Regions: Alsace, Burgundy,
The Lilas offers the ultimate in luxury for eight guests. Tastefully appointed salon with picture windows, separate formal dining room, large deck with heated pool and elegant twin or double staterooms with private baths, dressing table and generous storage. Nothing has been spared with respect to passenger comfort and entertainment aboard this glorious vessel. Cruise the Alsace region of France in complete comfort aboard the Lilas.
2:30 PM, Your choice of location in ParisNote: Pickup locations may be TBD on charter bookings.
12:00 PM, Your choice of location in ParisNote: dropoff locations may be TBD on charter bookings.
|Board the barge at St. Léger sur Dheune for your cruise through Burgundy. A champagne reception welcomes you on board and gives you a chance to meet the crew. Later that evening enjoy your first dining experience on board.|
|Cruise to Chagny. Visit Chateau de Rully|
|A leisurely cruise on the Canal du Centre gives you a chance to savor the beauty of the French countryside, with plenty of opportunities at the many locks to get off the barge and walk or cycle along the splendid tow path. After lunch, your guide will take you to the pretty village of Rully to the 12 th Century medieval fortress which has remained in the same family by marriage since its origin. The owner will guide you through his home
sharing the intriguing history of his ancestors. Your visit is completed by a wonderful tasting of the wines produced by the de Ternay family in the 15th Century kitchen. Return to the barge for dinner.
|Cruise to Fragnes. Visit Beaune|
|After breakfast disembark with your guide and visit the charming old town of Beaune to see the famous Hotel-Dieu, a magnificent 15th century charity hospital, followed by a private wine tasting. There is time to stroll through the old town taking in the wonderful architecture and fine shopping before returning to the barge for lunch. Relax on board while the barge cruises the final section of the Canal du Centre, mooring in the pretty village of Fragnes just before the last and very deep lock into the River Saône just north of Chalon-sur-Saône. This evening visit a charming local restaurant for dinner.|
|Cruise to Seurre. Visit Chateaux de Chamirey|
|After breakfast enjoy a visit to the Château de Chamirey, a family run wine estate in Mercurey where a tour of the vineyards themselves will be followed by a guided visit of the property and wine cellar, and a tasting of the fine range of wines. Return to the barge for lunch and enjoy a somewhat different cruising experience this afternoon, as we leave the canal behind and join the majestic Soane River. Dinner is on served on board.|
|Cruise to Auxonne. Visit Clos de Vougeot|
|This morning the barge continues the cruise upstream on the Saone River to Auxonne. After a wonderful lunch on board we visit the historic Clos de Vougeot where the Cistercian monks first began making wine in the 12th century. The ancient chateau is now the headquarters of the celebrated Burgundian wine society the, Confrererie des chevaliers de tastevin, and contains the ancient cellar and wine presses from medieval times. Rejoin
the barge in Auxonne, this evening’s mooring location. Dinner is served on board.
|Cruise to Dole. Visit Dijon|
|After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of historic Dijon including a visit to the market, the famous Maille mustard shop and the Ducal Palace, seat of the great medieval dukes of Burgundy. There will be some free time for shopping, or perhaps sit in one of the numerous pavement cafés and simply watch the world go by. Return to the boat for lunch and the final cruise towards Dole. As the chef prepares for your Farewell gala dinner on board, perhaps try a 'Kir' aperitif; a cocktail which mixes the locally produced Cassis black current liqueur with the area's Aligoté white wine.|
|Breakfast and Farewell|
|After breakfast the crew bids you farewell before you disembark the barge for your onward travel arrangements.|
|Charter 6 Passenger||€53,000||€51,000||€45,900|
|Charter 7 Passenger||€59,000||€57,000||€51,300|
|Charter 8 Passenger||€65,000||€63,000||€56,700|
|Charter 6 Passenger||€ 43,775||€ 64,250|
|Charter 7 Passenger||€ 45,775||€ 66,250|
|Charter 8 Passenger||€ 47,775||€ 68,250|
|April 5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-2||LOW SEASON|
|May 3-9, 10-16, 17-23, 24-30, 31-6||REG SEASON|
|June 7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-4||REG SEASON|
|July 5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1||LOW SEASON|
|August 2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-5||LOW SEASON|
|Sept 6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-3||REG SEASON|
|Oct 4-10, 11-17, 18-24||REG SEASON|
Airfare to and from your destination, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)