Luxury barge trip aboard Absoluut2 - Burgundy
On April 14, 2014
  • Total Passengers :8
  • No of Cabins : 4

Available for rent on a weekly basis - Ref.: BBABEW

The crew of the luxury hotel barge Absoluut2 are committed to making your luxury vacation on the waterways a unique experience and your dream vacation a reality.


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Summary:

Length: 128 feet

Crew: 5

Size of cabins:

Jr Suite: 136 - 168 sq ft incl. en suite

Stateroom: 110 sq ft incl. en suite

iPod Dock

Jacuzzi

8 bikes free to use

Wi-FI


The Barge:

She is built to exacting standards, and accommodates up to 8 passengers in 4 cabins, which can be configured as either double or twin beds. There is a comfortable saloon and dining area with large picture windows to enjoy the surrounding countryside.

The luxury barge Absoluut2 features two large sun decks with an abundance of space to relax and a pleasant shaded area to enjoy cool drinks. It’s easy to find a quiet spot in the sun or shade to curl up with a book, have a nap, or just enjoy the fresh air. A Jacuzzi spa pool provides a delightful relaxing experience. Of course there is a lot more to do than relax on board “Absoluut2”.


Gastronomy:
This is a region with a vast variety of cheeses, in all shapes, sizes and colours, strong in character or mild and fresh and all can be enjoyed with full-bodied red Burgundies, or perhaps with lighter white Chablis wines. Burgundy’s gastronomic tradition is certainly rich and diverse and a sedate cruise on a hotel barge along one of its delightful waterways will allow you to indulge in good food and wine, two of the real pleasures in life.


Cruise:

Absoluut2's professional crew of five is comprised of Master Chef, Tour Guide, Deck-Hand and Hostess, led by a knowledgeable and experienced Captain who will ensure your cruise is highly enjoyable and memorable. Their knowledge of the region, combined with the 8 bicycles provided, will allow you to explore the areas you cruise through, in as much detail as you desire.
Explore vineyards and châteaux, stroll through vibrant markets and gentle country lanes, of quaint villages. Your personal cruise experience takes you far from the madding crowds. A leisurely barge vacation is a fantastic way to experience the canals, waterways and villages of France.



Itinerary:


Sunday, Day 1 DIJON

You will be met at the designated meeting point in Paris and transferred by minibus to Absoluut2, moored in Dijon harbour, where you will enjoy a Kir Royal and Canapé reception.  Time for a walk or bicycle ride before your first dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 DIJON TO VELARS

After breakfast we enjoy a walking tour of Dijon to see the former Ducal Palace, the Cathedral of Saint Benigne, the vivid produce markets, mustard shops and the impressive Notre Dame de Dijon, or enjoy some excellent shopping time. Return to the hotel barge for lunch, then a leisurely afternoon cruise along the Burgundy Canal past Lake Kir and the limestone escarpments which feed the nearby vineyards, to our mooring at Velars. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 VELARS TO STE-MARIE-SUR-OUCHE

This morning we cruise to Ste-Marie-sur-Ouche, with plenty of opportunity to walk or bicycle along the ever-present towpath.  After lunch onboard, we visit Château Savigny-les-Beaune, a magnificent property nestled between the hillsides in the Côte de Beaune.  Originally built in 1340, it has now been expanded by the present owner Michel Pont, as a museum for classic Abarth cars, aeroplanes, motorcycles and historic wine producing equipment. The garden holds a surprise - around 80 fighter aircraft! Return to the hotel barge for dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 STE-MARIE-SUR-OUCHE TO  ST-VICTOR-SUR-OUCHE

Morning cruise to St-Victor-sur-Ouche through some very pretty locks, past rolling hills and picturesque villages. Again, an ideal time to explore the towpath on foot or bicycle.  We enjoy an early lunch on board and then a drive across the premier cru vineyards into Beaune, capital of Burgundy wine country with a history going back over 2,000 years. We absorb the fascinating 15th century Hotel Dieu Hospice and the former Ducal Palace. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5 ST-VICTOR-SUR-OUCHE TO PONT D’OUCHE

After breakfast we cruise along the canal deep into the forest to Pont d’Ouche.  In the afternoon we enjoy a very special wine tour and tasting at the renowned Château de Meursault, a must for wine and history lovers.  The vines of the Chateau de Meursault are ideally situated and sheltered from the winds by the hills to the west. The soil is rich in calcite and well drained, making it ideal for growing the estate’s highly-regarded vintages. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 PONT D’OUCHE TO VANDENESSE

This morning we enjoy a relaxing cruise past the spectacular Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, offering wonderful photo, walking and biking opportunities.  After lunch, we visit this beautiful medieval village, with its castle and stunning views, and then the nearby moat-encircled 13th century Château de Commarin. Going back 26 generations, the de Vogüé family ownership portrays an insight into the glamorous lives of the French aristocracy, as well as showing off the château, stables and landscaped gardens. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 VANDENESSE

After breakfast, guests disembark Absoluut2 and transfer to the designated drop off point in Paris.


*This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction.


The cruise cost includes:

6 nights accommodation in an air-conditioned, en-suite cabin

All gourmet meals, wines, all-day open bar, soft drinks etc

Daily excursions by chauffeured, air-conditioned mini-bus

Use of all barge facilities  e.g. bicycles, spa pool

Local transfers e.g. to and from Paris

Services of a professional, experienced crew