Standard Classic 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 in Paris. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the Prospérité, moored in the village of Plombieres-les-Dijon. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first gourmet dinner aboard.
Day 2, Monday: Plombieres-les-Dijon to Fleury-sur-Ouche
This morning the Prospérité begins her journey with a lazy cruise to Pont d'Ouche. Relax on the deck and admire the beautiful Burgundian scenery. This afternoon's excursion is to the private cellars of the family-owned Domaine Prieur-Brunet for a tour and tasting. This venue can trace its history back to 1804 when all the land in the region was confiscated from the church and sold to private interests. Swirl, sip, and savor the wines, known for their bold aromas and smooth finishes. Return to the Prospérité for drinks and dinner.
Day 3, Tuesday: Fleury-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche
A morning cruise reveals more of the Burgundian countryside. Explore the area's flora and fauna along the towpath by bicycle or on foot. Upon mooring, 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. Return to the Prospérité and join Chef in the open kitchen as he puts the final touches on dinner.
Day 4, Wednesday - Gissey-sur-Ouche to La Bussière-sur-Ouche
Relax on the deck and admire the scenery on a morning cruise to Gissey-sur-Ouche. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you 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 time-worn relics which speak to the deprivations and decadence so prevalent in France's history. Tonight, enjoy dinner ashore at the Abbaye de la Bussière's award-winning bistro.
Day 5, Thursday - La Bussière-sur-Ouche to Pont d'Ouche
A morning cruise to Fleurey-sur-Ouche offers the perfect time for a tranquil stroll or gentle pedal on the towpath. 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 esteemed wine society Chevaliers du Tastevin, who annually award special labels to the finest Côte d'Or vintages. Discover the preserved presses from which these Burgundian wines were first produced. Then it is back to Prospérité for another gourmet dinner.
Day 6, Friday - Pont d'Ouche to Vandenesse-en-Auxois
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. This afternoon's cruise is to the final mooring at Vandenesse-en-Auxois. Enjoy a leisurely stroll or gentle pedal on the towpath before Chef presents the Captain's Dinner.
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.