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Cruise In France On The Burgundy Canal On The Deluxe Hotel-Barge LA BELLE EPOQUE

The 12-passenger La Belle Epoque cruises in Northern Burgundy and is the sister ship to L'Impressionniste that cruises in Southern Burgundy. It has been designed with both elegance and passenger comfort in mind, and offers a sun-deck spa pool, wood paneled salon and dining room, and is fully air-conditioned throughout. There are two spacious Junior suites and four staterooms, with either twin or queen bed configurations. Each cabin has its own all marble en-suite bathroom. The Captain leads a crew of six, comprising of a master Chef, tour guide, housekeeper and two cabin stewards.

La Belle Epoque cruises on the Burgundy Canal in Northern Burgundy, normally between Tanlay and Veneray les Laumes. The cruise week includes a wine tasting in Chablis, and visits to the Abbey de Fontenay, hilltop village of Flavigny sur Ozerain, and the Renaissance Chateau d'Ancy le Franc. For 2018 there is also a special excursion to Champagne with a visit to a family-owned Champagne house for a private tasting, followed by a visit to the Château de Ricey-Bas for a Champagne aperitif and a gourmet lunch with the Baroness as well as a stroll through the gardens and the chateau interiors.

We have visited La Belle Epoque many times over the years and have found that it consistently provides a great cruise, great cuisine and wines and excellent excursions. It has cruised on the northern part of the Burgundy Canal for a number of years, and has found great places to visit and to cruise on this beautiful and peaceful canal. It also offers family cruises, wine appreciation and walking charters -- itineraries and rates are available upon request. We most recently visited the barge in April 2017 and enjoyed a delicious dinner on board


La Belle Epoque's Deck Plan
Belle Epoque's Deck Plan

Apr 1 thru Apr 28
Jul 22 thru Aug 25
Oct 7 thru Oct 27
Apr 29 thru Jul 21
Aug 26 thru Oct 6
Stateroom (per person, double occupancy)
Junior Suite (per person, double occupancy)
Single Occupancy Supplement
Charter for 8
Charter for 9
Charter for 10
Charter for 11
Charter for 12

Mar 31 thru Apr 27
Jul 21 thru Aug 24
Oct 6 thru Oct 26
Apr 28 thru Jul 20
Aug 25 thru Oct 5
Stateroom (per person, double occupancy)
Junior Suite (per person, double occupancy)
Single Occupancy Supplement
Charter for 8
Charter for 9
Charter for 10
Charter for 11
Charter for 12

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What's Included
- 7 days and 6 nights on the barge, all cabins with private bath
- Transfers from Paris to the barge and return
- All meals beginning with dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Saturday, including one dinner at a local restaurant
- All wines with lunches and dinners
- Open bar
- All escorted side-excursions (hot air ballooning, golf, etc. at additional cost)
- Use of bicycles

What's Not Included
- Overseas air transportation to Paris and return
- Suggested 5-7% gratuity for the crew, to be paid in equivalent Euros to the captain

La Belle Epoque
2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 1 Tanlay-Venarey-les-Laumes Value
Apr 8 Venarey-les-Laumes-Tanlay Value
Apr 15 Tanlay-Venarey-les-Laumes Value
Apr 22 Venarey-les-Laumes-Tanlay Value
Apr 29 Tanlay-Venarey-les-Laumes Regular
May 6 Venarey-les-Laumes-Tanlay Regular
May 13 Tanlay-Venarey-les-Laumes Regular
May 20 Venarey-les-Laumes-Tanlay Regular
May 27 Tanlay-Venarey-les-Laumes Regular
Jun 3 Venarey-les-Laumes-Tanlay Regular
Jun 10 Tanlay-Venarey-les-Laumes Regular
Jun 17 Venarey-les-Laumes-Tanlay Regular
Jun 24 Tanlay-Venarey-les-Laumes Regular
Jul 1 Venarey-les-Laumes-Tanlay Regular
Jul 8 Tanlay-Venarey-les-Laumes Regular
Jul 15 Venarey-les-Laumes-Tanlay Regular
Jul 22 Tanlay-Venarey-les-Laumes Value
Jul 29 Venarey-les-Laumes-Tanlay Value
Aug 5 Tanlay-Venarey-les-Laumes Value
Aug 12 Venarey-les-Laumes-Tanlay Value
Aug 19 Tanlay-Venarey-les-Laumes Value
Aug 26 Venarey-les-Laumes-Tanlay Regular
Sep 2 Tanlay-Venarey-les-Laumes Regular
Sep 9 Venarey-les-Laumes-Tanlay Regular
Sep 16 Tanlay-Venarey-les-Laumes Regular
Sep 23 Venarey-les-Laumes-Tanlay Regular
Sep 30 Tanlay-Venarey-les-Laumes Regular
Oct 7 Venarey-les-Laumes-Tanlay Value
Oct 14 Tanlay-Venarey-les-Laumes Value
Oct 21 Venarey-les-Laumes-Tanlay Value

La Belle Epoque
2019 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Mar 31 Tanlay-Venarey-les-Laumes Value
Apr 7 Venarey-les-Laumes-Tanlay Value
Apr 14 Tanlay-Venarey-les-Laumes Value
Apr 21 Venarey-les-Laumes-Tanlay Value
Apr 28 Tanlay-Venarey-les-Laumes Regular
May 5 Venarey-les-Laumes-Tanlay Regular
May 12 Tanlay-Venarey-les-Laumes Regular
May 19 Venarey-les-Laumes-Tanlay Regular
May 26 Tanlay-Venarey-les-Laumes Regular
Jun 2 Venarey-les-Laumes-Tanlay Regular
Jun 9 Tanlay-Venarey-les-Laumes Regular
Jun 16 Venarey-les-Laumes-Tanlay Regular
Jun 23 Tanlay-Venarey-les-Laumes Regular
Jun 30 Venarey-les-Laumes-Tanlay Regular
Jul 7 Tanlay-Venarey-les-Laumes Regular
Jul 14 Venarey-les-Laumes-Tanlay Regular
Jul 21 Tanlay-Venarey-les-Laumes Value
Jul 28 Venarey-les-Laumes-Tanlay Value
Aug 4 Tanlay-Venarey-les-Laumes Value
Aug 11 Venarey-les-Laumes-Tanlay Value
Aug 18 Tanlay-Venarey-les-Laumes Value
Aug 25 Venarey-les-Laumes-Tanlay Regular
Sep 1 Tanlay-Venarey-les-Laumes Regular
Sep 8 Venarey-les-Laumes-Tanlay Regular
Sep 15 Tanlay-Venarey-les-Laumes Regular
Sep 22 Venarey-les-Laumes-Tanlay Regular
Sep 29 Tanlay-Venarey-les-Laumes Regular
Oct 6 Venarey-les-Laumes-Tanlay Value
Oct 13 Tanlay-Venarey-les-Laumes Value
Oct 20 Venarey-les-Laumes-Tanlay Value

*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
Venarey les Laumes to Tanlay 2018



Château d'Ancy le-Franc
Château d'Ancy le-Franc

Village of Chablis
Village of Chablis

Sunday - Venarey-les-Laumes
Guests are met at the designated meeting point 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.

Monday - 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.

Tuesday - Montbard to Ravières
Morning cruise with excellent towpath walking or cycling, passing the 18th century Forges de Buffon. 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 and ponds and fascinating cloisters, dormitories and scriptorium. We return to the barge and cruise to Ravières. Dinner on board.

Wednesday - 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 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. We return to the barge and 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.

Thursday - 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.

Friday - 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 at one of the renowned family-run wine houses, which make 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.

Saturday - Tanlay
After breakfast, guests are transferred to the designated drop off point in Paris.

Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.

Dining Aboard La Belle Epoque:

A taste of the gourmet cuisine served aboard the La Belle
Fers Saint Eloi Grande Cuvée Fleurie; Montagny Premier Cru; Domaine Jadot, Moulin à Vent; Domaine Michelo; Meursault

Passenger Comments:

It was the most AMAZING trip I have ever been on.I simply cannot put into words how great the service was. Everyone on that crew treated us like family and every request was granted immediately and with a smile. the meals were DELICIOUS! Selby met with us to determine likes/dislikes, portion size, everything. We all gained weight I am afraid because everything was so wonderful. The high points were the outdoor market, the castles, the winery.I give my highest regards and many sincere thanks to Perrine, Selby, Florian, Judith, Shona, and Andre for giving our family our best vacation ever. Not one thing went awry. The knowledge and professionalism this crew has is amazing. We all became friends and it was hard to leave. I wish this was something I could do every year!
L.H. ND, USA June 2014

One of the best trips I've taken! The meals were perfection! Chef Selby is a tremendous Chef. My husband and I are both professional chefs at 5 star/5 diamond properties and we were so impressed. The one night we had dinner off the barge, which was lovely, we all agreed that we enjoyed Selby's cuisine more! the excursions were Lovely. My favorite was the wine tasting in Chablis. Also such a special touch that they provided cocktails/refreshments and snacks upon our returns each time! Every staff member was amazing!!l Perrinne, Judy, Shauna, Selby, Florian, and Andre, made our trip even more memorable than we imagined. They each have such wonderful personalities, and as I mentioned previously, such professionalism without being stuffy. They catered to our every need without being intrusive, but also engaged with us when we asked them to. They were all incredible and I can't say enough about them!! Please thank them again for us!
M.W. CA, USA, June 2014

Wonderful trip! The excursions were great, the cabins were comfortable and the service was very good.
S.B., WA, USA, September 2013

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