Hotel Barge: Wine & Water

Luxury, relaxation and a unique wine tour in sunny Burgundy

A superb cruise, especially if you are a wine enthusiast, in glorious southern Burgundy, the heart of the world renowned wine-making country. Wine and Water provides a luxurious vacation with an onboard wine expert; the captain himself is locally born and has superb knowledge of the area’s wines and the vineyards’ owners. Combined with excellent onboard cuisine and the incomparable beauty of the Ouche Valley, this cruise is what you’ve been dreaming about.

Wine & Water is spacious and beautifully decorated, with a large and sociable salon, dining and open galley area and three double cabins. With plenty of opening windows throughout, a lovely upper deck for relaxing and bicycles for exploring the pretty villages along the way this is a luxurious, fascinating and full-value experience.

At a Glance

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Hotel Barge Wine & Water :: Key Features

  • Excellence class (4*)
  • Canal du Bourgogne, Cote D’Or
  • Charter and occasional cabin bookings, 6 nights or 4 nights, 7 days, April to October
  • 6 guests / 3 cabins with ensuite bathrooms
  • Exceptional headroom throughout
  • Air conditioning and heating
  • Full board, on-board dining
  • Sun deck, loungers and Jacuzzi
  • 6 bicycles
  • Wifi (limited in some places)
  • Air-conditioned minibuses for transfers and excursions

Hotel Barge Wine & Water: Cruise Highlights

  • Visit the Hospices de Beaune, a charity hosptial built in 1443
  • Cruise through the Hautes Côtes vineyards, dine in a chateau
  • Visits to many vineyards, including:
    Château de Corton André, unique in the grand cru appellation;
    Clos de Vougeot, created by Cistertian monks and a leading vineyard since 1336; Private wine tasting at Gevrey Chambertin, largest wine-producing village in Burgundy;
    Wine tasting at Château de Marsannay, renowned for exceptional red, white and rosé Burgundies
  • Visit to Fromagerie Gaugry
  • Guided tour of Dijon, the Palais des Ducs, Les Halles, and the Musée des Beaux-Arts,
  • Excellent tow-path for walking and cycling in the beautiful Ouche valley

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Max and Bea Renau are the owners of Wine & Water. They have more than 30 years’ experience of hotel barging and know this region of France intimately and will ensure that you gain an exclusive insight into the pleasures of Burgundy and take home memories of a unique holiday that will last a lifetime.

What’s included:
Transfers to and from the agreed meeting point, all meals and drinks on board, excursion fees, tour guide and associated transport

Not included:
Air and train fares to, and within, France; travel, medical and cancellation insurance; crew gratuities (5-10% suggested)

Guest Comments

“We had a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful trip. Having been on the Canal du Midi, we sort of knew what to expect, but our trip with you exceeded all expectations. All six of us felt that our hopes were more than met in every way….Your knowledge of the people and the history of the Burgundy Canal was surpassed only by your knowledge of Burgundian wines. I have long been an admirer of wines from Burgundy, but have never been introduced to so many grand crus and wines just not available here in America.”
Henry S. USA

“Thank you so very much for our wonderful vacation! It was better than imagined. We loved every moment and will absolutely recommend you and Wine and Water to all of our friends.”
Edna and Jim, USA

Hotel Barge Wine & Water cruises in Burgundy
Vandenesse-en-Auxois to Dijon, Canal de Bourgogne

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Day 1 Sunday – Arrival
Pick-up at the agreed meeting point for chauffeured transfer to Wine & Water, moored at Vandenesse-en-Auxois on the Canal de Bourgogne. a champagne welcome, time to meet the crew and settle in before dinner on board.

Day 2 Monday – Vandenesse-en-Auxois to Pont d’Ouche
Cruising starts during breakfast to arrive at the village of Crugey by midday. Lunch on board and then continue to Pont d’Ouche, the mooring for the night, and an excursion to Beaune. A beautiful and importnat ancient town, you will see the Hospices de Beaune, the old market, the Basilica Notre Dame and a chance to wander the cobbled streets lined with boutiques and antique shops. Return to Wine & Water through the Hautes Côtes vineyards in time to dress for dinner in a fairy-tale château in a tiny village close by.

Day 3 Tuesday-  Pont d’Ouche to Gissey sur Ouche
Cruise along the Ouche Valley through the villages of La Bussière sur Ouche and Saint Victor to Gissey sur Ouche, one of the most charming villages along the canal and the mooring for the night. After lunch on board visit the celebrated wine village of Aloxe-Corton, dominated by the Corton hill and famous for its red and white Grands Crus. Visit the Chateau de Corton André, the only castle of the Côte de Beaune in the grand cru appellation, for a wine tasting in cellars dating back to the 15th century. Return to Wine & Water for dinner on board.

Day 4 Wednesday – Gissey-sur-Ouche to Fleurey-sur-Ouche
Continue cruising through the villages of Saint Marie sur Ouche and Pont de Pany, once a very important bread market, and then the historic village of Fleurey sur Ouche, known to have been occupied by man since the Stone Age and noted for its traditional houses, narrow streets and Gallo-Roman ruins. Lunch on board and then an excursion to the renowned walled vineyard of Clos de Vougeot, created by Cistercian monks in the 12th century and by 1336 it served as the leading vineyard of this prominent order. Then a private wine tasting at Gevrey Chambertin, the largest wine-producing village in Burgundy. Dinner on board.

Day 5 Thursday – Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Plombières-les-Dijon
Cruise to Plombières les Dijon for a drive through the Route des Grands Crus vineyards of Burgundy and wine tasting at the Château de Marsannay, renowned not only for its exceptional red and white Burgundies, but also for some of the finest, most succulent rosé in France. Then a visit to the Fromagerie Gaugry, specialists in washed-rind soft cheeses, and the last cheese makers still producing raw milk Epoisses, one of the famous Burgundian cheeses. Dinner on board.

Day 6 Friday – Plombières-les-Dijon to Dijon
Excursion to Dijon, known for the eponymous mustard, but there’s much more to see: the ‘Les Halles’ market, and its metal and glass architecture designed by Gustave Eiffel; the culture in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, one of France’s oldest museums; and the Palais des Ducs, last home of the Dukes of Burgundy. Lunch on board and then cruise past Lac Kir to the southwest of Dijon to moor in the 19th century Porte du Canal de Dijon for cocktails before the final gala dinner on board.

Day 6 Saturday- Departure
After breakfast, chauffeured transfer to the drop off point for onward journey.

Please note: this itinerary is subject to change and on alternate weeks runs in the reverse direction.

Hotel Barge Wine & Water: Bike and Barge Cruises

Hotel Barge Wine and Water cruises through Southern 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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Hotel Barge Wine & Water: Details and Facilities

Hotel Barge Wine & Water Upper Deck, Burgundy

Hotel Barge Wine & Water Lower Deck plan, Burgundy

    • Dimensions: 126ft (38.4m) x 16ft 6″ (5.05m)
    • Cabins: 2 x 105 sq ft, 1 x 220 sq ft including ensuite bathrooms
      Queen size double or twin beds
      Ceiling height 2.2m / 7ft 3in
    • All cabins are air conditioned and heated and have en suite facilities
    • Bathrooms have hairdryer, shampoo, soap body cream, towels
    • A laundry service is available
    • Professional English-speaking crew of 4 – Captain, Chef, Tour Guide, Hostess

Other items on board:
A small library of books, maps and DVDs
Laptop with 4G Wi-Fi (may be limited in some areas)

Hotel Barge Wine & Water: Cuisine

Mealtimes aboard Hotel Barge Wine & Water are anticipated eagerly and never fail to deliver. The choicest local produce and ingredients are selected daily to create superb dishes from the region and the classic gourmet delights of France. Complemented, of course, by the best choice of local and regional wines to match every dish perfectly, each day’s meals are beautifully presented, absolutely delicious and of outstanding quality.

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Hotel Barge Wine+Water – 2017 Rates   ➤ 2018 Rates

Charter and Cabin bookings
Sunday to Saturday

Regular rate weeks:

April 2, 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

2-4 guest charter: 14,800 EUR
5-6 guest charter: 20,000 EUR

Barge and Bike cruises:

July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
August 6, 13, 20, 27

4-nights Sunday-Thursday
2-4 guest charter: 11,000 EUR
5-6 guest charter: 14,500 EUR

5-nights Sunday-Friday
2-4 guest charter: 13,400 EUR
5-6 guest charter: 18,000 EUR

Per Cabin bookings
Double Cabin: t.b.a
Single Occupancy Supplement: t.b.a

Hotel Barge Wine+Water- 2018 Rates

At 2017 rates until November 2017

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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