Accommodations & Amenities View Deck Plan

Cabins
  • Four cabins with ensuite shower
  • All 280 sq ft
  • All with choice of one king or two twin beds
  • Individually controlled AC and heat
Also in Each Cabin
  • Hair dryer
  • Double sinks
  • Heated towel racks
  • Opening portholes
Public Area
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • Skylit salon and dining room
  • Large windows
  • TV/DVD
On Deck
  • 126 Feet Long
  • Partially shaded deck with dining table
  • Heated plunge pool
  • Bicycles

Itineraries

Travel from Dole to St. Leger on the Saone River and Canal du Centre

Sunday
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Welcome Aboard
Travel: Arrival to Dole
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of Lilas at the designated meeting point. Relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored in the delightful town of Dole. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first gourmet dinner. End your first evening counting the stars while relaxing in the delightful plunge pool!

Monday
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Where Medieval Monks Made Wine
Travel: Dole to Auxonne
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Enjoy a stroll or gentle pedal on the towpath during this morning's cruise. Your Tour Guide accompanies you on an afternoon visit to Clos de Vougeot, revealing where Cistercian monks made wine in the 12th century. The ancient Clos now serves as the headquarters of the esteemed wine society Chevaliers du Tastevin, who annually award special labels to the finest Cote d’Or vintages. Discover the preserved presses from which these Burgundian wines were first produced. Then it is back to Lilas for cocktail hour before another gourmet dinner.

Tuesday
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Destination Dijon
Travel: Auxonne to Suerre
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore

This morning, Dijon offers a pleasurable assault of the senses. "Les Halles”, the region's food market, presents a panorama of colorful produce; mustard jars are displayed in boutiques; and public gardens are vibrant with greenery and scenery. Shop, stroll, and sip your way through this small city brimming with authentic French life, then enjoy lunch ashore in a charming auberge. Returning to the barge for the afternoon cruise, there’s time to relax on deck or explore passing villages by bicycle or on foot. Dinner onboard caps an eventful day.

Wednesday
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Discover the Medieval Fortress of Chateau de Rully
Travel: Suerre to Fragnes
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboard, dinner ashore

The journey continues with a morning cruise. Lounge on deck with a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea, and admire the scenery slipping by. This afternoon, 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 while sharing the history of his ancestors. Your insider’s experience continues in a preserved 15th century kitchen, where samples of the estate's wines are served. Dinner tonight is at a local bistro ashore.

Thursday
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The Best of Burgundy in Beaune
Travel: Fragnes to Chagny
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

A morning cruise reveals more of the Burgundian countryside. Explore the area's flora and fauna along the towpath, or revel in the scenery from the comfort of the deck. Upon mooring, your Tour Guide presents Beaune, the region's wine capital, for a visit to the Hospice de Beaune, an immaculately preserved Medieval hospital built in the 15th century. Afterwards, browse the shops, or enjoy a coffee in the charming town square. Return to the Lilas for for cocktails and canapes before Chef serves another gourmet dinner.

Friday
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Vines and Wines
Travel: Chagny to St. Leger-sur-Dheune
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Relax on deck as the Lilas leisurely glides to the final mooring. This afternoon visit the Chateau 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. Swirl, sip, and savor the aromas and flavors of this iconic Burgundian terrior. Back onboard, Chef is preparing a Farewell gala dinner, the perfect finale to your exclusive and intimate cruise on the Lilas.

Saturday
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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from St. Leger-sur-Dheune
Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured back 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
  • New Roast Potatoes in Garlic olive oil and Rosemary
  • Tomatoes with Feta cheese and Olives
  • Smoked Chicken Salad with Kiwi, Blueberries, Grapefruit, Chives, Celery and Cucumber
  • Stuffed Gougeres with Sundried Tomatoes and Mozzerella
  • Cheese: Brie de Meaux
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas and Biscuits
Dinner
  • Canapes
  • Foie gras Torchon with Fig Chutney
  • Demi Pintade, White Onion & Spinach Veloute, Boudin Noir, Dauphinoise
  • Assortment of French Cheeses
  • Chocolate Fondant
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
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

Accommodation
Value Season
Regular Season
High Season
Private Cruise for 8 guests€56,700€63,000€65,000
Private Cruise for 7 guests€51,300€57,000€59,000
Private Cruise for 6 guests€45,900€51,000€53,000

2019 Dates

Italic Dates = Value Season
Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season
Blue Bold Dates = High 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
  • 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 boat are quoted in Euros.

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