Sunday, Day 1: Welcome aboard!
Travel: Arrival at Fleury-sur-Ouche --- Meals: Dinner aboard
In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Rendez-Vous at the designated meeting point in either Paris, Dijon or Geneva. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to Rendez-Vous, moored in the village of Fleurey-sur-Ouche. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first gourmet dinner aboard.
Monday, Day 2: Discover an Authentic "Domaine Bourguignon"
Travel: Fleury-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche --- Meals: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner aboard
This morning's cruise is the perfect time to laze in the hot tub on deck, or take a leisurely stroll or gentle pedal on the towpath. This afternoon, enjoy a wine tour in the world-famous vineyards of the Cotes de Beaune during an escorted excursion to an authentic "Domaine Bourguignon". Discover a private wine cellar built in the 16th century by the Cistercien monks, and then sip, sample, and savor at a winetasting. Return to the Rendez-Vous and relax with drinks and dinner aboard.
Tuesday, Day 3: Medieval Castle and Norges Country Club Golf
Travel: Gissey-sur-Ouche to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche --- Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner aboard
Admire the beautiful scenery during the morning cruise to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche. After lunch, the golfers will be chauffeured to Norges Country Club to play at their 18-hole course. The guide will accompany the non-golfers to Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, perched atop the hill overlooking the canal. A tour of the Chateau reveals architectural details and relics which speak to the deprivations and decadence so prevalent in France's history. Back on board, take an evening stroll or bicycle ride along the towpath as Chef prepares dinner.
Wednesday, Day 4: The Best of Burgundy in Beaune
Travel: Moored at La Bussiere-sur-Ouche --- Breakfast & dinner aboard, lunch ashore
Begin the day when your Tour Guide drives you through the Cote d'Or vineyards to the charming town of Beaune, the region's wine capital, for a tour of the Hospice de Beaune, an immaculately preserved Medieval hospital built in the 15th century. Afterwards, browse Beaune's lively pedestrian area, lined with shops and cafes. Enjoy lunch at a local bistro, and then attend a mustard tasting, where the methods of making this Burgundian treat are revealed. Return to Rendez-Vous for cocktails and another gourmet dinner.
Thursday, Day 5: Iconic Vineyards and Golf de Beaune Levernois
Travel: La Bussiere-sur-Ouche to Pont d'Ouche --- Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner aboard
As Rendez-Vous cruises this morning, explore the towpath on foot or by bicycle. After lunch, the golfers will be driven to Golf de Beaune Levernois, located deep in the wine country. Meanwhile, the non-golfers will be accompanied to visit Clos de Vougeot, where Cistercian monks made wine in the 12th century. The ancient Clos now serves as the headquarters of the wine society Chevaliers du Tastevin. Discover the preserved presses from which these Burgundian wines were first produced. A private tasting at a local cellar follows. Everyone is reunited on board for dinner.
Friday, Day 6: Dijon Market and Chateau de Chailly Golf
Travel: Pont d'Ouche to Vandenesse-en-Auxois --- Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner aboard
The town of Dijon offers a pleasurable assault of the senses. "Les Halles", the region's food market, presents a panorama of colorful produce while public gardens are vibrant with greenery. Shop, stroll, and sip your way through this small city brimming with authentic French life. After lunch, the golfers will be chauffeured to Chateau de Chailly, an 18-hole parkland course with raised greens and a restored Medieval chateau as backdrop. The non-golfers will be returned to Rendez-Vous for an afternoon cruise, and can bicycle or rest. Enjoy a final feast at the Captain's Dinner.
Saturday, Day 7: A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from Vandenesse-en-Auxois -- Meals: Breakfast aboard
After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point in either Paris, Dijon or Geneva.
: On alternate weeks, cruise will be in reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
Tee times will be pre-booked and transfers between the barge and the courses provided. Golfers will pay directly to the courses for greens fees, club rental, and golf cart rental, as well as all personal expenses incurred. This is a sample itinerary which may change depending on the availability of the individual courses and will run in the opposite direction every other week.
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