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French Hotel Barge Rendez-Vous
Cruising the Canals of Burgundy France

Standard Cruise Itinerary

Escommes to Fleurey-sur-Ouche

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Sunday, Day 1: Welcome aboard!
Travel: Arrival at Escommes --- Meals: Dinner onboard

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 Escommes. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first gourmet dinner onboard.

Monday, Day 2: The Iconic Vineyards of Burgundy
Travel: Escommes to Vandenesse en Auxois --- Meals: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner onboard

As Rendez-Vous cruises this morning, explore the towpath with a tranquil traipse or gentle pedal. 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 as Chef puts the final touches on tonight’s gourmet dinner.

Tuesday, Day 3: Destination Dijon
Travel: Vandenesse en Auxois to Pont d’Ouche --- Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

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.

Wednesday, Day 4: The Best of Burgundy in Beaune
Travel: Moored in Pont d’Ouche --- Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore

This morning, your Tour Guide chauffeurs you to the charming town of Beaune, the region's wine capital, for a visit to the Hospice de Beaune, an immaculately preserved Medieval hospital built in the 15th century. Afterwards, browse the specialty shops and small boutiques, or enjoy a coffee in the town square. Enjoy lunch at a local bistro, and then attend a mustard tasting, where the methods of making this Burgundian treat are revealed. Return to Rendez-Vous for cocktail hour and join Chef in the open kitchen where he is crafting tonight's dinner.

Thursday, Day 5: Where Medieval Monks Made Wine
Travel: Pont d’Ouche to Gissey sur Ouche --- Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner aboard

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.

Friday, Day 6: Destination Dijon
Travel: Gissey-sur-Ouche to Fleurey sur Ouche --- Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner aboard

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. Tonight, the Captain's Dinner ends your cruise in style.

Saturday, Day 7: A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from Fleurey sur Ouche --- Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point.

NOTE: On alternate weeks, cruise will be in reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

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