Wine Appreciation Cruise in the region of Southern Burgundy, with 12 passenger Deluxe Hotel Barge ship L’Impressionniste is a deluxe THIS THEME CRUISE WILL NOT BE OFFERED IN 2021. PLEASE CONTACT US FOR ALTERNATIVE ITINERARIES.
7 Days / 6 Nights
Day 1, Sunday, 12th April, 2020 Escommes Guests are met in central Paris* and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the elegant L’Impressionniste. A champagne reception welcomes you on board and the opportunity to meet the captain and crew. Enjoy a stroll into Escommes before dinner on board
Day 2, Monday, 13th April, 2020 Escommes to Vandenesse We begin our voyage this morning from the canal summit in Escommes, 381 m. above sea level and cruise to Vandenesse-en-Auxois. Late morning, our expert wine guide joins the barge to give an introductory talk on the vineyards of Burgundy and during an on-board wine tasting, ensures that everyone has mastered their tasting technique! After lunch we visit the moat-encircled Château de Commarin to be treated to a private demonstration of the medieval sport of falconry.*** Afterwards, we meet Count Bertrand de Vogue, the current resident and 26th generation of the de Vogue family to maintain continuous residence since the 13thcentury, who will give a fascinating insight into the Château’s history. Dinner on board.
Day 3, Tuesday, 14th April, 2020 Vandenesse to Pont d’Ouche After breakfast, we cruise to Pont d’Ouche, past grazing white Charolais cattle, rolling hills and picturesque villages, crossing the only canal bridge on the Burgundy Canal. Our wine guide joins us again today and we drive from the barge through wooded hillsides out into the world-famous vineyards of the Côte de Beaune. After making a stop in the Grand Cru vineyards of Le Montrachet, we visit a domaine in the village of Puligny-Montrachet where we enjoy a private cellar tour and a tasting of some of the world’s greatest white wines. Dinner on board.
Day 4, Wednesday, 15th April, 2020 Pont d’Ouche to La Bussière After a short morning cruise, we set off on a drive through premier cru vineyards, stopping en route at the “vigne de l’enfant Jesus”, a famous vineyard owned by the Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils. There, we will find out more about the domaine and gain a real insight into the production of its Grand Cru and Premier Cru wines. We continue to Beaune, capital of Burgundy wine country, for a winery tour and private tasting of Bouchard Père et Fils wines before enjoying a gastronomic lunch in the delightful orangery of Château de Beaune, owned by the winery since 1820. Afterwards, we visit the fascinating 15th century Hôtel-Dieu Hospice and explore the quaint shops of the town, before returning to the barge for a short evening cruise to La Bussière. Dinner on board.
Day 5, Thursday, 16th April, 2020 La Bussière to Sainte Marie-sur-Ouche After breakfast, we cruise to Sainte Marie-sur-Ouche, again with plenty of opportunity to walk or cycle along the ever-present towpath past sleepy villages and pretty lock houses. In the afternoon, our wine guide takes us on a visit to Clos de Vougeot, headquarters of the esteemed Chevaliers du Tastevin, who annually award prized special labels to the finest Côte d‘Or vintages. Driving past legendary Grand Cru vineyards, we also pay homage at the fields of Romanée Conti, then stop at the family-run Domaine Jafflin in the heart of Nuits-St-Georges on the Route des Grands Crus. A tour of their cellars is followed by a tasting of their exceptional Pinot Noirs including Vosne Romanée, Nuits St George and Gevrey Chambertin. Dinner on board.
Day 6, Friday, 17th April, 2020 Sainte Marie-sur-Ouche to Fleurey-sur-Ouche This morning, we take a walking tour of old Dijon, including a visit to the vivid flower and produce markets, mustard shops and the impressive Notre-Dame de Dijon, or enjoy some excellent shopping time. Return to the hotel barge for lunch and a leisurely afternoon cruise, with perhaps a walk or bicycle ride to the next lock or two, to arrive at our final mooring at Fleurey-sur-Ouche. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Day 7, Saturday, 18th April, 2020 Fleurey-sur-Ouche After breakfast, guests are transferred to Paris*.
* Other locations available ***This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.
Prices per person in: Stateroom 5.325 EUR Suite 5.465 EUR Single supplement 1.700 EUR
Cruise includes: • local transfers to and from the hotel barge • a luxury 6 night cruise • all gourmet meals on board catered by the on board Master Chef • all wines/beverages served throughout the cruise • an open bar 24/7 with a large range of drinks • inspiring excursions and entrance fees as per the itinerary • the attentive services of crew members
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