SAroche

6 passenger Deluxe

Saroche Deck Plan

Saroche Deck Plan

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Description

We met Jason Ashcroft and Dawn Coles, who previously owned the Who Knows, in 2014. They purchased the Saroche in 2015 and designed it to meet their warm and personal style. What impressed us was the enthusiasm and knowledge of Jason and Dawn. Jason is a former sommelier, who savors good wine and loves to share his knowledge with you. His wife, Dawn is a trained chef, who enjoys presenting her guests with her wonderful culinary creations.The barge itself is decorated in a fresh style with roomy cabins and comfortable en suites with walk-in showers. The common space is designed for comfort and boasts a wood-burning fireplace! They will operate Saroche on a familiar and successful schedule: the Champagne region in the spring and early summer, and then transition to Burgundy for late summer and fall.

Jason conducting a wine-tasting

Jason conducting a wine-tasting

The Saroche

The simple yet elegant charm of cruising the French waterways is nowhere better experienced than aboard the Saroche. The barge has three well appointed en-suite, individually air conditioned cabins with windows that open and a fabulous outside deck to take full advantage of the magnificent French scenery that slowly drifts by. Experience fabulous cuisine and world class wines in privacy with unique itineraries that really let you escape.

Burgundy Highlights include: Touring the famous Hospice de Beauneand visit to Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, classified as one of the prettiest villages in France. 

Champagne Highlights include: A visit to the Cathedral of Reims,  champagne and wine tastings and lunch at the michelin stared Abbey of Labussier.

General Information

  • Length: 128 feet
  • up to 6 Passengers
  • 4 crew
  • 3 twin/double cabin each 190 Sq. Ft.
  • ensuite bath with walk-in shower
  • Individually controlled Air Conditioning
  • Sun Deck
  • 6  - 12-speed Gitane bicycles
  • Charter and Cabin bookings

Accommodations & Pricing 2016

Burgundy Cruise

Value Season Dates
October 9 - 15
October 16 - 22
October 23 - 29


Regular Season Dates in Burgundy
Aug 14 - 20
August 21 - 27
August 28 - Sept 3
Sep 4 - 10
Sep 11 - 17
Sept 18 - 24
Sep 25 - Oct 1
Oct 2 - 8
Oct 11 - 17
Oct 18 - 24

Pricing Value Season in Burgundy
Whole boat charter for 6: $32,000
Whole boat charter for 4: $26,000

Pricing Regular Season in Burgundy
Whole boat charter for 6: $36,000
Whole boat charter for 4: $30,000

 

Champagne Cruise

Value Season Dates in Champagne
May 8 -14
May 15 - 21
May 22 - 28
May 29 - June 4

Regular Season Rates in Champagne
June 5 - 11
June 12 - 18
June 19 - 25
June 26 - July 2
July 3 - 9
July 10 - 16*

Pricing Value Season in Champagne
Whole boat charter for 6: $32,000
Whole boat charter for 4: $26,000

Pricing Regular Season in Champagne
Whole boat charter for 6: $36,000
Whole boat charter for 4: $30,000
Individuals: $6500 per person, double occupancy, available week of July 10 - 16*

 


Sample Burgundy Itinerary

Sunday

Sunday Paris to Escommes
Welcome Aboard!
A member of Saroche crew will meet your party at one hotel of your party’s choice in central Paris and chauffeur you to Saroche moored on the Canal de Bourgogne at Escommes. Enjoy a champagne reception and plenty of time to settle in before Dawn, your personal Chef, presents you with the first of many gourmet meals.

Monday

Escommes to Chateauneuf en Auxois
Taste Gourmet Chocolate at a Boutique Chocolatier
Today's cruise takes you down the flight of locks from the summit pond to the foot of beautiful Chateauneuf en Auxois. Following a leisurely lunch, Jason will take you to a boutique chocolatier for a delightful tasting of France’s most decadently delicious specialty! With both lunch and dinner aboard today, relax and enjoy life at its best on the placid canals of Southern Burgundy.

The Burgundy Canal at dusk

The Burgundy Canal at dusk

Tuesday

Chateauneuf en Auxois to Pont d' Ouche
After breakfast, Jason will chauffeur you to the quaint village of Chateauneuf en Auxois. This 12th century Chateau is a famous landmark in the area, harboring many fascinating secrets of European history. After a tour of the Chateau, there is time to explore the village before returning to the barge for lunch. In the afternoon, we set sail and head down stream to Pont d'Ouche, our mooring for the evening. The canal’s towpath is the perfect avenue for a stroll or cycle, or perhaps just enjoy the relaxed pace of life from the Saroche deck. Once moored up, Chef Dawn will once again regale you with another gourmet feast.

Burgundy Castle

Burgundy Castle

Wednesday

Pont d' Ouche to Veuvey-sur-Ouche 
On to Beaune – with Lunch at a Gourmet Auberge and Wine Tasting!
Today we leave the Saroche and head over the hills to Beaune, the region’s unofficial wine capital. Jason will lead a guided tour of the Hospice de Beaune -- as famous for its premium wines as it is for its colorfully tiled roof! Today’s lunch is taken at a gourmet auberge in Beaune. After lunch, Jason will escort you into the Cote de Beaune, which is known for its soft reds and complex delectable whites. A walk in the vines and an explanation of why Burgundy wines are so well renowned await, and then, best of all, there is a comprehensive tasting in a private winery. Return to the Saroche for a sundown cruise before light dinner on board.

Thursday

Veuvey-sur-Ouche to La Bussiere
Wine tasting in the Cote d’Or
After breakfast we set sail and cruise down to La Bussiere, with plenty of gentle towpath available for those who wish to walk or cycle. Lunch is on board the Saroche. In the afternoon, Jason will drive you into the Cote de Nuits for a visit to Chateau Clos de Vougeot, an 12th century Cistercian monastic winery, home to the Chevaliers du Tastevin, the fraternity of Knights of the Wine-Tasting Cup, committed to preserving and promoting fine Burgundian wines. Afterwards, proceed to a nearby village for a sampling of local vintages. The Cote du Nuit is famous for its reds, and Jason will show you why the world raves about its Pinot Noir.

Chateau Clos de Vougeot 

Chateau Clos de Vougeot 


Sample Champagne ITINERARY

Friday

La Bussiere to Gissey
Market Day in Dijon!
Dijon is the capital of the region, and once home to the four Dukes of Burgundy. Gustaf Eiffel, another resident, designed the city’s iconic covered market square. After a walking tour of the old town, you will have plenty of time to enjoy the market’s local produce stalls or explore the classic French shops of Dijon. We return to Saroche for lunch before setting sail for Gissey, our marquee destination for the week. This beautiful village nestled in the heart of the Ouche valley is classically French and no trip would be complete without a special visit. Tonight, Jason will be your host for the Captain’s Dinner, at which Chef Dawn will round out your culinary experience with yet another gourmet delight.

Saturday

Gissey to Paris
Enjoy a final breakfast on board before your chauffeur driven minibus picks you up and takes you back to Paris with time to reflect on the fabulous week aboard Saroche.

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks, the cruise is in the reverse direction.

Your Cruise 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.

Not included

Airfare to and from France, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

 

 

Sunday

Paris to Vandieres via Chauffered Transfer
Your chauffeur driven minivan will meet your party at 3:00 pm in the lobby of one Paris hotel of your choice and drive you to Saroche, moored in Vandieres on the Marne River. Estimated driving time is one and a half to two hours. There you will meet your hosts Captain Jason Ashcroft and Chef Dawn Coles. Enjoy a champagne reception on deck with introductions to the crew followed by time to settle into your stateroom before Dawn serves your first gourmet dinner on board Saroche.

Monday

Vandieres to Cummiers
Tour a Historic Chateau, then Cruise through the Vineyards.
After breakfast Jason will take you to the chateau of Conde en Brie, pictured above. This 16th century hunting lodge has hosted Kings, Queens and all variety of characters. Jason will guide you on a private visit through this wonderful building and if the owner is in house, Jason will introduce you and perhaps you'll enjoy a glass or two of champagne with the Count.
We return to Saroche for a lazy lunch with 360° views of the glorious Champagne vineyards before setting sail and heading up stream towards Cummiers. The Marne River gently meanders through the Marne Valley - covered on both sides in vineyards, steeped in history and surrounded by serene French countryside. All this can be admired from the deck. We moor in the shadow of the Abbey of Hautvillers, with time for a gentle stroll along the towpath before Jason introduces you to "bubbles du jour" and another of Dawn’s fabulous meals on board.

Tuesday

Cummiers to Tour sur Marne
After breakfast Jason will drive you through Epernay to visit chocolatier Thibaut. Spend the morning creating artisanal chocolate with the master chocolate maker, famous as the last chocolatier to make the alcohol filled chocolate champagne cork. This is a rare and exciting chance to get up close to one of the world’s favorite foods! Return to the Saroche where Dawn will present another fabulous lunch.

After lunch we set sail for Tour-sur-Marne, moving on to the Canal Lateral a la Marne, and passing by vineyards owned by many famous Champagne houses like Mumm, Philiponat, Moët & Chandon and Heidesek to name but a few. There will be plenty of opportunity to walk and cycle along the well- paved towpath, as Saroche slowly ascends the valley toward our mooring in the village of Tour. Jason will introduce another "bubbles du jour" before dinner on board.

 

Wednesday

Moored in Tour sur Marne
Reims Cathedral and lunch at Les Crayeres in the Jardin Brasserie
We leave the Saroche this morning to head into the historic city of Reims. Our first stop is the Eisenhower War Rooms, an important yet little-known museum where the first treaty to end the Second World War was signed. Then visit the famous cathedral of Reims, where the kings and queens of France were crowned. Having survived the revolution and two world wars it is a testament to the resilience of the people of Reims, with its amazing nave and dazzling stained glass windows. The cathedral is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There will be time to shop before lunch in the Jardin Brasserie at Domaine Les Crayeres. Enjoy the garden at this most magnificent Relais and Chateau property, once home to the Pommery family and now one of the best small hotels in the world.

Domaine les Crayeres

Domaine les Crayeres

Leaving Reims behind we drive back to Saroche. We’ll stop off in Bouzy for a small private tour and tasting before returning to the barge in time for a dip in the jacuzzi and a light dinner served on deck.

Thursday

Tour Sur Marne to Mont-du-Billy
Private Champagne Tour and Taste
After a lazy breakfast, we’ll drive to Meruil-sur-Ay, home to many famous champagne makers, but none more so than Billecart Salmon, one of the last remaining independent large champagne houses. Tour and taste!

Champagne Tasting

Champagne Tasting

Returning to Saroche for more of Dawn’s creations will leave you well suited to a relaxing afternoon on the deck or walking by the barge as we climb eight locks to the summit pound, eventually mooring in a serene location under shade trees. As we cruise, “ aspiring chefs” can join Dawn in the kitchen as she prepares her famous pates and terrines and discusses menus and techniques. After “bubbles du jour” another delightful dinner awaits!

Friday

Mont-du-Billyto Beaumont-sur-Vesle
Walk in World War I Trenches
This morning we set sail and head along the canal to the tunnel at Mont-du-Billy, Jason will prepare the barge to go through the tunnel, a marvel of 18th-century French engineering that allowed commercial traffic from Paris to enter the heart of Reims and thus connected Paris and Reims. Having passed the tunnel we continue our lazy cruise down the canal to Beaumont-sur-Vesle.

After lunch Jason will drive you to the World War 1 trenches at the Mains de Massiges, an archeological dig that is as authentic and sobering as it is mysterious. These trenches were discovered by a Parisian archeological student and are the newest discovery involving Champagne’s history in that war. A walking tour of real trenches is a reminder of the other reason Champagne is world famous.

Return to the barge in time to get freshened up before Captain’s Dinner. Tonight Jason is your host, starting with “bubbles du jour” and cocktails on the deck before Dawn wows you with a very special farewell dinner. Reminisce about your memorable week aboard Saroche!

Saturday

After breakfast your chauffeur driven minibus will depart at 9:30 am for your return transfer back to Paris, Estimated driving time is an hour and a half. Please make all onward travel plans on the basis of this timing. We hope to see you back on Saroche, maybe next time in Burgundy!

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks, the cruise is in the reverse direction.

Your Cruise 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.

Not included

Airfare to and from France, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)