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Sunday, Day 1 Tanlay
Guests are met at our meeting point in central Paris** and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to La Belle Epoque. A full crew Welcome Aboard with champagne and canapés, then an opportunity perhaps for a stroll through the grounds of nearby Château de Tanlay, before enjoying your first dinner on board and an introduction to Burgundy’s excellent cuisine.
Monday, Day 2 Tanlay to Lezinnes
Wake to the aromas of ground coffee and French patisseries and enjoy a leisurely breakfast and morning cruise to Lezinnes with the opportunity to cycle or walk into the picturesque village of Saint Vinnemer. Following lunch, we visit the town of Chablis, dating back to Roman times, and enjoy a private wine tasting at the prestigious Domaine Laroche. There, we also visit the 1000-year-old Obediencerie, originally part of the monastery of St Martin, the founders of Chablis, where for centuries, the Domaine’s wines have been aged. Dinner on board.
Tuesday, Day 3 Lezinnes to Ancy-le-Franc
After breakfast, we continue our lazy cruise up the Burgundy Canal to our mooring at Ancy-le-Franc, again with plenty of opportunity to wander or cycle ahead as the vessel ascends through the locks. After lunch on board, we visit Château d’Ancy-le-Franc. This beautifully symmetrical, 16th century masterpiece contains France’s biggest collection of Renaissance murals and is set in magnificent gardens and parkland. Dinner on board.
Wednesday, Day 4 Ancy-le-Franc to Ravières
A truly unique day lies ahead. Following breakfast aboard we head to Les Riceys, the only wine growing area of the Champagne region to have 3 Appellation d’Origine Contrôlées. Here we visit the Maison Alexandre Bonnet for a private champagne tasting, a family owned Champagne house renowned for a stunning yearly harvest of Pinot Noir that leads to some exquisite vintages. After you’ve tasted an array of champagne’s we take a short drive to Château de Ricey-Bas; with its 12th century vaulted cellars and thousand’s year history it’s the ideal location to appreciate the rolling vineyards and enjoy a glimpse of family life in a rural château. Here we will be greeted for a Champagne aperitif and a gourmet lunch with the Baroness herself, which we take in either the private salon or the atmospheric vaulted 13th century kitchen. We will spend the remainder of the afternoon strolling the beautiful gardens or exploring the regal chateau interiors. We return to the barge and begin our cruise to Ravieres, with plenty of opportunity to walk or cycle along the towpath… or sit on deck with another glass of bubbly. Dinner on board.
Thursday, Day 5 Ravières to Montbard
Morning cruise, with more excellent walking and cycling opportunities, to Montbard passing the 18th century Forges de Buffon. After lunch, we escort you to the exquisite UNESCO World Heritage Site of Abbayé de Fontenay founded by St Bernard in 1118. Representing a distinctive example of early Cistercian architecture and virtually intact, Fontenay allows an exceptional glimpse of Cistercian life and industry with its peaceful gardens, ponds and fascinating cloisters, dormitories and scriptorium. Dinner on board.
Friday, Day 6 Montbard to Venarey-les-Laumes
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, then we cruise through woodlands and rolling fields with great towpath biking and walking opportunities past the tiny canal-side villages of Nogent, Courcelles and Les Granges. After an early lunch, we 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, we 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.
Saturday, Day 7 Venarey-les-Laumes
After breakfast, guests are transferred to Paris**.
**other locations available for private charter bookings
*** Weather Dependent
This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.