Dijon to Vandenesse - Burgundy Canal
France revolves around exquisite food and fine wines - whilst other nations eat to live, France lives to eat! Every cruise on board Saroche is a gourmet experience. Whilst the majority of other passenger barges have a set menu each evening, Saroche offers a choice of dishes each evening on its 5-course menu. The chef will discuss your personal preferences with you and tailor the week's menus to reflect these. We also cater for special dietary needs.
SUNDAY, DAY 1- Dijon
Guests are greeted at the pre-designated meeting point and escorted to Saroche in Dijon. After settling in you are invited to join the Captain for a champagne Reception and cruise safety briefing. Plenty of time for a stroll around Dijon or merely relax on board and enjoy the view.
MONDAY , DAY 2- Cruising : Dijon to Fleurey sur Ouche
Our first day cruising leaves behind the bustling centre of Dijon as we journey upwards to our evening halt in the village of Fleurey sur Ouche nestling in the Ouche valley. Climb to the top of the church of Notre Dame to view the marvelous panoramic view over the surrounding countryside.
Excursion: Tour the Côte de Nuits vineyards known as the Champs Elysées of Burgundy. Visit the Château of Clos de Vougeot, established by the Cistercian monks and famous for its wines. The Chevaliers du Tastevin meet here to sample the wines and confer their medals on selected vintages.
TUESDAY, DAY 3 - Cruising : Fleurey sur Ouche to Gissey sur Ouche
This morning we continue upwards in the tranquility of the countryside and the lush scenery of the Ouche valley through Pont de Pany and Saint Marie sur Ouche to this evening's halt at Gissey sur Ouche. Plenty of opportunities to stroll or cycle alongside the vessel as it slowly meanders along between locks to work up an appetite for this evening's meal ashore at a typical country restaurant.
Excursion: This morning is set aside for a tour of Dijon which has many places of interest such as the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy housing the Fine Arts Museum with its paintings from the 14th Century to the present day. Climb the 3l6 steps of Philip the Good's Tower to get a wonderful view of the region.
WEDNESDAY, DAY 4- Cruising : Gissey sur Ouche to La Bussière
Todays cruise takes us through sloping tree laden reaches and the picturesque village of Saint Victor to La Bussière where you can visit the buildings and the grounds of the medieval abbey.
Excursion: Visit the abbey of Fontenay which was founded in1118 by Saint Bernard and built in the Romanesque style by the Cistercian monks in the 12th Century to the 15th Century. In 1906 it was turned into a paper mill by the Montgolfier brothers but was reinstated by their descendants in 1820.
THURSDAY, DAY 5- Cruising : La Bussière to Pont d'Ouche
Cruising along the tree lined valley we pass through the canalside villages of La Forge and Veuvey sur Ouche en route to Pont d'Ouche where Charollais cattle graze peacefully in the pastures alongside the canal.
Excursion: Beaune, Burgundy's wine capital - tour the Hôtel Dieu with its honeycombed, colored tiled roof, built in 1443 as a Hospice for the sick and needy it is now famous for its collection of pottery jars and its annual wine auctions. Visit the cellars of Patriarche Pere et Fils, the largest cellars in Burgundy, for a tasting of some of its fine wines.
FRIDAY, DAY 6- Cruising : Pont d'Ouche to Vandenesse
Our final morning's cruise takes us ever upwards towards the summit level as the canal winds round past the hillside villages of Bouhey and Châteauneuf. The cruise culminates in the Captain's Farewell Dinner ashore at a Burgundian restaurant.
Excursion: Visit the magnificent Château of Commarin with its forbidding stone walls and towers, and the romantic 12th Century village of Châteauneuf, former seat of the Duke of Burgundy, prominent upon its hilltop overlooking the Canal.
SATURDAY, DAY 7- Vandenesse
Time after breakfast for one last chance to sit on deck before your departure from Saroche.
*The cruise is from Vandenesse to Dijon on alternate weeks
This itinerary details the cruise route and gives examples of the visits which may be made from the vessel.
It is our aim to provide a cruise tailored for you,
wherever possible we will adjust the cruise to fit in with your requirements.
Activities such as riding, tennis, hot air ballooning and golf can be organized on request.
18 speed mountain bikes and boules are available on board.
|Accommodations||Rate Type||Rate Amount|
|Stateroom per person||Regular||6500|
|Charter 5 passengers wholeboat||Regular||34000|
|Charter 4 passengers wholeboat||Regular||30000|
|Departure Dates (Sunday)||Rate Type||Route|
|Aug 11, 18, 25, Sep 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20||7 night||Burgundy|
|July 28, Aug 14||7 night||Champagne to Burgundy|
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