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Cruise In France On The Canal de Bourgogne In Southern Burgundy Aboard The Ultra Deluxe Hotel-Barge PROSPERITE


BARGE CRUISES: SEVEN DAYS/SIX NIGHTS
The 8-passenger Ultra Deluxe Prosperite cruises on the picturesque Burgundy Canal through the heart of the Burgundy wine region. Prosperite has developed into one of the top barges in France, under the low-key but strategic leadership of veteran Captain Spencer Hayes. Debuting in 2003, Prosperite was created by a hands-on American hotelier and combines the best features of a relaxed, contemporary lifestyle that includes every luxury in traditional Ultra-Deluxe barging. Feel free to visit the comfortable enclosed wheelhouse to chat with the Captain or crew, relax in the hot tub or on the partially covered foredeck.

Expressly designed and constructed to meet the expectations of upscale travelers, it features a level of accommodations unmatched on France's inland waters. You will find some of the largest rooms with the most desirable amenities currently available in barge cruising in France. Each of the four 270 square-foot cabins have a roomy reading corner, and can be configured with an especially comfortable king or two twin size beds. Each cabin has its own huge, private ensuite bathroom that has both a shower stall and bathtub with heated towel racks. Stunning decor in the upstairs salon and separate dining room is evident with the Italian leather sofas and both contemporary and antique accent pieces. There is a demonstration kitchen where guests may watch and interact informally with the Chef at work, and an "open refrigerator" with drinks, snacks and desserts available 24 hours a day. Feel free to visit the comfortable enclosed wheelhouse to chat with the Captain or crew, or relax in the hot tub on the foredeck.

Imagine yourself on a journey with family or friends traveling quietly along ancient waterways as your barge cruise takes you through beautiful countrysides that lead to unspoiled medieval villages and charming vibrant towns. Burgundy -- the very name conjures up visions of grapes ripening under the warm August sun and luscious red wines. Even in a nation known for its devotion to fine cuisine, Burgundy stands apart for its outstanding food and drink. While best-known for its outstanding eponymous red wine, the province is also home to a number of other fine wine appellations -- Chablis, Cote-de-Nuits, Hautes Côtes, to name just a few -- as well as more than 32 fine restaurants bearing Michelin stars, including four 3-star establishments. Some 150 vineyards, cellars and wine traders in the region are open for sampling their delicious wares.

The region is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. The provincial capital, Dijon, once the seat of the Dukes of Burgundy, possesses a trove of preserved 14th century architecture, as well as the Musée des Beaux Arts, recognized as one of Europe's finest collections of medieval art. Everywhere you look, history lies before you. Resplendent chateaux dot the countryside, and are still a reminder of the grandeur of court life under the ancient regime. It is hard to imagine that amidst all of this beauty, the bustling city of Paris is only a few hours away.

Sophisticated European travelers have long known the pleasures of touring France's charming waterways aboard barges. Now, more travelers are discovering this idyllic way to see the beauty of the French countryside up close and personal. Time seems to stand still as the barge slowly floats by quaint stone churches and well-kept houses, periodically pausing at moss-covered locks, as it makes its leisurely journey from one town to the next. You can catch up on your reading on the sundeck, while relaxing to the gentle sounds of water lapping against the hull. Experience unique and delicious meals with beautfully paired wines while you simply enjoy the quiet sensation that comes with unplugging yourself from the 24/7 world. If you're feeling more adventurous, there are also daily excursions to interesting sights in the area. You will travel in air-conditioned comfort in an Mercedes minibus that accompanies your journey through the surrounding countryside.

We have stayed on board Prosperite and visited it many times and have always been impressed with its luxurious accommodations and exceptional cuisine and service! Our most recent visit was in April 2017 when we met with the owners and barge manager and found the barge to be as outstanding as ever.

Features

  • Number of Passengers: 8
  • Number of Cabins (all with private bath): 4
  • Crew: 6
  • Air Conditioning and Central Heating: Yes
  • Salon: Large salon with Italian leather furniture. Separate dining room with demonstration kitchen, all with picture windows.
  • Bar: Open bar
  • Deck: Partially covered deck at bow with dining table and spa pool. Covered wheelhouse with banquette seating for 8.
  • Spa Tub: Yes - seats 6.
  • Cabin Features:Cabins are each about 270 square feet with oversized twin beds or king bed, including ensuite bathroom with oversized shower, bathtub and heated towel racks.
  • Vehicle for Transfers/Excursions: Air-conditioned 9-passenger Mercedes mini-bus
  • Accessibility: 10 steps from salon to cabins.
  • Bicycles: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes - limited in some areas



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    Prospérité's Deck Plan


    Dining Aboard The Prosperite:
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    Passenger Comments:

    The cabins far exceeded our expectations. Lots of room to move around. Comfortable beds, pillows. The bathroom was very comfortable, a tub and shower and all the hot water we needed! Housekeeping was excellent. Food and wine EXCELLENT!!! The lounge was a great gathering place for coffee in the morning and cocktails before dinner ... any time in fact. Excursions: Rejane is a gem and an excellent driver! We enjoyed every minute with her. She is extremely knowledgeable about the Burgundy area and its history.
    A.&C. G., MA, USA, October 2016

    A wonderful trip with a magnificent crew. Outsatnding food and superb wine. Rejane was great in accomodating our tour requests and provided plenty of interesting information and historical facts about every places we visited. She was a great tour guide. I do not know if we can ever top this experience... so maybe we will have to repeat with other friends or family members... The service was Superb First Class, discrete, attentive, friendly and always with a smile. That crew can rival any Michelin or Relais & Chateaux crew. The meals and wines were out of this world, including the cheese selection which was outstanding. We took pictures of each serving of each meal, they were like art pieces.... so delicious. The service from SPT was excellent, enjoyed the booklet you sent us about the trip and the many tips it included. We used Cell-Hire which was the best way to go, and went for dinner at the restaurant "Le Christine" in Paris which was great.
    P & C L. SC, USA, Oct. 2014

    It was wonderful - luxurious, beautiful scenery, leisurely pace, fabulous food, Rejane and her staff were all lovely, attentive, organized, physical environment on the barge was beautifully maintained and comfortable. The high points were the beauty of the landscape - rich green plots, dotted with clutches of white cows - when we drove; the charm of the small villages we walked in (even more time to walk in them would have been great); the calm of the canal and the opportunity to walk between locks; the wonderful meals, elegantly served, the attentive and lovely crew.
    D.T. VA, USA, August 2014

    Outstanding barge, crew, and activities. The high points were the food/wine/cheese, the barge itself, our tour guide/owner, the crew, the excursions -- everything!
    L.S. & SN, MD, USA, August 2014

    Loved it! Spencer (Spence) and his wife Rhajan were incredible! The food and wine was everything we hoped for and more. Rhajan's knowledge during the tours we went on was top notch. Tom was a perfect first mate and couldn't have been more friendly. The high points were the food in the barge, wine, excursions, Beaune, Dijon, and Biking. the barge route was everything we hoped for.
    T.G. FL, USA, July 2014

    Great trip. Super crew. Very impressed. Cabins exceeded our expectatons, service was excellent and the meals and wines were beyond great. The excursions were very informative and a lot of fun.
    O.J., Canada, May 2013

    SAMPLE ITINERARY*
    Burgundy: Canal de Bourgogne
    Plombieres-les-Dijon to Vandenesse-en-Auxois 2018

    Prospérité Sunday - Paris to Plombieres-les-Dijon
    In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Prospérité at the designated meeting point in Paris. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the Prospérité, moored in the village of Plombieres-les-Dijon. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first gourmet dinner aboard.

    Monday - Plombieres-les-Dijon to Fleury-sur-Ouche
    This morning the Prospérité begins her journey with a lazy cruise to Pont d'Ouche. Relax on the deck and admire the beautiful Burgundian scenery. This afternoon's excursion is to the private cellars of the family-owned Domaine Prieur-Brunet for a tour and tasting. This venue can trace its history back to 1804 when all the land in the region was confiscated from the church and sold to private interests. Swirl, sip, and savor the wines, known for their bold aromas and smooth finishes. Return to the Prospérité for drinks and dinner.

    Tuesday - Fleury-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche
    A morning cruise La Bussière sur Ouche reveals more of the Burgundian countryside. Explore the area's flora and fauna along the towpath with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. Your Tour Guide chauffeurs you to the charming town of Beaune, the region's wine capital, for a guided visit to the Hospice de Beaune, an immaculately preserved Medieval hospital built in the 15th century. Afterwards, browse the specialty shops and small boutiques, or enjoy a coffee in the town square. Return to the Prospérité for cocktails and dinner.

    Wednesday - Gissey-sur-Ouche to La Bussière-sur-Ouche
    Relax on the deck and admire the scenery on a morning cruise to Gissey-sur-Ouche. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, a village perched atop a hill overlooking the Canal. Châteauneuf's imposing position refers to its history as a 15th century fortress. A tour of the Château reveals architectural details and timeworn relics which speak to the deprivations and decadence so prevalent in France's history. Tonight, enjoy dinner ashore at the Abbaye de la Bussière's award-winning bistro.

    Thursday - La Bussière-sur-Ouche to Pont d'Ouche
    A morning cruise to Fleurey-sur-Ouche offers the perfect time for a tranquil stroll or gentle pedal on the towpath. An afternoon visit to Clos de Vougeot reveals where Cistercian monks made wine in the 12th century. The ancient Clos now serves as the headquarters of the esteemed wine society Chevaliers du Tastevin, who annually award special labels to the finest Côte d'Or vintages. Discover the preserved presses from which these Burgundian wines were first produced. Then it is back to Prospérité for another gourmet dinner.

    Friday - Pont d'Ouche to Vandenesse-en-Auxois
    This morning, the town of Dijon offers a pleasurable assault of the senses. "Les Halles", the region's food market, presents a panorama of colorful produce; mustard jars are cheerfully displayed in boutiques; and public gardens are vibrant with greenery and scenery. Shop, stroll, and sip your way through this small city brimming with authentic French life. This afternoon's cruise is to the final mooring at Vandenesse-en-Auxois. Enjoy a leisurely stroll or gentle pedal on the towpath before Chef presents the Captain's Dinner.

    Saturday - Return to Paris - A Sad Farewell
    After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point in Paris.

    Note: This is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions. It runs in reverse on alternate weeks.


    Prosperite
    2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
    Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
    Apr 1 Plombieres-les-Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Value
    Apr 8 Vandenesse en Auxois-Plombieres-les-Dijon Value
    Apr 15 Plombieres-les-Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Value
    Apr 22 Vandenesse en Auxois-Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
    Apr 29 Plombieres-les-Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    May 6 Vandenesse en Auxois-Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
    May 13 Plombieres-les-Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    May 20 Vandenesse en Auxois-Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
    May 27 Plombieres-les-Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    Jun 3 Vandenesse en Auxois-Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
    Jun 10 Plombieres-les-Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    Jun 17 Vandenesse en Auxois-Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
    Jun 24 Plombieres-les-Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    Jul 1 Vandenesse en Auxois-Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
    Jul 8 Plombieres-les-Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
           
    Cruise Schedule* ... continued

    Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
    Jul 15 Vandenesse en Auxois-Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
    Jul 22 Plombieres-les-Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    Jul 29 Vandenesse en Auxois-Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
    Aug 5 Plombieres-les-Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    Aug 12 Vandenesse en Auxois-Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
    Aug 19 Plombieres-les-Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    Aug 26 Vandenesse en Auxois-Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
    Sep 2 Plombieres-les-Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    Sep 9 Vandenesse en Auxois-Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
    Sep 16 Plombieres-les-Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    Sep 23 Vandenesse en Auxois-Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
    Sep 30 Plombieres-les-Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
    Oct 7 Vandenesse en Auxois-Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
    Oct 14 Plombieres-les-Dijon-Vandenesse en Auxois Value
    Oct 21 Vandenesse en Auxois-Plombieres-les-Dijon Value

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





    PROSPERITE
    2018 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
    TYPE VALUE
    Apr 1 thru Apr 21
    Oct 14 thru Oct 27
    REGULAR
    Apr 22 thru Oct 13
    Suite (per person, double occupancy)
    NA
    $7,500
    Charter for up to 8
    $54,000
    $60,000


    What's Included
    - 7 days and 6 nights on the barge in suites with private baths
    - Transfers from Paris, Lyon or Geneva to the barge and return via private minibus
    - All meals beginning with dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Saturday, including one dinner at a Michelin star 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, Lyon or Geneva and return
    - Suggested minimum 5% gratuity for the crew, to be given to the captain in equivalent euros
    - Trip cancellation insurance



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