French Hotel Barge SAVOIR VIVRE
Cruise the Canal de Bourgogne, Burgundy France
Escommes to Fleurey-sur-Ouche
Savoir Vivre's route runs along a beautiful and interesting stretch of the Burgundy canal. We operate 'point-to-point' so there is no turning around and seeing everything twice.
A cruise along the Burgundy canal is truly a voyage of discovery encompassing culture, architecture, history and natural beauty. In reality, this means there is always something to do. This includes enjoying private vineyard tours, exploring ancient chateaux, browsing authentic markets and cycling along the towpaths. You may wish to walk into the local village to a café in the square, balloon over divinely beautiful countryside or play a round of golf on one of the several high quality courses nearby.
Or perhaps you'd prefer to simply watch all this glide quietly by as you sip fresh coffee on deck on a balmy morning; maybe later you’ll savor the peace and calm alone while moored in idyllic suroundings – perhaps with a glass of wine… or two.
The view, of course, changes as you make progress – one moment you’ll be surrounded by vineyards and the next a lockkeeper’s house laden with flowers where you will see first hand the incredible and ingenious durability of one of Europe’s greatest pioneering transport systems. You will marvel at the charm, romance and humbling beauty which only a village or chateau dating from the 12th century can offer. They charm and inspire you through their quiet, unassuming authenticity – magnificent.
Standard Itinerary for 2013
Escommes to Fleurey-sur-Ouche
On the Canal de Bourgogne, France
Sunday, Day 1: Meet in Dijon Welcome Aboard - Meet your Crew!
You will take a train arriving to the Dijon Train Station between 3- 4 pm. (The cost of transfers to/from Dijon is in addition to the cruise fare and must be booked separately.) Your Captain will be in the platform as you alight and chauffeur you to Savoir Vivre moored in Fleury-sur-Ouche, a classic village nestled on the Canal de Bourgogne. Or….we’ll see you in the lobby of your local Dijon hotel or in the office of your car rental return. Enjoy a champagne welcome as you are introduced to your top crew for the week, pictured at right. There will be time to unpack and explore, helping you work up an appetite for your first on-shore dinner at a local, friendly and refined restaurant - "Auberge Les Gourmands."
Monday, Day 2: Fleury-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche Wine, Wine, Wine!
This morning begin your cruise back in time through the unhurried and authentic Valley of the Ouche. You'll float past limestone cliffs, wooded hills and enchanting villages. After lunch on board, enjoy the first of many excursions. Richard, your Captain now becomes a trusted guide who will introduce you to the sights and history of Burgundy. You will be driven south to the famed Cote d'Or wine region. First visit Chateau du Clos de Vougeot where wine was produced by Cistercian monks from the 12th century on. Examine the ancient wine presses and learn more wine-making and life in that long ago era. Then it's back to present-day pleasures at a winetasting which introduces area vintages. Return to Savoir Vivre. Later you'll be transferred to dinner at the lovely nearby restaurant of "O Petit Repere du Gout."
Tuesday, Day 3: Gissey-sur-Ouche to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche Market day in Dijon
After breakfast on board featuring village-baked pastries just warm from the oven, head back to Dijon to mingle with locals at the famed outdoor market. There will be time to look around the well-preserved Medieval town core and shop - think mustard! Then it's back to Savoir Vivre with lunch on board and an afternoon cruise through gorgeous scenery to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche. Relax on deck or explore by bicycle (see picture below) - let's meet the barge at the next lock! Explore the subtle charms of La Brussiere before preparing for dinner tonight at the restaurant, highly regarded "Ferme de Rolle".
Wednesday, Day 4: La Bussiere-sur-Ouche to Pont d'Ouche An Afternoon in Delightful Beaune
Take a moment to reflect this morning as we cruise to Pont d'ouche. After lunch aboard, sightseeing takes center stage as you head to enchanting Beaune - wine capital of the Cote d'Or. There's much to enjoy in Beaune; most important is the immaculately preserved Hospice de Beaune, pictured below, a charity hospital built in the 15th century (and which treated patients until the early 20th century!). There will be time to explore the shops or visit a cafe in the square. Return to the barge in late afternoon, then relax until we drive you to the nearby delight of "Le Spuller", your restaurant for this evening.
Thursday, Day 5: Pont d'Ouche to La Repe Authentic Cheesemaker
After a peaceful start to your day we visit Ferme de Poisset, an authentic cheesemaker. Yes, you'll learn and then you'll taste! After all, you are in France! Return to Savoir Vivre and walk the towpath or bicycle into a nearby village - or just relax on deck with a good book - as Savoir Vivre continues its journey on the historic Canal de Bourgogne to La Repe. Tonight you will dine at "L'Oree du Bois," an authentic creperie (which are a French dining institution) located in the heart of Chateauneuf en Auxois. Before dinner enjoy a glass of wine at the stunning lookout point.
Friday, Day 6: La Repe to Escommes Hilltop Medieval Village
After breakfast on board, we visit the lovely Medieval village and chateau of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois perched high on a hill overlooking the canal. Explore on cobblestoned streets, peek into private gardens, and then tour the haunting chateau. Return to Savoir Vivre for a drink on deck and then continue our cruise through the Valley of the Ouche to our final mooring in Escommes. Your final on-shore dinner is at the 'straight out of Ratatouille', "Chez Camille," pictured at right, in the heart of nearby Arnay le Duc. Now is the time to share memories of your authentic encounters with the people, cuisine, wine and sights of Burgundy.
Saturday, Day 7: Escommes to Dijon A Sad Farewell
At 9:00 am, you will be chauffeured to the Dijon Train for a departing morning train. Or perhaps you’ll pick up a rental car in Dijon and continue your adventure. After your final breakfast on board, it will be hard to leave Savoir Vivre! We hope that your cruise on Savoir Vivre has created memories to last a lifetime!
NOTE: On alternate weeks, cruise will be in reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
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