HOTEL BARGES / L'IMPRESSIONNISTE
Sunday - Dijon to Fleurey sur Ouche
You are met at Dijon TGV Station at 4.00pm , or Hotel de la Cloche in Dijon at 4.15pm if you are staying there pre cruise, and transferred to the elegant L’Impressionniste moored in Fleurey sur Ouche for your cruise through Burgundy. A Champagne reception welcomes you on board and provides you with a chance to meet the crew. Dinner aboard.
Monday - Fleurey
This morning experience your first day’s cruise along this enchanting canal, which also promises a walk or cycle along an ever-present towpath cruising past sleepy villages and pretty lock houses. After lunch we visit Clos de Vougeot , headquarters of the esteemed Chevaliers du Tastevin , who award every year a special prized label to the finest Cote d‘Or vintages. On the way back to the barge visit one of the great cellars of Burgundy where we enjoy a private tasting of fine Burgundy wines. Dinner aboard.
Tuesday - Gissey
to La Bussiere
After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of old Dijon including a visit to the produce market, mustard shops and the impressive Notre Dame de Dijon (or enjoy some excellent shopping time). Return to the boat for lunch and leisurely afternoon cruise to La Bussiere . Dinner aboard.
Wednesday - La Bussiere
to Pont d’Ouche
An exclusive tour of the magnificent 12th Century Abbaye de la Bussiere . The ornamental gardens and lake, wine press, crypt and cellars are interwoven with ancient colonnades, stone staircases and huge stained glass windows. After a Kir Royale aperitif, we enjoy the gastronomic delights of Master Chef Emmanuel Hebrard in the Bistro or Garden Restaurant whilst enjoying a selection of local burgundies. This afternoon, we visit the medieval village, craft shops and castle on Chateauneuf-en-Auxois , once an outpost of the Dukes of Burgundy and offering a fine overview of the feeder lakes, canal and surrounding countryside. Late afternoon cruise to Pont d’Ouche . Light dinner aboard.
Thursday - Pont d’Ouche
to La Repe
After breakfast we cruise to La Repe , passing grazing white Charolais cattle, rolling hills and picturesque villages crossing the only canal bridge on the Burgundy Canal. In the afternoon we drive cross the premier cru vineyards into Beaune , capital of Burgundy wine country with a history going back over 2000 years. We absorb the fascinating 15th century Hotel Dieu Hospice and visit an excellent Burgundy winery and sample some of the local wines. Dinner aboard.
Friday - Vandenesse
Our last day’s leisurely cruise takes us to the canal summit, 1250 feet above sea level, just before the Pouilly tunnel. Mid afternoon, we visit the moat-encircled 13th century Chateau de Commarin . Going back 26 generations, the De Vogue family ownership portrays an insight into the glamorous lives of the French aristocracy as well as showing off the Chateau, stables and landscaped gardens. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Saturday - Escommes
After breakfast disembark the barge and transfer to Dijon TGV station or Dijon centre by 9.40am .
This is a sample itinerary and subject to change. On alternate weeks, the cruise is in reverse direction.