Standard Cruise Itinerary
Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Escommes
Sunday, Day 1: Fleury-sur-Ouche
In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Rendez-Vous at the designated meeting point. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to Rendez-Vous, moored in the village of Fleurey-sur-Ouche. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first gourmet dinner onboard.
Monday, Day 2: Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche
The journey continues with a morning cruise. Laze on deck in the hot tub or explore the countryside via bicycle. This afternoon, your Tour Guide accompanies you to Clos de Vougeot, where Cistercian monks made wine in the 12th century. Explore the preserved presses on which these iconic Burgundian vintages were made. Then it's back to present day pleasures with a winetasting in the vineyards of the Cote de Nuits. Return to the Rendez-Vous and relax with drinks and dinner onboard.
Tuesday, Day 3: Gissey-sur-Ouche to La Bussiere
This morning, the town of Dijon offers a pleasurable assault of the senses. "Les Halles", the region's food market, presents a panorama of colorful produce; mustard jars are cheerfully displayed in boutiques; and public gardens are vibrant with greenery and scenery. Shop, stroll, and sip your way through this small city brimming with authentic French life. Return to the barge for a lazy afternoon cruise. Explore the towpath with a sunset stroll or relaxing bicycle ride as Chef prepares tonight's dinner.
Wednesday, Day 4: La Bussiere to Pont d'Ouche
Relax on the deck with a freshly brewed cup of coffee during today's morning cruise. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, a village perched atop a hill overlooking the Canal. Châteauneuf's imposing position refers to its history as a 15th century fortress. A tour of the Château reveals architectural details and timeworn relics which speak to the deprivations and decadence so prevalent in France's history. Tonight's dinner is taken ashore at a fine dining venue, the Chateau de Sainte Sabine. Feast on traditional French gastronomy with a contemporary approach. Bon Appetit!
Thursday, Day 5: Pont d'Ouche to Vandenesse en Auxois
Relax on the deck with a freshly brewed cup of coffee during today's morning cruise. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, a village perched atop a hill overlooking the Canal. Chateauneuf's imposing position refers to its history as a 15th century fortress. A tour of the Chateau reveals architectural details and timeworn relics which speak to the deprivations and decadence so prevalent in France's history. Chef presents dinner onboard.
Friday, Day 6: Vandenesse en Auxois to Escommes
Experience your final cruise this morning with a cup of coffee on deck while soaking in the ambiance of the tranquil countryside. This afternoon, your Tour Guide accompanies you to the prestigious vineyards of the Chateau de Chassagne Montrachet for a private tasting of their boutique wines. The Picard family, who owns the domaine since 1951, will open the doors to its cellars, which date back to the XI and XV centuries. Return to the Rendez-Vous for cocktails and canapes, and then finish your cruise in style at the Captain's Dinner.
Saturday, Day 7: Escommes
After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point.
- On alternate weeks, cruise will be in reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.