Northern Burgundy Cruise (La Belle Epoque)
France is where the idea of luxury barge cruises first started, due in no small part to the myriad of waterways which cross not only its scenic countryside, but also many of its historic towns and cities. And while a Burgundy barge cruise may not be one of the best known holiday options for visitors to France, those who do discover hotel barging in Burgundy are sure not to be disappointed.
In fact, taking a Burgundy barge cruise down one of the region’s canals is a truly wonderful experience. The area boasts some of the world’s finest wines with around 60,000 acres of sunlit vines and arguably the prettiest canals in France. The waterways wind through the heart of the territory’s renowned vineyards, medieval towns, elegant châteaux, magnificent cathedrals, picturesque villages and wonderful local markets. En route, barging in Burgundy guarantees our clients a wealth of sightseeing opportunities.
This is a region with a vast variety of cheeses, in all shapes, sizes and colours, strong in character or mild and fresh and all can be enjoyed with full-bodied red Burgundies, or perhaps with lighter white Chablis wines. The Burgundian gastronomic tradition is rich and diverse and a sedate Burgundy barge cruise along one of its delightful waterways will allow you to indulge along the way in good food and wine: two of life’s essential pleasures.
Please Note: Golf, Family, Walking & Wine Appreciation Theme Departures Available. Please contact us for more details.
On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.
Northern Burgundy Cruise (La Belle Epoque) itinerary:
Northern Burgundy Cruise (La Belle Epoque) reverse itinerary:
La Belle Epoque
Vessel Type: Hotel Barge / River Boat
Length: 128 feet / 39.01 meters
Passenger Capacity: 12
La Belle Epoque in her first life carried logs from Burgundy to Paris, but today she is transformed into a deluxe hotel barge carrying a very different cargo along the very same canal.
She has been designed with both elegance and passenger comfort in mind and her welcoming features include a wood-panelled saloon/dining room with bespoke, hand-built seating and a spacious sun deck with spa pool. The comfortable cabin accommodation comprises two junior suites and four staterooms and a choice of twin or double beds, all with marble en suite facilities.
La Belle Epoque is the perfect vessel to take you on a gentle voyage of discovery through a region studded with traditions and history that go back centuries. As she meanders along the Burgundy Canal with its undulating countryside, you fill find that the towpath is always there for spot of walking or cycling.
• Private wine tasting of Chablis wines in the cellars of a renowned Domaine
• Private Champagne tasting at the boutique Maison Alexandre Bonnet
• Visit to famous battle site of Alesia
• Optional hot air ballooning
• Excellent towpath for walking and cycling
• “Biking Plus” option available