Cruising between Fleurey-sur-Ouche and Escommes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
On alternate weeks, the cruise is in the reverse direction.
This is a sample itinerary and subject to change.
The Burgundy Canal 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|
Gratuities for the crew are not included. We recommend 7% - 10%