Supremely spacious, luxury cruising for charter parties in Burgundy
Timeless cruising on tree-lined canals…wine-tasting in the Cote d’Or….an idyllically beautiful route aboard one of the finest hotel barges in France.
In classically-modern style hotel barge Prospérité offers some of the largest cabins and highest level of amenities to be found on any barge in France.
Eight guests will enjoy a luxurious week of pampered relaxation in the heart of Burgundy, with fascinating daily excursions and the best of wines and regional cuisine. A sublime and joyous experience for family and friends alike.
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Hotel Barge Prospérité :: Key Features
- Grand Luxe class (5*)
- Canal de Bourgogne, Burgundy
- Charter bookings only, 6 nights, 7 days, April to October
- 8 guests / 4 double or twin cabins with ensuite bathrooms
- Air conditioning and heating throughout
- Full board, on-board dining
- Sun deck with loungers and hot tub
- 8 adult-size bicycles
- Wifi (limited in some places)
- Air-conditioned minibus for transfers and excursions
Hotel Barge Prospérité: Cruise Highlights
Plombières-les-Dijon to Vandenesse-en-Auxois
- Cruise the beautiful upper reaches of the Canal de Bourgogne
- Walking tour of Dijon; the covered market of Les Halles and boutique shops
- Route des Grands Crus vineyards tour with Clos de Vougeot wine tasting
- Dinner at Michelin starred restaurant
- Expore Beaune, center of the Cote d’Or wines, and a private mustard tasting
- Discover cheese-making at a local farm, and a wine tasting
- Walk and cycle along the wonderful towpath alongside Prospérité
6 nights accommodation; transfers by private chauffeured minibus to and from the meeting point; all meals and drinks on board; guided excursions, fees and associated transport
Air fares to and within France; travel, medical and cancellation insurance; crew gratuities (5-10% suggested)
“From start to finish, a top drawer experience. We were warmly welcomed, pampered as much as we desired and always made to feel like Prosperite was our home, full of familiar comforts. The staff was instantly responsive to our needs and even to our barely expressed wishes. This was the best, most relaxing vacation we’ve ever had!”
Robert and Jean Krapf, USA
“An 11 on a 10 scale – the best service I have experienced in years of travel.”
Joseph and Barbara Ross, USA
Hotel Barge Prospérité: cruises from Plombieres-les-Dijon to Vandenesse-en-Auxois on the Canal de Bourgogne, central Burgundy
Day 1 Sunday: Arrival – Paris to Dijon
Pick-up in Paris at 14:00 or 16:00 in Dijon or Beaune for transfer by private minibus to Prospérité, You’ll be welcomed by the traditional champagne reception, with time to settle in before the first of many gourmet dinners on board. Overnight in Dijon.
Day 2 Monday: Dijon to Fleury-sur-Ouche
After breakfast a morning cruise westwards, through the first of many locks, to stop for lunch in the countryside. Then, an excursion to the Cote d’Or wine region with a drive through the ‘Route des Grand Crus’. Discover the Clos de Vougeot, a 12th century chateau where Cistercian monks perfected the art of wine-making. Then back to Prospérité, now moored in Fleury-sur-Ouche, for dinner on board.
Day 3 Tuesday: Fleury-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche
A morning excursion to Dijon with its colourful tiled rooftops, and a stop at the famous covered food market, designed by Gustav Eiffel, to wonder at the vast selection of produce – fish, cheeses, breads and delicacies There’s also time to browse the shops lining the cobbled streets. Then, back to Prospérité for lunch on board and an afternoon cruise to Gissey-sur-Ouche. A chance this afternoon to walk or cycle along the towpath as Prospérité cruises along. Dinner on board.
Day 4 Wednesday: Gissey-sur-Ouche to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche
After breakfast a short morning cruise to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche and after lunch on board, a quick stop at La Ferme du Poisset, a nearby farm which produces very fine goat cheese for tasting. Then it’s on to the village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois perched high on a hill overlooking the canal, to explore the chateau, cobbled streets and marvel at the views across the countryside. Then it’s back to Prospérité in time to prepare for dinner at Abbaye de la Bussiere, a former Cistercian Abbey and now immaculately restored into a hotel and Michelin-starred restaurant.
Day 5 Thursday: La Bussiere-sur-Ouche to Pont d’Ouche
Continue cruising into the delightful Ouche Valley, a great time to walk, cycle or simply relax on deck and watch the verdant pastures and pretty hillside villages float by. After lunch on board, an excursion to Beaune, the wine capital of Cote d’ Or, where miles of ancient wine cellars lie beneath the streets. Visit the famed 14th-century Hotel Dieu, a stunning and well-preserved medieval hospital still in use today. There may be time for an impromptu wine-tasting, a bit of shopping, or street-cafe refreshment in the square. Back to Prospérité for dinner on board.
Day 6 Friday: Pont d’Ouche to Vandenesse-en-Auxois
Relax on deck during the final morning cruise to Vandenesse-en-Auxois to moor up for lunch on board. Then, a final excursion to the Cote d’ Or vineyards, passing through colourful villages on the way to a cellar tour and delicious wine-tasting at Domaine Prieur-Brunet in Santenay. Return to Prospérité for cocktails and the festive Captain’s Dinner.
Day 7 Saturday: Departure – return to Paris
Leave Prospérité between 08:00 – 09:00 for chauffeured transfer to central Paris or Charles de Gaulle airport (travel time 3 -4 hours).
Please note: This route is subject to change and runs in the reverse direction on alternate weeks.
Hotel Barge Prospérité 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 Prospérité: Details and Facilities
- Dimensions: 128 ft (39m) long x 16 ft (4.9m) wide
- 4 x stateroom suites: 270 sq ft, 1 x 6ft 7″ in height, including bathrooms
- Bathrooms have vanitory unit and hand basin, toilet, bath tub with shower fitting and separate shower.
Toiletries, hair dryer, bathrobes, heated towel rail, porthole window
- All suites have:
King-size double or twin beds
Desk and chair, armchairs
Individually controlled heating and air conditioning
Iron and board
- Professional English-speaking crew of 6 – captain, tour guide, chef, matelot,
and 2 hostesses
Other items on board Prospérité:
- Open galley for demonstrations by chef
- A small library of books, maps and board games
- WiFi (may be restricted in some areas)
- IPhone/Ipad/Ipod chargers
8 Twin Elope bicycles plus 8 adult-sized helmets
- 9 seater executive Mercedes minibus
Hotel Barge Prospérité: Cuisine
Wake up to croissants and French baguettes still warm from the oven – accompanied by a buffet of fresh fruit, cereals, yogurts, jams and jellies. Eggs any way you like.
Usually served on deck, lunch is an ever-changing array of buffets – salads, quiche, pate, bread, fresh fruit, local cheeses and other chef specialities.
Dinner is an elegant gourmet meal, full of flavour and light in feeling. Exceptional French wines are specially paired with each meal including new vintages and old favourites, such as:
Beaune clos du Roy 1er cru 2008 – Prieur-Brunet
Gevrey Chambertin 1er cru Cazetiers 2009 – Phillippe Leclerc
Nuits St Georges 1er cru ‘Les Damodes’ 2004 – Manière
Châteauneuf du pape 2007 – Château Mont Redon
Château Dauzac Margaux 5eme grand cru clasée 2008
Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2009 – Les Bons Bâtons
Brouilly 2013 – Château La ChaizeGraves 2009
Cremant de Bourgogne
Puligny Montrachet 1er cru les referts 2010 V. Girardin
Chablis Grand Cru ‘Bougros’ 2012 – Domaine du Colombier
Sancerre 2013 – Henri Bourgois
Meursault ‘Charmes’ 1er cru 2012 – Prieur-Brunet
Pernand Vergelesses ‘Clos Berthet’-1er cru 2012 – Dubreuil Fontaine
Sauvignon de Saint Bris 2012
Saint Véran 2012
Pouilly Fuisée 2012
Santenay 1er cru 2010
Chicken and lime salad
Curried rice with shrimp
Marinated red cabbage with Roquefort cheese
Spinach leaves with yogurt and garlic dressing
Pear frangipane tart
Grilled tuna steaks with lemon olive oil
Provençal style puff pastry pie
Cucumber salad with mint
Cherry tomatoes and basil
Garlic and rosemary roasted new potatoes
Puff pastry filled with wild mushrooms in a cream sauce
Roasted monkfish fillet wrapped in local driedham with basil and sun dried tomato
Strawberry charlotte with homemade strawberry yogurt ice cream
Pan seared foie gras with green asparagusand a balsamic vinegar reduction
Veal medallions with a rosemary sauce,chanterelles, steamed snow
peas and potato gratin
Pavlova meringue with caramelised pineapple
Charter only bookings
Sunday to Saturday
Value rate weeks:
April 8, 15, 22
October 14, 21
8 guest charter: 54,000 USD
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
October 7, 13
8 guest charter: 60,000 USD
Per Cabin bookings
Double Cabin: 7,500 USD per person
Single Occupancy Supplement: 7,500 USD
Minimum two double cabins will sail
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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