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L'Impressionniste - Burgundy Cruise

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Experience the light and airy features of the 12-passenger barge L'Impressionniste as you cruise the stunning landscapes of Burgundy. Your cruising holiday includes castle visits and wine tastings in the cellars of renowned Burgundy Domaines.
France
Cultural
Food & Wine
Barge

Highlights

Visit Clos de Vougeot, home of the Chevaliers du Tastevin

Tour of Dijon and its markets

 

Private Falconry Display & Tour at the Château de Commarin

Tour of Domain Chanson including a private wine tasting and exclusive gastronomic lunch

Visit to medieval Châteauneuf-en-Auxois

Excellent towpath for walking and cycling

L’Impressionniste is a beautiful, 12-passenger luxury barge that cruises along the Burgundy Canal. The sister ship of La Belle Epoque, this hotel barge combines traditional and French influences to give you the coziest holiday in the French countryside. Light and airy features dominate the interior while selections of Impressionist prints, fabrics and wall colourings give it a classic vibe. There is a sun-deck, spa pool, 12 bikes, and an always open inclusive bar. A choice of single cabin, junior suite is available.
L’Impressionniste quietly voyages through the beautiful Ouche Valley in Southern Burgundy, passing through charming locks and fairytale landscapes. During your holiday you are given ample time to discover medieval villages and castles and enjoy wine tastings in the cellars of renowned Burgundy Domaines.

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Included

6 nights onboard at Hotel Barge L'Impressionniste in a Stateroom
Crew of 6 (Captain, tour guide, chef and hostesses)
Transfers by an air-conditioned minivan
Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily prepared by your chef
Captains farewell dinner on your last night
Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
Excursions as per itinerary
Open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
Use of barge facilities

On-Board Facilities

  • Maximum of 12 passengers
  • 2 Double/ Twin Junior Suite with en suite
  • 4 Double/Twin Suite with en suite
  • Sundeck
  • 12 bikes 
  • Free Wi-Fi (connectivity limited in remote locations)
  • Spa Pool

Day 1
Paris → Fleurey-sur-Ouche

You are met at your meeting point in Paris** and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the elegant L’Impressionniste. A champagne reception welcomes you on board and the opportunity to meet the captain and crew. Then enjoy your first dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge L'impressionniste in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Dinner
Paris → Fleurey-sur-Ouche
L'impressionniste Cruising
Day 2
Fleurey-sur-Ouche → Sainte Marie-sur-Ouche

This morning, experience your first day’s cruise along this enchanting canal, which also promises a walk or cycle along an ever-present towpath past sleepy villages and pretty lock houses. After lunch visit Clos de Vougeot, headquarters of the esteemed Chevaliers du Tastevin, who award a special prized label to the finest Côte d‘Or vintages every year. On the way back to the hotel barge enjoy a tour of the cellars and a private tasting of fine Burgundy wines at another long-established domaine. Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge L'impressionniste in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Fleurey-sur-Ouche → Sainte Marie-sur-Ouche
Burgundy Vineyards
Day 3
Sainte Marie-sur Ouche → La Bussière

After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of old Dijon, including a visit to the vivid produce markets, mustard shops and the impressive Notre-Dame de Dijon, or enjoy some excellent shopping time. Return to the hotel barge for lunch and a leisurely afternoon cruise to La Bussière and perhaps a walk or bicycle ride to the next lock or two. Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge L'impressionniste in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sainte Marie-sur Ouche → La Bussière
Dijon
Day 4
La Bussière → Pont d’Ouche

After a short morning cruise, set off on a drive through the slopes of the UNESCO-listed vineyards of the Côte de Beaune. Here, our expert guide will offer an insight into the production of the region’s finest Premier and Grand Cru wines. We continue to Beaune – the capital of the Burgundy wine country, for a private tour and tasting at the renowned Domaine Chanson. The tour includes its medieval Bastion de l’Oratoire, a 15th century defence tower whose 25 foot thick walls now maintain the perfect temperature for ageing wine. This is followed by a private gastronomic lunch in the domaine’s chateau. Afterwards, visit the fascinating Hôtel-Dieu Hospice with time to explore the town, before returning for a short evening cruise to Pont d’Ouche. Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge L'impressionniste in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
La Bussière → Pont d’Ouche
Domaine Chanson
Day 5
Pont d’Ouche → Vandenesse

After breakfast, cruise to Vandenesse-en-Auxois, passing grazing white Charolais cattle, rolling hills and picturesque villages, crossing the only aqueduct on the Burgundy Canal. After lunch on board, we visit the medieval village, craft shops and castle of Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, once an outpost of the Dukes of Burgundy and offering a fine overview of the feeder lakes, canal and surrounding countryside. Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge L'impressionniste in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Pont d’Ouche → Vandenesse
Burgundy Canal
Day 6
Vandenesse → Escommes

Your last day’s leisurely cruise takes us to the canal summit, 1,250 feet above sea level, just before the Pouilly tunnel. After an early lunch, we visit the moat-encircled Château de Commarin to be treated to a private demonstration of the medieval sport of falconry***. The close up encounter with these majestic birds against the backdrop of the castle grounds is an amazing experience and afterwards, we meet Count Bertrand de Vogue, the current resident and 26th generation of the de Vogue family to maintain continuous residence since the 13th century, who will give a fascinating insight into the Château’s history. This is followed by a private tour of the building. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge L'impressionniste in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Vandenesse → Escommes
Château de Commarin
Day 7
Escommes → Paris

After breakfast, you are transferred back to Paris.

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
French
Local currency
EUR
Barge Cruising

This unique, all-inclusive experience allows you to admire the picturesque landscape of your destination, try some regional cuisine, explore the most beautiful cities and towns, visit local sights and monuments, learn history and tradition, meet friendly locals and much more. 

6 nights
France
Paris
Paris
Cultural, Food & Wine
27 March 2022 – 23 October 2022

Optional Extras

Departure Dates and Pricing:

Important notes

  • Due to the boutique nature and limited capacity of this travel experience, under our Bookings Conditions this package classifies as “Booking Type 2 – Travel Experience where we act as agent only”. Your contract for the delivery of travel arrangements will be with the principal supplier and will be subject to their Booking Conditions. We will advise you prior to confirming your booking the full details and Booking Conditions of the principal supplier. Our responsibility to you where we sell travel arrangements as agent for the supplier is specified in the ‘Responsibility’ section of our Booking Conditions.
  • This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks, the cruise will be in the reverse direction.
  • Approximate transfer duration between Paris & L’Impressionniste is 3 hours and 15 minutes.

This barge is available for charter bookings and theme cruises. Contact us for more details.

Pick-up Point

  • Cabin bookings - The Hotel Westminster, Paris at 2:30 pm
  • Charter bookings - One location of the group's choice in Paris, Geneva or Lyon at 2:30 pm OR a local TGV station close to the barge after 4:00 pm

Drop-off Point

  • Cabin bookings - The Hotel Westminster by 12:30 pm
  • Charter bookings - One location of the group's choice in Paris, Geneva or Lyon by 12:30 pm OR at a local TGV station by 10:00 am.

Blackout dates may apply during festive season.