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Rory and Caroline Macrae have worked in the luxury Hotel barge cruise industry in France for over 20 years. They bought the ‘Apres Tout’ in 2011 and are proud to be running their own barge business after all these years, Hence the name ‘Apres Tout’ which means in French – after all!  You are in good hands with Captain Rory and Chef Caroline. A very charming couple that love showing the highlights of this beautiful region.  This new vessel was formally Le Premier and has been updated and upgraded to shine in every aspect. You will find a large sundeck with Jacuzzi, light and airy decor with three identical cabins offering choices King or Twin beds. You will find sun filled windows all throughout the vessel and Satellite TV in the relaxing salon. Don't forget about the great cuisine! Caroline is a marvelous chef and she uses the freshest ingredients form this region. So, come aboard this new barge with it's experienced hosts and enjoy a magical journey in Burgundy.

Boat Details

Boat Size: 128 x 17 ft
Number of Cabins: 3
Crew: 4
Cruise Length: 6 nights
Departure Day: Sunday

Cabin Information

Cabin 1
  • Twin or King
  • 159 sq ft
Cabin 2
  • Twin or King
  • 159 sq ft
Cabin 3
  • Twin or King
  • 159 sq ft
Note: All cabin sizes are approximate.

Boat Amenities

A/C
Bicycles
Sun Shade
Jacuzzi
Books & Games
Open Bar
Transfers
WIFI
Computer with printer
Music System
Exercise Room

Cabin Amenities

A/C
Satellite TV
Hairdryers
Heating
Safe
WIFI
Internet Jacks
Bathrobes
Heated Towel Racks
Opening Portholes

Pickup Location

2:00 PM, Your choice of location in Paris

Note: Pickup locations may be TBD on charter bookings.

Dropoff Location

12:00 PM, Your choice of location in Paris

Note: dropoff locations may be TBD on charter bookings.

Boat Diagram

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St Jean de Losne to Pont d'Ouche
Sunday
Welcome Aboard!
Depart Paris at 2 pm in our luxury private chauffeured transfer direct to the barge moored in St Jean de Losne, where you board the Apres Tout for your cruise through Burgundy on the Canal du Bourgogne. A champagne reception gives you a chance to meet the crew. Once you have settled into your cabin, it will be time to return to the deck for a cocktail cruise on the River Saône. A delicious four course dinner will be served with wonderful wines to match, followed by after dinner drinks – weather permitting all served on the magnificent teak deck.
 
Monday
Visit Clos de Vougeot with Jeep ride through vineyards
Leaving the River Saône behind, we now enter onto the Canal de Bourgogne through the first of many locks! Spend the morning enjoying your first cruising day on the flat plain from the river toward Dijon. After lunch, your guide takes you to the area of the ‘Côte d’Or’ ( In French meaning Gold Coast) planted with vines that produce some of the world’s most famous wines. Here we visit the “Clos de Vougeot”, a medieval château surrounded by vineyards, pictured below. This is truly a magnificent Chateau and the headquarters of the Chevaliers du Tastevin, whose special label is awarded annually to the finest Côte d’Or vintages. We have arranged some fantastic World War II jeeps to take you through the vines to explore some of the small tracks that wind through this famous land for some exhilarating fun! For those who have a little more energy, we can stop at a truffle producer and learn how the black diamonds grow and then how to find them; We return to the Apres Tout for a well deserved refreshing cocktail!
 
Tuesday
Dijon Market Day
This morning we visit Dijon, pictured at right, a wonderful town with a long and interesting history. As it is market day, the centre is thriving with traders selling their produce and shoppers meandering taking in the atmospheric feel of this magnificent city. There is plenty of time to shop in the city’s many chic boutiques or sit in a pavement café and watch the world go by. Later, we will visit the Grey Poupon mustard shop for a tasting of this famous product and then take a walk through the historic area of the town which will captivate you with its historical past, including the Ducal Palace. We return to the barge for lunch and an afternoon cruise into Dijon, where we moor for the evening. Tonight, you must try a ‘Kir Royale’ made with local Cassis, a liqueur invented here in Dijon made from blackcurrants and mixed with the Burgundy Champagne equivalent named Cremant. 
 
Wednesday
Private Wine Tour
Leaving Dijon behind we head to the valley of the Ouche. Enjoy a relaxing morning on board; there are many locks for dis-embarking to cycle or to walk. Late morning you transfer over the hillside and down through the vines to the charming village of Gevrey Chambertin. We are greeted by the owner of this prestigious Grand Crus wine makers, and here we have a splendid lunch on their terrace over looking their vines! During lunch Madame Drouhin Laroze (the owner) will present her wines. This is truly a very unique experience. After lunch, we are given a very informative private tour of the cellars. We then take a scenic drive along the famous ‘Route du Grand Crus’, Passing through many of the famous wine villages.
 
Thursday
Visit well renowned Beaune and dinner at Abbay de la Bussiere
The morning is spent cruising through the lovely Ouche Valley, this is a truly spectacular part of the canal, small villages pass by, cows wander in the fields, and there is nature all around. There is a total feel of peace and tranquillity as we slowly cruise this magnificent canal. After another wonderful lunch, you are transferred to the delightful town of Beaune, the capital of the wine region of Burgundy. Enjoy a visit to the famous Hôtel-Dieu, Hospice de Beaune with its interesting history and magnificent tiled roof. After some free time for shopping or strolling in the pedestrian streets we have an optional appointment for a private wine tasting at the famous cellars of Joseph Drouhin, this tour is by invitation only. Later, we return to the barge for a refreshing cocktail and freshen up before one of the high lights of the week, a gourmet dinner at the stunning Abbaye de la Bussiere. This Relais & Chateaux property has been beautifully transformed from a Cistercian abbey into a fabulous hotel, set in architectural grounds where you will dine in style tonight.
 
Friday
Private Artist Visit and visit medieval hill top village
Today enjoy the final stretch of this beautiful canal. We pass through several more locks until reaching our destination of the port at Pont D’Ouche. This afternoon we make a special private visit to an English artist of world renown, who has set up his gallery and workshop in a converted barn. His work is world class, and has been recently commissioned to create a piece of art to celebrate the Olympics in London. We are shown through the workshop, and explained how he makes his marvelous pieces of bronze sculptures many of which have been produced for the Queen of England, including the war memorial in London. We then drive up to Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, a medieval hill-top village steeped in History. This is a charming place with stunning views from all angles, of the surrounding countryside. Return to the Apres Tout for a gala dinner with wonderful wines to match and a fond farewell. 
 
Saturday
Breakfast and farewell
You will depart at 9:00 am for the chauffeured transfer back to Paris to one location of your party's choice - a hotel in central Paris or Charles de Gaulle Airport.  Expected arrival time is 1:00 pm.  Please make all onward travel plans on the basis of this timing.  We wish you Bon voyage and hope to see you back on Apres Tout. 
St Jean de Losne to Lyon
Sunday
Welcome Aboard!
Depart from Paris in our luxury private transfer service direct to the barge moored on the river Saône in Saint Jean de Losne where you board the Apres Tout for your river cruise through Burgundy to Lyon. This evening you will discover the delights of cruising as the crew of the Apres Tout take you on a dinner cruise on the river.
 
Monday
Cruise to Chalon sur Saône
This morning we start our wonderful cruise downstream on the magnificent river Saône. After a sumptuous lunch on board you will have the opportunity to drive World War II jeeps through the vineyards and countryside south of Beaune, exhilarating fun for everyone! You will also make a stop to learn all about the ancient craft of barrel making, with a local producer near the vineyards.
 
Tuesday
Cruise to Tournus
This morning guests will have the option of enjoying the sheer luxury of a spa treatment in the prestigious wine-making village of Meursault. Guests not wishing to partake in this option will be able to visit the famous town of Beaune, capital of the wine industry in Burgundy. This afternoon relax aboard the Apres Tout on its cruise down stream to the attractive town of Tournus where you will be given a guided tour of the historic town centre and its famous 11th century church, vestige of the a great abbey of St Philibert. This evening you will enjoy a gastronomic dinner at the renowned restaurant of Greuze, a famed Michelin 1 star restaurant.
 
Wednesday
Cruise to Macon. Visit to a wine-maker in Pouilly Fuissè
The barge provides the opportunity to savour the beauty of Burgundy and Beaujolais as she cruises the River Saône. This river is particularly important as it links several major waterways providing a through route to the Mediterranean via the Rhône. The barge will continue its gentle cruise to the attractive riverside city of Macon where you will disembark for a short drive through the rolling Maconnais hills and a wine tasting at a vintner famous for the production of the delicious southern Burgundian Chardonnay, the world-renowned Pouilly Fuissé.
 
Thursday
Cruise to Montmerle
The cruise continues this morning through the Beaujolais region; this part of the river is so attractive with open fields down to the river where cattle graze with rolling hillside beyond. Our overnight mooring is in the small town of Montmerle; perhaps try your hand at the national game of Boules as there is an ideal pitch just by the mooring! After a delightful lunch on the deck you disembark for this afternoon's visit, which is a driving tour through this stunning area famed for its golden stoned hilltop villages and wines. This region of the Beaujolais is simply charming, and we make a stop for a wonderful wine tasting en route. 
 
Friday
Cruise to Lyon. Visit to Lyon & Evening Cruise
This morning we cruise from Montmerle to the fascinating city of Lyon. After lunch aboard we will visit the city, one of the three Roman capitals of Gaul and the second city of France. Lyon is a cultural, historic, gastronomic, and commercial centre, little known outside of France. In the 16th century, Lyon was the heart of the silk industry. Dominating the city is the splendidly ornate Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourvière. The standard of Lyon's shopping facilities is renowned for its quality and includes many chic boutiques and a market hall devoted entirely to antiques.
 
Saturday
Breakfast and Farewell
After breakfast disembark and transfer to Paris by high speed TGV train.
Note: The day to day itinerary described is a typical cruise. However, on any one cruise the moorings may change and the places visited may vary depending on the season and guest preferences.
Burgundy Cycling Cruise
Sunday
Welcome Aboard!
Depart from Paris in our luxury private transfer service direct to the barge moored in the port at Pont d'Ouche, where you board the Apres Tout for your canal cruise through Burgundy on the Canal du Bourgogne.  A champagne reception gives you a chance to meet the crew. A delicious four course dinner will be served with wonderful wines to match, followed by after dinner drinks – weather permitting all served on the magnificent teak deck.
 
Monday
Cruise to Gissey and Cycle ride. Visit an Art Gallery & Châteauneuf-en-Auxois
This morning you will start to discover the delights of this beautiful canal cruise, there are ample opportunities to disembark the barge at the many locks and walk or cycle the sections between each "ecluse". There is a prepared 20Kms challenging cycle ride up into the hills, coming down through Detain et Bruant and then back towards the canal to rejoin the barge. This afternoon we make a special private visit to an English artist of world renown, who has set up his gallery and workshop in a converted barn in a near by village.  His work is world class, and he has been recently commissioned to create a piece of art to celebrate the Olympics in London. We are shown through the workshop, and here he explains how he makes his marvelous pieces of bronze sculptures, some of which have been produced for the Queen of England. We then drive up to Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, a medieval hill-top village steeped in history. This is a charming place with stunning views at every corner, and you can really appreciate from this height, all of the amazing surrounding countryside.  We return to the Apres Tout for cocktails and dinner, which is moored in the picturesque village of Gissey.
 
Tuesday
Cruise to Fleurey and Cycle ride then Visit Beaune
The barge continues to cruise through the peaceful Ouche Valley, where time seems to have stood still over the centuries. A relaxing morning will be spent cruising on the canal, as the barge slowly cruises towards Fleurey. This morning there is a planned ride following the canal to Pont de Pany, where we ride a circuit to Gergueil through Urcy, returning to the canal and rejoining the boat for a well deserved lunch! After a delicious buffet lunch served on the deck - weather permitting, we visit the delightful town of Beaune, the capital of the wine region of Burgundy.  Enjoy a visit to the famous Hôtel-Dieu, Hospice de Beaune with its interesting history and magnificent tiled roof. After some free time for shopping or strolling in the pedestrian streets we have an optional appointment for a private wine tasting at the famous cellars of Joseph Drouhin, this tour is by invitation only.  Tonight we are moored in Fleurey.
 
Wednesday
Cruise and cycle to Dijon
The Apres Tout continues cruising on the canal towards the city of Dijon. If you prefer, you can cycle into Dijon following the canal - passing by "Lac Kir" which is a very scenic small lake and then follow the canal path into the port. This afternoon we visit Dijon, a wonderful town with a long and interesting history. There is plenty of time to shop in the city's many chic boutiques or sit in a pavement café and watch the world go by. Later, we will visit the Grey Poupon mustard shop for a tasting of this famous product and then take a walk through the historic area of the town which will captivate you with its historical past, including the Ducal Palace. Once back to the barge, perhaps try a "Kir Royale" made with local Cassis, a liqueur invented here in Dijon made from blackcurrants and mixed with the Burgundy Champagne equivalent named Cremant. This evening dinner is taken on shore at a wonderful restaurant.
 
Thursday
Cycle to Clos de Vougeot and Jeep drive through the vines
Cruising south away from Dijon, we now continue our journey along the Canal de Bourgogne through the flat plains towards the River Saone.  After lunch, your guide takes you to the area of the "Côte d’Or" (In French meaning Gold Coast)   planted with vines that produce some of the world's most famous wines. Or if you wish, you can cycle a lovely flattish ride through the forest of Citeaux to the Chateau.  Here we visit the "Clos de Vougeot", a medieval château surrounded by vineyards. This is truly a magnificent Chateau and the headquarters of the Chevaliers du Tastevin, whose special label is awarded annually to the finest Côte d'Or vintages.  We have arranged some fantastic World War II jeeps to take you through the vines to explore some of the small tracks that wind through this famous land for some exhilarating fun! Back to the barge moored in Longecourt for a refreshing drink followed by a delicious dinner.
 
Friday
Cycle ride to the Abbaye de Citeaux
Enjoy a relaxing morning on board, as we cruise on the canal towards St Jean de Losne, the largest inland port in France. There is the final prepared cycling route once again through the forest, this time to the Abbaye de Citeaux where we purchase some of their famous cheese for tonight’s cheese board! Late morning you transfer to the charming village of Gevrey Chambertin, in the heart of vineyards. Here you are welcomed by Madame Drouhin Laroze, the owner of this prestigious "Grand Crus" property.   We have a splendid lunch on the terrace over looking the family's vines while enjoying her choice of wines. This is truly a very unique experience. After lunch, we are given a very informative private tour of the cellars.  We then take a scenic drive along the famous "Route du Grand Crus", passing through many of the famous wine villages. We continue with the gourmet theme and visit a local truffle producer at his Chateau, near Nuits St George.  Here, we learn all about this most valued mushroom and of course, purchase some of these delights as tonight, they will feature in the gala dinner!  We return to the barge - by now moored on the beautiful River Saone - where we slip away from the mooring for a gentle cocktail cruise on this lovely river.
 
Saturday
Breakfast and Farewell
After breakfast disembark and transfer to Paris with our private luxury transfer service. Arrive into Paris at approximately 12:00 PM.
St Jean de Losne to Pont d'Ouche
This very special wine-lover’s cruise includes:
  • A unique “ wine and war “ visit of the Hospice de Beaune followed by a private tasting in the Drouhin family cellars
  • A drive through the hallowed Côte de Nuits vineyards at the wheel of a World War 11 jeep
  • A wine tasting including Grand Cru wines (Clos de Vougeot, Latricières-Chambertin) and lunch with a wine-maker in Gevrey-Chambertin
  • A special visit to the wine college of Beaune to learn all about the age-old art of barrel making and explication of the wine-maker’s tasks in the vineyard
  • A guided tour of the 12th century former Cistercian wine chateau of Clos de Vougeot
  • A lunch in Puligny-Montrachet with tasting of Grand Cru white wines [Batard-Montrachet and Corton-Charlemagne]
  • A driving tour of the famous villages of the Côte de Beaune (Meursault, Chassagne-Montrachet, Pommard, Volnay)
Sunday
Welcome Aboard!
Depart Paris in our luxury private transfer service direct to the barge moored in St Jean de Losne, where you board the Apres Tout for your canal cruise through Burgundy on the Canal du Bourgogne. A champagne reception gives you a chance to meet the crew. Once you have settled into your cabin, it will be time to return to the deck for a cocktail cruise on the river Saône. A delicious four course dinner will be served with wonderful wines to match, followed by after dinner drinks, weather permitting, all served on the magnificent teak deck.
 
Monday
Visit Clos de Vougeot followed by a Jeep drive through the vineyards
Leaving the River Saône behind, we now enter onto the Canal de Bourgogne through the first of many locks! Spend the morning enjoying your first cruising day on the flat plain from the river toward Dijon. After lunch, your guide takes you to the area of the 'Côte d'Or' (In French meaning Gold Coast) planted with vines that produce some of the world's most famous wines. Here we visit the 'Clos de Vougeot', a medieval château surrounded by vineyards. This is truly a magnificent Chateau and the headquarters of the Chevaliers du Tastevin, whose special label is awarded annually to the finest Côte d'Or vintages. We have arranged some fantastic World War II jeeps to take you through the vines to explore some of the small tracks that wind through this famous land for some exhilarating fun! We return to the Apres Tout for a well deserved refreshing cocktail!
 
Tuesday
Cruise to Dijon. Visit Vineyards of Cote de Beaune
This morning we continue our cruise towards Dijon and then depart around midday for a delicious lunch at the winery of Olivier Leflaive in the village of Puligny Montrachet, After the meal you will enjoy a beautiful drive through the magnificent villages of the Cote de Beaune before returning to the barge in Dijon where we moor for the evening. Tonight, you must try a 'Kir Royale' made with local Cassis, a liqueur invented here in Dijon made from blackcurrants and mixed with the Burgundy Champagne equivalent named Cremant.
 
Wednesday
Visit Vineyards of Cote de Nuits with lunch and tasting of Grand Cru reds
Leaving Dijon behind we continue our canal cruise to the valley of the Ouche. Enjoy a relaxing morning on board; there are many locks for disembarking to cycle or to walk. Late morning you transfer over the hillside and down through the vines to the charming village of Gevrey Chambertin. We are greeted by the owner of this prestigious Grand Crus wine makers, and here we have a splendid lunch on their terrace over looking their vines! During lunch Madame Drouhin Laroze (the owner) will present her wines. This is truly a very unique experience. After lunch, we are given a very informative private tour of the cellars. We then take a scenic drive along the famous 'Route du Grand Crus', Passing through many of the famous wine villages.
 
Thursday
Visit Beaune with 'wine and war' tour of Hospice de Beaune and private tasting in the cellars of Drouhin
The morning is spent cruising through the lovely Ouche Valley, this is a truly spectacular part of the canal, small villages pass by, cows wander in the fields, and there is nature all around. There is a total feel of peace and tranquillity as we slowly cruise this magnificent canal. After another wonderful lunch, you are transferred to the delightful town of Beaune, the capital of the wine region of Burgundy. Enjoy a visit to the famous Hôtel-Dieu, Hospice de Beaune with its interesting history and magnificent tiled roof. After some free time for shopping or strolling in the pedestrian streets we have an optional appointment for a private wine tasting at the famous cellars of Joseph Drouhin, this tour is by invitation only. Later, we return to the barge for a refreshing cocktail and freshen up before enjoying another gourmet dinner aboard.
 
Friday
Cruise to Pont d'Ouche
This morning enjoy some of most beautiful scenary as we continue up the valley of the Ouche, with plenty of walking and cycling opportunities. After lunch aboard we return to Beaune where you will have the rare opportunity to have a tour of the prestigious wine college. Here you will learn about the art of barrel-making and the work in the vineyard. Not forgetting a tasting of some of the college's own wines. Return to the Apres Tout for a gala dinner with wonderful wines to match and a fond farewell.
 
Saturday
Breakfast and Farewell
After breakfast disembark and transfer to Paris with our private luxury transfer service.
St Jean de Losne to Pont d"Ouche
Sunday
Welcome Aboard!
Depart Paris is our luxury private transfer service direct to the barge moored in St Jean de Losne, where you board the Apres Tout for your canal cruise through Burgundy on the Canal du Bourgogne. A champagne reception gives you a chance to meet the crew. We then cast off from the mooring and enjoy a river cruise along the tranquil river Saone. A delicious four course dinner will be served with wonderful wines to match, followed by after dinner drink – weather permitting all served on the magnificent teak deck.
 
Monday
Visit Clos de Vougeot with Jeep drive through the vines
Leaving the River Saône behind, we now enter onto the Canal de Bourgogne through the first of many locks! Spend the morning enjoying your first cruising day on the flat plain from the river toward Dijon. After lunch, your guide takes you to the area of the ‘Côte d’Or’ ( In French meaning Gold Coast) planted with vines that produce some of the world’s most famous wines. Here we visit the “Clos de Vougeot”, a medieval château surrounded by vineyards. This is truly a magnificent Chateau and the headquarters of the Chevaliers du Tastevin, whose special label is awarded annually to the finest Côte d’Or vintages. We have arranged some fantastic World War II jeeps to take you through the vines to explore some of the small tracks that wind through this famous land for some exhilarating fun!
For those who have a little more energy, we can stop at a truffle producer and learn how the black diamonds grow and then how to find them;
We return to the Apres Tout for a well deserved refreshing cocktail!
 
Tuesday
Visit Dijon/Children’s activities. 
This morning we visit Dijon, a wonderful town with a long and interesting history. As it is market day, the centre is thriving with traders selling their produce and shoppers meandering taking in the atmospheric feel of this magnificent city. There is plenty of time to shop in the city’s many chic boutiques or sit in a pavement café and watch the world go by. Later, we will visit the Grey Poupon mustard shop for a tasting of this famous product and then take a walk through the historic area of the town which will captivate you with its historical past, including the Ducal Palace. We can also arrange some great children’s activities such as go-carting, roller skating, water park and for younger children ‘Jungle Kids’. We return to the barge for lunch and an afternoon canal cruise into Dijon, where we moor for the evening.
Tonight, you must try a ‘Kir Royale’ made with local Cassis, a liqueur invented here in Dijon made from blackcurrants and mixed with the Burgundy Champagne equivalent named Cremant.
 
Wednesday
Lunch Gevrey Chambertin at a wine makers. Route de Grand Cru or Horse riding for Children
Leaving Dijon behind we head to the valley of the Ouche. Enjoy a relaxing morning on board; there are many locks for dis-embarking to cycle or to walk. Late morning you transfer over the hillside and down through the vines to the charming village of Gevrey Chambertin. We are greeted by the owner of this prestigious Grand Crus wine makers, and here we have a splendid lunch on their terrace over looking their vines! During lunch Madame Drouhin Laroze (the owner) will present her wines. This is truly a very unique experience. After lunch, we are given a very informative private tour of the cellars. We then take a scenic drive along the famous ‘Route du Grand Crus’, Passing through many of the famous wine villages. There is a horse riding stables near by for any budding riders – this afternoon could be spent outside in the vines on horse back.
 
Thursday
Outward Bound tree climbing then dinner at the Abbaye de la Bussiere 
The morning is spent cruising through the lovely Ouche Valley, this is a truly spectacular part of the canal, small villages pass by, cows wander in the fields, and there is nature all around. There is a total feel of peace and tranquillity as we slowly cruise this magnificent canal. After another wonderful lunch, you are transferred to the delightful town of Beaune, the capital of the wine region of Burgundy. Enjoy a visit to the famous Hôtel-Dieu, Hospice de Beaune with its interesting history and magnificent tiled roof. After some free time for shopping or strolling in the pedestrian streets we have an optional appointment for a private wine tasting at the famous cellars of Joseph Drouhin, this tour is by invitation only. Or, we take a drive to Gevrey to the Accro Branche outward bound centre, where there are lots of wonderful tree climbing  activities for all age groups.  Later, we return to the barge for a refreshing cocktail and freshen up before one of the high lights of the week, a gourmet dinner at the stunning Abbaye de la Bussiere. This Relais & Chateaux property has been beautifully transformed from a Cistercian abbey into a fabulous hotel, set in architectural grounds where you will dine in style tonight.
 
Friday
Visit Châteauneuf-en-Auxois or Wild life park
Today enjoy the final stretch of this beautiful canal. We pass through several more locks until reaching our destination of the port at Pont D’Ouche. This afternoon we make a special private visit to an English artist of world renown, who has set up his gallery and workshop in a converted barn. His work is world class, and has been recently commissioned to create a piece of art to celebrate the Olympics in London. We are shown through the workshop, and explained how he makes his marvelous pieces of bronze sculptures many of which have been produced for the Queen of England, including the war memorial in London. We then drive up to Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, a medieval hill-top village steeped in History. This is a charming place with stunning views from all angles, of the surrounding countryside. Or visit the near by Wild Life park set in several acres of grounds with many different species of animals, reptiles and birds. Return to the Apres Tout for a gala dinner with wonderful wines to match and a fond farewell.
 
Saturday
Breakfast and Farewell
After breakfast disembark and transfer to Paris with our private luxury transfer service.
Pont d'Ouche to St Jean de Losne
Sunday
Welcome Aboard!
Depart from Paris in our luxury private transfer service direct to the barge moored in the port at Pont d’ouche, where you board the Apres Tout for your canal cruise through Burgundy on the Canal du Bourgogne.  A champagne reception gives you a chance to meet the crew. A delicious four course dinner will be served with wonderful wines to match, followed by after dinner drinks – weather permitting all served on the magnificent teak deck.
 
Monday
Visit an Art Gallery & Châteauneuf-en-Auxois
This morning you will start to discover the delights of this beautiful canal cruise, there are ample opportunities to disembark the barge at the many locks and walk or cycle the sections between each ‘ecluse’. The kitchen is now open for your first lesson! We start by preparing a traditional Quiche Lorraine learning how to make short crust pastry, also this morning you will prepare Cheese Gougeres, a Burgundy favorite that is served with evening cocktails. This afternoon we make a special private visit to an English artist of world renown, who has set up his gallery and workshop in a converted barn in a near by village. His work is world class, and he has been recently commissioned to create a piece of art to celebrate the Olympics in London. We are shown through the workshop, and here he explains how he makes his marvelous pieces of bronze sculptures, some of which have been produced for the Queen of England. We then drive up to Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, a medieval hill-top village steeped in history. This is a charming place with stunning views at every corner, and you can really appreciate from this height, all of the amazing surrounding countryside. We return to the Apres Tout for cocktails and dinner, which is moored in the picturesque village of Gissey.
 
Tuesday
Cruise to Fleurey and enjoy a cooking lesson
The barge continues to cruise through the peaceful Ouche Valley, where time seems to have stood still over the centuries. A relaxing morning will be spent cruising on the canal, as the barge slowly cruises towards Fleurey. Our lesson today features fresh pasta – there is nothing better! We prepare ravioli filled with a light chicken and herb mousse, a light as air and truly delicious. After lunch served on the deck - weather permitting, we visit the delightful town of Beaune, the capital of the wine region of Burgundy. Enjoy a visit to the famous Hôtel-Dieu, Hospice de Beaune with its interesting history and magnificent tiled roof. There is a fabulous old fashioned food store in the centre of town, we include a visit here and purchase some of their wonderful treats! After some free time for shopping or strolling in the pedestrian streets we have an optional appointment for a private wine tasting at the famous cellars of Joseph Drouhin, this tour is by invitation only. Tonight we are moored in Fleurey.
 
Wednesday
Cooking lesson in Dijon
The Apres Tout continues cruising on the canal towards the city of Dijon. Today we are preparing a Burgundian favorite ‘escargots’ the famous snail!  The best way to serve them is dripping in a garlic and herb butter which we make and then fill into the shells. Also this morning we are preparing a wonderful and visually exciting turkey, apricot and prune terrine served with a port and orange sauce.   This afternoon we visit Dijon, a wonderful town with a long and interesting history. There is plenty of time to shop in the city’s many chic boutiques or sit in a pavement café and watch the world go by.  Later, we will visit the Grey Poupon mustard shop for a tasting of this famous product and then take a walk through the historic area of the town which will captivate you with its historical past, including the Ducal Palace.  Once back to the barge, perhaps try a ‘Kir Royale’ made with local Cassis, a liqueur invented here in Dijon made from blackcurrants and mixed with the Burgundy Champagne equivalent named Cremant. This evening dinner is taken on shore at a wonderful restaurant.
 
Thursday
Cooking lesson and Jeep drive through the vines
Cruising south away from Dijon, we now continue our journey along the Canal de Bourgogne through the flat plains towards the River Saone. For your cookery lesson today; we are putting the emphasis on desserts, and you will be preparing poached fruits with butterscotch sauce and a fresh fruit meringue pavlova. After lunch, your guide takes you to the area of the ‘Côte d’Or’ (In French meaning Gold Coast)   planted with vines that produce some of the world’s most famous wines. Here we visit the “Clos de Vougeot”, a medieval château surrounded by vineyards. This is truly a magnificent Chateau and the headquarters of the Chevaliers du Tastevin, whose special label is awarded annually to the finest Côte d’Or vintages.  We have arranged some fantastic World War II jeeps to take you through the vines to explore some of the small tracks that wind through this famous land for some exhilarating fun! Back to the barge moored in Longecourt for a refreshing drink followed by a delicious dinner.
 
Friday
Truffle tasting
Enjoy a relaxing morning on board, as we cruise on the canal towards St Jean de Losne, the largest inland port in France. Late morning you transfer to the charming village of Gevrey Chambertin, in the heart of vineyards. Here you are welcomed by Madam Drouhin Laroze, the owner of this prestigious ‘Grand Crus’ property.   We have a splendid lunch on the terrace over looking the family’s vines while enjoying her choice of wines. This is truly a very unique experience. After lunch, we are given a very informative private tour of the cellars.  We then take a scenic drive along the famous ‘Route du Grand Crus’, Passing through many of the famous wine villages. We continue with the gourmet theme and visit a local truffle producer at his Chateau, near Nuits St George.  Here, we learn all about this most valued mushroom and of course, purchase some of these delights as once back to the barge we will be preparing something special that will feature in the gala dinner tonight!  We return to the barge – by now moored on the beautiful River Saone – where we slip away from the mooring for a gentle cocktail cruise on this lovely river.
 
Saturday
Breakfast and Farewell
After breakfast disembark and transfer to Paris with our private luxury transfer service.

There is no better way to enjoy a wonderful lunch or dinner, especially when cruising along the beautiful French canals on a luxury Hotel barge. Meals served on board are carefully paired with fine wines from Burgundy and beyond. Lunch is served as a buffet with lots of colourful salads, cold meats, terrines and of course cheese. Our candle lit dinners are more formal with four plated courses. Please find some examples below:

 

DINNER

 

Quail egg & caviar tartlets

 

Seared Scallops with Risotto, Chestnuts & Dill

 

Roast Rack of Lamb au jus

 

Puree of Potato & Garlic

 

Baby Carrots Green Beans

 

Brie du Meaux, St Maure & Fourme d’ambert

 

Selection of Breads and Crackers

 

Orange Panacotta with Caramelized Orange Salad

 

WINE

Meursault

Chambolle Musigny

 

Coffee and Chocolates

After dinner drinks

 

LUNCH

 

Cold Sliced Fillet of Beef

 

Mustard & Tarragon sauce

 

Roast Tomato and Caramelized Onion tart

 

Camargue Rice salad with Walnut oil dressing

 

Roquette, Cherry Tomato and Parmesan cheese salad with Olive oil & Lemon dressing

 

Fresh Beetroot & Feta salad

 

Comtè Cheese with Sliced Fruit

Section of Breads and crackers

 

WINE

Pouilly Fuissè

 

Coffee, tea with biscuits

2019 RATES
ACCOMMODATION  
Stateroom Per Person $6,500
Single Supplement $3,000
Charter 4 Passenger $34,000
Charter 5 Passenger $35,000
Charter 6 Passenger $39,000
Wine Cruise $250 p/p Supplement 

 

2020 RATES
ACCOMMODATION  
Stateroom Per Person $6,500
Single Supplement $3,000
Charter 4 Passenger $34,000
Charter 5 Passenger $35,000
Charter 6 Passenger $39,000
Wine Cruise $250 p/p Supplement 

 

Cruise cost includes

Six night accommodations, chauffeured transfers from Paris to the barge and return, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch and dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of bicycles

Cruise cost does not include

Airfare to and from your destination, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

Airfare to and from your destination, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

 

2019 CRUISING SCHEDULE
DEPARTURE DATE CRUISE ROUTE
April 28 Nevers to Briare
May 5 Briare to Nevers  
May 12 Nevers to Briare
May 19 Briare to Nevers
May 26 Nevers to Briare
June 2 Briare to Nevers
June 9 Nevers to Briare
June 16 Briare to Nevers
June 23 Re-position Cruise
June 30 St Julien to St Jean de Losne
July 7 St Jean de Losne to Pont d'Ouche
July 14 Pont d'Ouche - St. Jean de Losne  
July 21 St Jean de Losne to Pont d'Ouche
July 28 Pont d'Ouche - St. Jean de Losne 
August 4 St. Jean de Losne -Lyon
August 11 Lyon to St Jean de Losne
August 18 St. Jean de Losne - Pont d'Ouche 
August 25 Pont d'Ouche - St. Jean de Losne 
Sept 1 St. Jean de Losne - Lyon 
Sept 8 Lyon to St. Jean de Losne
Sept 15 St Jean de Losne to Pont d'Ouche
Sept 22 Pont d'Ouche - St. Jean de Losne
Sept 29 St Jean de Losne to Pont d'Ouche
Oct 6 Pont d'Ouche - St. Jean de Losne
Oct 13 St Jean de Losne to Pont d'Ouche
Oct 20 Pont d'Ouche - St. Jean de Losne