Europe & Baltic
(Burgundy Canal Cruise)
Visit Paris and cruise along the picturesque countryside, medieval chateaux, and expansive vineyards of France’s Burgundy region, as your captain navigates the waters of the Burgundy Canal. Voyage aboard an elegant barge, a gracefully converted hotel version of the vessels that have made their way through these same waterways for hundreds of years. Enjoy delightful local specialties prepared by your onboard Chef, and revel in culture and the flavour of the renowned Burgundy wines. Each six-night cruise includes all meals, selected domaine and chateau wines, an open bar, daily escorted excursions, local transfers and the use of all barge facilities such as bicycles and spa pools.
2014: Cruise departure every Sunday from Mar 30 - Oct 26.
Available by individual cabins, or private charter. Cruise may operate in reverse order.
Enjoy a private airport transfer in Paris in a private vehicle with a professional driver to your Hotel Chateau de Courcelles in Aisne
Hotel Londres & New York (3*) situated at Saint Lazare in Paris, ideally located, in the heart of Paris, near Opera and Madeleine, a short walk from the main department stores and the famous Louvre Museum. All guest rooms at the Londres et New York hotel are soundproofed and feature satellite TV, a work desk and tea and coffee making facilities; as well, all rooms are serviced by an elevator and some have a balcony. A varied buffet breakfast is served every morning in the Londres et New York breakfast room, or in guests’ rooms upon request. There is also a lounge bar where guests are invited to relax with a drink. The Hotel Londres et New York is perfect for business or holidays.
Your English speaking professional guide will meet you at your hotel for a tour of the local's Paris. As well as showing you the highlights of Paris (the city is very accessible on foot) your guide will tell you the history of the city and show you the city from a local's point of view.
NB: If you have a specific area of Paris you would be interested to explore let us know and we can request a specialist guide, along with adding a Metro Pass where necessary.
You are met at your hotel and transferred to the elegant L'Impressionniste moored in Fleurey-sur-Ouche for your cruise through Burgundy.
A Champagne reception welcomes you on board today, and provides you with a chance to meet the crew.
The 12 passenger L'Impressionniste, sister ship to La Belle Epoque, began life as a cargo barge in Holland before undergoing a complete transformation into the powerful canal and river cruiser it is today. The light and airy interior features picture windows and selections of prints, fabrics and wall colorings reminiscent of the turn of the century era after which it has been named. L’Impressionniste offers a sun-deck, spa pool, 12 bikes, and an always open inclusive bar. L'Impressionniste is crewed by a knowledgeable Captain, Master Chef, Tour Guide and two Housekeepers who will assure you have everything you need on your all inclusive vacation.
This morning, experience your first day's cruise along this enchanting canal, which also promises a walk or cycle along an ever-present towpath, cruising past sleepy villages and pretty lock houses. After lunch, you visit Clos de Vougeot, headquarters of the esteemed Chevaliers du Tastevin, who award every year a special prized label to the finest Cote d'Or vintages. On the way back to the barge, visit one of the great cellars of Burgundy, where you'll enjoy a private tasting of fine Burgundy wines.
After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of old Dijon including a visit to the vivid produce markets, mustard shops, and the impressive Notre Dame de Dijon, or enjoy some excellent shopping time. Return to the boat for a leisurely afternoon cruise to La Bussiere.
After a morning cruise to Pont D'Ouche, go on an exclusive tour of the magnificent 12th century Abbaye de la Bussiere. The ornamental gardens and lake, wine press, crypt and cellars are interwoven with ancient colonnades, stone staircases and huge stained glass windows. After a Kir Royale aperitif, you'll enjoy the gastronomic delights of Master Chef Emmanuel Hebrard in the Bistro or Garden Restaurant while enjoying a selection of local burgundies. Mid afternoon, you visit the medieval village, craft shops and castle of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, once an outpost of the Dukes of Burgundy, and offering a fine overview of the feeder lakes, canal, and surrounding countryside.
After breakfast you'll cruise to Vandenesse en Auxois, passing grazing white Charolais cattle, rolling hills and picturesque villages crossing the only canal bridge on the Burgundy Canal. In the afternoon you drive cross the premier cru vineyards into Beaune, capital of Burgundy wine country with a history going back over 2000 years. Take in the fascinating 15th century Hotel Dieu Hospice and visit an excellent Burgundy winery and sample some of the local wines. Dinner on board.
Your final day's leisurely cruise takes you to the canal summit, 1250 feet above sea level, just before the Pouilly tunnel. This afternoon, you'll visit the moat-encircled 13th century Chateau de Commarin. Going back 26 generations, the de Vogue family ownership portrays an insight into the glamourous lives of the French aristocracy, as well as showing off the Chateau, stables and landscaped gardens. Tonight, there will be a Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.
After breakfast, disembark the barge and transfer to your hotel back in Paris.
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