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Cruise In France On The Canal du Bourgogne In Southern Burgundy On The Deluxe Hotel-Barge APRES TOUT

SEVEN DAYS / SIX NIGHTS

The 6-passenger Apres Tout is a classic French barge which has been renovated to offer the most luxurious accommodation for six passengers. Tastefully and comfortably furnished, the salon and dining areas have large windows to view the outdoors while enjoying the Bose surround-sound system, satellite TV/DVD/CD or Ipod connection. There are three spacious staterooms and a separate library with a computer for guest use. Equal in size, the staterooms all have king-sized beds, which can be made up as twins if desired. Each cabin has a safe, satellite TV and DVD player. The ensuite bathrooms provide large walk-in showers and heated towel racks. The entire interior is beautifully light, enhanced by pale oak floors and skylights. The deck extends the full length of the barge, providing dining, spa pool and sun lounging areas. This is the perfect place for relaxing and taking in the spectacular vistas of the canal and countryside.

Aboard the Après Tout, your hosts Captain Rory and Chef Caroline Macrae would be delighted to welcome you on board with your friends or family. Bringing their expertise of 20 years experience in luxury hotel barging to running their own vessel, the Après Tout, Rory and Caroline will ensure that their guests have a voyage exceeding all expectations. As owner-operators, Rory and Caroline will readily invite you into their personal work areas, the wheelhouse and galley. From behind the steering wheel, Rory will share his knowledge of the inland waterways while guests sit on comfy cushions and watch the countryside glide by. Caroline is a Cordon Bleu chef whose magnificent cuisine artistry passengers rave about. While preparing the next feast, she will share her recipes and secrets, while guests look on with a glass of wine. Tour guide Nick so personalizes the intimate excursions, infusing them with his appealing personality, experience and knowledge that passengers are thrilled about such a one-of-a-kind and over-the-top way to experience Apres Tout's excursions -- something which they just did not expect!

There is no better way to explore and enjoy the splendour of France than to gently cruise along her historic canals and rivers. The owners have chosen Southern Burgundy for you to enjoy the wonderful gourmet meals and fabulous wines during a week-long cruise through the classic Burgundy wine region (Cote d'Or, Clos de Vougeot, lunch at Gevrey Chambertin with private tour, Beaune, dinner at the Abbaye de la Bussiere). Whatever your interests are -- in wine, food, history, cycling, golfing, art, antiques, shopping, they will create a customized itinerary to suit your requirements. Magical days and nights cruising on board the Après Tout on the Burgundy Canal ... join them for an experience in France that will create memories that will last a lifetime. An alternate cruise route on the Saone River from St Jean de Losne to Lyon may be offered upon request.


Features

  • Size of barge: 127 ft x 16.5 ft
  • Number of Passengers: 6
  • Number of Cabins (all with private bath): 3
  • Crew: 4
  • Air Conditioning and Central Heating: Yes
  • Salon: Large salon/dining room with bar, flat screen satellite TV, skylights and comfortable sofas. Panoramic opening windows. Library with large screen computer.
  • Bar: Open bar
  • Deck: Enclosed wheelhouse with seating for six and panoramic windows. Large deck with spa pool, sun loungers, sun canopy and dining table.
  • Spa Tub: Yes
  • Cabin Features: Three identical staterooms 158 sq ft each, including bathroom with walk-in shower, with twin beds or king bed.  Safe, flat screen satellite TV and DVD player in each cabin.
  • Vehicle for Transfers/Excursions: 7-passenger air-conditioned mini-bus
  • Accessibility: Gangplank with double guard rails. One set of steps from terrace deck to salon with gentle gradient, with large tread size and double hand rails. (No wheelchair access)
  • Bicycles: Six all-terrain bicycles provided.
  • Wi-Fi: Yes - limited in some areas


Apres Tout's Deck Plan

Apres Tout's Deck Plan



Dining Aboard The Apres Tout:
SAMPLE MENU



A taste of the gourmet cuisine served aboard the Apres Tout. BREAKFAST
Our Continental breakfast offerings include fresh breads, croissants, pastries, cereals, fresh fruits and yogurt.

LUNCH
  • Cold sliced fillet of beef with mustard & tarragon sauce
  • Roast tomato and caramelized onion tart
  • Camargue rice salad with walnut oil dressing
  • Rocket greens, cherry tomato and parmesan cheese salad with olive oil and lemon dressing
  • Fresh beetroot and feta salad
  • Comtè cheese with sliced fruit, fresh breads and crackers
  • Coffee, tea and biscuits
DINNER
  • Quail egg & cavair tartlets
  • Seared scallops with risotto, chestnuts & dill
  • Roast rack of lamb au jus
  • Puree of potato & garlic
  • Baby carrotsand green beans
  • Brie du Meaux, St Maure & Fourme d’Ambert
  • Selection of breads and crackers
  • Orange panacotta with caramelized orange salad
  • Wines to include Meursault, Chambolle Musigny, Pouilly Fuissè
  • Coffee, chocolates and after dinner drinks


Passenger Comments:


It was the most wonderful, luxurious vacation we've ever had. The accommodations were First Class - the food was a true culinary extravaganza, and the crew was top notch. We were pampered, and our every wish came to be!
S. & G. R., MA, USA, September 2014

There were so many high points of the cruise week, but we really enjoyed the jeep ride through the vineyard and the "blind" wine tasting/lunch at the vineyard. Both were a lot of fun. Nick worked hard at teaching us how to appreciate the wines of the area.
R. L., PA, USA, September 2014

FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!! Beyond our expectations. The barge was beautiful, spotless, comfortable, and staffed with the most wonderful people. Rory, Caroline, Nick, and Hannah were THE BEST. We can't think of a thing they could have improved upon. The food was out of this world, the excursions were interesting and fun, and the crew were professional while also being warm and welcoming. We would recommend this trip to everyone! We feel it was the trip of a lifetime. The service from SPT was EXCELLENT!!!! From first contact to last, our information was complete, in fact, most times it exceeded our specific questions and anticipated our next question! Everyone was friendly, very responsive and helpful.
T. & G. G., PA, USA, September 2014

The cabins were great...like a hotel. All needs anticipated with great attention to detail. Meals were outstanding and wines were excellent. Highpoints were lunch at domain Drouhin Larouche and private wine tasting at Joseph Drouhin. Cooking lessons with Caroline. Guided tours of Dijon and Hospice du Beaune with Nick.
J.& D L., NC, USA, July 2014

It was outstanding! Far exceeded our expectations! Rory, Caroine, Hannah and Nick were absolutely fabulous! The boat is exceptionally beautiful and spacious. They made the trip very personal for us~ Chuck and I were able to go Go-Carting, and Rory let me try to "bring in the big one" on our last night, but he got away! We loved our fellow passengers, whom we did not know prior to the trip! We loved all of our excursions and learned so much! The countryside was beautiful. We had perfect weather. Caroline was the BEST chef ever! The food was light as it was very warm when we were there. The wine pairings were phenomenal. Nick gave a great presentation for the history of the wines. It was fantastic to follow up with wines of vineyards that we visited and have them with our meals! All in all, our best trip ever!
J & CP, IN, USA,June 2014

It was a wonderful trip. The barge is very comfortable and the staff was warm and professional. The barge route was beautiful. The best of the three trips we've taken.
G & J K., CA, USA, July 2013

The trip was fabulous and exceeded our expectations. Loved the amazing service, fun crew, barge facilities, atmosphere and comfort, delicious food and wines and enjoyed the culture! Such a unique way to experience the French countryside! A great way for people who want to be active and pampered on a vacation. So relaxing!
M.D., TN, USA, June 2012



APRES TOUT'S ITINERARIES
SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Burgundy: Canal de Bourgogne
St Jean de Losne to Pont d'Ouche 2015

Sunday - Paris to Dijon.
Depart Paris in our luxury private transfer service direct to the barge moored in St Jean de Losne, where you board the Apres Tout for your cruise through Burgundy on the Canal du Bourgogne.  A champagne reception gives you a chance to meet the crew. Once you have settled into your cabin, it will be time to return to the deck for a cocktail cruise on the river Saône.  A delicious four course dinner will be served with wonderful wines to match, followed by after dinner drinks - weather permitting all served on the magnificent teak deck.

Monday - Cruise to Longecourt. Visit Clos de Vougeot with Jeep drive through the vines.
Leaving the River Saone behind, we now enter onto the Canal de Bourgogne through the first of many locks!  Spend the morning enjoying your first cruising day on the flat plain from the river toward Dijon. After lunch, your guide takes you to the area of the "Côte d'Or" (in French meaning Gold Coast) planted with vines that produce some of the world's most famous wines. Here we visit the "Clos de Vougeot," a medieval chateau surrounded by vineyards. This is truly a magnificent Chateau and the headquarters of the Chevaliers du Tastevin, whose special label is awarded annually to the finest Cote d'Or vintages.  We have arranged some fantastic World War II jeeps to take you through the vines to explore some of the small tracks that wind through this famous land for some exhilarating fun!   For those who have a little more energy, we can stop at a truffle producer and learn how the black diamonds grow and then how to find them.  We return to the Apres Tout for a well deserved refreshing cocktail!

Tuesday - Cruise to Dijon. Visit Dijon.
This morning we visit Dijon, a wonderful town with a long and interesting history. As it is market day, the centre is thriving with traders selling their produce and shoppers meandering taking in the atmospheric feel of this magnificent city. There is plenty of time to shop in the city's many chic boutiques or sit in a pavement cafe and watch the world go by.  Later, we will visit the Grey Poupon mustard shop for a tasting of this famous product and then take a walk through the historic area of the town which will captivate you with its historical past, including the Ducal Palace. We return to the barge for lunch and an afternoon cruise into Dijon, where we moor for the evening.   Tonight, you must try a "Kir Royale" made with local Cassis, a liqueur invented here in Dijon made from blackcurrants and mixed with the Burgundy Champagne equivalent named Cremant.

Wednesday - Cruise to Fleurey.  Lunch in Gevrey Chambertin at a wine makers. Route de Grand Cru
Leaving Dijon behind we head to the valley of the Ouche.  Enjoy a relaxing morning on board; there are many locks for disembarking to cycle or to walk.  Late morning you transfer over the hillside and down through the vines to the charming village of Gevrey Chambertin. We are greeted by the owner of this prestigious  Grand Crus wine makers, and here we have a splendid lunch on their terrace over looking their vines!  During lunch Madame Drouhin Laroze (the owner) will present her wines. This is truly a very unique experience. After lunch, we are given a very informative private tour of the cellars.  We then take a scenic drive along the famous "Route du Grand Crus," Passing through many of the famous wine villages.

Thursday - Cruise to Gissey. Visit Beaune.  Dinner at the Abbaye de la Bussiere

The morning is spent cruising through the lovely Ouche Valley. This is a truly spectacular part of the canal, small villages pass by, cows wander in the fields, and there is nature all around. There is a total feel of peace and tranquillity as we slowly cruise this magnificent canal. After another wonderful lunch, you are transferred to the delightful town of Beaune, the capital of the wine region of Burgundy. Enjoy a visit to the famous Hotel-Dieu, Hospice de Beaune with its interesting history and magnificent tiled roof. After some free time for shopping or strolling in the pedestrian streets we have an optional appointment for a private wine tasting at the famous cellars of Joseph Drouhin, this tour is by invitation only. Later, we return to the barge for a refreshing cocktail and freshen up before one of the high lights of the week, a gourmet dinner at the stunning Abbaye de la Bussiere. This Relais & Chateaux property has been beautifully transformed from a Cistercian abbey into a fabulous hotel, set in architectural grounds where you will dine in style tonight.

Friday - Cruise to Pont d'Ouche.  Visit Châteauneuf-en-Auxois.

Today enjoy the final stretch of this beautiful canal.  We pass through several more locks until reaching our destination of the port at Pont d'Ouche. This afternoon we make a special private visit to an English artist of world renown, who has set up his gallery and workshop in a converted barn.  His work is world class, and has been recently commissioned to create a piece of art to celebrate the Olympics in London. We are shown through the workshop, and learn how he makes his marvelous pieces of bronze sculptures, many of which have been produced for the Queen of England, including the war memorial in London. We then drive up to Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, a medieval hilltop village steeped in History. This is a charming place with stunning views from all angles of the surrounding countryside. Return to the Apres Tout for a gala dinner with wonderful wines to match and a fond farewell.

Saturday -  Paris.
After breakfast disembark and transfer to Paris with our private luxury transfer service.

Note: This itinerary runs in reverse on alternate weeks. The day to day itinerary  is a typical cruise. However, on any one cruise the moorings may change and the places visited may vary depending on the season and guest preferences.


SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Burgundy: Saone River
St Jean de Losne to Lyon 2015

Sunday - St Jean de Losne, Arrival
Depart from Paris in our luxury private transfer service direct to the barge moored on the river Saône in Saint Jean de Losne where you board the Apres Tout for your river cruise through Burgundy to Lyon. This evening you will discover the delights of cruising as the crew of the Apres Tout take you on a dinner cruise on the river.

Monday - Cruise to Chalon sur Saône
This morning we start our wonderful cruise downstream on the magnificent river Saône. After a sumptuous lunch on board you will have the opportunity to drive World War II jeeps through the vineyards and countryside south of Beaune, exhilarating fun for everyone! You will also make a stop to learn all about the ancient craft of barrel making, with a local producer near the vineyards.

Tuesday - Cruise to Tournus
This morning guests will have the option of enjoying the sheer luxury of a spa treatment in the prestigious wine-making village of Meursault. Guests not wishing to partake in this option will be able to visit the famous town of Beaune, capital of the wine industry in Burgundy. This afternoon relax aboard the Apres Tout on its cruise down stream to the attractive town of Tournus where you will be given a guided tour of the historic town centre and its famous 11th century church, vestige of the a great abbey of St Philibert. This evening you will enjoy a gastronomic dinner at the renowned restaurant of Greuze, a famed Michelin 1 star restaurant.

Wednesday - Cruise to Macon. Visit to a wine-maker in Pouilly Fuissè.

The barge provides the opportunity to savour the beauty of Burgundy and Beaujolais as she cruises the River Saône. This river is particularly important as it links several major waterways providing a through route to the Mediterranean via the Rhône. The barge will continue its gentle cruise to the attractive riverside city of Macon where you will disembark for a short drive through the rolling Maconnais hills and a wine tasting at a vintner famous for the production of the delicious southern Burgundian Chardonnay, the world-renowned Pouilly Fuissé.

Thursday - Cruise to Montmerle.
The cruise continues this morning through the Beaujolais region; this part of the river is so attractive with open fields down to the river where cattle graze with rolling hillside beyond. Our overnight mooring is in the small town of Montmerle; perhaps try your hand at the national game of Boules as there is an ideal pitch just by the mooring! After a delightful lunch on the deck you disembark for this afternoon's visit, which is a driving tour through this stunning area famed for its golden stoned hilltop villages and wines. This region of the Beaujolais is simply charming, and we make a stop for a wonderful wine tasting en route.

Friday - Cruise to Lyon. Visit to Lyon & Evening Cruise.
This morning we cruise from Montmerle to the fascinating city of Lyon. After lunch aboard we will visit the city, one of the three Roman capitals of Gaul and the second city of France. Lyon is a cultural, historic, gastronomic, and commercial centre, little known outside of France. In the 16th century, Lyon was the heart of the silk industry. Dominating the city is the splendidly ornate Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourvière. The standard of Lyon's shopping facilities is renowned for its quality and includes many chic boutiques and a market hall devoted entirely to antiques.

Saturday - Depart the barge
After breakfast disembark and transfer to Paris by high speed TGV train.

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

Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.


SAMPLE CYCLING ITINERARY*
Burgundy: Canal de Bourgogne
Pont d'Ouche to St Jean de Losne
Cycling Cruise 2015

Sunday - Pont d'Ouche.  Arrival.
Depart from Paris in our luxury private transfer service direct to the barge moored in the port at Pont d'Ouche, where you board the Apres Tout for your canal cruise through Burgundy on the Canal du Bourgogne.  A champagne reception gives you a chance to meet the crew. A delicious four course dinner will be served with wonderful wines to match, followed by after dinner drinks – weather permitting all served on the magnificent teak deck.

Monday - Cruise to Gissey and Cycle ride. Visit an Art Gallery & Châteauneuf-en-Auxois.
This morning you will start to discover the delights of this beautiful canal cruise, there are ample opportunities to disembark the barge at the many locks and walk or cycle the sections between each "ecluse". There is a prepared 20Kms challenging cycle ride up into the hills, coming down through Detain et Bruant and then back towards the canal to rejoin the barge. This afternoon we make a special private visit to an English artist of world renown, who has set up his gallery and workshop in a converted barn in a near by village.  His work is world class, and he has been recently commissioned to create a piece of art to celebrate the Olympics in London. We are shown through the workshop, and here he explains how he makes his marvelous pieces of bronze sculptures, some of which have been produced for the Queen of England. We then drive up to Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, a medieval hill-top village steeped in history. This is a charming place with stunning views at every corner, and you can really appreciate from this height, all of the amazing surrounding countryside.  We return to the Apres Tout for cocktails and dinner, which is moored in the picturesque village of Gissey.

Tuesday - Cruise to Fleurey and Cycle ride. Visit Beaune
The barge continues to cruise through the peaceful Ouche Valley, where time seems to have stood still over the centuries. A relaxing morning will be spent cruising on the canal, as the barge slowly cruises towards Fleurey. This morning there is a planned ride following the canal to Pont de Pany, where we ride a circuit to Gergueil through Urcy, returning to the canal and rejoining the boat for a well deserved lunch! After a delicious buffet lunch served on the deck - weather permitting, we visit the delightful town of Beaune, the capital of the wine region of Burgundy.  Enjoy a visit to the famous Hôtel-Dieu, Hospice de Beaune with its interesting history and magnificent tiled roof. After some free time for shopping or strolling in the pedestrian streets we have an optional appointment for a private wine tasting at the famous cellars of Joseph Drouhin, this tour is by invitation only.  Tonight we are moored in Fleurey.

Wednesday - Cruise/cycle to Dijon. Visit Dijon.  Restaurant Dinner
The Apres Tout continues cruising on the canal towards the city of Dijon. If you prefer, you can cycle into Dijon following the canal - passing by "Lac Kir" which is a very scenic small lake and then follow the canal path into the port. This afternoon we visit Dijon, a wonderful town with a long and interesting history. There is plenty of time to shop in the city's many chic boutiques or sit in a pavement café and watch the world go by.  Later, we will visit the Grey Poupon mustard shop for a tasting of this famous product and then take a walk through the historic area of the town which will captivate you with its historical past, including the Ducal Palace.  Once back to the barge, perhaps try a "Kir Royale" made with local Cassis, a liqueur invented here in Dijon made from blackcurrants and mixed with the Burgundy Champagne equivalent named Cremant. This evening dinner is taken on shore at a wonderful restaurant.

Thursday - Cruise to Longecourt. Visit/Cycle to Clos de Vougeot and Jeep drive through the vines.
Cruising south away from Dijon, we now continue our journey along the Canal de Bourgogne through the flat plains towards the River Saone.  After lunch, your guide takes you to the area of the "Côte d’Or" (In French meaning Gold Coast)   planted with vines that produce some of the world's most famous wines. Or if you wish, you can cycle a lovely flattish ride through the forest of Citeaux to the Chateau.  Here we visit the "Clos de Vougeot", a medieval château surrounded by vineyards. This is truly a magnificent Chateau and the headquarters of the Chevaliers du Tastevin, whose special label is awarded annually to the finest Côte d'Or vintages.  We have arranged some fantastic World War II jeeps to take you through the vines to explore some of the small tracks that wind through this famous land for some exhilarating fun! Back to the barge moored in Longecourt for a refreshing drink followed by a delicious dinner.

Friday - Cycle ride to the Abbaye de Citeaux. Cruise to St Jean. Lunch in Gevry Chambertin.
Enjoy a relaxing morning on board, as we cruise on the canal towards St Jean de Losne, the largest inland port in France. There is the final prepared cycling route once again through the forest, this time to the Abbaye de Citeaux where we purchase some of their famous cheese for tonight’s cheese board! Late morning you transfer to the charming village of Gevrey Chambertin, in the heart of vineyards. Here you are welcomed by Madame Drouhin Laroze, the owner of this prestigious "Grand Crus" property.   We have a splendid lunch on the terrace over looking the family's vines while enjoying her choice of wines. This is truly a very unique experience. After lunch, we are given a very informative private tour of the cellars.  We then take a scenic drive along the famous "Route du Grand Crus", passing through many of the famous wine villages. We continue with the gourmet theme and visit a local truffle producer at his Chateau, near Nuits St George.  Here, we learn all about this most valued mushroom and of course, purchase some of these delights as tonight, they will feature in the gala dinner!  We return to the barge - by now moored on the beautiful River Saone - where we slip away from the mooring for a gentle cocktail cruise on this lovely river.

Saturday - Depart the barge
After breakfast disembark and transfer to Paris with our private luxury transfer service.

Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.  It may run in reverse depending on the cruise direction.


SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Burgundy Wine Connoisseurs Cruise
Canal de Bourgogne
St Jean de Losne to Pont d'Ouche 2015

Simply the finest, most in-depth, stimulating and fun Burgundy wine tour ever!
This very special wine-lover's cruise includes:
  • A unique "wine and war" visit of the Hospice de Beaune followed by a private tasting in the Drouhin family cellars
  • A drive through the hallowed Côte de Nuits vineyards at the wheel of a World War II jeep
  • A wine tasting including Grand Cru wines (Clos de Vougeot, Latricières-Chambertin) and lunch with a wine-maker in Gevrey-Chambertin
  • A special visit to the wine college of Beaune to learn all about the age-old art of barrel making and explanation of the wine-maker's tasks in the vineyard
  • A guided tour of the 12th century former Cistercian wine chateau of Clos de Vougeot
  • A lunch in Puligny-Montrachet with tasting of Grand Cru white wines (Batard-Montrachet and Corton-Charlemagne)
  • A driving tour of the famous villages of the Côte de Beaune (Meursault, Chassagne-Montrachet, Pommard, Volnay)
Guests will also be able to assist in onboard pairings of our fabulous wines and gourmet dinners and have the opportunity to ship their favorite wines back to the States.

CRUISING ST JEAN DE LOSNE TO PONT D'OUCHE
The day to day itinerary described below is a typical cruise. However, on any one cruise the moorings may change and the places visited may vary depending on the season and guest preferences.

Sunday - Paris to Dijon.
Depart Paris in our luxury private transfer service direct to the barge moored in St Jean de Losne, where you board the Apres Tout for your canal cruise through Burgundy on the Canal du Bourgogne. A champagne reception gives you a chance to meet the crew. Once you have settled into your cabin, it will be time to return to the deck for a cocktail cruise on the river Saône. A delicious four course dinner will be served with wonderful wines to match, followed by after dinner drinks, weather permitting, all served on the magnificent teak deck.

Monday - Cruise to Longecourt. Visit Clos de Vougeot followed by a Jeep drive through the vineyards.
Leaving the River Saône behind, we now enter onto the Canal de Bourgogne through the first of many locks! Spend the morning enjoying your first cruising day on the flat plain from the river toward Dijon. After lunch, your guide takes you to the area of the 'Côte d'Or' (In French meaning Gold Coast) planted with vines that produce some of the world's most famous wines. Here we visit the 'Clos de Vougeot', a medieval château surrounded by vineyards. This is truly a magnificent Chateau and the headquarters of the Chevaliers du Tastevin, whose special label is awarded annually to the finest Côte d'Or vintages. We have arranged some fantastic World War II jeeps to take you through the vines to explore some of the small tracks that wind through this famous land for some exhilarating fun! We return to the Apres Tout for a well deserved refreshing cocktail!

Tuesday - Cruise to Dijon. Visit Vineyards of Cote de Beaune. Lunch and tasting of Grand Cru whites.
This morning we continue our cruise towards Dijon and then depart around midday for a delicious lunch at the winery of Olivier Leflaive in the village of Puligny Montrachet, After the meal you will enjoy a beautiful drive through the magnificent villages of the Cote de Beaune before returning to the barge in Dijon where we moor for the evening.

Tonight, you must try a 'Kir Royale' made with local Cassis, a liqueur invented here in Dijon made from blackcurrants and mixed with the Burgundy Champagne equivalent named Cremant.

Wednesday - Cruise to Fleurey. Visit Vineyards of Cote de Nuits with lunch and tasting of Grand Cru reds
Leaving Dijon behind we continue our canal cruise to the valley of the Ouche. Enjoy a relaxing morning on board; there are many locks for disembarking to cycle or to walk. Late morning you transfer over the hillside and down through the vines to the charming village of Gevrey Chambertin. We are greeted by the owner of this prestigious Grand Crus wine makers, and here we have a splendid lunch on their terrace over looking their vines! During lunch Madame Drouhin Laroze (the owner) will present her wines. This is truly a very unique experience. After lunch, we are given a very informative private tour of the cellars. We then take a scenic drive along the famous 'Route du Grand Crus', Passing through many of the famous wine villages.

Thursday - Cruise to Gissey. Visit Beaune with 'wine and war' tour of Hospice de Beaune and private tasting in the cellars of Drouhin
The morning is spent cruising through the lovely Ouche Valley, this is a truly spectacular part of the canal, small villages pass by, cows wander in the fields, and there is nature all around. There is a total feel of peace and tranquillity as we slowly cruise this magnificent canal. After another wonderful lunch, you are transferred to the delightful town of Beaune, the capital of the wine region of Burgundy. Enjoy a visit to the famous Hôtel-Dieu, Hospice de Beaune with its interesting history and magnificent tiled roof. After some free time for shopping or strolling in the pedestrian streets we have an optional appointment for a private wine tasting at the famous cellars of Joseph Drouhin, this tour is by invitation only. Later, we return to the barge for a refreshing cocktail and freshen up before enjoying another gourmet dinner aboard.

Friday - Cruise to Pont d'Ouche. Visit to the wine college of Beaune.
This morning enjoy some of most beautiful scenary as we continue up the valley of the Ouche, with plenty of walking and cycling opportunities. After lunch aboard we return to Beaune where you will have the rare opportunity to have a tour of the prestigious wine college. Here you will learn about the art of barrel-making and the work in the vineyard. Not forgetting a tasting of some of the college's own wines. Return to the Apres Tout for a gala dinner with wonderful wines to match and a fond farewell.

Saturday - Paris.
After breakfast disembark and transfer to Paris with our private luxury transfer service.

NOTE: This is a sample itinerary. Cruise will be in the opposite direction on alternate weeks.



Apres Tout
2015 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route Season
Apr 5 Pont D'Ouche-St. Jean de Losne Value
Apr 12 St. Jean de Losne-Pont D'Ouche Regular
Apr 19 Pont D'Ouche-St. Jean de Losne Regular
Apr 26 St. Jean de Losne-Pont D'Ouche Regular
May 3 Pont D'Ouche-St. Jean de Losne Regular
May 10 St. Jean de Losne-Pont D'Ouche Regular
May 17 Pont D'Ouche-St. Jean de Losne Regular
May 24 St. Jean de Losne-Pont D'Ouche Regular
May 31 Pont D'Ouche-St. Jean de Losne Regular
Jun 7 St. Jean de Losne-Pont D'Ouche Regular
Jun 14 Pont D'Ouche-St. Jean de Losne Regular
Jun 21 St. Jean de Losne-Pont D'Ouche Regular
Jun 28 Pont D'Ouche-St. Jean de Losne Regular
Jul 5 St. Jean de Losne-Pont D'Ouche Regular
Jul 12 Pont D'Ouche-St. Jean de Losne Regular
Cruise Schedule* ... continued
Week Route Season
Jul 19 St. Jean de Losne-Lyon Regular
Jul 26 Lyon-St. Jean de Losne Regular
Aug 2 St. Jean de Losne-Pont D'Ouche Regular
Aug 9 Pont D'Ouche-St. Jean de Losne Regular
Aug 16 St. Jean de Losne-Lyon Regular
Aug 23 Lyon-St. Jean de Losne Regular
Aug 30 St. Jean de Losne-Pont D'Ouche Regular
Sep 6 Pont D'Ouche-St. Jean de Losne Regular
Sep 13 St. Jean de Losne-Pont D'Ouche Regular
Sep 20 Pont D'Ouche-St. Jean Regular
Sep 27 Lyon-St. Jean de Losne Regular
Oct 4 St. Jean de Losne-Pont D'Ouche Regular
Oct 11 Pont D'Ouche-St. Jean de Losne Regular
Oct 18 St. Jean de Losne-Pont D'Ouche Value
Oct 25 Pont D'Ouche-St. Jean de Losne Value

Apres Tout's route through Southern Burgundy, from St. Jean de Losne to Pont D''Ouche on the Canal de Bourgogne.
Apres Tout's route through Southern Burgundy, from St. Jean de Losne to Pont D''Ouche on the Canal de Bourgogne. For a more detailed look at the cruise route, view our map of the Canal du Bourgogne.

*Note: Cruise directions and sample itineraries may be in reverse and are subject to change and may depend on bookings and local navigation conditions. Alternate excursions of equal appeal are substituted when needed. For charter cruises special itineraries can be arranged.



APRES TOUT
2015 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
ACCOMMODATION VALUE [2014 RATES]
Apr 5 thru Apr 11
Oct 18 thru Oct 31
REGULAR [2014 RATES]
Apr 12 thru Oct 17

Cabin (per person, double occupancy)
NA
$6,340
Single Occupancy Supplement
NA
$3,000
Charter for 4
$35,000
$34,000
Charter for 5
$35,000
$35,000
Charter for 6
$35,000
$38,000


What's Included for 2015
- 7 days and 6 nights on the barge in a cabin with private bath
- Transfers from Paris to the barge and return
- All meals beginning with dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Saturday, including two meals at local restaurants
- All wines with lunches and dinners
- Open bar
- All escorted side-excursions (special excursions are extra)
- Use of bicycles

For Burgundy Wine Connoisseurs Cruise Charters:
- A unique "wine and war" visit of the Hospice de Beaune followed by a private tasting in the Drouhin family cellars
- A drive through the hallowed Côte de Nuits vineyards at the wheel of a World War II jeep
- A wine tasting including Grand Cru wines (Clos de Vougeot, Latricières-Chambertin) and lunch with a wine-maker in Gevrey-Chambertin
- A special visit to the wine college of Beaune to learn all about the age-old art of barrel making and explanation of the wine-maker's tasks in the vineyard
- A guided tour of the 12th century former Cistercian wine chateau of Clos de Vougeot
- A lunch in Puligny-Montrachet with tasting of Grand Cru white wines (Batard-Montrachet and Corton-Charlemagne)
- A driving tour of the famous villages of the Côte de Beaune (Meursault, Chassagne-Montrachet, Pommard, Volnay)

What's Not Included for 2015
- Overseas air transportation to Paris
- Suggested minimum 5%-10% gratuity for the crew to be paid in equivalent euros to the captain for distribution to the crew.

Please visit our Special Offers page to see potential discounts for this barge or many others.
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