Savoir-Vivre: Fleury-sur-Ouche to Escommes: On the Burgundy Canal - Untours Ventures
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Savoir-Vivre: Fleury-sur-Ouche to Escommes: On the Burgundy Canal

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The Savoir Vivre cruises the lovely Burgundy Canal, accommodating up to eight in four well appointed cabins. Breakfast and lunch are served onboard; dinners are enjoyed in the best local restaurants. Captain and crew have years of experience. Captain Megret has worked on the canals since 1989 as pilot and chef. He shares a deep knowledge of the region's history and wine.


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Clients Say:

"We wended our way at breakneck speed (2 kilometers/hour) through the beautiful French countryside… enjoyed fantastic cuisine and local wines… explored historic sites, wineries and farms… and quickly made friends with our amiable fellow travelers. Richard Megret, our captain, served as outstanding host, organizer, French ambassador, and friend. Along with Laura, our superb tour director and Justine, our wonderful hostess, this trio of professionals turned out to be essential partners in making this trip so memorable." J. and J. Bissell

"Everything was remarkable - and we've been on two very good cruises before this one. We've now taken four Untours apartment stays, in addition to the barge trip, and would continue to recommend you". K. Jones


Ships: Savoir Vivre

About This Cruise

Itinerary Highlights

Dijon, France; Fleury-sur-Ouche; Gissey-sur-Ouche; La Bussiere-sur-Ouche; Pont d'Ouche; La Repe; Escommes.

Please note: This cruise will be offered in the opposite direction on alternate weeks.

Included:

  • Six nights/seven days in your cabin with private bath
  • All wines with lunch and dinner
  • Open bar
  • Transportation to and from dine-around in Burgundy restaurants
  • Daily escorted excursions
  • Use of onboard bicycles
  • Private chauffeured transfers between Paris and the barge in Burgundy
    • Sunday pickup point will be at 1:00 pm at a set Paris location where all guests can meet.
    • Saturday return trip will be back to the same location to arrive by 1:00 pm.
  • OR
  • Private chauffeured transfers between Dijon and the barge in Burgundy
    • Sunday pickup point will be at 4:00 pm at the main entrance of the Dijon Ville Train Station.
    • Saturday return to Dijon arrival time back to the station will be 10:00 am.

Food

Breakfast selections consist of freshly baked breads, croissants, and pastries from a local village boulangerie, along with fruit, cereal, yogurt, cheese, coffee, tea, and juice. Your catered lunches will showcase local ingredients to create regionally and seasonally inspired menus. Lunch is typically a light buffet featuring hearty salads and savory entrees with lovely table settings. Wine pairings feature a red and a white from area vineyards, along with a curated cheese platter of artisanal favorites. At dinner, you'll dine around in Burgundy - all covered in the cruise price! Your Captain will make reservations and provide transportation.

Check out this blog post with more delicious food info and photos.

Sample Lunch Menu
Broccoli and Smoked Salmon Tart

Roasted Loin of Pork stuffed with Caramelized Apples, Onions and Dijon Mustard (served cold)

Beetroot, Walnut and Strawberry Salad Raspberry Vinegar dressing

Classic Green Salad (cucumber, olives, capers, green pepper)

Grated Carrot and Coriander Salad

Platter of Local Cheeses

Air Options

We recommend flying in and out of Paris. There are good TGV rail connections to Dijon from Paris. While we have no specific air deals on this cruise, please call 1-888-868-6871 if you would like us to assist with your airfare.

Not included:

  • Airfare to and from France
  • Crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)
  • Travel Insurance


Ships: Savoir Vivre

Itinerary

Please note: This cruise will be offered in the opposite direction on alternate weeks.
Day 1 (Sunday): Welcome Aboard
Meet your Crew!

In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Savoir Vivre at the designated meeting point. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the Savoir Vivre, moored in the village of Fleurey-sur-Ouche. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you. The authentic gastronomic journey begins this evening, as you are chauffeured to your first onshore dinner.
Day 2 (Monday): Fleury-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche
Wine, Wine, Wine!

Enjoy a tranquil traipse or gentle pedal on the towpath during a lazy and lovely morning cruise. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to Clos de Vougeot, where Cistercian monks made wine in the 12th century. The ancient Clos is now the headquarters of the revered wine society Chevaliers du Tastevin, who annually award special labels to the finest Cote d’Or vintages. Explore the preserved presses from which these iconic Burgundian wines were first produced; an informal sampling in the vineyards follows. Dinner is ashore at a local bistro.
Day 3 (Tuesday): Gissey-sur-Ouche to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche
Destination Dijon

The lively town of Dijon offers a pleasurable assault of the senses. "Les Halles”, the covered food market, presents a panorama of colorful produce and aromatic pastries; jars of mustard are cheerfully displayed in boutiques; and public spaces are vibrant with greenery and scenery. Mingle with the locals as you shop, stroll, and sip your way through this charming city brimming with authentic French life. Your Tour Guide returns you to the barge for an afternoon cruise. Freshen up a bit in anticipation of another memorable dinner served ashore.
Day 4 (Wednesday): La Bussiere-sur-Ouche to Pont d'Ouche
Meet and Greet a Local Cheesemaker

Your Tour Guide introduces you to farm owner and goat expert Laure Plait. Her small herd of lively goats also extends a friendly welcome! Laure's gourmet food boutique is then opened for generous samplings of the handcrafted goat cheeses and boutique wines produced on her family's farm. Return to the Savoir Vivre for an afternoon cruise, providing the perfect time to enjoy a leisurely stroll or a gentle pedal on the towpath. Your Captain chauffeurs you to another brasserie for tonight's dinner ashore.
Day 5 (Thursday): Pont d'Ouche to La Repe
Explore a Magnificent Medieval Castle

Your Tour Guide escorts you to Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, a majestic village perched atop a hill overlooking the Canal. Chateauneuf's imposing position refers to its fascinating history as a 15th century fortress. A private tour of the Chateau reveals architectural details and timeworn relics which speak to the deprivations and decadence so prevalent in France’s history. Upon returning to the Savoir Vivre, cruise through the Valley of the Ouche, where a plethora of charming lockhouses abound. Tonight, enjoy another dinner ashore.
Day 6 (Friday): La Repe to Escommes
The Best of Burgundy in Beaune

Begin the day with a final morning cruise to Escommes, and explore the flora and fauna of the towpath with a leisurely stroll or gentle pedal. Your Tour Guide chauffeurs you to the charming town of Beaune, the region's wine capital, for a guided visit to the Hospice de Beaune, an immaculately preserved Medieval hospital built in the 15th century. Afterwards, browse the boutiques, galleries, and cafes lining the pedestrian area, or enjoy a coffee in the town square. Tonight is special, as Captain Richard joins you for the Farewell Dinner ashore.
Day 7 (Saturday): Escommes to Dijon
A Fond Adieu

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured back to the designated drop off point. We hope that your cruise on Savoir Vivre has created memories to last a lifetime!
Ships: Savoir Vivre

Included. Please see Itinerary.
Cruise Details | Itinerary | Excursions | Pre-Post-Trip Options
Ships: Savoir Vivre

Pre/Post-Cruise Options

The Canal de Bourgogne Cruise links well with our Untours in Alsace, Paris and Provence.

There may be a few gap days between cruise and Untour. Inquire for details.

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