Celebrate The Beaujolais Nouveau & Burgundy On A Wine Cruise With Croisieurope

MS Camargue

CroisiEurope has announced details of its 2021 Beaujolais Nouveau and Burgundy cruise which has been designed specifically with wine lovers in mind.

On this four-night cruise round trip from Lyon, guests will enjoy the prestigious Burgundy city of Beaune, the impressive ruins of Cluny Abbey and, of course, the Beaujolais Route. They will also spend an evening in Beaujeu with a gastronomic meal and torch-lit stroll at midnight to greet the annual release of Beaujolais Nouveau.

Highlights of the cruise include:

Beaujeu – the departure of the Beaujolais Nouveaux wine from the Les Sarmentelles International Festival is a joyful, 30-year-old event. CroisiEurope’s guests can join in the action and discover the 12 appellations of Beaujolais while listening to great music and admiring the fantastic scenery and quaint architecture of the tiny city. In the evening, they’ll enjoy the famous “soirée prestige”, where cabaret shows and dinner prepared by the best chefs in the region await in outdoor tents. At midnight, they’ll set off on a torch-lit stroll to welcome Beaujolais Nouveau Day and watch a fireworks display.

Cluny Abbey – founded in 910 by William the Pious, this ancient Benedictine abbey extended a widespread influence on all of medieval Europe. Its church was the largest in all of West Christianity until Saint Peter’s basilica was built in Rome. In 1798, the abbey was sold as a national asset and dismantled, while its church was almost completely destroyed.

The Beaujolais Route – guests will discover the Beaujolais vineyards, passing through charming little winegrowing villages before reaching Romanèche-Thorins for a visit to the “Hameau Dubœuf”, a unique museum in Europe featuring a collection of old and rare objects from over 2000 years of winegrowing history. They will learn about the current wine-making and vine-growing processes when visiting the wine storehouse where the wines are left to age in oak barrels. In the midst of the Beaujolais vineyards, they’ll discover the skills of the winemakers through exhibitions, automated puppet theatres and 3-D films. Afterwards, they can immerse themselves in fine aromas and delightful scents during a walk through the surprising gardens of “Oenoparc”, a true haven for wine-lovers spread out over 30,000 square metres and 25 exhibition halls. Before leaving the “Hameau Dubœuf”, the group will, of course, enjoy a tasting of some of the region’s wines.

Beaune – as guests travel through the outlying hills of Beaune, they’ll cross through several well-known wine appellations – Pommard, Puligny, Montrachet and others. Upon arrival in Beaune, they’ll visit the famous hospice, founded by Chancellor Nicolas Rolin during the extreme poverty and plague that hit the region in 1443. Now a museum, it contains over 5,000 objects, including a dazzling polyptych altarpiece of The Last Judgment by Rogier van der Weyden. The hospice is also renowned for its 148 plus acres of vineyards, most of which are located in prestigious appellation areas. The tour will finish up with a tasting of a selection of these wines.

MS Camargue

The cruise, onboard the MS Camargue, departs Lyon on 14th November 2021 and calls at Chalon-Sur-Saône (for Beaune), Mâcon (for Cluny Abbey and the Beaujolais Wine Route) and Belleville-Sur- Saône (for Beaujeu) before arriving back in Lyon. Cruise only prices from £836 per person for the four-night cruise with all meals and drinks onboard, excursions, port fees and repatriation insurance.

For reservations and further information please visit our sponsor Vision Cruise.

Ben Hewitt
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