L'Impressionniste - Burgundy Cruise
Tour and tasting at Bouchard Pere et Fils winery and lunch in its chateau
Visit Château de Châteauneuf-en-Auxois and Clos de Vougeot, a wall-enclosed vineyard in Burgundy
Visit the markets of Dijon and discover Beaune and the famous Hospices de Beaune
Wine tastings in the cellars of renowned Burgundy Domaines
L’Impressionniste is a beautiful, 12-passenger luxury barge that cruises along the Burgundy Canal. The sister ship of La Belle Epoque, this hotel barge combines traditional and French influences to give you the coziest holiday in the French countryside. Light and airy features dominate the interior while selections of Impressionist prints, fabrics and wall colourings give it a classic vibe. There is a sun-deck, spa pool, 12 bikes, and an always open inclusive bar. A choice of single cabin, junior suite or suite is available.
L’Impressionniste quietly voyages through the beautiful Ouche Valley in Southern Burgundy, passing through charming locks and fairytale landscapes. During your holiday you are given ample time to discover medieval villages and castles and enjoy wine tastings in the cellars of renowned Burgundy Domaines.
April 5, 12**,19, 26
May 03,10,17, 24, 31
June 07, 14, 21, 28
July 05, 12, 19, 26
August 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
September 06,13, 20, 27
October 04, 11,18, 25
**April 12 is a wine appreciation cruise available for cabin bookings. Supplement applies.
You are met at our meeting point in Paris and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the elegant L’Impressionniste. A champagne reception welcomes you on board and you'll have the opportunity to meet the captain and crew. Enjoy your first dinner on board.
This morning, experience your first day’s cruise along this enchanting canal, which also promises a walk or cycle along an ever-present tow path past sleepy villages and pretty lock houses. After lunch, visit Clos de Vougeot, headquarters of the esteemed Chevaliers du Tastevin, who award a special prized label to the finest Côte d‘Or vintages every year. On the way back to the hotel barge we enjoy a tour of the cellars and a private tasting of fine Burgundy wines at another long-established domaine. Dinner on board.
After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of old Dijon, including a visit to the vivid produce markets, mustard shops and the impressive Notre-Dame de Dijon, or enjoy some excellent shopping time. Return to the hotel barge for lunch and a leisurely afternoon cruise to La Bussière and perhaps a walk or bicycle ride to the next lock or two. Dinner on board.
After a short morning cruise, set off on a drive through the vineyards, stopping en route at the “vigne de l’enfant Jesus”, a famous vineyard owned by the Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils. There, a wine expert will give us a real insight into the domaine’s production of its Grand Cru and Premier Cru wines. Continue to Beaune, capital of Burgundy wine country, for a winery tour and private tasting of Bouchard Père et Fils wines before enjoying a gastronomic lunch in the orangery of Château de Beaune, owned by the winery since 1820. Afterwards, visit the fascinating 15th century Hôtel-Dieu Hospice and explore the town, before returning to the barge for a short evening cruise to Pont d’Ouche.
After breakfast, cruise to Vandenesse-en-Auxois, passing grazing white Charolais cattle, rolling hills and picturesque villages, crossing the only aqueduct on the Burgundy Canal. After lunch on board, we visit the medieval village, craft shops and castle of Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, once an outpost of the Dukes of Burgundy and offering a fine overview of the feeder lakes, canal and surrounding countryside. Dinner on board.
Your last day’s leisurely cruise takes you to the canal summit, 1,250 feet above sea level, just before the Pouilly tunnel. After an early lunch, visit the moat-encircled Château de Commarin to be treated to a private demonstration of the medieval sport of falconry. The close-up encounter with these majestic birds against the backdrop of the castle grounds is an amazing experience and afterwards you meet Count Bertrand de Vogue, the current resident and 26th generation of the de Vogue family to maintain continuous residence since the 13th century, who will give a fascinating insight into the Château’s history. This is followed by a private tour of the building. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
After breakfast, you are transferred back to Paris.
per person, twin share
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- Optional activity: Hot air balloon
- Excellent towpath for walking and biking
Itinerary is subject to change. On alternate weeks, the cruise is in the reverse direction.
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