| The food and wine of Burgundy’s fabled Côte d’Or wine-growing region is the focus of French Country Waterways’ leisurely six-night cruise aboard the 18-passenger luxury bargeEsprit. Guests who book the August 27 or October 1, 2017 departures, can take advantage of a savings of $1000 per person. The Esprit’s route follows the narrow 18th-century Canal du Centre overlooking vineyards of the Côte de Beaune, the meandering River Saône and the Canal de Bourgogne between St. Léger-sur-Dheune and Dijon. The Aug. 27 and Oct. 1 fare is $3,995 per person, double.
Daily sightseeing excursions include an owner’s tour of the Château de Rully – family-owned and occupied since the 12th century; a tasting of fine wines hosted by a local vintner in Chassagne-Montrachet;tours of Beaune, the charming wine capital of Burgundy; the medieval abbey of Clos de Vougeot, headquarters of Chevaliers du Tastevin with vineyards dating back to the 12th century; and Dijon, capital of the Dukes of Burgundy. With ample free time, guests can relax on the sundeck or go off for an exploratory walk or bicycle ride. Hot-air ballooning is also an option.
In the family’s charming 15th-century home in Chagny, Jacques Lameloise, owner and chef of Michelin three-star rated Lameloise, prepares a special menu gourmand of seasonal Burgundian specialties servedwith the finest vintages of the Côte de Beaune and Chalonnais regions. Aboard the barge, sumptuous four-course dinners, blending classic cooking techniques with the trend towards lighter, healthier dishes, are served with a selection of top wines including many from Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards. Breakfasts and lunches are equally tempting and served buffet style.
The Esprit has a partially canopied sundeck, lounge and dining room with picture windows, well-stocked bar, library and nine staterooms. Prices cover accommodations, all meals, all wines, open bar, sightseeing, bicycles and escorted transfers between Paris and the barge.
You will find no better host for a trip to France than French Country Waterways, which focuses its full attention on providing the most memorable guest experience. To begin planning a trip with French Country Waterways, request the company’s 2017 brochure by calling 800-222-1236 in the U.S. and Canada. The company can also be contacted via mail at P.O. Box 2195, Duxbury, MA 02331 or by visiting www.fcwl.com.
American-owned French Country Waterways operates five barges, each of which is available for individual bookings and for charter groups. Special room rates are offered at the designated meeting point hotels in Paris and/or Strasbourg for guests wishing to extend their stay.