Experience a 7-day cruise on L’Impressionniste as she takes you to the different captivating places in Burgundy. Relax onboard while leisurely cruising through the beautiful French countryside where you will see grazing white Charolais cattle and quaint villages. Explore old Dijon and browse through its markets for some locally produced goods. Taste fine Burgundy wine in the reputable domain, Château André Ziltener. Visit medieval villages and have the opportunity to hike to viewpoints of the countryside. If you prefer a peaceful activity, you can spend time walking or bicycling on the towpath once the ship is docked for the evening. This easy-paced cruise is perfect for anyone looking to explore the French countryside and discover the culture or the Burgundy region.
Visit Clos de Vougeot, home of the Chevaliers du Tastevin
Enjoy a private wine tours & tastings in the cellars of renowned Burgundy domaines
Tour Burgundy's capital city of Dijon, known for its food and markets
Explore the 12th-century castle Château de Bussy-Rabutin
Guests will be met in Paris and transferred to the elegant L’Impressionniste by a private chauffeured minibus. The crew and a champagne reception await for guests to arrive and your first dinner will be served once you've settled in your cabins.
The tour will start by cruising along an enchanting canal which an ever-present towpath is nearby where you can spend time walking or biking. While doing whichever you prefer, you will see the sleepy and peaceful villages lock houses. After lunch, you will visit the headquarters of Chevaliers du Tastevin which is an exclusive bacchanalian fraternity of Burgundy wine enthusiasts, the Clos de Vougeot. Chevaliers du Tastevin awards a special prized label to the finest Côte d‘Or vintages every year. You will then return to the hotel barge and have a taste of a fine Burgundy wine in the reputable domaine, Château André Ziltener. Dinner will be served on board.
Breakfast will be served on board and you will have an opportunity to walk around old Dijon afterward. Visit the vivid produce markets, mustard shops and the impressive Notre-Dame de Dijon, or enjoy some excellent shopping time. You then return to the hotel barge to have your lunch and L’Impressionniste will continue cruising to La Bussière. You will have the opportunity of walking and bicycling along the canal to the next lock or two. Dinner on board.
Today, L’Impressionniste continues cruising. You will set off on a drive through the vineyards and stop at a famous vineyard owned by the Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils, the vigne de l’enfant Jesus. A wine expert will give you insight on what it is like to produce Grand Cru and Premier Cru wines. Continue your tour to Beaune, where you find an old winery and taste of their Bouchard Père et Fils wines. You will then proceed to Château de Beaune to have your lunch. Afterwards, you will visit the fascinating 15th-century Hôtel-Dieu Hospice and explore the town, before returning to the barge for a short evening cruise to Pont d’Ouche. Dinner on board.
This morning, you will cruise to Vandenesse-en-Auxois where you can enjoy the stunning views of the Charolais cattle, the hills, and the nearby villages. As L’Impressionniste cruises, you will cross the only aqueduct on the Burgundy Canal. Lunch will be served on board and you will then continue touring by visiting the medieval village, craft shops and castle of Châteauneuf-en-Auxois. This has a fine overlooking view of the feeder lakes, canal and the countryside as well. The day ends with a fine dinner on board.
Your last day’s leisurely cruise takes you to the canal summit, 1,250 feet above sea level, just before the Pouilly tunnel. After an early lunch, visit the moat-encircled Château de Commarin to be treated to a private demonstration of the medieval sport of falconry. The close up encounter with these majestic birds against the backdrop of the castle grounds is an amazing experience and afterwards, meet Count Bertrand de Vogue, the current resident and 26th generation of the de Vogue family to maintain continuous residence since the 13th century, who will give a fascinating insight into the Château’s history. This is followed by a private tour of the building. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Day 7: Escommes | Disembark
After breakfast, guests are transferred back to Paris.
Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.