Accommodations & Amenities

Cabins
  • Four cabins with walk in shower
  • Hirondelle was extensively renovated in 2013.
  • Stateroom 1 – 150 sq feet, one queen bed
  • Stateroom 2 – 138 sq feet, one queen or two twin beds
  • Stateroom 3 – 125 sq feet, one queen or two twin beds
  • Stateroom 4 – 125 sq feet, two twin beds, L-shaped configuration
Also in the Cabin
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Hair dryer
  • Storage space: closet and drawers
Public Area
  • 128 Feet Long
  • Television, DVD and stereo sound system
  • Writing desk
  • Computer with Internet access
  • Large deck with canopy
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • 8 Go Sport Crossroadbicycles
  • 21 speeds
  • Front suspension
  • Water bottle holder
  • Helmets provided

Itineraries

St Leger-sur-Dheune to Dole

Sunday
Private Chauffeured Transfer from Paris to the Bargesunday image
Private Chauffeured Transfer from Paris to the Barge
Travel: Arrival at St Leger-sur-Dheune
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Hirondelle at the designated meeting point. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored in the village of St. Leger-sur-Dheune. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first gourmet dinner aboard.

Monday
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Discover the Medieval Fortress of Chateau de Rully
Travel: St Leger-sur-Dheune to Chagny
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

The journey begins with a cruise to Chagny. Relax on deck, or explore the countryside by bicycle or on foot. Upon arrival, your Tour Guide escorts you to the Chateau de Rully, a 12th century medieval fortress which has remained in the same family since its creation.The owner will guide you through his home sharing the intriguing history of his ancestors. Your visit is completed by a visit to a preserved 15th century kitchen, where samples of the estate's wines are served. Return to the barge for cocktails and dinner.

Tuesday
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Vines and Wines
Travel: Chagny to Fragnes
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboard, dinner ashore

Relax on the deck as this morning's cruise traverses the final section of the Canal du Centre, and then slips onto the River Saone. After mooring, your Tour Guide escorts you to the Château de Chamirey for a vineyard tour and a private winetasting. Originally an early 18th century property, the Chateau is now a family-owned wine estate, where some of the most prestigious Premiers Crus are produced within Burgundy. Back on board, freshen up before enjoying dinner ashore at a charming bistro.

Wednesday
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The Best of Burgundy in Beaune
Travel: Fragnes to Verdun sur le Doubs
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Enjoy a scenic cruise this morning through the Saone River Valley to a beautiful riverside mooring. Your Tour Guide escorts you to the charming town of Beaune, the region's wine capital, for a guided visit to the Hospice de Beaune, a preserved Medieval hospital built in the 15th century. Afterwards, browse the shops and galleries lining the pedestrian area, or enjoy a coffee in the town square. Return to Hirondelle in time for a leisurely stroll or gentle pedal along the towpath. Cocktail hour precedes another gourmet dinner.

Thursday
Where 12th Century Monks Made Winethursday image
Where 12th Century Monks Made Wine
Travel: Verdun sur le Doubs to St Jean de Losne
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

A morning cruise is the perfect time to discover the towpath's flora and fauna with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. This afternoon, explore Clos de Vougeot, where Cistercian monks made wine in the 12th century. The ancient Clos now serves as the headquarters of the revered wine society Chevaliers du Tastevin, who annually award special labels to the finest Côte d’Or vintages. Explore the presses from which these iconic wines were first produced; a tasting of local vintages follows. Chef serves dinner onboard.

Friday
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Destinations Dijon and Dole
Travel: St Jean de Losne to Dole
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

The lively town of Dijon offers a pleasurable assault of the senses. "Les Halles”, the covered food market, presents a panorama of produce; jars of mustard are cheerfully displayed; and public spaces beckon with greenery and scenery. Shop, sip, and stroll through this charming village brimming with authentic French life. After a lazy cruise to Dole, discover the town’s many delights, including specialty boutiques, local cafes, and the gorgeous Dole Collegiale Church. Enjoy a final feast at tonight's Farewell Dinner. .

Saturday
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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer to Paris
Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point in Paris.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions.

Gourmet Dining

Lunch
  • Mussels Mariniere
  • Shrimp and Celeriac Remoulade
  • Watercress, Frisee, Fennel and Orange Salad
  • Grilled Vegetable, Artichoke and Ricotta Tart with Fruit Chutney
  • Insalata Caprese, Mozzerella, Basil, Tomato, Spanish Onion Vinaigrette
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas and Biscuits
Dinner
  • Quail Egg and Caviar Tartlet
  • Spiced Red Pepper Soup
  • Filet d’Boeuf et Foie Gras En Croute with Feta and Rosemary Potato Smash, Roasted Tomatoes, Wilted Spinach
  • Cheeses: St. Maur, Epoisses and St.Agur
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
  • 1 Dinner Ashore Inclusive of the Cruise Rate
Wine
  • Chorey les Beaune Domaine Drouhin
  • Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Chateau de Chassagne
  • Corton Grand Cru Domaine Pernaud
  • Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Domaine Perroneau
  • Meursault Domaine Drouhin
  • St Aubin Chassagne 1er Cru Chateau de Chassagne

Rates & Dates

Accomodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Cruise (up to 6 guests)€30,192€37,746
Private Cruise (for 7 guests)€32,312€40,390
Private Cruise (for 8 guests)€34,432€43,040
Double Cabin (Per Person, Double Occupancy)€4,276€5,345
Single-Occupancy Supplement€2,566€3,207

2018 Dates

Italic Dates = Value Season, Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season, Blue Bold Dates = High Season

Month
Days
March25-31
April1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-4
May6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-2
June3-9, 10-16, 17-23, 24-30
July1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-3
August5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
September2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-5
October7-13, 14-20, 21-27

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 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.
Not included in the rate
  • Airfare to and from France
  • cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

*Rates for this barge are quoted in Euros.

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