13 Day Quintessential Cotswolds & Beautiful Burgundy

 
We have carefully crafted this unique thirteen day itinerary to include the most quintessentially English and French experiences. 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.
 
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.

barge

Manor House

 
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.
 
Your en-suite, spacious and period decorated room ensures perfect comfort. The Manor’s skilled chef and staff will delight you with wonderful food which will be paired with a renowned European wine selection. During the week your visits will range from Roman Baths to Stately Homes and even a game of Polo at one of the country’s finest Polo parks – where the Princes William & Harry play Polo regularly!
 
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.

Rory and Caroline Macrae

Angharad and Joe

 
Your hosts in England are Joe and Angharad Campbell Sait. This young dynamic couple started their career working for Orient Express on board a dutch barge in France, with Joe at the helm as Captain
and Angharad working alongside him, after nine years they have established their own luxury experience a little closer to home. Their fine attention to detail, friendly professionalism and enthusiasm will ensure your every need is anticipated, and expectations exceeded.

 

“When I (Joe) arrived in France to begin my career in luxury hospitality, Rory & Caroline were my managers – 9 years later we are joining our expertise and passion to create memorable holidays together – they have been great teachers, and even better friends.”

 

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.

Parist o Dijon

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!

 

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.

Clos de Vougeot and Jeep drive

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.

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 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.

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. A champagne reception will welcome you as you are introduced to the staff. After you settle in to your state rooms, enjoy a cocktail on the terrace overlooking the rolling hills of Bisley before indulging in a delicious five course dinner, prepared by your private chef.

 

Burgundy to the Cotswolds

Sudeley Castle

Sunday – Sudeley Castle

After breakfast, depart for a visit to the famous Sudeley Castle & Gardens; a fifteenth century
castle in North Cotswolds which is one of the few castles in England which is still inresidence. The castle contains many fascinating treasures from ancient Roman times to the present day. Outside, the castle is surrounded by award- winning gardens and a breathtaking 1,200 acre estate. Sudeley Castle & Gardens is also the only private castle in England to have a queen buried within its grounds; Katherine Parr, the last of Henry VIII’s six wives!

Return to The Manor for your first lunch, followed by a relaxing afternoon by our heated pool, or enjoy exploring the extensive gardens and for the energetic perhaps a country walk through the local area

Enjoy cocktails and another superb five course dinner at The Manor.

Monday – The City of Bath

Today you will explore one of Britain’s most beautiful cities; the city of Bath, made famous by Jane Austen. Visit Bath’s iconic landmarks during a walking tour with your knowledgable tour guide, including visiting two of the greatest examples of Georgian Architecture in the UK – the Royal Crescent and The Circus, moving on to the Anglican Church; Bath Abbey, founded in the seventh century.

Indulge in a magnificent lunch at a michelin starred local restaurant in the heart of the city, before continuing to the Roman Baths – the most popular attraction in the city! Enjoy some free time browsing Bath’s exceptional boutique shopping before returning to The Manor in the late afternoon ready for sipping cocktails on the terrace and enjoying another gourmet meal.

Bath

Stroud Market

Tuesday – Stroud Market and Polo match

After a leisurely breakfast, the chef will accompany you as you
visit the bustling multi award-winning Stroud Farmer’s Market which is well known as one of the biggest, busiest and most popular farmers’ markets in the UK – select local ingredients and delicacies and return to the manor for a cooking demonstration and a beautifully prepared market lunch.

This afternoon you will attend a quintessentially British sporting match – Polo! Established in 1894, amid 3000 acres of parkland and woodland on one of the country’s most beautiful parks, enjoy cream tea or a glass of champagne at Cirencester Park’s Country Polo Club.

Return to the Manor for a relaxing cocktail on the terrace before enjoying your delicately prepared evening meal.

 

Wednesday – Cotswolds Villages & Woollen Weavers

After a relaxing morning and delicious lunch, set off for your tour of medieval Burford, one of England’s prettiest villages. Discover the hidden treasures through intriguing alleyways and courtyards between the seventeenth and eighteenth century buildings and see the splendour of the parish church built from the wealth of the wool trade. From here, continue on to Cotswolds Woollen Weavers, where you will learn of the heritage of textiles in the area and how it was the source of the infamous wealth of the Cotswolds. On your homeward journey, stop at Bibury, home to the famous Arlington Row; built in 1380 as a place to store wool for the monastery, which were then converted to Weavers cottages in the seventeenth century.

Return to the manor for cocktails and another wonderful five course dinner.

Cotswolds Villages

Cirencester

Thursday – Cirencester

After breakfast, depart for a short drive to Cirencester – one of Britain’s oldest cities, where you will take a guided stroll through the town, visiting

its architectural landmarks which span over several centuries. You will then visit the award winning Corinium Museum, home to one of the largest collections of Romano- British antiquities. Enjoy some free time to roam Cirencester’s antique & craft market before returning to the manor for an exquisite lunch and a relaxing final afternoon at The Manor.

Before the cocktail hour is upon you, enjoy a traditionally English game of croquet on the lawn with your companions and staff, before indulging in a memorable seven course gala dinner.

Friday – Departure

Enjoy your final breakfast at the manor before departing by private transfer to London for your onward travel.

London

Tariff

Total cost for 6 guests $80,000
This itinerary includes : 12 night 13 days made up of:


– 6 nights full board accommodation aboard Apres Tout in Burgundy – 6 nights full board accommodation at the Manor in the Cotswolds

All Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks teas and coffees whilst aboard Apres Tout & at the Manor.
All excursion entrance fees

– All transportation from pick up on in London on the first day to drop off in Paris on the last day inclusive of Eurostar ticket from Paris – London

Not included :-

Travel to the pick up point in Paris Travel from the Drop off Point in London
Travel insurance.

Gratuities.