6 passenger Deluxe
We now welcome the Rendez-Vous, a new barge concept brought to you by the team of Spencer and Rejane Hayes, and Earl and Candy Robertson, the team behind the Prosperite, one of the most successful and advanced barges on the French canals. The Rendez-Vous debuted on the Canal de Bourgogne in 2015 and is now ready for its second successful year.
The Rendez-Vous is designed for guests who want a high quality cruise but also an experience which reflects their interest in cuisine and wine, fitness, and immersion into the culture and people of France. Personalized, fun, active: Even the name of this new barge suggests the coming together of people and places. Let’s Rendezvous!
Rendez-Vous will pack a lot of casual living into its space, including an open kitchen, large and canopied deck, and cozy cabins with every amenity. Décor will be contemporary and comfortable, with high quality furniture, fabrics and accent pieces, all hand-selected. Each cabin has portholes that open for fresh air. Each bathroom has heated towel racks and a hair dryer.
Sightseeing will include a bicycle ride through the vineyards, a private mustard tasting and tour in Beaune, and a visit to a cheese farm with a wine tasting. Optional golf will be available on several easily reached courses along the route.
- Length: 100 feet
- 6 Passengers
- 3 twin or queen cabins Cabin 1 - 120 Sq. Ft
Cabin 2 - 103 Sq. Ft.
Cabin 3 - 103 Sq. Ft.
- Cabin Ceiling ht: 6'8"
- Bathroom Ceiling ht 6'5"
- TV with DVD/Video player
- Covered Sun deck
- Spa pool
- 6 tour bikes
Accommodations & Pricing
Whole Boat Charter
$30,000 for the 2016 Season
2016 Sunday Departures
April 3 - 9
April 10 - 16
April 17 - 23
April 24 - 30
May 1 - 7
May 8 - 14
May 15 - 21
May 22 - 28
May 29 - June 4
June 5 - 11
June 12 - 18
June 19 - 25
June 26 - July 2
July 3 - 9
July 10 - 16
July 17 - 23
July 24 - 30
July 31 -August 6
August 7 - 13
August 14 - 20
August 21 - 27
August 28 - September 3
September 4 - 10
September 11 - 17
September 18 - 24
September 25 - October 1
October 2 - 8
October 9 - 15
October 16 - 22
October 23 -29
Arrival at Fleurey- sur- Ouche
Chauffeured transfers from Paris –Of course!
At 2:00 pm, a member of Rendez-Vous crew will meet your party at one hotel of your party’s choice in central Paris and chauffeur you to the barge, moored at Fleury-sur- Ouche, a small village on the beautiful Canal de Bourgogne. Estimated arrival time is between 5:00 pm and 6:00 p.m. (Alternatively, your entire party may be met at 4:00 pm in one location in the immediate area of Dijon and Beaune and then chauffeured to the barge.) Meet your crew at the traditional champagne reception, unpack and perhaps take a walk as the sun sets –all this anticipating the first of many gourmet dinners on board.
Fleurey- sur- Ouche to Gissey- sur- Ouche
Bicycle through the Grand Cru Vineyards!
Cruise this morning deeper into “La France Profond” as Rendezvous cruises from Fleurey -sur -Ouche to Gissey- sur -Ouche through the river valley and incredible scenery. After lunch on board, we’ll take you to the vineyards of the Côte de Nuits for a cycling tour along the Route des Grands Crus. Visit the Clos de Vougeot, where medieval monks invented winemaking techniques and then enjoy a wine tasting. Return to Rendez-Vous for dinner on board.
Gissey- sur- Ouche to La Bussiere- sur- Ouche
Visit a Unique Food Market Designed by Eiffel (of Tower fame)
This morning, we’ll depart after breakfast for a visit to vibrant Dijon with its well-preserved medieval core. After a walking tour, which will include the Cathedral, enter the gorgeous Les Halles Market.
Gustave Eiffel, a native son of Dijon, designed the market in the 19th century. One of France’s largest and best-known markets, Les Halles comes to life every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday with an incredible selection of meats, candies, cheeses and, of course, fruits and vegetables along with ready-to-eat pastries. After lunch in the market, return to Rendez-Vous for a cruise to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche. This is the perfect time to walk on the towpath or explore by bicycle – or just sit on deck and absorb the gorgeous countryside as it floats gently by.
Moored in La Bussiere-sur-Ouche
Full Day Out in Beaune, Wine Capital of the Cote d’Or
Beaune is the unofficial capital of the Côte d'Or, with millions of bottles of wine stored in cellars beneath its cobblestoned streets. This thriving town's raion d’etre is wine: making it, tasting it, selling it, but most of all, drinking it. Begin the day with a special wine tasting, where you will be presented with a selection of wines for your sampling pleasure. The tour then continues at the Hospice, also known as the Hotel Dieu, an immaculately preserved medieval hospital, which amazingly was in full use until the early 20th century.
Then, have lunch at a lively bistro and continue the day with a private mustard tasting – then enjoy free time to shop in the pedestrian zone and stop in the square for a café. Return to Rendezvous and dinner on board at your peaceful mooring.
La- Bussiere- sur Ouche to Pont d’Ouche
A Chateau Perched High Over the Canal!
Cruise from La Bussiere to Pont d’Ouche in the morning, After lunch, we’ll visit the village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois with its fairy tale castle perched high over the canal. Tour the castle as well as the village, with its delightful small crafts shops. Return for dinner on board.
Pont d’Ouche to Vandenesse-en-Auxois
Cheese Tasting Deep in the Countryside
This morning, it’s your last, wonderful cruise to Vandenesse en Auxois in the morning. After lunch, it’s time for a cheese tasting at a local farm. We are looking for other amazing activities to be announced later. Then it’s back to Rendez-Vous for a last, festive dinner and reliving of your week on board.
Chauffeured Transfer Back to Paris
Depart at 9:00 am for your return transfer back to the one location of your choice in central Paris, or alternatively, your entire group returning to Charles de Gaulle Airport. Estimated arrival time at both locations is 1:00 pm. Please make all travel plans on the basis of this timing. Breakfast is your last on-board meal. We hope you enjoyed your cruise on Rendez-Vous.
On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
Your Cruise Includes:
Cruise Rate Includes:
6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, chauffeured transfers from Paris to the barge & return, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch & dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.
Cruise Rate Does NOT Include
Airfare to and from France, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)