This very special wine-lover’s cruise includes:
– A unique “ wine and war “ visit of the Hospice de Beaune followed by a private tasting in the Drouhin family cellars
– A drive through the hallowed Côte de Nuits vineyards at the wheel of a World War 11 jeep
– A wine tasting including Grand Cru wines (Clos de Vougeot, Latricières-Chambertin) and lunch with a wine-maker in Gevrey-Chambertin
– A special visit to the wine college of Beaune to learn all about the age-old art of barrel making and explication of the wine-maker’s tasks in the vineyard
– A guided tour of the 12th century former Cistercian wine chateau of Clos de Vougeot
– A lunch in Puligny-Montrachet with tasting of Grand Cru white wines [Batard-
Montrachet and Corton-Charlemagne]
– A driving tour of the famous villages of the Côte de Beaune (Meursault, Chassagne- Montrachet, Pommard, Volnay)
Guests will also be able to assist in onboard pairings of our fabulous wines and gourmet dinners and have the opportunity to ship their favorite wines back to the States.
The luxury hotel barge Apres Tout will be your home for the duration of your stay in Burgundy so you will also be able to discover the delights of cruising on the idyllic Burgundy canal as it winds through the heart of the French countryside. There are plenty of opportunities to walk or cycle along the tree-lined towpath, or simply sit on the gorgeous teak deck with glass in hand and watch the world glide by. The boat has been fitted out to the very highest standards and caters for a maximum of 6 guests in 3 lovely spacious staterooms. An experienced crew of 4 including your personal chef, hostess, captain and guide take care of your every need.
The Burgundy Wine Connoisseur package includes :
– Transfer to and from Paris and boat in a luxury minibus
– 6 nights accommodation aboard the Apres Tout [Sunday pm – Saturday am] – All onboard meals, drinks, alcohol and wines.
– 2 onshore meals
– All sightseeing tours and entrance fees
The day to day itinerary described below is a typical cruise. However, on any one cruise the moorings may change and the places visited may vary depending on the season and guest preferences.
Depart Paris in our luxury private transfer service direct to the barge moored in 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. Once you have settled into your cabin, it will be soon time for your first delicious four course dinner all served with wonderful wines to match, followed by after dinner drinks – weather permitting served on the magnificent teak deck.
This morning we will have the rare opportunity to have a tour of a local barrel makers where you will learn about the art of barrel-making. After lunch aboard you will start to discover the delights of this beautiful canal, there are ample opportunities to disembark the barge at the many locks and walk or cycle the sections between each ‘ecluse’.
The morning is spent cruising through the lovely Ouche Valley, this is a truly spectacular part of the canal, small villages pass by, cows wander in the fields, and there is nature all around. There is a total feeling of peace and tranquillity as we slowly cruise on this magnificent canal. After lunch, you are transferred to the delightful town of Beaune, the capital of the wine region of Burgundy. Enjoy a visit to the famous Hôtel-Dieu, Hospice de Beaune with its interesting history and magnificent tiled roof, followed by a private wine tasting at the famous cellars of Joseph Drouhin. Here you will learn all about the famous wines, the connection to World War II and have the opportunity to discover the amazing caves.
Leaving Fleurie behind we continue our canal cruise towards Dijon. Enjoy a relaxing morning on board, then later you are transferred over the hillside and down through the vines to the charming village of Gevrey Chambertin. We are greeted by the owner of this prestigious Grand Crus wine makers, and here we have a splendid lunch on their terrace over looking their vines! During lunch Madame Drouhin Laroze (the owner) will present her wines. This is truly a very unique experience. After lunch, we are given a very informative private tour of the cellars. There is then time to discover Dijon with its long and interesting history. Tonight we have invited a local expert in wine to host a gourmet dinner on board on the Apres Tout and introduce some spectacular wines.
After breakfast, your guide takes you to the area of the ‘Côte d’Or’ ( In French meaning Gold Coast) planted with vines that produce some of the world’s most famous wines. Here we visit the “Clos de Vougeot”, a medieval château 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 Côte 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! We return to the Apres Tout for lunch and a relaxing afternoon cruise to Longecourt.
This morning continue along the canal until it is time to disembark for a delicious lunch at the winery of Olivier Leflaive in the village of Puligny Montrachet, enjoying their paring of wines to accompany the meal. After lunch you will enjoy a beautiful drive through the magnificent villages of the Cote de Beaune before returning to the barge in St Jean de Losne. The boat is now moored on the river Saone and we slip away from the mooring for a delightful river cruise and a celebration gala dinner with wonderful wines to match and a fond farewell.
After breakfast disembark and transfer to Paris with our private luxury transfer service.