La Belle Epoque - Wine Appreciation Cruise in Burgundy
Venarey-les-Laumes to Tanlay
Sunday, Day 1 Venarey-les-Laumes
Guests are met at the designated meeting point and transferred to the barge moored in Venarey-les-Laumes. A full crew welcome aboard with champagne and canapés. After time to settle into your cabin you are invited to join us for a first dinner on board.
Monday, Day 2 Venarey-les-Laumes to Montbard
Wake to the aromas of ground coffee and French patisseries, enjoy a leisurely breakfast and morning cruise through deep Burgundian countryside Late morning your wine guide joins the barge and while cruising introduces you to the wine regions you’ll be visiting during the week. While he talks you’ll be tasting samples of these wines. After lunch we drive you to the exquisite World Heritage Unesco site of Abbey de Fontenay founded by St Bernard in 1118. Representing a distinctive example of early Cistercian architecture and virtually intact, Fontenay allows an exceptional glimpse of early Cistercian life and industry with its peaceful gardens and ponds and fascinating cloisters, dormitories and scriptorium. Dinner on board.
Tuesday, Day 3 Montbard to Ravieres
Leaving the barge shortly after breakfast we drive south to some of the most prestigious vineyards in the world. In the town of Nuits St George, we visit a small family wine producer to visit their cellar and taste some of their world renowned Pinot Noirs from villages, including Gevrey-Chambertin and Vosne-Romanée. Lunch in a 13th century cellar (Caveau des Arches) in the medieval wine capital of Beaune. Siesta in the minibus and by mid afternoon return to the hotel barge and enjoy a cruise through the stunning Burgundian countryside. Light dinner on board.
Wednesday, Day 4 Ravieres to Ancy le Franc
Morning visit to Noyers to enjoy the vegetables, cheeses, colors and delights of the local market. Returning to the hotel barge we enjoy a lazy cruise gently down to Ancy le Franc with plenty of opportunity to wander or cycle as the vessel descends through the locks. Before dinner, wander around the village and across to the 16th century Renaissance Chateau d’Ancy le Franc. Dinner on board.
Thursday, Day 5 Ancy le Franc to Lezinne
After breakfast we drive to the picturesque town of Les Riceys, the centre of Champagne producing region of the Aude. Visit and tasting at an excellent local Champagne producer followed by a wander around the old town centre. Back on the barge for lunch while cruising through woodlands and rolling fields with great towpath biking and walking opportunities past the tiny canal side villages. Late afternoon arriving in the lovely village of Lezinne. Dinner on board.
Friday, Day 6 Lezinne to Tanlay
Morning visit to the Grand Cru vineyards of Chablis where you get a wonderful view of these world famous Chardonnay vineyards. A brief history of the region is given then on to a great local wine producer to taste a selection of wines including 1er Premier Cru and Grand Cru’s. Return to the barge and after lunch, we cruise to Tanlay. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Saturday, Day 7 Tanlay
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the designated drop off point.
*Wine themed cruises are charter only. This sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction. **Various pick up and drop off points are avaiable for charter groups.