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Wine & Water: Vandenesse-en-Auxois to Dijon

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Wine & Water is a high quality hotel barge in Burgundy, France offering private charter cruises for two to six passengers, with three private two-person suites. The boat is air-conditioned and beautifully renovated. It cruises the canals and rivers near Dijon and Beaune in the heart of the French wine country.

Your captain, Max Renau, has more than 30 years experience on the French and European waterways. He loves sharing his knowledge of the region and takes great care to ensure that your time aboard his vessel is pleasant and memorable.

You'll discover the beauty of the Burgundy landscape, the intricacies of the canal and lock system, and the secrets of some of the finest French wines and vineyards.

Clients Say:

Our crew consisted of Captain Max and his wife Beatrice. They were outstanding. Best meals ever. Better than anything we had in Paris. Max took us on a tour of vineyards that was outstanding. We enjoyed walking, biking. Leisurely pace. Delightful week. The Wine and Water cruise was the best part of our trip. We were not prepared for how wonderful it would be.
J. and M. Bernard, Fraser, CO

Max and Bea's knowledge of wine and Bea's fantastic food are treasures to be discovered by Untours clients. This barge trip is under-marketed! Untours needs to market this trip for what it is - a luxury, gourmet, relaxing trip through a beautiful part of France. We were totally surprised by the comfort, amenities, food, and wine. Max and Bea are charming!
M. and C. McDonald, Reston, VA

About This Cruise

Itinerary Highlights

Dijon, France; Vandenesse en Auxois near Chateuaneuf en Auxois; Vallée d'Ouche; the famous Burgundian vineyards the Côtes de Nuits & Côtes de Beaune; Beaune.

Please Note: All itineraries are also run in reverse and are subject to change without notice.


  • 6 nights aboard in your air conditioned private suite.
  • Continental breakfast
  • Wine, food, cruising, relaxing, cycling, walking alongside the Canal
  • Private wine tastings in world famous Burgundian wine cellars. For many years now Max, the Captain of Wine&Water, has been organizing wine tours for his guests, he is always welcomed with open arms
  • One evening invited to a fairytale Château for dinner
  • Visit of the famous wine town of Beaune - its antique shops, boutiques, wine shops, the world famous medieval hospital "Hospice de Beaune"
  • Lunch in a typical Burgundian restaurant, in a famous wine village
  • Morning fresh market in Dijon, City walk of Dijon, shopping in Dijon
  • Guided tours of Châteaux, Abbeys, villages
  • Visit a cheese maker
  • Selected local wines
  • Beer & soft drinks
  • Entrance fees for visits
  • Taxes included

Air Options

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
  • Transfer from Paris (available for EUR 600 each way for up to 6 persons on request)
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance


Please note: This cruise will be offered in the opposite direction on alternate weeks.
Sunday, Day 1 : Vandenesse, 45 minutes drive West of DIJON
Guests are met at the designated meeting point and transferred by air conditioned minibus to the barge. A warm welcome aboard, from the captain and crew, with a champagne welcome, the perfect start to a unique and memorable stay in Burgundy. Your first candlelit dinner will mark your introduction to regional specialties and wines.
Dinner on board.
Monday, Day 2 : Vandenesse to Pont d'Ouche
This morning is a wonderful opportunity for you to enjoy the countryside as the barge glides along the canal. While you enjoy breakfast, the ship leaves the port of Vandenesse and begin to pass through the first locks. Arriving in the village of Crugey at midday, the chef will enchant you with a typical Burgundy menu. After lunch the barge continues the voyage to the tempo of the canal locks to Pont d'Ouche. When your hotel barge is moored, you will be drive to the famous wine town of Beaune, here to visit the Hospices de Beaune, built in 1443, and for you stroll along cobbled streets lined with boutiques, antique shops and wine shops. The return to the barge takes you through the "Hautes Côtes" vineyards.
Dinner in a nearby Château, a fairytale Château in a nearby tiny village
Tuesday, Day 3 : Pont d'Ouche to Gissey sur Ouche
Today, the barge cruise will take you into the magnificent Valley of the Ouche, a journey back in time passing through unique landscapes as the canal twists through the narrow valley. You will cruise through the villages of La Buissière sur Ouche and Saint Victor to Gissey sur Ouche. We moor here for the night, in a hidden romantic spot, beside the river Ouche and a Gallo Roman bridge, one of the most photographed and painted views. This afternoon, you will visit the world famous wine village Aloxe Corton, a unique site of the Corton hillside, famous for its red and white Grands Crus, here you will visit the only Château amongst the Grands Crus of the Côte de Beaune for a private wine tasting in cellars dating back to the XVth century afterwards returning to the barge.
Dinner on board.
Wednesday, Day 4 : Gissey sur Ouche to Fleurey sur Ouche
Today, morning cruise through the charming villages of Saint Marie sur Ouche and Pont de Pany. The barge heads on to the village of Fleurey sur Ouche and once moored, there are possibilities to discover more about the region, from Gallo-Roman ruins to feudal castles with dramatic histories. The afternoon a visit of the the famous historical monument Clos de Vougeot, originally a wine farm, built in the 12th century by monks, afterwards a private wine tasting at Gevrey Chambertin.
Dinner on board.
Thursday, Day 5 : Fleurey sur Ouche to Plombières les Dijon
On today's journey the barge will follow the canal route to Plombières les Dijon, the afternoon visit is a drive through the finest vine yards of Burgundy, wine tasting Château de Marsannay and visit of a cheese maker, the Fromagerie Gaugry promotes one of the most flavoursome Burgundian cheeses thanks to their perfectly mastered knowhow. Dinner on board
Friday, Day 6 : Plombières les Dijon to Dijon
Morning venture into DIJON to walk around the splendous of DIJON, the fresh morning market, also a visit to the ancient palace of the powerful Dukes of Burgundy, the 12thC Notre Dame church, and the medieval cobbeled streets of Rue de la Chouette, after drive back for lunch on board and then a lazy afternoon final cruise, cruising past the lake of DIJON, "Lac Kir", late afternoon Wine&Water will then moor up in the splendid port of Dijon. Cocktails, before the Farewell Gala. Dinner on board.
Saturday, Day 7: Dijon
After breakfast, the ship disembarks and transfers to the designated drop off point.

On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.

This is a sample itinerary and subject to change.

For the full day wine tour program with Max it is a personal, informative and fun tour, please note it is not just wine tasting all day long, it is a combination of wine, history and discovery!

You are driven in a comfortable 8 seater air-conditioned minivan driving through these world-famous villages such as Meursault, Santenay, Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet, Savigny-Les-Beaune, Nuits St Georges, Vosne Romanée, Gevrey Chambertin, Chambolle-Musigny, the beautiful Burgundy countryside and stunning centuries old villages.

There is opportunity to buy wine, from the Domaine’s he visits, often unavailable outside France and at vineyard prices!

Discovery tour of the “Clos de Vougeot” – a symbolic spot here in Burgundy – a 12th Century wine-making barn constructed by monks and now surrounded by its famous vineyards.

After visit to a small family Château, the only Château amongst the Grands Crus of the Côte de Beaune for a wine tasting in cellars dating back to the XVth century in one of the most famous villages in the Côte d’Or.

Lunch (extra) is on the outskirts of Beaune in a famous pretty wine village in the Côte de Beaune where you will be able to sample the best garlic snails in Burgundy (there is a choice of other entrées) and definitely the best Coq au Vin, along with a wine tasting.

After lunch, you can choose and depending on time:
  • Visit of a wine grower in the Côte de Nuits
  • Visit of a couple of famous wine villages
  • Visit to the famous wine town of Beaune where you are free to visit for a couple of hours after drive back to the boat
Cruise Details | Itinerary | Excursions | Pre-Post-Trip Options

Pre/Post-Cruise Options

The Canal de Bourgogne Vandenesse-en-Auxois to Dijon 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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