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Cruise In France On The Canal de Bourgogne, The Saone River And The Canal du Centre In Southern Burgundy Aboard The Ultra Deluxe Hotel-Barge AMARYLLIS

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!


Amaryllis' Deck Plan
Amaryllis' Deck Plan

Mar 25 thru May 5
Oct 7 thru Oct 27
May 6 thru Jul 7
Jul 15 thru Oct 6
Jul 8 thru Jul 14
Cabin (per person, double occupancy)
Charter for 6
Charter for 7
Charter for 8

Mar 24 thru May 4
Oct 6 thru Oct 26
May 5 thru Jul 6
Jul 14 thru Jul 27
Aug 4 thru Aug 17
Aug 25 thru Oct 5
Jul 7 thru Jul 13
Jul 28 thru Aug 3
Aug 18 thru Aug 24
Cabin (per person, double occupancy)
Charter for 6
Charter for 7
Charter for 8

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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

2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Mar 25 Dijon-St Leger Low
Apr 1 St Leger-Dijon Low
Apr 8 Dijon-St Leger Low
Apr 15 St Leger-Dijon Low
Apr 22 Dijon-St Leger Low
Apr 29 St Leger-Dijon Low
May 6 Dijon-St Leger High
May 13 St Leger-Dijon High
May 20 Dijon-St Leger High
May 27 St Leger-Dijon High
Jun 3 Dijon-St Leger High
Jun 10 St Leger-Dijon High
Jun 17 Dijon-St Leger High
Jun 24 St Leger-Dijon High
Jul 1 Dijon-St Leger High
Jul 8 St Leger-Dijon Grand Cru Cruise
Jul 15 Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois High
Jul 22 Vandenesse en Auxois-Dijon High
Jul 29 Dijon-St Leger High: Cabin Weeks
Aug 5 St Leger-Dijon High
Aug 12 Dijon-St. Leger High
Aug 19 St. Leger-Dijon High: Cabin Weeks
Aug 26 Dijon-St Leger High
Sep 2 St Leger-Dijon High
Sep 9 Dijon-St Leger High
Sep 16 St Leger-Dijon High
Sep 23 Dijon-St Leger High
Sep 30 St Leger-Dijon High
Oct 7 Dijon-St Leger Low
Oct 14 St Leger-Dijon Low
Oct 21 Dijon-St Leger Low - Short Week Cruise

2019 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Mar 24 Dijon-St Leger Low
Mar 31 St. Leger-Dijon Low
Apr 7 Dijon-St Leger Low
Apr 14 St. Leger-Dijon Low
Apr 21 Dijon-St Leger Low
Apr 28 St. Leger-Dijon Low
May 5 Dijon-St Leger High
May 12 St. Leger-Dijon High
May 19 Dijon-St Leger High
May 26 St. Leger-Dijon High
Jun 2 St. Jean-Lyon High
Jun 9 Lyon-St. Jean High
Jun 16 Dijon-St Leger High
Jun 23 St. Leger-Dijon High
Jun 30 Dijon-St Leger High
Jul 7 St. Leger-Dijon Grand Cru Cruise
Jul 14 Dijon-St Leger High
Jul 21 St. Leger-Dijon High
Jul 28 Dijon-St Leger High: Cabin Weeks
Aug 4 St. Leger-Dijon High
Aug 11 Dijon-St Leger High
Aug 18 St. Leger-Dijon High: Cabin Weeks
Aug 25 Dijon-St Leger High
Sep 1 St. Leger-Dijon High
Sep 8 Dijon-St Leger High
Sep 15 St. Leger-Dijon High
Sep 22 Dijon-St Leger High
Sep 29 St. Leger-Dijon High
Oct 6 Dijon-St Leger Low
Oct 13 St. Leger-Dijon Low
Oct 20 Dijon-St Leger 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.

Burgundy: Canal de Bourgogne, Saone River, Canal du Centre
Dijon to St Leger 2018


--Château de Pommard: A delightful privately owned Château and renowned wine domain - built in the Regency style in 1726 by Vivant Micault, Secretary to King Louis XV, the new Château replaced a feudal Château that had been mistreated somewhat by history. From the moment it was built, Château Vivant Micault regained its original splendour and, in its turn, played host to distinguished guests. Bonaparte himself is said to have honoured the Château 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 Visit the famous 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.

--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 Cîteaux. In the 16th century a splendid Renaissance-style château 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.

Chateau de Clos de Vougeot
Chateau de Clos de Vougeot

Dijon Market
Dijon Market

Chateau de Pommard
Chateau de Pommard

Hospice de Beaune
Hospice de Beaune

Chateau de Rully
Chateau de Rully

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 - Cruise to Longecourt. Visit Clos du Vougeot and Wine tasting in Gevrey Chambertain
This morning we cruise out of Dijon and enjoy a gentle cruise down the Burgundy canal to the small town of Longecourt. After lunch we drive down the famous Route des Grands Crus, passing through the villages of the Côte D'Or. A stop in Vougeot allows us to visit the celebrated Clos de Vougeot vineyard and Château where the Cistercian monks first started making wine in the 12th century. The medieval château still contains the ancient presses and is now the headquarters of the renowned Burgundian wine society, the Confrerie de Chevaliers de Tastevin. After visiting the château enjoy a private wine tasting at a renowned domaine in Gevrey Chambertain before returning to the barge for dinner.

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

After breakfast, we drive to Dijon. Enjoy a walking tour of historic Dijon including a visit to the market, the Ducal Palace, seat of the great medieval dukes of Burgundy and enjoy a mustard tasting hosted at the Edmond Fallot mustard boutique. There will be some free time for shopping or perhaps to sit in one of the numerous pavement cafés 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 Fragnes. Visit Chalon-sur-Saône
Today the barge cruises down the broad majestic Saone River. Enjoy lunch on board before entering the Canal du Centre through the impressive Crissey lock, over 10 meters deep and experience the first stretch of the beautiful winding canal up to the mooring in the pretty village of Fragnes. This afternoon enjoy a visit to the lovely riverside town of Chalon sur Saône with its magnificent cathedral square and half-timbered buildings, followed by a tour of the cellars and wine tasting at Château de Pommard.

Thursday - Cruise to Chagny. Lunch Out and Visit to Beaune
Relax this morning as the barge begins a beautiful cruise along 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. Lunch will be eaten out at the Michelin rated restaurant, Le Montrachet, in Puligny Montrachet. After lunch we take a short ride to visit the town of Beaune, the wine capital of burgundy. Here we enjoy a private visit to the cellars of Joseph Drouhin which run under the town and belonged to the church and the dukes of Burgundy. We will have time to shop in this charming town and visit the 15th century Hotel Dieu otherwise known as the Hospices de Beaune, a splendidly decorated charity hospital which represents both the history of Burgundy and the story of its wines.

Friday - Cruise to St. Léger sur Dheune. Visit the Château de Rully.
This morning we cruise gently on to the final destination in the pretty village of St Léger sur Dheune passing along the way the vineyards of Santenay, the most southern vineyards of the Côte de Beaune. This afternoon we take a short ride in the bus to the wine village of Rully to the Château of Rully, set amidst the stunning views over the vineyards. Here you will enjoy a private visit by the count who will show you around this magnificent 12th century feudal château and his collection of furnishings, some as far back as the 16th century. Back on the barge, chef is preparing your farewell Gala dinner.

Saturday - St Léger sur Dheune

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

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

Burgundy: Canal de Bourgogne & Canal du Centre, Saone River
St Leger to Dijon Wine Academy 2018

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 'Côte 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 Château de Pommard & Degustation

After breakfast, Pascal will accompany you to the magnificent Château 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.

Dining Aboard The Amaryllis:

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



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

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