Majestic contemporary style canal cruising in Burgundy
Hotel Barge Rendez-Vous offers high quality accommodation and cruising on the famous Burgundy canal. With fresh and tidy decor she provides 6 guests with a superb private charter vacation; treat your family or friends to excellent on-board cuisine, sunshine wines and fascinating excursions for the cruise of a lifetime.
Rendez-Vous has contemporary styling with luxury furnishing and fabrics throughout, making her supremely comfortable. With high-ceilings and light and spacious social areas including an open galley, and a gorgeous sun-deck for relaxing and watching the scenery drift by, she has all the amenities you need on board, plus bicycles to explore the pretty villages en route.
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Hotel Barge Rendez-Vous :: Key Features
- Excellence class (4*)
- Canal de Bourgogne, Burgundy
- Charter bookings only, 6 nights, 7 days, April to October
- 6 guests / 3 double or twin cabins with ensuite bathrooms
- Theme cruises: family, wine, golf
- Air conditioning and heating throughout
- Full board, on-board dining
- Sun deck with loungers and hot tub
- 6 adult-size bicycles
- Wifi (limited in some places)
- Air-conditioned minibus for transfers and excursions
Hotel Barge Rendez-Vous: Cruise Highlights –
Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Vandenesse-en-Auxois
- Cruise the beautiful upper reaches of the Canal de Bourgogne
- Walking tour of Dijon; the covered market of Les Halles and St. Benigne Cathedral
- Route des Grands Crus vineyards tour with Clos de Vougeot wine tasting
- Expore Beaune, center of the Cote d’Or wines, and a private mustard tasting
- Discover cheese-making at a local farm, and a wine tasting
- Walk and cycle along the wonderful towpath alongside Rendez-Vous
With over 20 years experience in the hotel barge business Spencer and Rejane Hayes operate Rendez-Vous with all the professional charm and competence of couple that know how to provide excellence. They hand-pick and train the crew and use their excellent local connections to provide top-class relaxed luxury on board and the most fascinating and exclusive excursions within the region.
6 nights accommodation; transfers by private chauffeured minibus* to and from the meeting point; all meals and drinks on board; guided excursions, fees and associated transport
Air fares to and within France; travel, medical and cancellation insurance; crew gratuities (5-10% suggested)
*PIck-up available from Paris, Lyon, Geneva or Dijon
Hotel Barge Rendez-Vous: Cruises from Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Éscommes, Canal de Bourgogne, Burgundy
Day 1 Sunday: Arrival
Your guide will collect you from the pre-arranged meeting point at 14:00 from either Paris, Dijon, Zurich or Geneva for your private chauffeured transfer to Rendez-Vous moored at the delightful village of Fleurey-sur-Ouche. Over a Champagne reception meet the crew and then there’s time to settle in before your first gourmet dinner on board.
Day 2 Monday: Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche
After breakfast, cruise towards Gissey-sur-Ouche, the mooring for the night, through breath-taking scenery – rolling green hills dotted with woodland and pretty villages, alongside the Ouche river. After lunch, an excursion to the famed Cote de Nuits; cycle or stroll through the vineyards along the Route des Grand Crus; visit the Clos de Vougeot and discover the role that medieval monks played in the development of wine-making techniques; enjoy a delicious tasting of prestigious wines. Return to Rendez-Vous for evening dinner.
Day 3 Tuesday: Gissey-sur-Ouche to Pont d’Ouche
Cruise on to Dijon, a vibrant town with a well-preserved medieval quarter.
A guided walking tour will include the splendid Cathedral and finish at Les Halles, the 19th Century covered market designed by Dijon’s Gustave Eiffel, to marvel at the huge range of local produce of offer. Return to Rendez-Vous for lunch and then an afternoon cruise to the mooring for the night and take supper on board, with plenty of time to walk or cycle alongside or relax on deck and simply enjoy the stunning views.
Day 4 Wednesday: At Pont d’Ouche
A full day out in Beaune, the wine capital of the Cote d’Or, Where the wine cellars store millions of bottles of various crus beneath the cobbled streets. Like a true Burgundian, begin the day with a special wine tasting and then move on to visit the world-famous Hospice, the Hotel Dieu, a hospital dating back to Medieval times which was still in use during the 20th century. After lunch at a lively bistro in the town, it’s time to taste another delicacy of the region, mustard… followed by free time to explore the boutiques in the pedestrian zone and perhaps enjoy a coffee on the main square. Return to the Rendez-Vous for dinner on board in the peaceful mooring at La Bussiere sur Ouche.
Day 5 Thursday: Pont d’Ouche to Vandenesse-en-Auxois
A morning cruise for relaxing on deck and watching the scenery glide past. After lunch on board, a visit to one of the most beautiful villages in France, Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, with local craft shops, tea-shops, bistros and a tour of the fairy-tale chateau perched high over the canal. The panoramic views over the region are stunning. Dinner on board.
Day 6 Friday: Vandenesse-en-Auxois to Éscommes
Experience your final cruise this morning with a cup of coffee on deck while soaking up the ambience of the tranquil countryside. This afternoon, your Tour Guide accompanies you to the prestigious vineyards of the Château de Chassagne Montrachet for a private tasting of their boutique wines. The Picard family, owners of 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 canapés, and then finish your cruise in style at the Captain’s Dinner.
Day 7 Saturday: Departure
After breakfast on board, disembark at 09:00 for transfer to the drop-off point and onward travel.
This itinerary is subject the change and runs in the reverse direction on alternate weeks.
Hotel Barge Rendez-Vous cruises through Southern Burgundy
Barge Cruising – The Ouche Valley and Dijon
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.
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 –
Hotel Barge Rendez-Vous: Details and Facilities
- Dimensions: 100ft (30m) x 15ft (4.5m)
- 3 x suites: 2 x 120 sq ft, 1 x 103 sq ft, including bathrooms
- Bathrooms have vanitory unit and hand basin, toilet and full-size closed shower; Occitaine toilettries, hair dryer and heated towel rail
- All suites have queen-size double or twin beds
- Individually controlled heating and air conditioning
- Opening portholes
- Professional English-speaking crew of 4 – captain, tour guide, chef,
Other items on board Rendez-Vous:
- Open galley for demonstrations by chef
- A small library of books, maps and board games
- WiFi (may be restricted in some areas)
- TV, DVD and CD with sound system
- Mercedes sprinter minibus
Charter only bookings
Sunday to Saturday
Regular rate weeks:
April 7, 14, 21, 28
May 5, 12, 19, 26
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4, 11, 18, 25
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
October 6, 13, 20, 27
6 guest charter: 31,500 USD
Charter only bookings
Sunday to Saturday
Regular rate weeks:
April 5, 12, 19, 26
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
June 7, 14, 21, 28
July 5, 12, 19, 26
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
September 6, 13, 20, 27
October 4, 11, 18, 25
6 guest charter: 31,500 USD
All rates and prices will be confirmed at time of booking. Special Offers are available from time to time – contact us
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