BEAUX VOYAGES- BURGUNDY BARGE & BIKE TOUR
- Relax and enjoy the countryside of Burgundy at 4 MPH aboard the intimate
"Au fil de l'eau" barge
- Savor superb Burgundy wines and fabulous regional cheeses and cuisine
- Step back in time and history at medieval villages and chateaux
- Bike or hike the tow paths or venture farther on guided bike routes
- Steer the barge yourself! (under close supervision of our captain)
- The beauty of the Burgundy canal
- Daily offshore excursions
- Guided bike routes available
- Visit wineries and taste wines in famous Mersault, Baune, Nuits St. Georges
- The historic old town and covered market in Dijon, the Hotel-Dieu in Beaune.
- The Abbey at La Bussiere
- Medieval fortified village of Chateauneuf en Auxois
- Chateau de Commarin
Day 1- Guests will be picked up at the TGV train station in
Dijon at and transferred to our barge, the Au fil de l’eau,
which is moored in Vandenesse en Auxois. There will be no
cruising today, but we’ll settle in before captain Jacques and
Sophie, our amiable hosts and proprietors of the vessel,
show us around our floating home for the next week After
that we’ll get ready for a toast and a welcome dinner on
Day 2- Our sailing adventure begins today and we’ll begin to
get our “sea legs”, and later we’ll venture off on our first
excursion. We’ll be visiting the medieval fortified market
town of Chateauneuf en Auxois, and also the beautiful chateau de Commarin, which has splendid 16th century tapestries
on display. If any cycling enthusiasts are aboard, they can visit these venues by bike rather than in the vehicle. Tonight
we’ll dine in a local restaurant before returning to the Au fil de l’eau which will moor in the village of Pont d’Ouche.
Day 3- After a hardy breakfast prepared by our host Sophie, we’re off for a drive to the famous village of Mersault, where
some of Burgundy’s finest white wines are produced. There we’ll visit a wine cellar where we’ll learn about these local and
world renown wines and then taste several examples. We’ll return to the Au fil de l’eau and cruise to La Bussiere, where
we’ll moor for the evening. We’ll debark and visit the nearby abbey and also have dinner there in their fabulous
Day 4- After another great breakfast we’re of for a drive to visit the Clos de Vougeot, whose walled vineyard has
produced wines since the 12th century. We’ll visit the chateau and sample the wines. Before returning to our vessel, we’ll
pass through the famous wine region of Nuits St. Georges. Tonight our hosts Sophie and Jacques will serve us another
splendid dinner on our barge, which will be moored at Gissey sur Ouche.
Day 5- We’ll cruise this morning through some lovely villages, and Jacques will show our guests how to steer the barge,
and he’ll even allow those courageous enough to take the wheel and sail the vessel under his close supervision. We’re
off again in the support vehicle to Baune, a town synonymous with fine Burgundy wines. There we will tour the
magnificent Hotel-Dieu whose splendid and colorful tile roof sets off this great example of 15th century Burgundian
architecture. No visit to Beaune is complete without sampling some of the famous wine produced there. The Au fil de l’
eau will moor tonight at Fleury sur Ouche, and we’ll dine in a nearby restaurant.
Day 6- Today we reach our final port in Dijon, and we’ll jump
ship and visit the city center, originally founded as a Roman
settlement. 60% of the buildings are over 200 years old, and
the Gothic cathedral's crypt dates from 1000 years ago. The
city center has many fine houses dating from the 15th
through 17th centuries. Famous for its strong mustard (the
version sold in the U.S. is nowhere near as strong as the
original), and as the center of the famous Burgundy wine
region, Dijon is a fitting place to terminate our adventures
there. Tonight we’ll have our farewell dinner on board and
celebrate our unforgettable week in Burgundy.
Day 7- After breakfast we’ll shuttle to the TGV train station in
Dijon for our return home after bidding farewell to the Au fil
de l’eau and our hosts Jacques and Sophie. The French
don’t say “good-bye” literally as is the case in English, but
rather the words are “au revoir”- which translates to “see you again”. That will certainly be the sentiment as we wrap up
our fabulous week in Burgundy- you’ll certainly want to return again to this great region of France.
Along the Burgundy Canal
This specific itinerary is not available in
2008. Pls call 877-362-0045 for options.
7 Days, 6 Nights
Call for availability
Other dates possible depending on barge
availability. Call 877-362-0045 to inquire
Price: $3,450 double occupancy
$500 single supplement
- Accommodations on the intimate "Au fil de l'eau" barge
- All breakfasts and dinners, superb regional dining, 3 dinners on board and 3 others in local
- Bottle of Burgundy wine for 2 when dinner is on board
- Entrance fees to historical attractions visited.
- Support van for transport on excursions. Bikes can be ridden to some excursions.
- All transfers from rendezvous point to final drop-off.
- All gratuities for included meals.
- Knowledgeable, bilingual, American guides who know France intimately. Superb service.
- Welcome cocktail on first night
- Intimate small group atmosphere- Maximum 8 people.
- Guided cycling routes available on some days
- Bike usage
- Alcoholic beverages at meals except for dinners on board the barge.
- Flights from North America to Europe and return.
- Train tickets to and from rendezvous locations.
- Travel and other personal insurance (available as an option)
Call 877-362-0045 and book your space today! Only 8 spots available!
Beaux Voyages, Inc. reserves the right to cancel this tour if a sufficient number of people do not
book on this Burgundy Barge & Bike tour.
Hotel-Dieu in Beaune