Standard Classic Cruise Itinerary
Escommes to Fleurey-sur-Ouche
Sunday, Day 1: Escommes
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: Escommes to Vandenesse
As Rendez-Vous cruises this morning, explore the towpath with a tranquil walk 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: Vandenesse en Auxois to Pont d'Ouche
Relax on deck during a leisurely morning cruise. In the afternoon, 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. Next, attend a mustard tasting, where the methods of making this Burgundian treat are revealed. Return to the barge for cocktails and canapes while Chef puts the final touches on tonight's dinner.
Wednesday, Day 4: Pont d'Ouche to La Bussiere
Relax on the deck with a freshly brewed cup of coffee during today's morning cruise. Your Tour Guide escorts you this afternoon 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: La Bussiere to Gissey sur Ouche
The journey continues with a morning cruise. Laze on deck in the hot tub or explore the countryside with an exhilarating bicycle ride or a leisurely stroll. 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: Gissey-sur-Ouche to Fleurey sur Ouche
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: Fleurey sur Ouche
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.