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Amaryllis







Amaryllis: Luxury Canal Cruise in France on the Canal du Midi Cruise In France On The Canal de Bourgogne, The Saone River And The Canal du Centre In The Heart Of Burgundy Aboard The Ultra Deluxe Hotel-Barge AMARYLLIS


BARGE CRUISES: SEVEN DAYS/SIX NIGHTS
Special Places Travel Logo.  EMAIL: info@specialplacestravel.com or PHONE: 1-877-642-2743 (001.443.321.3614 outside US/Canada).The 8-passenger Amaryllis is one of the most luxurious barges afloat whose interior displays an uncompromising attention to detail. Each stateroom has been meticulously decorated in a traditional style with a mixture of contemporary and antique Louis XIV and XV furniture, complimented by occasional tables from Li Puma of Florence. The specially designed window casings incorporate huge windows that panoramically frame the passing countryside. The Amaryllis has four large staterooms with ensuite bathrooms, two with bathtub/shower and two with an oversized shower. Three cabins are on the lower deck and one on the main deck which is particularly good for those with difficulty with stairs. Also on the main deck is a formal dining room and a comfortable salon opening on to a sun deck where guests can relax on sun loungers or luxuriate in the heated swimming pool. There is a crew of 6 to attend to your every need and nothing has been spared with respect to passenger comfort and entertainment.

Amaryllis cruises on some of the most picturesque waterways in France, including the Canal de Bourgogne, the River Saone and the Canal du Centre, through the heart of the Burgundy wine region. Excursions are arranged to visit ancient châteaux and sample many of the famous wines of the region. Beaune, Dijon, St Jean de Losne, and Chalon sur Saone are just some of the towns and villages visited.

Our last visit to the Amaryllis was in April 2017 and we found it as gorgeous as ever!

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Amaryllis' Deck Plan
Amaryllis' Deck Plan



Dining Aboard The Amaryllis:
SAMPLE MENU



A taste of the gourmet cuisine served aboard the Amaryllis. Dining on board the Amaryllis is among the highlights of the cruise. Our five-course candlelit dinners are a particularly special treat. The table d'hôte menus onboard the Amaryllis are of the very highest quality and include many regional specialties and fine wines. Each week's menu includes some of the Chef's original recipes as well as regional specialties and seasonal delicacies unique to the particular area of the country you are cruising.

You will enjoy a buffet style continental breakfast, large lunch including pâtés, cheeses, cold meats, tarts, terrines and salad. Dinners are always plated with at least four courses and complementary wines.

Meal times may vary to fit in with excursions but are generally:
Breakfast between 8:00 am to 10:00 am
Lunch between 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm
Dinner at 7:30 - 8:00 pm

LUNCH

DINNER

SAMPLE WINE LIST
Champagne - Laurent Perrier Champagne
White Wines - Saint Romain; Saint Veran; Montagny 1er Cru; Pouilly Fuisse; Sancerre; Meursault; Puligny Montrachet; Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru; St Aubin 1er Cru; Chablis Grand Cru
Rose Wines - Marsannay Rose
Red Wines - Gevrey Chambertin Village; Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru; Nuits St George; Morey St Denis; Chorey les Beaune; St Aubin 1er Cru; Beaune 1er Cru; Volnay; Chateauneuf de Papa
Bar Wines - Bourgogne Chardonnay; Bourgogne Pinot Noir

Please note this is a sample list of the usual wines served on board. We will of course try and accommodate any specific requests from clients for particular wines and spirits where possible.



Passenger Comments:


The boat was in superior condition. The cabins exceeded our expectations. The staff was very attentive and accommodating. The high point of the cruise was the food.
S.R. CA USA September 2015

The cruise was too good to be believed! Fabulous accommodations, superb service, delicious meals and wines.
B.M. PA, USA, June 2014

Overall, we had a wonderful experience...the barge was great and the crew could not have been better. Meals were wonderful and imaginative. The countryside was beautiful.
D.Y., MO, USA, September 2013

Excellent service and relaxing experience. Both the food and the wine were very good.
P.L. CA, USA, October 2013


SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Burgundy: Saone River, Canal de Bourgogne
Dijon to St Leger 2017

Highlights

--Chateau de Pommard: A delightful privately owned Chateau and renowned wine domain - built in the Regency style in 1726 by Vivant Micault, Secretary to King Louis XV, the new Chateau replaced a feudal château that had been mistreated somewhat by history. From the moment it was built, Chateau Vivant Micault regained its original splendour and, in its turn, played host to distinguished guests. Bonaparte himself is said to have honoured the Chateau with a visit! The visit includes a tour of the grounds and domain, the magnificent cellars and of course a wine tasting of the domain's finest appellations.

--Hotel-Dieu in central historic Beaune: A fascinating insight into the life and times of Chancellor Nicolas Rolin and spanning 500 years of Burgundian history – with its gothic facade, varnished roof tiles and flamboyant colours, it makes up part of the patrimony of the Hospices de Beaune, a charitable institute created in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin and his wife Guigone de Salins. A recent exhaustive inventory includes 2,500 pieces of furniture and some 2,500 objects (tapestries, paintings, sculptures etc.), a fascinating and informative tour.

--Chateau de Germolle: This fortified Grange was purchased by Philip le Hardi Duke of Burgundy for his wife Marguerite de Flandre in the 14th century, who transformed Germolle into a luxury habitation. It remains today one of the finest examples of the Duke's residences.

--Dijon Market Day: After an historical tour with your guide, what better way to enjoy a town and region than by visiting the local market? A chance to savor the colours, flavors and aromas of local produce and some free shopping time in the capital of Burgundy.

--Clos de Vougeot: Perfect for History, architecture and wine lovers, the clos was originally a simple wine farm built in the 12th century by the monks from nearby Abbey of Citeaux. In the 16th century a splendid Renaissance-style chateau was added to the existing buildings - a tribute to the incredible winegrowing prowess of the Cistercian Monks centuries ago. Many famous guests have been wined and dined at the several banquets held each year guests.

Sunday - Dijon

Board the barge at Dijon's Port du Canal for your cruise through Burgundy. A champagne reception welcomes you on board and gives you a chance to meet the crew. Later that evening, experience your first dinner on board.

Monday - Visit Clos de Vougeot. Cruise to Longecourt
This morning we leave the barge after breakfast to drive down the famous route des Grands Crus, passing through the celebrated villages of the Cote d'Or. A stop in Vougeot allows us to visit the celebrated Clos de Vougeot vineyard and Chateau where the Cistercian monks first started making wine in the 12th century. The medieval chateau still contains the ancient presses and is now the headquarters of the renowned Burgundian wine society, the Confrerie de Chevaliers de Tastevin. Return to the barge outside Dijon for an afternoon cruise to the countryside village of Longecourt, with chances to walk or cycle alongside.

Tuesday - Visit Dijon. Cruise to St. Jean de Losne

After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of historic Dijon including a visit to the market, the Grey Poupon mustard shop and the Ducal Palace, seat of the great medieval dukes of Burgundy. There will be some free time for shopping or perhaps, to sit in one of the numerous pavement cafes and simply watch the world pass by. Return to the boat for lunch and an afternoon cruise to St. Jean de Losne, the barging capital of France. Take some time this evening or early tomorrow to stroll around the port and see the many working and pleasure barges.

Wednesday - Cruise to Chalon-sur-Saône. Visit Beaune
Continue to cruise the peaceful valley of the River Saône downstream to Seurre. Today, lunch is taken at the Levernois estate next to Beaune. In the afternoon, discover Beaune, the capital of the wine region of Burgundy. Enjoy a visit to the famous Hôtel-Dieu, a magnificent 15th century charity hospital, and a private wine tasting. There is time to enjoy the charming shops and old streets of Beaune before returning to the barge in Chalon sur Saone, an important and attractive riverside town.

Thursday - Cruise to Rully. Visit Chateau de Germolles
The barge cruise leaves the River Saone by clearing the lock to enter the Canal du Centre. Back in the canal environment you may disembark the barge at a lock, bicycle alongside or walk and keep up with the pace of the barge. After lunch, visit the Château de Germolles, the only remaining residence of the Dukes of Burgundy for a private tour with the owner. Tonight it is back to a countryside mooring in Rully.

Friday - Cruise to St. Leger. Visit Chateau de Pommard
A leisurely cruise takes us to St Léger, another quaint village along the Canal du Centre which is our final destination, then after lunch visit Chateau de Pommard, a splendid estate set amongst the vines of the Cote de Beaune. Enjoy a private tour of the cellars and a tasting as well as taking in the fine art exhibition. Meanwhile the chef is busy preparing your Farewell gala dinner on board.

Saturday - St Leger sur Dheune

After breakfast the crew bids you farewell before you disembark the barge for your onward travel arrangements.

Note: The cruise runs in reverse on alternate weeks.  The route may be subject to change without prior warning as a result of unforeseen circumstances.


SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Burgundy: Canal de Bourgogne & Canal du Centre, Saone River
St Leger to Dijon Wine Academy 2017

The Wine Academy includes an immersive program of talks to inspire the exploration of Burgundy and its most precious asset.  Wine master and resident expert, Pascal Wagner, leads the Wine Academy and is often referred to as a walking encyclopedia of oenology.  Pascal has over 30 years of experience and grew up footsteps from the special Grand Cru vines of the region. The Wine Academy is available for charters or for a minimum of 4 passengers.

Sunday - Arrival St. Leger sur Dheune - Welcome  
Board the barge at St Leger sur Dheune for the beginning of your cruise through the heart of Burgundy. A champagne reception welcomes you on board and gives you a chance to meet your crew for the week ahead. Your dedicated local wine expert Pascal Wagner will give an introductory overview of Burgundy wines and associated appellations.  Later, enjoy your first dining experience on board.

Monday - Cruise to Chagny. Grand Cru Lunch Puligny Montrachet & Vineyard tour

A leisurely cruise on the Canal du Centre gives you a chance to savor the beauty of the French countryside, with plenty of opportunities at the many locks to get off the barge and walk or cycle along the dedicated tow path. Late morning Pascal will accompany you for a 'Cote de Beaune Grand Cru tasting' & lunch in the King of white wine villages - Puligny Montrachet. After lunch enjoy a cellar tour and visit into the surrounding vineyards with Pascal.

Tuesday - Cruise to Fragnes. Visit Chateau de Pommard & Degustation

After breakfast, Pascal will accompany you to the magnificent Chateau de Pommard and surrounding domaine – one of the largest privately-owned estates in Burgundy. There will be a special Oenological presentation based on 'senses and aromas' followed of course by a tasting of the Domaine's prestigious wines. This afternoon, relax on board while the barge cruises the final section of the Canal du Centre towards the delightful village of Fragnes. Early evening Pascal will unveil the secrets of the local Cremant de Bourgogne & Champagne with a private tasting held on board.

Wednesday - Cruise to St Jean de Losne. Visit Beaune
A somewhat different cruising experience today, through the lovely valley of the River Saone to the town of Seurre. After lunch on board we visit the charming old town of Beaune to see the famous cafes, a magnificent 15th century charity hospital, followed by a private cellar tour & wine tasting. There is time to stroll through the old town taking in the wonderful architecture and fine shopping. Tonight's mooring is at St Jean de Losne, the barging capital of France.  Take some time to stroll around the ports and see the many working barges and house boats that are moored here.

Thursday - Cruise to Longecourt. 'Grand Cru' Lunch Gevrey Chambertin & Visit to Clos de Vougeot
This morning the barge leaves the river and enters the Burgundy Canal. Enjoy the chance to walk or cycle along the tow path. Late morning your guide will take you on a picturesque drive towards the world renowned village of Gevrey Chambertin, home of the great Reds. Enjoy a 'Cote de Nuits Grand Cru' tasting & lunch at one of the reputed local Domaine's. After lunch drive through the Cote and visit the historic Clos de Vougeot where the Cistercian monks first began making wine in the 12th century. The ancient chateau is now the headquarters of the celebrated Burgundian wine society the Confrerie des Chevaliers de Tastevin, and contains the ancient cellar and wine presses from medieval times. Return to the barge at Longecourt, your overnight mooring.

Friday - Cruise to Dijon. Visit Dijon
Today your guide takes you on a walking tour of historic Dijon, capital of the great dukes of Burgundy, to visit the market, Ducal Palace, the Grey Poupon mustard shop and enjoy some shopping at the covered food market. Tonight, the barge moors in the port of Dijon. As the chef prepares for your Farewell gala dinner on board, perhaps try a Kir aperitif, a cocktail which mixes the locally produced Cassis blackcurrant liqueur with the area's Aligote white wine.

Saturday - Dijon
After breakfast the crew bids a sad farewell before you disembark the barge for your onward travel arrangements.

Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.



Amaryllis
2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Mar 26 Dijon-St Leger Low
Apr 2 St. Leger-Dijon Low
Apr 9 Dijon-St Leger Low
Apr 16 St. Leger-Dijon Low
Apr 23 Dijon-St Leger Low
Apr 30 St. Leger-Dijon Low
May 7 Dijon-St Leger Low
May 14 St. Leger-Dijon High
May 21 Dijon-St. Leger High
May 28 St. Leger-Dijon High
Jun 4 Dijon-St Leger High
Jun 11 St. Leger-Dijon High
Jun 18 St. Jean-Lyon High
Jun 25 Lyon-Dijon High
Jul 2 Dijon-St Leger High
Jul 9 St. Leger-Dijon Grand Cru Cruise
       
Cruise Schedule* ... continued

Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 16 Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois High
Jul 23 Vandenesse en Auxois-Dijon High
Jul 30 Dijon-St Leger High
Aug 6 St. Leger-Dijon High
Aug 13 Dijon-St. Leger High
Aug 20 St. Leger-Dijon High
Aug 27 Dijon-St Leger High
Sep 3 St. Leger-Dijon High
Sep 10 Dijon-St Leger High
Sep 17 St. Leger-Dijon High
Sep 24 Dijon-St. Leger High
Oct 1 St. Leger-Dijon Low
Oct 8 Dijon-St. Leger Low
Oct 15 St. Leger-Dijon Low
Oct 22 Dijon-Macon Low

2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Mar 26 Dijon-St Leger Low
Apr 2 St. Leger-Dijon Low
Apr 9 Dijon-St Leger Low
Apr 16 St. Leger-Dijon Low
Apr 23 Dijon-St Leger Low
Apr 30 St. Leger-Dijon Low
May 7 Dijon-St Leger Low
May 14 St. Leger-Dijon High
May 21 Dijon-St. Leger High
May 28 St. Leger-Dijon High
Jun 4 Dijon-St Leger High
Jun 11 St. Leger-Dijon High
Jun 18 St. Jean-Lyon High
Jun 25 Lyon-Dijon High
Jul 2 Dijon-St Leger High
Jul 9 St. Leger-Dijon Grand Cru Cruise
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 16 Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois High
Jul 23 Vandenesse en Auxois-Dijon High
Jul 30 Dijon-St Leger High
Aug 6 St. Leger-Dijon High
Aug 13 Dijon-St. Leger High
Aug 20 St. Leger-Dijon High
Aug 27 Dijon-St Leger High
Sep 3 St. Leger-Dijon High
Sep 10 Dijon-St Leger High
Sep 17 St. Leger-Dijon High
Sep 24 Dijon-St. Leger High
Oct 1 St. Leger-Dijon Low
Oct 8 Dijon-St. Leger Low
Oct 15 St. Leger-Dijon Low
Oct 22 Dijon-Macon Low

*Note: Cruise directions and sample itineraries may be in reverse and are subject to change and may depend on bookings and local navigation conditions. Alternate excursions of equal appeal are substituted when needed. For charter cruises special itineraries can be arranged.


The Amaryllis' routes through Southern Burgundy, from Vandenesse en Auxois to Dijon, on the Canal de Bourgogne, and from Dijon to St. Leger, on the Canal de Bourgogne, Saone River and the Canal du Centre
The Amaryllis' routes through Southern Burgundy, from Vandenesse en Auxois to Dijon, on the Canal de Bourgogne, and from Dijon to St. Leger, on the Canal de Bourgogne, Saone River and the Canal du Centre. For a more detailed look at the cruise route, view our map of the Canal de Bourgogne, the Saone River and the Canal du Centre.



AMARYLLIS
2017 SEASON PRICES in EUROS
TYPE LOW
Mar 26 thru May 6
Oct 1 thru Oct 28
HIGH
May 7 thru Jul 8
Jul 16 thru Sep 30
GRAND CRU CRUISE
Jul 9 thru Jul 15
Cabin (per person, double occupancy)
NA
NA
€10,973
Charter for 6
€41,094
€51,365
NA
Charter for 7
€45,822
€57,277
NA
Charter for 8
€50,552
€63,189
NA


AMARYLLIS
2018 SEASON PRICES in EUROS
TYPE LOW
Mar 25 thru May 5
Oct 7 thru Oct 27
HIGH
May 6 thru Jul 7
Jul 15 thru Oct 6
GRAND CRU CRUISE
Jul 8 thru Jul 14
Cabin (per person, double occupancy)
NA
NA
€11,192
Charter for 6
€41,388
€52,392
NA
Charter for 7
€46,151
€58,422
NA
Charter for 8
€50,920
€64,456
NA


What's Included
- 7 days and 6 nights on the barge in a cabin with private bath
- Transfers from Paris to the barge and return
- All meals beginning with dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Saturday, including dinner at a Michelin star restaurant
- All wines with lunches and dinners
- All escorted side-excursion
- Use of bicycles

What's Not Included
- Overseas air transportation to Paris and return
- Suggested minimum 5% gratuity for the crew, to be given to the captain in equivalent Euros




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