The Caprice has a special Wine & Gourmet Cruise from Lyon to St Leger on October 15, 2011 with a special last minute discount.
ONLY $2,300 PER PERSON (normally $3,090 per person)
Includes six night accommodations, all meals, wines with lunch and dinner, daily excursions, use of bicycles and transfer to and from barge (Lyon and Le Creusot).
The Marriage of Wine and Food Cruise - No country on earth puts as much emphasis on food and wine as France. And no region of France puts as much emphasis on food and wine as does the region along the Saone River from Lyon through Burgundy.
Caprice will explore that region and our guests will learn much about the Art of the Marriage of Food and Wine. It is fitting that our North Bound cruises begin in Lyon, a world heritage city and the gastronomic capital of France. Lyon has been a major city for nearly 2100 years. It was founded by the Romans in 43 B.C. Today it is the second most important city of France behind Paris and ranks 10th in importance world wide.
The Lyon Cuisine is distinct and world famous. Today many restaurants uphold the tradition and many Michelin 3-star restaurants carry the banner of Lyon Cuisine throughout France and the rest of the world. Whether it be with the great chefs or in the humble "bouchons," those small traditional restaurants with picturesque interiors, serving local pork specialties, copiously washed down with bottles of Beaujolais or Côtes du Rhône wine, your visit to Lyon will be memorable. For the Marriage of Wine and Food Cruise the wine served on board will be of higher quality than on our normal cruises.
Our meeting point is at the Perrache Train Station in Lyon at 4:30 p.m. You will be transported to the Caprice for welcome cocktails on board. As your bags are taken to your cabins your crew will acquaint you with the Caprice. There will be some time to explore before dinner as our chef cooks a typical meal from the Lyon Region accompanied by the Cru of the Beaujolais and some Cote De Rhone wines.
Today we offer a guided visit of Lyon, which is part of UNESCO world heritage sites. Lyon was a center of Resistance during WWII. You will see how the resistance was able to avoid capture due to some unusual aspects of Lyonais architecture. We will also have an appointment at Chez Bernachon, the esteemed chocolate manufacturer who enjoys an enviable reputation based on family tradition and know-how. Your visit to this chocolate factory will allow you to taste some of its exquisite creations that will tease your palate. After your visit we will board the Caprice and cruise up the River Saone to Trevoux, capital of the principality of the Dombes until 1762. The Dombes area supplies the wild game found in some of Lyon's "bouchon" type restaurants.
Your shore excursion today will take you along the Route des Crus du Beaujolais: Saint-Amour, Juliénas, and Fleurie, with a chance to sample a few crus. You will then return to the Caprice for lunch on board and cruise to Tournus for a visit to the beautiful early Romanesque 10C abbey church of Saint Philibert. On board there will be a dinner-lecture: "The Marriage of Wine and Food."
Today's excursion is to the Solutre region in search of the wines of Saint-Véran and Pouilly-Fuissé, followed by a visit to the Chateau de Pierreclos - and a wine tasting! This afternoon we will cruise to Chalon sur Saone where we will have a guided visit to the old districts, half timbered houses and the Cathedral Saint Vincent.
Today we enter the Canal du Centre from the Saone through a lock with a 50-foot rise. We will cruise along an attractive winding stretch where a good towpath and fairly frequent locks give ample opportunities to walk or cycle on the towpath. Our excursion is to Beaune via the vineyards of the Côte Chalonnaise, for a visit and tasting at the Domaine d'Ardhuy-Clos des Langres. This 18C family manor house opens its 17c cellars wide, where you will taste the estate wines (Ladoix, Corton, and Monopole Clos des Langres). When we return to the Caprice it will be moored in the lovely little canal-side town of Chagny. On board tonight will be a guest pastry chef who will explain the essence of choosing a pastry perfect for the dinner.
Today we navigate to the quiet village of Dennevy. Our excursion will be to Couches to visit the chateau of Marguerite of Burgundy, the beautifully preserved vestiges of a vast medieval fortress, followed by a tasting of the wines made here by Emmanuel Cayot, son of the owner. Ample time for walking or cycling today. Later we cruise on to the picturesque village of St Léger-sur-Dheune for a farewell gala dinner.
After your final breakfast you will be driven to Le Creusot Mo TGV station for your TGV back to Paris at 10:41 a.m.
Note: On alternate weeks the cruise operates in the opposite direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.