€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 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 awaits you on board. After you 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 you will cruise through woodlands and rolling fields with great towpath biking and walking opportunities past the tiny canal side villages of Nogent, Courcelles and Les Granges. After lunch, you will 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, you will 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, Tuesday
Indulge in a morning cruise with excellent towpath walking or cycling, passing the 18th century Forges de Buffon. Then after lunch, you will be escorted 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. Afterwards, you'll return to the barge and cruise to Ravières. Dinner on board.
Day 4, Wednesday
A truly unique day lies ahead. Following breakfast aboard, you will head to Les Riceys, the only wine growing area of the Champagne region to have 3 Appellation d’Origine Contrôlées. Here, you will 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, you'll 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, you will be greeted for a Champagne aperitif and a gourmet lunch with the Baroness herself, which you'll take in either in the private salon or in 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, you’ll begin your 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, you will 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, enjoy 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, you'll enjoy a leisurely cruise to your final mooring at Tanlay, with the opportunity to cycle or walk into the picturesque village of Saint Vinnemer. Following lunch, you'll 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 Jean Marc Brocard, 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, 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
10% off per cabin on March 31; April 7, 14, 21 & 28
*No single supplement on April 14 & 21; May 5
Departure Dates Stateroom per person Junior Suite Single Supplement Book Before March 31 4,041 Euros 4,131 Euros 1,650 Euros 7 January 2019 April 7, 14, 21 4,041 Euros 4,131 Euros 1,650 Euros. None on April 14 & 21 7 January 2019 April 28 4,725 Euros 4,815 Euros 1,900 Euros 7 January 2019 May 5, 12, 19, 26 5,250 Euros 5,350 Euros 1,900 Euros. None on May 5 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)
10% off per charter on March 31; April 7, 14, 21 & 28; May 5
Departure Dates Charter 8 ppl Charter 9 ppl Charter 10 ppl Charter 11 ppl Charter 12 ppl Book Before March 31 40,680 Euros 41,940 Euros 42,930 Euros 43,920 Euros 44,910 Euros 7 January 2019 April 7, 14, 21 40,680 Euros 41,940 Euros 42,930 Euros 43,920 Euros 44,910 Euros 7 January 2019 April 28 47,340 Euros 48,870 Euros 50,040 Euros 51,210 Euros 52,380 Euros 7 January 2019 May 5 47,340 Euros 48,870 Euros 50,040 Euros 51,210 Euros 52,380 Euros 7 January 2019 May 12, 19, 26 52,600 Euros 54,300 Euros 55,600 Euros 56,900 Euros 58,200 Euros 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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