€44,000 Per Charter
- Country / RegionBelgium, France & Holland /
- Duration41 Days/40 Nights
- Cruise CodeLIMLON0816
- ItineraryAvignon to Amsterdam
- 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 bicyclesTour Chateaux and historic monumentsItinerary Cruise between Avignon and Amsterdam.Activity Visit the region's famous vineyards. Includes wine tastings. Inclusion WiFi on boardActivity Wine tasting sessions
Experience an unforgettable cruising holiday in this four country cruise from France to Holland along Europe's most scenic waterways. Discover each country's rich history and unique culture as you visit historic cities, towns, medieval villages, famed vineyards, beautiful castles, abbeys and cathedrals.
- Visit the historic city of Avignon including the Pope's Palace and Chateauneuf du Pape.
- Tour of Valence including the Cathedral of St. Apollinaire and the Museum of Beaux Arts.
- Tour of Lyon and its historic sights and monuments.
- Visit the Beaujolais region and Macon, the home of poet Lamartine.
- Discover Chateau Marguerite de Bourgogne in Burgundy.
- Visit a chocolate shop in La Clayette.
- Explore Autun, a town in Burgundy founded Emperor Augustus.
- Walking tour of Nevers, the capital of Nivernais.
- Visit the vineyards of Chablis including a private wine tasting at Domaine Billaud Simoun.
- Guided tour Chateau de la Bussiere.
- Visit the town of Montargis.
- Tour of the Chateau Landon, a hilltop medieval town.
- Excursion of Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte, a historic baroque French castle located in Maincy.
- Visit the Chateau de Fontainebleau, one of the largest French royal castles.
- Explore the vibrant and stylish capital of France, Paris.
- Discover Claude Monte's home and gardens in Giverny.
- Visit the Somme battlefields and memorials.
- Tour of Cambrai.
- Tour of brewery in Belgium.
- Visit the cities of Ghent, Bruges and Antwerp.
- Discover the old fortress town of Willemstad.
- Explore the city of Gouda located in South Holland.
- Visit the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
- Transfers by chauffeured Mercedes Mini bus between the meeting point and the barge
- Luxury 6 night cruise
- All meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef
- 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
- Services of 6 crew
- Use of barge facilities, which includes bicycles and spa pool
- Library of books and maps
- Board games
- Nordic walking sticks (on request)
- Hi-Fi system with CD player, radio and iPod docking station
- Guest iPods
Pick-up & Drop-off Points
Approximate transfer duration between Paris & L’Impressionniste = 3 hours 15 minutes.
For cabin bookings:
- Pick-up point: The Hotel Westminster, Paris at 2:30 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 2:30 pm OR a local TGV 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 station by 10:00 am
Filet d'Agneau au Basilic;Magret de Canard au Ratafia de Bourgogne; Poulet à L'Estragon;Filet de Boeuf Charolais avec Sauce Epoisses
Domaine Laroche, Chablis Premier Cru; Domaine Bruno Clair, Marsannay; Domaine Bouchard Père & Fils, Meursault ‘Les Clous’; Domaine Comte Georges de Vôgué, Musigny; Château de la Saule, Montagny Premier Cru; Domaine Jadot, Ladoix ‘Les Clous d’Orge’
Aisy Cendré; Bouton de Culotte; Epoisses; Ami du Chambertin; Le Petit Vougeot
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Avignon to Amsterdam
Meet at the designated meeting point to start your “Journey of a Lifetime” commencing in Avignon. A Champagne Welcome on board and an introduction to fellow passengers, the Captain and crew.
Morning tour of Avignon, which like most of Provence, takes its inspiration from Italy. It was the seat of the Papacy in the 14th Century. The city is surrounded by rugged city walls. During the afternoon we visit Chateauneuf du Pape and savour the region’s most gracious wines. Our afternoon cruise starts our journey north.
Today is spent cruising, as we head for Montelimar, the delicious nougat capital. The mighty Rhone River has been the main trading route for over 2000 years and the prealps over to the east create a fine setting. A visit to the market town of Montelimar has a medieval center and is full of shops selling the almond studded nougat that has been made there since almond trees were first imported from Asia in the 17th century. Cruise on towards Valence.
The delights of the Rhone Valley are yours to explore. Valence itself is a thriving town facing the Ardeche cliffs and great for shopping. The Cathedral of St Apollinaire was founded in 1095 and rebuilt during the 1700’s. The museum of beaux arts contains a collection of late 18th century chalk drawings of Rome. The nearby Ardeche gorges have been carved out over thousands of years and are more reminiscent of the American southwest than the verdure commonly associated with French countryside. This cruise takes us through the vineyards that produce the grapes for the Cote du Rhone wines.
Our journey today takes us to Lyon, a city with a wealth of historic sights, roman monuments, medieval churches and renaissance houses. The town abounds with fine inns and restaurants and is justifiably titled the gastronomic center of France. For your touring, we start at Place Bellecour, and then a walk across the Saone leads to a most intriguing area, a showcase of renaissance architecture along ancient dark cobblestone streets. We show you the oldest theatre in France built in 15 BC by the Romans to seat some 10,000 spectators and still used today for Opera and Rock concerts. Lyon is France’s second city.
We carry on up the River Saone towards the Beaujolais wine region and Macon, home of the poet Lamartine. Macon is the southern frontier of Burgundy and the Musee des Ursulines houses a fine collection of Flemish and French paintings and an exhibition of the prehistoric site of Solutre.
Today, there is an opportunity to see the great Romanesque Abbaye de Cluny and to sample the famous dry white wine from the Pinot Chardonnay grape. Cruise to Chalon-sur-Saone, the birthplace of photography. In 1822 Nicephore Niepce managed to capture an image on glass at nearby St-Loup-de-Varennes and Chalon has an interesting museum of pictures and photographic artifacts.
Today, the boat will cruise to Blanzy on the Canal du Centre. The canal winds through the scenic Charolais pasture land, home to the famous breed of all white cattle. This afternoon enjoy a visit to the Château Marguerite de Bourgogne.
After breakfast, drive through the countryside to La Clayette to visit the specialty chocolate shop of M. Bernard Dufoux. The master himself will demonstrate the art of making chocolate, followed by a private tasting. Car enthusiasts may tour the vintage car museum just around the corner where all the vehicles are for sale. Afternoon cruise to Palinges.
Blanzy to Digoin. Late morning, tour the city of Autun, founded by emperor Augustus and known as one of the leading cities of Roman Gaul, followed by a visit to the roman amphitheatre, one of the largest in France with a seating capacity of 17,000. Return to the barge for a late afternoon cruise to Digoin, a quiet place to walk or bicycle.
After breakfast, we take a short drive to Paray-le-Monial, with its famous Basilica of the Sacré Coeur and site of pilgrimage since 1873. After lunch, enjoy a leisurely cruise to the evening mooring in Nevers
This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Nevers, the capital of the Nivernais, which has a strong Italian influence and a long-standing reputation for ceramics. Nevers is the third largest city in Burgundy and, until the Revolution was the seat of the Counts and Dukes of Nevers. Cruises on towards Pouilly sur Loire.
This morning, we visit the vineyards and town of Chablis, dating back to Roman times. We enjoy a private wine tasting at the Domaine Billaud Simon renowned for its Premier and Grand Cru wines popularized by Alexis Lichine in the 1950’s. This afternoon’s cruise is to Cosne Cours sur Loire.
Today, the barge traverses the River Loire via the longest canal bridge in Europe, connecting the Canal du Briare to the Canal Latéral à la Loire to Briare. After lunch you’ll visit the beautiful Chateau de Saint-Fargeau with a history spanning a thousand years.
Leaving the river today we cruise to one of the oldest villages in the region, Rogny-Les-Sept-Ecluses, where a staircase of seven locks (now adopted as a French National Monument) stand as a testimony to the 500 year history of the canal.
This morning’s cruise takes us through our first flight of locks to the village of Montbouy renowned as one of the prettiest villages on this stretch of the canal. We moor in the shadow of the splendid 12th century village church. After lunch we visit a privately owned– Chateau de La Bussiere – for a guided tour and a visit to the splendid vegetable gardens. Our visit to the chateau will be rounded off with a private tasting of some of the regions best known and most popular wines.
Today begins with a cruise to Montargis – regional capital of “the Gâtinais” with its flower bedecked bridges and a network of miniature canals which once fed the walled city with produce. We visit the bustling town to take in a little souvenir shopping and visit the world famed Mazet Pralines shop or simply sit and watch the locals going about their business. We then rejoin the barge for a further cruise to the pretty waterside village of Cepoy on the Canal de Loing where we moor with time for a pre-dinner stroll or cycle.
Our day begins with a morning excursion to the hill-top medieval town of Chateau Landon with its c10th-12th church and fortified battlements. The town is best seen from an open vehicle so today, so we ride into town by horse-drawn carriage before stopping in the town center to explore the narrow alleyways and reinforced battlements of the city. After lunch, our cruise continues to the quite hamlet of Nargis on the Canal du Loing, where we moor for the night.
An early start is in store for those who would like to see a traditional country market, since Chef will be off the barge early today to pick up freshly grown vegetables, herbs and local cheeses. A little later in the morning, we head for the town of Moret-sur-Loing – the medieval walled city famed as the home of the impressionist painter Sisley. Our local guide will help you explore the charming town where the River Loing flows into the River Seine. The church here inspired the style of the Cathedral de Notre Dame in Paris and the scenery of the many authentic town houses and narrow streets are an inspiration for painters to this day. We rejoin the barge at Beau Moulin for an afternoon cruise to the charming riverside town of Nemours.
Our cruise schedule continues this morning as we head for lunch at Episy. After lunch, our excursion is to the glorious Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte – setting for the film “The Man In The Iron Mask”. The chateau has a fascinating history - which provided the inspiration for the film made there – and the visit includes a chance to walk in the gardens which are widely regarded as some of the best formal gardens in France. When we return to the barge, we enjoy a final, early evening cruise, leaving the Canal de Loing and joining the River Seine. The cruise includes passage through one of the mighty river locks on the Seine – capable of holding up to twelve barges the size of our hotel barges. We moor in the colourful river-side village of Samois-sur-Seine
The hotel barge, with her deck chairs, will be your viewing spot to enjoy the delights of scenery today. We cruise the River Seine and the route allows opportunity to explore on foot or barge bicycle, the picturesque villages.
Today, we visit Fontainebleau, with its famous forest covering more than 40,000 acres and the Renaissance Chateau that was a favourite residence of the Emperor Napoleon. To walk through this palace is to walk through the history of France and every French royal family has added its own architectural style and features when in residence. We cruise today towards Paris through the Base Régionale de Plein Air et de Loisirs de Bois-Le-Roiand. The Base is between Melun and Fontainebleau, 60 km south of Paris, on 73 wooded acres of parkland, with 8 hectares of lakes. It is bordered by the Seine on one side and has direct access to the forest of Fontainebleau on the other side
Day 23 and Day 24
The hotel barge is moored in central Paris, allowing a wonderful opportunity to tour Paris by foot with the hotel barge close at hand.
We cruise through Paris and under the Eiffel Tower to Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. We drive to Giverny to visit the home and gardens of the great Impressionist, Claude Monet where we visit the water lily pond and the Japanese bridge that inspired several of his paintings.
Cruise on the Oise River to Auvers sur Oise where we visit the old village. It was here that Vincent van Gogh spent the last part of his life and was buried at the local cemetery. Here and there, panels indicate the scenes portrayed by the painter. It is the district around the church, however, that constitutes the favourite “place of pilgrimage” for art lovers.
Morning cruise to Pont Sainte Maxence on the River Oise. In the afternoon an unforgettable excursion to the elegant Renaissance Chateau-de-Chantilly. This superb example of 16th century architecture boasts an array of art treasures, gardens laid out by Andre le Notre (of Versailles fame) and the great stables. More than 3000 horses are stabled in and around Chantilly making it the thoroughbred capital of France. Chantilly has also an enjoyable golf course as an optional excursion.
A cruise to Compiegne, after which you have a free afternoon in the town either shopping or perhaps you may choose a museum or royal chateau or a walk in the beautiful Foret de Compiegne.
This morning we tour the Somme. There are many places to visit, including the train where the World War I Armistice was signed. The Royal Apartments, the second Empire museum, and the automobile and touring museum. An afternoons cruise to Peronne which was destroyed 3 times over 70 years in conflicts between 1870 and 1940, Peronne is linked forever with Australia after the costly liberation of the town in September 1918.
We leave Peronne and cruise through the 4.35km Ruyaulcourt Tunnel. We pass Roo de Kanga and visit the memorial to “Digger”.
Visit to Cambrai, which has always been a producer of cambric, a fine plain weave cloth which takes its name from the town. Cambrai dates back to the Romans and is a vibrant Picardy town. In the 6th century church of Saint-Gery you will note the 16th Century marble Jibe and a huge painting by Rubens, “The Entombment”. We cruise on the Canal du Nord, which has much WWI history and memorials to the fighting. Biking and walking possibilities.
Today, we cruise all day in the direction of the picturesque 13th century Pont des Trous at Valenciennes. Lots of opportunity for shopping in Valenciennes during the afternoon.
Morning cruise to Tournai which has Belgium’s oldest Belfry, circa 12th Century and Europe’s oldest burgher houses also dating from the 12th Century. From now on we are in Belgium.
Belgium is famous for its various kinds of beer and today we visit the brewery from Liefmans, specialist in cherry beer. This is also a great place for shopping. Our cruise continues on the River Schelde to Oudenaarde.
Morning cruise to Ghent. The first and lasting impression of Ghent is of marvellous medieval structures, whose sturdy stone facades reflect beautifully in the canal waters. We visit the Castle of the Counts in the afternoon. This is a magnificent, almost unrivalled example, of a feudal fortress of the Counts of Flounders with its massive medieval shape rising from the reflective waters of its moat, which was built about 1180.
Bruges known as “Venice of the North”, has an extensive and picturesque network of canals and bridges, as well as outstanding medieval architecture. A walking tour shows us many of the art treasures contained within its 13th Century fortifications. Highlights include the Gothic Town Hall, the medieval Cloth Hall and the Basilica of the Holy Blood.
We catch the flood tide up the winding "Sea Schelde" which takes us to the town of Antwerp the city of Rubens, where we take a tour of Rubens' house and a walk in the old quarter of this beautiful Flemish city. You will have plenty of time to visit this beautiful town in the afternoon.
Today we will leave Belgium and cross the border into Holland and travel to the charming old fortress town of Willemstad. This town is preserved in its original state, with windmill dykes, an old church and a 15th century arsenal. There will be an optional visit to the famous Delta Project which is one of the greatest feats of water engineering in the world involving the damming of the great estuaries.
A cruise out of Willemstad to Gouda to the River Ijssel and across the Hollands Diep, part of the Dutch estuaries. The afternoon visit the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam where you can admire the permanent collection of some 75 important Van Gogh paintings, letters, drawings and objects, which allows you to follow Vincent on his personal quest to the heart of him being an artist as well as exploring the themes of his art.
This morning there will be time for a stroll around Gouda where you can see the most magnificent stained glass windows in Holland. In the afternoon we cruise along the canals to the town of Ouderkerk.
After breakfast depart the barge and transfer to the designated drop off point.
L'Impressionniste Deck Plan
- 128 feet long
- 12 passengers
- 6 crew
- 2 Junior Suites (143 to 152 sq ft)
- 4 state rooms ( 110 to 127 sq ft)
- Centrally Heated
- CD player/iPod dock
- Sun deck with spa pool
- 12 touring bikes/1 tandem on request
- 2 Air-conditioned minibuses
- WiFi (Subject to local reception)
Dates & Prices
Rates for 2018
20% off per cabin on April 22. 10% off per cabin on May 13; June 10 & July 8
Departure Dates Stateroom per person Junior Suite per person Single Supplement Book Before April 8, 15 4,350 Euros 4,490 Euros 1,600 Euros April 22 3,480 Euros 3,592 Euros 1,600 Euros 3 April 2018 April 29 5,090 Euros 5,190 Euros 1,850 Euros May 6, 20, 27 5,090 Euros 5,190 Euros 1,850 Euros May 13 4,581 Euros 4,671 Euros 1,850 Euros 3 April 2018 June 3, 17, 24 5,090 Euros 5,190 Euros 1,850 Euros June 10 4,581 Euros 4,671 Euros 1,850 Euros 3 April 2018 July 1, 15 5,090 Euros 5,190 Euros 1,850 Euros July 8 4,581 Euros 4,671 Euros 1,850 Euros 3 April 2018 July 22, 29 4,350 Euros 4,490 Euros 1,600 Euros August 5, 12, 19 4,350 Euros 4,490 Euros 1,600 Euros August 26 5,090 Euros 5,190 Euros 1,850 Euros September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 5,090 Euros 5,190 Euros 1,850 Euros October 7, 14, 21 4,350 Euros 4,490 Euros 1,600 Euros
Charter (Whole Barge)
20% off per charter on April 8 & 29; May 20
Departure Dates Charter 8 ppl Charter 9 ppl Charter 10 ppl Charter 11 ppl Charter 12 ppl Book Before April 8 35,200 Euros 36,320 Euros 37,200 Euros 38,080 Euros 38,960 Euros 3 April 2018 April 15, 22 44,000 Euros 45,400 Euros 46,500 Euros 47,600 Euros 48,700 Euros April 29 40,720 Euros 42,080 Euros 43,120 Euros 44,160 Euros 45,200 Euros 3 April 2018 May 6, 13, 27 50,900 Euros 52,600 Euros 53,900 Euros 55,200 Euros 56,500 Euros May 20 40,720 Euros 42,080 Euros 43,120 Euros 44,160 Euros 45,200 Euros 3 April 2018 June 3, 10, 17, 24 50,900 Euros 52,600 Euros 53,900 Euros 55,200 Euros 56,500 Euros July 1, 8, 15 50,900 Euros 52,600 Euros 53,900 Euros 55,200 Euros 56,500 Euros July 22, 29 44,000 Euros 45,400 Euros 46,500 Euros 47,600 Euros 48,700 Euros August 5, 12, 19 44,000 Euros 45,400 Euros 46,500 Euros 47,600 Euros 48,700 Euros August 26 50,900 Euros 52,600 Euros 53,900 Euros 55,200 Euros 56,500 Euros September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 50,900 Euros 52,600 Euros 53,900 Euros 55,200 Euros 56,500 Euros October 7, 14, 21 44,000 Euros 45,400 Euros 46,500 Euros 47,600 Euros 48,700 Euros
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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