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