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apres tout - burgundy
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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 - 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 - BurgundyCanal Barge in France
"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 6 PASSENGER BARGE Apres tout
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.
Itinerary - 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.
individual or charter
4 person charter
5 person charter
6 person charter
6 night - 7 day cruise
8 April to 21 October
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.