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Cruising between Fleurey-sur-Ouche and Escommes on the Burgundy canal

12 passengers

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 April 11th, 18th & 25th; May 2nd
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L'Impressionniste highlights

  • Visit Clos de Vougeot, home of the Chevaliers du Tastevin
  • Wine tasting in the cellars of renowned Burgundy Domaines
  • Tour of Dijon and its markets
  • Private tour of the Chateau de Commarin, accompanied by its aristocratic owner + falconry display
  • Visit Beaune, including Hotel-Dieu Hospice
  • Gastronomic private lunch and wine tasting at Château de Beaune
  • Visit medieval Chateauneuf-en-Auxois
  • Optional hot-air ballooning
  • Excellent towpath for walking and cycling

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Fleurey to Escommes

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  • From 5290 USD per person
  • Charters from 53,900 USD


  • Crew members : 6
  • Up to 12 guests
  • Junior suites : 2
  • Double cabins : 4

Boat size

  • Length 126′4″ ft (38.5 metres)
  • Width 16′7″ ft (5.05 metres)


  • Central heating
  • Air-conditioning
  • Spa or pool
  • Wifi
  • DVD player / TV
  • 2 air-conditioned minibuses
  • Bicycles : 12

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Guests have said...

We enjoyed it very much.  Very likely to book with Hotels Afloat again, rated 5/5 *

Rated barge 4/5 *; rated region 4/5 *

Lorraine G, USA; Family charter, July 2018

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About the barge "L'Impressionniste"

Photo of L'Impressionniste

To step aboard this hotel barge is akin to entering the palette of an impressionist artist.
L'Impressionniste is beautifully decorated with wall colourings, prints and fabrics of the turn of the century era.
The luxury accommodation is fully air-conditioned in elegantly decorated twin or double suites with marble en-suite fitted bathrooms.
All cabins can be configured as double or twin.
You may choose to relax by using our 12 bikes or sun deck with Jacuzzi.
You may even take a hot air balloon flight (an optional extra on this cruise).

L'Impressionniste deck and cabin plans

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L'Impressionniste cruise routes & itineraries

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Fleurey sur Ouche
Guests are met at the centrally positioned Hotel Westminster in Paris and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the elegant L'Impressioniste.
A Champagne reception welcomes you onboard and the opportunity to meet the Captain and crew.
Then enjoy your first dinner on board.

Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Sainte-Marie-sur-Ouche
We begin the cruise along the delightful canal du Bourgogne passing through sleepy villages and pretty lock houses.  After lunch, we visit Clos de Vougeot, headquarters of the esteemed Chevaliers du Tastevin, who award a special prized label to the finest Cote d'Or vintages each year. We will tour the iconic cellars.
On the way back to the hotel barge, we enjoy a tasting of fine Burgundy wines in another long-established Domaine.
Dinner on board.

Sainte-Marie-sur-Ouche to La Bussiere
After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of Dijon, including a visit to the vivid produce markets, mustard shops and the impressive Notre Dame de Dijon, or take time for some excellent shopping in the small boutiques.
Return to L'Impressioniste for lunch and a leisurely afternoon cruise to La Bussiere, and perhaps a walk or cycle to the next lock or two.
Dinner on board.

La Bussiere to Pont d'Ouche
After a short morning cruise, we set off on a drive through the vineyards, stopping en route at the Vigne de L'enfant Jesus, a famous vineyard owned by the Domaine Bouchard Pere et Fils.
There, a wine expert will give us a real insight into the production of the Domaine's Grand Cru and Premier Cru wines.
We continue to Beaune, capital of Burgundy wine country, for a winery tour and a private tasting of Bouchard Pere et Fils wines before enjoying a gastronomic lunch in the orangery of the Chateau de Beaune.
Afterwards, we step back in time in the fascinating 15th century Hotel Dieu Hospice with a wealth of fascinating exhibits.  There is time to explore the town, before returning to the barge for a short evening cruise to Pont d'Ouche.
Dinner on board.

Pont D'Ouche to Vandenesse-en-Auxois
This morning we cross the aqueduct to our mooring at Vandenesse-en-Auxois. After lunch on board, we visit this medieval fairytale village, craft shops and a castle.   Once an outpost of the Dukes of Burgundy and offering an excellent view of the feeder lakes, canal and surrounding countryside, Vandenesse-en-Auxois stands proud above the valley below.  Do remember to take both day time and evening photos!  The chateau takes on a magnificent beauty when lit up at night.
Dinner on board.

Vandenesse-en-Auxois to Escommes
Our last day's leisurely cruise takes us to the canal summit, 1250 feet above sea-level, just before the Pouilly tunnel.
This afternoon we visit the moat-encircled Chateau de Commarin.  Owner and current occupier, Count Bertrand de Vogue will be your guide.  He is the 26th generation of his family to live here!  A superb, close-up encounter with birds of prey in a beautiful falconry display takes us back to Medieval times.
We return to the barge to our wonderful Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

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

Fleurey to Escommes rates and dates

USD rates 2020 for USA and CANADA residents Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 12 70500 USD 60500 USD
Whole boat charter for 11 68800 USD 59200 USD
Whole boat charter for 10 67100 USD 57900 USD
Whole boat charter for 9 65400 USD 56600 USD
Whole boat charter for 8 63300 USD 54900 USD
Junior suite per person 6590 USD 5650 USD
Stateroom per person 6290 USD 5350 USD
Single supplement 2250 USD 1950 USD
STERLING rates 2020 for UNITED KINGDOM residents Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 12 £49500 £44300
Whole boar charter for 11 £48300 £42000
Whole boat charter for 10 £47100 £41000
Whole boat charter for 9 £45900 £40000
Whole boat charter for 8 £44400 £38800
Junior suite per person £4590 £3990
Stateroom per person £4450 £3850
Single supplement £1600 £1400
EURO rates 2020 ALL OTHER COUNTRIES Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 12 61000€ 52000€
Whole boat charter for 11 59700€ 50800€
Whole boat charter for 10 58400€ 49600€
Whole boat charter for 9 57100€ 48400€
Whole boat charter for 8 55400€ 46900€
Junior suite per person 5690€ 4790€
Stateroom per person 5490€ 4650€
Single supplement 2000€ 1700€
Prices include: Local transfer between Paris and the hotel barge (approximate transfer duration 3h15), a luxury 6-night cruise, all meals on board catered for by the on-board Master Chef, an open barge 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, all wines served throughout the cruise; excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary, the services of 6 crew and use of the barge facilities, which include bicycles and spa pool.
Themed charters:
Culinary charter:  /£125 /135€ per person supplement
Wine appreciation charters 6500 USD / £5000/ 5750€ supplement
Golf charter 600 USD / £450 / 525€ supplement per player
- Departure Dates 2020-
Value April 5 to April 19
July 19 to August 23
October 4 to October 25
Regular April 26 to July 12 
August 30 to September 27

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