Absolutely superb, relaxing, gastronomic cruising

Belmond Amaryllis is luxury personified – a delightful combination of traditional decor and contemporary comfort to cosset 8 lucky guests in true Belmond style. She is fitted out with meticulous attention to detail, carefully combining Louis XV and XVI furniture and traditional fixtures and furnishings with all the modern comforts you require.

Amaryllis cruises through one of the prettiest areas of France – with varied countryside, ancient châteaux and a wine trail through Beaune – on the Canal de Bourgogne, the Saône, and the Canal du Centre.

At a Glance

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Hotel Barge Amaryllis :: Key Features

  • Grand Luxe class (5*)
  • Part of the Belmond luxury fleet
  • River and canal itinerary in southern Burgundy
  • Split weeks with Belmond Pivoine (Champagne) in April, July & August 2019: St Leger to Franges and Franges to Dijon. Enquire.
  • Charter and cabin bookings, 6 nights, 7 days, March to October
  • 8 guests / 4 king-size double or twin cabins with en-suite bathrooms
  • Individually controlled air conditioning and heating throughout
  • Full board, on-board dining with personal chef
  • Upper deck with open dining area, loungers, canopy and heated pool
  • 8 bicycles
  • Wifi (limited in some places)
  • Transfers to and from Paris included
  • Air-conditioned executive minibus for transfers and excursions

Hotel Barge Belmond Amaryllis: Cruising Highlights

St. Léger-sur-Dheune to Dijon

  • A great variety of countryside and towns and villages along the Canal du Centre, Saône River and the Canal de Bourgogne
  • Wine tasting at the magnificent Château de Marguerite de Bourgogne
  • Tour the quaint antique shops of Chalons-sur-Saône, its stunning cathedral square and half-timbered buildings
  • Visit Beaune, capital of the wine region of Burgundy and the famous Hôtel-Dieu, Hospice de Beaune
  • Lunch in Beaune at the restaurant L’Oiseau des Vignes
  • Walking tour of Dijon, including the Ducal Palace and famous market
  • Walk and cycle the towpaths, relax on deck and enjoy the unfolding French countryside

What’s included:
6 nights accommodation, pick-up in Paris and transfer to the barge, all meals and drinks on board, excursion fees, private guide and associated transport

Not included:
Air fares to and within France; travel, medical and cancellation insurance; crew gratuities (5-10% suggested)

Hotel Barge Belmond Amaryllis cruises, Burgundy

From Dijon on the Canal du Bourgogne to St Leger sur Dheune, Canal du Centre via the River hotel barge amaryllis burgundySaône

Day 1 – Sunday: Paris to St. Leger

Pick-up in Paris at 2pm for inclusive transfer to Dijon’s Port du Canal where your cruise begins. The crew welcomes you aboard with a chilled glass of champagne as you settle into your luxurious surroundings. Savour your first sample of exquisite dining on board with dinner freshly prepared by your chef this evening.

Day 2 – Monday: St. Leger to Longecourt
Awake as the barge sets sail along this beautiful stretch of the canal. Indulge in a leisurely breakfast before arriving in Longecourt, whose château was one of the hunting lodges of the Dukes of Burgundy. The gardens have a magnificent collection of rose bushes and tricentenial trees.

Cruise in France inspiration Clos de Vougeot

Enjoy lunch on the river before a scenic drive down the Route des Grands Crus through the villages of the Cote d’Or. Arrive in Vougeot for an exclusive visit to the Clos de Vougeot, an imposing medieval château surrounded by sweeping vineyards. Inside you’ll find ancient wine presses used by 12th-century Cistercian monks.

Hotel Barge Belmond Amaryllis Burgundy

Afterwards, a private wine tasting awaits at the acclaimed domaine in Gevrey Chambertin. Return to the barge for a sumptuous dinner this evening.

Day 3 – Tuesday: Longecourt to St Jean de Losne

Hotel barge Belmond Amaryllis Burgundy

After breakfast, take a drive to Dijon. Amble along the pretty cobbled streets on a walking tour with your guide. Visit the market and the Ducal Palace, seat of the medieval dukes of Burgundy. Arrive at the Edmond Fallot boutique for an exclusive mustard tasting then step out into the city to explore at leisure.

Hotel barge Amaryllis Dijon Burgundy

Return to the barge for lunch and a relaxing afternoon cruise to St. Jean de Losne. Chef serves delectable French cuisine for dinner, then the evening provides the perfect time for a moonlit stroll around this vibrant port.

Day 4 – Wednesday: St Jean de Losne to Chalon sur Saone
This morning the barge cruises along the majestic Saône River. Lunch is served before navigating the Crissey lock to reach the Canal du Centre. The barge moors alongside the charming village of Fragnes.

Hotel barge Belmond Amaryllis Burgundy

Step ashore to visit the town of Chalons sur Saône, set with a magnificent cathedral square and timber-framed dwellings. Tour the cellars of Château de Pommard and enjoy a wine tasting before you return to the barge. Dinner is a gastronomic delight, served on board this evening.

Day 5 – Thursday: Chalons sur Saône to Beaune
Enjoy life at a gentle pace with a stunning cruise along the Canal du Centre. Alight for a stroll on the towpath or cycle alongside the barge. Lunch is served at the Michelin-starred Le Montrachet restaurant in Puligny Montrachet, followed by a short ride to the town of Beaune.

Hotel Barge Belmond Amaryllis Burgundy

Marvel at the vast wine cellars of Joseph Drouhin, formerly owned by the church and the dukes of Burgundy. Visit Hotel Dieu, a grand charity hospital that exemplifies the rich history of the Burgundy wine region. A delectable dinner awaits back on board the barge.

Day 6 – Friday: Beaune to Rully
This morning cruise past the sprawling vineyards of Santenay to arrive in the pretty village of St Leger sur Dheune.

Hotel barge Belmond Amaryllis Burgundy

After lunch take a short ride to the Château de Rully. The count of Rully hosts you on an exclusive tour of his 12th century château. The grand medieval fortress enjoys a privileged view of the lush vineyards below.

Back on the barge, chef prepares your farewell Gala dinner for your final evening on board.

Day 7 – Saturday: Departure
After breakfast the crew bids you a fond farewell as you disembark at 9:00 am for your return to Paris or Charles de Gaulle airport.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions. 


hotel barge amaryllis burgundyFrom St Leger sur Dheune on the Canal du Centre to Dijon on the Canal de Bourgogne via the River Saône

Day 1 – Sunday: Paris to St. Leger

Your guide will meet you at your hotel in Paris at 2pm for a private chauffeured transfer to barge Amaryllis, moored at St Leger sur Dheune. A Champagne reception welcomes you on board to meet the crew and settle in. Later, enjoy the first dining experience on board.

Day 2 – Monday: St Leger to Rully
Cruise along the beautiful Canal du Centre, with opportunities to walk or cycle along tow path before an excursion to Couches and a wine tasting at the magnificent Château de Marguerite de Bourgogne. Return to the barge for lunch and an afternoon’s cruise to Rully, to moor for the night.

Day 3 – Tuesday: Rully to Chalons-sur-Saône

Hotel Barge Amaryllis Belmond Burgundy

Cruise the final section of the sleepy Canal du Centre before joining the River Saône, just north of Chalons-sur-Saône. After lunch, enjoy a walking tour of Chalons, its antique shops, stunning cathedral square and half timbered buildings. Free time to explore the quayside before dinner on board at Chalons.

Day 4 – Wednesday: Chalons-sur-Saône to St Jean de Losne

Hotel Barge Belmond Amaryllis Burgundy 

Cruise via Verdun sur Doubs to delightful town of Beaune, the capital of the Burgundy wine region. Stop for lunch at the restaurant Loiseau des Vignes for an authentic dining experience with local atmosphere. Then, a visit to the famous Hotel-Dieu, Hospices de Beaune, followed by a wine tasting. Tonight’s mooring is at St Jean de Losne, the barging capital of France.

Day 5 – Thursday: St Jean de Losne to Longecourt

This morning the barge leaves the river and enters the Canal de Bourgogne, with a towpath perfect for walking and cycling. After lunch on board a visit to the stunning Château de Longecourt. If the Count is in residence there may be a personal tour of his estate. Rejoin the barge in the countryside near Longecourt, the overnight mooring.

Day 6 – Friday: Longecourt to Dijon

Hotel barge Belmond Amaryllis Burgundy

A walking tour of Dijon to visit the market, Ducal Palace, the Grey Poupon mustard shop and perhaps some shopping at the covered food market. Moor in the port of Dijon for the night.

Day 7 – Saturday: Dijon to Paris
After breakfast, depart at 9:00 am for transfer to Paris or Charles de Gaulle Airport, arriving at noon.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions. 

Hotel Barge Belmond Amaryllis – cruising in the heart of Burgundy


Barge Cruising – The Ouche Valley and Dijon

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Canal de Bourgogne (South-East)

The construction of the Canal de Bourgogne in eastern central France was completed in 1832 and follows the course of first the River Armancon and then the River Ouche. Located close to its summit, the pretty rural village of Vandenesse-en-Auxois marks the start of the southern reaches of one of France’s loveliest waterways, gliding through perhaps the most highly-regarded winemaking region in the country. The celebrated Burgundy Route des Vins offers arguably the best of French reds from the Cotes de Nuits to the Cote de Beaune and all stops in between.

The fairytale Chateau de Longecourt has a romantic moat and dreaming spires to enchant the eye, but it is the Ducal Palace in Dijon that provides the historical and architectural highlights of the area. Once the official residence of the Dukes of Burgundy, it now houses the Musee des Beaux Arts, one of the largest museums in France, which features masterpieces by the likes of Titian, Veronese, Brueghel, Rubens, the list goes on…In the 17th century Dijon was granted exclusive rights to produce mustard, a skill that locals have honed down the years and nowadays the famous Dijon mustard adds a piquant note to the cuisine for which the Burgundy region is so well known.
Look out for the distinctive glazed tiles that colour the roofscapes of so many of the region’s towns and villages: from the 12th century onwards these richly coloured tiles, arranged in intricate patterns, were intended to confer status on the owners of the houses that they graced.

Getting There
Hotel barges often collect and return guests to a pre-agreed Paris or Dijon hotel. The primary French international airport is at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and there is a European-flight airport at Dole. There are also TGV express train stations at Montbard, Dijon, near Dole and Le Cruesot (near Montchanin); and many other towns in the region have railway connections.

– [below] In the region: Vandenesse-en-Auxois, Canal de Bourgogne, Longecourt, Burgundy Route des Vins, Dijon –

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Longecourt ©CamSky | Barrels ©wineterroirs.com | Tasting ©bringingburgundytoyou.com | Others ©FW, wikimedia, n/a

Hotel Barge Belmond Amaryllis: Details and facilities

Hotel Barge Amaryllis (Orient Express), Burgundy

  • Dimensions: 128ft (39m) x 16.5ft (5m)
  • 4 suites of 184 sq ft (upper deck) and 1 x 235 sq ft and 2 x 280 sq ft (lower deck), including the ensuite marble bathrooms
    Each cabin has a king size double or twin beds
  • 2 x bathrooms have walk in showers, 2 have bath with shower. Each has two hand basins and WC, toiletries, hairdryer, bathrobe for each guest and heated towel rail
  • Upper windows open Lower windows fixed shut
  • Expert and professional English-speaking crew of 6

Other items on board:

  • 8 bicycles
  • Heated plunge pool
  • Selection of books and board games
  • Computer for guest use and Wifi (may be limited in some areas)
  • Stereo surround-sound system
    DVD player and DVDs
    Bose iPod docking station

Hotel Barge Belmond Amaryllis: Cuisine

Hotel Barge Belmond Amaryllis Burgundy

Hotel Barge Belmond Amaryllis Burgundy

Great care and expertise is taken in planning the menus aboard Amaryllis.
All meals on board are freshly prepared by Cordon Bleu trained chef with fresh ingredients using local suppliers. They are served either in the dining room or up on deck, accompanied by carefully matched wines from the region. Vegetarian, pescatarian, vegan and non-allergenic dishes can be arranged given at least 8 weeks notice prior to departure.

Hotel Barge Amaryllis – 2018 Rates  ➤ 2019 Rates

Charter bookings only
Sunday to Saturday

Value rate weeks:

March 25
April 1, 8, 15, 22
October 7, 14, 21

6 guest charter: 36,675 EUR
7 guest charter: 40,894 EUR
8 guest charter: 45,120 EUR

Regular rate weeks:

April 29
May 6, 13, 20, 27
June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
August 5, 12, 19, 26
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

6 guest charter: 47,153 EUR
7 guest charter: 52,577 EUR
8 guest charter: 58,008 EUR


Hotel Barge Amaryllis – 2019 Rates

Charter bookings only
Sunday to Saturday

Low rate weeks:

Mar 24, 30
April 7, 4, 21, 28

6 guest charter: 45,900 EUR
7 guest charter: 51,300 EUR
8 guest charter: 56,700 EUR

Value rate weeks:

July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4, 11, 18, 25

6 guest charter: 51,000 EUR
7 guest charter: 57,000 EUR
8 guest charter: 63,000 EUR

Regular rate weeks:

May 5, 12, 19, 26
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
October 6, 13, 20

6 guest charter: 53,000 EUR
7 guest charter: 59,000 EUR
8 guest charter: 65,000 EUR


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