La Belle Epoque
12 passenger Deluxe
This state-of-the-art vessel cruises the Burgundy canal from Montbard to Tonnerre. On your journey, you will: visit the restored Abbaye de Fontenay, visit the village of Flavigny sur Ozeran where the movie Chocolat was filmed, and visit the village of Noyers-sur-Serein (designated as one as the most beautiful villages in Burgundy.) La Belle Epoque hosts 12 passengers with two junior suites and four staterooms, all are air-conditioned and all have marble en-suite bathrooms. To add to the luxury, the sun-deck has a spa-pool for those warm, lazy days under the Burgundy sun.
Highlights include: A gastronomic dinner on shore; wine tasting at the Sainte Bris de Vineaux wine cellars; a visit to the Abbaye de Fontenay and the Chateau de Tanlay.
Length: 126 feet
2 Jr. Suites
1 single cabin for tour leader
Fully air conditioned
12 touring bikes
2 air conditioned mini-buses for tours
Accommodations & Pricing 2019
State Room per person
Junior Suite per person
Single Supplement per person
Charter Max. 12 pax.
Charter Max. 11 pax.
Charter Max. 10 pax.
Charter Max. 9 pax.
Charter Max.8 pax.
2019 Sunday Departure Dates
April 7-13, 14-20, 21-27
July 21-27, 28-3
August 4-10, 11-17, 18-24
October 6-12, 13-19, 20-26
May 5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
June 2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-6
July 7-13, 14-20
September 1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-5
Sample Burgundy Itinerary
Guests are met at the designated meeting point in Paris** and transferred to La Belle Epoque. Welcome Aboard with champagne and canapés. After time to settle into your cabin you will enjoy your first dinner on board and an introduction to Burgundy’s excellent cuisine.
Venarey-Les-Laumes to Montbard
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast followed by a visit to the hilltop village of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, where the film ‘Chocolat’ was set. On the way from the summit of Mount Auxois, we look at Alesia, the last battle site between the Gauls and Romans that took place in 52 B.C. There is also time to explore the medieval town of Semur-en-Auxois. After lunch 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. Dinner on board.
Montbard to Ravières
Morning cruise to the Forges de Buffon and then after lunch we escort you to the exquisite World Heritage UNESCO site of Abbaye de Fontenay founded by St Bernard in 1118. Representing a distinctive example of early Cistercian architecture and virtually intact, Fontenay allows an exceptional glimpse of Cistercian life and industry with its peaceful gardens and ponds and fascinating cloisters, dormitories and scriptorium. Return to the hotel barge and cruise to Ravières. Dinner on board.
Ravières to Ancy-Le-Franc
Morning visit to medieval Noyers-sur-Serein to admire the local produce, colours and delights of the wonderful market, or to wander the town ramparts in this, one of the most beautiful villages in France. After lunch, enjoy a lazy afternoon cruising past grazing Charolais cattle, with plenty of opportunity to walk or cycle along the towpath, to Ancy-le-Franc. Dinner ashore at a local restaurant.
Ancy-Le-Franc to Lezinnes
Enjoy a gentle morning cruise as your hotel barge descends through the picturesque locks and past the beautiful 16th century Renaissance palace and gardens of Château d’Ancy-le-Franc. After lunch, we tour the vineyards and town of Chablis, dating back to Roman times, then enjoy a private wine tasting at the family-run Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard, a renowned winemaker that makes the most of the region’s wonderful local terroir to produce high quality wines. Dinner on board.
Lezinnes to Tanlay
After breakfast we enjoy a leisurely cruise to our final mooring at Tanlay. Following lunch we visit the 16th century Renaissance-style Château de Tanlay, nestling serenely within this picturesque village. Also time to wander around Tanlay before returning to the hotel barge for Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
After breakfast, disembark La Belle Epoque and transfer to the designated drop-off point in Paris**.
*This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.
**The designated meeting and drop off point is the Hotel Westminster in Paris. Other options are available for charter groups.
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.