Exploring the waterways of Burgundy and France on board «MS Niagara» is an unforgettable adventure.
The traditionally built motor yacht «MS Niagara» offers a travel adventure, back in time and an insight into France as it should be seen.
The air-conditioned main deck with its comfortable wheel house offers you an ideal occasion to assist the Captain in all maneuvers. Sumptuous suites and bathrooms await a maximum of 6 passengers. On the upper level, you will appreciate the spacious sun-deck with Swimming pool and Jet-stream - depending on your desires; it can be warmed up to 85 °F or more. Just relax and enjoy the comfort of this casual cruise. Mountainbikes are always onboard and ready to go, for casual rides along the tow-path or cross country raids.
Everyday you will be pampered from morning to evening. The day begins with a hearty French breakfast, then a traditional Burgundy brunch menu, accompanied with selected wines. During the calm afternoon cruise your coffee or tea and pastries are served in the wheelhouse-salon. Every detail of your cruise is affectionately prepared by your first class crew who are also English speaking.
The barge cruises into the late afternoon, taking you through the heart Burgundy's countryside and picturesque villages, famous for their cultural history and art. Everyday hectic life will rapidly disappear and is replaced by the rhythm of the canal locks. That's the French way of life.
The staff will always be attending to your needs in a first class friendly style with genuine hospitality.
At the end of each day's cruise, the passengers can discover and visit the lovely country and heartly people of France on their own (or optional with our tourguide) in an air-conditioned van. Learn the "savoir vivre" of Burgundy, with its famous wines, Roman art, feudal castles and abbeys.
When returning to your barge, happy and content the day's events, there is plenty of time for a drink before you discover new local restaurants, as this cruise is only bookable with half pension. Beside delicious dishes and noble wines you also get to learn the many sorts of regional cheese. A wonderful opportunity to become not only a connoisseur of French specialities and grand Burgundy wines, but also an adept in French cheese art. The delightful evening can then close with drinks at the open bar or pool together with fellow passengers and new friends: So Prosit !!!
«The Relaxing-Dream-Cruise with the MS Niagara»
Check in at Dijon
At the meeting point of Château la Chassagne near Dijon, an air-conditioned bus will drive you to the barge at 5 pm. You are welcomed on board with a "Kir Royal" by the crew and it's captain and with a champagner baptism for the upcoming cruise starts an unforgettable cruise in Burgundy.
On board, your captain will show you all details about your vaccation on the barge, your suite and of course the cruise itself. Afterwards you can enjoy drinks and appetizers in the wheelhouse-salon or on the sundeck beside the pool. Of course all drinks on board are inclusive around the clock. As you booked half-pension you are free to take our van to discover the sourrounding or take a little walk to a typical restaurant nearby.
Cruise from Dijon to Fleurey-sur-Ouche
While having your french breakfast, the "MS Niagara" leaves the port of Dijon and begins to pass through the locks on the canal - there will be a total of 45 during the cruise. The barge has a snail-like pace which is set by the canal locks. It passes by Lake Kir, afterwards Plombières les Dijon and Velars-sur-Ouche. Ever midday a splendid brunch-buffet is served by the crew, who will also be looking after you throughout the cruise. If you're not a connoisseur of grand Burgundy wines and specialties, you will soon become one!
In the late afternoon the barge moors in the village of Fleurey-sur-Ouche. From there you have the possibility to go on an excursion with your touring-van to discover the city of Dijon, the ancient throne to the Dukes of Burgundy and birth town of Gustave Eiffel. Dijon is also know as the town of "hundred bells", famous for Cassis and the tradition of making mustard. A good opportunity to enjoy a typical French dinner with the other passengers in this beautiful and historic town. Previously a small event: the traditional mustard and cheesetasting.
Cruise from Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche
The voyage takes you into the heart of Burgundy and the magnificent Ouche valley. From the sun deck you can savour the real Burgundy while passing through traditional villages such as Pont-de-Pany, where Chateau la Chassagne is situated, then on to Saint Marie-sur-Ouche. The scenery and life along side the canal will seduce you.
Tonight the barge is moored in a hidden romantic spot, beside the river Ouche and a Gallo Romain bridge, one of the most photographed and painted views in the village of Gissey-sur-Ouche. This is also the starting point of your daily sight seeing tour to get to know this wonderful region and its habitants.
What do you think about having a degustation in the winery of Château la Chassagne?
This evening the traditional farewell party for passengers that booked the Mini-Cruise is celebrated. But first, the winner of our traditional Petanque match 'passengers : crew' has to be found. Beginning with cocktails on board, you will learn the art of "Sabrage", slashing open a Champagne bottle with a sword, like the Dukes of Burgundy did hundreds of years ago. Then everybody will be in the right mood for a great farewell dinner. The "sabrage" (the cut off the champagne cork with the sword), you'll be knighted to the Conférie Chateau Chassagne.
Private excursion to Beaune for the 7-days / 6-nights cruise passengers
For today's full-day-excursion we will take you into the vine yards of Burgundy and the wine capital town of Beaune. Wine tasting with french connoisseurs to answer all your questions, visits to some of the most important places along the 'Route de Grands Crus' such as Corton, Volnay and Mersault! For Lunch you will be invited in a highly reputed village restaurant surrounded by Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines.
In the afternoon there is plenty of time to visit the famous Hospice de Beaune. visit the charming boutiques lining the cobbled streets of the historic market town. Return to the barge is via the "Hautes Côtes" along the country roads and past the source of the river Ouche. As welcome for the new passengers who have booked the Mini Cruise on the second part of your journey, the kitchen offers a very special buffet or we organize a come together party with BBQ
Cruise from Gissey-sur-Ouche to Pont d'Ouche
The "MS Niagara" leaves Gissey-sur-Ouche in the morning and heads towards Saint Victor-sur-Ouche and La Bussière. After a delicious brunch the cruise goes on along Veuvey to reach today's destination Pont d'Ouche. When your hotel barge is moored, we recommend you to visit Chateauneuf en Auxois from here, which you will pass tomorrow by boat. Walk into this medieval village with its cafes, antiques and curiosity shops along the picturesque streets and it's bistro bars which invite to settle in a drink in the hand. There is also a fantastic view over the Auxois plains, with lakes and the distant Morvan hills. As always in the evening fine french dining can be taken in a typical local restaurant. But before dinner, we celebrate the crowning of the new "wine queen" by a wine, cassis and Crémantdegustation.
Cruise from Pont d'Ouche to Vandenesse-en-Auxois
Your captain will work even harder today, passing all the locks between Pont d'Ouche and the final destination of Vandenesse. A wonderful opportunity to enjoy the countryside, relax on the sun-deck, walk or cycle ahead. In the surroundings of Crugey you will have a Burgundy Menu for lunch on board. After the barge has arrived in the port or Vandenesse, it is up to you to decide the destination of your today's excursion: The Water-Château of Commarin or the Canals tunnel entrance in Pouilly-en-Auxois?
This evening we celebrate the traditional farewell party for passengers that booked the full-week Grand Relaxing-Dream Cruise. But first, the winner of our traditional Petanque match 'passengers : crew' has to be found. Beginning with cocktails on board, you will learn the art of "Sabrage", slashing open a Champagne bottle with a sword, like the Dukes of Burgundy did hundreds of years ago. Then everybody will be in the right mood for a great farewell dinner.
After a copious breakfast we present you your lock diploma. Passengers will disembark at about 10:30 am. Depending on your personal plans we will take you back to Chateau la Chassagne or the railway station at Dijon.
During the cruise we offer passengers from time to time the opportunity to visit a vintage car show, VIP-meeting, classical music presentations, balooning- or helicopter ridings, an evening at Clos Vogeot, cycling or golf experiences, weekly markets or musician festivals as on June 1th or July 14th. The crew will pamper you...
As this is a one-way cruise, the itinerary is also operated in the opposite direction a according to starting date.
Alternative charter cruises are:
Dijon - Burgandy Canal - River Saône - Rhin Rhone Canal - Besancon
Dijon - Burgandy Canal - River Saône - Champagne
Dijon - Burgandy Canal - River Saône - Center heart of France
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