On arrival at St-Léger- sur-Dheune, you’ll be greeted by the Belmond Afloat in France guide for your transfer to Belmond Amaryllis- and so an unforgettable cruise begins. A champagne reception welcomes you on board and provides the perfect opportunity to meet the crew. Later that evening enjoy your first dining experience on board, hosted by your resident expert, accompanied by the first selection of Grand Crus.
Mooring Rully Visit Chateau de Rully
A leisurely cruise on the Canal du Centre gives you a chance to savor the beauty of the passing French countryside. Mid-morning, join your resident expert on the sun deck for an introduction to Burgundy and its terroir. After lunch on board, your guide takes you for a drive across the countryside to visit the fascinating and privately owned 12th century Château de Rully. Return back on board for another sumptuous meal, hosted by your resident expert who will introduce the next selection of wines.
Mooring Fragnes. Visit Puligny Montrachet
A morning cruise along the Canal du Centre brings us towards the countryside mooring of Fragnes. Enjoy a leisurely morning cycling or walking the delightful towpath before heading to the famous wine producing village of Puligny Montrachet where you experience a tasting lunch at Domain Olivier Leflaive. A wander through the vines with our local expert after lunch ends the day on a perfect note. Dinner is onboard this evening accompanied by another wonderful selection of Grand Crus.
Mooring St Jean de Losne. Visit Beaune
Soon after breakfast, you will be driven to Beaune, capital of Burgundy’s wine region. Your guide will take you to visit to the famous Hôtel Dieu; a magnificent 15th-century charity hospital and part of the celebrated Hospices de Beaune. Explore the honeycomb cellars at Maison Joseph Drouhin, which housed the King of France’s wine collection, followed by a special tasting. Back to the barge for a late lunch and cruise to St Jean de Losne along the River Saône and admire the ever-changing scenery along the banks of this beautiful river. Dinner on board with your vineyard host, who will introduce the evening’s Grand Cru selection.
Mooring Longecourt. Visit Clos de Vougeot and Domain Drouhin Laroze.
In the morning, cruise on the Canal du Bourgogne towards the countryside mooring at Longecourt. After lunch on board, explore Clos de Vougeot, set in the heart of the vines and headquaters of the famous Chevaliers de Tastevin. A tour of this remarkable building is followed by tastings at the Grand cave. This evening we visit the Drouhin-Laroze estate in Gevrey Chambertin where dinner is served in the family cellar with the winemaker's choice of Grand Crus.
Today your guide takes you on a walking tour of historic Dijon to visit the market, Ducal Palace, and the famous Maille mustard shop. Enjoy some free time to explore and shop at leisure. After lunch on board, relish a relaxing afternoon cruise to the port of Dijon, our final destination. A farewell dinner will finish with a final wine tasting, including La Romanée-Conti, Burgundy’s most renowned Grand Cru.
After breakfast the crew bid you farewell as you disembark the barge for your onward journey.