Today sees the high spot of the cruise for wine lovers as, after mooring in the quaint little port of Pont d’Ouche, we drive through the glorious vineyards of the Côte d’Or to Beaune. After a restaurant lunch we’ll visit one of the world’s medieval ‘must sees’ – the fabulous Hospice built in 1443. All this culture is thirst-making but we’re right next door to the spectacular cellars of the Marché aux Vins for a ‘must taste’ moment or several, trying some of the most famous wines in the world.
You’ll have been delighted with the food and wine so far but today is a feast for the eyes as we visit Chateauneuf-en-Auxois. Rated as one of the most beautiful places in France the stunningly restored village offers some wonderful vistas. Once back on board we climb a flight of locks to the summit of the canal then, after lunch, there is the option to visit the Château of Commarin or the amazing Grand Basilica at Vézelay. Before dinner we cruise through one of the wonders of the French waterways – the two-mile long tunnel leading to Pouilly-en-Auxois.
A laid-back morning cruising to sleepy Pont Royal, where we moor-up for lunch. Then we take to the road to visit the village of Flavigny (where the movie Chocolat was filmed), the UNESCO World Heritage Cistercian abbey at Fontenay and the little-known medieval town of Semur-en-Auxois. You’ll have an appetite for your final fabulous dinner!
After breakfast we say our ‘au revoirs’ to Le Papillon and then transfer you back to either Dijon railway station, your hotel in Paris or your Paris airport.