Travel from Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Vandenesse-en-Auxois on the Canal de Bourgogne.
This is a sample itinerary which may change depending on the availability of the individual courses and will run in the opposite direction every other week
Sunday, Day 1 Arrival at Fleurey-sur-Ouche
In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Rendez-Vous at the designated meeting point. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to Rendez-Vous, moored in the village of Fleurey-sur-Ouche. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first gourmet dinner onboard.
Monday, Day 2 Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche
This morning's cruise is the perfect time to laze in the hot tub on deck, or take a leisurely stroll or gentle pedal on the towpath. This afternoon, enjoy a wine tour in the world-famous vineyards of the Cotes de Beaune during an escorted excursion to an authentic "Domaine Bourguignon". Discover a private wine cellar built in the 16th century by the Cistercian monks, and then sip, sample, and savor at a winetasting. Return to the Rendez-Vous and relax with drinks and dinner onboard.
Tuesday, Day 3 Gissey-sur-Ouche to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche
Admire the beautiful scenery during the morning cruise to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche. After lunch, the golfers will be chauffeured to Norges Country Club to play at their 18 hole course. The guide will accompany the non-golfers to Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, perched atop the hill overlooking the canal. A tour of the Chateau reveals architectural details and relics which speak to the deprivations and decadence so prevalent in France’s history. Back onboard, take an evening stroll or a bicycle ride along the towpath as Chef prepares dinner.
Wednesday, Day 4 Moored in La Bussiere-sur-Ouche
Today begins with either a bicycle ride to Beaune, a 20-mile route, or ride with our vehicle. Upon arrival, your Tour Guide introduces Hospice de Beaune, an immaculately preserved medieval hospital in use until the early 20th century. Afterwards, browse Beaune's lively pedestrian area, lined with shops and cafes. Enjoy lunch at a lively local bistro, and then tour and taste at the last family owned mustard factory in Beaune. Return to the Rendez-Vous and laze on in the hot tub or socialize in the salon. Chef presents dinner onboard.
Thursday, Day 5 La Bussiere-sur-Ouche to Pont d’Ouche
As Rendez-Vous cruises this morning, explore the towpath on foot or by bicycle. After lunch, the golfers will be driven to Golf de Beaune Levernois, located deep in the wine country. Meanwhile, the non-golfers will be accompanied to visit Clos de Vougeot, where Cistercian monks made wine in the 12th century. The ancient Clos now serves as the headquarters of the wine society Chevaliers du Tastevin. Discover the preserved presses from which these Burgundian wines were first produced. A private tasting at a local cellar follows. Everyone is reunited onboard for dinner.
Friday, Day 6 Pont d'Ouche to Vandenesse-en-Auxois
The town of Dijon offers a pleasurable assault of the senses. "Les Halles”, the region's food market, presents a panorama of colorful produce while public gardens are vibrant with greenery. Shop, stroll, and sip your way through this small city brimming with authentic French life. After lunch, the golfers will be chauffeured to Chateau de Chailly, an 18 hole parkland course with raised greens and a restored Medieval chateau as backdrop. Non-golfers will return to Rendez-Vous for an afternoon cruise. Enjoy a final feast at the Captain's Dinner.
Saturday, Day 7 Transfer from Vandenesse-en-Auxois
After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point.
On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change