La Belle Epoque hotel barge

Cruising between Venarey les Laumes and Tanlay on the Burgundy canal
The barge La Belle Epoque

Accommodating up to 12 passengers

View of the La Belle Epoque

La Belle Epoque is rated 5 out of 5

Cruise file for La Belle Epoque

From 5150 USD per person

Charters from 52,400 USD


Crew members : 6

Boat size
Length 124′8″ ft (38.00 metres)
Width 16′7″ ft (5.05 metres)

Number of bicycles : 12


Up to 12 guests

Suites : 2

Junior suites : 4


Central heating


Spa or pool


CD player / iPod Dock

2 air-conditioned minibuses

La Belle Epoque photos and videos

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Testimonials for La Belle Epoque

Eva Thomas, July 2017:

We had an outstanding trip on the beautiful Belle Époque . It is the best holiday we have ever had. The staff was fun, efficient, courteous . Couldn't have asked for more. We will definitely do this again!!

The barge was absolutely as Emma described it:  Luxurious and we liked the "traditional" feel
We rate it 10/10
The cruise was beyond our expectations: Quiet, rural and pretty
We heard about Hotels Afloat from Rick Stein and rate them 10/10 for their attention to detail and website.
Cant wait to book another cruise with you.
The best holiday ever!!!!!

Alice Kelly, USA:

"We all had such a lovely time on La Belle Epoque that we are now thinking of booking a cruise for next year. The Dolce Vita looks lovely: Which dates are free in September?"

Kevin Bell, Canada. September 2014:

A most enjoyable trip. Thanks for your help with the arrangements, Emma.

Friendly staff and top notch facilities on board
I rate the boat a 10

We enjoyed all the visits with the exception of the winery.The tour was disappointing though the opportunity to sample the different classifications of Chablis was good. (Under review with owners)

Would you book with us again? - yes, although unlikely that we will make another trip of this sort from Canada

About the barge "La Belle Epoque"

From the moment you step aboard La Belle Epoque, you will be charmed by this floating hotel.
The luxury accommodation is fully air-conditioned in elegantly decorated twin or double suites with marble en-suite fitted bathrooms.
La Belle Epoque provides the luxury of a top class hotel combined with the ever-changing Burgundy scenery.
Whilst enjoying your holiday, you can relax in the Jacuzzi on deck or benefit from the on-board gym and the provided mountain bikes to burn off those recently acquired calories!

Plan of La Belle Epoque

Plan of the hotel barge La Belle Epoque

La Belle Epoque cruise routes & itineraries

Cruising between Venarey les Laumes and Tanlay on the Burgundy canal

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 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.
After lunch, we enjoy either a stroll around the hilltop village of Falvigny-sur-Ozerain, where the film Chocolate 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 BC and visit the impressive museum.
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 disctinctive example of early Cistercian architecture and virtually intact, Fontenay allows an exceptional glimpse pf Cistercian life and industry with its peaceful gardens, ponds and fascinating cloisters, dormitories and scriptorium.
Return to the barge for a relaxing cruise to Ravieres.
Dinner on board.

Ravieres to Ancy-le-Franc
Morning visit to Medieval Noyers-sur-Seine 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 barge and after lunch, enjoy a gentle afternoon cruise past grazing Charolais cattle, with plenty of opportunity to walk or cycle along the towpath, to our mooring in Ancy-le-Franc.
Dinner ashore at a local restaurant.

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 magnficient 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 a renowned winemaker such as the family-run Domaine Regnard, which makes the most of the region's wonderful local terroir to produce high quality wines.
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.

Cruise rates

Venarey to Tanlay on the Burgundy canal dates and rates

Accommodation Regular Value
Charter 12 passengers whole boat 67000 58000
Charter 11 passengers whole boat 61300 56700
Charter 10 passengers whole 63600 55400
Charter 9 passengers whole 61900 54100
Charter 8 passengers whole 59800 52400
Stateroom per person 5990 5150
Junior suite per person 6190 5350
Single supplement 2150 1900
Prices are shown in US dollars
Sterling and euro prices available on request for non-US/Canadian citizens.
Walking and wine charters 3000 USD supplement
- Departure Dates -
Value April 1 to April 22
July 22 to August 19
October 7 to October 21
Regular April 29 to July 15 
August 26 to September 30

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