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Prosperite: Luxury Canal Cruises in France On The Canal de Bourgogne In Southern Burgundy Cruise In France On The Canal de Bourgogne In Southern Burgundy Aboard The Ultra Deluxe Hotel-Barge PROSPERITE


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 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. Prosperite is one of only a few barges that is available for charter only.

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!

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Prospérité's Deck Plan
Prospérité's Deck Plan



Dining Aboard The Prosperite:
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A taste of the gourmet cuisine served aboard the Prosperite. DINNER


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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

Our cruise was excellent. Lovely and accommodating crew, we loved our cabins, the cheese and all the wine tasting, the bicycles, the lovely location of the canal, the excellent tours!! Our thanks to Special Places Travel and to Spencer for making this trip come true in such a wonderful way.
S & B S., CA, USA, September 2011

SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Burgundy: Canal de Bourgogne
Plombieres-les-Dijon to Vandenesse-en-Auxois 2017

Sunday - Paris to Plombieres-les-Dijon - Private Chauffeured Transfer
A member of Prospérité crew will meet your party at one pickup location in central Paris at 2:00 pm or, alternatively, one pickup location in Dijon, Beaune or the immediate Cote d'Or area at 4:00 pm and then chauffeur you via Mercedes Minivan to the barge, at anchor in the petite port of Plombieres-les-Dijon, located just outside the larger town of Dijon. You'll be welcomed by the traditional champagne reception, and enjoy the first of many gourmet dinners on board.

Monday - Plombieres-les-Dijon to Fleury-sur-Ouche - Where Medieval Monks Made wine
Prospérité departs Plombieres-les-Dijon - heading onto the Burgundy Canal for a tranquil morning cruise. Prospérité will go through the first of many locks. After lunch, devote the afternoon to an introduction to the Cote d'Or wine region lying south of the canal. First, we'll drive among the vineyards and villages of the "Route des Grand Crus" on the way to Clos de Vougeot a 12th century chateau where Cistercian monks learned the art of wine-making. Explore the ancient wine presses and soak in the ambiance of this elegant chateau surrounded by vineyards. Then it is back to Prospérité, now moored in Fleury-sur-Ouche.

Tuesday - Fleury-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche - Join the Locals at the Dijon Market
This morning we'll drive to Dijon for a morning devoted to this lovely town. First, walk the historic district, with its colorful tiled rooftop buildings, and then stop at the Covered Food Market, which was designed by Eiffel of Tower fame! A vast selection of produce, fish, cheeses, breads, baked goods and prepared delicacies brings this bustling market to life. There will be time to browse in tiny shops lining the cobblestoned streets, too. Then it's back to Prospérité for lunch and an afternoon cruise to Gissey-sur-Ouche. On the way, what about getting out our bicycles for a meander on the towpath and into a village or two. Dinner on board ends this wonderful day.

Wednesday - Gissey-sur-Ouche to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche - Dinner at a Michelin-Starred Restaurant
A short morning cruise to Le Bussiere-sur-Ouche begins this eventful day. After lunch we'll visit the adorable village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois perched high on a hill overlooking the canal. Here is an enchanting old chateau -- very simple but with history and ghosts around every corner. Then walk the cobblestoned streets of the village; perhaps one of the craft shops is open. Then it's back to Prospérité where there will be time to prepare for dinner at Abbaye de la Bussiere, a former Cistercian Abbey now immaculately restored into a hotel and restaurant.

Thursday - La Bussiere-sur-Ouche to Pont d'Ouche - Medieval Hospice in Beaune - Plus Shopping!
This morning, cruise deeper into the Ouche Valley to Pont D'Ouche. This is a great time to walk, bicycle or sit on deck and watch scenes of great beauty float by. After lunch, its back into the Mercedes Minivan for a cruise high point; An excursion to Beaune. This enchanting town is the wine capital of Cote d'Or; underneath its streets lie hundreds of miles of wine cellars. Visit the 15th-century hospital Hotel Dieu; it is gorgeously preserved and provides a unique glimpse of life in the Middle Ages. There may be time for an impromptu wine-tasting, browse the shops, or enjoy a cafe in the square. Then it's back to Prospérité to re-live the day at dinner on-board.

Friday - Pont d'Ouche to Vandenesse-en-Auxois - You've tasted the Cheese ... Now taste the Wine for an Ultimate French Experience!
Our final morning cruise takes Prospérité to Vandenesse-en-Auxois. Take a last, long morning to relax! Then, it's back to the Cote d'Or vineyards, passing through colorful villages on the way to a cellar tour/winetasting at Domaine Prieur-Brunet in Santenay. Return to your barge -- now your home away from home -- for cocktails and the festive Captain's Dinner. End your Prospérité cruise in style!

Saturday - Return to Paris - A Sad Farewell
After breakfast, you'll depart at 9:00 am and be chauffeured as a group either to one location in central Paris or one location at Charles de Gaulle Airport. Estimated arrival time is 1:00pm. Transfers to either central Paris or Charles de Gaulle which fall outside of these specific parameters can be arranged before departure at your expense. We hope you have enjoyed your cruise on Prosperite!

Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. It runs in reverse on alternate weeks.


Prosperite
2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 2 Plombieres-les-Dijon - Vandenesse en Auxois Value
Apr 9 Vandenesse en Auxois - Plombieres-les-Dijon Value
Apr 16 Plombieres-les-Dijon - Vandenesse en Auxois Value
Apr 23 Vandenesse en Auxois - Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
Apr 30 Plombieres-les-Dijon - Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
May 7 Vandenesse en Auxois - Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
May 14 Plombieres-les-Dijon - Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
May 21 Vandenesse en Auxois - Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
May 28 Plombieres-les-Dijon - Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
Jun 4 Vandenesse en Auxois - Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
Jun 11 Plombieres-les-Dijon - Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
Jun 18 Vandenesse en Auxois - Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
Jun 25 Plombieres-les-Dijon - Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
Jul 2 Vandenesse en Auxois - Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
Jul 9 Plombieres-les-Dijon - Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
       
Cruise Schedule* ... continued

Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 16 Vandenesse en Auxois - Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
Jul 23 Plombieres-les-Dijon - Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
Jul 30 Vandenesse en Auxois - Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
Aug 6 Plombieres-les-Dijon - Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
Aug 13 Vandenesse en Auxois - Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
Aug 20 Plombieres-les-Dijon - Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
Aug 27 Vandenesse en Auxois - Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
Sep 3 Plombieres-les-Dijon - Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
Sep 10 Vandenesse en Auxois - Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
Sep 17 Plombieres-les-Dijon - Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
Sep 24 Vandenesse en Auxois - Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
Oct 1 Plombieres-les-Dijon - Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
Oct 8 Vandenesse en Auxois - Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
Oct 15 Plombieres-les-Dijon - Vandenesse en Auxois Value
Oct 22 Vandenesse en Auxois - Plombieres-les-Dijon Value

2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 2 Plombieres-les-Dijon - Vandenesse en Auxois Value
Apr 9 Vandenesse en Auxois - Plombieres-les-Dijon Value
Apr 16 Plombieres-les-Dijon - Vandenesse en Auxois Value
Apr 23 Vandenesse en Auxois - Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
Apr 30 Plombieres-les-Dijon - Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
May 7 Vandenesse en Auxois - Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
May 14 Plombieres-les-Dijon - Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
May 21 Vandenesse en Auxois - Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
May 28 Plombieres-les-Dijon - Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
Jun 4 Vandenesse en Auxois - Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
Jun 11 Plombieres-les-Dijon - Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
Jun 18 Vandenesse en Auxois - Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
Jun 25 Plombieres-les-Dijon - Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
Jul 2 Vandenesse en Auxois - Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
Jul 9 Plombieres-les-Dijon - Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 16 Vandenesse en Auxois - Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
Jul 23 Plombieres-les-Dijon - Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
Jul 30 Vandenesse en Auxois - Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
Aug 6 Plombieres-les-Dijon - Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
Aug 13 Vandenesse en Auxois - Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
Aug 20 Plombieres-les-Dijon - Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
Aug 27 Vandenesse en Auxois - Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
Sep 3 Plombieres-les-Dijon - Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
Sep 10 Vandenesse en Auxois - Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
Sep 17 Plombieres-les-Dijon - Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
Sep 24 Vandenesse en Auxois - Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
Oct 1 Plombieres-les-Dijon - Vandenesse en Auxois Regular
Oct 8 Vandenesse en Auxois - Plombieres-les-Dijon Regular
Oct 15 Plombieres-les-Dijon - Vandenesse en Auxois Value
Oct 22 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.


The Prosperite's routes through Southern Burgundy, from Dijon to Vandenesse-en-Auxois.
The Prosperite's routes through Southern Burgundy, from Dijon to Vandenesse-en-Auxois. For a more detailed look at the cruise route, view our map of the Canal de Bourgogne.



PROSPERITE
2017 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
TYPE VALUE
Apr 2 thru Apr 22
Oct 15 thru Oct 28
REGULAR
Apr 23 thru Oct 14
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 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 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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