12 passenger Deluxe
L’Impressionniste is a sister ship to La Belle Epoch, beginning as a cargo ship in Holland. After a complete transformation, the 12 passenger L’Impressionniste offers guests a deluxe barge experience. True to its name, L’Impressionniste is decorated in a light and airy style, with comfortable furniture and and an open and welcoming style.
On this cruise you will be treated to a wine-lovers dream. First, a visit to Clos de Vougeot, home of the Cheveliers du Tastvin; a wine tasting at the famed Domaine Jafflin, and a visit to Beaune, wine capital of Burgundy. Other highlights include: a tour of Dijon and the Ducal Palace; a visit to the 13th Century Chateau de Commarin; a tour of the Abbaye de la Bussiere, followed by lunch at a Michelin starred restaurant In Beaune, and a visit to the Hotel Dieu Hospice and the Maison Champy. L’ Impressionniste hosts 12 passengers with two suites and four junior suites. All are air-conditioned and all have marble en-suite bathrooms. To add to the luxury, the sundeck has a spa-pool for those warm days under the Burgundy sun.
Highlights include: WIne tastings, a tour of Abbaye de la Bussière and lunch in its restaurant, and a visit to Beaune, including Hôtel Dieu Hospice.
Length: 126 feet
4 Jr. Suites
1 single cabin for tour leader
Fully air conditioned
9 tour bikes
2 air conditioned mini-buses for tours
Accommodations & Pricing 2019 & 2020
Stateroom per person
Junior Suite per person
Single Supplement per person
Charter Max. 8 pax.
Charter Max. 9 pax.
Charter Max. 10 pax.
Charter Max. 11 pax.
Charter Max. 12 pax.
2019 Sunday Departure Dates
April 07, 14, 21
July 21, 28
August 04, 11, 18
October 6, 13, 20
May, 05, 12, 19, 26
June 02, 9 16, 23, 30
July 07, 14
September 01, 08, 15, 22, 29
2020 Sunday Departure Dates
April 05, 12, 19
July 19, 26
August 02, 9, 16
October 04, 11, 18
May, 03, 10, 17, 24, 31
June 07, 14, 21, 28
July 05, 12
August 23, 30
September 06, 13, 20, 27
Guests are met at the **designated meeting point and transferred to the elegant L’Impressionniste moored in Escommes for your cruise through Burgundy. A champagne reception welcomes you on board and provides you with a chance to meet the captain and crew. Enjoy a stroll into Escommes before dinner on board.
Escommes to Vandenesse-en-Auxois
We begin our voyage this morning from the canal summit in Escommes, 1,250 feet above sea level and cruise to Vandenesse-en-Auxois.
This afternoon we visit Château de Bussy-Rabutin, once the home of the Comte Roger de Bussy-Rabutin who was exiled to his estate due in part to his scandalous lifestyle and satirical chronicles of French nobility which found him in great disfavour with King Louis XIV. There is time to stroll through the French-style gardens and enjoy the views of the château surrounded by its moat. Dinner on board.
Vandenesse-en-Auxois to Pont d’Ouche
This morning we cruise to Pont d’Ouche, crossing the only canal bridge on the Burgundy Canal and a perfect time to explore the towpath on foot or bicycle. After lunch, we visit the medieval village, craft shops and castle of Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, once an outpost of the Dukes of Burgundy and offering a fine overview of the feeder lakes, canal and surrounding countryside.
Pont d’Ouche to La Bussière-sur-Ouche
After a short morning cruise, we set off on a drive through premier cru vineyards, stopping en route at the “vigne de l’enfant Jesus”, a famous vineyard owned by the domaine Bouchard et Père Fils. There, a wine expert will tell us more about the domaine and give us a real insight into the production of its Grand Cru and Premier Cru wines.
We continue to Beaune, capital of Burgundy wine country, or a winery tour and private tasting of Bouchard et Père Fils wines before enjoying a gastronomic lunch in the delightful orangery of Château de Beaune, owned by the winery since 1820. Afterwards, we visit the fascinating 15th century Hôtel-Dieu Hospice and explore the quaint shops of the town, before returning to the barge for a short evening cruise to Pont d’Ouche. Dinner
La Bussière-sur-Ouche to Sainte-Marie-sur-Ouche
After breakfast, we cruise to Sainte-Marie-sur-Ouche, again with plenty of opportunity to walk or cycle along the ever-present towpath past sleepy villages and pretty lock houses.
In the afternoon we visit Clos de Vougeot, headquarters of the esteemed Chevaliers du Tastevin, who annually award prized special labels to the finest Côte d‘Or vintages. We also enjoy a tasting of fine Burgundy wines in the cellars of the reputable domaine, Château André Ziltener, a family-run winery built on the foundations of an old Cistercian abbey. Dinner on board.
Sainte-Marie-sur-Ouche to Fleurey-sur-Ouche
This morning, we take a walking tour of old Dijon, including a visit to the vivid flower and produce markets, mustard shops and the impressive Notre-Dame de Dijon, or enjoy some excellent shopping time. Return to the hotel barge for lunch and a leisurely afternoon cruise, with perhaps a walk or bicycle ride to the next lock or two, to arrive at our final mooring at Fleurey-sur-Ouche. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Fleurey-sur-OucheAfter breakfast disembark the barge and transfer to the **designated drop off point.
**The designated meeting and drop off point is the Hotel Westminster in Paris. Other options are available for charter groups.
This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks, the cruise is in the reverse direction.
Your Cruise Includes:
Transfers by chauffeured Mercedes Minibus between Paris and the hotel barge, 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.