Apres Tout is an Ultra-Deluxe category barge normally available for charter only; however on occasional weeks individual cabins may be booked.
This barge is perfect for: Couples, Families, Groups of friends, Good Cycling/Walking, Historic interest, Markets, Charming Villages, Golf.
This exceptional luxury barge on the Burgundy Canal offers the most personalised service on the waterway.
Rory and Caroline MaCrae have come from over 20 years of managing a number of the barges in the Orient Express fleet, and then purchased their own barge, the “Apres Tout”. They have used their years of experience to introduce many original ideas which take their guests’ barge holiday to a whole new level. On excursions, for example, guests are introduced not just to local sights, but personal friends. Rory calls this his “Private Access” program. For example you can enjoy an “Invitation only” winetasting in Beaune, lunch in a winery overlooking the fields and a meeting with the vineyard owner, a visit to a truffle farm, and a tour through the vineyards in World War II jeeps, to name a few. The “normal” excursions include a visit to the magnificent Hospices de Beaune, a morning in the market in Dijon, and a visit to the exquisite hilltop village and chateau at Chateauneuf-en-Auxois.
Apres Tout boasts features unheard of on other barges – satellite TV in the salon, opening windows and a Jacuzzi big enough for all guests at once! The suites are all identical and the interior décor is the epitome of simple luxury enhanced by pale oak flooring. The deck can be used for dining or just relaxing and has a large canopy to provide shade if needed.
A friendly and welcome feature of the barge is that Caroline and Rory invite guests into their places of work, the wheelhouse and the galley. From behind the wheel Rory shares his wealth of local knowledge – there is plenty of space for guests to sit and sip a glass of wine in the wheelhouse and enjoy the beautiful scenery. You are also welcome to sit in the galley and watch Caroline create her wonderful dishes, for whose recipes she is always willing to share.
Caroline’s cooking is simply delicious and showcases local cuisine and fresh ingredients. Meals are carefully paired with fine wines from Burgundy and beyond. Lunch is served as a buffet with lots of colourful salads, cold meats, terrines and of course cheese. Candle lit dinners are more formal with four plated courses, and might include such mouth-watering delicacies as Quail Egg & Caviar Tartlets, Seared Scallops with Risotto, Chestnuts and Dill, and Roast Rack of Lamb au jus.
This stretch of canal is unbroken, allowing fabulous opportunities for walking and cycling along the towpath in between those wonderful meals!
APRES TOUT AT A GLANCE:
3 TWIN/DOUBLE CABINS WITH EN-SUITE BATHROOMS
38.7 METRES LONG
AIR CONDITIONING/CENTRAL HEATING
SATELLITE TV & BOSE AUDIO SYSTEM
1 AIR CONDITIONED MINIBUS FOR EXCURSIONS
The day to day itinerary described below is a typical cruise. However, on any one cruise the moorings may change and the places visited may vary depending on the season and guest preferences.
Sunday – Paris to St Jean de Losne
Depart Paris at 2pm in our luxury private transfer service direct to the barge moored in St Jean de Losne, where you board the Apres Tout for your canal cruise through Burgundy on the Canal du Bourgogne. A champagne reception gives you a chance to meet the crew. Once you have settled into your cabin, it will be time to return to the deck for a cocktail cruise on the river Saône. A delicious four course dinner will be served with wonderful wines to match, followed by after dinner drinks – weather permitting all served on the magnificent teak deck.
Monday – Cruise to Longuecourt
Leaving the River Saône behind, we now enter onto the Canal de Bourgogne through the first of many locks! Spend the morning enjoying your first cruising day on the flat plain from the river toward Dijon. After lunch, your guide takes you to the area of the ‘Côte d’Or’ ( In French meaning Gold Coast) planted with vines that produce some of the most wonderful wines of Burgundy – on the ‘Route de Grand Cru’. We visit a local truffle producer at his Chateau, near Nuits St George. Here, we learn all about this most valued mushroom and of course, purchase some of these delights to be used on board during the week. We then return to the barge moored at Longecourt for a well deserved refreshing cocktail!
Tuesday – Cruise to Dijon
This morning we continue with our cruise towards Dijon, after lunch you will be transferred to Clos de Vougeot, a medieval chateau surrounded by vineyards. This is a truly magnificent Chateau and the headquarters of the Chevaliers du Tastevin, whose special label is awarded annually to the finest Cote d’or vintages. We have arranged for some fantastic World War II jeeps to take you through the vines to explore some of the small tracks that wind through the famous land for some exhilarating fun! We return to Dijon, a wonderful town with a long and interesting history. There is time to shop in the city’s many chic boutiques and of course, visit the mustard shop for a tasting of this famous product and then take a walk through the historic area of the town which will captivate you with its historical past, including the Ducal Palace. Tonight, you must try a ‘Kir Royale’ made with local Cassis, a liqueur invented here in Dijon made from blackcurrants and mixed with the Burgundy Champagne equivalent named Cremant.
Wednesday – Cruise to Fleurey
Leaving Dijon behind we continue our canal cruise to the valley of the Ouche. Enjoy a relaxing morning on board; there are many locks for dis-embarking to cycle or to walk. Late morning you transfer over the hillside and down through the vines to the charming village of Gevrey Chambertin. We are greeted by the owner of this prestigious Grand Crus wine makers, and here we have a splendid lunch on their terrace over looking their vines! During lunch Madame Drouhin Laroze (the owner) will present her wines. We then take a scenic drive along the famous ‘Route du Grand Crus’, Passing through many of the famous wine villages.
Thursday – Cruise to Gissey
The morning is spent cruising through the lovely Ouche Valley, this is a truly spectacular part of the canal, small villages pass by, cows wander in the fields, and there is nature all around. There is a total feeling of peace and tranquillity as we slowly cruise this magnificent canal. After another wonderful lunch, you are transferred to the delightful town of Beaune, the capital of the wine region of Burgundy. Enjoy a visit to the famous Hôtel-Dieu, Hospice de Beaune with its interesting history and magnificent tiled roof. After some free time for shopping or strolling in the pedestrian streets we have an appointment for a private wine tasting at the famous cellars of Joseph Drouhin. Later, we return to the barge for a refreshing cocktail moored in the beautiful village of Gissey.
Friday – Cruise to Pont d’Ouche
Today enjoy the final stretch of this beautiful canal cruise. We pass through several more locks until reaching our destination of the port at Pont D’Ouche. This afternoon we make a special private visit to an English artist of world renown, who has set up his gallery and workshop in a converted barn. His work is world class, and has been recently commissioned to create a piece of art to celebrate the Olympics in London. We are shown through the workshop, and explained how he makes his marvelous pieces of bronze sculptures many of which have been produced for the Queen of England, including the war memorial in London. We then drive up to Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, a medieval hill-top village steeped in History. This is a charming place with stunning views from all angles, of the surrounding countryside. Return to the Apres Tout for a gala dinner with wonderful wines to match and a fond farewell.
Saturday – Paris
After breakfast disembark and transfer to Paris with our private luxury transfer service.
*On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction.
Whole Boat Charter of 4: $34,000
Whole Boat Charter of 5 : $35,000
Whole Boat Charter of 6 : $39,000
Individual cabin per person: $6,500 for twin/double share
Single Supplement: $3,000
Departure Dates 2017:
Apres Tout departs weekly every Sunday from April 9th to October 22nd. Cruises are 6 nights/7 days.
Note all our prices are in US Dollars. We convert to Australian dollars at current exchange rates on the day of payment of deposit/full payment.
Cruise is all-inclusive – price includes accommodation in ensuite cabins, gourmet cuisine provided by your private on-board chef, all beverages including premium local wines and mixed drinks, all excursions, entries and transport in air-conditioned mini-vans.
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