4 to 6-night all-inclusive wine tasting cruise through the Burgundy vineyards and villages

Luxury Barge Cruise for guests who enjoy cruising, wine tasting, historical tours, and gastronomy! Cruise from Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Escommes

Excellent! 5/5 (32 reviews)

River trip highlights

  1. In the heart of one of France's top wine regions
  2. Luxury comfort onboard while visiting the region
  3. Top chef cooking every day for you and 24/7 service
  1. Top owners who know the region since 35 years
  2. Owners are experienced wine tour guides
  3. Onboard wine ceiling, modern tech equipment and 24/7

River trip summary

  • Burgundy - Dijon - France
  • Only 1h45minutes Paris to Dijon on the express train.
  • Pick up and drop off at the Dijon train station.

 

OUR BARGE OFFER TWO OPTIONS;

 

  • Each day there is either a morning or an afternoon cruise, cruising on the Burgundy Canal with options of a reserved private wine tasting in a nearby famous wine village, visit the Dijon market, visit the Unesco Burgundian wine slopes, the famous wine town of Beaune, its Abbey, the Medieval Chateaux and an invitation out to 2 Michelin restaurants
  • Whilst cruising it is possible to cycle or walk; the speed of the barge is maximum 5 - 6kms per hour!

 

Cruise 1: A 6-night/7-day Cruise for 2-6 guests maximum.,  who like to enjoy cruising, wine tasting, gastronomy, relaxation.

 

  • Arrival Sunday afternoon, departure the following Saturday morning
  • You will be met at the Dijon train station on Sunday at 16:30hrs. At the end of your cruise, the following Saturday after breakfast you will be driven back to the Dijon station or to your hotel in Dijon. 
  • The idyllic cruise starts near the outskirts of Dijon, during the 6 days you will cruise through approximately 40 locks!

 

Cruise 2: A 4-night/5-day Cruise  for 2-6 guests maximum,  who like to enjoy cruising, wine tasting, gastronomy

 

  • Arrival Sunday or Monday, departure the following Thursday or Friday
  • Arrival Sunday or Monday afternoon at 14:00hrs at the Dijon train station to depart Thursday or Friday morning before 10:00. Guests will be driven back to the Dijon train station. 
  • Your cruise route begins on the outskirts of Dijon, in a small village called Fleurey-sur-Ouche (20 minutes drive from the city center of Dijon).
  • The cruise finishes in the village of Vandenesse-en-Auxois, below the imposing castle of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois (45kms West of Dijon).

*Please note because of our strict planning, the cruise route might be operated in the opposite direction.

*Note that there is the possibility to organize 5 nights and 6 days half-board cruise, where you will have the opportunity to experience great local restaurants for your 2 lunches and 2 dinners that will be at passenger expense.

Click HERE to view the owner's Terms & Conditions relating to this river cruise.

River trip description

Cruise 1

Six Night Cruise On Board a luxury barge, Burgundy Canal Near Dijon
Arrival Sunday afternoon, departure Saturday morning

 

  • Private wine tours on the UNESCO World Heritage wine slopes of Burgundy, visiting wine cellars and estates, wandering through vineyards and tasting a variety of Burgundy’s celebrated wines.
  • Our barge travels through the heart of the Burgundian countryside on one of the prettiest parts of the Burgundy Canal
  • Whilst cruising, you will have the opportunity to cycle or walk along the tree-lined towpath beside the canal.
  • A chauffeur-driven tour of the notably pretty Burgundian wine villages with private wine tastings in cellars, tasting Grand Crus & Première Crus. Max has been organizing wine tours for his guests for many years, and he is welcomed with open arms by the wine-owners everywhere. It is also possible to ship wines home.
  • Visit the ancient walled town of Beaune, known as the wine capital of Burgundy, with its magnificent Hotel-Dieu hospice (a 15th-century medieval hospital) and its historic center, where you will find boutiques and antique shops as well as wine and food merchants.
  • Visit Dijon and participate in a guided tour of the famous Owls trail. Marvel at the range of building styles, visit the elegant Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy, wander through a colorful morning market, its stalls brimming with fresh produce, tasty cheeses, and the eponymous mustard, and take the opportunity to do a little shopping.
  • Visit the Clos de Vougeot, a wall-enclosed vineyard and headquarters of the Chevaliers du Tastevin.
  • Visit a 12th-century abbey and a 15th-century medieval village, right beside the canal where we moor up!
  • Invitation to dinner in a lovely old château nearby.
  • Invitation to a typical Burgundian restaurant on the outskirts of Beaune in a famous wine village for lunch.
  • On-board gastronomy: with an emphasis on fresh local produce, sourced each day by the chef, you can be confident of gourmet cuisine. It is also possible to cater for specific dietary requirements including organic products and gluten-free options.

 

Day 1-Sunday: Arrival onboard, only 10 minutes’ drive from the city of Dijon

 

  • You will be met at the designated meeting point either at Dijon train station or at your hotel in Dijon. You will then be transferred, in the air-conditioned comfort of our minibus, to where the boat is moored. 
  • The four crew members will be waiting to welcome you warmly aboard with a Burgundy KIR Royal: the perfect start to a unique and memorable few days in Burgundy.
  • Your first candlelit dinner will mark your introduction to seasonal, regional specialties and the wines of Captain Max.
  • Dinner on board will be prepared with locally sources products, and as some guests like to tell us, better than some Michelin restaurants!

 

Day 2-Monday: Cruise from Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche

 

  • Cruise in the morning and then, after lunch on board our barge, you will be driven by air-conditioned minibus to the Renaissance style Château du Clos de Vougeot. Attracting lovers of history and architecture alike, the château is a unique symbol of Burgundy’s wine history.
  • Afterward, you will be driven to the picturesque village of Gevrey Chambertin for a reserved private tasting of its renowned wine.
  • It will be time for some cocktails on deck, before the chef prepares you another culinary voyage paired with the local best wines.

 

Day 3-Thursday: Stay overnight at Gissey-sur-Ouche and more visits

 

  • No cruising today, as you will enjoy a full day’s visit. Starting with two private wine tastings, you will then be invited to lunch in a restaurant in a well-known wine village on the outskirts of Beaune. Here you will taste more wines.
  • Afterward, you will visit the celebrated town of Beaune, with its 15th-century medieval hospital, where you will have time to shop and relax.
  • You will have told our Bookarivertrip.com agent about your food tastes, and our chef will  surprise you tonight again!

 

Day 4-Wednesday: Cruise from Gissey-sur-Ouche to Pont d’Ouche

 

  • Today is a lazy day for you, cruising and relaxing, whilst enjoying the Captain’s range of wines from his onboard wine cellar and lunching on superb seasonal ingredients.
  • Dinner tonight will be reserved for you in a nearby 17th-century castle, built in an old monastery.

 

Day 5-Thursday: Cruise from Pont d’Ouche to Vandenesse-en-Auxois

 

  • Cruise in the morning, and then, after lunch at around 15:00hrs, visit a medieval village, Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, listed as one of the 'most beautiful villages of France'.
  • With a commanding position, high on the hillside, the fortress is one of the last remaining examples of 14th-century Burgundian military architecture. The fortifications were built around the 12th century keep when facing the threat of the Hundred Years’ War.
  • Look around the side streets, at the houses with stair turrets and pediments, and it will be easy to imagine the history of this once prosperous village.
  • This evening, we will have prepared a selection of must-listen french songs, that you will enjoy while drinking a glass of champagne on deck.

 

Day 6-Friday: Vandenesse-en-Auxois to Escommes

 

  • Cruise in the morning, and then, after lunch, a drive to a charming little wine-producing family, where a local wine producer will greet you.
  • You will continue to learn about the winemaking process and enjoy further tastings of local wines.
  • Farewell dinner aboard, meaning the last dinner we share together! Be ready for the last and best of your Burgundian culinary experiences.

 

Day 7-Saturday: Last morning on board and day of departure

 

  • After breakfast, just before 10:00hrs or earlier if you need, we will drive you back to Dijon train station to catch your train, to your hotel in DIJON or to a car rental agency.
  • Our cruises are created so that our guests can immerse themselves in the Burgundian atmosphere and the lifestyle of this beautiful region through bespoke activities and personal cultural experiences, whilst relaxing.

 

Cruise 2

A four-night/five-day cruise onboard Luxury barge for 6 guests who
enjoy cruising, wine tasting, gastronomy

 

DAY 1-Sunday: Arrival at Dijon and transfer on board your crusing hotel

 

  • Guests are met at the designated meeting point and transferred by air-conditioned minibus to where the barge is moored up. A warm welcome aboard awaits you from the Captain and the Crew with a Burgundy Champagne welcome, once everybody has settled down the cruise begins, this will be a memorable vacation in Burgundy
  • Dinner on board will be carefully prepared by our chef and wisely paired with fin wines.

 

Day 2-Monday: Cruise from Fleury-Sur-Ouche to Gissey-Sur-Ouche

 

  • Cruise in the morning, after lunch, onboard the barge a drive out with the air-conditioned minivan to visit the wine capital of Burgundy, Beaune with its magnificent Hotel Dieu Hospice (medieval hospital) and the historic town center with its boutiques and antique shops. A private wine tasting will be reserved.
  • Dinner will be reserved in a one-star nearby Michelin restaurant at the Abbey of La Bussière.

 

Day 3-Tuesday: Cruise from Gissey-sur-Ouche to Pont-D'Ouche

 

  • After breakfast visits the Capital of Burgundy, Dijon, visit the fresh morning colorful market follow the Owl Trail to the church of Notre Dame, it’s historic buildings, enticing boutiques, including the famous Mustard Shop, lunch on board, cruise and relax in the afternoon.
  • Dinner will be reserved at a nearby Chateau, Chateau Sainte Sabine.

 

Day 4-Wednesday: Cruise from Pont-D'Ouche to Vandenesse-en-Auxois

 

  • Cruise in the morning, afternoon a visit to a medieval village and a private wine tasting.
  • Cocktails on deck, the best champagne in your glass and the perfect dished at your table prepared by our chef for an unforgettable dinner.

 

Day 5-Thursday: You last day onboard and drop off at Dijon

 

  • After breakfast, we will drive you back to the Dijon train station or to your hotel in DIJON, or car rental agency.
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Details

Payment policy

Cancellation policy

Security deposit

Not required

Check in/out time

Check in between 14:00 and 17:00.

Check out before 10:00.

Bedrooms

3 Bedrooms, 6 Sleeps

Number of double beds: 3

 
  • In each of the cabins either a Queen bed or twin beds.
  • Each cabin has en suite bathrooms, carpet, all beds are the same with quality bed linen, storage for personal belongings, windows, once moored up they can be opened, no mosquitos!
  • Cabin 1: 219 sqft including en suite bathroom, 4 windows
  • Cabin 2: 135 sqft including en suite bathroom, 2 windows. In this cabin when they are twin beds there is definitely more room for private belongings
  • Cabin 3: 135 sqft including en suite bathroom, 2 windows. In this cabin when they are twin beds there is definitely more room for private belongings.
  • In each cabin high-pressure showers - 20 tons of water on board the barge are available for you to use. There are also all the toiletries, fluffy bathrobes & slippers, laundry facilities, and hairdryers & straighteners ready to use.

Bathrooms

Number of en-suite: 3
Number of toilets: 3

Type Of Experience

Rural / Countryside
Historic / Sightseeing
Romantic

Sporting / Adventure
Gastronomy / Foody
Nature / Wildlife

Outdoor Facilities

Barbeque
Jacuzzi / Hot Tub
Terrace / Balcony

Outside Shower
Sun Loungers

Services

Tour Guide
Chauffers / Minibus Service 24/7
Airport Collection Available

Ironing Service
Daily Room Service
Daily Cabin Cleaning

Heating / Cooling

Air Conditioning

Central Heating

Languages Spoken Onboard

French
English

German

General

Shower

Free Parking

Activities

Walking / Hiking
Horse Riding
Golf

Cycling / Mountain Biking
Nature Observation

Amenities

Dining Table & Chairs
Fully Equipped Kitchen
Microwave / Oven
Toaster
Washing Machine
Linen Provided

Towels Provided
Beach Towels Provided
Iron
Hair Dryer
Bath And Body Products

Entertainment

Internet Access
Music-Sound System / CD Player

Books And Magazines
Board Games

Location

Distances

Airport

225 km

Bar

5 km

Beach

0 km

Ferry port

0 km

Golf course

10 km

Motor way

5 km

Night club

2 km

Restaurant

5 km

Ski lift

0 km

Super market

2 km

Train station

5 km

How to get there

Note that we will take care of picking you up once you are in Dijon, and will manage your transports until the end of your stay with us. 

Here are the best ways of getting to Dijon:

 

By train


The train à grande Vitesse (TGV) speeds travelers from Paris (only 100 min) and other major French cities to Dijon. There are also regular train services to a variety of destinations, including, but not restricted to, Italy (Milan, Turin, Florence and Rome among them), Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Belgium.

There is also a special return ticket on the TER from Paris (Train Express Régional) that is slow (3 h) but costs only €18, and lets you spend 24hg in Dijon, including a Saturday night. The train departs from Paris-Bercy on Saturdays at 3.20 pm, arriving in Dijon at 6.14 pm, the return departs from Dijon on Sundays at 7:46 p.m., arriving in Paris-Bercy at 10:44 p.m. You can buy this at station ticket offices in Paris Bercy train station or Paris Gare de Lyon only. Similar trains leave Dijon Saturday morning for Paris and return in the evening.

By plane


Dijon Bourgogne Airport ceased operations on 30 June 2016.

From Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (IATA: CDG) there are TGV high-speed train services from the railway station which is adjacent to Terminal 2 (station name: Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 TGV or Paris Aéroport Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle when booking online) to Dijon Ville station. The journey time for the direct TGV train is around 2 hours. Alternatively, take bus number 4 operated by Le Bus Direct (one-way ticket: €17 as of 2017) from the airport to Paris Gare de Lyon from which there are frequent TGV trains to Dijon.

From EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg (IATA: BSL) you can take bus number 11 (operated by Distribus) [5] to Saint-Louis railway station, and then take the train to Dijon (via Mulhouse Ville station). Alternatively, take bus number 50 (departs approx every 10 mins, journey time 20 minutes) to Basel Bahnhof, from which there are TGV high-speed train services to Dijon (journey time around 1.5 hrs for the direct train).

Dole – Jura Airport (IATA: DLE) is served by low-cost carrier Ryanair (flights to/from Fes, Marrakesh, and Porto). Dole is around 30 minutes by train from Dijon. A taxi from Dole railway station to Dole Airport costs around €20 and the journey takes around 15 minutes.

By bus


Eurolines connects Dijon to some major European cities, mostly outside of France.

By car


Dijon is well connected to the freeway and highway networks. Note that traffic is limited in the center of the city, so you will probably want to park your car for the duration of your visit, except to access the Well of Moses, which is on the outskirts of the city.

About the area

Dijon is a city in eastern France, capital of the Côte-d'Or département in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region.

The earliest archaeological finds within the city limits of Dijon date to the Neolithic period. Dijon later became a Roman settlement named Divio, located on the road from Lyon to Paris. The province was home to the Dukes of Burgundy from the early 11th until the late 15th centuries and Dijon was a place of tremendous wealth and power, one of the great European centers of art, learning, and science. Population (2008): 151k within the city limits; 250k (2007) for the greater Dijon area.

The city has retained varied architectural styles from many of the main periods of the past millennium, including Capetian, Gothic and Renaissance. Many still-inhabited townhouses in the city's central district date from the 18th century and earlier. Dijon architecture is distinguished by, among other things, toits bourguignon (Burgundian polychrome roofs) made of tiles glazed in terracotta, green, yellow and black and arranged in geometric patterns.

Dijon holds an International and Gastronomic Fair every year in autumn. With over 500 exhibitors and 200k visitors every year, it is one of the ten most important fairs in France. Dijon is also home, every three years, to the international flower show Florissimo. Dijon is famous for Dijon mustard which originated in 1856, when Jean Naigeon of Dijon substituted verjuice, the acidic "green" juice of not-quite-ripe grapes, for vinegar in the traditional mustard recipe.

The historical centre of the city has been registered since July 4, 2015, as a UNESCO World Heritage site

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River trip owner

Bea

The owners Bea & Max have 35 years of barging experience behind them, they certainly know where to go and what to do.

After working many years for other companies, 7 years ago they managed to buy their own barge. A complete refit was done inside and outside, now she is one of the prettiest barges cruising on the Canals in France!

They operate direct and offer 2 options

OPTION 1
4 nights on board

OPTION 2
6 nights on board

prices start from 16 800 euros full board, invited out to 2 nearby Michelin restaurants.

Full experienced English speaking crew on board.

Response time
Normally within less than one hour
Language spoken
English

32 Reviews - 4 to 6-night all-inclusive wine tasting cruise through the Burgundy vineyards and villages

Excellent! 5/5

  1. Amy P - the United States

    19 Jul

    If I can send clients your way, I certainly will be in touch!

    Dear Max & Bea,

    Montie and I both wanted to thank you so much for making our stay on your barge such a memorable experience. From the moment we stepped onboard, we knew it was going to be a special week, and it didn’t disappoint. The barge itself is just so lovely…all the passion the two of you have for barge life is evident in the way you have designed the barge, crafted a fabulous itinerary, employed the best of the best staff, and created such a warm ambience for all to enjoy.

    Max, we were so amazed with your precision in navigating through the tight spaces of the locks. It is so evident how much you love the canals and sharing your passion with your guests. And Bea, I loved hearing about how you designed the interiors…your attention to detail is amazing. All the care that goes into creating such a comfortable experience seems so effortless but I know you spend a lot of time and energy in making it that way.

    We also really adored Linzi and Jo. What two wonderful personalities and talents. We were so spoiled with all the meals and wine! Hungry or not, we eagerly anticipated what Jo was going to present to us. What a gastronomic pleasure! The two of them felt more like friends then recent acquaintances. I am sure with tight quarters and ever-changing guests, it can’t be easy to find people that work so well together, but you have managed to strike gold.

    I could go on and on with how special you made us feel and what a glorious time we had, but suffice it to say, that we thoroughly enjoyed our time with you. When Montie and I left, we took the train to Lyon and really enjoyed walking around there. It felt a bit like Disneyland with the crowds and all after being on the canals, but it was a fun city to explore. From there we took the train to Avignon and drove thorough the Luberon and stayed in Gordes. What a beautiful region of the country. We visited Menerbes and Roussillon and loved the whole area. From there we met our son back in Avignon and stayed in Aix for the next few days, visiting Cassis, Les Baux de Provence, St. Remy and wine tasting the Rosé wines. It was a really nice get-a-way and always a good time traveling with our son.

    If you get up to Paris, pop in to La Buvette, 67 Rue Saint-Maur for a glass of wine and say Hello to Travis. We hope you have a wonderful rest of your Canal season and enjoy meeting your daughter’s boyfriend in Réunion.


    If I can send clients your way, I certainly will be in touch. If you ever make it out to California, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Au revoir… merci beaucoup!

  2. - the United States

    23 Oct

    It was better than imagined!

    Bea and Max,

    Thank you so very much for our wonderful vacation! It was better than imagined. We loved every moment and will absolutely recommend you and your barge to all of our friends. We’ll send you some photos shortly.

    Meanwhile, should you ever find yourself in our part of the world, please reach out. We’d love to show you some of our favourite places. And of course, we hope you have a great spa vacation.

  3. Jim & Peggy - the United States

    10 May

    Everyone and everything was wonderful!

    Bea, A belated thank you for a great trip.

    Everyone and everything was wonderful. Can't express how much we enjoyed it. Unfortunately, while waiting for the train in Dijon, Bob and I went to the Archeology Museum and I tripped on the stairs.

    Taken to the Hospital by ambulance and stitched up. All is well now, a bit sore and bruised but recovering nicely. Wishing you a great season. Would love to come back.

     

  4. Lisa, Mark, Chuck & Jodi - the United States

    09 Jun

    Thank you again for such an amazing experience!

    Thank you again for such an amazing experience. We can not say enough about the last week! Everyone went above and beyond and made it such a great time for us. Glad your new group is going well. Remember, we expect a trip to Florida.

    We know your winter can be cold;)

  5. Jean-Pierre - Switzerland

    15 May

    le team de rêve du canal de Bourgogne!

    Bonjour Béatrice, Lindsi et Max, le team de rêve du canal de Bourgogne!


    Je vais prendre le temps pour mes commentaires sur votre site et tenter de convaincre des amis suisses de faire la même expérience fabuleuse - passer une semaine sur votre peniche en attendant je vous souhaite à tous un bel été…et semaines en occupation complète!


    Avec toutes mes amitiés


  6. Andy - the United States

    07 Jun

    We felt so well taken care of the entire time!

    Bonjour Bea and Max!


    Firstly, I would like to start by saying a most sincere "thank you" from Tracie and I. We had such a wonderful trip aboard you amazing barge. We felt so well taken care of the entire time. You and Max and the girls were such wonderful company. The setting, boat, food, wine and excursions were all top notch.

    I greatly look forward to sending you my clients, and have already reached out to several who have expressed interest.
    Warm Regards

  7. Linda - the United States

    10 Aug

    We must now need to adjust to real life!

    I want to thank you, Max, Selby and Lindzi again for one of the best weeks of my life! I have already given one of your cards to my doctor, who travels a lot, and will recommend you to everyone I can think of who might enjoy such a trip.


    We must now need to adjust to real life - not so much fun but necessary.

    Fondly,



  8. Whitey R - the United States

    15 Oct

    The Best Burgundy Canal Vacation!

    Below is the review that we just added to Trip Advisor: The Best Burgundy Canal Vacation!


    After looking at self-drive barges and barging trips offered through 3rd party barging companies, we booked our trip directly with the Barge for our dream vacation in Burgundy.


    The Barge is owned and run by long time veterans of luxury canal barging, Max and his wife Bea. Because they live on the barge in private quarters year round and are fabulous hosts, you feel like you are in the home of wonderful friends. Captain Max effortlessly navigates his beautifully restored barge through the tree-lined French countryside; and, he takes you on daily tours of villages and wineries where his passion and strong sense of humour are quite evident as he tells you about the history and lore of the region (in French or English). If you love wine, you’ll enjoy the fact that Max has developed great relationships with many winemakers so you have access to very special wine tasting experiences in private tasting rooms.


    The 3-4 course meals prepared by Chef Dave surpassed most of the the meals that we enjoyed in some of the finest French Michelin star restaurants. Here are some of the dishes that Chef Dave served: Beef Bourguignon, Duck Confit, Sea Bass with Green Lentils and Beets, Prawns with Pastis Creme, and Creme Brûlée. Captain Max paired these dishes with over-the-top Burgundy wines (including cellar aged Premier Cru Pinots, Champagnes, and Chardonnays). Becky, our Barge Hostess, was a jewel. Her terrific smile is infectious; and she set a gorgeous table at every meal and presented a full selection of special cheeses daily at lunch and dinner. Bea and Max have thought of every detail which made our trip a very special week that we’ll never forget!

    Tips: Bring comfortable walking shoes for long walks or bike rides through the countryside along the tow paths.
    The locks are spaced about 1K apart so you can jump on or off of the barge for a quick break. Reserve early so you get your desired time frame. Start your vacation a few days or a week in advance of the barge trip so you are ready to fully enjoy the most relaxing week of your life. The trip Barge is a great value if you want an all inclusive personalized experience which includes all gourmet meals, fine wines, lodging, and tours. Dress in layers. We were there during the first week of October and in a matter of hours the weather went from pouring rain to beautiful sunshine. Remember to bring a swimsuit for an evening sit in the jacuzzi and be prepared to spend time unplugged and pampered by a great team of hospitality professionals.

    As I sit here in the pouring rain thanks to Hurricane Joaquin, I am comforted and warmed by the memories of our recent experience on your Barge. Thank you very much for providing a superior vacation highlighted by all of the usual trimmings of a 5 star hotel. The food and wine plus the side trips to castles and vineyards on top of the beautiful vistas along the Burgundy canal made for a wonderful time for all. You and your crew of David and Becky are a treasure. Keep up the good work!

  9. Norman & Lewis B - England

    21 Jun

    I really did have such a super time on your barge!

    I really did have such a super time on your barge. It was the perfect balance of rest, adventure, food, wine (!) and family. You and Bea are such a great team and Shelby is a super guy. What a lovely life you have!


    All the best.



  10. Clive and Alison - England

    22 Jun

    The photo of Jo bringing in my birthday cake and fireworks will be going into our holiday album – thank you!

    Dear Bea, Max, Linzi and Jo


    Thank you all for a memorable holiday on your barge, we thoroughly enjoyed it and it was all we had hoped for when we booked. It was a pity about the mixed weather, this was out of our control but this did not dampen our enjoyment of the lovely food from Jo and the excellent quality and variety of the wines we were able to drink and enjoy.


    The photo of Jo bringing in my birthday cake and fireworks will be going into our holiday album – thank you.
    Our meals and visits off the barge were good and it was nice to meet and have a short chat to Clive at The Abbey and hear about their previous hotel/restaurants at The Inn on the Lake (very close to us and we have been to) and Amberley Castle where a number of people we know have had weddings. Linzi (I hope I have spelt your name correctly) looked after us very well – elevenses at home is a cup of coffee but with you was a glass of wine, ditto in the evenings as 5.00pm is a cup of tea but we soon got used to another glass of wine – at least we did not catch up the Australians for volume!


    Thank you for the wine apron, it will be a lasting memory and we have a couple of bottles of wine to have next year on my birthday to remind us again of this holiday.
    Very best wishes to you all

  11. Don and Joana B

    13 Jul

    it was a trip of a lifetime for two people who have travelled in many ways, and to many places, in their lives!

    Dear Bea and Max,


    We want to thank you so very much for the magical week we spent with you, Linzi and Jo, on the barge. I have just reread the letters from other clients and I don’t think I can add anything more original than to say it was a trip of a lifetime for two people who have travelled in many ways, and to many places, in their lives.


    Like a walking tour, seeing Burgundy from a slow moving barge allows a traveler to see and experience a beautiful region in an entirely unique way. Time slowed down, observations were sharper, conversations more memorable. As a friend of mine once said, “prends le temps de vivre.” And we did that.


    Since Burgundy is the first region where we lived when we first came to France in 1990, it will always occupy a special place in our hearts. You added so much to that special place just by being yourselves, and by serving us wonderful wine and food.


    Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We hope to see you again with other friends and family.

  12. Margaret and Emil - Canada

    11 Aug

    Most of all we never “felt” as guest of a business, but rather like “in the home/barge of” friends!

    Bonjour Bea,


    We arrived safe and sound back in Toronto and finally in Port Colborne. We cannot speak of any sort of routine or “back to normal” just yet, although this will happen quickly. It is with the greatest respect of your contribution as we try to re-tell our “barge” experiences to family and friends. All three of you have in your own way contributed so much to the success of this extraordinary, calm and joyful time.

    Max the elicit Wonder-Captain, entertainer, “all hands-on-deck-man”, driver, well sort of, and history buff who I am sure, surprised us all. Selby, the singer, well sort of, but excellent chef, always presented us with his creations and pleased us immensely with his versatility. Now you Bea, are the perfect hostess with a special talent in the decorum and fantasy of presenting breakfast lunch and dinner with such panache.


    The cleanliness in all facets and selection of good towels and linen was appreciated. Most of all we never “felt” as guest of a business, but rather like “in the home/barge of” friends. Each one of you is to be complimented for your personal contribution to our well being. Needless to say, nothing would have happen without the contribution and extreme generosity of John and his wife Rosanne. Of course I personally am sidelined by the knowledge of wine talk by John, Sasha and Max, but I “enjoyed” the wine tremendously.


    Furthermore when the talk involved boating, the 1950 engine and the manoeuvring of the barge or boat, again I could add very little. Margaret and I enjoyed our stay in Europe immensely and every minute of the trip, thanks to all of you, sadly to say it ended too quickly. If you take John and Rosanne’s offer on, which we hope you do, there would be another chance of meeting again.
    We would be very happy to invite you for a “Hasenpfeffer, Spätzle and Blaukraut” a southern German and Alsatian dish.

    In the hope that your season comes to a successful conclusion, that you have a restful time in Chamonix and Max get all his Barge plan upgrading realized and that Selby enjoys his experience in Chamonix, we remain hopeful to see you again,


    fondly.

  13. Nancy and Zach Z

    06 Oct

    What a fabulous way to spend quality time with great friends!

    What a fabulous way to spend quality time with great friends. We just returned from the barge cruise of the Burgundy Region in France. From our first meeting with Max, the tone of gracious hospitality was set. The beautiful barge is spacious and comfortable, the Reanu’s have built a lovely ship. Max, our captain, Chef Dave and lovely Becky made our trip informative, delicious, and delightful.

    Your day is set from awakening to fresh pastries and coffee, we then walked through the beautiful countryside as the barge cruised along the tree-lined canal. At noon we hopped back on the barge and were greeted by Becky with a wonderful selection of wine from the area. Chef Dave followed with a 3 course luncheon on the deck. Chef Dave’s skills rival any top chef. After lunch, we would relax on the barge. The afternoon, always held great surprises for us. Max is not only a wonderful host, but a great tour guide. Max’s knowledge of the area’s wines, architecture and history was amazing!

    We would tour wineries, chateaus, museums throughout our afternoons, then return home to our lovely barge. Once back on the barge, we began more wine tasting from selections chosen by Max. Dinner followed and we must say our 4 course dining was remarkable. Great conversations ensued and sometimes even dancing!

    For a truly joyous vacation, we highly recommend this river trip. It is a great way to reward yourself.

    All the Best

  14. Linda & Lud

    12 Jun

    Should have stayed with you guys!

    Bonjour, So great to hear from you. We are back home and over jet lag. Woke up this morning to an inch of snow and 35 degrees F. Should have stayed with you guys! We both want you and Max to know what a great time we had and we are telling all our friends about your river trip.


    We are going to my happy place today to see the Grand Tetons ( hopefully the sun will come out). Lud is hoping to find a good bottle of French wine there and we will reminisce about our time in France.
    Take good care.



  15. Tom & Barb - the United States

    27 Jul

    Thanks for the wonderful week and the outstanding hospitality!

    Thanks for the wonderful week and the outstanding hospitality. Barb and I really enjoyed spending time you and your crew (except for Joe of course and please tell her that). You guys were great! If you visit California you are welcome to stay with us in Huntington Beach!



  16. Barbara & Tom - the United States

    17 Jul

    It was wonderful, perfect, educational and seamless!

    Hi Max, Bea, Jo, Carol and Stevie


    Merci beaucoup for a fantastic week on your barge. It was wonderful, perfect, educational and seamless. One of our best vacations ever. And a special thank you from Tom for having bikes so he could keep up with his race training.


    Do reach out if any of you are travelling to the US. Bruce, Janet, Tom and I will host you in Southern California and the others have Washington DC covered.

    Best regards to all.


  17. Jane & Casey - the United States

    27 Jun

    many thanks for a wonderful week!

    From Iowa to the the barge crew - many thanks for a wonderful week.


    The tours and quiet cruising times were just what we liked. Thanks for the extra efforts to take us places new and so interesting.


    See you next year.


    Howard 92 years old (3rd time onboard)


  18. Audrey & Lorne L - the United States

    09 Jun

    Remembering our river trip Vacation, good morning, Bea and Max!


    As we have told you, we thoroughly enjoyed our time cruising on the Burgundy Canal September 24-30, 2017, and recommended it to our friends, Bill and Marie Trory.

    We have attached 3 photos of our memorable vacation with you aboard "Wine and Water". They show Audrey and me, as well as my cousin Dave Adderley and his wife, Karen. Bill and Marie and two friends will be joining you very soon; we're not sure of the exact date, but we hope that they have as good a time as we did.

    Best wishes,


  19. Richard & Sharron - England

    13 Jul

    We will hold on to some great memories for a very long time!

    We arrived home safely on Saturday evening at around 1900, and the dogs were delighted to see us!
    Just a short note to pass on our grateful thanks once again to you and Max, Selby and Linzi for all your hard work in looking after us so well during our very enjoyable week on board you amazing barge.

    We will hold on to some great memories for a very long time, and to remind us of our time with you we opened a bottle of Burgundy wine last night to have with our dinner – see attached photo!


    We look forward to seeing you in October, so do keep in touch.
    Kind regards

  20. Gary and Lois - the United States

    11 Aug

    thank you for the wonderful experience that we had aboard the barge!

    Max, Bea and Selby, Bonjour


    Lois and I would like to thank you for the wonderful experience that we had aboard the barge. The barge, food, wine and hospitality exceeded our expectations. We also enjoyed having the opportunity to meet Johnnie. Should you future guests ask for a reference, please feel free to have them contact us.


    Best regards

  21. Henry S - the United States

    16 Sep

    All six of us felt that our hopes were more than met in every way!

    The Allen, Robertson and Spalding trip

    Kaye and I are now back in Richmond, Virginia, sad not to be on the Burgundy Canal. We had a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful trip. Having been on the Canal du Midi, we sort of knew what to expect, but our trip with you exceeded all expectations. All six of us felt that our hopes were more than met in every way.


    The accommodations were superb. Your “luxury barge hotel” was true to its title. Your hospitality was the finest, from the moment we stepped off the train in Dijon to our departure 6 days later. You both made us feel so welcomed, and that goes for Becky and David as well. No request went unanswered. Your knowledge of the people and the history of the Burgundy Canal was surpassed only by your knowledge of burgundian wines. I have long been an admirer of wines from Burgundy, but have never been introduced to so many grand crus and wines just not available here in America. Your friendship with the many vintners we visited was impressive and certainly paid off for your passengers in so many ways.

    Please feel free to use these comments in your advertising literature in any way you wish. And thanks again for your friendship. Both you and Beatrice are very special people in our book.


    Sincerely

  22. Maggie H - the United States

    20 Oct

    They were wonderful!

    Hi Bea and Max


    We got home safely Saturday night. Jo’s lunch bag saved our lives. They did not even give us a glass of water on the plane. Just wanted to thank you for your great hospitality. It was great vacation. Please thank Jo and Linsey for us. They were wonderful.

    Thank you again


  23. Bert

    10 Aug

    My trip on your barge is now at the top of my Best Ever list!

    Dear river cruise Friends, My trip on your barge is now at the top of my Best Ever list! I was very, very spoiled by your attention to my comfort - especially dear Captain Max - TWO trips to Paris just to spare me stairs at the railroad!!

    My best wishes to you Bea, as well as Lindzi and Selby. You all made us feel so at home. Many many thanks!


  24. - the United States

    25 May

    We are already making plans to come back!

    Our heartfelt message of thanks > > >


    A very special barge on the Burgundy Canal
    Owners, Captain and First Mate: Max and Bea

    If you own a boat, or have nautical experience, you will soon notice that every design detail of the barge has been executed by those with lifelong experience and great taste on the lovely Canal of Burgundy. The living room settee is decorated with exquisite linen curtains, and elegantly matching wall paper. There is a pulldown curtain which discreetly separates the Pullman galley from the dining area.

    The foredeck provides both sunny and shaded areas for outdoor aperitifs and dining, weather permitting, as the beautiful countryside glides by. The staterooms are very comfortable, with deep drawers under the beds. The showers are better than most hotels, with shelves in just the right place for soap, shampoos and more.

    As we pass from lock to lock, we are warmly welcomed because Max is admired throughout the region as a Duc of the Burgundy Canal: he was born and brought up here, living his early years either on a barge or in Lock House #10. His articulate and heartfelt explanations make the (previous) Ducs of Burgundy come alive, and make sense for us of the countervailing forces which have shaped this special region from the 14th Century to the French Revolution.

    Max’s superb selections of wines to drink, and vineyards to enjoy, are by themselves worthwhile for a dedicated visit by any advanced oenofile. His incredibly deep knowledge of the region’s wines go far beyond your advanced tastevin. He can explain brilliantly the many facets of each plot, and how and why the tastes and aromas will be subtly different. He was able to arrange superbly smooth visits and tastings to otherwise unapproachable chateaux.

    Max and Bea are able to attract and retain “A” players like Joanne and Linzi because they too want to be part of the very best team in the region, and benefit from a schedule that allows them to be at home in the area with their families each night. The quality of their lunch and dinner cuisine and service far exceeds any reasonably high expectations.

    We were three couples. We are already making plans to come back.

  25. Audrey & Lorne L - Canada

    15 Sep

    We have recommended your Burgundy canal cruise to several friends!

    Hello Bea and Max,


    We so often think about our time with you aboard this beautiful barge and hope that you are both doing well. We arrived on September 24, 2017 with cousin Dave & Karen. We have recommended your Burgundy canal cruise to several friends. Marie and Bill have told us that they have a hold on a week in June 2019; they are waiting for their friends to commit to the vacation with them.


    Please say Hello to Linzi and Selby for us. We'd love to hear from you.


  26. Max and Laurie W - the United States

    24 Aug

    we are still talking about the amazing diversity of the menu!!!

    Good Morning Max and Bea,


    We have been back home for a week now but very busy catching up on mail and computer and farm jobs. Thank you so, so much for such an interesting, magical cruise with you. Everything was just perfect from all your beautiful little finishing touches Bea, to Max’s very skilful skippering of the barge – not to mention the most delicious food and excellent wine. Lindsay and Jo were also fabulous company we are still talking about the amazing diversity of the menu!!!

    Arranging the wine tastings (so much information) and wonderful lunches and dinners at the most exclusive destinations just enhanced what was already a perfect week. The Queensland flag was a lovely touch and hopefully you’ll get to use it again if friends take our recommendation.


    Thank you all so much for being such wonderful hosts. Our river cruise will live on in our memories especially with all the wonderful photos we have.


    Thank you again,
    Our best wishes to you all.

  27. Jim & family - the United States

    14 Sep

    It was truly the best trip ever!

    We loved our trip so much - thank you for putting up with us! It was truly the best trip ever. I plan on sending a longer thank you email along with some notes I took along the trip - please thank Max for everything- your willingness to share your world is what made the trip so unique!


    Thanks again and good luck with your next few guests- you’ll deserve a nice break here soon!

  28. Paul et John - the United States

    19 May

    We can't say enough about how much we enjoyed this experience!

    I just wanted to drop you quick note to say the cruise was far better than we had ever imagined. Max, Bea, Lindsey, and Jo were WONDERFUL, catering to our every need and going out of their way to make our vacation memorable.

    We can't say enough about how much we enjoyed this experience. We'll recommend your river trip to all our friends for sure. Thanks for everything!

     

  29. Linda & Lud

    15 May

    How are things? Lindzi recovering? Can't stop reminiscing of our fun trip! Hope all is well. Lud and Linda Hi to Johnny


    P.S. Give Johnny a hug from me!

  30. Jeff and Tami - the United States

    17 Sep

    Cannot think of a better place to recommend!

    We totally enjoyed our time with you and hope to see you again in the future. Max: If you ever decide to try some of the canals in the South of France please let us know. I know that we will be returning to Burgundy so we will contact you. Maybe a cruise with our children.

    In the meantime we will keep telling everyone we meet about you two and your beautiful barge. Cannot think of a better place to recommend. Please remember if you ever come to the US the offer always available to stay with us.

    Our best to Sasha and Sobie
    Your friends.

  31. Tami & Jeff - the United States

    10 Jun

    A truly memorable experience we will treasure!

    Jeff and I both had such a wonderful time on the barge. You and Max are the consummate hosts – fun, professional, entertaining … ! A truly memorable experience we will treasure.


    We hope our paths will cross again!


  32. Cazza & Rory - the United States

    20 Jul

    Thank you so much for all your hard work in ensuring the tandem was such a success!

    I hope you are enjoying a well deserved rest this week - how lovely to have your family on board with this glorious weather!


    We were really happy with the tandem and everyone left so delighted with their experience. We have one week to go before a rest week - so looking forward to that plus we will be on the river - which will make a fab change cruising to Lyon.


    Thank you so much for all your hard work in ensuring the tandem was such a success.

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