The Burgundy Cruise 7 days / 6 nights along the « Canal du Centre » in southern Burgundy to share with you the Gastronomic Delights.
Cruising from Saint-Julien-sur-Dheune to Seurre.
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Guests are met at Le Creusot TGV railway station in the afternoon and taken by mini bus to La Vie en Rose, which is moored on the tranquil Canal du Centre in the pretty village of Saint-Julien-sur-Dheune. Champagne Welcome and dinner in the evening gives us the opportunity to chat about the coming weeks itinerary, while you gently unwind from your journey.
Saint-Julien-sur-Dheune –> Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune
The day begins with a cruise to the village of Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune wich will be our mooring for the evening. After a lunch aboard La Vie en Rose, we visit by mini bus the famous« Château de Couches » known as the « Château de Marguerite de Bourgogne ». It is a magnificent XIIe Century fortress classified to the « Monument Historique » which presents all the differents phases of its building from end XIe up to XIXe. On the way back to La Vie en Rose, we will go through the charming 3 villages of « Maranges » and of course, a tasting ! We will finish this first day in a local auberge to discover the regional cooking (not included).
Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune –> Santenay
We depart Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune for a leisurely cruise to the village of Santenay, which nestles amongst the famous vineyards and preserved landscape of the Southern Côte de Beaune. This morning we will take the « Route des Grands Crus » from Santenay up to the Village of Pommard . Today for lunch, you will discover « Le Cellier Volnaysien »(not included) a restaurant very appreciated by local people, then we depart for the visit of the wonderful Château de Sully. « The most beautiful Renaissance Courtyard in France » (located 30 min west of Beaune) according to Bussy Rabutin, a French soldier and courtier exiled from Louis XVI’s court for writing stories about the King’s mistresses. We return to La Vie en Rose for a restful evening and dinner on board.
Santenay –> Chagny
We start the day with a short cruise to the town of Chagny where we will moor for the evening. After a relaxing breakfast we depart for the historic town of Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy. Today is the market day and our visit will include the historic (with a private guide) « Hospices de Beaune » and the Hotel Dieu, built in the XVe century. For lunch we propose the restaurant« Le Conty » (not included) a wonderful dining place with a pleasant cellar atmosphere. We will dedicate the afternoon for a wine tasting at the famous « Patriarche Cellars ». These cellars are the longest in Burgundy, and the history of the wine merchant’s is one of the oldest. We return to La Vie en Rose through the vineyards for a restful evening and dinner on board.
Chagny –> Fragnes
This morning we continue with our cruise towards Fragnes, ideally situated to discover the « Côte Chalonnaise », where we will moor for the evening. In the south of the Côte de Beaune, the Côte Chalonnaise propose ruby-coloured red wine and delicate white wine of great renown coming from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay or Aligoté. After lunch taken on board, we have arranged a private tasting at« The Château de Chamirey » in Mercurey. The Devillard family owner of the Château, old acquaintance of the Captain family will give you a warm welcome. After the tasting you might also wish to enjoy a short drive to discover the magnificent views offered by this region. To continue this wonderful evening you will enjoy a dinner taken ashore (not included) in a local auberge or, if you wish a « Gatronomic Experience », you might appreciate the restaurant « Lameloise » the only Michelin 3 stars *** restaurant in Burgundy, icon of the French cuisine.
Fragnes –> Seurre
This morning we take a short car ride to the town of « Chalon-sur-Saône » (the birthplace of the photography). Chalon has a Cathedral with a lovely square surrounded by medieval buildings. A is it market day today, the square filled with fruit and vegetables stalls and the other streets littered with all sorts of market traders selling a plethora of goods. A real insight into french life. We return to La Vie en Rose for lunch and a leisurely cruise to the village of Seurre. This evening your farewell meal starts with cocktails and canapés on the deck overlooking the Saône river.
After a last breakfast, guests are taken by our private chauffeur to Le Creusot TGV railway station in good time to catch their train.
Nb : The cruise program has been set-up in order to optimize the mini-bus transit time but the visits during the week can be tailored to the Guest’s wishes.