SAROCHE - SOUTHERN BURGUNDY, a lovely 6 passenger barge, cruises in Southern Burgundy

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SAROCHE has an exciting future ​with new experienced barge owners, Jason Ashcroft and Dawn Coles,​ who have cruised on their charter barge Who Knows for many years. Saroche is a classic Dutch Luxemotor barge that looks and feels more like an elegant yacht with its graceful lines. ​It ​has three ​spacious and well-appointed cabins​ with modern en-suite Provencal tile bathrooms. Features include arched windows throughout, a two-level living and dining area and a ​large sundeck with awning and a hot tub. Relax on deck as you cruise along the beautiful Burgundy Canal in southern Burgundy, and enjoy the warm hospitality of Jason and Dawn as they provide you with an unforgettable week of fun, great food and bundles of memories.

This cruise is ideal for foodies and wine lovers. Dawn is a chef extraordinaire and Jason a knowledgeable and fun tour guide who knows wine exceptionally well.

Cruise Highlights

  • Wine tasting in the famous Cote d'Or region at the medieval chateau of Clos de Vougeot
  • Stroll through the beautiful hilltop village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois
  • Visit the Hospice de Beaune, built in 1443. Visit a famous wine cellar and enjoy a tasting
  • Cruise the picturesque Valley of the Ouche River
  • Stroll around Dijon's medieval quarter, the Ducal Palace and the famous Dijon mustard shop
  • Sample 12 different wines in the village of Puligny Montrachet
  • Ample time to walk or bike the towpaths along the canal

Cruise Features

Jason Ashcroft and Dawn Coles
Owner Operated: Yes - Jason Ashcroft and Dawn Coles
Number of Passengers:
Category: Deluxe
Cabin Bookings: ​No
Charter Bookings: Yes
Cruising Region: Canal du Bourgogne, Southern Burgundy, France
Length of Cruise: 6 nights - Sunday to Saturday
Cruising Season: August - October
Theme Cruises: Family, Custom
Meeting Location: Designated point in Paris









Cruise Rates 2024 (2023 Sold Out) - Charter Only

Sunday to Saturday (6 nights)

​2024 Departures in Southern Burgundy 
August 25-31
September 1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-October 5
October 6-12, 13-19, 20-26

Charter Rates
4 passengers
5 passengers
6 passengers


Included in Cruise Price

  • Transportation between designated meeting point in Paris and the barge. One pick up and drop off destination for the whole group.
  • Six nights accommodation in private cabin with ensuite bath
  • All meals including fine wines
  • Open bar
  • Guided tours with entrance fees. Excursions are by air-conditioned vehicle
  • All barge amenities including bicycles, music system, library, hot tub, etc.

Not Included in Cruise Price

  • Air or other transportation to the meeting location
  • Trip cancellation or medical insurance (available when booking)
  • Personal expenses
  • A discretionary gratuity for the crew (suggested 5-10% of the cruise price)

​SAROCHE Features

Passengers: 6
Category: Deluxe
Crew: 4
Barge Size: ​128 ft long
Cabins: 3
Cabin Size: Approximately 200 sq. ft
Accommodations: 3 cabins​ with queen or twin beds
Heat & Air: Central heat and air conditioning


  • Hairdryers
  • Library and games
  • Large arched windows and skylight
  • Sundeck with chairs, canopy and hot tub
  • 6 Bicycles
  • Minivan with A/C
  • ​WiFi
  • CD Sound System
  • Electricity: 220V

Theme Cruises

Family, Custom

Saroche stateroom with queen bed
Saroche stateroom with ensuite bathrooms
Roomy and contemporary bathrooms
Saroche modern vanity in ensuite


Cruising on ​SAROCHE in Burgundy

Burgundy Canal, Southern Burgundy
Escommes to Gissey-sur-Ouche (or reverse)

Sunday - Transfer from Paris to Barge
Guest are met at a designated point in Paris by Captain Jason Ashcroft and chauffeured to the barge Saroche, moored at Escommes. Enjoy a Champagne welcome and time to settle into your cabins before dinner on the barge. Dawn, your personal chef, presents you with the first of many gourmet meals.

Monday - Escommes to Chateauneuf-en-Auxois
Today, we cruise down the flight of locks from the summit pound to the foot of beautiful Chateauneuf-en-Auxois. After lunch, Jason takes us to visit a chocolatier for a delightful tasting and talk on this wonderful product. Lunch and dinner aboard today as we relax, enjoying Burgundy and canal life at its best.

Tuesday - Chateauneuf-en-Auxois to Pont D'Ouche
After breakfast, we drive up the hill to the village of Chateauneuf en Auxois. This 11th century chateau is a famous landmark in the area and hides a quaint hamlet behind it. After a tour of the chateau, there is plenty of time to enjoy exploring the village before returning to the barge for lunch. In the afternoon, we set sail and head down stream to Pont d'Ouche, our mooring for the night. There is a towpath all the way, and you can walk, cycle or perhaps enjoy the pace of life from the deck. Once moored up, Dawn will once again regale you with another gourmet feast.

Wednesday - Pont d'Ouche to Velar
Today, we drive over the hills to Beaune for a guided tour of the Hospice du Beaune, famous for its fine wines as it is for its tiled roof. After a gourmet lunch in town, Jason takes you into the Cote du Beaune, known for its soft reds and delectable white wines. Enjoy a walk in the vineyards as we’re given an explanation as to why Burgundy wines are so well renowned. Afterwards, we visit a private winery for a comprehensive tasting. Return to the barge for a sundowner cruise before a light dinner on board.

Thursday - Velar to La Bussiere
After breakfast we set sail and cruise down to La Bussiere, with another gentle towpath for those who wish to walk or cycle. Lunch is on board Saroche. In the afternoon, we drive into the Cote du Nuits to visit the 11th century Cistercian monastic winery of Clos du Vougeot, home to the knights of the round table of wine tasting. We’ll visit a local winery for a tasting of some of these famous pinot noir of Cote du Nuits. Dinner aboard.

Friday - La Bussiere to Gissey
Today is market day in Dijon. The city is the capital of Burgundy and once home to the Dukes of Burgundy and to Gustave Eiffel, who designed the market square (and of course, the Eiffel Tower). After a walking tour of the old town, you will have plenty of time to enjoy and explore the market and enjoy the classic French shops of Dijon. We return to Saroche for lunch before setting sail for Gissey, our destination for the week. This beautiful village, nestled in the heart of the Ouche valley, is classically French and no trip would be complete without exploring the village. Tonight, Jason will be your host for the Captain's dinner where Dawn will round off your culinary experience with another gourmet delight.

Saturday - ​Transfer to Paris
After breakfast, Jason will drive you back to Paris, with time to reflect on the fabulous week aboard the barge Saroche.

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. The itinerary is in reverse direction on alternate weeks.

Barge Cruise Reviews for Saroche

Under previous ownership, Saroche has cruised Burgundy and Provence for many years. New owners Jason and Dawn look forward to welcoming guests on board starting in 2016. Be the first to enjoy their hospitality and vast experience as well as the elegance and comfort of cruising on Saroche.

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