French Hotel Barge Rendezvous
Cruising the Canals of Burgundy France
between Fleury-sur-Ouche and Vandenesse en Auxois
Sunday, Day 1: Arrival at Fleurey-sur-Ouche
At 2:00 pm, a member of Rendezvous crew will meet your party at one hotel of your party’s choice in central Paris and chauffeur you to the barge, moored at Fleury-sur-Ouche, a small village on the beautiful Canal de Bourgogne. Estimated arrival time is between 5:00 pm and 6:00 p.m. (Alternatively, your entire party may be met at 4:00 pm in one location in the immediate area of Dijon and Beaune and then chauffeured to the barge.) Meet your crew at the traditional champagne reception, unpack and perhaps take a walk as the sun sets while anticipating the first of many gourmet dinners on board.
Monday, Day 2: Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche - Bicycle through the Grand Cru Vineyards!
Cruise this morning deeper into “La France Profond” as Rendezvous cruises from Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche through the river valley and incredible scenery. After lunch on board, we’ll take you to the vineyards of the Côte de Nuits for a cycling tour along the Route des Grands Crus. Visit the Clos de Vougeot, where medieval monks invented winemaking techniques and then enjoy a wine tasting. Return to Rendezvous for dinner on board.
Tuesday, Day 3: Gissey-sur-Ouche to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche - Visit a Unique Food Market Designed by Eiffel
This morning, we’ll depart after breakfast for a visit to vibrant Dijon with its well-preserved medieval core. After a walking tour, which will include the Cathedral, enter the gorgeous Les Halles Market.
Gustave Eiffel, a native son of Dijon, designed the market in the 19th century. One of France’s largest and best-known markets, Les Halles comes to life every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday with an incredible selection of meats, candies, cheeses and, of course, fruits and vegetables along with ready-to-eat pastries. After lunch in the market, return to Rendezvous for a cruise to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche. This is the perfect time to walk on the towpath, go exploring by bicycle, or just sit on deck and absorb the gorgeous countryside as it floats gently by.
Wednesday, Day 4: Moored in La Bussiere-sur-Ouche - Full Day Out in Beaune, Wine Capital of the Cote d’Or
Beaune is the unofficial capital of the Côte d'Or, with millions of bottles of wine stored in cellars beneath its cobblestoned streets. This thriving town's raison d'être is wine: making it, tasting it, selling it, but most of all, drinking it. Begin the day with a special wine tasting, where you will be presented with a selection of wines for your sampling pleasure. The tour then continues at the Hospice, also known as the Hotel Dieu, an immaculately preserved medieval hospital, which amazingly was in full use until the early 20th century.
Have lunch at a lively bistro and continue the day with a private mustard tasting. Afterwards, enjoy free time to shop in the pedestrian zone and stop in the square for a café. Return to Rendezvous and dinner on board at your peaceful mooring.
Thursday, Day 5: La Bussiere-sur-Ouche to Pont d’Ouche - A Chateau Perched High Over the Canal!
Cruise from La Bussiere to Pont d’Ouche in the morning, After lunch, we’ll visit the village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois with its fairy tale castle perched high over the canal. Tour the castle as well as the village, with its delightful small crafts shops. Return for dinner on board.
Friday, Day 6: Pont d’Ouche to Vandenesse-en-Auxois - Cheese Tasting Deep in the Countryside
This morning partake a wonderful cruise to Vandenesse-en-Auxois. After lunch, it’s time for a cheese tasting at a local farm. We are looking for other amazing activities to be announced later. Then it’s back to Rendezvous for a last, festive dinner and reliving of your week on board.
Saturday, Day 7: Chauffeured Transfer Back to Paris - A Sad Farewell
Depart at 9:00 am for your return transfer back to the one location of your choice in central Paris, or alternatively, your entire group returning to Charles de Gaulle Airport. Estimated arrival time at both locations is 1:00 pm. Please make all travel plans on the basis of this timing. Breakfast is your last on board meal. We hope you enjoyed your cruise on Rendezvous.
NOTE: On alternate weeks, cruise will be in reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
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