The ultimate in luxury cruising in royal Burgundy

Elegant, graceful, superbly appointed and super-spacious, the Belmond Fleur de Lys cruises the classic Burgundy route through France’s Cote d’Or – the home of the Grand Crus and Premier Crus wines. Fleur de Lys offers the best of Belmond luxury hotel barge cruising.

The salon is stately, with sumptuous Indian furnishings and a grand piano, and a separate elegant dining room provides the perfect setting for exquisite candlelit dinners. The suites are large and beautifully furnished, and menus and itineraries are designed to suit; all in all, everything you could possibly expect from one of the top luxury hotel barges in the world.

At a Glance

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Hotel Barge Fleur de Lys :: Key Features

  • Grand Luxe class (5*)
  • Part of the Belmond luxury fleet
  • Canal de Bourgogne, southern Burgundy
  • Special interest and tailor-made itineraries
  • Charter and cabin bookings, 6 nights, 7 days, March to October
  • 6 guests / 3 king-size canopied four-poster bed cabins (or choose twin beds) with dressing area and 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
  • 6 bicycles
  • Wifi (limited in some places)
  • Transfers to and from Paris included
  • Air-conditioned executive minibus for transfers and excursions

Hotel Barge Fleur de Lys: Cruise Highlights

  • The impossibly beautiful green and forested hills of the Ouche valley
  • Wine tasting at the Clos de Vougeot,  of Chevaliers du Tastevin fame
  • Walking tour of Dijon including the Ducal Palace and lively market
  • Lunch at the 12th century Abbaye de la Bussière
  • Excursion to Beaune and the famous Hôtel-Dieu, Hospice de Beaune
  • Explore the medieval village of Châteauneuf-en-Auxois
  • Relax on deck or walk and cycle alongside Fleur de Lys

What’s included:
Transfers to and from Paris, all meals and drinks on board, excursion fees and transport

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

Hotel Barge Belmond Fleur de Lys: Two Cruises in Burgundy

hotel barge burgundy fleur de lysItinerary 1. Dijon to St Leger sur Dheune
Canal de Bourgogne, River Saone and Canal du Centre, southern Burgundy
(July 2016 to August 2017)

Day 1 Sunday: Arrival Paris to Dijon
Pick-up mid-afternoon in Paris for transfer by private executive mini-bus to the barge moored in the Port du Canal in Dijon. Estimated travel time is three hours. Meet the crew for a Champagne welcome, then unpack and relax before the first of many gourmet dinners on board.

Day 2 Monday: Dijon to Longecourt
A scenic drive down the famous Route des Grands Crus, through the celebrated villages of the Cote d`or.  Visit Clos de Vougeot, a medieval chateau where wine has been made since the 12th Century, and now headquarters of the Chevaliers du Tastevin, for a delicious wine-tasting. Return to the barge for an afternoon cruise to the countryside village of Longecourt, with an opportunity to walk or cycle alongside Fleur de Lys.

Day 3 Tuesday: Longecourt to St-Jean-de-Losne
A walking tour of Dijon, including a visit to the market, the Grey Poupon mustard shop and the Ducal Palace, seat of the great medieval dukes of Burgundy. Free time for shopping and relaxing with coffee at a pavement café.  Lunch on board and an afternoon cruise to St. Jean de Losne, an important port at the confluence of three waterways. Enjoy a gentle stroll around the port to see the many working and pleasure barges.

Day 4 Wednesday: St-Jean-de-Losne to Fragnes
Cruise downstream to Seurre, passing through the impressive lock at Crissey. Lunch is taken off-board at the Levernois estate before driving on to Beaune, the capital of the Burgundy wine region. Visit the famous Hôtel-Dieu, a magnificent 15th century charity hospital still in use today, and stop for a private wine tasting. Time to explore the rest of this fascinating town whilst the barge moves on to the Canal du Centre. Rejoin Fleur de Lys at Fragnes.

Day 5 Thursday: Fragnes to Rully
Walk or cycle alongside Fleur de Lys as she continues to cruise through locks and past pretty villages in the Canal du Centre.  After lunch, visit the Château de Germolles, the only remaining residence of the Dukes of Burgundy for a private tour with the current owner. Moor at the village of Rully and dine at a wonderful local Michelin-starred restaurant.

Day 6 Friday: Rully to St. Leger-Sur-Dheune
Continue to St Léger sur Dheune, the final destination, for a guided tour of Château de Chamirey, a family wine estate in Mercurey. See the magnificent buildings and cellars and the vineyards themselves, followed by a delicious tasting of some exclusive fine wines.  Return to the barge for the  farewell Fleur de Lys gala dinner.

Day 7 Saturday: Departure
After breakfast, departure at 09:00 for chauffeured transfer back to Paris, arriving at 13:00.

Itinerary 2. Dijon to Vandenesse

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Canal de Bourgogne, southern Burgundy
Cruise the beautiful Ouche Valley and admire its 12th century chateaux, fine art and ancient abbeys. (July 2016 – October 2017)

Day 1 Sunday: Arrival Paris to Dijon
Pick-up mid-afternoon in Paris for transfer by private executive mini-bus to the barge moored in the Port du Canal in Dijon. Estimated travel time is three hours. Meet the crew for a Champagne welcome, then unpack and relax before the first of many gourmet dinners on board.

Day 2 Monday: Dijon to Fleurey-sur-Ouche
Leaving Dijon, the canal weaves alongside the river Ouche past small villages and green forested hills.  After lunch on board, the afternoon’s excursion is a wine-tasting at ‘Clos de Vougeot’,  a medieval château and now the headquarters of the Chevaliers du Tastevin, the famous Burgundian wine society. The chateau still contains the ancient wine presses used by Cistercian monks. Moor for the night in the small village of Fleurey-sur-Ouche.

Day 3 Tuesday: Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche
Today, a guided walking tour of Dijon, including a visit to the Ducal Palace, the lively market and the Grey Poupon mustard shop. Free time for exploring, shopping and relaxing at a pavement café. Return to Fleur de Lys for lunch and then a glorious afternoon’s cruise to the charming village of Gissey.

Day 4 Wednesday: Gissey-sur-Ouche to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche
Cruise along the Ouch valley and disembark for a visit to l’Abbaye de la Bussière; built in the 12th century under the guidance of the Cistercian monks from Citeaux it is now a one-Michelin-starred restaurant where lunch awaits.  In the afternoon,  a short drive to the hilltop village of Chateauneuf en Auxois, its 12th century castle and splendid views over the surrounding countryside. Return to the barge in the early evening in La Bussière.

Day 5 Thursday: La Bussiere-sur-Ouche to Pont d’Ouche
A morning cruise to Pont d’Ouche and then, after lunch on board, a visit to Beaune, capital of the wine region of Burgundy and home to the famous Hôtel-Dieu, a magnificent 15th century charity hospital. Explore this fascinating town, meander, browse the shops and enjoy a wine-tasting before returning to the barge for dinner on board.

Day 6 Friday: Pont d’Ouche to Vandenesse
Cruise to the countryside mooring of Vandenesse, a small village in a beautiful setting. After lunch on board, visit Chateau de Pommard, a splendid estate set amongst the vines of the Cote de Beaune, for a private tour of the cellars and a tasting as well as viewing its fine art exhibition. Return to the boat for a Fleur de Lys farewell gala dinner.

Day 7 Saturday: Departure
After breakfast, depart at 09:00 for chauffeured transfer back to Paris. Estimated arrival time in Paris is 13:00.

NB:These are sample itineraries only and will be confirmed before departure. On alternate weeks they run in the opposite direction.

Hotel Barge Belmond Fleur de Lys cruises through Burgundy

Barge Cruising – The Saone and South Burgundy

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River Saone – Canal du Centre – Doubs/Canal Rhone-Rhine

The Saone is one of the most attractive rivers in France: wide, sleepy and unhurried, it wends its way from the mountains of the Vosges to the Rhone, linking up with the Burgundy Canal, the River Doubs and the Rhone au Rhine Canal and passing through delightful countryside replete with wildlife – herons, kites and the pale Charolais cattle that come down to the waterside to drink. Macon offers an ideal base for discovering the Beaujolais – a rolling crest of hills famous for the production of light red wine, or if you prefer fuller Burgundy reds then a rendezvous at Clos Vougeot will provide ample opportunity for tasting. Beaune is another major centre for viticulture and the town’s ancient hospital with its dazzling glazed tiled roof is an unmissable attraction.

Formerly an outpost on the border between the historic kingdoms of France and Burgundy, Verdun sur le Doubs is now better known for the delicious stew made from locally caught river fish – Pochouse. Also on the River Doubs, Dole retains much of its medieval character and Besancon, with its spectacular citadel designed by the French military architect Vaubun, is worth the journey further upstream.

Fans of photography will be keen to visit Chalon-sur-Saone, the home of Nicéphore Niepce and thus regarded as the birthplace of this popular art form: the colourful Sunday market offers perfect opportunities for taking vivid holiday snaps.

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 are European-flight airports at Dole and Lyon. There are also TGV express train stations at Dijon, near Dole, Macon, Le Cruesot (near Montchanin) and Lyon; and many other towns in the region have railway connections.

– [below] In the region: Besancon, Dole, Verdun sur le Doubs, Chalon-sur-Saone, Macon, Clos Vougeot, Beaune, Germolles –

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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 © | Tasting © | Others ©FW, wikimedia, n/a

Hotel Barge Belmond Fleur de Lys: Details and facilities

Hotel barge Fleur de Lys Belmond (Orient Express) Burgundy

  • Dimensions: 129ft (39m) x 16.5ft (5m)
  • 3 suites of over 260 sq ft including the ensuite bathrooms
    Each cabin has a king size double canopied four-poster bed, or twin beds
  • The upper deck stateroom (perfect for those less inclined to use stairs) has a bathroom with shower and the two staterooms on the main deck have a bath and shower. Each bathroom has two hand basins and WC, toiletries, hairdryer, bathrobe for each guest and heated towel rail
  • All upper windows open
    Lower windows open but not at all while cruising and only with captains permission when moored
  • Expert and professional English-speaking crew of 6

Other items on board:

  • 6 bicycles
  • Heated plunge pool
  • Computer for guest use and Wifi (may be limited in some areas)
  • HiFi/stereo and CDs
  • Writing desk
  • Bose iPod docking station
  • Grand piano
  • DVD player and DVDs

Hotel Barge Belmond Fleur de Lys: Cuisine

Great care and expertise is taken in planning the menus aboard Belmond Fleur de Lys.
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.

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Hotel Barge Fleur de Lys – 2018 Rates

Charter bookings only
Sunday to Saturday

Value rate weeks:

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

4 guest charter: 29,480 EUR
5 guest charter: 32,190 EUR
6 guest charter: 34,902 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

4 guest charter: 37,900 EUR
5 guest charter: 41,390 EUR
6 guest charter: 44,874 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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