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apres tout
alsace & burgundy

canal cruising in france

Cruise the Rivers and canals of Burgundy and the Saône Valley.
Rory and Caroline welcome you to the glorious Barge Apres Tout!

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Apres Tout - Alsace & Burgundy

Canal Barge in France

"The Barge was beyond our expectations, and the team Rory, Caroline, Nick and Hannah made it an experience we will never forget!!! It was beyond our dreams."

"Apres Tout exceeded our expectations. What a wonderful crew, itinerary, and boat! It had all the amenities we would expect. What is great about the Apres Tout is that it emphasizes the public spaces, especially the spacious deck area where we spent most of our time. What a great place for a family like ours to congregate! Absolutely first class. Chef Caroline is an amazing cook. It was all so intimate... the jeep rides through the vineyards, watching a dog hunt for truffles, tasting wine in the cellars, meeting a famous British artist in his studio. Awesome stuff, it was the trip of a lifetime for my family" Rick.


The APRES TOUT is the perfect boat for 3 couples or a family. The three huge cabins each have immaculate and practical bathrooms and the spacious, light and modern lounge is enchanting. The APRES TOUT's stunning kitchen comes with stools for guests to watch the cook achieve miracles. In the wheel house are convenient seats behind the pilot so you can observe his maneuvers or relax outside on the extensive deck furnished with elegant and comfortable sun chairs. You can even climb into the large Jacuzzi to unwind at the end of the day. With Rory at the wheel, Caroline in the kitchen and Nick as a tour guide, you will find very hard to leave Burgundy at the end of the week.

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Itinerary in burgundy: St Jean de Losne to Pont d'Ouche.

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Itinerary in alsace: Hochfelden to Mittersheim.

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  • 4 day classic
    wine tour

    April to October

    US$ 4500 per person

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  • 6 night - 7 day cruise
    all inclusive

    May to October

    US$ 6500

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    US$ 40000

Price for Apres tout includes:

Door to door transfers from Paris to the barge/and return six night cruise, all food & wine, visits, open bar and all excursion fees. Not included are travel insurance, crew gratuity and air fares

These rates do not include:

• Insurance • Personal expenses • Gratuities to the crew (between 7 and 10%)

To avoid currency exchange fees,

• Australians can pay in Australian dollars by direct deposit or credit card. • New Zealanders can pay in New Zealand dollars by direct deposit or credit card. • US citizens will be charged in US dollars using credit card.


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Itinerary in burgundy: St Jean de Losne to Pont d'Ouche

Sunday: Paris to St Jean de Losne

Welcome Aboard! Depart Paris at 2 pm in our luxury private chauffeured transfer direct to the barge moored in St Jean de Losne, where you board the Apres Tout for your cruise through Burgundy on the Canal du Bourgogne. A champagne reception gives you a chance to meet the crew. Once you have settled into your cabin, it will be time to return to the deck for a cocktail cruise on the River Saône. A delicious four course dinner will be served with wonderful wines to match, followed by after dinner drinks – weather permitting all served on the magnificent teak deck.

Monday: Cruise to Longecourt

Leaving the River Saône behind, we now enter onto the Canal de Bourgogne through the first of many locks! Spend the morning enjoying your first cruising day on the flat plain from the river toward Dijon. After lunch, your guide takes you to the area of the ‘Côte d’Or’ (In French meaning Gold Coast) planted with vines that produce some of the world’s most famous wines. Here we visit the “Clos de Vougeot”, a medieval château surrounded by vineyards, pictured below. This is truly a magnificent Chateau and the headquarters of the Chevaliers du Tastevin, whose special label is awarded annually to the finest Côte d’Or vintages. We have arranged some fantastic World War II jeeps to take you through the vines to explore some of the small tracks that wind through this famous land for some exhilarating fun! For those who have a little more energy, we can stop at a truffle producer and learn how the black diamonds grow and then how to find them; we return to the Apres Tout for a well-deserved refreshing cocktail!

Tuesday: Longecourt to Dijon

This morning we visit Dijon, pictured at right, a wonderful town with a long and interesting history. As it is market day, the centre is thriving with traders selling their produce and shoppers meandering taking in the atmospheric feel of this magnificent city. There is plenty of time to shop in the city’s many chic boutiques or sit in a pavement café and watch the world go by. Later, we will visit the Grey Poupon mustard shop for a tasting of this famous product and then take a walk through the historic area of the town which will captivate you with its historical past, including the Ducal Palace. We return to the barge for lunch and an afternoon cruise into Dijon, where we moor for the evening. Tonight, you must try a ‘Kir Royale’ made with local Cassis, a liqueur invented here in Dijon made from blackcurrants and mixed with the Burgundy Champagne equivalent named Cremant.

Wednesday: Dijon to Fleurey

Leaving Dijon behind we head to the valley of the Ouche. Enjoy a relaxing morning on board; there are many locks for dis-embarking to cycle or to walk. Late morning you transfer over the hillside and down through the vines to the charming village of Gevrey-Chambertin. We are greeted by the owner of this prestigious Grand Crus wine makers, and here we have a splendid lunch on their terrace overlooking their vines! During lunch Madame Drouhin Laroze (the owner) will present her wines. This is truly a very unique experience. After lunch, we are given a very informative private tour of the cellars. We then take a scenic drive along the famous ‘Route du Grand Crus’, Passing through many of the famous wine villages.

Thursday: Fleurey to Gissey

The morning is spent cruising through the lovely Ouche Valley, this is a truly spectacular part of the canal, small villages pass by, cows wander in the fields, and there is nature all around. There is a total feel of peace and tranquility as we slowly cruise this magnificent canal. After another wonderful lunch, you are transferred to the delightful town of Beaune, the capital of the wine region of Burgundy. Enjoy a visit to the famous Hôtel-Dieu, Hospice de Beaune with its interesting history and magnificent tiled roof. After some free time for shopping or strolling in the pedestrian streets we have an optional appointment for a private wine tasting at the famous cellars of Joseph Drouhin, this tour is by invitation only. Later, we return to the barge for a refreshing cocktail and freshen up before one of the high lights of the week, a gourmet dinner at the stunning Abbaye de la Bussiere. This Relais & Chateaux property has been beautifully transformed from a Cistercian abbey into a fabulous hotel, set in architectural grounds where you will dine in style tonight.

Friday: Gissey to Pont d'Ouche

Today enjoy the final stretch of this beautiful canal. We pass through several more locks until reaching our destination of the port at Pont d’Ouche. This afternoon we make a special private visit to an English artist of world renown, who has set up his gallery and workshop in a converted barn. His work is world class, and has been recently commissioned to create a piece of art to celebrate the Olympics in London. We are shown through the workshop, and explained how he makes his marvelous pieces of bronze sculptures many of which have been produced for the Queen of England, including the war memorial in London. We then drive up to Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, a medieval hill-top village steeped in History. This is a charming place with stunning views from all angles, of the surrounding countryside. Return to the Apres Tout for a gala dinner with wonderful wines to match and a fond farewell.

Saturday: Return to Paris

You will depart at 9:00 am for the chauffeured transfer back to Paris to one location of your party's choice - a hotel in central Paris or Charles de Gaulle Airport. Expected arrival time is 1:00 pm. Please make all onward travel plans on the basis of this timing. We wish you Bon voyage and hope to see you back on Apres Tout.

On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

Itinerary in alsace: Hochfelden to Mittersheim

Sunday: Arrival and evening cruise
We will arrange to pick up from either Frankfurt or Strasbourg depending on guest preference. The crew will be waiting to welcome you on board the Apres Tout for an amazing 6 night cruise on the Canal de la Marne & Rhin and Canal des Houilleres. Following a Champagne reception and settling into your cabin, we are then casting off for your cruise

Monday: Visit the magnificent city of Strasbourg. Cruise to Saverne

After breakfast, your guide transfers you to this wonderful city. Here, you will visit the pink Gothic Cathedral, astronomical clock, the Place Gutenberg and discover the fabulous Petite France area. Returning to the barge for lunch we continue along the Canal de la Marne au Rhin. There are several locks with plenty of opportunities to walk or cycle along the tow path to our mooring at Saverne. One of the specialities of this area is the Tarte Flambée – a flat pizza bread with cream, bacon and onions – and we will serve some on board with pre dinner drinks tonight.

Tuesday: Visit Saverne. Cruise to Lutzelbourg.

This morning we walk into Saverne, this charming town has an interesting history and a fantastic ‘Grand Rue’ with many half timbered buildings, the Chateau du Rohan and cloisters. Within walking distance there is a Roseraie filled with 550 varieties of roses – some of which are antique and smell divine. Return to the barge for lunch and afternoon cruise into Lutzelbourg.

Wednesday: Experience the 44 metre boat lift and cruise through 2 tunnels!

Continue this wonderful cruise though the most spectacular country side, towards the most unique boat lift in France. The span is over 44 metres and takes 4 minutes to complete and is a truly special experience and a real highlight of this cruise. Enjoy lunch on board and later in the afternoon you will visit the master glass blower Bruno and see him at work – this area is famous for its glass and his show room is remarkable. Next we visit the hilltop chapel at Dabo, created from Sandstone – this rock rises 664 metres above sea level and gives inspiring 360° panoramic views over the Vosges Mountains.

Thursday: visit Obenai, wine tasting and lunch. Cruise to Xouaxange

After a delightful breakfast, your guide will take you this morning to the scenic village of Obernai set in the heart of the Alsace vineyards. Moving on through the villages to Barr where we have arranged a private visit and wine tasting with a local producer, they have a collection of bottles dating back to 1921. Afterwards we walk to a local restaurant and enjoy a 3 course lunch in the centre of the wine village. Return to the Apres Tout and continue cruising to the charming village of Xouaxange.

Friday: Morning market in Phalsbourg. Cruising on the Canal des Houilleres.

This morning we visit a market in Phalsbourg, and then return to the barge and she continues her journey along this beautiful canal, surrounded by the forests. After lunch your guide transfers you to the village of Abreschvillier where we have a private ‘Orient Express’ type carriage awaiting to take you on a 9 mile memorable journey through the forest of the Mosel on a little steam train. Caroline will be busy preparing your final evening dinner with superb wines and all the crew will toast the success of your week with us in the Alsace.

Saturday: Return to Paris

You will depart at 9:00 am for the chauffeured transfer back to Paris to one location of your party's choice - a hotel in central Paris or Charles de Gaulle Airport. Expected arrival time is 1:00 pm. Please make all onward travel plans on the basis of this timing. We wish you Bon voyage and hope to see you back on Apres Tout.

On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.


Bon voyage!