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 chateaux and a wine trail through Beaune – on the Canal de Bourgogne, the Saône, and the Canal du Centre.
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Hotel Barge Amaryllis :: Key Features
- Grand Luxe class (5*)
- Part of the Belmond luxury fleet
- Two itineraries in southern Burgundy
- 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 Chalon-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
Dijon to Vandenesse
- Winetasting at the Clos de Vougeot, of Chevaliers du Tastevin fame
- Walking tour of Dijon including the Ducal Palace and the world-famous Maille mustard shop
- Lunch in the 12th century Abbaye de la Bussiere at the one star Michelin restaurant
- Visit the hilltop medieval village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois
- Excursion to the famous Hospice de Beaune with free time to explore this fascinating town
- Visit the Chateau de Pommard for a private tour of the cellars, a tasting, and view the fine art exhibition
- Walk and cycle the towpaths, relax on deck and enjoy the unfolding French countryside
6 nights accommodation, pick-up in Paris and transfer to the barge, all meals and drinks on board, all excursion fees and associated transport
Air fares to and within France; travel, medical and cancellation insurance; crew gratuities (5-10% suggested)
Hotel Barge Belmond Amaryllis cruises, Burgundy
Dijon to Escommes, Canal de Bourgogne, southern Burgundy
Day 1 – Sunday: Dijon
Pick-up at your hotel at 14:30 for chauffeured transfer to Amaryllis moored in Dijon’s Port du Canal. A champagne reception provides a warm welcome and introduction to the crew. Then, plenty of time to unpack and stroll in the port before the first of many gourmet dinners on board.
Day 2 – Monday: Dijon to Fleurey-sur-Ouche
Leaving Dijon, cruise alongside the River Ouche meandering through small unspoiled villages and green forested hills. Walk and cycle along the excellent tow-path. After lunch on board, an afternoon’s excursion to Vougeot for a wine-tasting and a visit to “Clos de Vougeot”, a medieval chateau and the headquarters of the Chevallier de Tastevin, whose special label is awarded annually to the finest Cote D’Or vintages. Moor for the night in the small village of Fleurey-sur-Ouche.
Day 3 – Tuesday: Fleury-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche
After a French style breakfast, a guided walking tour of Dijon, including a visit to the Ducal Palace, the market and the Grey Poupon mustard shop. Free time for shopping and coffee. Return to the boat for lunch and an afternoon’s cruise to the charming village of Gissey and moor for the night.
Day 4 – Wednesday: Gissey-sur-Ouche to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche
A visit to l’Abbaye de la Bussiere, which was built in the 12th century under the guidance of the Cisterian monks from Citeaux. Then, lunch will be in a Michelin star restaurant, followed by a visit to Chateau Savigny-les-Beaune for a display of fighter jets, antique motorcycles and racing cars, as well as the vienyards. Moor at La Bussiere for the night.
Day 5 – Thursday: La Bussiere to Pont d’Ouche
Cruise on through the beautiful Ouche Valley to Pont d’Ouche. Time to stop and admire the scenery, walk or cycle as the barge cruises alongside. After lunch, a visit to Beaune, the capital of the wine region of Burgundy, and its famous Hotel-Dieu, Hospice de Beaune. There is free time for shopping and strolling through the cobbled streets and sampling some of the local wines before dinner on board. Moor at Pont d’Ouche.
Day 6 – Friday: Pont d’Ouche to Escommes
Cruise to Escommes, then after lunch visit Chateaunuef-en-Auxois, a medieval hilltop village with a fascinating history and excellent views across the countryside. Return to the barge for the farewell gala dinner on board.
Day 7 – Saturday: Departure from Escommes
After breakfast depart at 09:00 for transfer to central Paris or Charles de Gaulle Airport.
St Leger sur Dheune to Dijon, Canal du Centre and River Saône
Day 1 – Sunday: Paris to St. Leger
Board the barge at St Leger sur Dheune for a Champagne reception and meet the crew. 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 Chalon-sur-Saône
Cruise the final section of the Canal du Centre before joining the River Saône, just north of Chalon-sur-Saône. After lunch, enjoy a walking tour of Chalon, its antique shops, stunning cathedral square and half timbered buildings. Free time before dinner on board at Chalon.
Day 4 – Wednesday: Chalon-sur-Saône to St Jean de Losne
Cruise via Verdun sur Doubs to delightful Beaune for lunch at the restaurant Loiseau des Vignes. 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
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. The route will run in reverse on alternate weeks.
Hotel Barge Belmond Amaryllis – cruising in the heart of Burgundy
Barge Cruising – The Ouche Valley and Dijon
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.
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 –
Hotel Barge Belmond Amaryllis: Details and facilities
- 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)
- Sterio surround-sound system
DVD player and DVDs
Bose iPod docking station
Hotel Barge Belmond Amaryllis: Cuisine
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.
Charter bookings only
Sunday to Saturday
Value rate weeks:
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:
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
All rates and prices will be confirmed at time of booking. Special Offers are available from time to time – contact us
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