€4,490 Per Person
- Country / RegionFrance / Burgundy
- Duration7 Days/6 Nights
- Cruise CodeBTLBE0816
- Max Passengers12
- Cruise HighlightsAccommodation Cabin accommodation (twin or double bed) with en-suite bathroomActivity Excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary Meals All meals included - authentic French cuisine and regional specialities plus a selection of fine winesDrinks Open bar with alcoholic and non alcoholic drinksInclusion Sun deck with spa poolTransportation Vehicle for transfers and excursions Activity Use of bicyclesItinerary Cruise between Venarey-les-Laumes andTanlay.Inclusion WiFi on boardActivity Wine tasting sessions
The classic La Belle Epoque can accommodate up to 12 passengers. She features beautiful 2 Junior Suites and 4 state rooms with en-suite facilities, spacious salon/dining room and sun deck with spa pool. Your captain leads a friendly crew of six including a master chef, deck hand, tour guide and two hostesses.
- All-inclusive 6-night/7-day cruise
- Daily excursions and entry fees to
- Abbaye de Fontenay, a UNESCO World Heritage site
- Chablis winery for private wine tasting
- Beautiful canalside villages of Montbard
- Champagne aperitif and lunch with a Baroness at Château de Ricey-Bas
- Château d’Ancy-le-Franc, a 16th century masterpiece
- Private champagne tasting at a boutique champagne house in Les Riceys
- Excellent towpath for walking & biking. “Biking Plus” option available
- Optional: hot air balloon tour
- All meals and open-bar 24/7
- Attentive service from 6 crew members
- Transfers between Paris and La Belle Epoque
- Cruise from March to October/Sunday departures
- Bookings available by the cabin. Alternatively, this barge may be fully chartered for the exclusive use of your group.
Pick-up & Drop-off Points
Approximate transfer duration between Paris & La Belle Epoque = 2.5 hours
For cabin bookings:
- Pick-up point: The Hotel Westminster, Paris at 1:45 pm
- Drop-off point: The Hotel Westminster by 12:00 noon
For charter bookings:
- Pick-up point: One location of the group's choice in Paris at 1:45 pm OR a TGV train station close to the barge after 4:00 pm
- Drop-off point: One location of the group's choice in Paris by 12:00 noon OR at a local TGV train station by 10:00 am
Filet d'Agneau au Basilic; Magret de Canar; Poulet à L'Estragon
Fers Saint Eloi Grande Cuvée Fleurie; Montagny Premier Cru; Domaine Jadot, Moulin à Vent; Domaine Michelo; Meursault
Aisy Cendré; Bouton de Culotte; Epoisses; Ami du Chambertin
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Venarey-les-Laumes to Tanlay
Day 1, Sunday
You are are met at the meeting point in central Paris** and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to La Belle Epoque. A full crew 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.
Day 2, Monday
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, then 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 an early lunch, visit the moat-encircled Château de Commarin to be treated to a private demonstration of the medieval sport of falconry. The close up encounter with these majestic birds against the backdrop of the castle grounds is an amazing experience and afterwards, meet Count Bertrand de Vogue, the current resident and 26th generation of the de Vogue family to maintain continuous residence since the 13th century, who will give a fascinating insight into the Château’s history. This is followed by a private tour of the building. Dinner on board.
Day 3, Tuesday
Morning cruise with excellent towpath walking or cycling, passing the 18th century Forges de Buffon. Then, after lunch, head 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 Ravières. Dinner on board.
Day 4, Wednesday
A truly unique day lies ahead. Following breakfast aboard we head to Les Riceys, the only wine growing area of the Champagne region to have 3 Appellation d’Origine Contrôlées. Here we visit the Maison Alexandre Bonnet for a private champagne tasting, a family owned Champagne house renowned for a stunning yearly harvest of Pinot Noir that leads to some utterly exquisite vintages. After you’ve tasted an array of champagnes, take a short drive to Château de Ricey-Bas; with its 12th century vaulted cellars and thousand year history it’s the ideal location to appreciate the rolling vineyards and enjoy a glimpse of family life in a rural château. Here we will be greeted for a Champagne aperitif and a gourmet lunch with the Baroness herself, which we take in either the private salon or the atmospheric vaulted 13th century kitchen. You will spend the remainder of the afternoon strolling the beautiful gardens or exploring the regal château interiors. Upon your return to the barge we’ll begin our cruise to Ancy-le-Franc, with plenty of opportunity to walk or cycle along the towpath… or sit on deck with another glass of bubbly! Dinner on board.
Day 5, Thursday
This morning, visit Château 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 your hotel barge continues along the Burgundy Canal and descends through the picturesque locks to moor at Lezinnes. Dinner on board.
Day 6, Friday
After breakfast, 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 visit the town of Chablis, dating back to Roman times, and enjoy a private wine tasting at the prestigious Domaine Laroche. There, you will also visit the 1000-year-old Obediencerie, originally part of the monastery of St Martin, the founders of Chablis, where for centuries, the domaine’s wines have been aged. Later, return to the barge for the Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Day 7, Saturday
After breakfast, you are transferred to Paris**.
**Note: Other locations available for private charter bookings. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.
La Belle Epoque Deck Plan
- 6 crew
- 39 metres long
- 2 Junior Suites (14-15 sqm)
- 4 en-suite cabins (12 sqm)
- Centrally heated
- Sundeck with spa pool
- 12 bicycles available on board
- CD player, iPod dock, telescope and books
- Wi-Fi (subject to local reception)
- Air-conditioned minibus
Dates & Prices
Rates for 2019
20% off per cabin on April 14 & 21; May 5. 10% off per cabin on May 26; June 16 & 30.
*No single supplement on April 14 & 21; May 5 & 26.
Departure Dates Stateroom per person Junior Suite Single Supplement Book Before March 31 4,490 Euros 4,590 Euros 1,650 Euros April 7 4,490 Euros 4,590 Euros 1,650 Euros April 14, 21 3,592 Euros 3,672 Euros None 18 February 2019 April 28 5,250 Euros 5,350 Euros 1,900 Euros May 5 4,200 Euros 4,280 Euros None 18 February 2019 May 12, 19 5,250 Euros 5,350 Euros 1,900 Euros May 26 4,725 Euros 4,815 Euros None 18 February 2019 June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 5,250 Euros 5,350 Euros 1,900 Euros July 7, 14 5,250 Euros 5,350 Euros 1,900 Euros July 21, 28 4,490 Euros 4,590 Euros 1,650 Euros August 4, 11, 18 4,490 Euros 4,590 Euros 1,650 Euros August 25 5,250 Euros 5,350 Euros 1,900 Euros September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 5,250 Euros 5,350 Euros 1,900 Euros October 6, 13, 20 4,490 Euros 4,590 Euros 1,650 Euros
Charter (Whole Barge)
20% off per charter on March 31; April 28; May 12 & 19
Departure Dates Charter 8 ppl Charter 9 ppl Charter 10 ppl Charter 11 ppl Charter 12 ppl Book Before March 31 36,160 Euros 37,280 Euros 38,160 Euros 39,040 Euros 39,920 Euros 18 February 2019 April 7, 14, 21 45,200 Euros 46,600 Euros 47,700 Euros 48,800 Euros 49,900 Euros April 28 42,080 Euros 43,440 Euros 44,480 Euros 45,520 Euros 46,560 Euros 18 February 2019 May 5, 26 52,600 Euros 54,300 Euros 55,600 Euros 56,900 Euros 58,200 Euros May 12, 19 42,080 Euros 43,440 Euros 44,480 Euros 45,520 Euros 46,560 Euros 18 February 2019 June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 52,600 Euros 54,300 Euros 55,600 Euros 56,900 Euros 58,200 Euros July 7, 14 52,600 Euros 54,300 Euros 55,600 Euros 56,900 Euros 58,200 Euros July 21, 28 45,200 Euros 46,600 Euros 47,700 Euros 48,800 Euros 49,900 Euros August 4, 11, 18 45,200 Euros 46,600 Euros 47,700 Euros 48,800 Euros 49,900 Euros August 25 52,600 Euros 54,300 Euros 55,600 Euros 56,900 Euros 58,200 Euros September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 52,600 Euros 54,300 Euros 55,600 Euros 56,900 Euros 58,200 Euros October 6, 13, 20 45,200 Euros 46,600 Euros 47,700 Euros 48,800 Euros 49,900 Euros
Theme Cruise Supplement
Theme Available for Supplement Family Charter up to 12 ppl None Walking Charter up to 12 ppl 3,250 Euros per charter Wine Appreciation Charter up to 12 ppl 5,000 Euros per charter Golf Charter up to 12 ppl 500 Euros per person
*Cannot be combined with any other special offers.
Wine appreciation cruises for charter groups include a comprehensive wine itinerary with additional winery visits, private tastings and the services of a professional wine guide. Also includes an upgrade of the wine list to include additional premier and grand cru wines.
Walking cruises include daily walking with a professional walking guide.
Family cruises include a tailor-made itinerary taking into consideration the ages and interests of all those in the group. Baby and child equipment can be provided at no extra cost including children’s bikes, car seats, cots, high chairs etc. Children under 18 years receive a discount on many vessels.
Golf cruises include four pre-booked and paid tee times and transfers to and from the golf clubs. Hire of clubs, caddy or buggy not included. *Only those golfing pay the supplement. A minimum of 4 passengers on a golf charter are required to play golf.
Terms & Conditions
Prices shown in Euros and will be converted in Australian Dollar (AUD) at time of payment using a daily ROE. An initial deposit of €800 is payable at the time of booking. The balance must be paid within 90 days as per our terms and conditions and as specified in our confirmation invoice, which will be despatched when the booking form has been processed. Cancellation policy applies to all bookings.
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