Hotel Barge: Après Tout

Glorious Top Class Cruising in the heart of Burgundy


An exceptionally smart and elegant barge offering the very best of luxury cruising for the discerning traveller in central Burgundy. With two different routes to cruise in the heart of the French waterways guests can be sure of experiencing everything the region has to offer.

Après Tout offers accommodation for 6 guests in wonderfully light and spacious contemporary-styled interiors. Her three suites are of identical size and the large teak sun deck has 360º panoramic views, a covered dining area, sun loungers and a Jacuzzi.

At a Glance

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Hotel Barge Après Tout :: Key Features

  • Grand Luxe class (5*)
  • Two routes in southern Burgundy
  • Charter and some cabin bookings, 6 nights, 7 days, April to October
  • 6 guests / 3 cabins with en-suite bathrooms
  • Individually controlled air conditioning and heating throughout
  • Full board, on-board dining with Cordon Bleu chef
  • Sun deck with spa tub
  • 6 bicycles
  • Wifi (limited in some places)
  • Air-conditioned executive minibus for transfers and excursions

Hotel Barge Après Tout: Cruise Highlights

  • Excursion along the ‘Route du Grand Crus’ for a private wine-tasting
  • Visit ‘Clos de Vougeot’ in a vintage WWII jeep
  • Visit a truffle producer and learn about these delicacies
  • Expore the historic centre of Dijon and the Grey Poupon mustard shop
  • Visit Beaune, its famous Hôtel-Dieu, Hospice de Beaune and discover its fascinating history; and shop!
  • Explore the 13th century Chateau de Chasselas
  • Stroll and bike along the towpaths and country lanes in the beautiful Ouche Valley.

Your Hosts
Apres Tout Hotel Barge Burgundy - Caroline and Rory McCraeAprès Tout is owner-operated by Rory and Caroline Macrae, former managers of the Orient-Express luxury barge fleet (now called ‘Belmond’), who bring their inspiration and experience to bear in providing two of the very best hotel barge cruises in France.

What’s included:
Transfers to and from Paris by air-conditioned private mini-bus, all meals and drinks on board, excursion fees and transport
Not included:
Air fares to and within France; travel, medical and cancellation insurance; crew gratuities (5-10% suggested)

Guest Comments:

“We’ve had a most wonderful and elegant week focused on Burgundy wine, cuisine, and French cheeses. The beauty, functionality, an immaculately maintained barge made a wonderful home for our cruise…Thank you so much for a perfect week in beautiful Burgundy aboard the very special Après Tout.”
Caroline and Steve
USA

We honestly could not have had a more perfect trip! So much thought was put into every detail – the food, the wine, the tours, the comfort on the boat – everything! We will return.”
Katie & John
UK

Hotel Barge Après Tout Cruises, Burgundy

hotel barge burgundy apres tout1. Canal de Bourgogne: St Jean de Losne to Pont d’Ouche, Burgundy
Includes one meal off-board

Sunday – Paris to St. Jean de Losne
Pick-up in Paris and transfer by executive minibus to Apres Tout, moored on the quayside at St Jean de Losne. Meet the crew at the Champagne reception and settle in before dinner – weather permitting on deck.

Monday – St. Jean de Losne to Longecourt
A morning cruise from the Saone onto the Canal de Bourgogne. After lunch on board, an excursion to the ‘Côte d’Or’ area to explore the famous vineyards of the region and the ‘Route de Grand Crus’. Visit the local truffle producer at Nuits St George to learn about this delicacy, and tasting, before returning to the Après Tout for cocktails and a delicious dinner.

Tuesday – Longecourt to Dijon
Cruise onward towards Dijon and after lunch on board, an excursion to “Clos de Vougeot”, a medieval château once headquarters of the Chevaliers du Tastevin. Explore the surrounding vineyards aboard World War II jeeps. Then visit Dijon itself on market day; enjoy the pavement cafe culture, boutiques and visit the Ducal Palace and the Grey Poupon mustard shop for a tasting. Return to the barge to try the Dijon liqueur ‘Kir Royale (cremant and blackcurrants) before dinner on board.

Wednesday – Dijon to Fleurey
Morning cruise into the beautiful Ouche valley, where it’s a joy to walk or cycle along the even towpath. Then drive to the charming village of Gevrey Chambertin where the wine-makers provide a splendid lunch on the terrace over-looking the vines. Owner Madame Drouhin Laroze will present her wines and then provide a tour of the cellars. Return to the barge via the ‘Route du Grand Crus’, passing through many of the famous wine villages.

Thursday – Fleurey to Gissey
Morning cruise on through the the valley, accompanied by the Ouche river alongside, meandering through the rolling green fields of buttercups and brown cattle. After lunch on board, a visit to the fascinating town of Beaune, capital of the wine region of Burgundy. Visit the famous Hôtel-Dieu, Hospice de Beaune with its magnificent Burgundian coloured-tile roof. Free time to explore and shop and enjoy an optional private wine tasting at the famous cellars of Joseph Drouhin. Return to the barge for a cocktail before a gourmet dinner on board.

Friday – Gissey to Pont d’Ouche
The final stretch of this beautiful canal cruises through several more locks until reaching Pont d’Ouche. Lunch on board and then drive up to Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, a medieval hill-top village steeped in history. This is a charming place with stunning views from every vantage point. Return to Après Tout for a gala dinner with wonderful wines to match.

Saturday – Pont d’Ouche to Paris
After breakfast disembark and transfer to Paris.

On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.


2. River Saône: Lyon to St. Jean de Losne
hotel barge saone lyon apres toutIncludes one dinner off-board

Sunday – Paris to Lyon
Take the TVG train from Paris (inclusive) to Lyon, for pick-up and transfer to the barge. Meet the crew for a Champagne reception, followed by a four course dinner and cruise through the heart of Lyon.

Monday – Lyon to Montmerle
Excursion into Lyon, a cultural, historic, gastronomic and ancient centre of commerce for the silk industry. Explore the Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourvière, boutiques and antiques market. After lunch, cruise upstream to the delightful riverside port of Montmerle on the edge of the Beaujolais region for dinner aboard.

Tuesday – Montmerle to Macon
After breakfast, an excursion to the heart of the Beaujolais region for a horse and cart ride to explore the country lanes and ride through the vines themselves. After lunch cruise on through the wonderful countryside of the lower Saône valley to Mâcon, a large riverside town, for dinner tonight.

Wednesday – Mâcon to Tournus
Excursion in the Pouilly-Fusse region of Burgundy to the Chateau de Chasselas for a tour and a tasting, and on the way back pass through the famous Roche de Solutre and other small wine villages for lunch on board. Then cruise to the riverside town of Tournus to see the 11th century Abbey of St Philibert. Dinner tonight at the ‘Aux Terrace’ Michelin-starred restaurant.

Thursday – Tournus to Chalon-sur-Saône
Cruise up river to Chalon sur Saone and then an excursion to the historic town of Beaune for a wonderful lunch. Explore the famous Hospice du Beaune and have free time for shopping before a private tour of the amazing cellars of Joseph Drouhin and wine tasting. There will also be time after dinner on board to explore Chalon, home to Nicephore Niepce, the inventor of photography.

Friday – Chalon-sur-Saône to St. Jean de Losne
Take the wheel of a World War II jeep and discover the beauty of the villages and vineyards of the famed Côte Chalonnaise. Lunch on board and then a leisurely cruise to the last stop, Saint Jean de Losne, whilst dining on board.

Saturday – Transfer to Paris
Transfer by luxury minibus after breakfast to your hotel in Paris.

On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.


New Après Tout Cruise for 2018

Pont Canal du Guetin to Briare

The day to day itinerary described below is a typical cruise, on any one cruise the moorings may change and the places visited may vary depending on the season and guest preferences.

Sunday – Paris to Nevers. Moor in Pont Canal de Guétin
Depart Paris by luxury private transfer direct to the barge which is moored on the Canal Latéral à la Loire. A champagne reception is followed by an evening cruise on the canal and dinner on board

Hotel Barge Apres Tout Nevers

Monday – Visit Aprémont. Cruise to La Charité sur Loire. Visit Nevers
After breakfast on board, take a short drive to Aprémont to visit the village and admire the beautiful gardens, Aprémont is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Over lunch the barge cruises to La Charité-sur-Loire. Then, a guided tour of Nevers, the capital of the Nivernais and third largest city in Burgundy; discover the streets of the old town, including the magnificent Cathedral with its splendid contemporary stained glass windows.

Hotel barge Apres Tout La Charite

Tuesday – Visit La Charité-sur-Loire. Cruise to Ménétréol
A guided tour to La Charité-sur-Loire, an important site of Burgundian Romanesque art. La Charité was a hugely important spiritual centre in the early middle ages, and a halt for pilgrims on the road to Santiago de Compostela and is a UNESCO world Heritage site. During the day the barge continues its cruise from La Charité to the night’s mooring at Ménétréol.

Hotel Barge Apres Tout Sancerre

Wednesday – Visit Chavignol, lunch and Sancerre. Cruise to Léré
After a relaxing morning cruise a visit to the village of Chavignol famed for its production of fine Sancerre wines and the locally produced ‘Crotin de Chavignol’, goats cheese. Visit the Domain Henri Bougeois and enjoy lunch at the family’s bistro ‘La Cote des Monts Damnes’. After lunch take a leisurely stroll through the meandering streets of the impressive hilltop medieval town of Sancerre, with its stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Thursday – Cruise to Châtillon-sur-Loire. Visit Gien
Continue the cruise towards Châtillon-sur-Loire. After lunch on board visit the charming town of Gien and its famous faïence china factory, renowned for its colour and design. Après Tout has special permission to walk through the design area and see at first hand the painters at work. Also, for lovers of ‘La Chasse’, Gien has a fine hunting museum housed in the unique brick built Château de Gien.

Hotel Barge Apres Tout Chateau de Fargeau

Friday – Cruise to Briare. Visit market & Château at Saint Fargeau
Today, visit a typical French market in the pretty town of Saint Fargeau. Afterwards, explore the beautiful Château de Saint Fargeau, once the home to ‘La Grande Mademoiselle’, cousin of Louis XIV. On your last day of cruising the barge traverses the river Loire via the longest canal bridge in Europe connecting the Canal Latéral à la Loire to the Canal du Briare. Meanwhile, Caroline is busy preparing for the farewell gala dinner on board.

Hotel Barge Apres Tout Pont Canal Briare

Saturday – Briare to Paris
After breakfast on board disembark the barge and return to Paris by luxury private transfer.

On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

Hotel Barge Après Tout cruises in the heart of Burgundy


Barge Cruising – The Ouche Valley and Dijon

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Canal de Bourgogne (South-East)

The construction of the Canal de Bourgogne in eastern central France was completed in 1832 and follows the course of first the River Armancon and then the River Ouche. Located close to its summit, the pretty rural village of Vandenesse-en-Auxois marks the start of the southern reaches of one of France’s loveliest waterways, gliding through perhaps the most highly-regarded winemaking region in the country. The celebrated Burgundy Route des Vins offers arguably the best of French reds from the Cotes de Nuits to the Cote de Beaune and all stops in between.

The fairytale Chateau de Longecourt has a romantic moat and dreaming spires to enchant the eye, but it is the Ducal Palace in Dijon that provides the historical and architectural highlights of the area. Once the official residence of the Dukes of Burgundy, it now houses the Musee des Beaux Arts, one of the largest museums in France, which features masterpieces by the likes of Titian, Veronese, Brueghel, Rubens, the list goes on…In the 17th century Dijon was granted exclusive rights to produce mustard, a skill that locals have honed down the years and nowadays the famous Dijon mustard adds a piquant note to the cuisine for which the Burgundy region is so well known.
Look out for the distinctive glazed tiles that colour the roofscapes of so many of the region’s towns and villages: from the 12th century onwards these richly coloured tiles, arranged in intricate patterns, were intended to confer status on the owners of the houses that they graced.

Getting There
Hotel barges often collect and return guests to a pre-agreed Paris or Dijon hotel. The primary French international airport is at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and there is a European-flight airport at Dole. There are also TGV express train stations at Montbard, Dijon, near Dole and Le Cruesot (near Montchanin); and many other towns in the region have railway connections.

– [below] In the region: Vandenesse-en-Auxois, Canal de Bourgogne, Longecourt, Burgundy Route des Vins, Dijon –

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Longecourt ©CamSky | Barrels ©wineterroirs.com | Tasting ©bringingburgundytoyou.com | Others ©FW, wikimedia, n/a


Barge Cruising – The Saone and South Burgundy

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River Saone – Canal du Centre – Doubs/Canal Rhone-Rhine

The Saone is one of the most attractive rivers in France: wide, sleepy and unhurried, it wends its way from the mountains of the Vosges to the Rhone, linking up with the Burgundy Canal, the River Doubs and the Rhone au Rhine Canal and passing through delightful countryside replete with wildlife – herons, kites and the pale Charolais cattle that come down to the waterside to drink. Macon offers an ideal base for discovering the Beaujolais – a rolling crest of hills famous for the production of light red wine, or if you prefer fuller Burgundy reds then a rendezvous at Clos Vougeot will provide ample opportunity for tasting. Beaune is another major centre for viticulture and the town’s ancient hospital with its dazzling glazed tiled roof is an unmissable attraction.

Formerly an outpost on the border between the historic kingdoms of France and Burgundy, Verdun sur le Doubs is now better known for the delicious stew made from locally caught river fish – Pochouse. Also on the River Doubs, Dole retains much of its medieval character and Besancon, with its spectacular citadel designed by the French military architect Vaubun, is worth the journey further upstream.

Fans of photography will be keen to visit Chalon-sur-Saone, the home of Nicéphore Niepce and thus regarded as the birthplace of this popular art form: the colourful Sunday market offers perfect opportunities for taking vivid holiday snaps.

Getting There
Hotel barges often collect and return guests to a pre-agreed Paris or Dijon hotel. The primary French international airport is at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and there are European-flight airports at Dole and Lyon. There are also TGV express train stations at Dijon, near Dole, Macon, Le Cruesot (near Montchanin) and Lyon; and many other towns in the region have railway connections.

– [below] In the region: Besancon, Dole, Verdun sur le Doubs, Chalon-sur-Saone, Macon, Clos Vougeot, Beaune, Germolles –

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Besancon ©M Akpovi | Dole ©sosni | Verdun ©B Bonin | Chalon ©M Chanaud | Clos ©markjone | Beaune ©Michael Evans | Others ©FW, wikimedia, n/a

Hotel Barge Après Tout:  Details and facilities

Apres Tout Hotel Barge, Burgundy - deck plans

  • Dimensions: 127ft (38.7m) x 16ft 5″ (4.88m)
    Ceiling height: 6ft 7″
  • All the suites measure 158 sq ft (15.5m²) including the bathrooms
  • Bathrooms have large walk in showers, L’Occitane toiletries, hairdryer, bathrobe for each guest, heated towel rack
  • Emperor size beds – 2.2m or 7ft 3″ square – that can be configured as double or twin beds
  • All cabins have individually controlled heating and air conditioning
  • All windows open and have retractable fly screens
  • Expert and professional English-speaking crew of 4: Rory (captain) and Caroline (Cordon Bleu chef) (both ex Orient Express fleet managers), a hostess and a tour guide.

Other items on board:

  • 6 person Jacuzzi
  • 6 bicycles
  • A small library of books, maps, board games & DVDs/CDs
  • Mac computer with Wifi
  • Bose sound system, TV, DVD and satellite connection

Hotel Barge Après Tout: Cuisine

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All meals on board are freshly prepared by Caroline Mcrae, a Cordon Bleu trained chef, with fresh ingredients sourced from trusted local suppliers. They are served either in the dining room or up on deck, accompanied by carefully matched wines from the region. Vegetarian, pescatarian, vegan and non-allergenic dishes can be arranged given at least 8 weeks notice prior to departure.

Sample Cuisine

Crab cakes with tartar sauce
Asparagus soup with spring-onion ribbons
Smoked salmon parcels filled with smoked trout pate

Rack of lamb with white bean cassoulet
Roast fillet of beef with truffle sauce
Chicken wrapped in bacon au jus

Meringue swans with raspberry coulis
Creme Brulee with red fruits
Pimms jelly with lemon panacotta

Caroline writes –
After passing my Certificate at the Corden Bleu school, I went to work for an extremely upmarket outside catering company in the Lake District in England – this was such a wonderful place to work and we found ourselves catering in all sorts of exciting places such as castles, an island in the middle of Lake Windermere and many Stately homes! In 1991 with my husband Rory we first ventured to France and started working on a river cruiser in Provence, we loved the life style immediately. France has such wonderful produce and catering to 12 passengers was a dream come true. I love following the seasons in France, for example in the Spring the markets are full of the white and green asparagus in abundance while in September it is all about wild mushrooms.

Catering to a small select group is such a great pleasure, providing meals of the highest quality to our passengers on board, discussing their requirements and ensuring they leave happy and fulfilled with the food is my goal. My kitchen on the Après Tout is a perfect ‘show kitchen’ and has plenty of room for any passenger who might be interested to sit, chat and watch or even to try their hand at a favourite dish prepared during the week which they would enjoy to learn!

Caroline in action! – Crème Brulée the Après Tout Way

Crème Brûlée, the Après Tout way – HD version from Mark Newton on Vimeo.

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Hotel Barge Après Tout – 2017 Rates   ➤ 2018 Rates

Charter and Cabin bookings
Sunday to Saturday

Regular rate weeks:

April 9, 16, 23, 30
May 7, 14, 21, 28
June 4, 11, 18, 25
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
August 6, 13, 20, 27
September 3, 10, 17, 24
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
November 5, 12

4 guest charter: 34,000 USD
5 guest charter: 35,000 USD
6 guest charter: 39,000 USD

Per Cabin bookings
Double Cabin: 6,500 USD per person
Single Occupancy Supplement: 3,000 USD


Hotel Barge Après Tout – 2018 Rates

Charter and Cabin bookings
Sunday to Saturday

Regular rate weeks:

April 8, 15, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20, 27
June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
August 5, 12, 19, 26
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
October 7, 14, 21, 28
November 4, 11

4 guest charter: 34,000 USD
5 guest charter: 35,000 USD
6 guest charter: 39,000 USD

Per Cabin bookings
Double Cabin: 6,500 USD per person
Single Occupancy Supplement: 3,000 USD


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