Luxury Barge trip aboard Après Tout - Burgundy
  • Total Passengers :6
  • No of Cabins : 3

Available for rent on a 6 day basis

Let our highly experienced crew tend to your every need as you experience the cruise of a lifetime along some of the most magnificent waterways in France.


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Summary:

Length:127 feet
width: 16.5 feet

Jacuzzi on deck

6 bikes (free use)

2 Wi-Fi systems

 

The Cabins

There are 3 very spacious cabins with Emperor size beds that can divide into twins, each cabin has an extremely efficient air conditioning unit or a separate heating system for cooler months. All cabins have large walk in showers and heated towel rails and are fully stocked with Occitane products.

 

Salon
The salon and dining area are very light and airy with huge picture windows, there is a Satellite television, a Bose DVD player and CD player and ipod docking station. Also there are two wifi systems throughout the boat, so coverage even in the Valley D’ouche is pretty good! There is also for passenger’s use a Mac desk top computer and printer in our bureau.

 

Exterior
The deck is probably the most used area – a wonderful outside space with 360° views. There is a bubbling hot tub that can easily take 6 people, 6 deck chairs for sun seekers and a large canopied shaded area for dining – where all meals are served weather permitting.

 

Gastronomy

Caroline is a fully qualified Cordon Bleu chef and takes a great pride in the perfect and delicious food served on board the Après Tout. She loves following the seasons in France, for example in the Spring the markets are full of the white and green asparagus in abundance while in September it is all about wild mushrooms. Catering to a small select group is such a great pleasure, providing meals of the highest quality to our passengers on board, discussing their requirements and ensuring they leave happy and fulfilled with the food is our goal.
The kitchen on the Après Tout is a perfect ‘show kitchen’ and has plenty of room for any passenger who might be interested to sit, chat and watch or even to try their hand at a favourite dish prepared during the week which they would enjoy to learn!

 

Cruise:

On Burgundy Canal, from Pont d'Ouche to St Jean de Losne.

The Apres Tout is cruising in one of France’s most beautiful areas. Burgundy is a truly special region of outstanding beauty, with its Chateaux, vineyards and water ways. Rory and Caroline have chosen to cruise the Apres Tout on the Canal du Bourgogne – the Burgundy Canal – starting (or finishing) in Pont d’ouche and finishing (or starting) in St Jean de Losne. The boat winds her way down through the valley, towards the magical city of Dijon and then down towards the plains and the River Saone. This valley is stunning and how better to admire the passing countryside than from the comfort of your own seat on a shaded deck chair with a chilled glass of Burgundy in hand!

There is so much choice of visits in this area and the itinerary reflects all that is special in this region. Some of the highlights experienced during the week would include a World War II jeep drive through the vines from Clos du Vougeot, driving on the small tracks that wind through the vines gives a wonderful perspective of the famous Cote d’Or (coast of gold – when in October all the vines turn golden).

 

Food & Wine Charters

Cooking lessons and cruising – just one of our special themed weeks. Why not join Caroline in the kitchen and learn some of her secret recipes while you float along the canal? Burgundy has so many culinary delights to be discovered in this captivating part of France. From the artisanal cheeses of the Franche-Comté to the wines of Burgundy, regional delicacies are abundant as you will find as you are introduced to the best of what France has to offer.

You will enjoy a private visit to the caves of Joseph Drouhin in Beaune, one of the best wine makers in the Burgundy region and the cellar where the King of France and Duke of Burgundy used to store wine. There is a wonderful walking tour through their cellars and of course, finishes with a fabulous tasting of their renowned wines.

The culinary experience during a vacation on board the Apres Tout goes well beyond with the five-course candlelit dinners served on board that feature a combination of Caroline’s original recipes, regional specialties and seasonal delicacies. The itinerary includes numerous excursions that allow guests to explore the gastronomic riches of this region, market day in Dijon to gather ingredients for another meal, or stopping off for a mustard tasting at the famous Grey Poupon mustard shop in the centre of Dijon.

 

Cycling Charters

Burgundy is full of great rides for all levels of cycling and what better way to enjoy several different rides than to combine that with a weeks’ cruise on the Après Tout! We have a huge knowledge of the area and can prepare some outstanding rides either along the canal tow path and small villages nearby, to more strenuous routes up into the hills and beyond. There are an abundance of rides, and on some days we could arrange rides to our favourite visits, for example – to the magnificent Chateau Clos du Vougeot for a visit, and then a return ride through the forest of Citteaux back to the boat.

 

Family Charters

We have found the barge is a wonderful place to entertain three generations of the same family! With cruising there is something for everyone, we have a relaxed pace during the actual navigation but we can pick up the pace for family fun once on shore! We are experts in Burgundy and have some wonderful options for families travelling with children. Some of the fun things on offer are tree climbing and zip lining at Gevry Chambertin, go-karting near Dijon at a fantastic circuit originally used for the French Grand Prix, and off road drives in World War II jeeps through the small tracks that weave through the vineyards along the Côte d’or.
On the river Saône in the summer the water is warm and clear and ideal for swimming – we stop the boat and let her drift gently while children and adults enjoy the water.

 

Golf Charters

Cruising and golf are a truly wonderful combination, with the boat moving along the canal at a steady pace, driving time between good golf courses is reduced considerably. We have prepared an itinerary that allows for half the day cruising and the rest of the day enjoying a round of golf. There are some great courses in the area – and we have included 3 superb courses in Beaune, Dijon and Pouilly.

 

 

Itinerary

 

Sunday – Paris to Dijon.

Depart Paris in our luxury private transfer service direct to the barge moored in St Jean de Losne, where you board the Apres Tout for your cruise through Burgundy on the Canal du Bourgogne.  A champagne reception gives you a chance to meet the crew. Once you have settled into your cabin, it will be time to return to the deck for a cocktail cruise on the river Saône.  A delicious four course dinner will be served with wonderful wines to match, followed by after dinner drinks – weather permitting all served on the magnificent teak deck.

Monday - Cruise to Longecourt.

Visit Clos de Vougeot with Jeep drive through the vines.

Leaving the River Saône behind, we now enter onto the Canal de Bourgogne through the first of many locks!  Spend the morning enjoying your first cruising day on the flat plain from the river toward Dijon. After lunch, your guide takes you to the area of the ‘Côte d’Or’ ( In French meaning Gold Coast)   planted with vines that produce some of the world’s most famous wines. Here we visit the “Clos de Vougeot”, a medieval château surrounded by vineyards. This is truly a magnificent Chateau and the headquarters of the Chevaliers du Tastevin, whose special label is awarded annually to the finest Côte d’Or vintages.  We have arranged some fantastic World War II jeeps to take you through the vines to explore some of the small tracks that wind through this famous land for some exhilarating fun!

For those who have a little more energy, we can stop at a truffle producer and learn how the black diamonds grow and then how to find them;

We return to the Apres Tout for a well deserved refreshing cocktail!

Tuesday - Cruise to Dijon.

Visit Dijon.

This morning we visit Dijon, a wonderful town with a long and interesting history. As it is market day, the centre is thriving with traders selling their produce and shoppers meandering taking in the atmospheric feel of this magnificent city. There is plenty of time to shop in the city’s many chic boutiques or sit in a pavement café and watch the world go by.  Later, we will visit the Grey Poupon mustard shop for a tasting of this famous product and then take a walk through the historic area of the town which will captivate you with its historical past, including  the Ducal Palace. We return to the barge for lunch and an afternoon cruise into Dijon, where we moor for the evening.

Tonight, you must try a ‘Kir Royale’ made with local Cassis, a liqueur invented here in Dijon made from blackcurrants and mixed with the Burgundy Champagne equivalent named Cremant.

Wednesday - Cruise to Fleurey.

Lunch Gevrey Chambertin at a wine makers. Route de Grand Cru

Leaving Dijon behind we head to the valley of the Ouche.  Enjoy a relaxing morning on board; there are many locks for dis-embarking to cycle or to walk.  Late morning you transfer over the hillside and down through the vines to the charming village of Gevrey Chambertin. We are greeted by the owner of this prestigious  Grand Crus wine makers, and here we have a splendid lunch on their terrace over looking their vines!  During lunch Madame Drouhin Laroze (the owner) will present her wines. This is truly a very unique experience. After lunch, we are given a very informative private tour of the cellars.  We then take a scenic drive along the famous ‘Route du Grand Crus’, Passing through many of the famous wine villages.

Thursday - Cruise to Gissey.

Visit Beaune.  Dinner at the Abbaye de la Bussiere

The morning is spent cruising through the lovely Ouche Valley, this is a truly spectacular part of the canal, small villages pass by, cows wander in the fields, and there is nature all around. There is a total feel of peace and tranquillity as we slowly cruise this magnificent canal. After another wonderful lunch, you are transferred to the delightful town of Beaune, the capital of the wine region of Burgundy. Enjoy a visit to the famous Hôtel-Dieu, Hospice de Beaune with its interesting history and magnificent tiled roof. After some free time for shopping or strolling in the pedestrian streets we have an optional appointment for a private wine tasting at the famous cellars of Joseph Drouhin, this tour is by invitation only. Later, we return to the barge for a refreshing cocktail and freshen up before one of the high lights of the week, a gourmet dinner at the stunning Abbaye de la Bussiere. This Relais & Chateaux property has been beautifully transformed from a Cistercian abbey into a fabulous hotel, set in architectural grounds where you will dine in style tonight.

Friday - Cruise to Pont d’Ouche.

Visit Châteauneuf-en-Auxois

Today enjoy the final stretch of this beautiful canal.  We pass through several more locks until reaching our destination of the port at Pont D’Ouche. This afternoon we make a special private visit to an English artist of world renown, who has set up his gallery and workshop in a converted barn.  His work is world class, and has been recently commissioned to create a piece of art to celebrate the Olympics in London. We are shown through the workshop, and explained how he makes his marvelous pieces of bronze sculptures many of which have been produced for the Queen of England, including the war memorial in London. We then drive up to Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, a medieval hill-top village steeped in History. This is a charming place with stunning views from all angles, of the surrounding countryside. Return to the Apres Tout for a gala dinner with wonderful wines to match and a fond farewell.

Saturday – Paris.

After breakfast disembark and transfer to Paris with our private luxury transfer service.

 

* The day to day itinerary described is a typical cruise. However, on any one cruise the moorings may change and the places visited may vary depending on the season and guest preferences.

 

The cruise cost includes:

- door to door transfers from Paris to the barge/and return six night cruise

- all food & wine

- visits, open bar and all excursion fees

 

The cruise cost does not include:

- travel insurance

- crew gratuity

- air fares