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La Belle Epoque

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12 passengers 5 star rating

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

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 5590 USD per person
  • Charters from 57, 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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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... continue reading

Eva Thomas, July 2017

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About La Belle Epoque barge cruises

Hotel 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.
While enjoying your holiday, you can relax in the Jacuzzi on the deck or take a tour on the mountain bikes to burn off those recently acquired calories.
The large sun canopy ensures that you can dine outside while protected from the sun.

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La Belle Epoque cruise route & itinerary

Venarey-les-Laumes to Tanlay map

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 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.

Waterways on this route  ·Burgundy Canal 

La Belle Epoque rates

Venarey-les-Laumes to Tanlay

2022 USD, for American and Canadian residents Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 12 74, 200 USD 63, 500 USD
Whole boat charter for 11 72, 400 USD 62, 200 USD
Whole boat charter for 10 70, 600 USD 60, 900 USD
Whole boat charter for 9 68, 800 USD 59, 600 USD
Whole boat charter for 8 66, 600 USD 57, 900 USD
Junior suite per person 6, 990 USD 5, 950 USD
Stateroom per person 6, 590 USD 5, 590 USD
Single supplement 2, 350 USD 2, 050 USD
2022 STERLING rates for UNITED KINGDOM residents Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 12 £52, 000 £45, 300
Whole boat charter for 11 £50, 700 £44, 200
Whole boat charter for 10 £49, 400 £43, 100
Whole boat charter for 9 £48, 100 £42, 000
Whole boat charter for 8 £46, 500 £40, 700
Junior suite per person £4, 850 £4, 190
Stateroom per person £4, 650 £4, 050
Single supplement £1, 650 £1, 450
2022 EURO rates ALL OTHER COUNTRIES Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 12 61, 800 € 53, 000 €
Whole boat charter for 11 60, 400 € 51, 800 €
Whole boat charter for 10 59, 000 € 50, 600 €
Whole boat charter for 9 57, 600 € 49, 400 €
Whole boat charter for 8 55, 800 € 47, 900 €
Junior suite per person 5, 850 € 4, 890 €
Stateroom per person 5, 550 € 4, 690 €
Single supplement 2, 000 € 1, 700 €
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.
Optional extras
Electric bikes : 1st bike: 600 USD / £440 / 500€ ; Additional bike : 300 USD / £220 / 250€
Wine Appreciation charters  7000 USD / £5000 / 5750€  supplement
Golf charters: 650 USD /£450 / 525€ supplement per player
Walking charters 4250 USD / £3000 / 3500€ supplement

- Departure Dates 2022-
Value March 27 to April 24
July 17 to August 21
October 9 to October 23
Regular May 1 to July 10 
August 28 to October 2

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