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Cruise Details:

  • Up to 6 guests
  • 129 Ft. Long
  • Rating: Ultra Deluxe
  • Charter Only
  • English Speaking Crew of 6
  • 6 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)


Fleur de Lys

At the very last minute, Ellen Sack - The Barge Lady, and her party were invited to cruise on Fleur de Lys, France's original Ultra Deluxe vessel. This unexpected opportunity quickly became the "trip of a lifetime" as we were lavished with creative and congenial hospitality by a crew of six (including our own Independence Day celebration); the most divine food we have ever enjoyed on the French canal; and spacious comfort in our canopy-bedded suites - the only accommodations in barging which qualify as true multi-room suites.

Decor is sophisticated - a sort of British Raj dream of color, pattern and entirely original accessorizing - a one-of-a-kind feast for the eyes that will never be duplicated. We swam in the pool, biked and depended on our guide to introduce us to the best sights, including private chateau visits and truly special wine tastings.

We have welcomed many parties onto Fleur de Lys, and based on our guest feedback and our own experience, still consider this as France's "ultimate barge". Fleur de Lys status as a true luxury "boutique" barge has been enhanced by Belmond (formerly known as Orient Express).

With enough advance notice, Fleur de Lys can be booked to cruise in tandem with Amaryllis: an over-the-top dream for 14 lucky, lucky guests!

Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2015 Rates

Whole-Boat Charter for 4: $42,400
Whole-Boat Charter for 5: $46,300
Whole-Boat Charter for 6: $50,200

2015 dates
March 29 - April 4 May 24 - 30 July 19 - 25 September 13 - 19
April 5 - 11 May 31 - June 6 July 26 - Aug 1 September 20 - 26
April 12 - 18 June 7 - 13 August 2 - 8 September 27 - October 3
April 19 - 25 June 14 - 20 August 9 - 15 October 4 - 10
April 26 - May 2 June 21 - 27 August 16 - 22 October 11 - 17
May 3 - 9 June 28 - July 4 August 23 - 29 October 18 - 24
May 10 - 16 July 5 - 11 August 30 - September 5
May 17 - 23 July 12 - 18 September 6 - 12  
Barge Cruise

Fleur de Lys Accomodations and Amenities

  • 129 Feet Long
  • Three cabins with ensuite shower bath
    All with choice of one King or two twin beds
  • Upper Deck Stateroom 1 - 318 sq feet, walk-in shower
  • Lower Deck Stateroom 2 - 250 sq feet, tub/shower combo
  • Lower Deck Stateroom 3 - 250 sq feet, tub/shower combo
  • Also in each cabin
    ·Double sinks in bathroom
    ·Separate dressing room
    ·Individually-controlled AC
    ·Full-size closets
    ·Hairdryer
  •  In the Public Areas
  • TV, DVD, Stereo sound system, Bose iPod dock
  • Computer with Internet
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • Deck
  • Heated pool on sundeck
  • 6 GoSport Crossroad brand bicycles
  • 21 speed gears, hand brakes, frotn suspension
  • Water bottle holders
  • Men's & women's models with helmets provided






 

 

 

 

suite on france barge cruise Fleur de Lys
Salon aboard Orient Express France barge cruise Fleur de Lys

Orient Express french hotel barge Fleur de Lys dining room


Fleur de Lys Burgundy Barge Cruise Itinerary

DIJON to VANDENESSE On The Canal de Bourgogne

Sunday: Paris to Dijon
The Ease of a Private Chauffeur!
Fleur de Lys chauffeur will meet your party at mid-afternoon in the lobby of your Paris hotel and drive you directly to the barge moored in the port of Dijon. Estimated travel time is three hours. Once on board, you will meet the crew at a champagne welcome, then have time to unpack and relax before the first of many gourmet dinners on board.

Monday: Dijon to Fleurey-sur-Ouche
Ancient Wine Presses at Clos de Vougeot
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 dégustation in Vougeot and a visit to "Clos de Vougeot", pictured above, a medieval château and the headquarters of the Chevaliers du Tastevin, the famous Burgundian wine society. The chateau still contains the ancient wine presses used by Cistercian monks. The barge moors for the night in the small village of Fleurey-sur-Ouche.
Dijon - Burgundy, France
Tuesday: Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche
Market Day in Dijon
After a wonderful French style breakfast, your guide takes you on a walking tour of historic Dijon, pictured above, 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 cafés 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 beautiful scenery glide by.

Wednesday: Gissey-sur-Ouche to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche
Lunch at a Michelin-Starred Restaurant in a Former Abbey
Mid-morning, disembark the boat for a visit to l'Abbaye de la Bussière, which was built in the 12th century under the guidance of the Cistercian monks from Citeaux. Enjoy a tour of the grounds and have lunch in the one Michelin star restaurant. In the afternoon, a short drive takes us to the charming hilltop village of Chateauneuf en Auxois, where we can visit the 12th century castle and take in the splendid views over the surrounding countryside. Return to the barge in the early evening in La Bussiere.

Thursday: La Bussiere-sur-Ouche to Pont d'Ouche
Immaculately Preserved Medieval Hospice
Relax with a morning cruise through the rolling hills of the Ouche Valley to Pont d'Ouche. After lunch visit Beaune, capital of the wine region of Burgundy and home to the famous Hôtel-Dieu, a magnificent 15th century charity hospital, pictured above. 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 Vandenesse
Private Cellar Winetasting
Our final cruise of the week takes us to the countryside mooring of Vandenesse, then after lunch visit Chateau de Pommard, a splendid estate set amongst the vines of the Cote de Beaune. Enjoy a private tour of the cellars and a tasting as well as taking in the fine art exhibition. Meanwhile the chef is preparing your farewell gala dinner on board.

Saturday: Vandenesse to Paris
A Sad Farewell
Fleur de Lys will be moored in Vandenesse. Breakfast is your last on-board meal. Departure is scheduled for 9:00am for your chauffeured transfer back to Paris. For cabin bookings you will be dropped at your central Paris hotel or train station. For charter groups only, Charles de Gaulle Airport is possible for the entire group. Estimated arrival time to Paris city is between noon and 1:00pm. Please make your onward travel plans on the basis of this timing, contact us with any questions. We hope to see you on another Orient-Express barge soon! What about a cruise into the heart of Provence on the Napoleon?


DIJON TO ST. LEGER-SUR-DHEUNE On the Canal du Centre and River Saone

Sunday: Paris to Dijon
The Ease of a Chauffeured Transfer!
Fleur de Lys chauffeur will meet your party at mid-afternoon in the lobby of your Paris hotel and drive you directly to the barge moored in the port of Dijon. Estimated travel time is three hours. Once on board, you will meet the crew at a champagne welcome, then have time to unpack and relax before the first of many gourmet dinners on board.

Monday: Dijon to Longecourt
Ancient Wine Presses at Clos de Vougeot
This morning we leave the barge after breakfast to drive down the famous route des grands crus, passing through the celebrated villages of the Cote d`or. A stop in Vougeot allows us to visit the celebrated Clos de Vougeot vineyard, pictured above, and Chateau where the Cistercian monks first started making wine in the 12th century. The medieval chateau still contains the ancient presses and is now the headquarters of the renowned Burgundian wine society, the Confrerie de Chevaliers de Tastevin. Return to the barge outside Dijon for an afternoon cruise to the countryside village of Longecourt, with chances to walk or cycle alongside.

Tuesday: Longecourt to St-Jean-de-Losne
Market Day in Dijon
After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of Dijon including a visit to the market, the Grey Poupon mustard shop and the Ducal Palace, seat of the great medieval dukes of Burgundy. There will be some free time for shopping or perhaps, to sit in one of the numerous pavement cafés and simply just watch the world pass by. Return to the boat for lunch and an afternoon cruise to St. Jean de Losne, the barging capital of France. Take some time this evening or early tomorrow to stroll around the port and see the many working and pleasure barges.

Wednesday: St-Jean-de-Losne to Chalon-sur-Saone
Medieval Hospice in Beaune
Continue to cruise the peaceful valley of the River Saône downstream to Seurre. Today, lunch is taken at the Levernois estate next to Beaune. In the afternoon, discover Beaune, the capital of the wine region of Burgundy. Enjoy a visit to the famous Hôtel-Dieu, a magnificent 15th century charity hospital, and a private wine tasting. There is time to enjoy the charming shops and old streets of Beaune before returning to the barge in Chalon-sur- Saone, an important and attractive riverside town.

Thursday: Chalon-sur-Saone to Rully
The Dukes of Burgundy Lived Here!
The barge cruises leaves the River Saône by clearing the lock to enter the Canal du Centre. Back in the canal environment you may disembark the barge at a lock, bicycle alongside or walk and keep up with the pace of the barge. After lunch, visit the Château de Germolles, the only remaining residence of the Dukes of Burgundy for a private tour with the owner. Tonight it is back to a countryside mooring in Rully.

Friday: Rully to St. Leger-Sur-Dheune
Winetasting in an Ancient Chateau
 A leisurely cruise takes us to St Léger, another quaint village along the Canal du Centre which is our final destination. Your guide takes you to the stunning 12th century Château de Marguerite de Bourgogne in Couches, for a tour of the magnificent buildings set amongst the vines and an insight into life in the middle ages. Meanwhile the chef is busy preparing your Farewell gala dinner on board.

Saturday: St. Leger to Paris
A Sad Farewell
Fleur de Lys will be moored in St. Leger-sur-Dheune. Breakfast is your last on-board meal. Departure is scheduled for 9:00am for your chauffeured transfer back to Paris. For cabin bookings you will be dropped at your central Paris hotel or train station. For charter groups only, Charles de Gaulle Airport is possible for the entire group. Estimated arrival time to Paris city is between noon and 1:00pm. Please make your onward travel plans on the basis of this timing, contact us with any questions. We hope to see you on another Orient-Express barge soon! What about a cruise into the heart of Provence on the Napoleon?

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.

Fleur de Lys Sample Menus


Dinner 
Chilled Melon
and
Lobster Soup
Cappuccino of Roasted
Langoustine & Lentils
* * *
Fillets of John Dory
with
Fresh Tomato & Balsamic Concasse
* * *

Lemon Sorbet

* * *
Selection of Local Cheeses
****
Pears Poached in Wine
and
Hot Chocolate Sauce

* * * * *


 
Lunch
Olive & Herb Foccacia
Tomato Consommé
with
Tiny Pesto Ravioli

* * *
Seafood Tartlets
with
Lemon Saffron Sauce
* * *
Tomato Tart Tatin
Aubergine & Feta Lasagne
with
Spinach Pistachio Pesto

Piedmont Roast Peppers
* * *
Courgette Roulade
with
Roquefort Dressing
* * *

Three Chocolate Terrine
Cointreau Mousse
in
Chocolate Cups

with
Orange Sabayon

* * * * *

 

~ 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 a Barge Cruise on Fleur de Lys

a cruise week on France luxury barge Fleur de Lys

Fleur de Lys Guest Book

“The barge itself is like a floating five star hotel. We cannot say enough about the crew of the Fleur de Lys. Every single person was a consummate professional and a charming individual. We felt safe in the hands of our captain, Calum. Bev, our hostess, was absolutely delightful every moment of our cruise. There was no question that she couldn't answer and no request that she couldn't accommodate (including finding the painter of some watercolors that another guest purchased so that we could, and did, purchase a very special momento of our trip). Kate, our other hostess, worked in tandem with Bev to ensure our comfort and happiness. We felt very safe in the competent hands of our driver/guide, Jonathan, and his knowledge of history and excitement in imparting it to us was infectious. Our matelote, Jude, was extremely hardworking and made sure that our transition through the locks were safe and smooth and that the exterior of the barge was kept just so. It was a wonderful expeience to interact with each member of the crew and to learn a bit about them as people.

Every meal, every day was a true dining experience. Breakfast each day provided a delicious start to the day's activities (especially with the addition of fresh-baked and local breads and croissants). The chef was happy to make any special requests for eggs, omelets, etc. We enjoyed our "buffet" lunches which were a fantastic array of the bounty of the region. It was a treat to return to the barge after sightseeing to relax with a pre-dinner cocktail and hors d'oeuvres. The dinners began with our entrance into the dining room to see the table dressed with beautiful linens and candles. Each night the linen napkins were folded in a different design and we were graciously shown how to fold them for repetition at home. The four course dinners were amazing and the wines selected really complemented each course. We enjoyed tasting the three different French cheeses each evening and also the in-depth explanations provided for each course.

With regards to the daily excursions, we especially enjoyed the trip to Beaune and the Hotel Dieux. It was nice to be able to experience the highlights of the countryside without long journeys from the barge. Dinner at L'Abbaye de la Bussiere was a fabulous experience.

The cabins surpassed our expectations. The elegant decor of the barge was carried through to the cabins. There was ample closet and drawer space and more than enough room for two people. The bedding and pillows were extremely comfortable. The bathroom was spacious with more than adequate hot water and water pressure and the L'Occitane toiletries were a treat. The cabin and bathroom were kept immaculately clean at every moment and we could not figure out how it was accomplished so unobtrusively!

We took this trip as a celebration of our milestone 60th birthdays and what a gift it was for us! We were catered to in every way and were made to feel very special. The barge, the crew and the itinerary were perfect! It was the perfect combination of relaxation and sightseeing in the beautiful surroundings of the Burgundy countryside. From the decor to the stunning floral arrangements to the cuisine and the incredible crew, one could not ask for more.

I was very impressed to speak directly to Ellen, "The Barge Lady", the first time I called. She was extremely generous with her time and explanations of the different barge options. I appreciated the fact that every call or, more often, email was answered immediately and thoroughly. The boarding documents were presented beautifully, and answered almost every question imaginable. We appreciated the maps of Paris and the wine regions of France. It was apparent to me that The Barge lady is invested in providing her clients with exactly the experience that they are seeking."

- Linda Reynolds, cruised October, 2013

"The cruise was absolutely wonderful! The crew was attentive and efficient; the barge was beautiful and well -tended. In our cabin, the best was most comfortable, and we were delighted with the roominess. The crew and cuisine were excellent. In short, I hated to leave. We were extremely happy with our dealings with The Barge Lady. Other guests who booked with a different agency did not receive the attention that we did.”

-Karen Dix, cruised May, 2013

"We had a WONDERFUL float down the Bourgogne canal!! Everything exceeded our expectations!! The crew was fantastic! The food was GREAT!!!! Chef John was outstanding! The sightseeing was fun; Guide JoJo was so knowledgeable and friendly and helpful....just a terrific person. Hostess Bev was so accommodating and welcoming. The housekeeping was superb. I am running out of adjectives!! We had a great family time, too. A special trip!! Thank you so much for all your help. We would (and have) recommended The Barge Lady! Thanks also for all the pre-trip information!! First class all the way!!"

- Satisfied Guest, cruised May, 2013

"Too much wine, too much cheese, too much history, too much beauty, too much luxury... all in all, too wonderful!"

-Harry and Susan Seigle, cruised May, 2013

+ - Overview

Cruise Details:

  • Up to 6 guests
  • 129 Ft. Long
  • Rating: Ultra Deluxe
  • Charter Only
  • English Speaking Crew of 6
  • 6 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)


Fleur de Lys

At the very last minute, Ellen Sack - The Barge Lady, and her party were invited to cruise on Fleur de Lys, France's original Ultra Deluxe vessel. This unexpected opportunity quickly became the "trip of a lifetime" as we were lavished with creative and congenial hospitality by a crew of six (including our own Independence Day celebration); the most divine food we have ever enjoyed on the French canal; and spacious comfort in our canopy-bedded suites - the only accommodations in barging which qualify as true multi-room suites.

Decor is sophisticated - a sort of British Raj dream of color, pattern and entirely original accessorizing - a one-of-a-kind feast for the eyes that will never be duplicated. We swam in the pool, biked and depended on our guide to introduce us to the best sights, including private chateau visits and truly special wine tastings.

We have welcomed many parties onto Fleur de Lys, and based on our guest feedback and our own experience, still consider this as France's "ultimate barge". Fleur de Lys status as a true luxury "boutique" barge has been enhanced by Belmond (formerly known as Orient Express).

With enough advance notice, Fleur de Lys can be booked to cruise in tandem with Amaryllis: an over-the-top dream for 14 lucky, lucky guests!

Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2015 Rates

Whole-Boat Charter for 4: $42,400
Whole-Boat Charter for 5: $46,300
Whole-Boat Charter for 6: $50,200

2015 dates
March 29 - April 4 May 24 - 30 July 19 - 25 September 13 - 19
April 5 - 11 May 31 - June 6 July 26 - Aug 1 September 20 - 26
April 12 - 18 June 7 - 13 August 2 - 8 September 27 - October 3
April 19 - 25 June 14 - 20 August 9 - 15 October 4 - 10
April 26 - May 2 June 21 - 27 August 16 - 22 October 11 - 17
May 3 - 9 June 28 - July 4 August 23 - 29 October 18 - 24
May 10 - 16 July 5 - 11 August 30 - September 5
May 17 - 23 July 12 - 18 September 6 - 12  

Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise

Fleur de Lys Accomodations and Amenities

  • 129 Feet Long
  • Three cabins with ensuite shower bath
    All with choice of one King or two twin beds
  • Upper Deck Stateroom 1 - 318 sq feet, walk-in shower
  • Lower Deck Stateroom 2 - 250 sq feet, tub/shower combo
  • Lower Deck Stateroom 3 - 250 sq feet, tub/shower combo
  • Also in each cabin
    ·Double sinks in bathroom
    ·Separate dressing room
    ·Individually-controlled AC
    ·Full-size closets
    ·Hairdryer
  •  In the Public Areas
  • TV, DVD, Stereo sound system, Bose iPod dock
  • Computer with Internet
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • Deck
  • Heated pool on sundeck
  • 6 GoSport Crossroad brand bicycles
  • 21 speed gears, hand brakes, frotn suspension
  • Water bottle holders
  • Men's & women's models with helmets provided






 

 

 

 

suite on france barge cruise Fleur de Lys
Salon aboard Orient Express France barge cruise Fleur de Lys

Orient Express french hotel barge Fleur de Lys dining room


Fleur de Lys Burgundy Barge Cruise Itinerary

DIJON to VANDENESSE On The Canal de Bourgogne

Sunday: Paris to Dijon
The Ease of a Private Chauffeur!
Fleur de Lys chauffeur will meet your party at mid-afternoon in the lobby of your Paris hotel and drive you directly to the barge moored in the port of Dijon. Estimated travel time is three hours. Once on board, you will meet the crew at a champagne welcome, then have time to unpack and relax before the first of many gourmet dinners on board.

Monday: Dijon to Fleurey-sur-Ouche
Ancient Wine Presses at Clos de Vougeot
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 dégustation in Vougeot and a visit to "Clos de Vougeot", pictured above, a medieval château and the headquarters of the Chevaliers du Tastevin, the famous Burgundian wine society. The chateau still contains the ancient wine presses used by Cistercian monks. The barge moors for the night in the small village of Fleurey-sur-Ouche.
Dijon - Burgundy, France
Tuesday: Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche
Market Day in Dijon
After a wonderful French style breakfast, your guide takes you on a walking tour of historic Dijon, pictured above, 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 cafés 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 beautiful scenery glide by.

Wednesday: Gissey-sur-Ouche to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche
Lunch at a Michelin-Starred Restaurant in a Former Abbey
Mid-morning, disembark the boat for a visit to l'Abbaye de la Bussière, which was built in the 12th century under the guidance of the Cistercian monks from Citeaux. Enjoy a tour of the grounds and have lunch in the one Michelin star restaurant. In the afternoon, a short drive takes us to the charming hilltop village of Chateauneuf en Auxois, where we can visit the 12th century castle and take in the splendid views over the surrounding countryside. Return to the barge in the early evening in La Bussiere.

Thursday: La Bussiere-sur-Ouche to Pont d'Ouche
Immaculately Preserved Medieval Hospice
Relax with a morning cruise through the rolling hills of the Ouche Valley to Pont d'Ouche. After lunch visit Beaune, capital of the wine region of Burgundy and home to the famous Hôtel-Dieu, a magnificent 15th century charity hospital, pictured above. 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 Vandenesse
Private Cellar Winetasting
Our final cruise of the week takes us to the countryside mooring of Vandenesse, then after lunch visit Chateau de Pommard, a splendid estate set amongst the vines of the Cote de Beaune. Enjoy a private tour of the cellars and a tasting as well as taking in the fine art exhibition. Meanwhile the chef is preparing your farewell gala dinner on board.

Saturday: Vandenesse to Paris
A Sad Farewell
Fleur de Lys will be moored in Vandenesse. Breakfast is your last on-board meal. Departure is scheduled for 9:00am for your chauffeured transfer back to Paris. For cabin bookings you will be dropped at your central Paris hotel or train station. For charter groups only, Charles de Gaulle Airport is possible for the entire group. Estimated arrival time to Paris city is between noon and 1:00pm. Please make your onward travel plans on the basis of this timing, contact us with any questions. We hope to see you on another Orient-Express barge soon! What about a cruise into the heart of Provence on the Napoleon?


DIJON TO ST. LEGER-SUR-DHEUNE On the Canal du Centre and River Saone

Sunday: Paris to Dijon
The Ease of a Chauffeured Transfer!
Fleur de Lys chauffeur will meet your party at mid-afternoon in the lobby of your Paris hotel and drive you directly to the barge moored in the port of Dijon. Estimated travel time is three hours. Once on board, you will meet the crew at a champagne welcome, then have time to unpack and relax before the first of many gourmet dinners on board.

Monday: Dijon to Longecourt
Ancient Wine Presses at Clos de Vougeot
This morning we leave the barge after breakfast to drive down the famous route des grands crus, passing through the celebrated villages of the Cote d`or. A stop in Vougeot allows us to visit the celebrated Clos de Vougeot vineyard, pictured above, and Chateau where the Cistercian monks first started making wine in the 12th century. The medieval chateau still contains the ancient presses and is now the headquarters of the renowned Burgundian wine society, the Confrerie de Chevaliers de Tastevin. Return to the barge outside Dijon for an afternoon cruise to the countryside village of Longecourt, with chances to walk or cycle alongside.

Tuesday: Longecourt to St-Jean-de-Losne
Market Day in Dijon
After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of Dijon including a visit to the market, the Grey Poupon mustard shop and the Ducal Palace, seat of the great medieval dukes of Burgundy. There will be some free time for shopping or perhaps, to sit in one of the numerous pavement cafés and simply just watch the world pass by. Return to the boat for lunch and an afternoon cruise to St. Jean de Losne, the barging capital of France. Take some time this evening or early tomorrow to stroll around the port and see the many working and pleasure barges.

Wednesday: St-Jean-de-Losne to Chalon-sur-Saone
Medieval Hospice in Beaune
Continue to cruise the peaceful valley of the River Saône downstream to Seurre. Today, lunch is taken at the Levernois estate next to Beaune. In the afternoon, discover Beaune, the capital of the wine region of Burgundy. Enjoy a visit to the famous Hôtel-Dieu, a magnificent 15th century charity hospital, and a private wine tasting. There is time to enjoy the charming shops and old streets of Beaune before returning to the barge in Chalon-sur- Saone, an important and attractive riverside town.

Thursday: Chalon-sur-Saone to Rully
The Dukes of Burgundy Lived Here!
The barge cruises leaves the River Saône by clearing the lock to enter the Canal du Centre. Back in the canal environment you may disembark the barge at a lock, bicycle alongside or walk and keep up with the pace of the barge. After lunch, visit the Château de Germolles, the only remaining residence of the Dukes of Burgundy for a private tour with the owner. Tonight it is back to a countryside mooring in Rully.

Friday: Rully to St. Leger-Sur-Dheune
Winetasting in an Ancient Chateau
 A leisurely cruise takes us to St Léger, another quaint village along the Canal du Centre which is our final destination. Your guide takes you to the stunning 12th century Château de Marguerite de Bourgogne in Couches, for a tour of the magnificent buildings set amongst the vines and an insight into life in the middle ages. Meanwhile the chef is busy preparing your Farewell gala dinner on board.

Saturday: St. Leger to Paris
A Sad Farewell
Fleur de Lys will be moored in St. Leger-sur-Dheune. Breakfast is your last on-board meal. Departure is scheduled for 9:00am for your chauffeured transfer back to Paris. For cabin bookings you will be dropped at your central Paris hotel or train station. For charter groups only, Charles de Gaulle Airport is possible for the entire group. Estimated arrival time to Paris city is between noon and 1:00pm. Please make your onward travel plans on the basis of this timing, contact us with any questions. We hope to see you on another Orient-Express barge soon! What about a cruise into the heart of Provence on the Napoleon?

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.

+ - Menu

Fleur de Lys Sample Menus


Dinner 
Chilled Melon
and
Lobster Soup
Cappuccino of Roasted
Langoustine & Lentils
* * *
Fillets of John Dory
with
Fresh Tomato & Balsamic Concasse
* * *

Lemon Sorbet

* * *
Selection of Local Cheeses
****
Pears Poached in Wine
and
Hot Chocolate Sauce

* * * * *


 
Lunch
Olive & Herb Foccacia
Tomato Consommé
with
Tiny Pesto Ravioli

* * *
Seafood Tartlets
with
Lemon Saffron Sauce
* * *
Tomato Tart Tatin
Aubergine & Feta Lasagne
with
Spinach Pistachio Pesto

Piedmont Roast Peppers
* * *
Courgette Roulade
with
Roquefort Dressing
* * *

Three Chocolate Terrine
Cointreau Mousse
in
Chocolate Cups

with
Orange Sabayon

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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 
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~ 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 a Barge Cruise on Fleur de Lys

a cruise week on France luxury barge Fleur de Lys

Fleur de Lys Guest Book

“The barge itself is like a floating five star hotel. We cannot say enough about the crew of the Fleur de Lys. Every single person was a consummate professional and a charming individual. We felt safe in the hands of our captain, Calum. Bev, our hostess, was absolutely delightful every moment of our cruise. There was no question that she couldn't answer and no request that she couldn't accommodate (including finding the painter of some watercolors that another guest purchased so that we could, and did, purchase a very special momento of our trip). Kate, our other hostess, worked in tandem with Bev to ensure our comfort and happiness. We felt very safe in the competent hands of our driver/guide, Jonathan, and his knowledge of history and excitement in imparting it to us was infectious. Our matelote, Jude, was extremely hardworking and made sure that our transition through the locks were safe and smooth and that the exterior of the barge was kept just so. It was a wonderful expeience to interact with each member of the crew and to learn a bit about them as people.

Every meal, every day was a true dining experience. Breakfast each day provided a delicious start to the day's activities (especially with the addition of fresh-baked and local breads and croissants). The chef was happy to make any special requests for eggs, omelets, etc. We enjoyed our "buffet" lunches which were a fantastic array of the bounty of the region. It was a treat to return to the barge after sightseeing to relax with a pre-dinner cocktail and hors d'oeuvres. The dinners began with our entrance into the dining room to see the table dressed with beautiful linens and candles. Each night the linen napkins were folded in a different design and we were graciously shown how to fold them for repetition at home. The four course dinners were amazing and the wines selected really complemented each course. We enjoyed tasting the three different French cheeses each evening and also the in-depth explanations provided for each course.

With regards to the daily excursions, we especially enjoyed the trip to Beaune and the Hotel Dieux. It was nice to be able to experience the highlights of the countryside without long journeys from the barge. Dinner at L'Abbaye de la Bussiere was a fabulous experience.

The cabins surpassed our expectations. The elegant decor of the barge was carried through to the cabins. There was ample closet and drawer space and more than enough room for two people. The bedding and pillows were extremely comfortable. The bathroom was spacious with more than adequate hot water and water pressure and the L'Occitane toiletries were a treat. The cabin and bathroom were kept immaculately clean at every moment and we could not figure out how it was accomplished so unobtrusively!

We took this trip as a celebration of our milestone 60th birthdays and what a gift it was for us! We were catered to in every way and were made to feel very special. The barge, the crew and the itinerary were perfect! It was the perfect combination of relaxation and sightseeing in the beautiful surroundings of the Burgundy countryside. From the decor to the stunning floral arrangements to the cuisine and the incredible crew, one could not ask for more.

I was very impressed to speak directly to Ellen, "The Barge Lady", the first time I called. She was extremely generous with her time and explanations of the different barge options. I appreciated the fact that every call or, more often, email was answered immediately and thoroughly. The boarding documents were presented beautifully, and answered almost every question imaginable. We appreciated the maps of Paris and the wine regions of France. It was apparent to me that The Barge lady is invested in providing her clients with exactly the experience that they are seeking."

- Linda Reynolds, cruised October, 2013

"The cruise was absolutely wonderful! The crew was attentive and efficient; the barge was beautiful and well -tended. In our cabin, the best was most comfortable, and we were delighted with the roominess. The crew and cuisine were excellent. In short, I hated to leave. We were extremely happy with our dealings with The Barge Lady. Other guests who booked with a different agency did not receive the attention that we did.”

-Karen Dix, cruised May, 2013

"We had a WONDERFUL float down the Bourgogne canal!! Everything exceeded our expectations!! The crew was fantastic! The food was GREAT!!!! Chef John was outstanding! The sightseeing was fun; Guide JoJo was so knowledgeable and friendly and helpful....just a terrific person. Hostess Bev was so accommodating and welcoming. The housekeeping was superb. I am running out of adjectives!! We had a great family time, too. A special trip!! Thank you so much for all your help. We would (and have) recommended The Barge Lady! Thanks also for all the pre-trip information!! First class all the way!!"

- Satisfied Guest, cruised May, 2013

"Too much wine, too much cheese, too much history, too much beauty, too much luxury... all in all, too wonderful!"

-Harry and Susan Seigle, cruised May, 2013


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