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Cruise In France On The Canal de Bourgogne In Southern Burgundy Aboard The Deluxe Hotel-Barge L'IMPRESSIONNISTE

The 12-passenger L'Impressionniste, sister ship to La Belle Epoque in Burgundy, began life as a cargo barge in Holland before undergoing a complete transformation into the powerful canal and river cruiser she is today. Her light and airy interior features picture windows and selections of prints, fabrics and wall coverings that are reminiscent of the turn of the century era for which she has been named. There are two large junior suites and four staterooms with twin or queen size beds. Each cabin also has its own ensuite bathroom with shower. She is crewed by a knowledgeable Captain, Master Chef, Tour Guide and a crew of three.

L'Impressionniste cruises in Southern Burgundy on the Canal de Bourgogne between Fleurey sur Ouche and Escommes. This itinerary includes excursions to Dijon, Beaune, Clos de Vougeot, the headquarters of the esteemed Chevaliers du Tastevin, a private wine tasting at a family run Domaine in the heart of Nuits-St-Georges on the route des Grands Crus, and a gastronomic lunch in the delightful orangery of Chateau de Beaune.

We have visited and cruised on L'Impressionniste many times over the years and have found that it consistently provides a great cruise, great cuisine and wines and excellent excursions. It also offers family cruises, wine appreciation charters and golf charters -- itineraries and rates can be provided upon request. We were last on board in April 2017 when they were renovating the salon with new banquette seating.


L'Impressionniste's Deck Plan
L'Impressionniste's Deck Plan

Apr 8 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

Apr 7 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 for cabin bookings. Transfers from Paris, Geneva or Lyon to the barge and return for charter bookings.
- All meals beginning with dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Saturday, including a gastronomic lunch at the Château de Beaune
- All wines with lunches and dinners
- Open bar
- All escorted side-excursions (golf 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

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

2019 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 7 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Value
Apr 14 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Value
Apr 21 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Value
Apr 28 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
May 5 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
May 12 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
May 19 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
May 26 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
Jun 2 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
Jun 9 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
Jun 16 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
Jun 23 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
Jun 30 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
Jul 7 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
Jul 14 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
Jul 21 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Value
Jul 28 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Value
Aug 4 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Value
Aug 11 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Value
Aug 18 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Value
Aug 25 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
Sep 1 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
Sep 8 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
Sep 15 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
Sep 22 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
Sep 29 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
Oct 6 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Value
Oct 13 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Value
Oct 20 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche 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 du Bourgogne
Escommes to Fleurey-Sur-Ouche 2018

Chateau de Bussy-Rabutin
Chateau de Bussy-Rabutin


Chateau Bouchard et Pere Fils
Chateau Bouchard et Pere Fils

Chateau de Clos de Vougeot
Chateau de Clos de Vougeot

Notre-Dame de Dijon
Notre-Dame de Dijon

Sunday - Escommes
Guests are met at the designated meeting point in Paris and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the elegant L'Impressionniste. A champagne reception welcomes you on board and the opportunity to meet the captain and crew. Enjoy a stroll into Escommes before dinner on board.

Monday - Escommes to Vandenesse-en-Auxois
We begin our voyage this morning from the canal summit in Escommes, 1,250 feet above sea level and cruise to Vandenesse-en-Auxois. This afternoon we visit Château de Bussy-Rabutin and see the portrait gallery created by the disgraced courtier of King Louis XIV, before strolling through the gardens and enjoying views of the château surrounded by its moat. Dinner on board.

Tuesday - Vandenesse-en-Auxois to Pont d'Ouche
This morning we cruise to Pont d'Ouche, crossing the only canal bridge on the Burgundy Canal and a perfect time to explore the towpath on foot or bicycle. After lunch, we visit the medieval village, craft shops and castle of Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, once an outpost of the Dukes of Burgundy and offering a fine overview of the feeder lakes, canal and surrounding countryside. Dinner on board.

Wednesday - Pont d'Ouche to La Bussière-sur-Ouche
After a short morning cruise, we set off on a drive through the vineyards, stopping en route at the "vigne de l'enfant Jesus",  a famous vineyard owned by the domaine Bouchard et Père Fils. There, a wine expert will give us a real insight into the production of its Grand Cru and Premier Cru wines. We continue to Beaune, capital of Burgundy wine country, for a winery tour and private tasting of Bouchard et Père Fils wines before enjoying a gastronomic lunch in the delightful orangery of Château de Beaune, owned by the winery since 1820. Afterwards, we visit the fascinating 15th century Hôtel-Dieu Hospice and explore the quaint shops of the town, before returning to the barge for a short evening cruise to La Bussière. Dinner on board.

Thursday - La Bussière-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche
After breakfast, we cruise to Gissey-sur-Ouche, again with plenty of opportunity to walk or cycle along the ever-present towpath past sleepy villages and pretty lock houses. In the afternoon we visit Clos de Vougeot, headquarters of the esteemed Chevaliers du Tastevin, who annually award prized special labels to the finest Côte d'Or vintages. We also enjoy a tasting of fine Burgundy wines in the cellars of the reputable domaine, Château André Ziltener, a family-run winery built on the foundations of an old Cistercian abbey.  Dinner on board.

Friday - Gissey-sur-Ouche to Fleurey-sur-Ouche
This morning, we take a walking tour of old Dijon, including a visit to the vivid flower and produce markets, mustard shops and the impressive Notre-Dame de Dijon, or enjoy some excellent shopping time. Return to the hotel barge for lunch and a leisurely afternoon cruise, with perhaps a walk or bicycle ride to the next lock or two, to arrive at our final mooring at Fleurey-sur-Ouche. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

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

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

Dining Aboard L'Impressionniste:

A taste of the gourmet cuisine served aboard
L'Impressionniste. BREAKFAST
Domaine Laroche, Chablis Premier Cru; Domaine Bruno Clair, Marsannay; Domaine Bouchard Père & Fils, Meursault 'Les Clous'; Domaine Comte Georges de Vôgué, Musigny; Château de la Saule, Montagny Premier Cru; Domaine Jadot, Ladoix 'Les Clous d'Orge'

Passenger Comments:

Staff was wonderful!! I thought everyone was friendly and welcoming! The chef was fantastic! Some of the meals were really outstanding and everything was very good! I really enjoyed the lunch at the winery in Beaune, the market in Dijon and walking the path along the canal and into the little towns. I enjoyed watching the 'truffle dog" do his job.
B.S. WI, USA, September 2017

It was so much more than I imagined. The barge was beautiful, the service wonderful, the tours were fabulous, and the food and ambiance was amazing.
N.V. MA USA September 2015

It was fantastic. Loved everything about it! Even 6 days of rain and overcast did not spoil the fun. Dana and I were both very impressed. The high points were the cruising itself, through such beautiful countryside. The captain was a special treat, his being French was very nice and gave a special flavor to the trip. The meals were excellent and presented beautifully!
S.W. MO, USA July 2014

The barge trip was absolutely wonderful. It was about the best trip I've ever taken!
A.A., PA, USA, June 2013

We thought the crew, food and wine were outstanding and the crew all were all very congenial, pleasant and competent. We had an outstanding experience and a trip of a lifetime!
C & B C., NH, USA, September 2012

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This page last updated August 3, 2018