Offering its 12 guests a sophisticated introduction to France’s captivating pastoral lifestyle, the experience aboard La Belle Epoque references the bygone era for which it is named – a “golden era” of artistic expression, cultural innovation, and regional optimism.
A two story barge with a classic design, La Belle Epoque’s nautically inspired décor features traditional wood-paneling, rich teak, and polished brass. The lovely cabins range in size and bed configurations, ensuring the perfect stateroom for everyone.
Guests socialize and relax on the expansive deck or in the hot tub, perhaps while enjoying a glass a wine from the Chablis vineyards, all the while watching the magnificent scenery of rolling vistas and grand cliffs gently slip by. When not being pampered onboard by the attentive crew, active passengers are encouraged to take a scenic stroll or leisurely bicycle ride along the canal’s marvelous towpaths.
Crafted by the onboard Chef using local and seasonal ingredients, menus highlight the region’s familiar flavors through a contemporary presentation, while meticulously selected wine pairings at lunch and dinner are often from the region’s iconic vineyards.
Sightseeing is vivid and lively, reflecting much of Northern Burgundy’s cultural depth and natural beauty. Excursions include tours and tastings at boutique wineries, private visits to historical landmarks, and special introductions to the local aristocracy.
Last visited in 2017