Burgundy by boat and by bike
Burgundy is a truly special region of outstanding beauty, with its Chateaux, vineyards and water ways. This cruise takes you through the picturesque heart of the region and out into the countryside with a cycling tour designed to show you more of this spectacular area.
Welcome on board the Apres Tout
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 time to return to the deck for a cocktail cruise on the river Saône. 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.
Cruise to Gissey and cycle to Châteauneuf-en-Auxois
This morning you will start to discover the delights of this beautiful canal cruise, there are ample opportunities to disembark the barge at the many locks and walk or cycle the sections between each lock.
Cycling out into the lush countryside and local villages, your route will take you to the summit of the canal where it goes through a 200 year old tunnel before descending towards the river Yonne. We then visit a medieval hill-top village steeped in history. This is a charming place with stunning views at every corner, and you can really appreciate from this height, all of the amazing surrounding countryside. We return to the Apres Tout for cocktails and dinner, which is moored in the picturesque village of Gissey.
Cruise to Fleurey and Beaune
The barge cruises through the peaceful Ouche Valley, where time seems to have stood still over the centuries. A relaxing morning will be spent on the canal as the barge slowly cruises towards Fleurey, a beautiful small village on the banks of the river Ouche.
After a delicious buffet lunch served on the deck – weather permitting, we visit 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. Today’s spectacular bike ride will take you along the Côte de Beaune, through the vineyards and wine-growing villages of Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet and Santenay. After the ride you will be transferred back to the barge for evening cocktails in the village of Fleurey.
Cycling out into a gorgeous area of forests and sleepy villages known as les Hautes Côtes, the ride will take you to the village of Gevrey-Chambertin. Here you will be welcomed by Madam Drouhin Laroze, the owner of a prestigious ‘Grand Cru’ property. We have a splendid lunch on the terrace over looking the family‘s vines while enjoying her choice of wines. This is truly a very unique experience which culminates with a very informative private tour of the cellars.
Later in the afternoon we visit Dijon, a wonderful town with a long and interesting history. There is plenty of time to shop in the city’s many chic boutiques or sit in a pavement café and watch the world go by. Your tour guide will take you on a walk through the historic area of the town which will captivate you with its historical past, including the Ducal Palace.
Once back to the barge, perhaps try a ‘Kir Royale’ made with local Cassis, a liqueur invented here in Dijon made from blackcurrants and mixed with the Burgundy Champagne equivalent named Cremant.
Cruise to Longecourt, visit Clos de Vougeot and a local truffle farm
Cylicng out through the rolling hills of the famous Côtes de Nuits, 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 wines. We continue with the gourmet theme and visit a local truffle producer where we learn all about Burgundy’s “black diamond”.
Cruise to St Jean de Losne. Visit Dole and evening Cruise
After cruising on the canal towards St Jean de Losne, we take to the bikes and up along a new section of canal to the quaint historic town of Dole. This medieval town was the birth place of Louis Pasteur and former capital of the Franche Compte. We continue our ride and return to the Apres Tout moored on the beautiful River Saone – where we slip away from the mooring for a gentle cocktail and dinner cruise on this lovely river.
Prices for 2021 season
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|Our prices include transfers to the barge/and return six night cruise, all food & wine, visits, open bar and all excursion fees.
Not included are travel insurance, crew gratuity and air fares.
|Whole boat charter for 6 passengers||$40,000 US Dollars|
|Whole boat charter for 5 passengers||$35,000 US Dollars|
|Whole boat charter for 4 passengers||$34,000 US Dollars|
|Price per person
|$6,670 US Dollars
$3,000 US Dollars