Luxury Hotel Barge Cruises

Burgundy on La Belle Epoque

Explore the impressive chateaux and quaint villages of Burgundy on board luxury hotel barge La Belle Epoque, with transfers, excursions, open bar and meals prepared by a Master Chef all included

Cruise Only - Package Possible
6 nights

  • La Belle Epoque
  • Noyers-sur-Serein
  • Chateau d Ancy, France
  • Village beside the Burgundy Canal

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Save 10% per cabin! Applies to 2, 30 Sep and 7, 21 Oct 2018 departures. Prices shown include discount. Subject to availability. Book by 14 Sep 2018

Save 20% per charter! Applies to 14 Oct 2018 departure. Prices shown include discount. Subject to availability. Book by 14 Sep 2018

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Join La Belle Epoque and follow the winding course of the Burgundy Canal, exploring charming waterside and hill-top villages.

Explore the beautiful village of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain where the film "Chocolat" was set, discover the UNESCO-listed Abbaye de Fontenay and stroll around the traditional French market in medieval Noyers-sur-Serein, before enjoying a tour of Chateau d'Ancy-le-Franc and the vineyards of Chablis.

La Belle Epoque is an elegant and comfortable Hotel Barge carrying just 12 passengers. With a sun-deck, spa pool and 24-hour bar, sit back and watch the stunning scenery pass by, relax in the wood-panelled saloon or in the privacy of your en suite cabin. Her crew of five includes a well-informed Tour Guide, and there are bicycles available for exploring independently.

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Burgundy Canal Cruise from Venarey des Laumes itinerary

Day 1 - Venarey les Laumes (France)

Guests are met at the Hotel Westminster in Paris and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to La Belle Epoque. A full crew Welcome Aboard with champagne and canapes. After time to settle into your cabin you will enjoy your first dinner on board and an introduction to Burgundy’s excellent cuisine.

Day 2 - Montbard

Morning cruise with excellent towpath walking or cycling, passing the 18th century Forges de Buffon. Then after lunch we escort you 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.

Day 3 - Ravieres

Morning cruise with excellent towpath walking or cycling, passing the 18th century Forges de Buffon. Then after lunch we escort you 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 Ravieres. Dinner on board.

Day 4 - Ancy le Franc

Morning visit to medieval Noyers-sur-Serein to admire the local produce, colours and delights of the traditional French market, or to wander the town ramparts in this, one of the most beautiful villages in France. We return to the hotel barge and after lunch on board, enjoy a gentle afternoon cruise past grazing Charolais cattle, with plenty of opportunity to walk or cycle along the towpath, to moor in Ancy-le-Franc. Dinner ashore at a local restaurant.

Day 5 - Lezinnes

This morning we visit Chateau 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.

Day 6 - Tanlay

After breakfast we 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 tour the vineyards and town of Chablis, dating back to Roman times and enjoy a private wine tasting at a renowned winemaker such as the family-run Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard, which makes the most of the region’s wonderful local terroir to produce high quality wines, before returning to the barge for Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 7 - Paris

After breakfast, guests are transferred to the Hotel Westminster in Paris.

PLEASE NOTE: On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

Price Includes

  • 6-nights accommodation on 12 passenger Hotel Barge La Belle Epoque
  • All meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef
  • Open bar with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
  • All wines served throughout the cruise
  • Excursions and admittance fees as per itinerary
  • Use of barge facilities including bicycles and spa pool
  • Transfers to and from barge
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