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Finesse - Wine Appreciation Cruise in Burgundy

St-Julien-sur-Dheune to St-Jean-de-Losne

ITINERARY*  

Sunday, Day 1 St-Julien-sur-Dheune

Guests are met in Dijon and transferred by air-conditioned minibus to Finesse for a Champagne Welcome and the opportunity to meet the crew. Then there is time to wander along the towpath and admire the classic Burgundy scenery before dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 St-Julien-sur-Dheune to St-Léger-sur-Dheune

This morning, we begin our voyage through Southern Burgundy along the Canal du Centre through undulating countryside to moor at the little village of St-Leger-sur-Dheune. We descend a series of locks with plenty of opportunities to disembark and explore the villages along the way. Late morning, our expert wine guide joins the barge to give an introductory talk on the vineyards of Burgundy and during an on-board wine tasting of a selection of appellations, ensures that everyone has mastered their tasting technique! After lunch, we visit the nearby vineyards of the Côte Chalonnaise. Although this wine-growing region is lesser-known than its illustrious neighbours, some wonderful wines are produced in the villages of Rully, Givry and Mercurey. We enjoy a tour and private tasting of premier cru wines at one of the best domaines in Mercurey, the delightful 17th century Château de Chamirey in Mercurey, owned by the Devillard family for five generations. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 St-Léger-sur-Dheune to Remigny

After breakfast, we head to Autun, a town of ancient origins with Roman gates and a 17,000 seat amphitheatre. The 12th century cathedral is also renowned for its architecture and its position on the pilgrims’ route from Vezelay to Santiago de Compestela in Spain. We return to the barge for lunch, then we cruise to the rural setting of Remigny, passing along the route the famous wine-producing village of Santenay. Dinner on board.
 

Wednesday, Day 4 Remigny to Rully

This morning, we enjoy a leisurely cruise further along the canal past the charming little town of Chagny, to our mooring near the village of Rully. After lunch on board, our wine guide takes us on a visit to the world famous vineyards of the Côte de Beaune where we enjoy a tour and private tasting of Puligny, Meursault and St Aubin wines at a renowned, family-run domaine in Puligny Montrachet. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5 Rully to Fragnes

After breakfast, we set off on a drive through the Côte de Beaune vineyards to the town of Beaune itself, capital of Burgundy wine country where we visit the fascinating 15th century Hôtel-Dieu Hospice and explore the quaint shops of the town, before enjoying a gastronomic lunch at Michelin-starred restaurant Le Montrachet. After lunch, we return to the barge for an afternoon cruise past the charming little town of Chagny, to our mooring near the village of Fragnes. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Fragnes to St-Jean-de-Losne

This morning, we embark on our final cruise, joining the River Saône at Chalon-sur-Saône and then passing delightful little ports such as Verdun-sur-le-Doubs and Seurre en route, to arrive at St-Jean-de-Losne. After lunch on board, we set off on a drive through some of the greatest Pinot Noir vineyards in the world. After paying homage at the fields of Romanée Conti, we visit the cellars of a top domaine in Nuits St George for a private tasting of its premier cru wines and also Gevrey Chambertin. There should also be time for a visit to Clos de Vougeot, headquarters of the esteemed Chevaliers du Tastevin, who annually award prized special labels to the finest Côte d‘Or vintages. Back in St-Jean-de-Losne, time perhaps to wander along the quaysides before the Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 St-Jean-de-Losne

After breakfast, guest are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Dijon.
 
*This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.
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