Meet in Paris and transfer to ‘L’Impressionniste,’ moored in Fleury-sur-Ouche. A welcome reception awaits before dinner on board.
This morning, cruise along the enchanting canal with opportunities for walking or cycling along the towpath. After lunch, visit Clos de Vougeot, headquarters of the esteemed Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, whose annual awards are prized by local Côte d’Or wineries. After a wine tasting, rejoin the barge at Sainte-Marie-sur-Ouche.
Journey to Dijon today for a walking tour that includes the flamboyant Gothic-style Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy, begun in the 14th century. Then set out on a leisurely afternoon cruise along the picturesque canal to La Bussière.
This morning, visit the renowned vineyards of Bouchard Père & Fils for a tour of the cellars and a private tasting. Enjoy lunch ashore at the orangerie of Château de Beaune, owned by the winery since 1820. Then, visit the fascinating Hôtel-Dieu, a charity hospital dating from the 15th century, with time to explore the quaint shops of Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy.
Pass grazing white Charolais cattle on the morning cruise to Vandenesse-en-Auxois. After lunch, drive to Châteauneuf-en-Auxois to explore the medieval village with its hilltop castle and craft shops.
Cruise to the canal summit today, 1,250 feet above sea level. At mid-afternoon, visit Château de Bussy-Rabutin, which originated as a 12th-century castle. Stroll through the French-style garden and enjoy the fine views. Return to the barge at Escommes and gather with fellow travellers for a gala farewell dinner this evening.
Disembark after breakfast and return to Paris, where your program ends.
Route runs in reverse on alternate weeks and may differ on selected cruise dates.