Beautiful Burgundy

6 nights luxury cruise

Near Dijon
From April to October

img_2638Located in the Côte d’Or department in eastern France, Burgundy is renowned for some of the world’s finest wines, but it boasts many other riches. This is one of the most beautiful and interesting parts of France where, in addition to gourmet food and fine wines, you will discover a unique heritage. Burgundy is reputed to have more chateaux than any other region of France, which, together with medieval towns, imposing cathedrals, sleepy villages and quintessentially French markets, is why after discovering this area, so many of our guests return.

The Canal de Bourgogne connects the River Yonne in the north and the River Saône to the south.

It was constructed in 1775 and completed in 1832. It was the first navigable connection between Burgundy and the basin of Paris and to this day remains the shortest route between the two.  At 242 km long with 189 locks and set amidst spectacular scenery, the Canal de Bourgogne is arguably one of the most attractive canals in France.

Our Burgundy Itineraries

We offer a six-night cruise, but for those with less time we also offer a four-night option. Routes are reversed on alternate weeks, and itineraries are planned with a half-day of cruising and a half-day of excursions.

Burgundy’s inland waterway secret

Sunday
Vandenesse-en-Auxois (42km west of Dijon)

View from the sun deck

You will be met at the agreed meeting point and travel in air-conditioned comfort to Wine & Water, moored on the Canal de Bourgogne at Vandenesse-en-Auxois. Welcomed aboard by the captain and the crew with champagne, the tone will be set for your memorable cruise in Burgundy. You will have time to settle into your luxurious suite and explore the barge before your first candlelit dinner on board during which you will be introduced to regional specialties and local wines.

Monday
Vandenesse-en-Auxois to Pont d’Ouche
This morning is your first opportunity to enjoy the Burgundy countryside as Wine & Water glides along the Canal de Bourgogne. While you enjoy breakfast, we leave Vandenesse-en-Auxois and begin to pass through the first locks. Arriving in the village of Crugey at midday, the chef will enchant you with a typical Burgundy menu.

After lunch, the voyage continues to Pont d’Ouche, where, after mooring, you will be driven to Beaune, an ancient walled town with a rich historical and architectural heritage, known as the wine capital of Burgundy.
Wander along the cobbled streets lined with boutiques, antique shops and wine shops. Soak up the atmosphere in the old market (les Halles), or discover the Basilica Notre Dame with its Renaissance bell tower and 15th century tapestries.
No visit to Beaune would be complete without a visit to the Hospices de Beaune. Built in 1443 as a hospital for the poor, care continued within its walls until 1970. This wonderful example of Gothic architecture comprises a stone courtyard, half-timbered galleries, turrets and ornate roofs with four-coloured glazed tiles, a trademark of Burgundian architecture.

Burgundy vineyards at Volnay

You will return to Wine & Water through the Hautes Côtes vineyards in time to dress for dinner in a fairy tale château, in a nearby tiny village.

Noble landscape

& majestic scenery

Tuesday
Pont d’Ouche to Gissey sur Ouche

Today, you will pass through unique landscapes, as the canal meanders through the beautiful Ouche valley. You will cruise through the villages of La Bussière sur Ouche and Saint Victor to Gissey sur Ouche, one of the most charming villages along the canal. We moor here for the night in a hidden romantic spot beside the River Ouche and a Gallo-Roman bridge, one of the most photographed and painted views in the region.

Castles in the clouds

In the afternoon, you will visit the celebrated wine village of Aloxe-Corton, dominated by the Corton hill and famous for its red and white Grands Crus. Here, you will visit the Chateau de Corton André, the only castle of the Côte de Beaune in the grand cru appellation, for a wine tasting in cellars dating back to the 15th century before returning to Wine & Water for dinner on board.

Early morning view on the canal

Wednesday
Gissey sur Ouche to Fleurey sur Ouche
Your day will begin by cruising through the charming villages of Saint Marie sur Ouche and Pont de Pany, once a very important bread market, and then the historic village of Fleurey sur Ouche, known to have been occupied by man since the Stone Age. The village is noted for its traditional houses on narrow streets and Gallo-Roman ruins. Your on-shore excursion today is the renowned walled vineyard of Clos de Vougeot. Created by Cistercian monks in the 12th century, by the year 1336 it served as the leading vineyard of this prominent order. Your expedition will conclude with a private wine tasting at Gevrey Chambertin: the largest wine-producing village in Burgundy.  Once back on board, you will be ready for another gourmet dinner.

Captain Max pointing out the countryside

Thursday
Fleurey sur Ouche to Plombières les Dijon
This morning’s voyage will take you to Plombières les Dijon where you will disembark for a drive through the Route des Grands Crus vineyards of Burgundy. Your tour will culminate with a wine tasting at the Château de Marsannay, renowned not only for its exceptional red and white Burgundies, but also for some of the finest, most succulent rosé in France. This will be followed by a visit to the Fromagerie Gaugry: specialists in the production of washed rind soft cheeses, and the last cheese makers still producing raw milk Epoisses. Here, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the making of Burgundian cheeses and taste them for yourself. Don’t forget to leave room for that wonderful dinner on board later, though!

Water reflections on the canal

 

Friday
Plombières les Dijon to Dijon
This morning the delights of Dijon await you. This city offers so much more than the eponymous mustard. Take a walk around the Les Halles market admiring the metal and glass architecture designed by Gustave Eiffel. Absorb the culture in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, one of France’s oldest museums, which can be found within the stunning medieval centre.

Dijon city, Palais des Ducs

Here you will also find the elegant Palace of the Dukes. As you wander through the cobbled streets, don’t forget to stroke La Chouette, the little owl carved on one of the pillars of the Notre Dame church, which is reputed to bring good luck. Returning for lunch on board, you will enjoy a lazy afternoon’s cruise past Lac Kir to the southwest of Dijon. Wine & Water will then moor in the splendid 19th century Porte du Canal de Dijon where you will be offered cocktails before a final on-board Gala dinner.

Saturday
Dijon
You will enjoy one last breakfast on board before being taken to your designated drop off point.

Southern Burgundy Canal

This is a sample itinerary and subject to change.

Our four-night cruise will journey between Dijon and Pouilly en Auxois passing through the beautiful Valley D’Ouche. You may start your cruise on a Sunday, Monday or Tuesday.

In addition to cruises on Wine & Water, Max & Bea also offer private guided wine tours and a selection of apartments for rent in the historic centre of Dijon.

Detailed information can be found at: http://www.dijon-rentahome.com/wine-tours.html