Prospérité is one of the top barges in France.  In 2003, Prosperité was created by an American hotelier and represents a successful new approach. Original ideas such as the demonstration kitchen and the “open refrigerator” with drinks, snacks and desserts available 24 hours a day, reflect modern living and entertaining.

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Cruise Highlights

  • Visit the provincial capital, Dijon, once the seat of the Dukes of Burgundy 
  • Visit to Chateau du Clos de Vougeot
  • Dinner at the Michelin-Starred Restaurant Abbaye de la Bussiere
  • Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy 
  • The Cote d'Or vineyards and the gorgeous 'Route des Grand Crus' 
  • The village and chateau of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois 
  • Cellar tour/winetasting at Domaine Prieur-Brunet in Santenay 

Detailed Itinerary: Plombieres-les-Dijon to Vandenesse-en-Auxois (Burgundy Canal)

Sunday, Day 1 - Paris to Plombieres-les-Dijon - Private Chauffeured Transfer

A member of Prospérité crew will meet your party at one pickup location in central Paris at 2:00 pm or, alternatively, one pickup location in Dijon, Beaune or the immediate Cote d'Or area at 4:00 pm and then chauffeur you via Mercedes Minivan to the barge, at anchor in in the petite port of Plombieres-les-Dijon, located just outside the larger town of Dijon. You'll be welcomed by the traditional champagne reception, and enjoy the first of many gourmet dinners on board.

Monday, Day 2 - Plombieres-les-Dijon to Fleury-sur-Ouche - Where Medieval Monks Made wine 

Prospérité departs Plombieres-les-Dijon - heading onto the Burgundy Canal for a tranquil morning cruise. Prospérité will go through the first of many locks. After lunch, devote the afternoon to an introduction to the Cote d'Or wine region lying south of the canal. First, we'll drive among the vineyards and villages of the "Route des Grand Crus" on the way to Clos de Vougeot a 12th century chateau where Cistercian monks learned the art of wine-making. Explore the ancient wine presses and soak in the ambiance of this elegant chateau surrounded by vineyards. Then it is back to Prospérité, now moored in Fleury-sur-Ouche.

Tuesday, Day 3 - Fleury-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche - Join the Locals at the Dijon Market 

This morning we'll drive back to Dijon for a morning devoted to this lovely town. First, we'll walk the historic district, with its colorful tiled rooftop buildings, and then stop at the Covered Food Market, which was designed by Eiffel of Tower fame! A vast selection of produce, fish, cheeses, breads, baked goods and prepared delicacies brings this bustling market to life. There will be time to browse in tiny shops lining the cobblestoned streets, too. Then it's back to Prospérité for lunch and an afternoon cruise to Gissey-sur-Ouche. On the way, what about getting out our bicycles for a meander on the towpath and into a village or two. Dinner on board ends this wonderful day.

Wednesday, Day 4 - Gissey-sur-Ouche to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche - Dinner at a Michelin-Starred Restaurant 

A short morning cruise to Le Bussiere-sur-Ouche begins this eventful day. After lunch we'll visit the adorable village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois perched high on a hill overlooking the canal. Here is an enchanting old chateau - very simple but with history and ghosts around every corner. Then walk the cobblestoned streets of the village; perhaps one of the craft shops is open. Then it's back to Prospérité where there will be time to prepare for dinner at Abbaye de la Bussiere, a former Cistercian Abbey now immaculately restored into a hotel and restaurant.

Thursday, Day 5 - La Bussiere-sur-Ouche to Pont d'Ouche - Medieval Hospice in Beaune - Plus Shopping! 

This morning, cruise deeper into the Ouche Valley to Pont D'Ouche. This is a great time to walk, bicycle or sit on deck and watch scenes of great beauty float by. After lunch, its back into the Mercedes Minivan for a cruise high point; An excursion to Beaune. This enchanting town is the wine capital of Cote d' Or; underneath its streets lie hundreds of miles of wine cellars. Visit the 14th-century hospital Hotel Dieu; it is gorgeously preserved and provides a unique glimpse of life in the Middle Ages. There may be time for an impromptu wine-tasting, browse the shops, or enjoy a cafe in the square. Then it's back to Prospérité to re-live the day at dinner on-board.

Friday, Day 6 - Pont d'Ouche to Vandenesse-en-Auxois - You've tasted the Cheese...Now taste the Wine for an Ultimate French Experience! 

Our final morning cruise takes Prospérité to Vandenesse-en-Auxois. Take a last, long morning to relax! Then, it's back to the Cote d"or vineyards, passing through colorful villages on the way to a cellar tour/winetasting at Domaine Prieur-Brunet in Santenay.
Return to your barge - now your home away from home - for cocktails and the festive Captain's Dinner. End your Prospérité cruise in style!

Saturday, Day 7 - Return to Paris - A Sad Farewell 

You'll depart between 8:00 - 9:00 am and be chauffeured as a group either to one location in central Paris or one location at Charles de Gaulle Airport. Driving time to Paris is estimated at three hours; driving time to Charles de Gaulle at four hours.

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction.


At A Glance

  •  Up to 8 passengers, Luxury & Signature

  • From USD$6,750 per person (Charter Only)

  • Region: Burgundy Region

  • Access: Paris TGV Station / Airport

  • Start City: Dijon

  • End City: Vandenesse

  • Cruise Highlights: visit the provincial capital – Dijon – once the seat of the Dukes of Burgundy,  see the Cote d'Or vineyards and the gorgeous ‘Route des Grand Crus,' explore Beaune – wine capital of Burgundy, & tour the village and chateau of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois.

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