Accommodations & Amenities View Deck Plan

Accommodations
  • 126 ft long, with 6’6” – 6’9” ceiling height throughout
  • One upper deck cabin, 280 sq ft, with 6’9” ceiling height
  • Three lower deck cabins, all 260 sq ft, with 6’6” ceiling height
  • Choice of one king or two twin beds
  • Ensuite Bathroom with shower (one lower deck cabin has a shower and a tub)
  • Ample storage space in cabins
  • Sky-lit salon
  • Separate dining room
  • Deck with canopy
  • Outdoor dining space and seating
Amenities
Chauffeured Guided Sightseeing
Chauffeured Guided Sightseeing
Daily Housekeeping
Daily Housekeeping
WiFi (service fluctuates)
WiFi (service fluctuates)
Private Chef
Private Chef
Open Bar
Open Bar
Air Conditioning/Heating
Air Conditioning/Heating
Hair Dryer and Toiletries
Hair Dryer and Toiletries
Bathrobe
Bathrobe
petite swimming pool
petite swimming pool
Sound System
Sound System
220 volt outlets
220 volt outlets
Bicycles and helmets
Bicycles and helmets

Itineraries

Travel from Auxonne to Lyon on the River Saone

Bicycling Opportunities:
Limited 
 (Bicycling is completely optional.)
Sunday
Welcome Aboardsunday image
Welcome Aboard
Travel: Arrival to Auxonne
Meals: Dinner onboard

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

Monday
Where Medieval Monks Made Wine   monday image
Where Medieval Monks Made Wine
Travel: Auxonne to St. Jean-de-Losne
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Absorb the beauty of the passing French countryside on a leisurely morning cruise down the River Saone. Upon mooring, your Tour Guide accompanies you to Clos de Vougeot, where Cistercian monks made wine in the 12th century. After a private winetasting at a prestigious local producer, return to the barge where cocktails and canapes await, followed by a gourmet dinner.

Tuesday
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The Best of Burgundy in Beaune
Travel: St. Jean-de-Losne to Chalon-sur-Saone
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, savor the pastoral scenery as your barge gently floats along the river. Then it’s off to Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, where your group will explore the famed underground cellars of Joseph Drouhin via a private tour and tasting. Afterward, tour the 15th-century Hotel Dieu, an immaculately restored Medieval hospital that represents the history of Burgundy and the story of its wine. Explore the charming cobblestoned town center and its shops before returning to Lilas, where Chef is creating another delightful dinner.

Wednesday
The Largest Church in Christendom for 400 Yearswednesday image
The Largest Church in Christendom for 400 Years
Travel: Chalon-sur-Saone to Tournus
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboard, dinner ashore

Begin the day with a peaceful cruise and enjoy the picturesque Burgundy landscapes. This afternoon, you Tour Guide chauffeurs you to the Benedictine Abbaye de Cluny to discover the ruins of its Romanesque-style church which was for centuries the largest in the world. Before the French Revolution, this powerful abbey headed a network of over 10,000 monks all over Europe. Return to Lilas in time to prepare for dinner ashore at a nearby Michelin-starred restaurant.

Thursday
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Chateau Set in Spacious Parkland
Travel: Tournus to Montmerle-sur-Saone
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Enjoy a morning cruise while admiring the rustic vistas passing by. Upon mooring, your Tour Guide introduces the 17th-century Chateau de Flecheres. Here you will discover preserved murals from an Italian painter of the period as well as décor with great carved fireplaces, a grand open staircase, Louis XV paneled apartment with rich furnishings, and early kitchens in working order. There will be time to explore the grounds before returning to Lilas for an evening of drinks and dinner. End the day by sipping after-dinner liqueurs under the stars.

Friday
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Explore Lyon, France’s Second City
Travel: Montmerle-sur-Saone to Lyon
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

A morning cruise takes Lilas to moor in the heart of Lyon, France’s second city celebrated for its culture and gastronomy. Your Tour Guide presents the ornate Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fouviere, perched high over the city; then a walking tour of Vieux Lyon's “traboules," secret passageways used by silk manufacturers to transport their products. There will be time to explore Vieux Lyon, with its charming shops and colorful painted buildings. Tonight, Chef presents a Farewell Feast, ending your cruise on Lilas in style.

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

Checking out no later than 9:00am, you will be chauffeured to the Lyon TGV Station and provided with First Class tickets to a mid-morning train back to the Paris Gare de Lyon Train Station. As you alight, a representative of Lilas will be on the platform and will help you to the taxi line or to your pre-arranged private transfer. The services of Lilas end at the Gare de Lyon.

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

Gourmet Dining

Lunch
  • Roasted New Potatoes with Garlic and Rosemary
  • Smoked Chicken Salad with Kiwi, Blueberries, Grapefruit, Chives, Celery, and Cucumber
  • Stuffed Gougeres with Sundried Tomatoes and Mozzarella
  • Cheeses: Brie de Meaux and Comte
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas, and Biscuits
Dinner
  • Amuse-Bouche
  • Foie Gras Torchon with Fig Chutney
  • Filet of Beef with White Onion and Spinach Veloute
  • Cheeses: Pave d’Auge, Cendre de Champagne, Vignotte
  • Warm Chocolate Fondant
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
  • 1 Dinner Ashore Inclusive of the Cruise Rate
Wine
  • Beaune 1er Cru 2008, les Chouacheux Domaine Chantal Lescure
  • Bourgogne Epineuil 2007
  • Santenay Maladiere 1er Cru 2007, Domaine Prieur Brunet
  • Montagny 1er Cru 2008, Domaine Montuchot
  • Bourgogne Aligote 2007
  • Chablis 1er Cru 2007, Beauroy Domaine Geoffroy

Rates & Dates

Dates

Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

Month
Days
April2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-6
May7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-3
June4-10, 11-17, 18-24, 25-1
July2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-5
August6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-2
September3-9, 10-18, 17-23, 24-30
October1-7, 8-14, 15-21

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath
  • Round trip chauffeured transfers to and from Paris
  • A dedicated onboard crew consisting of a Captain, Chef, Tour Guide, and Hostess
  • All meals onboard and ashore from dinner the first evening to breakfast the final morning
  • All wines served with lunches and dinners both onboard and ashore
  • Onboard open bar with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Daily escorted excursions including admittance fees
  • Unlimited use of onboard amenities such as bicycles and the petite swimming pool
Not included in the rate
  • International airfare
  • Cancellation insurance – A Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) policy is recommended
  • Suggested crew gratuity of 5-10% of the cruise price

*Rates for this boat are quoted in Euros

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