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saroche - Alsace & burgundyCanal Barge in France
"Thank you for the most wonderful vacation we have ever had! The food,
the wine, the accommodation, the service…everything was perfect!"
If you are a wine fanatic, you are on the right boat. Jason, owner, captain, wine expert and brilliant entertainer will take you through endless caves running under the city of Beaune and will make sure you get to taste wines in accordance with your palate. When I visited Saroche, he made me sip a 2006 Clos de La Roche Grand Cru which I am still raving about. Jason’s choice of a 2011 Chassagne-Montrachet Grand Cru made my Australian companions applaud instantly.
THE 6 PASSENGER BARGE saroche
Saroche has been completely renovated from end to end. There will be a new salon and dining area, new kitchen and a new deck layout to include more seating and a fire pit. Saroche feature large airy cabins all with individually air conditioning and large en-suite bathrooms. The split level lounge/dining room has 8 large windows as well as a feature hexagonal skylight which baths the room in sunlight. The lounge has 3,6 meters (12 foot 4 inches) headroom. Saroche has a large hard wood sun deck, for the best views of the passing countryside as we cruise. With a total area of 44 square meters (470 sq ft) there is an awning covering part of the deck for those who which for shade, a table and chairs for alfresco dinning and loungers for relaxing. With flowering plants and shrubs the deck is a very pleasant place to spend your day.
saroche in alsace
26 april to 25 July 2020
The Alsace Cruise7 days / 6 nights gastronomic wine voyage cruising along the canal Marne au Rhine Est Cruising from Strasbourg to to Nidvillier
SUNDAY - Strasbourg
Pick up from Strasbourg train station at 5pm and minibus transfer to the Saroche, moored in the busy port of Strasbourg Centre, the second largest river port in France and on the Rhine.
A Champagne reception awaits you with time to settle into your cabins before dinner on board Saroche.
MONDAY - Strasbourg to Hochfelden
This morning we take a tour of Strasbourg old town, where picturesque half-timbered houses give a perfect image of traditional Alsace.
Return to Saroche for lunch on deck and set off, passing the European Parliament building as we head onto the canal Marne au Rhine Est.
We sail out of the city and into the countryside to our destination of Hochfelden, our mooring for the night. Dinner on board.
TUESDAY - Hochfelden to Dettwiller
Morning cruise to Dettwiller passing pastoral landscapes, lunch on board and then Jason will take you wine tasting in the afternoon to the Grand Cru fields of Traenheim. Traenheim is a charming little village of 500 people, owing its fame to its vines, which produce the grapes for excellent Grand Cru wines. The exceptional quality of these wines derives from the distinctive sub-soils of the Altenberg and the microclimate which gives it decidedly more hours of sun per year than the Alsace average.
Return to the barge for evening cocktails and dinner on board.
WEDNESDAY - Colmar
This morning Jason will drive you through the vineyards to the town of Colmar, The town is situated on the Alsatian wine route and considers itself to be the "capital of Alsatian wine" (capitale des vins d'Alsace). The city is renowned for its well-preserved old town, its numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums, along with its markets and today is market day! Follow Jason through the market picking up local produce and then have ample time to wander the old town before Jason takes you out into the vineyards for a picnic lunch. In the afternoon your sommelier Jason will take you wine tasting in one of the most famous houses in the Alsace before returning to Saroche for dinner on board. .
THURSDAY - Dettwillier to Lutzulbourg.
This morning’s cruise takes us into the heart of the Zorn Valley to the charming town of Lutzelbourg.
This picturesque village at the junction of five valleys, whose origin can be traced back to the 12th century, has a welcoming quality that makes it one of the loveliest parts of the Vosges. After lunch Jason will drive you through the forest to the village of Wingen sur Moder to the Rene Lalique Glass Museum. René Jules Lalique was a French glass designer known for his creations of glass art, perfume bottles and vases in both the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles.
Return to Saroche to freshen up as Jason hosts you tonight for dinner in a traditional local Alsatian restaurant.
FRIDAY - Lutzebourg to Nidvillier
Today we set sail in the morning and cruise up a few locks to the world famous incline plane lock at Arzviller.
This impressive feat of engineering travels the barge 145 metres up the side of the hill and eliminates 17 locks in the process. From here we cruise through the countryside, passing two tunnels, to the village of Nidervillier our final destination for the week.
After lunch Jason will take you to the town of Sarrebourg to visit the Chapel of the Cordeliers, famous for its Marc Chagall windows. An early modernist, Marc Chagall was associated with several major artistic styles and created works in virtually every artistic format but is best known for his stained glass windows.
Return to Saroche for the gala dinner
SATURDAY - Nidvillier
After breakfast Jason will drive you back to Strasbourg train station for your onward journey.
Depending on starting point the itinerary may run in the opposite way
saroche in Burgundy Canal : 30 August to 31 October 2020
7 days / 6 nights gastronomic wine voyage
cruising along the southern Burgundy Canal Cruising from Escommes to Gissey-sur-ouche.
This very special itinerary captures the essence of France, starting near Dijon. Visit the magical vineyards of the world famous Côte d'Or, experience wine tasting, truffle hunting and medieval history. Cruise through unspoilt canals, mooring up in quaint hamlets and villages, enjoying fabulous food and Grand Cru wines along the way.
SUNDAY - Paris to Escommes
Meet your chauffeur in a chosen place for your journey down to the Saroche at Escommes on the canal du Bourgogne. You will be welcomed with a champagne reception and have plenty of time to settle in before Dawn, your personal chef, presents you with the first of many gourmet meals.
MONDAY - Escommes- Chateauneuf
Today's cruise takes you down the flight of locks from the summit pound to the foot of beautiful Chateauneuf en Auxois. After lunch Jason will take you to visit a chocolatier for a delightful tasting and talk on this wonderful product. With both lunch and dinner aboard today, relax and enjoy burgundy and canal life at its best.
TUESDAY - Chateauneuf-Pont D'Ouche
After breakfast Jason will drive you up the hill to the village of Chateauneuf en Auxois. This 11th century chateau is a famous landmark in the area and hides a quaint hamlet behind it. After a tour of the chateau there is plenty of time to enjoy exploring the village before returning to the barge for lunch.
In the afternoon we set sail and head down stream to Pont d'Ouche, our mooring for the night. There is a tow path all the way, and you can walk or cycle or perhaps enjoy the pace of life from the deck. Once moored up, Dawn will once again regale you with another gourmet feast.
WEDNESDAY - Pont D'ouche - Veuvey sur Ouche
Today we leave the Saroche and head over the hills to Beaune. This is the Capital of wine production in Burgundy, however it all hinges around the Hospice du Beaune, which Jason will expertly guide you around. Famous for its wines as much as it is for the traditional tiled roofs, this bastion of Burgundian history was constructed in 1443, and whilst not the oldest monument you will see this week by far and away its most impressive. It was still a functioning hospital as late as 1973! Today is also market day in Beaune and before lunch there is time to wander the stalls and lovely cobbled streets enjoying this very French of towns. Jason invites you to join him for lunch at L’Ecusson, a wonderful small fine dining establishment that puts a modern twist on classic French food. Plates arrive more like works of art which almost make it a shame to eat them, but eat you must and the rewards in flavours are stunning.Beaune is really two towns; one above ground and one below, made up of a labyrinth of cellars dating back to Roman times. With this in mind Jason takes you on a comprehensive wine tasting at the house of Patriarche. The largest wine house in Burgundy with 3 miles of cellars and well over 2 million bottles of wine, it goes without saying it could be a long afternoon!You will taste sublime whites and rich complex reds from some of the most famous Grand Cru fields in the world. As a personal friend of the cellar master, Jason enjoys unrivalled access to the wines. We finish in a small private cellar surrounded by rare vintages which are normally reserved for the higher echelons of the wine world – this is a privilege which Jason enjoys sharing with guests. As a trained sommelier, he is on hand to guide, explain and advise.
Dinner tonight aboard Saroche is a simple rustic French affair of Dawn’s homemade pâtés, terrines and local cheese, ensuring a relaxed evening accompanied by a special treat of live music on our deck.
THURSDAY - La Bussiere
After breakfast we set sail and cruise down to La Bussiere, with another gentle tow path for those who wish to walk or cycle. Lunch is on board the Saroche. In the afternoon Jason will drive you into the Cote du Nuits where first you will visit the Clos du Vougeot, the 11th century Cistercian monastic winery, now home to The Knights of The Round Table of wine tasting, before heading into one of the villages for a tasting. The cote du Nuits is famous for its red wines, and Jason will show you why the world raves about the Pinot Noir from this area.
FRIDAY - La Bussiere - Gissey
Market Day. Dijon is the capital of Burgundy, once home to the Dukes of Burgundy and home to Gustave Eiffel, who designed the market square. After a walking tour of the old town, you will have plenty of time to enjoy and explore the market and enjoy the classic French shops of Dijon. We return to the Saroche for lunch before setting sail for Gissey our destination for the week. This beautiful village nestled in the heart of the Ouche valley is classically French and no trip would be complete without exploring the village. Tonight Jason will be your host for Captains dinner where Dawn will round of your culinary experience with another gourmet delight.
SATURDAY - Gissey - Paris
Your chauffeur driven minibus will pick you up after breakfast and take you back to Paris with time to reflect on the fabulous week aboard the Saroche.
On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
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6 night- cruise
US$ 7000 per person
6 night cruise
US$ 7000 per person
Price for Saroche includes:
Seven days and six nights on the barge - use of your assigned cabin from arrival Sunday until 09.30hrs on the following Saturday. - All meals during the week. - All wines and open bar aboard the barge. - All escorted excursions included in the program. - Use of six bicycles (helmets not included) - Pick up, drop off and transfer to and from the barge. Only one pick up and drop off destination may be chosen for the whole group. • Burgundy: Lyon international airport, Lyon city hotels, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Paris city hotels, for charters, (one location per charter). For individual cabin bookings down town Paris only. • Alsace: Strasbourg train station and Strasbourg city hotels.
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.