Accommodations & Amenities

Cabins
  • Two Junior suites with ensuite shower bath
  • Nuits-St-Georges-165 sq feet, 1 queen or 2 twin beds
  • Mersault -150 sq feet, double bed
  • Four Staterooms with ensuite shower bath
  • Santenay & Vougeot -130 sq ft, 1 queen or 2 twin beds
  • Chablis & Sancerre – 125 sq ft,  2 twin beds
  •  Hair dryer and bathrobes
Public Areas
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • Salon and dining room
Deck & Wheelhouse
  • 126 Feet Long
  • Spacious teak deck with re-finished furniture
  • Jacuzzi on deck
  • 12 Touring bicycles

Itineraries

Travel from Venarey les Laumes to Tanlay on the Canal de Bourgogne

Sunday
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Welcome Aboard
Travel: Arrival to Venarey les Laumes
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met by a La Belle Epoque crew member at the designated meeting point. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to La Belle Epoque, moored in the town of Venaray les Laumes. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first gourmet dinner onboard.

Monday
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Explore Small Towns, Relive European History
Travel: Venarey les Laumes to Montbard
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

A morning cruise through vast woodlands and rolling fields comes with ample opportunities for walking and bicycling as La Belle Epoque gently floats past tiny canal side villages. This afternoon, your Tour Guide will take you to the delightful village of Flavigny sur Ozerain, where the film “Chocolat” was set. You will also visit the summit of Mount Auxois, where European history is revealed at Alesia, the site of the final battle between the Gauls and Romans in 52 BCE. Return to the barge for a festive evening of drinks and dinner.

Tuesday
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Discover the Cisterian Abbey of Fontenay
Travel: Montbard to Ravieres
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

A morning cruise encourages a leisurely stroll or gentle pedal along the towpath. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Abbaye de Fontenay, which was founded by St. Bernard in 1118. As a distinctive example of early Cistercian architecture, Fontenay allows an exceptional glimpse of a devoutly religious life, with its peaceful gardens, placid ponds, and stately structures. After a thorough visit, return to the barge for an evening cruise. Chef presents tonight's gourmet dinner onboard.

Wednesday
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Private Champagne Tasting in Champagne
Travel: Ravieres to Ancy le Franc
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore

This morning, your Tour Guide accompanies you to Les Riceys, the only wine growing area of the Champagne region to have 3 Appellation d’Origine Contrôlées. Visit the Maison Alexandre Bonnet for a private champagne tasting, cheers! Then, it's but a short drive to Chateau de Ricey-Bas. Here we will be greeted to a champagne aperitif and a gourmet lunch with the chateau’s Baroness(!), after which there is time to stroll the gardens or explore the interiors. Return to the barge for a late afternoon cruise. Chef presents dinner onboard.

Thursday
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The Art of Chateau Ancy le Franc
Travel: Ancy le Franc to Lezinne
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning's excursion to the Renaissance chateau of Ancy le Franc is a cruise highlight. Renowned for its 16th-century wall paintings and frescoes, which arguably rival those of Fontainebleau, Ancy le Franc has been sensitively renovated and restored. Explore the chateau's grounds, gardens, and parklands. Return to the barge for La Belle Epoque's lazy afternoon cruise. Socialize on deck and watch the beautiful Burgundian scenery slip by while Chef crafts another gourmet dinner.

Friday
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Pampered Grapes, an Iconic Wine
Travel: Lezinne to Tanlay
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

A morning cruise provides the opportunity to bicycle or walk to the charming village of Saint Vinnemer. Your Tour Guide introduces you to the iconic vineyards of Chablis this afternoon. Meet the viticulturists who expertly grow the pampered grapes from which this white wine is exclusively produced. Visit a winemaker such as the family-run Domaine Régnard, where samples of the vineyard's vintages are of course offered. Return to the barge for cocktails, canapes, and the Captain’s Farewell Dinner.

Saturday
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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from Tanlay
Meals: Breakfast onboard

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

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

Gourmet Dining

Lunch
  • Pastry Crust with Contal Cheese and Mustard
  • Marinated Tomatoes Couscous Salad
  • Marinated Cabbage with Shallots and Parsley
  • Proscuito wrapped Melon
  • Cheeses: Papillon Roquefort and Delice de Bourgogne
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas and Biscuits
Dinner
  • Sautéed Chicken Livers with Parsley Mousse
  • Veal Filet in Whole Grain Mustard Sauce, Saffron Tagliatelli, Sauteed Leeks, Tossed Salad
  • Cheeses: Epoisses and Mowtin de Charontais
  • Chocolate Almond Cake in a Cointreau Sauce, Cointreau Ice Cream
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
  • 1 Dinner Ashore Inclusive of the Cruise Rate
Wine
  • Domaine Jaffelin, Vosne – Romanee
  • Domaine Jaffelin, Nuits-St-George
  • Saint Veran Cuvee Prestige, 2005
  • Fers Saint Eloi Grande Cuvee, Fleurie 2007
  • Montagny Premier Cru, Monteuchot 2006
  • Domaine Michelot, Mersault 2004

Rates & Dates

Accommodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Cruise for 12 guests$59,500$68,800
Private Cruise for 11 guests$58,200$67,100
Private Cruise for 10 guests$56,900$65,400
Private Cruise for 9 guests$55,600$63,700
Private Cruise for 8 guests$53,900$61,600
Cabin (Per Person, Double Occupancy)$5,290$6,150
Junior Suite (Per Person, Double Occupancy)$5,490$6,350
Single-Occupancy Supplement$1,950$2,200

2019 Dates

Italic Dates = Value Season
Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

Month
Days
April7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-4
May5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
June2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-6
July7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-3
August4-10, 11-17, 18-24, 25-31
September1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-5
October6-12, 13-19, 20-26

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath
  • 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)

*All rates are quoted in U.S. Dollars unless otherwise noted.

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