rendez vous - burgundy

canal cruising in france

rendez vous - burgundy

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Casual luxury, genuine hospitality, and a keen eye for quality
are the hallmarks of the Rendez-Vous, with spaces and places
perfect for a week’s worth of fun and relaxation.

rendez vous - burgundy

Canal Barge in France

"One of the best, most relaxing vacations I've ever taken!"

"We had an absolutely wonderful time on our trip!! It exceeded our expectations. The crew was absolutely superb!! They attended to our every need with good humor and professionalism. We threatened to kidnap them and take them home with us! Hostess Camille, Captain Fred, Tour Guide Spencer and Chef Joe each did their respective jobs with aplomb and they worked well together. I think our family melded well with their family. The cuisine was delicious, beautiful, plentiful, and everything we could hope for. We loved Chef Joe's daily descriptions of what he was doing. The wines were wonderful and complimented the food well. Only trouble is we ate and drank too much! We all loved the cheese selections lovingly described by Camille at lunch and dinner. Spencer's sightseeing tours were perfect...not too much, not too little. His knowledge and connections in the region made the excursions very personal and special. Our cabins were very comfortable. The rooms were nicely appointed, great bathrooms! Summing up our of the best, most relaxing vacations I've ever taken! I would recommend this trip to anyone!"



Rendezvous is designed for guests who want a high quality cruise but also an experience which reflects their interest in cuisine and wine, fitness, and immersion into the culture and people of France. Personalized, fun, active. Rendezvous will pack a lot of casual living into its space, including an open kitchen, large and canopied deck, and cozy cabins with every amenity. Décor will be contemporary and comfortable, with high quality furniture, fabrics and accent pieces, all hand-selected.

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itinerary - Fleury-sur-Houche to Vandenesse en Auxois

SUNDAY - Arrival at Fleurey- sur- Ouche

Chauffeured transfers from Paris –Of course! At 2:00 pm, a member of Rendezvous crew will meet your party at one hotel of your party’s choice in central Paris and chauffeur you to the barge, moored at Fleury-sur- Ouche, a small village on the beautiful Canal de Bourgogne. Estimated arrival time is between 5:00 pm and 6:00 p.m. (Alternatively, your entire party may be met at 4:00 pm in one location in the immediate area of Dijon and Beaune and then chauffeured to the barge.) Meet your crew at the traditional champagne reception, unpack and perhaps take a walk as the sun sets –all this anticipating the first of many gourmet dinners on board.

MONDAY - Fleurey- sur- Ouche to Gissey- sur- Ouche

Bicycle through the Grand Cru Vineyards! Cruise this morning deeper into “La France Profond” as Rendezvous cruises from Fleurey -sur -Ouche to Gissey- sur -Ouche through the river valley and incredible scenery. After lunch on board, we’ll take you to the vineyards of the Côte de Nuits for a cycling tour along the Route des Grands Crus. Visit the Clos de Vougeot, where medieval monks invented winemaking techniques and then enjoy a wine tasting. Return to Rendezvous for dinner on board.

TUESDAY - Gissey- sur- Ouche to La Bussiere- sur- Ouche

Visit a Unique Food Market Designed by Eiffel (of Tower fame). This morning, we’ll depart after breakfast for a visit to vibrant Dijon with its well-preserved medieval core. After a walking tour, which will include the Cathedral, enter the gorgeous Les Halles Market. Gustave Eiffel, a native son of Dijon, designed the market in the 19th century. One of France’s largest and best-known markets, Les Halles comes to life every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday with an incredible selection of meats, candies, cheeses and, of course, fruits and vegetables along with ready-to-eat pastries. After lunch in the market, return to Rendezvous for a cruise to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche. This is the perfect time to walk on the towpath or explore by bicycle – or just sit on deck and absorb the gorgeous countryside as it floats gently by.

WEDNESDAY - Moored in La Bussiere-sur-Ouche

Full Day Out in Beaune, Wine Capital of the Cote d’Or Beaune is the unofficial capital of the Côte d'Or, with millions of bottles of wine stored in cellars beneath its cobblestoned streets. This thriving town's "raison d’être" is wine: making it, tasting it, selling it, but most of all, drinking it. Begin the day with a special wine tasting, where you will be presented with a selection of wines for your sampling pleasure. The tour then continues at the Hospice, also known as the Hotel Dieu, an immaculately preserved medieval hospital, which amazingly was in full use until the early 20th century. Then, have lunch at a lively bistro and continue the day with a private mustard tasting – then enjoy free time to shop in the pedestrian zone and stop in the square for a café. Return to Rendezvous and dinner on board at your peaceful mooring.

THURSDAY - La Bussiere sur Ouche to Pont d’Ouche

A Chateau Perched High Over the Canal! Cruise from La Bussiere to Pont d’Ouche in the morning, After lunch, we’ll visit the village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois with its fairy tale castle perched high over the canal. Tour the castle as well as the village, with its delightful small crafts shops. Return for dinner on board.

FRIDAY - Pont d’Ouche to Vandenesse-en-Auxois

Cheese Tasting Deep in the Countryside This morning, it’s your last, wonderful cruise to Vandenesse en Auxois in the morning. After lunch, it’s time for a cheese tasting at a local farm. We are looking for other amazing activities to be announced later. Then it’s back to Rendezvous for a last, festive dinner and reliving of your week on board.

SATURDAY - Chauffeured Transfer Back to Paris

Depart at 9:00 am for your return transfer back to the one location of your choice in central Paris, or alternatively, your entire group returning to Charles de Gaulle Airport. Estimated arrival time at both locations is 1:00 pm. Please make all travel plans on the basis of this timing. Breakfast is your last on board meal.

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

  • cruise


    private charter

  • 2018 season
    6 nights all inclusive

    1 Apr / 27 Oct

    US$ 31500

Price for Rendez Vous includes:

Cruise Rate Includes: 6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, chauffeured transfers from Paris to the barge & return, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch & dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.

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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