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France as it should be seen. Private culinary
wine tours through Champagne and Burgundy.

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saroche - Champagne & burgundy

Canal Barge in France

"Thank you for the most wonderful vacation we have ever had! The food, the wine, the accommodation, the service…everything was perfect!"

If you are a wine fanatic, you are on the right boat. Jason, owner, captain, wine expert and brilliant entertainer will take you through endless caves running under the city of Beaune and will make sure you get to taste wines in accordance with your palate. When I visited Saroche, he made me sip a 2006 Clos de La Roche Grand Cru which I am still raving about. Jason’s choice of a 2011 Chassagne-Montrachet Grand Cru made my Australian companions applaud instantly.


Saroche has been completely renovated from end to end. There will be a new salon and dining area, new kitchen and a new deck layout to include more seating and a fire pit. Saroche feature large airy cabins all with individually air conditioning and large en-suite bathrooms. The split level lounge/dining room has 8 large windows as well as a feature hexagonal skylight which baths the room in sunlight. The lounge has 3,6 meters (12 foot 4 inches) headroom. Saroche has a large hard wood sun deck, for the best views of the passing countryside as we cruise. With a total area of 44 square meters (470 sq ft) there is an awning covering part of the deck for those who which for shade, a table and chairs for alfresco dinning and loungers for relaxing. With flowering plants and shrubs the deck is a very pleasant place to spend your day.

on board

saroche in Champagne :12 May to 27 July 2019

Vandierers to Beaumont sur vesles
7 DAY - 6 night full board Champagne, wine and chocolate tour from Vandieres to Beaumont sur Vesle Champagne holds a world of mystery. With the mere word "Champagne" images of luxury and wealth spring to mind, let us cruise you through this magical part of France and indulge you in the drink of Kings and Queens and enjoy it at its best, celebrating with friends!

SUNDAY - Paris to Vandieres

Pick up in Paris, where your chauffeur driven mini bus will transport you to Vandierers on the Marne River, Champagne reception on deck with introductions to the crew. Plenty of time to settle into your stateroom before Dawn creates your first gourmet dinner on board Saroche.

MONDAY - Vandierers to Cummiers

After breakfast Jason will take you on a historic visit to the chateau of Conde en Brie. This 16th century hunting lodge has hosted Kings and Queens, murderers, Saints and sinners, Jason will guide you on a private visit through this wonderful building and if the owner is in house, he will introduce you and perhaps a glass or two of champagne may be drunk with the Count? We return to Saroche for a lazy lunch with 360* views of the glorious Champagne vineyards before setting sail and heading up stream towards Cummiers. This important river gently meanders through the Marne valley covered on both sides in vineyards, steeped in history and surrounded by wonderful French countryside. All this can be admired from the deck. We moor up in the shadow of the abbey of Hautvillers, time for a gentle stroll along the towpath before Jason introduces you to "bubbles du jour" followed by another of Dawns fabulous meals on board.

TUESDAY - Cummiers to Tour Sur Marne

After breakfast Jason will drive you through Epernay to visit chocolatier Thibault where you will spend the morning making artisanal chocolate with the master chocolatier, famous as the last chocolatier to make the alcohol filled chocolate champagne cork, this is a rare and exciting chance to get up close to one of the world's favourite foods! Return to the Saroche where Dawn will present another fabulous lunch. After lunch we set sail for Tour sur Marne on the canal lateral a la Marne, we pass by hill covered vineyards owned by many famous Champagne houses like Mumm, Philiponat, Moët & Chandon and Heidesek to name but a few, with plenty of opportunity to walk and cycle along the well paved towpath, we slowly ascend the valley toward our mooring in the centre of the village of Tour, in time for "bubbles du jour" before dinner on board.


We leave the Saroche this morning to head into the historic city of Reims, our first stop is to the Eisenhower war rooms, an important yet undiscovered museum where the end of the Second World War was signed. From here Jason will take you to the world famous cathedral of Reims, having survived the revolution and two world wars it is a testament to the resilience of the people of Reims, with its amazing nave and wonderful architecture it deserves the world heritage status it has gained. Time to wander the shopping district of Reims before meeting up to go to lunch. Jason will take you to Lunch at Les Crayers bistro for a lazy yet tantalising Michelin dining experience. Followed by time to enjoy the garden at this most magnificent Relais and Chateau, once home to the Pommery family and now one of the best small hotels in the world. Leaving Reims behind we drive back to Saroche. On the way stop off in Bouzy for a small private tour and tasting before returning to the barge. Dawn will serves a light dinner on deck.

THURSDAY - Tour sur Marne to Mont du Billy

After a lazy breakfast we take the mini bus to Meruil sur Ay, home to many famous champagne houses. Enjoy a private tour of independent Champagne houses followed by a delectable tasting. Returning to Saroche for more of Dawns creations will leave you well suited to a relaxing afternoon on the deck or walking by the barge as we climb the 8 locks to the summit pound, where we moor in the shade of the trees in the middle of the French countryside, as we cruise those who are interested can join Dawn in the kitchen and watch her prepare her famous pates and terrines, whilst quizzing her about her menus and creations. After Bubbles du Jour another delightful meal awaits for dinner.

FRIDAY - Mont De Billy to Beaumont

This morning we set sail and head along the canal to the tunnel at Mont du Billy, Jason will prepare the barge to go through the tunnel, a marvel of French engineering this tunnel allowed commercial traffic to enter the heart of Reims and thus connected Paris and Reims in the 18th century. Having passed the tunnel we continue our lazy cruise down the canal to Beaumont sur Vesles. After lunch Jason will drive you to the world war 1 trenches at the Mains de Messige. An archeological dig that is as authentic and sobering as it is mysterious. These trenches were discovered by a Parisian archeological student doing a summer dig, today they are the newest discovery of this grizzly episode in Champagne's torrid history. A walking tour of real trenches is a reminder of the other reason Champagne is world famous. Return to the barge in time to get freshened up before captain's dinner. Tonight the Captain, Jason, will host your dinner, starting with Bubbles du jour and cocktails on the deck before Dawn wows you with more delights from her kitchen.


After breakfast your chauffeur driven minibus will take you back to Paris with time on the journey to reflect on a truly unique vacation

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

saroche in Burgundy Canal : 11 August to 28 October 2019

7 days - 6 night full board gastronomic wine cruise through unspoilt Burgundy.
This unique itinerary captures the essence of France, cruising the canal Champagne Burgundy, enjoy a unique look at the region from the luxury of Saroche. With visit to world class vineyards in the Côte d'Or, history from Roman times through to the world wars, chateau, cassis makers and artisanal cheese producers this is France as it should be seen.

SUNDAY - Paris to Escommes

Meet your chauffeur in a chosen place for your journey down to the Saroche at Escommes on the canal du Bourgogne. You will be welcomed with a champagne reception and have plenty of time to settle in before Dawn, your personal chef, presents you with the first of many gourmet meals.

MONDAY - Escommes- Chateauneuf

Today's cruise takes you down the flight of locks from the summit pound to the foot of beautiful Chateauneuf en Auxois. After lunch Jason will take you to visit a chocolatier for a delightful tasting and talk on this wonderful product. With both lunch and dinner aboard today, relax and enjoy burgundy and canal life at its best.

TUESDAY - Chateauneuf-Pont D'Ouche

After breakfast Jason will drive you up the hill to the village of Chateauneuf en Auxois. This 11th century chateau is a famous landmark in the area and hides a quaint hamlet behind it. After a tour of the chateau there is plenty of time to enjoy exploring the village before returning to the barge for lunch. In the afternoon we set sail and head down stream to Pont d'Ouche, our mooring for the night. There is a tow path all the way, and you can walk or cycle or perhaps enjoy the pace of life from the deck. Once moored up, Dawn will once again regale you with another gourmet feast.

WEDNESDAY - Pont D'ouche - Velar

Today we leave the Saroche and head over the hills to Beaune. In the morning Jason will do a guided tour of the Hospice du Beaune, as famous for its wines as it is for its tiled roof! Today for lunch you will dine out in a gourmet restaurant in Beaune. After lunch Jason will take you into the cote du Beaune, known for its soft reds and complex delectable white wines. You will walk in the vines and be given an explanation as to why Burgundy wines are so well renowned, before going for a comprehensive tasting in a private winery. Returning to Saroche for a sundowner cruise before a light dinner on board.

THURSDAY - La Bussiere

After breakfast we set sail and cruise down to La Bussiere, with another gentle tow path for those who wish to walk or cycle. Lunch is on board the Saroche. In the afternoon Jason will drive you into the Cote du Nuits where first you will visit the Clos du Vougeot, the 11th century Cistercian monastic winery, now home to The Knights of The Round Table of wine tasting, before heading into one of the villages for a tasting. The cote du Nuits is famous for its red wines, and Jason will show you why the world raves about the Pinot Noir from this area.

FRIDAY - La Bussiere - Gissey

Market Day. Dijon is the capital of Burgundy, once home to the Dukes of Burgundy and home to Gustave Eiffel, who designed the market square. After a walking tour of the old town, you will have plenty of time to enjoy and explore the market and enjoy the classic French shops of Dijon. We return to the Saroche for lunch before setting sail for Gissey our destination for the week. This beautiful village nestled in the heart of the Ouche valley is classically French and no trip would be complete without exploring the village. Tonight Jason will be your host for Captains dinner where Dawn will round of your culinary experience with another gourmet delight.

SATURDAY - Gissey - Paris

Your chauffeur driven minibus will pick you up after breakfast and take you back to Paris with time to reflect on the fabulous week aboard the Saroche.

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

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  • 2019 season
    6 nights burgundy

    11 August to 28 October

    US$ 6500 per person

    US$ 3000

    US$ 30000

    US$ 34000

    US$ 38000

  • 2020 & 2021 season
    6 night cruise

    May to October

    US$ 6500 per person

    US$ 3000

    US$ 30000

    US$ 34000

    US$ 38000

Price for Saroche includes:

Seven days and six nights on the barge - use of your assigned cabin from arrival Sunday until 09.30hrs on the following Saturday. - All meals during the week. - All wines and open bar aboard the barge. - All escorted excursions included in the program. - Use of six bicycles (helmets not included) - Pick up, drop off and transfer to and from the barge. Only one pick up and drop off destination may be chosen for the whole group. •Champagne cruise: Brussels international airport, Vatry international airport near Chalon en champagne, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Paris city hotels. •Burgundy cruise: Lyon international airport, Lyon city hotels, Geneva international airport, Geneva city hotels, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Paris city hotels.

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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Bon voyage!