Saroche hotel barge

The barge Saroche

Accommodating up to 6 passengers

View of the Saroche

Saroche is rated 5 star

Cruise file for Saroche

From 6500 USD per person

Charters from 30,000 USD

Specifications

Crew members : 5

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

Number of bicycles : 6

Accommodation

Up to 6 guests

Suites : 3

Also...

Central heating

Air-conditioning

Spa or pool

Satelite TV

Saroche photos and videos

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About the barge "Saroche"

Saroche barge cruises

Saroche is the largest six-passenger  hotel barge currently cruising in France.
The vessel has a split-level lounge/dining room (25' x 16'), a quiet library and writing room featuring a foliage surrounded fishpond with goldfish, and a large sun deck and parasol-covered dining deck, for 'al fresco'meals.
The lounge/dining area has a warm ambiance, its subtle peach and cream decor highlighted with accents of amber and turquoise. 
The cool mosaic-tiled dining area and white-oak floored salon are complemented by wrought-iron and hardwood balustrades and a profusion of leafy indoor plants.
Eight large opening windows and a hexagonal skylight flood the room with sunshine and fresh air, as rippling reflections from the water dance across the wood timbered ceiling, flashing across brass ceiling fans - all reflecting and absorbing the atmosphere, bright colours and sunshine of the French countryside.
The comfortable armchairs, wood burning fire, hardwood fully-stocked bar, stereo/CD player, satellite TV with CNN and CNBC, news, video and DVD player and library complete the cosy atmosphere - where passengers quickly feel at home.

The staterooms are bright, luxurious and spacious - more closely resembling a hotel room than a ship's cabin.
All the beds can be converted into either twin beds or queen sized double beds.
Each stateroom has wardrobes with ample hanging drawer and shelf space while in the ensuite bathroom there are shelves and alcoves with make-up/shaving mirrors above tiled washbasins, and extra large, fully tiled shower cubicles with high ceilings, easy access glass doors and adjustable speed shower nozzles.
Hot water is abundant, hair dryers are provided in all cabins and large fluffy bath sheets add to the luxury.
All cabins have opening windows, central heating and individually controlled air conditioning systems.

Plan of Saroche

Plan of the hotel barge Saroche

Saroche cruise routes & itineraries

Escommes and Gissey near Dijon

Sunday 
Paris - Escommes
Meet your chauffeur-driven minibus in Paris and relax on the transfer down to the Saroche, moored on the Burgundy canal in the quiet hamlet of Escommes 
Enjoy a champagne welcome upon arrival with plenty of time to settle in before Dawn presents your first of many gourmet meals on board.

Monday 
Escommes - Chateaueuf-en-Auxois
Today's cruise takes you down the flight of locks from the summit pound to the foot of the beautiful Chateauneuf-en-Auxois.
After lunch, Jason will take you to visit a chocolatier for a delightful tasting and talk on this wonderful product.
Today is all about relaxing, with both lunch and dinner on board and canal life at it's best. 

Tuesday 
Chateauneuf-en-Auxois - Pont d'Ouche
After breakfast Jason will drive you up the long, sinewy hill to the village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, perched high above the canal.
This 11th century chateau is a famous landmark in the area visible from miles away, and hides a quaint halmet behind it's stone walls. 
After a tour of the chateau, there is plenty of time to explore the village before returning to the barge for lunch.

In the afternoon we set sail and head downstream to Pont d'Ouche, our mooring for the night.
There is a fine tow path all the way, ideal for walking or cycling, or perhaps you would rather slow down and simply watch the world go by from the deck?
Once moored up, Dawn will once again regale you with another gourmet feast.

Wednesday 
Pont d'Ouche - Veuvey sur Ouche
Today we leave the Saroche and head over the hills to Beaune.
In the morning, Jason will present a guided tour of the world-renowned Hospice du Beaune, as famous for it's wines as it is for the stunning glazed tiled roof!
No trip to Beaune is complete without some fine dining, and we will eat lunch in a gourmet restaurant.
After lunch we venture into the Cote du Beaune, known for its soft reds and complex, delectable white wines.
You will walk in the vineyards and be given an explanation as to why Burgundy wines are so well renowned, before enjoying a comprehensive tasting in a private winery.
Return to Saroche for a wonderfully relaxing sundowner cruise before a light dinner on board.

Thursday 
Veuvey sur Ouche - La Bussiere
After breakfast we set sail and cruise down to La Bussiere, with another gentle tow path for those who wish to walk or cycle.
After lunch on board Saroche, Jason will drive you into the Cote du Nuits where you will visit the Clos du Vougeot, the 11th century Cistercian monastic winery, now home to the Knights of the round table of wine-tasting, before heading into one of the villages for a tasting.
The Cote du Nuits is famous for its red wines, and Jason will show you why the world raves about the Pinot Noir from this area.

Friday 
La Bussiere - Gissey
Friday is Market day! 
Dijon is the capital of Burgundy, once home to the Dukes of Burgundy and home to Gustave Eiffel, who designed the market square.
After a walking tour of the old town, you will have plenty of time to explore the market and the classic French shops and boutiques of Dijon.
We return to Saroche for lunch before setting sail for Gissey, our final destination of the week.
This beautiful village nestled in the heart of the Ouche valley is classically French, and exploring the village is a must!
Tonight Jason will be your host for Captain's Dinner where Dawn will round off your culinaryexperience with another gourmet delight.

Saturday 
Gissey - Paris
After a relaxing and final breakfast your chauffeur-drive minibus will return you to Paris, with time to reflect on a magical week aboard the hotel barge Saroche.

Cruise rates


Burgundy dates and rates

Whole boat charter for up to 6 38000
Whole boat charter for up to 5 34000
Whole boat charter for up to 4 30000
Cabin per person, based on double occupancy 6500
Single supplement 3000
All prices are in US Dollars
 
Departure dates 2019: August 11th to October 20th

Vandieres and Beaumont in Champagne

Cruise map for Saroche in the Champagne region

Sunday
We meet in Paris, from where your chauffeur driven minibus will transport you to Vandieres on the Marne river.
Enjoy a champagne reception on deck, with introductions to the crew, and then plenty of time to settle into your stateroom before Dawn creates the first gourmet dinner on board Saroche.

Monday
Vandieres - Cumieres
After breakfast, Jason will take you on a historic visit to the Chateau of Conde-en-Brie.
This 16 century hunting lodge has hosted Kings and Queens, murderers, Saints and sinners... Jason will guide you on a private visit through this wonderful building and if the owner is in-house, he will introduce you and perhaps a glass or two of champagne may be drunk with the Count?
We return to Saroche for a lazy lunch with 360 degree views of the glorious Champagne vineyards before setting sail and heading upstream towards Cumieres.
This important river gently meanders through the Marne valley covered on both side in vineyards, steeped in history and surrounded by wonderful French countryside, all of which can be admired from the deck.
We moor up in the shadow of the abbey of Hautvillers, giving us time for a stroll along the tow path before Jason introduces you to "Bubbles du Jour", followed by another of Dawn's fabulous meals on board.

Tuesday
Cumieres - Tours sur Marne
After breakfast, Jason will drive you through Epernay to visit chocolatier Thibault where you will spend the morning making artisinal chocolate with the master chocolatier, famous as the last chocolatier to make the alcohol-filled champagne cork.
This is a rare and exciting chance to get up close to one of the worlds favourite foods!
Return to the Saroche where Dawn will present another fabulous lunch.
After this, we will set sail for Tour les Marne on the Canal laterale la Marne, passing hill-covered vineyards owned by many famous Champagne houses such as Mumm, Philiponat, Moet & Chandon and Heidesek to name but a few.
With plenty of opportunities to walk and cycle along the well-paved towpath, we slowly descend the valley toward are mooring in the centre of the village of Tour, in time for "Bubbles du Jour" before dinner on board.

Wednesday
Reims
We leave the Saroche this morning to head into the historic city of Reims, our first stop is at the Eisenhower war rooms, an important yet undiscovered museum were the treaty ending the Second World War was signed.
From here, Jason will you take you to the world famous cathedral of Reims which survived the revolution and two world wars, bearing testiment to the resilience of the people of Reims.
With its amazing nave and wonderful architecture, it deserves its world heritage status.
Time to wander the shopping district of Reims before meeting up for lunch with Jason at Les Crayers bistro for a lazy yet tantalizing Michelin dining experience.
After lunch, there will be time to admire the delightful garden at this most magnificent Relais and Chateau, once home to the Pommery family and now one of the best small hotels in the world.
Leaving Reims behind, we drive back to Saroche, stopping at Bouzy enroute for a small private tour and tasing before rejoining Saroche in time for a dip in the jacuzzi before Dawn serves a light dinner on deck.

Thursday
Tour sur Marne to Mont du Billy
After a lazy breakfast we take the minibus to Meruil sur Ay, home to many famous chamapagne houses but none more so that Billecart Salmon.
Enjoy a private tour of the last remaining independent large Champagne house followed by a delectable tasting.
Returning to Saroche for more of Dawn's creations will leave you well-suited to a relaxing afternoon on deck or walking by the barge as we climb the 8 locks to the summit pound, where we moor in the shade of the trees in the middle of the french countryside.
As we cruise, those who are interested can join Dawn in the kitchen to watch her prepare her famous pates and terrines, whilst quizzing her about her menus and creations.
After "Bubbles du Jour" another delightful meal awaits for dinner.

Friday
Mont de Billy- Beaumont
This morning we set sail and head along the canal to the tunnel at Mont du Billy.
Jason will prepare the barge to go through the tunnel, a marvel of french engineering allowing commercial traffic to enter the heart of Reims and thus connecting Paris and Reims in the 18th century.
Having passed the tunnel, we continue our lazy cruise down the canal to Beaumont sur Vesels.
After lunch, Jason will drive you to the WWI trenches at the Mains de Messige.
The archeological dig is as authentic and sobering as it is mysterious.
These trenches were discovered by a Parisian archeology student doing a summer dig: To date they are the newest discovery of this grizzly episode in Champagnes torrid history.
A walking tour of these real trenches is a reminder of the other reason that the Champagne region is world famous.
We return to Saroche in time to freshen up before the Captain's Dinner, hosted by Jason, beginning with "Bubbles du Jour" and cocktails on deck before Dawn wows you with more delights from her kitchen.

Saturday
After breakfast, your chauffeur-driver minibus will take you back to Paris with time on the journey to reflect on a truly unique vacation.

Depending upon starting pint, the itinerary may be run in the opposite way

Cruise rates


Champagne dates and rates

Whole boat charter for up to 6 38000
Whole boat charter for up to 5 34000
Whole boat charter for up to 4 30000
Cabin per person, based on double occupancy 6500
Single supplement 3000
All prices are in USD
 
2019: May 12th to July 21st 

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