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
River trip highlights
- In the heart of one of France's top wine regions
- Luxury comfort onboard while visiting the region
- Top chef cooking every day for you and 24/7 service
- Top owners who know the region since 35 years
- Owners are experienced wine tour guides
- 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
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 link 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.
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.
Number of double beds: 3
Type Of Experience
Heating / Cooling
Languages Spoken Onboard
Music-Sound System / CD Player
Books And Magazines
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:
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.
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)  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.
Eurolines connects Dijon to some major European cities, mostly outside of France.
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 (k 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
River trip owner
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
4 nights on board
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.
32 Reviews - 4 to 6-night all-inclusive wine tasting cruise through the Burgundy vineyards and villages
Richard & Sharron - England
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.
Maggie H - the United States
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
Gary and Lois - the United States
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.
Whitey R - the United States
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!
Jane & Casey - the United States
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)