Barging the Lower Burgundy
• Visit Clos de Vougeot, home of the Chevaliers du Tastevin • Wine tastings in the cellars of renowned Burgundy Domaines • Tour of Dijon and its markets • Visit to 13th century Chateau de Bussy-Rabutin • Tour of Abbaye de la Bussiere, followed by lunch in its gourmet restaurant • Visit to Beaune, including Hotel Dieu Hospice • Visit to medieval Chateauneuf-en-Auxois • Optional hot air ballooning • Excellent towpath for walking and cycling
The 12 passenger L'Impressioniste cruises the lower Burgundy Canal in the east of Burgundy throughout the season. Burgundy boasts some of the world's finest wines with almost 60,000 acres of sun-lit vines and arguably the prettiest canal in France. This cruise takes you through the Cote d'Or department of Burgundy, one of the most important areas for the production of fine wine in the world. Sit on deck sipping a glass of Cote de Nuits whilst cruising through the vineyards where the Pinot Noir grapes are grown to make it. Your captain is a wine expert and will take you to Clos de Vougeot, headquarters of the esteemed Chevaliers du Tastevin, and to Beaune's oldest winery. Private tastings are also arranged. This is a perfect cruise for the wine lover, but it does not neglect the fascinating history and architecture of the region you cruise through. Accompany your tour guide to the 13th century Chateau de Commarin, the home of 26 generations of French aristocracy, and the fortified outpost of Chateauneuf en Auxois.
L'Impressioniste began life as a cargo barge in Holland before undergoing a complete transformation into the powerful canal and river cruiser she is today. Her light and airy interior features picture windows and selections of prints, fabrics and wall colorings reminiscent of the turn of the century era after which she has been named. She offers a sun-deck, spa pool, 12 bikes, and an always open inclusive bar.
A choice of single cabin, junior suite or suite is available and we can offer both double or twin bed configuration. All cabins are air conditioned and have en-suite facilities. She is crewed by a knowledgeable Captain, Master Chef, Tour Guide and two Housekeepers who will assure you have everything you need on your all inclusive holiday.
Day 1: Paris > Fleurey sur Ouche You are met at the designated meeting point in Paris and transfer to the elegant L'Impressioniste moored in Fleurey sur Ouche for your cruise through Burgundy. A Champagne reception welcomes you on board and provides you with a chance to meet the crew. Dinner aboard.
Day 2: Fleurey sur Ouche > Gissey sur Ouche This morning experience your first day's cruise along this enchanting canal, which also promises a walk or cycle along an ever-present towpath cruising past sleepy villages and pretty lock houses. After lunch visit Clos de Vougeot, headquarters of the esteemed Chevaliers du Tastevin, who award every year a special prized label to the finest Cote d'Or vintages. On the way back to the barge visit one of the great cellars of Burgundy where we enjoy a private tasting of fine Burgundy wines. Dinner on board.
Day 3: Gissey sur Ouche > La Bussiere After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of old Dijon including a visit to the vivid produce markets, mustard shops and the impressive Notre Dame de Dijon, or enjoy some excellent shopping time. Return to the boat for lunch and leisurely afternoon cruise to La Bussiere. Dinner on board.
Day 4: La Bussiere > Pont d'Ouche After a morning cruise to Pont D'Ouche, an exclusive tour of the magnificent 12th Century Abbaye de la Bussiere. The ornamental gardens and lake, wine press, crypt and cellars are interwoven with ancient colonnades, stone staircases and huge stained glass windows. After a Kir Royale aperitif, enjoy the gastronomic delights of Master Chef Emmanuel Hebrard in the Bistro or Garden Restaurant whilst enjoying a selection of local burgundies. Mid afternoon, visit the medieval village, craft shops and castle of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, once an outpost of the Dukes of Burgundy and offering a fine overview of the feeder lakes, canal and surrounding countryside. Dinner on board.
Day 5: Pont d'Ouche > Vandenesse en Auxois After breakfast cruise to Vandenesse en Auxois, passing grazing white Charolais cattle, rolling hills and picturesque villages crossing the only canal bridge on the Burgundy Canal. In the afternoon drive cross the premier cru vineyards into Beaune, capital of Burgundy wine country with a history going back over 2000 years. Absorb the fascinating 15th century Hotel Dieu Hospice and visit an excellent Burgundy winery and sample some of the local wines. Dinner on board.
Day 6: Vandenesse en Auxois > Escommes Your last day's leisurely cruise takes you to the canal summit, 1250 feet above sea level, just before the Pouilly tunnel. In the afternoon a tour of the Chateau d'Epoisses, most famous for its namesake cheese, Epoisses de Bourgogne, a pungent unpasteurized cows-milk cheese. Epoisses cheese originated as early as the XVIth century in a religious community of monks in the small village of Epoisses. In 1956 a pair of small farmers, Robert and Simone Berthaut decided to re-launch the production of Epoisses by mobilizing the traditional skills of those who still knew how to make the cheese. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board
Day 7: Escommes > Paris After breakfast disembark the barge and transfer to Paris.
On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
• Transfer to the barge from the meeting point • Accommodation in a Stateroom or Junior Suite • All meals on board catered for by the onboard Master Chef • Open bar with a range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks • Excursions and entrance fees as per the itinerary • Use of bicycles • Transfer back to Dijon at the end of the cruise
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Aug 6, 13, 20, 27
Sep 3, 10, 17, 24
Oct 1, 8, 15, 22
Aug 6, 13, 20, 27
Booking conditions L'Impressioniste can be chartered for a minimum of 12 passengers - please contact World Journeys for details.
L'Impressioniste can be chartered for a minimum of 12 passengers - please contact World Journeys for details.