Hotel Barge RENDEZ-VOUS - Barging in France -

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

Standard Cruise Itinerary - Southern Burgundy

Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Escommes

French hotel barge Rendez-Vous - itinerary map

Sunday, Day 1: Fleury-sur-Ouche

In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Rendez-Vous at the designated meeting point. 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 onboard.

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

The journey begins with a morning cruise. Laze on deck in the hot tub or explore the countryside via bicycle. This morning, the town of Dijon offers a pleasurable assault of the senses. Preserved palaces and beautiful churches vie for attention with specialty boutiques, small cafes, and serene gardens. Shop, stroll, and sip your way through this small city brimming with authentic French life. Return to the barge for a lazy afternoon cruise. Cocktails and canapes are served onboard as Chef prepares tonight's dinner.

Tuesday, Day 3: Gissey-sur-Ouche to La Bussiere

In the morning, your Tour Guide accompanies you to Clos de Vougeot, where Cistercian monks made wine in the 12th century. Explore the ancient presses on which these iconic Burgundian vintages were once made. Return to the barge for a lazy afternoon cruise. Relax with a glass of locally-produced wine on the deck, visit your Captain in his wheelhouse, or explore the towpath with a leisurely stroll. Enjoy appetizers and aperitifs onboard while Chef put the final touches on tonight’s gourmet dinner.

Wednesday, Day 4: La Bussiere to Pont d'Ouche

Relax on the deck with a freshly brewed cup of coffee during today's morning cruise. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, a village perched atop a hill overlooking the Canal. Châteauneuf's imposing position refers to 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. Tonight’s dinner is taken ashore at a fine dining venue, the Château de Sainte Sabine. Feast on traditional French gastronomy with a contemporary approach. Bon Appetit!

Thursday, Day 5: Pont d'Ouche to Vandenesse en Auxois

Begin the day with a morning cruise. Laze on deck to admire the scenery slipping by, or join Chef in the open kitchen for an informal cooking demonstration. In the afternoon, a drive through the Côte d’Or vineyards culminates in the charming town of Beaune, the region's wine capital. A guided visit to the Hospice de Beaune reveals an immaculately preserved Medieval hospital built in the 15th century. Your Tour Guide returns you to the barge for an enchanted evening of drinks and dinner.

Friday, Day 6: Vandenesse en Auxois to Escommes

Experience your final cruise this morning while soaking in the ambiance of the tranquil countryside. Your Tour Guide accompanies you this afternoon to the prestigious vineyards of the Château de Chassagne Montrachet for a private tasting of their boutique wines. The Picard family, who have owned the domaine since 1951, will open the doors to its cellars, which date back to the XI and XV centuries. Return to the Rendez-Vous for cocktails and conversation, and then finish your cruise in style at the Captain's Dinner.

Saturday, Day 7: Escommes

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point.


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