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La Belle Epoque

Cruising between Venarey-les-Laumes and Tanlay on the Burgundy canal

12 passengers

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Save 20% on these 2020 dates

Charter bookings: September 6th, 13th & 20th;  October 11th, 18th & 25th

Book now for 2021 to save 10%

On these charter dates: April 4th, 11th & 25th; May 2nd, 9th & 23rd; July 11th & 25th; August 1st, 8th & 15th
Cabins: March 28th; April 18th; May 16th
Valid when confirming by October 31st

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La Belle Epoque highlights


  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Abbaye de Fontenay
  • Wine tasting of Chablis white wines in the cellars of Domaine Laroche
  • Private Champagne tasting at Maison Alexandre Bonnet
  • Visit the stunning Chateau de Commarin: Meet the owner and enjoy a magnificent falconry display
  • Visit Chateau d'Ancy le Franc
  • Dine with a Baroness at the superb Chateau de Ricery-Bas
  • Optional hot-air ballooning
  • Excellent towpath for walking and cycling; 'Biking Plus' option available
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Venarey-les-Laumes to Tanlay

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


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

Boat size

  • Length 124′8″ ft (38 metres)
  • Width 16′7″ ft (5.05 metres)


  • Central heating
  • Air-conditioning
  • Spa or pool
  • Wifi
  • CD player / iPod Dock
  • 2 air-conditioned minibuses
  • Bicycles : 12

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About the barge "La Belle Epoque"

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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.
While enjoying your holiday, you can relax in the Jacuzzi on the deck or benefit from the on-board gym and the provided mountain bikes to burn off those recently acquired calories.

New for 2019: A brand new sun canopy ensuring that you can dine outside while protected from the sun!

La Belle Epoque deck and cabin plans

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La Belle Epoque cruise routes & itineraries

Cruising between Venarey-les-Laumes and Tanlay on the Burgundy canal

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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.
After lunch, we visit the Chateau de Commarin, encircled by a moat, for a close-up encounter typical of medieval times, a magnificent falconry display. After this, we meet Count Bertrand de Vogue, the current resident of the chateau, being the 26th generation of his family in residence. He will tell some fascinating tales of the chateau's history before we enjoy a private tour.
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 St 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 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, based on double occupancy 6590 USD 5650 USD
Stateroom per person, based on double occupancy 6290 USD 5350 USD
Single supplement 1950 USD 2250 USD
STERLING rates 2020 for UNITED KINGDOM residents Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 12 £49500 £43000
Whole boat 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, based on double occupancy £4592 £3990
Stateroom per person, based on double occupancy £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, based on double occupancy 5690€ 4790€
Stateroom per person, based on double occupancy 5490€ 4650€
Single supplement 2000€ 1700€
Prices include: Return transfers between Paris and the hotel barge (the approximate transfer duration is 2hrs 30mins), a luxury 6-night cruise, all meals on board catered for by the on board 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.

Wine Appreciation charters  6500 USD / £5000 / 5750€  supplement
Golf charters: 600 USD /£450 / 525€ supplement per player
Walking charters 3900 USD / £3000 / 3500€ supplement

- Departure Dates 2020-
Value March 29 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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