Standard Classic Cruise Itinerary
Canal de Bourgogne, between Fleurey-sur-Ouche and Escommes, in Burgundy France
A cruise along the Burgundy canal is truly a voyage of discovery encompassing culture, architecture, history and natural beauty. There is always something to do, including enjoying private vineyard tours, exploring ancient châteaux, browsing local markets and cycling along the towpaths. You may wish to walk into a 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.
Sunday, Day 1: Meet in Dijon
In the afternoon, you will be met by a Savoir Vivre crew member at the designated meeting point in Dijon. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the Savoir Vivre, moored in the village of Fleurey-sur-Ouche. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you. The authentic gastronomic journey begins this evening, as you are chauffeured to your first onshore dinner.
Monday, Day 2: Fleury-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche
Enjoy a tranquil walk or gentle bike ride on the towpath during the morning cruise to Gissey-sur-Ouche. After lunch your Tour Guide escorts you to Clos de Vougeot, where Cistercian monks made wine in the 12th century. The ancient Clos is now the headquarters of the revered wine society Chevaliers du Tastevin, who annually award special labels to the finest Côte d'Or vintages. Explore the preserved presses from which these iconic Burgundian wines were first produced; an informal sampling in the vineyards follows. Dinner is ashore at a local bistro.
Tuesday, Day 3: Gissey-sur-Ouche to La Bussière-sur-Ouche
The lively town of Dijon offers a pleasurable assault of the senses. "Les Halles," the covered food market, presents a panorama of colorful produce and aromatic pastries; jars of mustard are cheerfully displayed in boutiques; and public spaces are vibrant with greenery and scenery. Mingle with the locals as you shop, stroll, and sip your way through this charming city brimming with authentic French life. Your Tour Guide returns you to the barge for an afternoon cruise to La Bussière-sur-Ouche. Another memorable dinner is served ashore.
Wednesday, Day 4: La Bussière-sur-Ouche to Pont d'Ouche
Your Tour Guide introduces you to farm owner and goat expert, Laure Plait. Her small herd of lively goats also extends a friendly welcome! Laure's gourmet food boutique is then opened for generous samplings of the handcrafted goat cheeses and boutique wines produced on her family's farm. Return to the Savoir Vivre for an afternoon cruise to Pont d'Ouche, providing the perfect time to enjoy a leisurely stroll or a gentle bike ride on the towpath. Your Captain chauffeurs you to another brasserie for tonight's dinner ashore.
Thursday, Day 5: Pont d'Ouche to La Repe
Your Tour Guide escorts you to Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, a majestic village perched atop a hill overlooking the Canal. Châteauneuf's imposing position refers to its fascinating history as a 15th century fortress. A private tour of the Château reveals architectural details and timeworn relics which speak to the deprivations and decadence so prevalent in France's history. Upon returning to the Savoir Vivre, cruise through the Valley of the Ouche to La Repe, where a plethora of charming lockhouses abound. Tonight, enjoy another dinner ashore.
Friday, Day 6: La Repe to Escommes
Begin the day with a final morning cruise to Escommes, exploring the flora and fauna of the towpath with a leisurely stroll or bike ride. After lunch, 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 boutiques, galleries, and cafés lining the pedestrian area, or enjoy a coffee in the town square. Tonight is special, as Captain Richard joins you for the Farewell Dinner ashore.
Saturday, Day 7: Escommes to Dijon
After breakfast you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point in Dijon.
NOTE: On alternate weeks, cruise will be in reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
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