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La Belle Epoque - Northern Burgundy Cruise

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La Belle Epoque was built in Netherlands in 1930 carrying timber from Burgundy to Paris. She was renovated and converted to a luxury hotel barge in 1995. She now cruises from Veneray-les-Laumes to Tanlay through the lovely Burgundy Canal.
France / Barge
Cultural
Luxury
Barge

Highlights

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Abbaye de Fontenay

Private tasting of Chablis wines

Visit to the Château de Commarin for a unique falconry display

Private Champagne Tasting at the Alexandre Bonnet Champagne House

Dine with the Baroness Segolene de Taisne at the magnificent Château de Ricey-Bas

Excellent towpath for walking & biking

The classic La Belle Epoque can accommodate up to 12 passengers. She features beautiful 2 Junior Suites and 4 state rooms with en-suite facilities, spacious salon/dining room and sun deck with spa pool. Your captain leads a friendly crew of six including a master chef, deck hand, tour guide and two hostesses.

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Included

6 nights onboard at Hotel Barge La Belle Epoque 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
Use of barge facilities

On-Board Facilities

  • Maximum of 12 passengers
  • 2 Junior Suites and 4 staterooms
  • 12 bicycles
  • Small library of books and maps
  • A collection of board games
  • WiFi Internet access (Subject to availability in some remote areas)
  • Nordic walking sticks (on request)
  • Hi-Fi system with CD player, radio and iPod docking station
  • Selection of CDs on-board

Excluded

 

Itinerary

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Day 1
Paris → Venarey-les-Laumes

You are met at your meeting point in central Paris** and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to La Belle Epoque. A full crew Welcome Aboard with champagne and canapés. After time to settle into your cabin you will enjoy your first dinner on board and an introduction to Burgundy’s excellent cuisine.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge La Belle Epoque in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Dinner
Paris → Venarey-les-Laumes
Welcome onboard Hotel Barge La Belle Epoque
Day 2
Venarey-les-Laumes → Montbard

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, then cruise through woodlands and rolling fields with great towpath biking and walking opportunities past the tiny canalside villages of Nogent, Courcelles and Les Granges. After an early lunch, 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. Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge La Belle Epoque in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Venarey-les-Laumes → Montbard
Château de Commarin
Day 3
Montbard → Ravières

Morning cruise with excellent towpath walking or cycling, passing the 18th century Forges de Buffon. Then after lunch you will be escorted to the exquisite UNESCO World Heritage Site of Abbaye de Fontenay founded by St Bernard in 1118. Representing a distinctive example of early Cistercian architecture and virtually intact, Fontenay allows an exceptional glimpse of Cistercian life and industry with its peaceful gardens, ponds and fascinating cloisters, dormitories and scriptorium. Return to the barge and cruise to Ravières. Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge La Belle Epoque in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Montbard → Ravières
Hotel Barge La Belle Epoque
Day 4
Ravières → Ancy-le-Franc

A truly unique day lies ahead. Following breakfast aboard head to Les Riceys, the only wine growing area of the Champagne region to have 3 Appellation d’Origine Contrôlées. Here visit the Maison Alexandre Bonnet for a private champagne tasting, a family owned Champagne house renowned for a stunning yearly harvest of Pinot Noir that leads to some utterly exquisite vintages. After you’ve tasted an array of champagnes we take a short drive to Château de Ricey-Bas; with its 12th century vaulted cellars and thousand year history it’s the ideal location to appreciate the rolling vineyards and enjoy a glimpse of family life in a rural château. Here you will be greeted for a Champagne aperitif and a gourmet lunch with the Baroness herself, which you take in either the private salon or the atmospheric vaulted 13th century kitchen. You will spend the remainder of the afternoon strolling the beautiful gardens or exploring the regal château interiors.  Upon your return to the barge you’ll begin your cruise to Ancy-le-Franc, with plenty of opportunity to walk or cycle along the towpath… or sit on deck with another glass of bubbly! Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge La Belle Epoque in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ravières → Ancy-le-Franc
Maison Alexandre Bonnet
Day 5
Ancy-le-Franc → Lezinnes

This morning visit Château d’Ancy-le-Franc. This beautifully symmetrical, 16th century masterpiece contains France’s biggest collection of Renaissance murals and is set in magnificent gardens and parkland.  In the afternoon, a gentle cruise as your hotel barge continues along the Burgundy Canal and descends through the picturesque locks to moor at Lezinnes. Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge La Belle Epoque in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ancy-le-Franc → Lezinnes
Day 6
Lezinnes → Tanlay

After breakfast enjoy a leisurely cruise to our final mooring at Tanlay, with the opportunity to cycle or walk into the picturesque village of Saint Vinnemer. Following lunch, we visit the town of Chablis, dating back to Roman times, and enjoy a private wine tasting at the prestigious Domaine Laroche. There, we also visit the 1000-year-old Obediencerie, originally part of the monastery of St Martin, the founders of Chablis, where for centuries, the domaine’s wines have been aged.  Later we return to the barge for the Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge La Belle Epoque in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lezinnes → Tanlay
Chateau de Tanlay
Day 7
Tanlay → Paris

After breakfast, you are transferred to Paris.

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
French
Currency
EUR
Book now for 2021 and 2022

Book your 2021 and 2022 barge today!

6 nights
from AUD7,881
per person, twin share
France
Paris
Paris
Cultural, Luxury
28 March 2021 – 24 October 2021 | 27 March 2022 – 23 October 2022

Optional Extras

Departure dates and pricing:

2021 dates:

  • 28 March - $7,881pp
  • 4,11,18 April - $8,017pp
  • 25 April - $9,466pp
  • 2,9,16,23,30 May - $9,466pp
  • 6,13,20,27 June - $9,632pp
  • 4,11 July - $9,632pp
  • 18,25 July - $8,158pp
  • 1,8,15,22 August - $8,304pp
  • 29 August - $9,804pp
  • 5,12,19,26 September - $9,804pp
  • 3,10,17,24 October - $8,455pp

2022 dates:

  • 27 March - $8,455pp
  • 3,10,17,24 April  - $8,455pp
  • 1,8,15,22,29 May - $9,982pp
  • 5,12,19,26 June - $9,982pp
  • 3,10 July - $9,982pp
  • 17,24,31 July - $8,455pp
  • 7,14,21 August - $8,455pp
  • 28 August - $9,982pp
  • 4,11,18,25 September - $9,982pp
  • 2 October - $9,982pp
  • 9,16,23 October - $8,455pp

Important notes

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks, the cruise is in the reverse direction.

Approximate transfer duration between Paris & La Belle Epoque is 2.5 hours.

Pick-up Point

  • Cabin bookings - The Hotel Westminster, Paris at 1:45 pm
  • Charter bookings - One location of the groups choice in Paris at 1:45 pm OR a TGV train station close to the barge after 4:00 pm

Drop-off Point

  • Cabin bookings - The Hotel Westminster by 12:00 noon
  • Charter bookings - One location of the group's choice in Paris by 12:00 noon OR at a local TGV train station by 10:00 am

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