Sunday, Day 1: Welcome aboard!
Travel: Arrival at Vandenesse-en-Auxois --- Meals: Dinner onboard
In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Rendez-Vous at the designated meeting point in either Paris, Dijon or Geneva. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to Rendez-Vous, moored in the village of Vandenesse-en-Auxois. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first gourmet dinner aboard.
Monday, Day 2: The Iconic Vineyards of Burgundy
Travel: Vandenesse-en-Auxois to Pont d'Ouche --- Meals: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner onboard
As Rendez-Vous cruises this morning, explore the towpath with a tranquil traipse or gentle pedal. An afternoon visit to Clos de Vougeot reveals where Cistercian monks made wine in the 12th century. The ancient Clos now serves as the headquarters of the wine society Chevaliers du Tastevin, who annually award special labels to the finest Cote d'Or vintages. Discover the preserved presses from which these Burgundian wines were first produced. A private tasting at a local cellar follows. Your Tour Guide returns you to the barge for drinks and dinner.
Tuesday, Day 3: Destination Dijon
Travel: Pont d'Ouche to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche --- Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard
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. Your Tour Guide returns you to the barge for an afternoon cruise. Relax in the hot tub, or explore the passing villages by foot or by bicycle. Tonight, Chef presents another gourmet dinner onboard.
Wednesday, Day 4: The Best of Burgundy in Beaune
Travel: Moored at La Bussiere-sur-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: Explore a Magnificent Medieval Castle
Travel: La Bussiere-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche --- Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner aboard
Relax on deck and admire the beautiful scenery during this morning's cruise. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, the village perched atop the 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. Return to the barge and enjoy an evening stroll or bicycle ride on the towpath as Chef prepares tonight's dinner.
Friday, Day 6: Discover an Authentic "Domaine Bourguignon"
Travel: Gissey-sur-Ouche to Fleury-sur-Ouche --- Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner aboard
This morning's cruise is the perfect time to laze in the hot tub on deck, or take a leisurely stroll or gentle pedal on the miles of manicured towpath. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to the world-famous vineyards of the Cotes de Beaune for an excursion to an authentic "Domaine Bourguignon". Discover a private wine cellar built in the 16th century by the Cistercian monks, and then sip, sample, and savor the bounty of Burgundy's grapes at a winetasting. Return to the Rendez-Vous, where the Captain's Dinner ends your cruise in style.
Saturday, Day 7: A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from Fleury-sur-Ouche --- Meals: Breakfast onboard
After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point in either Paris, Dijon or Geneva.
: On alternate weeks, cruise will be in reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
> ITINERARIES > Standard Cruise: Vandenesse en Auxois to Fleury-sur-Ouche
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