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Belmond Amaryllis: Let's Harvest

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Departs at 17:00

Sun, 29 Aug 2021 from St Leger sur Dheune

Arrives at 09:00

Sat, 4 Sep 2021 to Dijon

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€35,000 per passenger

Your Journey

With Afloat in France, enjoy a unique opportunity to witness and participate in the momentous event of the grape harvest—the highlight of the wine-producing year.

Includes

  • Table d’hôte meals and complimentary beverages
  • Privileged access to the Domaine Drouhin-Laroze to participate in the time-honoured pigéage
  • Scenic horse and carriage ride through the Côte de Beaune vineyards
  • Private Grand Cru wine tasting
  • Alfresco picnic lunch and wooden barrel building activity
  • All excursions including exclusive use of onboard bicycles
  • Private guide
  • Return transfer from Paris

Itinerary

01

St-Léger-sur-Dheune

Join the barge at St-Léger-sur-Dheune for your cruise through Burgundy. A champagne reception welcomes you on board and gives you a chance to meet the crew. 

Later in the evening, enjoy your first gastronomic dining experience on board.

02

Chagny

A leisurely cruise on the Canal du Centre allows you to savour the beauty of the French countryside. Take the opportunity to alight at one of the locks and walk or cycle along the towpath. After lunch, disembark and accompany your guide to Château Pommard. This privately-owned château and renowned wine domaine was built in the Regency style in 1726 by Vivant Micault, secretary to King Louis XV. Among its distinguished guests, Bonaparte himself is said to have honoured the château with a visit. 

Tour the grounds, the magnificent cellars and enjoy a wine tasting of the domaine’s finest appellations before boarding a horse and carriage for a scenic ride through the Côte de Beaune vineyards.

03

Fragnes

Relax over a typically French breakfast as the barge glides along the final section of the Canal du Centre. Today, you visit the renowned villages of the Grand Cru appellations. Meet with a respected vigneron who will introduce you to the art of viviculture and the intimate relationship between the wine grower and his land. You are invited to stroll down the line of vines and witness their care and nurture first-hand. 

Your time on the terroir is followed by a tasting lunch at the renowned Olivier Leflaive restaurant, hosted by Pascal Wagner. Often referred to as a walking encyclopaedia of oenology, Pascal has over 30 years’ experience in the wine industry and grew up mere steps from the Grand Cru vines. Later, return to the boat for cocktails on deck and dinner on board.

04

St-Jean-de-Losne

The scenery changes today as the barge meanders through the majestic valley of the River Saône to the town of Seurre. After lunch on board, disembark to visit Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy. Visit the 15 th -century Hôtel-Dieu, home to the famous wine auction. Venture behind its splendid gothic façade, varnished roof tiles and flamboyant colours to discover 500 years of Burgundian history. 

Afterwards, enjoy a private Grand Cru wine tasting and time to stroll through the old town, taking in the wonderful architecture and enticing shops. Tonight's mooring is at St-Jean-de-Losne, the barging capital of France. Take the opportunity to stroll around the port and admire the many working and pleasure barges. Dinner is served on board.

05

Longecourt

This morning, after the barge leaves the river and enters the Burgundy Canal, you may wish to stretch your legs on a walk or cycle ride along the towpath. Today your guide takes you to visit Château de Longecourt, the former hunting lodge of the Dukes of Burgundy. Sit down in the shade of the ancient plane trees for an alfresco picnic lunch prepared by your chef.

Afterwards, learn about the ancient art of cooperage and work with your family and friends to assemble a wooden barrel by hand – an authentic challenge with rewarding results! Return to the boat for aperitifs. Admire the captivating sunset as another sumptuous dinner is served.

06

Dijon

Your last tour of the week is to the attractive city of Dijon. Begin with a walk around the lively centre and a visit to the open-air market, where you can help your chef select local specialities to prepare back on the barge for lunch. After a relaxing lunch on board, enjoy privileged access to Domaine Drouhin-Laroze, in Gevrey-Chambertin, and a warm welcome from owners Philippe and Christine Drouhin. If the timing of the harvest is right, you’ll have the rare opportunity to venture into the inner sanctum of their domaine. Enter the cuverie, where vinification occurs and the grape juice is transformed into wine. Participate in the time-honoured pigéage, crushing grapes underfoot in open fermentation tanks to release the precious juice, pulp and seeds.

If the grapes are not sufficiently ripe to be harvested at the time of your visit, you’re invited instead to dine exclusively in the private cellars. Christine herself will carefully prepare classic Burgundy dishes to complement a selection of Grands Crus, which Philippe will introduce. 

07

Disembark

After breakfast, your crew bids you farewell as you disembark for your onward travel arrangements. We look forward to welcoming you back on board soon.

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