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rendez vous - burgundyCanal Barge in France
"One of the best, most relaxing vacations I've ever taken!"
"We had an absolutely wonderful time on our trip!! It exceeded our expectations. The crew was absolutely superb!! They attended to our every need with good humor and professionalism. We threatened to kidnap them and take them home with us! Hostess Camille, Captain Fred, Tour Guide Spencer and Chef Joe each did their respective jobs with aplomb and they worked well together. I think our family melded well with their family. The cuisine was delicious, beautiful, plentiful, and everything we could hope for. We loved Chef Joe's daily descriptions of what he was doing. The wines were wonderful and complimented the food well. Only trouble is we ate and drank too much! We all loved the cheese selections lovingly described by Camille at lunch and dinner. Spencer's sightseeing tours were perfect...not too much, not too little. His knowledge and connections in the region made the excursions very personal and special. Our cabins were very comfortable. The rooms were nicely appointed, great bathrooms! Summing up our experience...one of the best, most relaxing vacations I've ever taken! I would recommend this trip to anyone!"
THE 6 PASSENGER BARGE rendez vous
Rendezvous is designed for guests who want a high quality cruise but also an experience which reflects their interest in cuisine and wine, fitness, and immersion into the culture and people of France. Personalized, fun, active. Rendezvous will pack a lot of casual living into its space, including an open kitchen, large and canopied deck, and cozy cabins with every amenity. Décor will be contemporary and comfortable, with high quality furniture, fabrics and accent pieces, all hand-selected.
itinerary - Fleury-sur-Houche to Escommes
SUNDAY - Welcome Aboard
Arrival at Fleurey-sur-Ouche Meals: Dinner onboard
In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Rendez-Vous at the designated meeting point. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to Rendez-Vous, moored in the village of Fleurey-sur-Ouche. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first gourmet dinner onboard.
MONDAY - Fleurey- sur- Ouche to Gissey- sur- OucheMeals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard
The journey continues with a morning cruise. Laze on deck in the hot tub or explore the countryside via bicycle. This afternoon, your Tour Guide accompanies you to Clos de Vougeot, where Cistercian monks made wine in the 12th century. Explore the preserved presses on which these iconic Burgundian vintages were made. Then it’s back to present day pleasures with a winetasting in the vineyards of the Cote de Nuits. Return to the Rendez-Vous and relax with drinks and dinner onboard.
TUESDAY - Gissey-sur-Ouche to La Bussière
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard
This morning, the town of Dijon offers a pleasurable assault of the senses. "Les Halles”, the region's food market, presents a panorama of colorful produce; mustard jars are cheerfully displayed in boutiques; and public gardens are vibrant with greenery and scenery. Shop, stroll, and sip your way through this small city brimming with authentic French life. Return to the barge for a lazy afternoon cruise. Explore the towpath with a sunset stroll or relaxing bicycle ride as Chef prepares tonight's dinner.
WEDNESDAY - La Bussiere to Pont d’Ouche Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboard, dinner ashore
Relax on the deck with a freshly brewed cup of coffee during today's morning cruise. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, a village perched atop a hill overlooking the Canal. Chateauneuf's imposing position refers to its history as a 15th century fortress. A tour of the Chateau reveals architectural details and timeworn relics which speak to the deprivations and decadence so prevalent in France’s history. Tonight’s dinner is taken ashore at a fine dining venue, the Chateau de Sainte Sabine. Feast on traditional French gastronomy with a contemporary approach. Bon Appetit!
THURSDAY - Pont d’Ouche to Vandenesse en AuxoisMeals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner onboard
Begin the day with a morning cruise. Join Chef in the open kitchen, or visit your Captain in the wheelhouse. In the afternoon, a drive through the Cote d’Or vineyards culminates in the charming town of Beaune, the region's wine capital. Here, the methods of making mustard are revealed during a tour and tasting at the factory Fallot, the last independent mill in Burgundy. Next, visit the Hospice de Beaune, an immaculately preserved Medieval hospital built in the 15th century. Enjoy aperitifs and appetizers onboard before Chef serves tonight’s candlelit dinner.
FRIDAY - Vandenesse en Auxois to EscommesMeals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard
Experience your final cruise this morning on deck while soaking in the ambiance of the tranquil countryside. Your Tour Guide accompanies you this afternoon to the prestigious vineyards of the Chateau de Chassagne Montrachet for a private tasting of their boutique wines. The Picard family, who have owned the domaine since 1951, will open the doors to its cellars, which date back to the XI and XV centuries. Return to the Rendez-Vous for cocktails and canapes, and then finish your cruise in style at the Captain's Dinner.
SATURDAY - Transfer from EscommesMeals: Breakfast onboard
After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point.
On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
2020 - 2021
7 day / 6 night cruise
19 Apr / 31 Oct
Price for Rendez Vous includes:
Cruise Rate Includes: 6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, chauffeured transfers from Paris to the barge & return, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch & dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.
These rates do not include:• Insurance • Personal expenses • Gratuities to the crew (between 7 and 10%)
To avoid currency exchange fees
• Australians can pay in Australian dollars by direct deposit or credit card.
• New Zealanders can pay in New Zealand dollars by direct deposit or credit card.
• US citizens will be charged in US dollars using credit card.