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Cruise In France On The Canal de Bourgogne Southern Burgundy Aboard The Deluxe Hotel-Barge WINE AND WATER


BARGE CRUISES: SEVEN DAYS/SIX NIGHTS
The 6-passenger Wine & Water offers private charter cruises on the beautiful Canal de Bourgogne in the heart of the Southern Burgundy wine region. It has one large suite and two cabins, all with twin beds or queen bed and an ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower. The salon design incorporates high ceilings and large windows with plenty of natural light and panoramic views of the canal along with leather sofas, a dining area, and bar. The huge sun deck is perfect for relaxing in the sun loungers and jacuzzi or for alfresco dining.

Your gourmet meals are prepared on board by your private chef, except for one dinner in a gourmet Château restaurant and one in a typical Burgundian restaurant in a famous wine village.

Your English speaking crew includes the owners on board, Captain Max Renau and his wife Bea as chef. Max has more than 30 years experience in the French and European waterways and will share his knowledge with you also as your tour guide. The cruise highlights will include private wine tastings in world famous Burgundian wine cellars, a visit to the famous wine town of Beaune with its antique shops, and the world famous medieval hospital "Hospice de Beaune, " as well as a guided tour of Dijon and its famous covered market.

Special Places Travel owners Don and Sally visited the Wine & Water in the spring of 2014, and then again in 2015, and think it is a great addition to the barges we offer in Southern Burgundy.

Features

  • Size of barge: 98 by 16.7 ft
  • Number of Passengers: 6
  • Number of Cabins (all with private bath): 3
  • Crew: 3
  • Air Conditioning and Central Heating:Yes
  • Salon: Salon with sofa and arm chairs, dining area, and bar with 12 opening windows
  • Bar: Open bar
  • Deck: Dining table for 6, sun chairs and jacuzzi
  • Spa Tub: Yes
  • Cabin Features: Two cabins 135 sq ft, one suite 218 sq ft, all with queen bed or twins, including ensuite bathroom with shower.
  • Vehicle for Transfers/Excursions: Ford luxe minivan
  • Accessibility: 5 steps with handrails from deck to salon. 4 steps from salon to cabins.
  • Bicycles: 6 new high quality electric bicycles
  • Wi-Fi: Yes - limited in some areas





  • Wine and Water's Deck Plan
    Wine and Water's Deck Plan


    Dining Aboard The Wine and Water:
    SAMPLE MENU



    A taste of the gourmet
cuisine served aboard the Wine and Water. BREAKFAST

    On board Wine&Water we like you to take the time to enjoy your breakfast either in the dining/lounge area or during the summer outside on our spacious sun deck to recharge yourself for a memorable day ahead of you.

    Along with the fresh morning juices, selection of different coffees, teas, hot chocolate, our rich buffet offers a wide selection of specialties that vary every day, such as the local fresh baguettes, croissants, pastrys, a nearby farm delivers us natural/fruit yoghurts, milk, hard cheeses, fresh fruit salad, cereals, poached eggs with a local smoked ham.

    Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 10:30am.

    LUNCHEON
    Luncheon buffet on board Wine & Water features hot and cold dishes, meats, salads,cheeses, fruit, dessert.

    DINNER
    Each evening enjoy a 4-course meal using fresh seasonal ingredients, herbs and use of local produce.

    WINES
    Our Burgundy wines come from the golden slopes of the Côte d'Or. They will be served with all evening meals. Here are examples of the wines we serve:

    CHABLIS

    WINES FROM THE CÔTE DE NUITS
    WINES FROM THE CÔTE DE BEAUNE
    Max the Captain on board Wine & Water has many years of wine tasting experience, and he will share his in-depth knowledge of the Burgundy wines, answering any questions you may have.


    SAMPLE DINNER MENUS ON BOARD WINE & WATER

    Starter
    Main course
    Desserts
    During your week on board Wine & Water you will also taste the specialités of Burgundy, all witness to the special spirit of Burgundy!


    Passenger Comments:

    The trip was exceptional, even more that we had anticipated. The high points were the meals on the deck (we had wonderful weather, even including a cloudburst at the end of one dinner) and interaction with the crew. The calmness and beauty of the canal - the trees and birds - and the ability to get on and off the barge to walk along the edge of the canal. The experience of going through the locks. And just sitting on the barge and taking it all in.
    R&L B. CA, USA, May 2017

    Superb adventure in every way. Our suite was excellent. The service was top notch - every need was met. The meals and wines were the very highest quality. The high points were Max, Bea and Johnnie, Wine, Food by Selby, walks and biking every day.
    E.H., NV, USA, May 2016

    Our first barge trip. We can't imagine how it could be any better. Meals and wines were better than what was expected. New chef, Selby, did some wonderful things that brought raves from the group. Wines got better through the week. We cruised on a beautiful canal, but our only barge trip so nothing to compare it to. High points were great food, camaraderie, happy crew, and good friends to enjoy it all with. Max and Bea are fabulous hosts of the area, experts of Burgundy wine, and barging. We will return every year if we win the lottery.
    C.&C.S., WY, USA, May 2016

    This was my first barge trip, My wife had completed one 11 years earlier on Canal de Midi. Both of us thought that W&W is an exceptional barge experience. The warmth and genuine feeling of being welcomed by Bea and Max was extraordinary. The food was outstanding as were the wines (and the copious amounts of same). The physical layout of the barge was terrific as it allowed for room to have self time without feeling as if you were actually on a barge. Max's knowledge of the wineries and the historical information of the area made the excursions all the better. Max & Bea made for a trip that could only cause us to title it "We Were Spoiled Beyond Belief". Shelby did an outstanding job of cooking amazing meals that were tailored to our taste and desires of the day. Over the top would be a good title for the service onboard W&W. The meals and wines were excellent all the way around. Every morning there was fresh bread and croissants with yummy preserves, local honey fresh fruit and juice...lunches were wonderful with local cured meats and pates, salads, and wines. Dinners were gourmet treats... we had rabbit one night, scallops, lamb, all served with excellents sides. Selby is an amazing chef and accommodated us very well!! One night we even had some fresh sauteed fois gras... need we say more?? and again delicious wines flowing all the while...and then there were the desserts..... While life on the barge was unbelievable, one did need to get a touch of reality now and again. The excursions were very good and Max was a font of information in all cases. I personally found the wine/vineyard excursions the most informative. Historically, the trip to Beaune and Dijon were quite enlightening. I would highly recommend that barge goers participate in Max's trip.
    P.& R.S. WY, USA, May 2016


    SAMPLE ITINERARY*
    Burgundy:
    Canal de Bourgogne
    Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Vandenesse 2018

    Sunday - Fleurey-sur-Ouche - only a 10-minute drive from the City of Dijon
    Guests are met at the designated meeting point either at the Dijon train station or hotel in Dijon, transferred to where the boat is moored up by the boat's air-conditioned minibus. A warm welcome aboard awaits you by the 4 members of crew, with a Burgundy welcome KIR Royal, the perfect start to a unique and memorable few days in Burgundy. Your first candlelit dinner on board the barge will mark your introduction to seasonal regional specialities and the wines of Captain Max.

    Monday - Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche

    Cruise in the morning, after lunch on board Wine&Water, a drive out with the air conditioned minivan to Château du Clos de Vougeot, a stunning symbol of Burgundy's wine history and attracts lovers of history, architecture. Afterwards you will drive to the renowned village of Gevrey Chambertin for a reserved private wine tasting. Dinner on board.

    Tuesday - Stay overnight at Gissey-sur-Ouche

    No cruising today. There is a full day's visit with 2 private wine tastings and lunch at a restaurant in a famous wine village on the outskirts of Beaune where you will again taste wines, after a visit to the famous wine town of Beaune, where there is a 15th century medieval hospital. You'll also have time to wander around the town center and view the boutiques, cafés and other sites along the cobbled streets. Dinner on board.

    Wednesday - Gissey-sur-Ouche to Pont d'Ouche
    Today is the lazy day for you, with lunch on board, cruising, relaxing, at the same time enjoying the Captain's different wines from the barge's cellar and delicious seasonal food. Dinner tonight will be reserved for you in a nearby 17th century castle built in an old monastery. Thursday

    Thursday - Pont d'Ouche to Vandenesse-en-Auxois
    Cruise in the morning, then after lunch at around 15:00hrs a visit to a medieval village, Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, one of the last remaining examples of 14th century Burgundian military architecture. During the Hundred Years War, towers and curtain walls were built to defend the village. It's easy to imagine the history of this once prosperous borough; if you are curious and look around carefully you will see houses with pediments and stair turrets.

    Friday - Vandenesse-en-Auxois to Escommes

    Cruise in the morning to the summit of the canal. After lunch a drive to a charming little wine-producing family, where a local wine producer will greet you. You will learn more about the wine making process and enjoy a tasting of local wines. Farewell dinner aboard the hotel barge Wine & Water

    Saturday - Day of departure
    After breakfast before 10:00hrs or earlier, we will drive you back to the Dijon train station to catch your train or to your hotel in DIJON or to a car rental agency.

    Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. It runs in reverse on alternate weeks.


    Wine & Water
    2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
    Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
    Apr 29 Vandenesse en Auxois-Dijon Regular
    May 6 Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    May 13 Vandenesse en Auxois-Dijon Regular
    May 20 Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    May 27 Vandenesse en Auxois-Dijon Regular
    Jun 3 Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    Jun 10 Vandenesse en Auxois-Dijon Regular
    Jun 17 Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    Jun 24 Vandenesse en Auxois-Dijon Regular
    Jul 1 Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    Jul 8 Vandenesse en Auxois-Dijon Regular
    Jul 15 Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    Jul 22 Vandenesse en Auxois-Dijon Regular
           
    Cruise Schedule* ... continued

    Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
    Jul 29 Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    Aug 5 Vandenesse en Auxois-Dijon Regular
    Aug 12 Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    Aug 19 Vandenesse en Auxois-Dijon Regular
    Aug 26 Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    Sep 2 Vandenesse en Auxois-Dijon Regular
    Sep 9 Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    Sep 16 Vandenesse en Auxois-Dijon Regular
    Sep 23 Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    Sep 30 Vandenesse en Auxois-Dijon Regular
    Oct 7 Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    Oct 14 Vandenesse en Auxois-Dijon Regular

    2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
    Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
    Apr 29 Vandenesse en Auxois-Dijon Regular
    May 6 Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    May 13 Vandenesse en Auxois-Dijon Regular
    May 20 Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    May 27 Vandenesse en Auxois-Dijon Regular
    Jun 3 Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    Jun 10 Vandenesse en Auxois-Dijon Regular
    Jun 17 Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    Jun 24 Vandenesse en Auxois-Dijon Regular
    Jul 1 Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    Jul 8 Vandenesse en Auxois-Dijon Regular
    Jul 15 Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    Jul 22 Vandenesse en Auxois-Dijon Regular
    Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
    Jul 29 Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    Aug 5 Vandenesse en Auxois-Dijon Regular
    Aug 12 Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    Aug 19 Vandenesse en Auxois-Dijon Regular
    Aug 26 Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    Sep 2 Vandenesse en Auxois-Dijon Regular
    Sep 9 Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    Sep 16 Vandenesse en Auxois-Dijon Regular
    Sep 23 Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    Sep 30 Vandenesse en Auxois-Dijon Regular
    Oct 7 Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    Oct 14 Vandenesse en Auxois-Dijon Regular

    *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.





    WINE & WATER
    2018 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
    TYPE REGULAR
    May 6 thru Oct 27
    Charter for up to 4
    $17,700
    Charter for up to 6
    $26,500


    What's Included
    - 7 days and 6 nights on the barge in a cabin with private bath
    - Transfers from Dijon or Beaune train station to the barge and return
    - All meals from Sunday afternoon to Saturday morning, including 2 dinners at selected local restaurants
    - Wine with lunches and dinners
    - Open bar
    - All escorted side-excursions (special excursions may be extra)
    - Use of bicycles

    What's Not Included
    - Overseas air transportation to Paris and return
    - Transportation from Paris to Dijon or Beaune and return (700 euros extra for transfer from or to Paris for up to 6 persons)
    - Suggested 5% gratuity for the crew to be paid in equivalent euros to the captain for distribution to the crew




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    This page last updated December 8, 2017