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Sleeps
12
Cabins
6
Crew
6
From $5,590 per person

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Print Boat Info

La Belle Epoque was designed with both elegance and passenger comfort in mind. She offers a sun-deck spa-pool and large sundeck. The wood paneled salon and dinning room, together with other luxury facilities, are all fully air-conditioned. The spacious cabins offer a choice of twin or double beds accommodating twelve in all with marble en-suite facilities. Cruise in complete comfort through the beautiful region of Burgundy.

Boat Details

Boat Size: 126 x 16.6 ft
Number of Cabins: 6
Crew: 6
Cruise Length: 6 nights
Departure Day: Sunday

Cabin Information

Meursault Suite 1
  • Queen
  • 150 sq ft
Nuits-St-Georges Suite 2
  • Twin or Queen
  • 165 sq ft
Santenay Stateroom
  • Twin or Queen
  • 130 sq ft
Vougeot Stateroom
  • Twin or Queen
  • 130 sq ft
Chablis Stateroom
  • Twin
  • 125 sq ft
Sancerre Stateroom
  • Twin
  • 125 sq ft
Note: All cabin sizes are approximate.

Boat Amenities

A/C
Bicycles
Heater
Jacuzzi
Books & Games
Open Bar
Transfers
WIFI
Music System

Cabin Amenities

Hairdryers
Bathrobes
Opening Portholes

Pickup Location

1:45 PM, Westminster Hotel Paris

Note: Pickup locations may be TBD on charter bookings.

Dropoff Location

12:00 PM, Central Location Paris

Note: dropoff locations may be TBD on charter bookings.

Boat Diagram

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Venarey les Laumes to Tanlay
Sunday
Welcome Aboard!
Guests are met at the designated meeting point and transferred to the barge moored in Venarey-les -Laumes. A full crew Welcome Aboard with champagne and canapés. After time to settle into your cabin you will enjoy your first dinner aboard and an introduction to Burgundy’s excellent cuisine. 
 
Monday
Venarey-les-Laumes to Montbard
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, followed by either a stroll around the hilltop village of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, where the film ‘Chocolat’ was set, or a tour of the medieval town of Semur-en-Auxois. On the way from the summit of Mount Auxois, we also look at Alesia, where the last battle between the Gauls and Romans took place in 52 B.C. and visit the impressive museum. After lunch we cruise through woodlands and rolling fields with great towpath biking and walking opportunities past the tiny canal side villages of Nogent, Courcelles and Les Granges. Dinner on board. 
 
Tuesday
Montbard to Ravières
Morning cruise with excellent towpath walking or cycling, passing the 18th century Forges de Buffon. Today we also escort you to the exquisite World Heritage UNESCO 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 and ponds and fascinating cloisters, dormitories and scriptorium. We return to the barge and continue our cruise to Ravières. Dinner on board. 
 
Wednesday
Ravières to 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, to moor in Ancy-le-Franc. Dinner ashore at a local restaurant. 
 
Thursday
Ancy-le-Franc to Lezinnes
This morning we 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. 
 
Friday
Lezinnes to 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 Régnard, that makes the most of the region’s wonderful local terroir to produce high quality wines, before returning to the barge. Perhaps a stroll through the grounds of nearby Château de Tanlay before the Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board. 
 
Saturday
Breakfast and Farewell
After breakfast, disembark La Belle Epoque and transfer to the designated drop off point. 
Family Cruise Venarey les Laumes to Tanlay
Sunday
Welcome Aboard!
Guests are met at the designated meeting point and transferred to the barge moored in Venarey-les-Laumes. A full crew Welcome Aboard with champagne and canapés. After time to settle into your cabin you are invited to join us for a first dinner on board and introduction to Burgundy’s excellent cuisine.
 
Monday
Venarey-les-Laumes to Montbard
Morning cruise through woodlands and rolling fields with great towpath biking and walking opportunities past the tiny canal side villages of Lezinnes, Argentenay and Saint Vinnemer. This afternoon visit Parc L’Auxois and enjoy this wonderful animal zoo and science learning centre. Dinner on board.
 
Tuesday
Montbard to Ravières
This morning we drive for 30 minutes to the Grottes d’Arcy sur Cure with its network of underground caves and lakes formed from limestone with prehistoric Paleolithic cave paintings. Lunch on board and then in the afternoon we can go to the summit of Mt Auxois and we look at Alesia, the last battle site between the Gaulles and Romans that took place in 52 BC. Dinner on board.
 
Wednesday
Ravières to Ancy-le-Franc
All day visit to either Loisirs en Morvan Parc Adventure for Quad Biking, tree climbing and kayaking or the Amphitrite Centre with outside play pools for all ages with picnic lunch out or lunch in a local auberge. Return to the barge for dinner on board.
 
Thursday
Ancy-le-Franc to Lezinnes
This morning we can visit Le Parc Adventure Acrobatix with Kayaking and tree climbing available or before returning to the barge and enjoy a lazy cruise gently down to Ancy le Franc with plenty of opportunity to wander or cycle as the vessel ascend through the locks cruise. Before dinner, wander around the village and across to the 16th century Renaissance Chateau d’Ancy le Franc or enjoy a game of boules. Dinner on board.
 
Friday
Lezinnes to Tanlay
After breakfast we enjoy a leisurely cruise to our final mooring at Tanlay. After lunch there is a choice of, safe swimming at Lac de Marcenay with lakeside beach or the local indoor municipal pool or we can visit the 16th century Renaissance-style Chateau de Tanlay, nestling serenely within this picturesque village. Also time to wander Tanlay before returning to the barge for Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
 
Saturday
Breakfast and Farewell
After breakfast, disembark La Belle Epoque and transfer to the designated drop off point. 
Walking Cruise Venarey les Laumes to Tanlay
Sunday
Welcome Aboard!
Guests are met at the designated meeting point and transferred to the hotel barge, moored in Tanlay, in a private air-conditioned minibus. A full crew welcome aboard with champagne and canapés during which we hear about the week’s itinerary, its walks and its activities. After time to settle into your cabin we gather for our Welcome Dinner on board - a wonderful introduction to Burgundy’s excellent cuisine.
 
Monday
Tanlay to Lezinnes
After a delicious breakfast which includes fresh croissants from a local boulangerie, we start our holiday with a morning cruise through the Burgundian countryside to Lezinnes with the option to take a leisurely walk along the towpath. After lunch on board we visit the 16th Century Renaissance-style Chateau de Tanlay for a guided tour of this beautiful castle. A very pastoral and woody walk then takes us to the ruined Abbey of Quincy before we return by minibus to the barge for dinner on board.
 
Tuesday
Lezinnes to Ancy-le-Franc
We start the day with a short walk in the countryside, and then have the choice of cycling through villages and across meadows or along the pretty canal towpath. We then rejoin the boat for lunch at one of the locks en route. We transfer to the Chablis wine region to enjoy a private wine-tasting in one of the local vineyards and to wander around the charming little town of Chablis. We return by minibus to the barge moored at Ancy le Franc for dinner.
 
Wednesday
Ancy-le-Franc to Ravieres
A morning visit to Noyers sur Serein, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France, gives us chance to enjoy the vegetables, cheeses, colors and delights of the local market. We are then guided around the medieval streets and ramparts before returning to the barge for lunch. In the afternoon we either enjoy a lazy cruise gently down Ravières or walk there by a circuitous route through the Burgundian countryside. We start this in the ancient village of Chassignelles and end in Ravières where we join our barge again. We go ashore for dinner at local auberge.
 
Thursday
Ravieres to Montbard
This morning our walk takes us through forest paths and across open fields to an eerie, ruined castle perched on a hilltop. After lunch on board the barge, we walk to the village of Rougemont, stopping to see inside its beautiful XIII century church, and then we walk back to the canal. From our mooring, we walk across the ancient town of Montbard to the exquisite World Heritage Unesco site of Abbey de Fontenay founded by St Bernard in 1118. Not only is it a wonderful example of early Cistercian architecture but it is virtually intact. With its peaceful gardens and ponds and fascinating cloisters, dormitories and scriptorium, Fontenay gives an exceptional glimpse of Cistercian life and industry. This evening's dinner is on board.
 
Friday
Montbard to Venarey-les-Laumes
After climbing out of the valley, our final walk takes us past fields of Charolais cattle and through the hamlet of Benoisey before reaching Grignan where we descend to meet the barge. En route we have the best views of the week with stunning vistas across the valley of the Brenne and the Canal du Bourgogne. In the afternoon we first visit the fascinating walled hilltop village of Flavigny sur Ozerain, where the film Chocolat was made. This is followed by a visit Alesia, the site of the final battle between the Gauls and Romans that took place in 52 BC, before ending the afternoon in the medieval fortified town of Semur en Auxois. We return to the barge moored at Venarey les Laumes for the Captain’s Farewell Dinner.
 
Saturday
Breakfast and Farewell
After breakfast, disembark La Belle Epoque and transfer to the designated drop off point. 

Regional Specialities

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Filet d’Agneau au Basilic

Magret de Canard

Poulet à L’Estragon

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Wine cellar

Chablis

Vosne Romanée

Domaine Laroche,

Nuit St-Georges

Epineuil

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Cheese board

Aisy Cendré

Bouton de Culotte

Epoisses

Ami du Chambertin

 

2022 RATES
ACCOMMODATION VALUE REGULAR
Stateroom Per Person $5,590 $6,590
Junior Suite Per Person  $5,950 $6,990
Single Supplement  $2,050 $2,350
Charter 8 Passenger $57,900 $66,600
Charter 9 Passenger $59,600 $68,800
Charter 10 Passenger $60,900 $70,600
Charter 11 Passenger $62,200 $72,400
Charter 12 Passenger $63,500 $74,200

  

2022 DEPARTURE DATES
Mar 27; Apr 3, 10, 17, 24 VALUE
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Jun 5, 12, 19, 26; Jul 3, 10 REGULAR
Jul 17, 24, 31; Aug 7, 14, 21 VALUE
Aug 28; Sep 4, 11, 18, 25; Oct 2 REGULAR
Oct 9, 16, 23 VALUE

Cruise cost includes

Six night accommodations, chauffeured transfers from Paris to the barge and return, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch and dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of bicycles

Cruise cost does not include

Airfare to and from your destination, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)