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Saroche – Burgundy Cruise

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Saroche is a Deluxe category barge normally available for charter only; however on occasional weeks individual cabins may be booked.

Saroche is perfect for: Couples, Families, Groups of friends, Excellent Cycling/Walking, Exceptional historic interest, Beautiful scenery.

Saroche offers two different itineraries in Champagne & Burgundy (see “Dates & Prices” for the cruise routes on a specific date).

The delightful hotel barge “Saroche” is owned and operated by Jason and Dawn, who have many years of experience and an exceptional reputation for running a beautiful barge with superb itineraries. on Saroche you can choose an itinerary in Champagne or in Burgundy, depending on the time of year.

Dawn, your personal chef, is a graduate of the prestigious Concord Hotel and Restaurant Management Scheme. Following in her mother’s footsteps as a professional chef, she applies her skills to delight customers with her unique twist on classic French cuisine. Dawn’s attention to detail ensures that the barge runs like clockwork.

Barge Captain Jason graduated from the famous “Ecole du Hotelier” on the shores of Lac Leman, Switzerland. After running hotels, restaurants, night clubs and bars in Switzerland, England and East Africa, he finally settled down in France where his skills as a wine enthusiast, gourmand and professional bilingual tour guide have come into their own.

Saroche offers spacious areas and modern amenities, and has a unique split level salon and dining area. Beautifully appointed large cabins with lovely tiled baths are a feature as well as a large shaded deck with hot tub.

Both Champagne & Burgundy are world renowned for their wines, food and intriguing diverse history. Jason and Dawn will present both areas to you from the unique aspect of the canals, coupled with excellent food, world class wines – all from the palatial surroundings of the wonderful Saroche!


Burgundy Cruise Route:

Cruising from Escommes to Gissey-sur-ouche

7 days / 6 nights full board gastronomic wine cruise through unspoilt undiscovered Burgundy countryside

This very special itinerary captures the essence of France, starting near Dijon, visit the magical vineyards of the world famous Côte d’Or, cruise through unspoilt canals mooring up in quaint hamlets and villages. Truly France as it should be seen!

Sunday: Escommes
Meet your chauffeur in a chosen place for your journey down to the Saroche at Escommes on the Canal du Bourgogne. You will be welcomed with a champagne reception and have plenty of time to settle in before Dawn, your personal chef, presents you with the first of many gourmet meals.

Monday: Escommes – Chateauneuf
Today’s cruise takes you down the flight of locks from the summit pound to the foot of beautiful Chateauneuf en Auxois. After lunch Jason will take you to visit a chocolatier for a delightful tasting and talk on this wonderful product. With both lunch and dinner aboard today, relax and enjoy burgundy and canal life at its best.

Tuesday: Chateauneuf en Auxois – Pont D’Ouche
After breakfast Jason will drive you up the hill to the village of Chateauneuf en Auxois. This 11th century chateau is a famous landmark in the area and hides a quaint hamlet behind it. After a tour of the chateau there is plenty of time to enjoy exploring 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 night. There is a tow path all the way, and you can walk or cycle or perhaps enjoy the pace of life from the deck. Once moored up, Dawn will once again regale you with another gourmet feast.

Wednesday: Pont d’Ouche – Veuvey sur Ouche
Today we leave the Saroche and head over the hills to Beaune. In the morning Jason will do a guided tour of the Hospice du Beaune, as famous for its wines as it is for its tiled roof! Today for lunch you will dine out in a gourmet restaurant in Beaune. After lunch Jason will take you into the Cote du Beaune, known for its soft reds and complex delectable white wines. You will walk in the vines and be given an explanation as to why Burgundy wines are so well renowned, before going for a comprehensive tasting in a private winery. Return to Saroche for a sundowner cruise before a light dinner on board.

Thursday: Veuvey sur Ouche – La Bussiere
After breakfast we set sail and cruise down to La Bussiere, with another gentle tow path for those who wish to walk or cycle. Lunch is on board the Saroche. In the afternoon Jason will drive you into the Cote du Nuits where first you will visit the Clos du Vougeot, the 11th century Cistercian monastic winery, now home to the Knights of the round table of wine tasting, before heading into one of the villages for a tasting. The cote du Nuits is famous for its red wines, and Jason will show you why the world raves about the Pinot Noir from this area.

Friday: La Bussiere – Gissey
Market Day. Dijon is the capital of Burgundy, once home to the Dukes of Burgundy and home to Gustaf Eiffel, who designed the market square. After a walking tour of the old town, you will have plenty of time to enjoy and explore the market and enjoy the classic French shops of Dijon. We return to the Saroche for lunch before setting sail for Gissey our 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 exploring the village. Tonight Jason will be your host for Captains dinner where Dawn will round of your culinary experience with another gourmet delight.

Saturday: Gissey
Your chauffeur driven minibus will pick you up after breakfast and take you back to Paris with time to reflect on the fabulous week aboard the Saroche.

On alternate weeks the itinerary may run in the opposite direction.

Dates & Prices


All Dates
Charter 6 people$38,000
Charter 5 people$34,000
Charter 4 people$30,000
Price per person twin/double share$6,500
Single supplement$3000

Departures 2018:
In 2018, dates for the Burgundy cruises are as follows:

August 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th; September 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th; October 7th, 14th, 21st.

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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