Excellence for 12 guests on the Cote D'Or, Burgundy
A beautiful barge for up to 12 guests cruising in glorious southern Burgundy. She is richly decorated, with a wood-panelled saloon, comfy leather sofas, and upper and lower deck dining tables on which to savour the delicious regional dishes and fine wines served on board. Relax on deck or take a bike and explore the tow paths and waterside villages in this sought-after region.
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Hotel Barge Hotel Barge L’Impressionniste :: Key Features
- Excellence class (4*)
- Canal du Bourgogne, Cote D’Or
- Charter and cabin bookings, 6 nights, 7 days, March to October
- 12 guests / 6 cabins with ensuite bathrooms
- 2 Junior suites and 4 Staterooms with air conditioning and heating
- Full board, on-board dining
- Sun deck with spa tub
- 12 all-terrain bicycles
- Wifi (limited in some places)
- Air-conditioned minibuses for transfers and excursions
Hotel Barge L’Impressionniste: Cruise Highlights
- Wine tastings of famous Burgundy domaines
- Visit to Clos de Vougeot, home of the Chevaliers du Tastevin
- Winery tour and tasting at Bouchare Pere et Fils in Beaune
- Walking tour of Dijon, including the city centre and market
- Visit to the historic 13th century Château de Bussy-Rabutin
- Gastronomic lunch in the orangery of Chateau de Beaune
- Explore Beaune, including the famous Hôtel-Dieu Hospice
- Visit to the marvellous medieval Châteauneuf-en-Auxois
- Excellent tow-path for walking and cycling and Biking Plus option available
6 nights accommodation; transfers to and from Paris; all meals and drinks on board; excursion fees, tour guide and associated transport
Air fares to and within France; travel, medical and cancellation insurance; crew gratuities (5-10%)
Hotel Barge L’Impressionniste: Classic Cruise in Burgundy
Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Escommes, Canal de Bourgogne
Sunday, Day 1 Fleurey-sur-Ouche
Meet at the Hotel Westminster in Paris for transfer by private chauffeured minibus to L’Impressionniste. Over a champagne reception, meet the captain and crew, settle in and have your first dinner on board.
Monday, Day 2 Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Sainte-Marie-sur-Ouche
The first day’s cruise along this enchanting canal also offers a walk or cycle along the towpath past sleepy villages and pretty lock houses. After lunch, visit Clos de Vougeot, headquarters of the esteemed Chevaliers du Tastevin, who award a special prized label to the finest Côte d‘Or vintages every year. Then, on the way back vsit the family-run Château André Ziltene to taste their fine Burgundy wines. Dinner on board.
Tuesday, Day 3 Sainte-Marie-sur-Ouche to La Bussière
After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of old Dijon, capital city of the Burgundy region. Visit the produce markets, mustard shops and the impressive Notre-Dame de Dijon, a Roman Catholic church, considered to be a masterpiece of 13th-century Gothic architecture. Return to the hotel barge for lunch and a leisurely afternoon cruise to the village of La Bussière sur Ouche and perhaps a walk or bicycle ride. Dinner on board.
Wednesday, Day 4 La Bussière to Pont d’Ouche
After a short morning cruise, drive through the surroundings vineyards to the “vigne de l’enfant Jesus”, a famous vineyard owned by the Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils, for a real insight into the production of its Grand Cru and Premier Cru wines. Then, on to the stunning town of Beaune for a tour and privately arranged tasting of Bouchard Père et Fils wines.
A gastronomic lunch is served in the orangery of Château de Beaune, owned by the vineyard since 1820. In the afternoon, visit the astonishing 15th century Hôtel-Dieu Hospice and explore the town before returning to the barge for a short evening cruise to Pont d’Ouche. Dinner on board.
Thursday, Day 5 Pont d’Ouche to Vandenesse
After breakfast, cruise to Vandenesse-en-Auxois, passing grazing white Charolais cattle, rolling hills and picturesque villages, crossing the only aqueduct on the Burgundy Canal. After lunch on board, a visit to the medieval village, craft shops and castle of Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, once an outpost of the Dukes of Burgundy with fine views of the feeder lakes for the canal and the surrounding countryside. Dinner on board.
Friday, Day 6 Vandenesse to Escommes
The last day’s leisurely cruise reaches the canal summit, 1,250 feet above sea level, just before the Pouilly tunnel. Visit Château de Bussy-Rabutin and see the portrait gallery created by this disgraced courtier of King Louis XIV, before strolling through the gardens and enjoying views of the château and its moat. Captain’s farewell dinner on board.
Saturday, Day 7 Escommes
After breakfast, guests are transferred back to the Hotel Westminster in Paris.
This itinerary is subject to change and on alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.
Hotel Barge L’Impressionniste cruises through South 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 –
- Dimensions: 126ft (38.4m) x 16ft 6″ (5.05m)
- Junior suites are approx 150 sq ft; Staterooms are 115 sq ft
- 1 Junior suite is double bed only, 1 Junior suite is double or twin beds
- 2 Staterooms have twin beds or double beds; 2 Staterooms have 2 twin beds only
- All cabins are air conditioned and have en suite facilities
- Professional English-speaking crew of 6 – Captain, Master Chef, Tour Guide, Deck Hand/Steward and 2 Hosts/Hostesses
Other items on board:
- A small library of books and maps
- A collection of board games
- Nordic walking sticks (on request)
- Hi-Fi System with CD player, radio and iPod docking station. There is a selection of CDs on board and guests are welcome to bring their favourite CDs from home
- Guest i-Pods can be connected to the Hi-Fi system
Hotel Barge L’Impressionniste: Cuisine
All meals on board are freshly prepared by your chef and most meals are a set-menu (there is no choice available). However, vegetarian, pescatarian and vegan dishes, and non-allergenic dishes, can be served given at least 8 weeks notice prior to your departure date.
Breakfast: wholesome and balanced variety of breakfast foods, along with fresh breads & pastries, freshly-squeezed orange juice and hot beverages.
Lunch: regional specialities, accompanied by a selection of quality wines.
Dinner: a candlelit four-course gourmet experience.
Captain’s farewell dinner is held on the last night. Guests may choose to dress slightly formal.
Sample CuisineRegional Specialities Filet d’Agneau au Basilic;Magret de Canard au Ratafia de Bourgogne; Poulet à L’Estragon;Filet de Boeuf Charolais avec Sauce Epoisses Wine Cellar Domaine Laroche, Chablis Premier Cru; Domaine Bruno Clair, Marsannay; Domaine Bouchard Père & Fils, Meursault ‘Les Clous’; Domaine Comte Georges de Vôgué, Musigny; Château de la Saule, Montagny Premier Cru; Domaine Jadot, Ladoix ‘Les Clous d’Orge’ Cheese Board Aisy Cendré; Bouton de Culotte; Epoisses; Ami du Chambertin; Le Petit Vougeot
Charter and Cabin bookings
Sunday to Saturday
Value rate weeks:
April 8, 15, 22
July 22, 29
August 5, 12, 19
October 7, 14, 21
8 guest charter: 52,400 USD / 35,200 GBP / 44,000 EUR
9 guest charter: 54,100 USD / 36,300 GBP / 45,400 EUR
10 guest charter: 55,400 USD / 37,200 GBP / 46,500 EUR
11 guest charter: 56,700 USD / 38,100 GBP / 47,600 EUR
12 guest charter: 58,000 USD / 39,000 GBP / 48,700 EUR
Per Cabin bookings
Stateroom Double Cabin: 5,150 USD / 3,450 GBP / 4,350 EUR per person
Junior Suite Double Cabin: 5,350 USD / 3,590 GBP / 4,490 EUR per person
Single Occupancy Supplement: 1,900 USD / 1,300 GBP / 1,600 EUR
Regular rate weeks:
May 6, 13, 20, 27
June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 1, 8, 15
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
8 guest charter: 59,800 USD / 39,800 GBP / 50,900 EUR
9 guest charter: 61,900 USD / 41,200 GBP / 52,600 EUR
10 guest charter: 63,600 USD / 42,300 GBP / 53,900 EUR
11 guest charter: 65,300 USD / 43,400 GBP / 55,200 EUR
12 guest charter: 67,000 USD / 44,500 GBP / 56,500 EUR
Per Cabin bookings
Stateroom Double Cabin: 5,990 USD / 3,950 GBP / 5,090 EUR per person
Junior Suite Double Cabin: 6,190 USD / 4,050 GBP / 5,190 EUR per person
Single Occupancy Supplement: 2,150 USD / 1,450 GBP / 1,850 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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