Burgundy Barge Cruise

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Best time to go: April to November

6 Nights | from £3,150pp

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  • Discover the rural beauty and charming villages of Burgundy aboard a stylish barge
  • Browse the markets, mustard shops and dukes' palace in the historic city of Dijon
  • Explore grand châteaux and a medieval abbey with a Michelin-starred restaurant
  • Visit the extraordinary Hôtel-Dieu, a timbered 15th-century almshouse in Beaune
  • Sample some of the finest Burgundy wines in renowned domaines

Day 1 Paris
After meeting in Paris, today you'll drive through north-ern Burgundy to the small town of Fleurey-sur-Ouche on the Canal de Bourgogne. Here you'll be welcomed aboard L'Impressionniste, your home for the next few days, with a champagne reception. Built as a Dutch cargo vessel, L'Impressionniste has been thoughtfully converted with elegant staterooms and suites, a spa pool, sundecks and bar – in short, a boutique hotel afloat, an ideal base for exploring this historic wine region.
L'Impressionniste | Meals: Dinner

Day 2 Paris / Clos de Vougeot / Gissey
As L'Impressionniste cruises smoothly west this morn-ing, stretch your legs with a stroll or cycle along the towpath, past sleepy villages and vintage lock houses. After lunch you'll visit Clos de Vougeot, a Renaissance chateau that began life as a medieval monastic winery and now serves as headquarters of the brotherhood of the Chevaliers du Tastevin –what these 'knights' don't know about Burgundy and its wine isn't worth knowing, so their annual awards provide benchmarks of the best vintages. Sample some of the region's finest drops with a wine tasting at a nearby domaine before rejoining the barge at Gissey to relax over dinner on board.
L'Impressionniste | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Dijon / La Bussière

Dijon is one city that really cuts the mustard, as you'll discover on a guided walking tour of its ancient centre, visiting its markets, mustard shops and the finest medieval and Renaissance buildings. A highlight is the flamboyant Gothic Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy, founded in the 14th century; if it's open, climb the Tour de Philippe le Bon (Philip the Good) for panoramic views across the city to vine-clad hills. In the afternoon, go with the flow as we continue along the canal to La Bussière.
L'Impressionniste | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 La Bussière / Pont d'Ouche
Times have changed at the magnificent Abbaye de la Bussière;founded in 1131 by a Cistercian abbot, today it's a beautiful hotel set in over six hectares of land-scaped parkland. After exploring its medieval remains, enjoy an apéritif before lunch amid the columns, vaults and sculpted capitals of the Michelin-starred restaurant Le 1131. Continue to the handsome Château de Com-marin, home to 26 generations of the same family since it was established eight centuries ago;two 14th-century towers recall its origins as a feudal castle, while remodelling though later eras created a sumptuous pal-ace. Back on board L'Impressionniste, you'll cruise to Pont d'Ouche before dinner.
L'Impressionniste | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Vandenesse-en-Auxois / Beaune / La Repe
This morning's passage to Vandenesse-en-Auxois traverses verdant countryside grazed by the region's famed Charolais cattle, a creamy-white breed re-nowned for producing excellent beef;wander or bike along the towpath for closer looks at the small settlements drifting past. After lunch you'll visit Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy;have your camera to hand for the loggias and ornately patterned roof tiles of the timbered Hôtel-Dieu, founded as an almshouse in 1443 and now protected as a museum, before rejoining L'Impressionniste at La Repe.
L'Impressionniste | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 La Repe / Escommes
Summit day: today we'll cruise to the highest point on the canal –380m above sea level. This afternoon you'll visit the Château de Bussy-Rabutin, built for a (later disgraced) courtier of Louis XIV. Though the moated palace itself is impressive, and a stroll through the fine gardens rewards with wonderful views, the real highlight is the extraordinary portrait gallery depicting mem-bers of the royal court –accompanied by caustic captions by the exiled libertine Roger de Rabutin. At the end of the day, join your fellow travellers at Escommes for a farewell gala dinner aboard L'Impressionniste.
L'Impressionniste | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Escommes / Paris

After breakfast, disembark for the return journey to Paris.
Meals: Breakfast

This cruise itinerary operates in reverse direction (Escommes to Fleurey-sur-Ouche) on alternate weeks.

At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 7 day suggested holiday will cost from £3,150 per person, based on two sharing, including international flights.

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