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-France, Southern Burgundy on Barge Amaryllis-

Cruise Details:

  • Up to 8 guests
  • 126 Ft. Long
  • Rating: Ultra Deluxe
  • Charter Only
  • English Speaking Crew of 6
  • 8 Bicycles
  • Air Conditioned
  • Last Visited 2014

Cruise Rate Includes:

6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, chauffeured transfers from Paris to the barge & return, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch & dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.

Cruise Rate Does NOT Include

Airfare to and from France, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)


Amaryllis

Caroline Sack Klein (Director of Operations), aka Barge Lady Junior was thrilled to visit the Amaryllis in 2014.  The vessel is party of the Belmond fleet (formerly known as Orient Express) who operates it to the highest “grand luxe” standards.

Caroline says: “I boarded to discover a vessel of supreme elegance. From antique furniture in the salon, to lamps and chandeliers created by Italian craftsmen to Villeroy and Bosch china on the dining room table: The public areas are a treasure trove of classic European design.

In the huge cabins, pictured at right, however, the accent is on voluptuous comfort. King size beds are piled high with elegant pillows and comforters. Each room has a different color scheme: crimson, bayberry-aqua, pale gold and royal blue. Closets are huge with wonderful lighting and full-length mirrors. The spacious and elegantly tiled baths have every amenity, including double sinks and heated towel bars. Also heated is the pool on deck - a fabulous and unexpected amenity!

Since Amaryllis looks like a five star hotel, it is only fitting that it is operated like one! The crew of five magically ensured that the vessel was spotless and that each guest was constantly being pampered. The more details I noticed, the more that seemed to appear - constant refilling of the shampoo and soap bottles, linens that were changed every time I left my cabin, new coasters with every cocktail hour, different candies everyday in the candy bowl, the list goes on and on. The best part is that it just "happened" by seemingly invisible fairy godmothers. Such synergy and magic occur to make it special for 8 lucky guests!

A visit to Beaune, a cobble-stoned town of great charm, was the highlight of our sightseeing. There we toured the Medieval hospital called the Hotel Dieu and tasted wine in the cellars of Maison Drouhin, one of the top winemakers based in Beaune.

The cuisine was delicious (go to the Menu tab to see the meals I enjoyed), and the crew gave us both a warm welcome and outstanding service. Our guests rightfully love the Amaryllis – and now so do I!”
 


Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2017 Value Season Rates

Whole-Boat Charter for 6: € 41,094
Whole-Boat Charter for 7: € 45,822
Whole-Boat Charter for 8: € 50,552

2017 value season dates
April 2 - 8 April 16 - 22 October 1 - 7 October 15 - 21
April 9 - 15 April 23 - 29 October 8 - 14 October 22 - 28
2017 regular season Rates

Whole-Boat Charter for 6: € 51,365
Whole-Boat Charter for 7: € 57,277
Whole-Boat Charter for 8: € 63,189

2017 regular season dates
April 30 - May 6 June 11 - 17 July 23 - 29 September 3 - 9
May 7 - 13 June 18 - 24 July 30 - August 5 September 10 - 16
May 14 - 20 June 25 - July 1 August 6 - 12 September 17 - 23
May 21 - 27 July 2 - 8 August 13 - 19 September 24 - 30
May 28 - June 3 July 9 - 15 August 20 - 26
June 4 - 10 July 16 - 22 August 27 - September 2
Barge Cruise

Amaryllis Accommodations and Amenities

  • 126 Feet Long
  • Four Staterooms with ensuite bath
    All with choice of one King or two twin beds
  • Stateroom 1 - Upper deck, 185 sq feet
    Bathroom w/ walk in shower
  • Stateroom 2 - Lower deck, 235 sq feet
    Bathroom w/ bath tub/shower
  • Stateroom 3 - Lower deck,280 sq feet
    Bathroom w/ walk in shower
  • Stateroom 4 - Lower deck, 280 sq feet
    Bathroom w/ bath tub/shower
  • Also in each cabin
    ·Full size closets
    ·Individually-controlled AC
    ·Hair dryer
  • In the Public Areas
  • Bose IPOD Docking Station
  • Television and DVD
  • Computer with internet access
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • Deck
  • Heated pool on sun deck
  • 8 Go Sport Crossroad model bicycles
    ·Men and womens models
    ·Fitted w/ 21 speeds, front suspension
    ·Ideal for road and towpath use
    ·Water bottle holder, helmets provided





 

 

 

 

 

 Orient Express France barge Amaryllis
Salon aboard Orient Express luxury France barge Amaryllis
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Amaryllis Burgundy Barge Cruise Itinerary

DIJON to ESCOMMES On The Canal de Bourgogne

Sunday: Dijon
Private Chauffeured Transfer - Of Course!
Our Transfer Agent will meet you at 2:30 pm at the one Paris pickup hotel of your group’s choice and chauffeur you to Amaryllis moored in Dijon’s Port du Canal. Estimated travel time is three hours. A champagne reception provides a warm welcome and introduction to crew. Afterwards, there is plenty of time to unpack and stroll in the port before the first of many gourmet dinners on board.


Monday: Dijon to Fleurey-sur-Ouche
Bicycling, Walking, and Winetasting
Leaving Dijon, the canal follows the River Ouche where small unspoiled villages and green forested hills provide exceptional views from the deck. Spend the morning walking, or perhaps cycling along the tow path. This afternoon's excursion is a degustation in Vougeot and a visit to "Clos de Vougeot", a medieval chateau and the headquarters of the Chevallier de Tastevin, whose special label is awarded annually to the finest Cote D'Or vintages. The barge moors for the night in the small village of Fleurey-sur-Ouche.


Tuesday: Fleury-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche

Markets and Mustard in Dijon!
After a wonderful French style breakfast, your guide takes you on a walking tour of Dijon, pictured below left, including a visit to the Ducal Palace, the market and the Grey Poupon mustard shop. Enjoy some free time for shopping at the many wonderful shops in town, or perhaps just sit in one of the numerous pavement cafes and simply watch the world go by.

Return to the boat for lunch and an afternoon's cruise to the charming village of Gissey. This is a truly stunning part of the canal, sit back and watch the ever changing scenery go by.

Wednesday: Gissey-sur-Ouche to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche
An Eccentric Chateau with Fighter Jets in the Vineyards
Mid-morning, disembark the boat for a visit to l'Abbaye de la Bussiere, which was built in the 12th century under the guidance of the Cisterian monks from Citeaux. Enjoy a tour of the grounds and have lunch in the one Michelin star restaurant. After lunch, we’ll take you to Chateau Savigny-les-Beaune, where the French owners displays his incredible collections: 80 fighter jets lined up with the vineyards as backdrop, see picture below, as well as antique motorcycles, race cars, and thousands of model airplanes. Something very personal and different in the French countryside!

Thursday: La Bussiere to Pont d'Ouche
Medieval Hospice and Winetasting in the Cobblestoned Town of Beaune
Relax with a morning cruise through the rolling hills of the Ouche Valley to Pont d'Ouche. Now is the perfect time to take the bikes out and explore in the villages and byways of this gorgeous countryside. Or, take a long walk on the towpath –- you can walk much faster than Amaryllis floats, and it is easy to meet the barge at the next lock! After lunch visit Beaune, capital of the wine region of Burgundy and the famous Hotel-Dieu, Hospice de Beaune. There is free time for shopping or strolling through the cobbled streets of this lovely town. Sample some of the local wines before returning to the barge.

Friday: Pont d'Ouche to Escommes
Medieval Village Perched High Over the Canal
Our final cruise of the week takes us to the countryside mooring of Escommes, then after lunch visit Chateaunuef-en-Auxois, pictured below. This medieval village with its commanding views over the plains is a wonderful place for a visit. Both the village and the chateau have a long and interesting history. This is followed by a tour of the surrounding countryside. Meanwhile the chef is preparing your farewell gala dinner on board.

Saturday: Departure from Escommes

A Sad Farewell

You will depart at 9:00 am and chauffeured as a group to either one location in central Paris or one location at Charles de Gaulle Airport. We estimate arrival in Paris at noon. We estimate arrival to CDG as between noon and 1:00 pm. Please make all travel plans for the day of departure on the basis of this timing. Breakfast is your last on-board meal. We hope you have created memories to last a lifetime on the elegant Amaryllis!


 

ST LÉGER SUR DHEUNE TO DIJON On The Canal du Centre and River Saone

Sunday: Paris to St. Leger

Private Chauffeured Transfer - Of Course!

Board the barge at St Leger sur Dheune for your cruise through Burgundy. A champagne reception welcomes you on board and gives you a chance to meet the crew. Later that evening enjoy your first dining experience on board.

Monday: St Leger to Rully

Winetasting in an Ancient Chateau

A leisurely cruise on the Canal du Centre gives you a chance to savor the beauty of the French countryside, with plenty of opportunities at the many locks to get off the barge and walk or cycle along the splendid tow path. Later, your guide takes you to Couches for a tour and wine tasting at the magnificent Château de Marguerite de Bourgogne. Return to the barge for lunch and an afternoon's cruise to Rully.

Tuesday: Rully to Chalon-sur-Saône

Riverside Town: Stroll, Shop or have a Cafe in the Square

Relax on board while the barge cruises the final section of the Canal du Centre before entering the last and very deep lock into the River Saône just north of Chalon-sur-Saône. The scenery changes from the close proximity of the canal banks to the expanse of this beautiful river. This afternoon enjoy a walking tour of Chalon, pictured below, with its quaint antique shops, stunning cathedral square and half timbered buildings. There is free time to enjoy the fine shops, or perhaps just to sit in one of the numerous pavement cafes and watch the world go by.

Wednesday: Chalon-sur-Saône to St Jean de Losne

Medieval Hospice and Winetasting in Enchanting Beaune

A somewhat different cruising experience today, through the lovely valley of the River Saône to the town of Verdun sur Doubs. Lunch is taken in the heart of Beaune at the restaurant Loiseau des Vignes. We then visit this wonderful town to see the famous Hotel-Dieu, Hospices de Beaune, followed by a wine tasting. The town itself has hardly changed in appearance throughout the years; it's tiny centre is a dense maze of narrow old streets with a circular boulevard running round it's former ramparts, many of which still stand. Tonight's mooring is at St Jean de Losne, the barging capital of France. Take some time to stroll around the ports and see the many working barges and house boats that are moored here.

Thursday: St Jean de Losne to Longecourt

A Chateau owned by the same Family for Centuries

This morning the barge leaves the river and enters the Burgundy Canal. This is the perfect morning to explore by bicycle or walk the towpath ahead of the barge. After a wonderful lunch on board we visit the stunning Château de Longecourt, pictured above, owned by the same family since 1630. Inside the stables you can still see 'graffiti' made by the American pilots who stayed there during World War II. If the Count is in residence you may enjoy a personal tour of his property. Rejoin the barge in the countryside near Longecourt, the overnight mooring.

Friday: Longecourt to Dijon

Markets and Mustard in Dijon - Buy "cadeaux" to take home

Today your guide takes you on a walking tour of Dijon to visit the market, Ducal Palace, the Grey Poupon mustard shop and enjoy some shopping at the covered food market, pictured below. Tonight, the barge moors in the port of Dijon. As the chef prepares for your Farewell gala dinner on board, perhaps try a 'Kir' aperitif; a cocktail which mixes the locally produced Cassis black current liqueur with the area's Aligoté white wine.

Saturday: Dijon to Paris

A Sad Farewell

You will depart at 9:00 am and chauffeured as a group to either one location in central Paris or one location at Charles de Gaulle Airport. We estimate arrival in Paris at noon. We estimate arrival to CDG as between noon and 1:00 pm. Please make all travel plans for the day of departure on the basis of this timing. Breakfast is your last on-board meal. We hope you have created memories to last a lifetime on the elegant Amaryllis!


Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions. The route will run in reverse on alternate weeks. Contact The Barge Lady for reservations and more information about Barging in Burgundy on the canals and waterways of France Or call us toll free at (800) 880-0071.

 

Amaryllis
Sample Menus

Caroline and our Barge Lady guests enjoyed these menus!


Dinner
Anti Pasti
* * *
Smoked Salmon and
Camenbert Quiche
* * *
Homemade Vegetable Crisps
* * *
Confit of
Duck and Asparagus
Quiche
* * *
Avocado and Prawn
* * *
Green Salad

* * * * *


 Dinner
Blini with
Roasted Sweet Peppers
and
Caviar
* * *
Smooth Artichoke Soup
wih
Black Truffle Creme Fraiche
* * *
Crispy Skin Salmon
with a
Saffron-Vanilla Sauce
Julienned Vegetables
* * *
Cheese Platter
* * *
Pear Tart Tartin
with a
Gorgonzola and
Walnut Ice Cream

* * * * *



Lunch
Caesar Salad
* * *
Tomato Tart
with
Olive Tapenade
Basil Vinaigrette
* * *
Fresh Tuna
with a
Mango Salsa
* * *
Escargot
* * *
Mixed Leaf Salad
* * * * *


 
Foie Gras with a
Vin Chaud Syrup
* * *
Scallops in
Curried Polenta Crust
Orange Scented Broth
* * *
Fillet of Beef
Roasted Butternut Squash
with
Lobster
Bernaise Saffron Sauce
Tomato Concase
* * *

Cheese Platter
* * *
A Taster of
Passion Fruit Sorbet,
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Chocolate Fondant
Rhoubarb & Bourbon Crumble
Mint & Malibu Milkshake
* * * * *


~ Vins Blanc~

Chablis

Meursault
Domaine Drouhin

St Romain

Sancerre

Pouilly Fumé 2004
Guy Saget

Saint Veran 2003
Cave de Prisse-Sologny-Verze

Montagny

Morey St Denis
Domaine Perroneau

St Aubin Chassagne 1er Cru

Chateau de Chassagne 
* * * * * ~ Vins Rouge ~

Chorey les Beaune
Domaine Drouhin

Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru
Chateau de Chassagne

Corton Grand Cru
Domaine Pernaud

Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru
Domaine Perroneau

Vosne Romanee

* * * * *































Picture Your Barge Cruise on Amaryllis

sample cruise week on ultra deluxe burgundy barge Amaryllis

 

Amaryllis Guest Book

 

"An experience of a lifetime. From the time we met our crew aboard the Amaryllis, it was instant connection. What was great about the crew is that they truly love what they do. Captain Richard and Pilot Pascal kept us on course with professional skill. Hostess Sarah had the best ‘cheese’ presentations and such decorative table settings while Hostess Sofia kept us laughing and kept our rooms in the best condition always…she was a joy! Tour Guide Louise was a walking encyclopedia -- she knew SO much about all the sights we visited. It was fabulous. The cuisine was a highlight of our trip! Greg was a Master Chef and kept us pleasantly surprised meal after meal. There was not a single dish that we did not thoroughly enjoy! The countryside was lovely and all the excursions made it fun… We especially loved the visit to Joseph Drouhin winery. Our cabin was perfect… the bed comfortable and there was plenty of room. We were well-informed by the Barge Ladies before our trip. We have already highly recommended canal cruising to our friends."

- Judy Wagner, cruised October, 2016

"Our family had a fabulous time on the Amaryllis. The crew was kind and very personable. The cuisine was delicious every day and night. My birthday cake was fabulous! The excursions were fun and interesting, especially the wine tasting and the visit to the preserved hospital. The cabins and bathrooms were larger than we expected. My parents are still talking about the entire trip and the girls say cheese is just not the same anymore...! Thank you for making our family trip a happy one."

- Kristin Boan, cruised August, 2016

"Very pleasant and enjoyable! All of the crew were helpful and attentive. Cuisine was delcious and every meal a surprise gift. All of us wanted to take the Chef home to teach us how to cook! The landscape in Southern Burgundy is unbelievable, and the towns we visited were very interesting because I love medieval architecture and history. Thank you for everything!"

- Ana Elena Diaz, cruised October, 2014

"Dear Ellen, We wish to thank you for helping to make our barge cruise on the Amaryllis absolutely fantastic. Your professional guidance and attentive care given to every detail certainly steered us in the right direction for our first barge cruise. You were most helpful in answering our every question, often anticipating them before we even asked. This created high expectations on our part and we are happy to say the cruise on the Amaryllis exceeded them. We felt very comfortable dealing with you. You inquired about our likes and dislikes and when we arrived on board, it was evident that this had been looked after.

When the crew met us at the Dijon train station with their smiles and warm personalities, it was most welcoming. We knew right away this crew was great. But I would say they were more than great, they were amazing. We were so well attended to in every way -– the crew was never in our way, but continually pampering us and making us feel right at home.

Our Hostesses, Diane and Sarah, set aside an afternoon and offered to teach our 11-year-old granddaughter, Sarah, how to fold napkins in the most interesting shapes, from the style of the Sydney Opera House to tuxedo shirts, which our Sarah enjoyed immensely. These ladies kept our rooms immaculate, set beautiful tables for our meals, pleasantly served us, and always met us with a smile and time for a little chat if we so wished.

Our deck hand, Richard, was equally as pleasant. We enjoyed the swimming pool often, and it was Richard who always had it ready for us, with the pool toys on hand. He kept the deck spotless, along with doing his many other chores.

We knew we were in good hands with our Captain, Drew, at the wheel. His excellent cruising skills couldn't help but be noticed as he took us through many narrow locks and canals. His personality matched the other crew members, and we thoroughly enjoyed his joining us for dinner on the last eve of the cruise. We all shared great conversation and laughter.

On to our fabulous Chef, Cory. Our meals were definitely five star quality with presentation to match. Everything served was absolutely delicious...breakfast, lunch and the 5-course dinners. It was a gourmet experience we won't forget, thanks to Cory's expert culinary skills. He was most accommodating to our granddaughter, serving her favourite type of ham with lunch and a special pizza appetizer. Each day when the menu was posted, the kitchen staff asked if there was anything she would not eat or if Cory should prepare something else for her, but our granddaughter let it be known she wanted his lamb, veal, escargot, etc. No changes please!! Desserts were mouth-watering and chocolate mousse topped with fresh berries became our granddaughter's favourite. Cory gave us the recipe with a full explanation of how he prepares it.

Jacquie, our Tour Guide, took us on great sight seeing expeditions in the huge comfortable van, which she maneuvered so easily. Her knowledge of the villages, chateaux, vineyards, and other points of interest was outstanding. She also doubled as our sommeliere, selecting and presenting us with an excellent choice of wines to complement our meals. We enjoyed hearing her description of each wine served. And it was Jacquie who came on board early one morning with a bottle of maple syrup for our granddaughter to serve on the pancakes that Cory prepared for her breakfast. How nice.

The Amaryllis barge is absolutely beautiful. It is elegant and tastefully decorated but has a comfortable 'homey' feeling. We girls were delighted with our 'full size' bath, toiletries, lovely linens, and fresh flowers throughout the barge. We certainly would do this barge trip again -- on the Amaryllis -- and would want the same great crew!

And we would certainly book with Ellen, The Barge Lady, again! Once again, a big thank you from the Chase Family. "

- Garry and Linda Chase, cruised 2010

Amaryllis Blog Posts, Recipes, Articles and Videos

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Barge Lady Jr Caroline's Burgundy Adventure, Part 1
Barge Lady's Caroline Sack Klein was thrilled to join top industry colleagues for a three night cruise aboard Ultra Deluxe Burgundy barge Amaryllis.

+ - Overview

Cruise Details:

  • Up to 8 guests
  • 126 Ft. Long
  • Rating: Ultra Deluxe
  • Charter Only
  • English Speaking Crew of 6
  • 8 Bicycles
  • Air Conditioned
  • Last Visited 2014

Cruise Rate Includes:

6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, chauffeured transfers from Paris to the barge & return, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch & dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.

Cruise Rate Does NOT Include

Airfare to and from France, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)


Amaryllis

Caroline Sack Klein (Director of Operations), aka Barge Lady Junior was thrilled to visit the Amaryllis in 2014.  The vessel is party of the Belmond fleet (formerly known as Orient Express) who operates it to the highest “grand luxe” standards.

Caroline says: “I boarded to discover a vessel of supreme elegance. From antique furniture in the salon, to lamps and chandeliers created by Italian craftsmen to Villeroy and Bosch china on the dining room table: The public areas are a treasure trove of classic European design.

In the huge cabins, pictured at right, however, the accent is on voluptuous comfort. King size beds are piled high with elegant pillows and comforters. Each room has a different color scheme: crimson, bayberry-aqua, pale gold and royal blue. Closets are huge with wonderful lighting and full-length mirrors. The spacious and elegantly tiled baths have every amenity, including double sinks and heated towel bars. Also heated is the pool on deck - a fabulous and unexpected amenity!

Since Amaryllis looks like a five star hotel, it is only fitting that it is operated like one! The crew of five magically ensured that the vessel was spotless and that each guest was constantly being pampered. The more details I noticed, the more that seemed to appear - constant refilling of the shampoo and soap bottles, linens that were changed every time I left my cabin, new coasters with every cocktail hour, different candies everyday in the candy bowl, the list goes on and on. The best part is that it just "happened" by seemingly invisible fairy godmothers. Such synergy and magic occur to make it special for 8 lucky guests!

A visit to Beaune, a cobble-stoned town of great charm, was the highlight of our sightseeing. There we toured the Medieval hospital called the Hotel Dieu and tasted wine in the cellars of Maison Drouhin, one of the top winemakers based in Beaune.

The cuisine was delicious (go to the Menu tab to see the meals I enjoyed), and the crew gave us both a warm welcome and outstanding service. Our guests rightfully love the Amaryllis – and now so do I!”
 


Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2017 Value Season Rates

Whole-Boat Charter for 6: € 41,094
Whole-Boat Charter for 7: € 45,822
Whole-Boat Charter for 8: € 50,552

2017 value season dates
April 2 - 8 April 16 - 22 October 1 - 7 October 15 - 21
April 9 - 15 April 23 - 29 October 8 - 14 October 22 - 28
2017 regular season Rates

Whole-Boat Charter for 6: € 51,365
Whole-Boat Charter for 7: € 57,277
Whole-Boat Charter for 8: € 63,189

2017 regular season dates
April 30 - May 6 June 11 - 17 July 23 - 29 September 3 - 9
May 7 - 13 June 18 - 24 July 30 - August 5 September 10 - 16
May 14 - 20 June 25 - July 1 August 6 - 12 September 17 - 23
May 21 - 27 July 2 - 8 August 13 - 19 September 24 - 30
May 28 - June 3 July 9 - 15 August 20 - 26
June 4 - 10 July 16 - 22 August 27 - September 2

Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise

Amaryllis Accommodations and Amenities

  • 126 Feet Long
  • Four Staterooms with ensuite bath
    All with choice of one King or two twin beds
  • Stateroom 1 - Upper deck, 185 sq feet
    Bathroom w/ walk in shower
  • Stateroom 2 - Lower deck, 235 sq feet
    Bathroom w/ bath tub/shower
  • Stateroom 3 - Lower deck,280 sq feet
    Bathroom w/ walk in shower
  • Stateroom 4 - Lower deck, 280 sq feet
    Bathroom w/ bath tub/shower
  • Also in each cabin
    ·Full size closets
    ·Individually-controlled AC
    ·Hair dryer
  • In the Public Areas
  • Bose IPOD Docking Station
  • Television and DVD
  • Computer with internet access
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • Deck
  • Heated pool on sun deck
  • 8 Go Sport Crossroad model bicycles
    ·Men and womens models
    ·Fitted w/ 21 speeds, front suspension
    ·Ideal for road and towpath use
    ·Water bottle holder, helmets provided





 

 

 

 

 

 Orient Express France barge Amaryllis
Salon aboard Orient Express luxury France barge Amaryllis
dining aboard Orient Express luxury France barge Amaryllis
ensuite bath on luxury french barge amaryllis

Amaryllis Burgundy Barge Cruise Itinerary

DIJON to ESCOMMES On The Canal de Bourgogne

Sunday: Dijon
Private Chauffeured Transfer - Of Course!
Our Transfer Agent will meet you at 2:30 pm at the one Paris pickup hotel of your group’s choice and chauffeur you to Amaryllis moored in Dijon’s Port du Canal. Estimated travel time is three hours. A champagne reception provides a warm welcome and introduction to crew. Afterwards, there is plenty of time to unpack and stroll in the port before the first of many gourmet dinners on board.


Monday: Dijon to Fleurey-sur-Ouche
Bicycling, Walking, and Winetasting
Leaving Dijon, the canal follows the River Ouche where small unspoiled villages and green forested hills provide exceptional views from the deck. Spend the morning walking, or perhaps cycling along the tow path. This afternoon's excursion is a degustation in Vougeot and a visit to "Clos de Vougeot", a medieval chateau and the headquarters of the Chevallier de Tastevin, whose special label is awarded annually to the finest Cote D'Or vintages. The barge moors for the night in the small village of Fleurey-sur-Ouche.


Tuesday: Fleury-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche

Markets and Mustard in Dijon!
After a wonderful French style breakfast, your guide takes you on a walking tour of Dijon, pictured below left, including a visit to the Ducal Palace, the market and the Grey Poupon mustard shop. Enjoy some free time for shopping at the many wonderful shops in town, or perhaps just sit in one of the numerous pavement cafes and simply watch the world go by.

Return to the boat for lunch and an afternoon's cruise to the charming village of Gissey. This is a truly stunning part of the canal, sit back and watch the ever changing scenery go by.

Wednesday: Gissey-sur-Ouche to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche
An Eccentric Chateau with Fighter Jets in the Vineyards
Mid-morning, disembark the boat for a visit to l'Abbaye de la Bussiere, which was built in the 12th century under the guidance of the Cisterian monks from Citeaux. Enjoy a tour of the grounds and have lunch in the one Michelin star restaurant. After lunch, we’ll take you to Chateau Savigny-les-Beaune, where the French owners displays his incredible collections: 80 fighter jets lined up with the vineyards as backdrop, see picture below, as well as antique motorcycles, race cars, and thousands of model airplanes. Something very personal and different in the French countryside!

Thursday: La Bussiere to Pont d'Ouche
Medieval Hospice and Winetasting in the Cobblestoned Town of Beaune
Relax with a morning cruise through the rolling hills of the Ouche Valley to Pont d'Ouche. Now is the perfect time to take the bikes out and explore in the villages and byways of this gorgeous countryside. Or, take a long walk on the towpath –- you can walk much faster than Amaryllis floats, and it is easy to meet the barge at the next lock! After lunch visit Beaune, capital of the wine region of Burgundy and the famous Hotel-Dieu, Hospice de Beaune. There is free time for shopping or strolling through the cobbled streets of this lovely town. Sample some of the local wines before returning to the barge.

Friday: Pont d'Ouche to Escommes
Medieval Village Perched High Over the Canal
Our final cruise of the week takes us to the countryside mooring of Escommes, then after lunch visit Chateaunuef-en-Auxois, pictured below. This medieval village with its commanding views over the plains is a wonderful place for a visit. Both the village and the chateau have a long and interesting history. This is followed by a tour of the surrounding countryside. Meanwhile the chef is preparing your farewell gala dinner on board.

Saturday: Departure from Escommes

A Sad Farewell

You will depart at 9:00 am and chauffeured as a group to either one location in central Paris or one location at Charles de Gaulle Airport. We estimate arrival in Paris at noon. We estimate arrival to CDG as between noon and 1:00 pm. Please make all travel plans for the day of departure on the basis of this timing. Breakfast is your last on-board meal. We hope you have created memories to last a lifetime on the elegant Amaryllis!


 

ST LÉGER SUR DHEUNE TO DIJON On The Canal du Centre and River Saone

Sunday: Paris to St. Leger

Private Chauffeured Transfer - Of Course!

Board the barge at St Leger sur Dheune for your cruise through Burgundy. A champagne reception welcomes you on board and gives you a chance to meet the crew. Later that evening enjoy your first dining experience on board.

Monday: St Leger to Rully

Winetasting in an Ancient Chateau

A leisurely cruise on the Canal du Centre gives you a chance to savor the beauty of the French countryside, with plenty of opportunities at the many locks to get off the barge and walk or cycle along the splendid tow path. Later, your guide takes you to Couches for a tour and wine tasting at the magnificent Château de Marguerite de Bourgogne. Return to the barge for lunch and an afternoon's cruise to Rully.

Tuesday: Rully to Chalon-sur-Saône

Riverside Town: Stroll, Shop or have a Cafe in the Square

Relax on board while the barge cruises the final section of the Canal du Centre before entering the last and very deep lock into the River Saône just north of Chalon-sur-Saône. The scenery changes from the close proximity of the canal banks to the expanse of this beautiful river. This afternoon enjoy a walking tour of Chalon, pictured below, with its quaint antique shops, stunning cathedral square and half timbered buildings. There is free time to enjoy the fine shops, or perhaps just to sit in one of the numerous pavement cafes and watch the world go by.

Wednesday: Chalon-sur-Saône to St Jean de Losne

Medieval Hospice and Winetasting in Enchanting Beaune

A somewhat different cruising experience today, through the lovely valley of the River Saône to the town of Verdun sur Doubs. Lunch is taken in the heart of Beaune at the restaurant Loiseau des Vignes. We then visit this wonderful town to see the famous Hotel-Dieu, Hospices de Beaune, followed by a wine tasting. The town itself has hardly changed in appearance throughout the years; it's tiny centre is a dense maze of narrow old streets with a circular boulevard running round it's former ramparts, many of which still stand. Tonight's mooring is at St Jean de Losne, the barging capital of France. Take some time to stroll around the ports and see the many working barges and house boats that are moored here.

Thursday: St Jean de Losne to Longecourt

A Chateau owned by the same Family for Centuries

This morning the barge leaves the river and enters the Burgundy Canal. This is the perfect morning to explore by bicycle or walk the towpath ahead of the barge. After a wonderful lunch on board we visit the stunning Château de Longecourt, pictured above, owned by the same family since 1630. Inside the stables you can still see 'graffiti' made by the American pilots who stayed there during World War II. If the Count is in residence you may enjoy a personal tour of his property. Rejoin the barge in the countryside near Longecourt, the overnight mooring.

Friday: Longecourt to Dijon

Markets and Mustard in Dijon - Buy "cadeaux" to take home

Today your guide takes you on a walking tour of Dijon to visit the market, Ducal Palace, the Grey Poupon mustard shop and enjoy some shopping at the covered food market, pictured below. Tonight, the barge moors in the port of Dijon. As the chef prepares for your Farewell gala dinner on board, perhaps try a 'Kir' aperitif; a cocktail which mixes the locally produced Cassis black current liqueur with the area's Aligoté white wine.

Saturday: Dijon to Paris

A Sad Farewell

You will depart at 9:00 am and chauffeured as a group to either one location in central Paris or one location at Charles de Gaulle Airport. We estimate arrival in Paris at noon. We estimate arrival to CDG as between noon and 1:00 pm. Please make all travel plans for the day of departure on the basis of this timing. Breakfast is your last on-board meal. We hope you have created memories to last a lifetime on the elegant Amaryllis!


Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions. The route will run in reverse on alternate weeks. Contact The Barge Lady for reservations and more information about Barging in Burgundy on the canals and waterways of France Or call us toll free at (800) 880-0071.

 

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Amaryllis
Sample Menus

Caroline and our Barge Lady guests enjoyed these menus!


Dinner
Anti Pasti
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Smoked Salmon and
Camenbert Quiche
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Homemade Vegetable Crisps
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Confit of
Duck and Asparagus
Quiche
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Avocado and Prawn
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Green Salad

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 Dinner
Blini with
Roasted Sweet Peppers
and
Caviar
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Smooth Artichoke Soup
wih
Black Truffle Creme Fraiche
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Crispy Skin Salmon
with a
Saffron-Vanilla Sauce
Julienned Vegetables
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Cheese Platter
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Pear Tart Tartin
with a
Gorgonzola and
Walnut Ice Cream

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Lunch
Caesar Salad
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Tomato Tart
with
Olive Tapenade
Basil Vinaigrette
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Fresh Tuna
with a
Mango Salsa
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Escargot
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Mixed Leaf Salad
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Foie Gras with a
Vin Chaud Syrup
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Scallops in
Curried Polenta Crust
Orange Scented Broth
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Fillet of Beef
Roasted Butternut Squash
with
Lobster
Bernaise Saffron Sauce
Tomato Concase
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Cheese Platter
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A Taster of
Passion Fruit Sorbet,
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Chocolate Fondant
Rhoubarb & Bourbon Crumble
Mint & Malibu Milkshake
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~ Vins Blanc~

Chablis

Meursault
Domaine Drouhin

St Romain

Sancerre

Pouilly Fumé 2004
Guy Saget

Saint Veran 2003
Cave de Prisse-Sologny-Verze

Montagny

Morey St Denis
Domaine Perroneau

St Aubin Chassagne 1er Cru

Chateau de Chassagne 
* * * * * ~ Vins Rouge ~

Chorey les Beaune
Domaine Drouhin

Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru
Chateau de Chassagne

Corton Grand Cru
Domaine Pernaud

Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru
Domaine Perroneau

Vosne Romanee

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Picture Your Barge Cruise on Amaryllis

sample cruise week on ultra deluxe burgundy barge Amaryllis

 

Amaryllis Guest Book

 

"An experience of a lifetime. From the time we met our crew aboard the Amaryllis, it was instant connection. What was great about the crew is that they truly love what they do. Captain Richard and Pilot Pascal kept us on course with professional skill. Hostess Sarah had the best ‘cheese’ presentations and such decorative table settings while Hostess Sofia kept us laughing and kept our rooms in the best condition always…she was a joy! Tour Guide Louise was a walking encyclopedia -- she knew SO much about all the sights we visited. It was fabulous. The cuisine was a highlight of our trip! Greg was a Master Chef and kept us pleasantly surprised meal after meal. There was not a single dish that we did not thoroughly enjoy! The countryside was lovely and all the excursions made it fun… We especially loved the visit to Joseph Drouhin winery. Our cabin was perfect… the bed comfortable and there was plenty of room. We were well-informed by the Barge Ladies before our trip. We have already highly recommended canal cruising to our friends."

- Judy Wagner, cruised October, 2016

"Our family had a fabulous time on the Amaryllis. The crew was kind and very personable. The cuisine was delicious every day and night. My birthday cake was fabulous! The excursions were fun and interesting, especially the wine tasting and the visit to the preserved hospital. The cabins and bathrooms were larger than we expected. My parents are still talking about the entire trip and the girls say cheese is just not the same anymore...! Thank you for making our family trip a happy one."

- Kristin Boan, cruised August, 2016

"Very pleasant and enjoyable! All of the crew were helpful and attentive. Cuisine was delcious and every meal a surprise gift. All of us wanted to take the Chef home to teach us how to cook! The landscape in Southern Burgundy is unbelievable, and the towns we visited were very interesting because I love medieval architecture and history. Thank you for everything!"

- Ana Elena Diaz, cruised October, 2014

"Dear Ellen, We wish to thank you for helping to make our barge cruise on the Amaryllis absolutely fantastic. Your professional guidance and attentive care given to every detail certainly steered us in the right direction for our first barge cruise. You were most helpful in answering our every question, often anticipating them before we even asked. This created high expectations on our part and we are happy to say the cruise on the Amaryllis exceeded them. We felt very comfortable dealing with you. You inquired about our likes and dislikes and when we arrived on board, it was evident that this had been looked after.

When the crew met us at the Dijon train station with their smiles and warm personalities, it was most welcoming. We knew right away this crew was great. But I would say they were more than great, they were amazing. We were so well attended to in every way -– the crew was never in our way, but continually pampering us and making us feel right at home.

Our Hostesses, Diane and Sarah, set aside an afternoon and offered to teach our 11-year-old granddaughter, Sarah, how to fold napkins in the most interesting shapes, from the style of the Sydney Opera House to tuxedo shirts, which our Sarah enjoyed immensely. These ladies kept our rooms immaculate, set beautiful tables for our meals, pleasantly served us, and always met us with a smile and time for a little chat if we so wished.

Our deck hand, Richard, was equally as pleasant. We enjoyed the swimming pool often, and it was Richard who always had it ready for us, with the pool toys on hand. He kept the deck spotless, along with doing his many other chores.

We knew we were in good hands with our Captain, Drew, at the wheel. His excellent cruising skills couldn't help but be noticed as he took us through many narrow locks and canals. His personality matched the other crew members, and we thoroughly enjoyed his joining us for dinner on the last eve of the cruise. We all shared great conversation and laughter.

On to our fabulous Chef, Cory. Our meals were definitely five star quality with presentation to match. Everything served was absolutely delicious...breakfast, lunch and the 5-course dinners. It was a gourmet experience we won't forget, thanks to Cory's expert culinary skills. He was most accommodating to our granddaughter, serving her favourite type of ham with lunch and a special pizza appetizer. Each day when the menu was posted, the kitchen staff asked if there was anything she would not eat or if Cory should prepare something else for her, but our granddaughter let it be known she wanted his lamb, veal, escargot, etc. No changes please!! Desserts were mouth-watering and chocolate mousse topped with fresh berries became our granddaughter's favourite. Cory gave us the recipe with a full explanation of how he prepares it.

Jacquie, our Tour Guide, took us on great sight seeing expeditions in the huge comfortable van, which she maneuvered so easily. Her knowledge of the villages, chateaux, vineyards, and other points of interest was outstanding. She also doubled as our sommeliere, selecting and presenting us with an excellent choice of wines to complement our meals. We enjoyed hearing her description of each wine served. And it was Jacquie who came on board early one morning with a bottle of maple syrup for our granddaughter to serve on the pancakes that Cory prepared for her breakfast. How nice.

The Amaryllis barge is absolutely beautiful. It is elegant and tastefully decorated but has a comfortable 'homey' feeling. We girls were delighted with our 'full size' bath, toiletries, lovely linens, and fresh flowers throughout the barge. We certainly would do this barge trip again -- on the Amaryllis -- and would want the same great crew!

And we would certainly book with Ellen, The Barge Lady, again! Once again, a big thank you from the Chase Family. "

- Garry and Linda Chase, cruised 2010

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