouche and Escommes

Cruise map for Wine & Water

Sunday: Dijon to Fleurey-sur-Ouche
Guests are met at Dijon train station or a Dijon hotel at 4.30pm and transferred by air-conditioned minibus to the barge, a maximum drive of 45 minutes.
A warm welcome aboard, from the Captain and his 3 crew members, Chef Selby, Bea & Linzi, with a traditional Burgundy Kir Royal, our local apperatif served with delicious treats, marking the perfect start to a unique and memorable stay in Burgundy. Take a moment to soak up the atmosphere of this exciting, unique way to travel.
Your first candlelit dinner will mark your introduction to regional specialities and wines carefully selected by Captain Max.

Monday: Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche
This morning is a wonderful opportunity for you to enjoy the countryside as the barge cruises along the Burgundy Canal.
While you enjoy breakfast, we leave the port of Fleurey-sur-Ouche and begin to pass through the first locks.
Arriving in the village of Gissey-sur-Ouche at midday, the chef will enchant you with a typical Burgundy menu.
After lunch, we set off in the air-conditioned minivan to visit one of the the famous historical monuments, the Clos de Vougeot. Originally a wine farm, this was built in the 12th century by monks, and now attracts lovers of history, wine and architecture from all over the world. We will then journey to Gevrey Chambertin for a pre-booked private wine tasting before returning to Wine & Water.
Dinner on board.

Tuesday: Gissy-sur-Ouche
Today we will enjoy a full day of excursions including 2 private wine tastings at Aloxe Corton and Santenay!
Let us treat you to lunch in the beautiful wine cellar of a restaurant in a famous wine village just 10 minutes from Beaune.
After lunch, enjoy a visit of the famous wine town including the 15th century medieval hospital, the world famous Hospice de Beaune built in 1443. Step back in time in the wards, the ornate chapel, pharmacy with original apothecary jars, and ancient kitchens. At the end of the tour, take time to marvel at the stunning polyptyque painting by Rogier Van Der Weyden, "The Last Judgement" dating from 1443. Then enjoy some free time in Beaune to browse in the beautiful boutiques, antique shops and wine cellars before returning to Wine & Water for a well deserved apperatif before dinner on board.

Wednesday: Gissy sur Ouche to Pont d-Ouche
After such a busy day out on Tuesday, today is all about relaxation on our lazy cruising day! Just sit back and enjoy the view as Max pilots the barge gently along the Canal. If you need to stretch your legs, we'll be happy to put the electric bikes ashore for you. Or if it's hot, how about lounging in the spa with a glass of your favourite wine!
Enjoy the wines from Max's cellar, and our great seasonal fare.
This evening, we invite you to dine in a nearby 17th century castle, the Chateau Saint Sabine, built in an ancient monastery.
What a beautiful and unique setting.

Thursday: Pont d-Ouche to Vandenesse-en-Auxois
On this morning's journey the barge will follow the canal through woodlands and arable land, and moor up in the small port of the pretty village of Vandenesse-en-Auxois from where you can view one of the most photographed chateaux in France, Chateauneuf-en-Auxois. It's the image of a fairytale castle right before you!
After lunch on board, we will visit the actual chateau at Chateauneuf to walk among some of the last remaining examples of Burgundian military architecture. The towers and curtain walls were built during the 100 years war to protect the villagers within.
The narrow streets and beautiful buildings are exceptionally well-preserved and protected by law to insure that nothing changes much here.
From the top of the village, you can enjoy an outstanding view of the Burgundy Canal below, and the distant planes of the Valley.
Dinner on board tasting great wines from Captains Max's private wine cellar!

Friday: Vandenesse-en-Auxoit to Escommes 
Join us on our morning venture into DIJON to walk around the splendours of the Capital of the Dukes of Burgundy, including the fresh morning market.
Enjoy a visit to the ancient palace of the powerful Dukes of Burgundy, the 12th century Notre Dame church, and the medieval cobbled streets of Rue de la Chouette.
We return to the barge for lunch.
In the afternoon we cruise through the final few locks ending up at our final mooring at Escommes, a delightfully peaceful setting for the farewell dinner on board Wine & Water.

After breakfast, we disembark and transfer to Dijon train station, a Dijon hotel of your choice, or car rental agency, by 10am.
Au revoir!

On alternate weeks, the cruise is in the reverse direction.
This is a sample itinerary and subject to change.

From Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Escommes rates and dates

Private charter for 5-6 guests, 6 nights 22000
Private charter for 2-4 guests, 6 nights 16800
Private charter for 2 to 4 guests 18000
All prices are in euros
Gratuities for the crew are not included.  We recommend 7% - 10%

In 2021, "Wine & Water" will be converted to offer two large suites



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