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Wine & Water: Dijon to Vandenesse-en-Auxois

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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 : Fleurey-sur-Ouche, only 10 minutes’ drive from the city of Dijon
You will be met at the designated meeting point either at Dijon train station or at your hotel in Dijon. You will then be transferred, in the air-conditioned comfort of our minibus, to where the boat is moored.The four crew members will be waiting to welcome you warmly aboard with a Burgundy KIR Royal: the perfect start to a unique and memorable few days in Burgundy. Your first candlelit dinner will mark your introduction to seasonal, regional specialties and the wines of Captain Max.
Dinner on board.
Monday, Day 2 : Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche
Cruise in the morning and then, after lunch on board Wine & Water, you will be driven by air-conditioned minibus to the Renaissance style Château du Clos de Vougeot. Attracting lovers of history and architecture alike, the château is a unique symbol of Burgundy’s wine history. Afterwards you will be driven to the picturesque village of Gevrey Chambertin for a reserved private tasting of its renowned wine.
Dinner on board
Tuesday, Day 3 : stay overnight at Gissey-sur-Ouche
No cruising today, as you will enjoy a full day’s visit. Starting with two private wine tastings, you will then be invited to lunch in a restaurant in a well-known wine village on the outskirts of Beaune. Here you will taste more wines. Afterwards, you will visit the celebrated town of Beaune, with its 15th century medieval hospital, where you will have time to shop and relax.
Dinner on board.
Wednesday, Day 4 : Gissey-sur-Ouche to Pont d’Ouche
Today is a lazy day for you, cruising and relaxing, whilst enjoying the Captain’s range of wines from his on-board wine cellar and lunching on superb seasonal ingredients. Dinner tonight will be reserved for you in a nearby 17th century castle, built in an old monastery.
Thursday, Day 5 : Pont d’Ouche to Vandenesse-en-Auxois
Cruise in the morning, and then, after lunch at around 15:00hrs, visit a medieval village, Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, listed as one of the 'most beautiful villages of France'. With a commanding position, high on the hillside, the fortress is one of the last remaining examples of 14th century Burgundian military architecture. The fortifications were built around the 12th century keep when facing the threat of the Hundred Years’ War. Look around the side streets, at the houses with stair turrets and pediments, and it will be easy to imagine the history of this once prosperous village.
Dinner on board
Friday, Day 6 : Vandenesse-en-Auxois to Escommes
Cruise in the morning, and then, after lunch, a drive to a charming little wine-producing family, where a local wine producer will greet you. You will continue to learn about the wine making process and enjoy further tastings of local wines.
Farewell dinner aboard Wine & Water
Saturday, Day 7: Day of departure
After breakfast, just before 10:00hrs or earlier if you need, we will drive you back to Dijon train station to catch your train, to your hotel in DIJON or to a car rental agency.

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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