A sublime and scenic cruise in southern Burgundy
Belmond Lilas offers a wonderful new route for 2019 in southern Burgundy. Her cruise carries you along the calm and dreamy waters of the Saône river, through soft landscapes and historic towns, leading into the delightfully quiet and pretty Canal du Centre. Step aboard and discover the casual, welcoming atmosphere of Belmond Lilas. The colours of the countryside are brought into the interior space, reflecting the tones of the flowers and landscapes she represents.
Lilas offers an intimate and unique experience for a charter of eight guests, with exclusive personal service and a space to take time and reconnect with things that matter most.
Style: The 'nature' of the hotel barge. Outline subjective guidance as to the quality or comfort level that might be expected on board.
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Hotel Barge Lilas :: Key Features
- Grand Luxe class (5*)
- Part of the Belmond luxury fleet
- Dole to St Leger sur Dheune on the river Saône and Canal du Centre
- 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
- Formal dining room
- Open deck with 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 Lilas: Cruising Highlights
- Visit the famous Hotel-Dieu in central historic Beaune, the wine capital of the region
- Discover Dijon, its Eiffel covered market and the life of this important French city
- Taste the famous wines of the region at Clos de Vougeot – a perfect excursion for history, architecture and wine lovers
- Marvel at the magical French chateaux of Rully and Chamirey
- Walk and cycle the towpaths, relax on deck and enjoy the unfolding Burgundian 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 Lilas: Classic Cruise in southern Burgundy
river Saône and Canal du Centre
Day 1 Sunday: Arrival – Paris to Dole
Board the barge at the pretty port in Dole’s town center for your cruise through Burgundy. A champagne reception welcomes you on board and gives you a chance to meet the crew. This evening, experience your first sumptuous dinner on board.
Day 2 Monday: Visit Clos de Vougeot. Cruise to Auxonne
This morning a cruise to Auxonne. Enjoy lunch on board whilst the barge winds along the Rhone-Rhine Canal to meet the Saône River, there are plenty of opportunities to walk or cycle. Leave the barge after lunch to drive down the famous Route des Grands Crus, passing through the celebrated villages of the Cote d’Or. A stop in Vougeot allows us to visit the celebrated Clos de Vougeot vineyard and Chateau where the Cistercian monks first started making wine in the 12th century.
The medieval chateau still contains the ancient presses and is now the headquarters of the renowned Burgundian wine society, the Confrerie de Chevaliers de Tastevin. A private wine-tasting at a reputed local producer follows the visit. Dinner on board.
Day 3 Tuesday: Visit Dijon. Cruise to Seurre
After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of historic Dijon including a visit to the famous Eiffel-designed market, the Maille mustard shop and the Ducal Palace, seat of the great medieval dukes of Burgundy. There will be some free time for shopping and to enjoy lunch at the historic pavement café, . Return to the boat after lunch for an afternoon cruise along the majestic Soane river to Verdun sur le Doubs. Dinner on board.
Day 4 Wednesday: Cruise to Fragnes. Visit Chateau de Rully
Today Lilas cruises the last little stretch on the Saône River, entering the Canal du Centre through the impressive Crissey lock before mooring for the night in Fragnes. After lunch, your guide will take you to the pretty village of Rully to the 12th Century medieval fortress which has remained in the same family by marriage since its origin. The owner will guide you through his home sharing the intriguing history of his ancestors. Your visit is completed by a wonderful tasting of the wines produced by the de Ternay family in the 15th century kitchen. This evening you will dine out at a charming local restaurant.
Day 5 Thursday: Cruise to Chagny. Visit Beaune
Relax this morning as Lilas continues your beautiful cruise along the canal – you can cycle or walk alongside for this delightful stretch. After lunch on board take a short ride to visit the historic city of Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy. Here we enjoy a private tour of the magnificent 15th century Hotel Dieu, a splendidly decorated charity hospital which represents both the history of Burgundy and the story of its wine. There will be time to enjoy the charming town and its shops before returning to the barge and a delicious dinner on board.
Day 6 Friday: Cruise to St. Léger. Visit Château de Chamirey, Mercurey
A leisurely cruise takes us to St Léger, another quaint village along the Canal du Centre which is Lilas final destination. After lunch visit Chateau de Chamirey, a family run wine estate in Mercurey. Enjoy a tour of the vineyards themselves before gathering for a visit to the property, its wine cellar and a tasting of the fine range of wines. Meanwhile the chef is busy preparing your farewell gala dinner on board.
Day 7 Saturday: St. Léger Sur Dheune – Departure
After breakfast the crew bids you farewell before you disembark the barge for your onward travel arrangements.
Please note: this route may be subject to change without prior warning as a result of unforeseen circumstances. On alternate weeks Lilas cruises in the reverse direction.
Hotel Barge Belmond Lilas cruises through southern 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 Lilas: Details and facilities
- Dimensions: 128ft (39m) x 16.5ft (5m)
- 4 cabins with tiled en-suites (1 cabin with bath)
- 4 queen size beds that can all be configured as doubles or singles
- Hairdryer and L’occitane toiletries provided
- Windows are fixed shut but all cabins have individually operated air conditioning
- English speaking crew of 6
Other items on board:
- 8 bicycles
- Sundeck with dining area
- Selection of books and board games
- Computer for guest use and Wifi (may be limited in some areas)
- Music system and CDs
- Tennis racquets, balls, fishing equipment available if requested in advance
- TV for playing DVDs in saloon
Hotel Barge Belmond Lilas: Cuisine
Great care and expertise is taken in planning the menus aboard Lilas.
All meals on board are freshly prepared by a personal 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 Lilas – 2018 Rates ➤ 2019 Rates
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
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
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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