Barging the Upper Burgundy
• Visit the Abbaye de Fontenay • Wine tasting of Chablis wines in the cellars of a renowned Domaine • Visit the village of Flavigny sur Ozerain, location of the film 'Chocolat' • Visit to Chateau de Tanlay • Visit to Noyers-sur-Serein, one of the most beautiful villages in Burgundy • Visit the 18th century Forges de Buffon • Optional hot air ballooning • Excellent towpath for walking and cycling
The 12 passenger La Belle Epoque cruises the upper Burgundy Canal in the North of Burgundy throughout the season, between the two classic French towns of Tonnerre and Venarey. This is a perfect cruise for exploring every aspect of the region. Go with your master chef to the market at the village of Noyers and meet the locals who are so proud of their produce. Accompany your tour guide who will take you on a tour of L'Abbaye de Fontenay, a true insight into the history and culture of Burgundy. Then taste the wine at Saint Bris le Vineaux after touring the Chablis vineyards where it was grown.
La Belle Epoque is a state of the art luxury hotel barge. She has been designed with both elegance and passenger comfort in mind and offers a sun-deck, spa pool, 12 bikes and an always open inclusive bar. These together with other luxury facilities create a vessel perfect for a relaxing, luxurious cruise.
The entire interior is air conditioned including the wood panelled saloon, dining room and spacious cabins. There is a choice of twin or double beds and all cabins have marble en-suite facilities. A single cabin is also available. The Captain leads a crew of five, comprising Master Chef, Tour guide, and two Housekeepers.
Day 1: Paris > Tanlay Guests are met at the Hotel Westminster in Paris and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to La Belle Epoque. A full crew Welcome Aboard with champagne and canapes. After time to settle into your cabin you will enjoy your first dinner on board and an introduction to Burgundy's excellent cuisine.
Day 2: Venarey-les-Laumes > 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. After lunch, we enjoy either a stroll around the hilltop village of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, where the film 'Chocolat' was set, or a tour of the medieval town of Semur-en-Auxois. On the way from the summit of Mount Auxois, we also look at Alesia, where the last battle between the Gauls and Romans took place in 52 B.C. and visit the impressive museum. Dinner on board.
Day 3: Montbard > Ravieres Morning cruise with excellent towpath walking or cycling, 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 distinctive 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 and cruise to Ravieres. Dinner on board.
Day 4: Ravieres > Ancy-le-Franc Morning visit to medieval Noyers-sur-Serein to admire the local produce, colours and delights of the traditional French market, or to wander the town ramparts in this, one of the most beautiful villages in France. We return to the hotel barge and after lunch on board, enjoy a gentle afternoon cruise past grazing Charolais cattle, with plenty of opportunity to walk or cycle along the towpath, to moor in Ancy-le-Franc. Dinner ashore at a local restaurant.
Day 5: Ancy-le-Franc > Lezinnes This morning we visit Chateau dAncy-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 your hotel barge continues along the Burgundy Canal and descends through the picturesque locks to moor at Lezinnes. Dinner on board.
Day 6: Lezinnes > Tanlay After breakfast we enjoy a leisurely cruise to our final mooring at Tanlay, with the opportunity to cycle or walk 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 a renowned winemaker such as the family-run Domaine Regnard, which makes the most of the region's wonderful local terroir to produce high quality wines, before returning to the barge for Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.
Day 7: Tanlay After breakfast, guests are transferred to the Hotel Westminster in Paris.
On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
• Transfer to the barge from the meeting point in Paris • Accommodation in a stateroom • All meals on board catered for by the onboard Master Chef • Open bar with a range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks • Excursions and entrance fees as per the itinerary • Use of bicycles • Transfer back to Paris at the end of the cruise
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Aug 6, 13, 20, 27
Sep 3, 10, 17, 24
Oct 1, 8, 15, 22
Aug 6, 13, 20, 27
Booking conditions La Belle Epoque can be chartered for a minimum of 10 passengers - please contact World Journeys for details.
La Belle Epoque can be chartered for a minimum of 10 passengers - please contact World Journeys for details.