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CRUISE PROGRAM DISCOVERY DREAM CRUISE
WITH MS NIAGARA

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DAY 1 FRIDAY
Check in at Dijon
At the meeting point of Château la Chassagne near Dijon, an air-conditioned bus will drive you to the barge at 5 pm. You are welcomed in grand style with a glass of the famous Kir Royal champagne. Your unforgettable cruise in Burgundy is about to begin. Once shown to your cabin and settled on board, the Captain will invite you to discover the city of Dijon and the well known "cuisine" from Burgundy in a fine and reputed restaurant. Ancient throne to the Dukes of Burgundy and birth town of Gustave Eiffel, your Captain will show you the splendours of Dijon. The city is also know as the town of a "hundred bells", is famous for Cassis and the tradition of making Mustard. When you return to your barge, you can enjoy drinks on the sundeck and beside the pool. Naturally all drinks on board are inclusive around the clock.

DAY 2 SATURDAY
Cruise from Dijon to Fleurey sur Ouche
While having breakfast, "MS Niagara" leaves the port of Dijon and begins to pass through the locks on the canal; there will be a total of 45 during the cruise. Ever midday a splendid buffet brunch is prepared and served by the crew, who will also be looking after you throughout the cruise. The barge passes by Lake Kir, then Plombières les Dijon and Velars sur Ouche. If you're not a connoisseur of grand Burgundy wines and specialties, as the barge continues to advance, you will soon become one. The barge has a snail like pace and the tempo is set by the canal locks, in the late afternoon the barge moors in the village of Fleurey sur Ouche. An elegant new convertible VW Beetle awaits you for your own personal adventure… time to appreciate the warm hospitality of the Burgundians. We will give you a 101 ideas of exceptional places to visit.

DAY 3 SUNDAY
Cruise from Fleurey to Gissey sur Ouche
The voyage takes you into the heart of Burgundy and the magnificent Ouche valley. From the sun deck you can savour the real Burgundy while passing through traditional villages such as Pont-de-Pany, where Chateau la Chassagne is situated, then on to Saint Marie sur Ouche. The scenery and life along side the canal will seduce you. Tonight the barge is moored in a hidden romantic spot, beside the river Ouche and a Gallo Romain bridge, one of the most photographed and painted views in the village of Gissey sur Ouche. Here is your starting point for a new excursion in your Beetle. An evening whirlpool party is an ideal opportunity to say good bye to the passengers who only booked a Mini-Cruise from Friday to Monday.

DAY 4 MONDAY
Grande excursion to Beaune for the 7 day cruise passengers
Check out / check in 4-days / 3-nights Mini cruise passengers

Today the Captain will take you on a private excursion to the capital of Burgundy wines, the town of Beaune. You'll be in some of the finest vine yards of France, such as Aloxe Corton, wine tasting some of the greatest Crus, with expert advice from wine Connoisseurs. Lunch is offered in an traditional restaurant, with the vines in the background and dishes to delight your palette. In the afternoon, there is plenty of time to visit the famous Hospices de Beaune built in 1443 and stroll along cobbled streets with boutiques of all kinds. The return to the barge takes you through the "Hautes Côtes" vine yards and past the source of the river Ouche. The chef has prepared a special diner for you and to welcome the new passengers who have booked the Mini Cruise on the second part of your journey.

DAY 5 TUESDAY
Cruise from Gissey sur Ouche to Pont d'Ouche
"MS Niagara" leaves Gissey sur Ouche in the morning and heads on to Saint Victor sur Ouche and La Bussière. There are many occasions to walk or cycle along the tow-path and enjoy the hills covered with oak, beech and maple tree. After lunch the barge passes Veuvey, then on to the night's mooring of Pont d'Ouche. There you can visit Chateauneuf en Auxois. Walk into this medieval village with its cafes, antique and curiosity shops along the picturesque streets. There is also a fantastic view over the Auxois plains, with lakes and the distant Morvan hills. Have your sunset diner on the terrace at one of the restraurants, slowly the stars appear and night will become an unforgettable memory.

DAY 6 : WEDNESDAY
Cruise from Pont d'Ouche to Vandenesse en Auxois
Your captain will work even harder today, passing all the locks between Pont d'Ouche and the final destination of Vandenesse. A wonderful opportunity to enjoy the countryside, relax on the sun-deck, walk or cycle ahead. After the barge has arrived in the port or Vandenesse, there is time to explore the surroundings, but please come back early as tonight there is the traditional Captain's Farewell table. Beginning with cocktails on board, you can learn the art of "Sabrage", where you can slash open a Champagne bottle with a sword, like the Dukes of Burgundy did hundreds of years ago. Then everybody will be in the right mood for the great diner and the remittance of your "Lock Diploma".

DAY 7 THURSDAY
Check out at Dijon
After a copious breakfast, passengers will generally disembark at about 10:30 am. Depending on your personal plans we will take you back to Chateau la Chassagne, the railway station or even the airport at Dijon.

As this is a one-way cruise, the itinerary is also operated in the opposite direction a according to starting date. We reserve the right to alter the cruise program.

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If you are seeking a unique luxury cruise vacation experience, personalisation, freedom and adaptation,
then the "MS Niagara"is the perfect choice with the "Discovery-Dream-Cruise".


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