Venarey-les-Laumes to Tanlay
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Guests are met at the Hotel Westminster in Paris and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to La Belle Epoque.
A full crew Welcome Aboard awaits, with Champagne and canapes.
After time to settle into your cabin, you will enjoy your first Dinner aboard and an introduction to Burgundy's excellent cuisine.
Venarey-les-Laumes to Montbard
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, then we cruise through woodlands and rolling fields with great towpath biking and walking opportunities past the tiny canalside villages of Nogent, Courcelles and Les Granges to our mooring at Montbard.
This afternoon your tour guide will escort you to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the 12th-century Abbaye of Fontenay. You will be walking in the steps of the Cistercian monks surrounded by the stone cloisters, the dormitories, the forge and other buildings which have been restored and preserved to an outstanding level.
Dinner on board.
Montbard to Ravieres
Morning cruise with excellent towpath walking or cycling for those who wish, 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 notable 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 for a relaxing early evening cruise to Ravieres.
Dinner on board.
Ravieres to Ancy-le-Franc
This morning is all about Champagne! We take a trip to Les Riceys, the only wine-growing area of the Champagne region to have the coveted 3 Appellation d'Origine Controllés. Enjoy the elegant setting in the Maison Alexandre Bonnet for a private tasting.
It's just a short drive to our lunch date in the magnificent Château de Ricey-Bas where we dine with the Baroness herself in either the private salon or the vaulted 13th-century kitchen.
We return to the barge after lunch, to enjoy a gentle afternoon cruise past grazing Charolais cattle, with plenty of opportunities to walk or cycle along the towpath, to our mooring in Ancy-le-Franc.
Dinner on board.
Ancy-le-Franc to 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 La Belle Epoque continues along the Burgundy canal and descends the picturesque locks to moor at Lezinnes.
Dinner on board.
Lezinnes to Tanlay
After breakfast, we enjoy a leisurely cruise to our final mooring at Tanlay with the opportunity to walk or cycle 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 the prestigious Domaine Laroche.
No trip would be complete without a visit to the 1000-year-old Obediencerien where the wines have been aged for centuries. This building was originally part of the monastery of Saint Martin, the founders of Chablis.
We return to the barge ready for the Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.
After breakfast, guests are transferred to the Hotel Westminster in Paris.
Venarey-les-Laumes to Tanlay rates
|2024 USD, for American and Canadian residents||Regular||Value|
|Whole boat charter for 12||84, 500 USD||72, 500 USD|
|Whole boat charter for 11||82, 400 USD||70, 700 USD|
|Whole boat charter for 10||80, 300 USD||68, 900 USD|
|Whole boat charter for 9||78, 200 USD||67, 100 USD|
|Whole boat charter for 8||75, 700 USD||64, 900 USD|
|Junior suite per person||7, 990 USD||6, 950 USD|
|Stateroom per person||7, 490 USD||6, 450 USD|
|Single supplement||2, 700 USD||2, 400 USD|
|2024 STERLING rates for UNITED KINGDOM residents||Regular||Value|
|Whole boat charter for 12||£62, 500||£54, 000|
|Whole boat charter for 11||£60, 900||£52, 700|
|Whole boat charter for 10||£59, 300||£51, 400|
|Whole boat charter for 9||£57, 700||£50, 100|
|Whole boat charter for 8||£55, 800||£48, 500|
|Junior suite per person||£5, 990||£5, 150|
|Stateroom per person||£5, 550||£4, 790|
|Single supplement||£2, 000||£1, 800|
|2024 EURO rates ALL OTHER COUNTRIES||Regular||Value|
|Whole boat charter for 12||73, 500 €||63, 000 €|
|Whole boat charter for 11||71, 600 €||61, 300 €|
|Whole boat charter for 10||69, 700 €||59, 600 €|
|Whole boat charter for 9||67, 800 €||57, 900 €|
|Whole boat charter for 8||65, 500 €||55, 900 €|
|Junior suite per person||6, 990 €||5, 990 €|
|Stateroom per person||6, 550 €||5, 590 €|
|Single supplement||2, 400 €||2, 000 €|
Prices include: Return transfers between Paris and the hotel barge (the approximate transfer duration is 2hrs 30mins), a luxury 6-night cruise, all meals onboard catered for by the onboard Master Chef, an open bar 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 barge facilities, which include bicycles and spa pool.
Family charter: No supplement
Families with children charter cruises include tailor-made itineraries that consider the ages and interests of all those in the group. A wide range of activities can be arranged with us, some of which will incur a supplement, e.g. Go-Karting. Other activities can be booked directly with the provider, e.g.hot-air ballooning.
Baby and child equipment can be provided without extra cost, including children's bikes and helmets, car seats, cots, high-chairs etc.
Golf cruises include four pre-booked and paid tee times and transfers to and from the golf clubs. Hire of clubs, caddy and buggy not included
Walking cruises include daily walking with a professional walking guide
A comprehensive wine itinerary with additional winery visits, private tasting and the services of a professional wine guide. It also includes an upgrade of the wine list to include additional premier and Grand Cru wines.
|Value||March 24 to April 21
July 21 to August 18
October 13 to October 27
|Regular||April 28 to July 14
August 25 to October 6