Northern Burgundy Cruise (La Belle Epoque)

Northern Burgundy Cruise (La Belle Epoque)

From EUR €4,490


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.

Trip Name
Northern Burgundy Cruise (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.


Day 1 - Day 1 Venarey-les-Laumes
Guests are met at our meeting point in central Paris** and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to La Belle Epoque. A full crew Welcome Aboard with champagne and canapés. After time to settle into your cabin you will enjoy your first dinner on board and an introduction to Burgundy’s excellent cuisine.
Day 2 - Day 2 Venarey-les-Laumes to Montbard
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, then we cruise through woodlands and rolling fields with great towpath biking and walking opportunities past the tiny canalside villages of Nogent, Courcelles and Les Granges. After lunch, we enjoy either a stroll around the hilltop village of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, where the film ‘Chocolat’ was set, or a tour of the medieval town of Semur-en-Auxois. On the way from the summit of Mount Auxois, we also look at Alesia, where the last battle between the Gauls and Romans took place in 52 B.C. and visit the impressive museum. Dinner on board.
Day 3 - Day 3 Montbard to Ravières
Morning cruise with excellent towpath walking or cycling, passing the 18th century Forges de Buffon. Then after lunch we escort you to the exquisite UNESCO World Heritage Site of Abbaye de Fontenay founded by St Bernard in 1118. Representing a distinctive example of early Cistercian architecture and virtually intact, Fontenay allows an exceptional glimpse of Cistercian life and industry with its peaceful gardens, ponds and fascinating cloisters, dormitories and scriptorium. Return to the barge and cruise to Ravières. Dinner on board.
Day 4 - Day 4 Ravières to Ancy-le-Franc
A truly unique day lies ahead. Following breakfast aboard we head to Les Riceys, the only wine growing area of the Champagne region to have 3 Appellation d’Origine Contrôlées. Here we visit the Maison Alexandre Bonnet for a private champagne tasting, a family owned Champagne house renowned for a stunning yearly harvest of Pinot Noir that leads to some utterly exquisite vintages. After you’ve tasted an array of champagnes we take a short drive to Château de Ricey-Bas; with its 12th century vaulted cellars and thousand year history it’s the ideal location to appreciate the rolling vineyards and enjoy a glimpse of family life in a rural château. Here we will be greeted for a Champagne aperitif and a gourmet lunch with the Baroness herself, which we take in either the private salon or the atmospheric vaulted 13th century kitchen. We will spend the remainder of the afternoon strolling the beautiful gardens or exploring the regal château interiors. Upon your return to the barge we’ll begin our cruise to Ancy-le-Franc, with plenty of opportunity to walk or cycle along the towpath… or sit on deck with another glass of bubbly! Dinner on board.
Day 5 - Day 5 Ancy-le-Franc to Lezinnes
This morning we visit Château d’Ancy-le-Franc. This beautifully symmetrical, 16th century masterpiece contains France’s biggest collection of Renaissance murals and is set in magnificent gardens and parkland. In the afternoon, a gentle cruise as your hotel barge continues along the Burgundy Canal and descends through the picturesque locks to moor at Lezinnes. Dinner on board.
Day 6 - Day 6 Lezinnes to Tanlay
After breakfast we enjoy a leisurely cruise to our final mooring at Tanlay, with the opportunity to cycle or walk into the picturesque village of Saint Vinnemer. Following lunch, we tour the vineyards and town of Chablis, dating back to Roman times and enjoy a private wine tasting at a renowned winemaker such as the family-run Domaine Jean Marc Brocard, which makes the most of the region’s wonderful local terroir to produce high quality wines, before returning to the barge for Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Day 7 - Day 7 Tanlay
After breakfast, guests are transferred to Paris.
Day 8 - Please Note:
This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
16-08-202023-08-2020EUR €4,490Stateroom
16-08-202023-08-2020EUR €4,590Junior Suite
16-08-202023-08-2020EUR €6,140Stateroom Sole
16-08-202023-08-2020EUR €6,240Junior Suite Sole
23-08-202030-08-2020EUR €5,250Stateroom
23-08-202030-08-2020EUR €5,350Junior Suite
23-08-202030-08-2020EUR €7,150Stateroom Sole
23-08-202030-08-2020EUR €7,250Junior Suite Sole
30-08-202006-09-2020EUR €7,150Stateroom Sole
30-08-202006-09-2020EUR €7,250Junior Suite Sole
30-08-202006-09-2020EUR €5,250Stateroom
30-08-202006-09-2020EUR €5,350Junior Suite
06-09-202013-09-2020EUR €5,250Stateroom
06-09-202013-09-2020EUR €5,350Junior Suite
06-09-202013-09-2020EUR €7,150Stateroom Sole
06-09-202013-09-2020EUR €7,250Junior Suite Sole
13-09-202020-09-2020EUR €5,250Stateroom
13-09-202020-09-2020EUR €5,350Junior Suite
13-09-202020-09-2020EUR €7,150Stateroom Sole
13-09-202020-09-2020EUR €7,250Junior Suite Sole
20-09-202027-09-2020EUR €5,250Stateroom
20-09-202027-09-2020EUR €5,350Junior Suite
20-09-202027-09-2020EUR €7,150Stateroom Sole
20-09-202027-09-2020EUR €7,250Junior Suite Sole
27-09-202004-10-2020EUR €5,250Stateroom
27-09-202004-10-2020EUR €5,350Junior Suite
27-09-202004-10-2020EUR €7,150Stateroom Sole
27-09-202004-10-2020EUR €7,250Junior Suite Sole
04-10-202011-10-2020EUR €4,490Stateroom
04-10-202011-10-2020EUR €4,590Junior Suite
04-10-202011-10-2020EUR €6,140Stateroom Sole
04-10-202011-10-2020EUR €6,240Junior Suite Sole
11-10-202018-10-2020EUR €4,490Stateroom
11-10-202018-10-2020EUR €4,590Junior Suite
11-10-202018-10-2020EUR €6,140Stateroom Sole
11-10-202018-10-2020EUR €6,240Junior Suite Sole
18-10-202025-10-2020EUR €4,490Stateroom
18-10-202025-10-2020EUR €4,590Junior Suite
18-10-202025-10-2020EUR €6,140Stateroom Sole
18-10-202025-10-2020EUR €6,240Junior Suite Sole
28-03-202103-04-2021EUR €4,650Stateroom
28-03-202103-04-2021EUR €4,790Junior Suite
28-03-202103-04-2021EUR €6,350Stateroom Sole
28-03-202103-04-2021EUR €6,490Junior Suite Sole
04-04-202110-04-2021EUR €4,650Stateroom
04-04-202110-04-2021EUR €4,790Junior Suite
04-04-202110-04-2021EUR €6,350Stateroom Sole
04-04-202110-04-2021EUR €6,490Junior Suite Sole
11-04-202117-04-2021EUR €4,650Stateroom
11-04-202117-04-2021EUR €4,790Junior Suite
11-04-202117-04-2021EUR €6,350Stateroom Sole
11-04-202117-04-2021EUR €6,490Junior Suite Sole
18-04-202124-04-2021EUR €4,650Stateroom
18-04-202124-04-2021EUR €4,790Junior Suite
18-04-202124-04-2021EUR €6,350Stateroom Sole
18-04-202124-04-2021EUR €6,490Junior Suite Sole
25-04-202101-05-2021EUR €5,490Stateroom
25-04-202101-05-2021EUR €5,690Junior Suite
25-04-202101-05-2021EUR €7,490Stateroom Sole
25-04-202101-05-2021EUR €7,690Junior Suite Sole
02-05-202108-05-2021EUR €5,490Stateroom
02-05-202108-05-2021EUR €5,690Junior Suite
02-05-202108-05-2021EUR €7,490Stateroom Sole
02-05-202108-05-2021EUR €7,690Junior Suite Sole
09-05-202115-05-2021EUR €5,490Stateroom
09-05-202115-05-2021EUR €5,690Junior Suite
09-05-202115-05-2021EUR €7,490Stateroom Sole
09-05-202115-05-2021EUR €7,690Junior Suite Sole
16-05-202122-05-2021EUR €5,490Stateroom
16-05-202122-05-2021EUR €5,690Junior Suite
16-05-202122-05-2021EUR €7,490Stateroom Sole
16-05-202122-05-2021EUR €7,690Junior Suite Sole
23-05-202129-05-2021EUR €5,490Stateroom
23-05-202129-05-2021EUR €5,690Junior Suite
23-05-202129-05-2021EUR €7,490Stateroom Sole
23-05-202129-05-2021EUR €7,690Junior Suite Sole
30-05-202105-06-2021EUR €5,490Stateroom
30-05-202105-06-2021EUR €5,690Junior Suite
30-05-202105-06-2021EUR €7,490Stateroom Sole
30-05-202105-06-2021EUR €7,690Junior Suite Sole
06-06-202112-06-2021EUR €5,490Stateroom
06-06-202112-06-2021EUR €5,690Junior Suite
06-06-202112-06-2021EUR €7,490Stateroom Sole
06-06-202112-06-2021EUR €7,690Junior Suite Sole
13-06-202119-06-2021EUR €5,490Stateroom
13-06-202119-06-2021EUR €5,690Junior Suite
13-06-202119-06-2021EUR €7,490Stateroom Sole
13-06-202119-06-2021EUR €7,690Junior Suite Sole
20-06-202126-06-2021EUR €5,490Stateroom
20-06-202126-06-2021EUR €5,690Junior Suite
20-06-202126-06-2021EUR €7,490Stateroom Sole
20-06-202126-06-2021EUR €7,690Junior Suite Sole
27-06-202103-07-2021EUR €5,490Stateroom
27-06-202103-07-2021EUR €5,690Junior Suite
27-06-202103-07-2021EUR €7,490Stateroom Sole
27-06-202103-07-2021EUR €7,690Junior Suite Sole
04-07-202110-07-2021EUR €5,490Stateroom
04-07-202110-07-2021EUR €5,690Junior Suite
04-07-202110-07-2021EUR €7,490Stateroom Sole
04-07-202110-07-2021EUR €7,690Junior Suite Sole
11-07-202117-07-2021EUR €5,490Stateroom
11-07-202117-07-2021EUR €5,690Junior Suite
11-07-202117-07-2021EUR €7,490Stateroom Sole
11-07-202117-07-2021EUR €7,690Junior Suite Sole
18-07-202124-07-2021EUR €4,650Stateroom
18-07-202124-07-2021EUR €4,790Junior Suite
18-07-202124-07-2021EUR €6,350Stateroom Sole
18-07-202124-07-2021EUR €6,490Junior Suite Sole
25-07-202131-07-2021EUR €4,650Stateroom
25-07-202131-07-2021EUR €4,790Junior Suite
25-07-202131-07-2021EUR €6,350Stateroom Sole
25-07-202131-07-2021EUR €6,490Junior Suite Sole
01-08-202107-08-2021EUR €4,650Stateroom
01-08-202107-08-2021EUR €4,790Junior Suite
01-08-202107-08-2021EUR €6,350Stateroom Sole
01-08-202107-08-2021EUR €6,490Junior Suite Sole
08-08-202114-08-2021EUR €4,650Stateroom
08-08-202114-08-2021EUR €4,790Junior Suite
08-08-202114-08-2021EUR €6,350Stateroom Sole
08-08-202114-08-2021EUR €6,490Junior Suite Sole
15-08-202121-08-2021EUR €4,650Stateroom
15-08-202121-08-2021EUR €4,790Junior Suite
15-08-202121-08-2021EUR €6,350Stateroom Sole
15-08-202121-08-2021EUR €6,490Junior Suite Sole
22-08-202128-08-2021EUR €4,650Stateroom
22-08-202128-08-2021EUR €4,790Junior Suite
22-08-202128-08-2021EUR €6,350Stateroom Sole
22-08-202128-08-2021EUR €6,490Junior Suite Sole
29-08-202104-09-2021EUR €5,490Stateroom
29-08-202104-09-2021EUR €5,690Junior Suite
29-08-202104-09-2021EUR €7,490Stateroom Sole
29-08-202104-09-2021EUR €7,690Junior Suite Sole
05-09-202111-09-2021EUR €5,490Stateroom
05-09-202111-09-2021EUR €5,690Junior Suite
05-09-202111-09-2021EUR €7,490Stateroom Sole
05-09-202111-09-2021EUR €7,690Junior Suite Sole
12-09-202118-09-2021EUR €5,490Stateroom
12-09-202118-09-2021EUR €5,690Junior Suite
12-09-202118-09-2021EUR €7,490Stateroom Sole
12-09-202118-09-2021EUR €7,690Junior Suite Sole
19-09-202125-09-2021EUR €5,490Stateroom
19-09-202125-09-2021EUR €5,690Junior Suite
19-09-202125-09-2021EUR €7,490Stateroom Sole
19-09-202125-09-2021EUR €7,690Junior Suite Sole
26-09-202102-10-2021EUR €5,490Stateroom
26-09-202102-10-2021EUR €5,690Junior Suite
26-09-202102-10-2021EUR €7,490Stateroom Sole
26-09-202102-10-2021EUR €7,690Junior Suite Sole
03-10-202109-10-2021EUR €4,650Stateroom
03-10-202109-10-2021EUR €4,790Junior Suite
03-10-202109-10-2021EUR €6,350Stateroom Sole
03-10-202109-10-2021EUR €6,490Junior Suite Sole
10-10-202116-10-2021EUR €4,650Stateroom
10-10-202116-10-2021EUR €4,790Junior Suite
10-10-202116-10-2021EUR €6,350Stateroom Sole
10-10-202116-10-2021EUR €6,490Junior Suite Sole
17-10-202123-10-2021EUR €4,650Stateroom
17-10-202123-10-2021EUR €4,790Junior Suite
17-10-202123-10-2021EUR €6,350Stateroom Sole
17-10-202123-10-2021EUR €6,490Junior Suite Sole
24-10-202130-10-2021EUR €4,650Stateroom
24-10-202130-10-2021EUR €4,790Junior Suite
24-10-202130-10-2021EUR €6,350Stateroom Sole
24-10-202130-10-2021EUR €6,490Junior Suite Sole


    • Visit the Abbaye de Fontenay
    • 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