Six night cruise on board Wine & Water, Burgundy Canal near Dijon

Arrival Sunday afternoon, departure Saturday morning

You will be met at DIJON train station on Sunday at 16:30hrs. At the end of your cruise, on Saturday just before 10:00hrs, you will be driven back to Dijon station or your hotel in Dijon.

The idyllic Wine & Water cruise starts near the outskirts of Dijon, from where you will cruise through 40 locks!.

View from the barge deck

Wine & Water: Cruise Highlights

·Private wine tours on the UNESCO World Heritage wine slopes of Burgundy, visiting wine cellars and estates, wandering through vineyards and tasting a variety of Burgundy’s celebrated wines.

·Wine & Water travels through the heart of the Burgundian countryside on one of the prettiest parts of the Burgundy Canal.

·Whilst cruising, you will have the opportunity to cycle or walk along the tree-lined towpath beside the canal.

·A chauffeur-driven tour of the notably pretty Burgundian wine villages with private wine tastings in cellars, tasting Grand Crus & Première Crus. Max has been organising wine tours for his guests for many years, and he is welcomed with open arms by the wine-owners everywhere. It is also possible to ship wines home.

·Visit the ancient walled town of Beaune, known as the wine capital of Burgundy, with its magnificent Hotel-Dieu hospice (a 15th century medieval hospital) and its historic centre, where you will find boutiques and antique shops as well as wine and food merchants.

·Visit Dijon and participate in a guided tour of the famous Owls trail. Marvel at the range of building styles, visit the elegant Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy, wander through a colourful morning market, its stalls brimming with fresh produce, taste cheeses and the eponymous mustard, and take the opportunity to do a little shopping.

·Visit the Clos de Vougeot, a wall-enclosed vineyard and headquarters of the Chevaliers du Tastevin.

·Visit a 12th century abbey and a 15th century medieval village, right beside the canal where we moor up!

·Invitation to dinner in a lovely old château nearby.

·Invitation to a typical Burgundian restaurant on the outskirts of Beaune in a famous wine village for lunch.

·On-board gastronomy: with an emphasis on fresh local produce, sourced each day by the chef, you can be confident of gourmet cuisine. It is also possible to cater for specific dietary requirements including organic products and gluten free options.

On board you will find:

·With a well-stocked and interesting wine cellar, Max will share his passion and excellent knowledge of wines by introducing you to a range of exclusive wines by local wine makers, which he has collected over the years.

·Open bar, WIFI, Bluetooth connectivity.

·NEW - 4 electric Bosch bicycles.

·2 mountain bikes.

·A jacuzzi for 2.

·Plenty of water on board.

·En-suite bathroom in each cabin and, once moored up, windows can be opened.

·Individual air conditioning units in each room, keeping the boat nice and cool inside when it’s hot outside!

·Plenty of headroom with the high ceilings inside Wine & Water.

·Spacious sun deck outside where you can eat al-fresco or relax in loungers.

Discovering Burgundy

The itinerary is planned with a half-day of cruising and a half-day of excursions each day.

Sunday

Day 1: Fleurey-sur-Ouche, only 10 minutes’ drive from the city of Dijon

You will be met at the designated meeting point either at Dijon train station or at your hotel in Dijon. You will then be transferred, in the air-conditioned comfort of our minibus, to where the boat is moored.
The four crew members will be waiting to welcome you warmly aboard with a Burgundy KIR Royal: the perfect start to a unique and memorable few days in Burgundy.

Your first candlelit dinner will mark your introduction to seasonal, regional specialties and the wines of Captain Max.

Dinner on board

Canal cruise in France

Grand wines of Burgundy

Monday

Day 2: Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche

Cruise in the morning and then, after lunch on board Wine & Water, you will be driven by air-conditioned minibus to the Renaissance style Château du Clos de Vougeot. Attracting lovers of history and architecture alike, the château is a unique symbol of Burgundy’s wine history. Afterwards you will be driven to the picturesque village of Gevrey Chambertin for a reserved private tasting of its renowned wine.

Dinner on board

Tuesday

Day 3: stay overnight at Gissey-sur-Ouche

No cruising today, as you will enjoy a full day’s visit. Starting with two private wine tastings, you will then be invited to lunch in a restaurant in a well-known wine village on the outskirts of Beaune. Here you will taste more wines. Afterwards, you will visit the celebrated town of Beaune, with its 15th century medieval hospital, where you will have time to shop and relax.

Dinner on board

Restaurant at Volnay in the Côte de Beaune

Relaxing canal cruise

Wednesday

Day 4: Gissey-sur-Ouche to Pont d’Ouche

Today is a lazy day for you, cruising and relaxing, whilst enjoying the Captain’s range of wines from his on-board wine cellar and lunching on superb seasonal ingredients.
Dinner tonight will be reserved for you in a nearby 17th century castle, built in an old monastery.

Châteauneuf-en-Auxois

Thursday

Day 5: Pont d’Ouche to Vandenesse-en-Auxois

Cruise in the morning, and then, after lunch at around 15:00hrs, visit a medieval village, Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, listed as one of the 'most beautiful villages of France'. With a commanding position, high on the hillside, the fortress is one of the last remaining examples of 14th century Burgundian military architecture. The fortifications were built around the 12th century keep when facing the threat of the Hundred Years’ War. Look around the side streets, at the houses with stair turrets and pediments, and it will be easy to imagine the history of this once prosperous village.

Dinner on board

Châteauneuf-en-Auxois

Friday

Day 6: Vandenesse-en-Auxois to Escommes

Cruise in the morning, and then, after lunch, a drive to a charming little wine-producing family, where a local wine producer will greet you. You will continue to learn about the wine making process and enjoy further tastings of local wines.

Farewell dinner aboard Wine & Water

Saturday

Day 7: Day of departure

After breakfast, just before 10:00hrs or earlier if you need, we will drive you back to Dijon train station to catch your train, to your hotel in DIJON or to a car rental agency.


Our cruises are created so that our guests can immerse themselves in the Burgundian atmosphere and the lifestyle of this beautiful region through bespoke activities and personal cultural experiences, whilst relaxing.
Captain Max, Bea & crew (35 years of barging experience)

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: Wine tours page

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