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Apres Tout

Burgundy & Loire

Barge cruising © Après Tout Caroline & Rory - Owners Après Tout - Deck © Sonia Jones

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cruise from St-Jean-de-Losne to Pont d’Ouche (v.v.)

 

Après Tout is the talking point of the Burgundy canal as owners Caroline and Rory McCrae have, after more than 20 years of work in the luxury hotel barge industry, finally made it their own.

This stylish 38-metre, 6 passenger and newly refurbished luxury barge, cruises through the heart of Burgundy uncovering wine and gourmet delights around every corner.

Whether it’s sipping an aperitif marveling at the breathtaking French countryside, taking a leisurely stroll or bike ride along the specially designed tow paths, wine tasting, discovering the quaint markets and small towns or merely relaxing in the top deck Jacuzzi, Apres Tout has got it all – ‘apres tout’ (after all)!

 

Features

Après Tout - Dining and Living Room © Sonia JonesAprès Tout is ‘la crème de la crème’ of barging. From the bright and lively salon, the fully extended deck with spa, to the king size staterooms with pale oak floors and sky lights. Each room is fully equipped with a king bed or the option of a twin-split, safety box, satellite TV and DVD, spacious ensuite with walk in shower and heated towel racks. There is also a library and computer station entirely for guest use and iPod dock so you can match a melody and create the perfect cruise ambiance.

 

  • Size of barge: 38.7m x 5m (127 ft x 16.5 ft)
  • Number of Passengers: 6
  • Number of Cabins (all with ensuite bathroom): 3
  • Crew: 4
    – Captain
    – Tour Guide
    – Chef
    – Hostess
  • Salon:
    – Large salon/dining room with open bar
    – Flat screen satellite TV, Ipod dock, Large screen computer with internet access
    – Panoramic opening windows/skylights and comfortable sofas
    – Library
  • Cabin Features:
    – 3 x identical staterooms 14 sqm (158 ft sq)
    – King or twin bed option
    – Safety deposit box
    – Flat screen satellite TV/DVD player in cabin
    – Bathroom with walk-in shower
    – Hair Dryer
    – 220v & 110v sockets
    – Heated towel rack
  • Deck:
    – Enclosed wheelhouse with seating for six passengers and panoramic windows
    – Large deck
    – Jacuzzi
    – Sun loungers
    – Sun canopy
    – Al fresco dining area
  • Bicycles:
    – Six all-terrain bicycles provided
  • Accessibility:
    – Gangplank with double guard rails
    – One set of steps from terrace deck to salon with gentle gradient and double hand rails
    – (No wheelchair access)
  • Vehicle for Transfers/Excursions:
    – 7-passenger air-conditioned mini-bus

Floorplan

Location Map

Cruise from St-Jean-de-Losne to Pont d’Ouche (or reverse)

 

Cruise Meeting point Points of interest

 

Sample itinerary: St-Jean-de-Losne to Pont d'Ouche

Sunday – Paris to Dijon

 

Après Tout - Deck © Sonia JonesDepart Paris in our luxury private transfer service direct to the barge moored in St Jean de Losne, where you board the Après Tout for your canal cruise through Burgundy on the Canal de 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 Longecourt

 

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.

Burgundy Canal © Sonia JonesAfter 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 des Grand Crus’. We visit a local truffle producer at his château, 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

 

Dijon © Sonia JonesThis morning we continue with our cruise towards Dijon. After lunch you will be transferred to Clos de Vougeot, a medieval château surrounded by vineyards. This is a truly magnificent château and the headquarters of the Chevaliers du Tastevin, whose special label is awarded annually to the finest Côte 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 Crémant.

 

Burgundy © Sonia JonesWednesday – 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

 

Hospices de Beaune - Burgundy © Sonia JonesThe 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

 

Sunset in Burgundy from Après ToutToday, 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 Après 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.

 

Sample itinerary: Briare to Pont Canal de Guétin

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 Nevers. Moor in Briare.
Depart Paris by luxury private transfer direct to the Apres Tout which will be moored in Briare. A champagne reception welcomes you on board, and there is time to settle into your cabin for the week. Caroline is busy preparing your first dinner on board.

Monday – Cruise to Châtillon-sur-Loire. Visit St. Fargeau
Today, the barge traverses the river Loire via the longest canal bridge in Europe, connecting the Canal du Briare to the Canal Latéral à la Loire. After lunch you will visit the beautiful Chateau de Saint-Fargeau once the home to ‘La Grande Mademoiselle’, cousin of Louis XIV who exiled her to her estates early in his reign. We have a private visit through the rafters of the Chateau and learn about its fascinating history.Abbaye de Fontfroide © Papillon

Tuesday – – Visit Gien. Cruise to Léré.
After breakfast, you visit the beautiful town of Gien to visit a faïence producer. The china of Gien is renowned for its colour and design. Here we discover methods both old and new that combine together in the production of designs which are contemporary and traditional. We have special permission to walk through the design area and see at first hand the painters at work. Also, for lovers of ‘La Chasse’, Gien also boasts a fine hunting museum housed in the unique brick built Chateau de Gien. We then return to the barge and enjoy a wonderful lunch while the barge cruises southward to Léré, a pleasant countryside mooring.

Wednesday – Cruise to Ménétréol. Visit Chavignol, lunch and Sancerre.
Late morning we transfer to the village of Chavignol famed for its production of fine Sancerre wines and the locally produced ‘Crotin de Chavignol’ goats cheese. We visit the Domain Henri Bougeois before enjoying lunch at the family’s bistro ‘La Cote des Monts Damnes’. After lunch take a leisurely stroll through the meandering streets of the impressive hilltop medieval town of Sancerre, with its stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Thursday – Cruise to Passy. Visit La Charite-sur-Loire
The barge continues to cruise from Ménétréol towards La Charité-sur-Loire. We moor in a rural spot called Passy and drive through the vineyards of Pouilly sur Loire renowned for their production of Pouilly Fume white wine. We continue to La Charité-sur-Loire, an important site of Burgundian Romanesque art. The Clunisian ensemble of La Charité was a hugely important spiritual centre in the early middle ages, and a halt for pilgrims on the road to Santiago de Compostela and is a world Heritage site.Bruges © Johanna

Friday – Cruise to Le Guétin. Visit Nevers and Aprémont .
This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Nevers, the capital of the Nivernais and the third largest city in Burgundy. Discover the streets of the old town, including the magnificent Cathedral with its splendid contemporary stained glass windows. The barge continues to cruise from La Charité-sur-Loire to Le Guétin. After a relaxing lunch on board, there is a short drive along the now disused section of the canal with an interesting engineered turning basin to Aprémont. Aprémont is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France, situated on the banks of the river Allier – and boasts wonderful gardens and a location much favoured by artists through the ages. Farewell gala dinner on board.

Saturday – Nevers-Paris.
After breakfast disembark the barge and transfer to Paris by luxury private minibus

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Cruise Fares

Après Tout cruise fares for 2018:

 

 Private charter – Full board: from US $6,500 per person based on 6 passengers
 Open week – Full board – Twin/double cabin: from US $6,500 per person
• Single supplement: from +US $3,000

 

Included in the fare:

– Six nights accommodation
– All gourmet meals prepared by your private chef
– All wines, bar, and refreshment drinks aboard
– Transfers to and from the barge from the designated meeting point
– Daily excursions with your tour guide in private vehicle
– Use of on-board bicycles, library and sound system

 

 

 

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