From Burgundy to the Cotswolds….

Thirteen Day Itinerary

This itinerary combines our favourite English and French experiences to create a thirteen day itinerary exploring Burgundy and the Cotswolds. Your trip begins by spending a week aboard a luxury hotel barge in Burgundy, France. Greeted in Paris by luxury private transfer you will be chauffeured to your floating home for the week – the Apres Tout Barge, with three spacious en-suite staterooms, exquisite cuisine, magnificent wine and attentive service.

barge

Cruising and Wine Tasting along the Burgundy Canals…..

Admire the scenic landscape of the famous wine country while relaxing on the deck of the barge as you cruise on the Canal du Borgogne, or perhaps while sipping cocktails in the jacuzzi as we cruise. Accompanied by an experienced tour guide, explore the region’s world famous wineries; Gevrey Chambertin, Nuits St George & Clos de Vougeot. Take a WW1 jeep ride through the vineyards, visit truffle-makers and take a trip to the delightful capital of Burgundy – Beaune.

Manor House

Escape to the English Countryside…

At the end of the week, you will be chauffeured to your Eurostar crossing in Paris, where you will reach London in just over two hours, where you will be greeted by your Cotswolds host and chauffeured via luxury transfer to your new home for the week – a beautiful 16th century manor house with a heated pool in the heart of the English countryside.

Rory and Caroline Macrae

 
Your French hosts Rory and Caroline Macrae have worked in the luxury Hotel barge cruise industry in France for over 20 years. They bought the ‘Apres Tout’ a 38 meter, six passenger French canal/river barge in 2011 and are proud to be running their own business after all these years – hence the name ‘Apres Tout’ which means in French – after all! Their warm hospitality, boundless experience and friendly humour will make your holiday in France one to remember.

“When I (Joe) arrived in France to begin my career in luxury hospitality, Rory & Caroline were my managers – 10 years later we are joining our expertise and passion to create memorable holidays together – they have been great teachers, and even better friends.”

Parist o Dijon

Thirteen Day Gastronomic Wine Tour

 

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.

Cruise to Longecourt

 Monday – Cruise to Longecourt. Cruise to Longecourt. Visit Truffle producer

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 most wonderful wines of Burgundy – on the ‘Route de Grand Cru’. We 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 to be used on board during the week. We then return to the barge moored at Longecourt for a well deserved refreshing cocktail!

 

Clos de Vougeot and Jeep drive

Tuesday – Cruise to Dijon. Visit Clos de Vougeot and Jeep drive

This morning we continue with our cruise towards Dijon, after lunch you will be transferred to Clos de Vougeot, a medieval chateau surrounded by vineyards. This is a truly 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 for some fantastic World War II jeeps to take you through the vines to explore some of the small tracks that wind through the famous land for some exhilarating fun! We return to Dijon, a wonderful town with a long and interesting history. There is time to shop in the city’s many chic boutiques and of course, visit the 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. 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.

Route de Grand Cru

Wednesday – Cruise to Fleurey. Lunch Gevrey Chambertin at a wine makers. Route de Grand Cru

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 dis-embarking 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. We then take a scenic drive along the famous ‘Route du Grand Crus’, Passing through many of the famous wine villages.

Cruise to Gissey

Thursday – Cruise to Gissey. Visit Beaune.

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 feeling 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 appointment for a private wine tasting at the famous cellars of Joseph Drouhin. Later, we return to the barge for a refreshing cocktail moored in the beautiful village of Gissey.

Cruise to Pont d’Ouche

Friday – Cruise to Pont d’Ouche. Lunch at Abbaye de la Bussiere. Visit Châteauneuf-en-Auxois

Today enjoy the final stretch of this beautiful canal cruise. 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 explained 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 Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, a medieval hill-top 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.

Burgundy to the Cotswolds

Saturday – Burgundy to the Cotswolds

Depart by private transfer to Paris, where you will be escorted to your Eurostar crossing to London. Greeted by your host, you will depart London St Pancreas in our luxury private transfer service direct to The Manor house. to continue your vacation with Jones & Campbell’s Classic Itinerary.

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