You will be transferred from Paris by TVG train and met at the station and transferred to the barge moored in Lyon;
A champagne reception gives you a chance to meet the crew. A delicious four course dinner will be served with wonderful wines to match, followed by after dinner drinks – weather permitting all served on the magnificent teak deck.
An evening cruise through the heart of Lyon will be your introduction to this magnificent city.
This morning we will visit the city of Lyon, one of the three Roman capitals of Gaul and the second city of France. Lyon is a cultural, historic, gastronomic and commercial centre, little known outside of France. In the 16th century, Lyon was the heart of the silk industry. Dominating the city is the splendidly ornate Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. The standard of Lyon’s shopping facilities is renowned for its quality and includes many chic boutiques and a market hall devoted entirely to antiques.
This afternoon we cruise upstream to Montmerle on the edge of the Beaujolais region.
Enjoy a horse and cart ride.
Your day will begin with breakfast on board, and then you will be transferred to the heart of the Beaujolais to a waiting horse and cart. You will enjoy a superb experience exploring this region by cart – along the small roads and even off road, through the vines. Perhaps a chilled glass of rose on the terrace before rejoining the barge for a late lunch.
This afternoon we continue our cruise to Mâcon.
Visit Pouilly-Fuissé and Château de Chasselas followed by a Michelin-starred dinner.
This morning you will visit the Pouilly-Fuissé region of Burgundy and visit the wonderful Château de Chasselas where you will be given a tour and tasting by the owner. Passing by the famous Roche de Solutré and other small wine villages back to the boat where lunch is waiting. A relaxing cruise through the bucolic countryside of southern Burgundy, you will arrive in the riverside town of Tournus where you will be shown the historic streets and the town’s most famous monument, the 11th century Abbey of St Philibert. Tonight you can walk to the lovely “Aux Terrace” Michelin-starred restaurant for a wonderful dinner.
Visit Beaune Hospice and Drouhin cellars.
After a relaxing cruise to Chalon sur Saône, guests will depart the barge for the historic town of Beaune. This is a beautiful town and we visit the famous Hospice du Beaune in the centre.
There will be free time for shopping before we enter into the amazing cellars of Joseph Drouhin for a private tour and of course, a wine tasting. There will also be time to explore the city of Chalon with its shops and Cathedral Square after dinner.
This morning we continue our cruise up stream to the charming river side town of Saint Jean de Losne, our final destination. This afternoon enjoy a fun filled drive through the vineyards in colorful traditional 2 CV’s cars! We have developed a fabulous route through the vines.
Return to the barge where Caroline is busy preparing your final gourmet dinner to celebrate a wonderful week. There will be a Champagne toast with the crew after dinner.
After breakfast disembark the barge for the transfer by luxury minivan to your hotel in Paris.