French Country Waterways Savings

Ana Figueroa French Country Waterways has announced a special summer rate of $2,995 for its six-night cruise aboard the 18-passenger luxury barge Espirit through Burgundy’s fabled Côte d'Or wine-growing region. The price represents a savings of $1,900 off the normal fare of $4,895, and is offered on a sp

By: Ana Figueroa

French Country Waterways has announced a special summer rate of $2,995 for its six-night cruise aboard the 18-passenger luxury barge Espirit through Burgundy’s fabled Côte d'Or wine-growing region. The price represents a savings of $1,900 off the normal fare of $4,895, and is offered on a space available basis for weekly departures beginning July

1 through August 26.

Espirit will follow the narrow 18th-century Canal du Centre overlooking vineyards of the Côte de Beaune, the meandering River Saône and the Canal de Bourgogne between St. Léger-sur-Dheune and Dijon.

Daily sightseeing excursions include a walking tour of Dijon, capital of the Dukes of Burgundy; the privately-owned 18th-century Château de Longecourt; medieval Clos de Vougeot, the Chevaliers du Tastevin headquarters surrounded by vineyards dating back to the 12th century; Beaune, the charming wine capital of Burgundy; the lively port of Chalon-sur-Saône; 12th-century La Rochepot castle; and a tasting of renowned Burgundies in the private cellars of a local vintner in Santenay. In their free time, passengers can relax on the sundeck and walk or bicycle along the towpaths. Hot-air ballooning is also an option.

Jacques Lameloise, owner and chef of Michelin two-star rated Lameloise, will prepare a special menu gourmand of seasonal Burgundian specialties for the Espirit’s passengers in his family’s 15th-century home in Chagny. Aboard the barge, guests enjoy four-course French dinners, blending classic cooking techniques with the trend towards lighter, healthier dishes, served with some of the finest wines from France, such as 1995 Meursault Perrieres-Premier Cru, 1993 Pommard Pezerolles-Premier Cru and 1995 St. Emilion-Grand Cru.

The Espirit features a partially canopied sundeck, lounge and dining room with picture windows, well-stocked bar, library and nine staterooms. Prices cover accommodations, all meals, estate-bottled wines, open bar, sightseeing, bicycles and escorted transfers between Paris and the barge.

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