Family Barge Cruise Itinerary
Between Plombieres-les-Dijon and Vandenesse-en-Auxois
Day 1, Sunday: Paris to Plombieres-les-Dijon
In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Prospérité at the designated meeting point. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the Prospérité, moored in the village of Plombieres-les-Dijon. A traditional champagne (or soda!) welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first gourmet dinner onboard. Why not end the day with a dip in the hot tub?
Day 2, Monday: Plombieres-les-Dijon to Fleury-sur-Ouche
Depart this morning for your first cruise through the tranquil countryside. Explore the towpath's flora and fauna with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. For more adventurous family members, an afternoon at your pre-arranged ziplining adventure awaits, or, perhaps a spontaneous afternoon of go-karting sounds exciting. Those who wish to discover the world of Burgundy's iconic grapes will enjoy a guided tour of Clos de Vougeout, where Cistercian monks first made wine in the 12th century. Back onboard, the family reunites for a delicious dinner.
Day 3, Tuesday: Fleury-sur-Ouche to Gissey-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. Sip, shop, and stroll in this small city brimming with authentic French life. Your Tour Guide returns you to the barge for an afternoon cruise. Perhaps the smallest passengers would like to visit the Captain's wheelhouse and help steer the boat! Tonight, Chef serves a wonderful dinner.
Day 4, Wednesday - Gissey-sur-Ouche to La Bussière-sur-Ouche
Relax on deck during a morning cruise and admire the scenery gently slipping by. 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 Château reveals architectural details and time-worn relics which speak to the deprivations and decadence so prevalent in France's history. Tonight, savor a multi-course dinner ashore at the Abbey de la Bussière's award-winning gastronomic restaurant.
Day 5, Thursday - La Bussière-sur-Ouche to Pont d'Ouche
A morning cruise reveals more of the beautiful Burgundian countryside. Laze on the hot tub, join Chef in the open kitchen, or explore the towpath by bicycle or on foot. This afternoon, your Tour Guide chauffeurs you to the charming town of Beaune, the region's wine capital, for a guided 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. Return to the Prospérité for an evening of cocktails and dinner.
Day 6, Friday - Pont d'Ouche to Vandenesse-en-Auxois
Your final cruise takes Prospérité deeper into the Ouche Valley. Socialize in the salon with a cup of freshly brewed coffee, or join Chef in his open kitchen for an informal cooking demonstration. This afternoon, visit the eccentric and exciting Château of Savigny-le-Beaune, where the owner has spent a lifetime amassing incredible private collections of fighter jets, race cars, and thousands of model airplanes. An unexpected local treasure in rural France! Return to Prospérité for the Captain's Dinner, ending your family cruise in style.
Day 7, Saturday - Return to Paris - A Sad Farewell
After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point in Paris.
Note: This is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions. The route is run in reverse on alternate weeks.