Hotel Barge RENDEZ-VOUS - Barging in France -

Cruising the Burgundy canals between Fleurey-sur-Ouche and Escommes France

Barging and Bicycling Adventure Cruise Itinerary

The Barging and Bicycling Adventure includes semi-customized cycling routes; detailed route maps; GPS devices; and the phone numbers to the crew. A barge vehicle can follow the bike riders for assistance. Bikes onboard are VTC Original 520 gris blue b’twin with 21 gears. The barge carries three 26-inch frame bikes and three 28-inch frame bikes. For riders desiring more advanced bicycles, a rental may be arranged at the expense of the guest.

French hotel barge Rendez-Vous - itinerary map

Sunday, Day 1: Vandenesse-en-Auxois

In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Rendez-Vous at the designated meeting point, moored on the enchanting Canal de Bourgogne. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge moored nearby. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first of many gourmet dinners onboard.

Monday, Day 2: Vandenesse-en-Auxois to Pont d'Ouche

This morning the barge will begin her gentle journey along the canal. Guests can bicycle at their leisure, or simply laze on deck and admire the countryside vistas glide by. In the afternoon, guests can bicycle approximately 20 miles to Château de Chassagne-Montrachet for an introduction to locally produced wines and, of course, a tasting. Return to the barge for cocktails and dinner.

Tuesday, Day 3: Pont d'Ouche to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche

This morning, enjoy breathtaking scenery during a customized bicycle tour through Burgundy's manicured trails and towpaths. Upon mooring, your Tour Guide introduces Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, a hilltop village perched overlooking the canal. Châteauneuf's imposing position reflects its history as a 15th-century fortress. A tour of the château reveals architectural details and timeworn relics which speak to the deprivations and decadence so prevalent in France’s history. Return to the barge and join Chef in the open kitchen as he crafts tonight's dinner.

Wednesday, Day 4: La Bussiere-sur-Ouche

The choice is yours: bicycle to Beaune, a 20-mile route, or ride with our vehicle. Upon arrival, your Tour Guide introduces Hospice de Beaune, an immaculately preserved medieval hospital in use until the early 20th century. Enjoy lunch at a lively local bistro, and then tour and taste at the last family-owned mustard factory in Beaune. Browse the town's boutiques before returning to the barge for drinks and dinner.

Thursday, Day 5: La Bussiere-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche

As Rendez-Vous cruises this morning, meander through the rustic countryside by bicycle or on foot. This afternoon it's a once-in-a-lifetime cycling tour along the Côte de Nuits wine route. Visit Clos de Vougeot, where medieval monks once pressed freshly harvested grapes into the rich vintages still prized today. After winetasting, bicycle back to Rendez-Vous (or catch a ride with our vehicle) for cocktails and dinner.

Friday, Day 6: Gissey-sur-Ouche to Fleury-sur-Ouche

This morning guests bicycle to the vibrant town of Dijon via a lovely 17-mile route. Your Tour Guide will take you to the covered "Les Halles" market, where seasonal produce, artisan cheese, and handmade pastries are beautifully displayed. Ride back to the barge for your final cruise. Explore the towpath or villages, or just absorb the passing countryside. The Captain's Dinner ends your bicycling adventure in style.

Saturday, Day 7: Fleury-sur-Ouche

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point in either Paris, Dijon or Geneva.


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