Trip Type : Small Ship Cruise
Dijon Historic Bulding -France-3035882-P

Absoluut2 - Classic Cruise in Burgundy

European Waterways
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
7 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Walking tour of old Dijon
  • Enjoy Wine tasting at Château de Meursault
  • Visit to Château de Commarin

Short Description

Absoluut2's professional crew of five is comprised of Master Chef, Tour Guide, Deck-Hand and Hostess, led by a knowledgeable and experienced Captain who will ensure your cruise is highly enjoyable and memorable. Their knowledge of the region, combined with the 8 bicycles provided, will allow you to explore the areas you cruise through, in as much detail as you desire.

Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Trip Type Small Ship Cruise
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury - 5 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Dijon
End City Châteauneuf-en-Auxois
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Itinerary

Day 1: Fleurey-sur-Ouche

You will be met at the one designated meeting point, either in Paris or Dijon, and transferred by minibus to Absoluut2, where the Captain and crew welcome you with a Canapé and Kir Royal reception. Time to unpack, explore the hotel barge, or enjoy a stroll before your first dinner on board.

Day 2: Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche

This morning, we cruise to Gissey-sur-Ouche , with plenty of opportunity to walk or bicycle along the ever-present towpath.  After lunch on board, we visit Château Savigny-les-Beaune, a magnificent property nestled between the hillsides in the Côte de Beaune.  Originally built in 1340, it has now been expanded by the present owner Michel Pont, as a museum for classic Abarth cars, aeroplanes, motorcycles and historic wine producing equipment. The garden holds around 80 aircraft, not quite what you expect to find in the middle of one of the most renowned wine regions of the world. Return to the hotel barge for dinner on board.

Day 3: Gissey-sur-Ouche to La Bussière-sur-Ouche

Morning cruise to La Bussière-sur-Ouche through some very pretty locks, past rolling hills and picturesque villages. After lunch on board, we enjoy a walking tour of old Dijon to see the former Ducal Palace, the Cathedral of Saint Benign, the tower of Phillip the Good, the mustard shops and the impressive Notre Dame de Dijon, or enjoy some excellent shopping time. Dinner on board.

Day 4: La Bussière-sur-Ouche to Pont d’Ouche

After breakfast, we cruise along the canal deep into the forest to Pont d’Ouche. In the afternoon, we enjoy a very special wine tour and tasting at Château de Meursault, a must for wine and history lovers. The vines of the Château de Meursault are ideally situated and sheltered from the winds by the hills to the west.  The soil is rich in calcite and well drained, making it ideal for growing the estate's highly-regarded vintages. Dinner on board.

Day 5: Pont d’Ouche to La Repe

Morning cruise to La Repe through some very pretty locks, past rolling hills and picturesque villages. We enjoy an early lunch on board and then a drive across the premier cru vineyards into Beaune, the capital of Burgundy wine country, with a history going back over 2,000 years. We absorb the fascinating 15th century Hotel Dieu Hospice and the former Ducal Palace. Dinner on board.

Day 6: La Repe - Escommes

This morning, we enjoy a relaxing cruise past spectacular Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, offering wonderful photo, walking and biking opportunities.  After lunch, we visit this medieval hilltop village with its castle and stunning views, and then the nearby moat-encircled 13th century Château de Commarin. Going back 26 generations, the de Vogue family ownership portrays an insight into the glamorous lives of the French aristocracy as well as showing off the château, stables and landscaped gardens. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 7: Escommes

After breakfast, disembark Absoluut2 and transfer to the one **designated drop-off point.

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Only ground transport

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Trip ID#:

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