Family Barge Cruise Itinerary - Southern Burgundy
Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Vandenesse en Auxois
Create a custom family cruise itinerary and replace a maximum of 4 of the excurions with your preferred family activities from the list below. Due to their nature, some activities carry a supplement and must be booked directly with the provider. All activities are subject to availability. Contact us to discuss your requirements.
The following activities can be included in your cruise fare without supplement and can usually be arranged on-board direct with the captain: Archery - Bowling - Go-karting - Kayaking - Paint ball - Swimming at a beach on the lake - Tennis - Zip-line & Tree Climbing.
The following activities carry a supplement payable direct to the provider whose individual terms and conditions apply: Horseback riding - Hot air ballooning
Sunday, Day 1: Plombieres-les-Dijon
In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Rendez-Vous at the designated meeting point. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to Rendez-Vous, moored in the village of Fleurey-sur-Ouche. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first gourmet dinner onboard.
Monday, Day 2: Plombieres-les-Dijon to Fleurey-sur-Ouche
Your luxurious journey begins with a lazy morning cruise. Relax on deck in the hot tub, or explore the waterside towpath with a gentle stroll or leisurely bicycle ride. This afternoon, your Tour Guide presents an insider’s visit to Château d’Arcelot, the first neoclassical castle of Burgundy. After being personally welcomed by the castle's owner, Madame la Comtesse de Loisy, take a tour of the beautiful grounds and then savor a taste of the housemade gourmet specialties. Return to the Rendez-Vous for drinks and dinner onboard.
Tuesday, Day 3: Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche
A morning cruise through pastoral countryside is the perfect time to sip a cup of coffee on deck. This afternoon, exploring the urbane town of Dijon offers a pleasurable excursion ashore. Preserved palaces and beautiful churches recalling the reign of the Dukes of Burgundy vie for attention with specialty boutiques, small cafés, and serene gardens. Shop, sip, and stroll your way through this small city brimming with authentic Burgundian life. Return to the Rendez-Vous for cocktail hour as Chef prepares tonight’s dinner.
Wednesday, Day 4: Gissey-sur-Ouche to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche
Bon matin! Begin the day with a leisurely morning cruise. Visit your Captain in his wheelhouse, or join Chef in the open kitchen for an informal culinary demonstration. In the afternoon, a drive in our private vehicle through the Côte d’Or vineyards culminates in the charming town of Beaune, the region's wine capital. Your Tour Guide will accompany you through the Hospice de Beaune, a prestigiously preserved Medieval hospital built in the 15th century. Return to the barge where Chef is putting the final touches on tonight's dinner party.
Thursday, Day 5: La Bussiere-sur-Ouche to Pont d'Ouche
Cheers to Southern Burgundy! A morning visit to a boutique winery begins your gourmet day. Domaine Amiot-Servelle, a family-owned producer of Premier Cru vintages, makes wine exclusively with organically-farmed grapes. Amble amidst the vineyards as the secrets of growing the French fruit are revealed, then enjoy a hosted winetasting. Return to the barge for an afternoon cruise before your dinner ashore at the Abbaye de la Bussiere, an ancient Cistercian abbey now converted to a luxury inn with an award-winning gourmet bistro.
Friday, Day 6: Pont d'Ouche to Vandenesse en Auxois
Revel in the ambiance of the tranquil countryside during the final cruise this morning. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, a castle overlooking the Canal. A walking tour through the Château reveals the architectural details and timeworn relics which speak to the deprivations and decadence so prevalent in France’s history. Then it’s back to Rendez-vous to socialize with a final sunset cocktail before Chef presents a candlelit multi-course Captain’s Dinner, culminating your private luxury barge cruise in style.
Saturday, Day 7: Vandenesse en Auxois
After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point.
- On alternate weeks, cruise will be in reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.