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Burgundy 7-day Luxury Barge Cruise (3 x cabins)
Built in 1930 in Holland, the barge was used for ferrying grain, stone, wood and other dry cargo in Europe. She was laid up in the centre of Paris for 17 years, where she was owned and lived in by the famous American Actor Sterling Hayden.
At 103 ft (31.4m) long, the barge has three well appointed en-suite air-conditioned cabins, one cabin with double bed and bathroom; two cabins with twin beds and bathroom; laundry with washing machine and dryer; a living room, dining room with an open kitchen, and two fabulous outside decks to take full advantage of the magnificent French scenery that slowly drifts by. Bicycles are on board
This luxury barge offers a planned cruise (with 4 stops) from Saint Julien sur Dheune to Seurre: Saint Julien sur Dheune - Saint Léger sur Dheune - Santenay - Chagny - Fragnes - Seurre.
Food & Wine on board is a great opportunity for us to share with you our « French Culture » deeply rooted in this « Pleasure of the Table ». You will discover an authentic French Cuisine cooked exclusively with fresh and seasonal ingredients. The wine selection has been carefully done within a large variety of Bourgogne to serve the dish perfectly.
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Guests are met at Le Creusot TGV railway station in the afternoon and taken by mini bus to the barge which is moored on the tranquil Canal du Centre in the pretty village of Saint-Julien-sur-Dheune. Champagne Welcome and dinner in the evening gives us the opportunity to chat about the coming weeks itinerary, while you gently unwind from your journey.
Saint-Julien-sur-Dheune –> Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune
The day begins with a cruise to the village of Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune wich will be our mooring for the evening. After a lunch aboard, we visit by mini bus the famous « Château de Couches » known as the « Château de Marguerite de Bourgogne ». It is a magnificent XIIe Century fortress classified to the « Monument Historique » which presents all the differents phases of its building from end XIe up to XIXe. On the way back, we will go through the charming 3 villages of « Maranges » and of course, a tasting ! We will finish this first day in a local auberge to discover the regional cooking (not included).
Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune –> Santenay
We depart Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune for a leisurely cruise to the village of Santenay, which nestles amongst the famous vineyards and preserved landscape of the Southern Côte de Beaune. This morning we will take the « Route des Grands Crus » from Santenay up to the Village of Pommard . Today for lunch, you will discover « Le Cellier Volnaysien » (not included) a restaurant very appreciated by local people, then we depart for the visit of the wonderful Château de la Rochepot. This fairytale like chateau was restored after being ransacked during the revolution ans is now on of the finest example of chateau for the period. We return to the barge for a restful evening and dinner on board.
Santenay –> Chagny
We start the day with a short cruise to the town of Chagny where we will moor for the evening. After a relaxing breakfast we depart for the historic town of Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy. Today is the market day and our visit will include the historic (with a private guide) « Hospice de Beaune » and the Hotel Dieu, built in the XVe century. For lunch we propose the restaurant « Le Conty » (not included) a wonderful dining place with a pleasant cellar atmosphere. We will dedicate the afternoon for a wine tasting at the famous Patriarche Cellars. These cellars are the longest in Burgundy, and the history of the wine merchant’s is one of the oldest. We return through the vineyards for a restful evening and dinner on board
Chagny –> Fragnes
This morning we continue with our cruise towards Fragnes, ideally situated to discover the « Côte Chalonnaise », where we will moor for the evening. In the south of the Côte de Beaune, the Côte Chalonnaise propose ruby-coloured red wine and delicate white wine of great renown coming from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay or Aligoté. After lunch taken on board, we have arranged a private tasting at the Château de Chamirey in Mercurey. The Devillard family owner of the Château, old acquaintance of the Captain family will give you a warm welcome. After the tasting you might also wish to enjoy a short drive to discover the magnificent views offered by this region. To continue this wonderful evening you will enjoy a dinner taken ashore (not included) in a local auberge or, if you wish a « Gastronomic Experience », you might appreciate « Lameloise » the only Michelin 3 stars *** restaurant in Burgundy, icon of the French cuisine.
Fragnes –> Seurre
This morning we take a short car ride to the town of Chalon-sur-Saone (the birthplace of photography). Chalon has a Cathedral with a lovely square surrounded by medieval buildings. As it is market day today, the square is filled with fruit and vegetables stalls and the other streets littered with all sorts of market traders selling a plethora of goods. A real insight into French life. We return to the barge for lunch and a leisurely cruise to the village of Seurre. This evening your farewell meal starts with cocktails and canapés on the deck overlooking the Saône river.
After a last breakfast, guests are taken by our private chauffeur to Le Creusot TGV railway station in good time to catch their train.
“We enjoyed Alex's captaining of the barge and the great vineyards, castles that he took us to. We appreciated Nicole's care, her cups of tea and wealth of knowledge of Burgundy. We loved Carls excellent meals due for some Michelin Stars !” Adrian, Auckland – New Zealand 2019
“Thank you to Alex, Nicole and Carls for an excellent trip. It exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves French food, wine and culture and wants a relaxed barge holiday.” Marcia, Kerikeri – New Zealand 2019
“We have very much enjoyed our week of canal and river cruising. We had some fabulous food, cheese and wine and learnt a lot about the wine of the area and some history of Bourgogne ! The rest of the time we relaxed soothed by the slow smooth feeling of the barge travelling along. Fantastique ! Merci Alex, Nicole and Carls ! » Maryanne, Auckland -New Zealand 2019
Thank you all so very much for an absolutely marvellous week ! Your hospitality ,flexibility, understanding and company were wonderful ! You shared with us this beautiful boat, country , wine, cheese, food and so much laughter ! We are very fortunate to have been your guests and now friends. Merci beaucoup.” David, Washington DC - US 2019
“We thank you for your kindness and warmth. You made us feel like family from the first day. Lots of laughter all the week long. France will now hold a special place in my heart because of you Capt. Alex...You are a true Gentleman and now a dear friend. Once again, Thank you and I hope we see other again soon.” Paul, New York - US 2019
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