Sumptuous and regal cruising in Burgundy
La Reine Pedauque, newly refurbished and sailing once more in the heart of Burgundy, offers an exceptional barge cruise for just 8 guests. Take a cruise along the Ouche Valley, perhaps one of prettiest stretches of canal in France; relax on the sunny deck and enjoy the passing vistas of rolling hills, dotted with tiny villages and historic chateaux; relish delicious wine-tastings in the Cote d’Or.
Available for charters, couples or individuals, La Reine Pedauque has four luxury staterooms, all with private bathrooms, and a spacious saloon and dining area. Unusually, she has a lift and offers cruises for those with reduced mobility or needing wheelchair access.
Cruises are from Friday to Thursday, and she also offers short cruises.
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Hotel Barge Reine Pedauque :: Key Features
- Grand Luxe class (5*)
- Canal de Bourgogne, Burgundy
- Charter and by-cabin booking, 6 nights and 3 nights, May to October
- 8 guests / 4 double or twin cabins with ensuite bathrooms
- Individually controlled air conditioning and heating
- Full board, on-board dining
- Spacious sun deck with shaded dining area, loungers and spa tub
- Wifi (limited in some places)
- Air-conditioned executive minibus for transfers and excursions
Hotel Barge Reine Pedauque : Cruise Highlights
- Wine-tastings along the Route des Grand Crus
- Visit the Chateau de Commarin, a fine moated hunting lodge
- Explore the charming town of Beaune, the wine capital of the Cote d’Or
- Walk and cycle the new velo-route alongside the canal
- Cruise the scenic river Ouche valley
- Tour of Dijon, capital of Burgundy, and major landmarks
- Visit to spectacular Chateauneuf-en-Auxois and beautifully restored 12th century Cistercian abbey
Hotel Barge Reine Pedauque is owned and operated by Marco Düggelin, managed by Kevin Gosnell and captained by Laurence Millot. “It is our personal goal to ensure that everyone who’s setting foot on the gangplank of La Reine Pédauque feels like a Queen or King of ancient times”.
Transfers to and from the pick up point in Dijon (cabin bookings), Paris, Lyon, Strasbourg or Geneva; all meals and drinks on board, excursion guide, fees and transport
Air fares to and within France; travel, medical and cancellation insurance; crew gratuities (5–10% suggested)
Hotel Barge Reine Pedauque
Grand 6-night cruise between Dijon and Vandenesse en Auxois, Canal de Bourgogne, Southern Burgundy
This is a suggested itinerary and can be re-designed for charter parties.
Day 1 Friday – Arrival
Charter parties can be met in Geneva, Lyon or Paris and accompanied on 1st class rail ticket to La Reine Pedauque. Kir Royal welcome, meet the crew and settle in before dinner on board.
Day 2 Saturday – Dijon to Fleury-sur-Ouche
After breakfast, a guided tour through Dijon, its famous covered market and medieval centre. Plenty of time to shop and enjoy a coffee in a street cafe. Then cruise on to Fleury and moor for the night with dinner on board.
Day 3 Sunday – Fleury-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche
Cruise into the narrow Ouche valley, alongside the delightfully clear river Ouche. As the canal twists and turns through the hamlet-dotted hillsides, you can walk or cycle the even tow-path alongside the barge. Excursion to Chateau du Commarin, a hunting lodge, where the Compte du Vogue still resides, or Ferme Fruirouge to learn about the production of ‘Cassis’.
Day 4 Monday – Moored at Fleury-sur-Ouche
A full-day excursion to Beaune and the capital of Burgundy wines for wine-tastings and a gourmet lunch. Visit the famous Hospice de Beaune, stroll along the cobbled streets and enjoy the street-cafe culture
Day 5 Tuesday – Gissey-sur-Ouche to Pont d’Ouche
A full day cruising gently on through the countryside, and through many locks as the canal climbs the hillside. Relax on deck with a book or paints, or walk and cycle alongside the barge, with lovely sunny views across the fields.
Day 6 Wednesday – Pont d’Ouche to Vandenesse en Auxois
Leave the Ouche valley to moor at Vandenesse and then a visit Chateauneuf en Auxois; a medieval village, with picturesque streets and delightful views over the Auxois plains, lakes and distant Morvan hills. Captain’s Dinner on board this evening.
Day 7 Thursday – Departure
After breakfast, depart for return transfer and onward journey.
Please note: On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
Mini Dream Cruise
La Reine Pedauque also offers a short cruise of 4 days and 3 nights on board, with the same top quality standards of cuisine and excursions. Enquire here.
Hotel Barge La Reine Pedauque cruises through Southern Burgundy (from Vandenesse to Dijon)
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 La Reine Pedauque : Details and facilities
- Dimensions: 38.5m long
- Cabins: 4 x suites, king-size double or twin beds
Commodore – Deluxe bow cabin 18m2
Royal 1 – Super Deluxe centre cabin 20m2
– Wheelchair access and special bathroom for handicapped guests
– Elevator to top deck
Royal 2 – Super Deluxe centre cabin 20m2
– Special bathroom fittings for reduced mobility guests
Imperial – 27m2 Super Deluxe aft cabin
Heated towel rail in bathroom
- All bathrooms have a single basin, shower and are supplied with Bulgari toiletries. All have opening window except Royal 1.
- All cabins have individually controlled heating and air conditioning, plus two opening windows, bathrobe, slippers and hair-dryer
- 380v and 220v electrical fittings
- Professional English-speaking crew of 5 – Captain, tour director, deck-hand and hostess
Other items on board La Reine Pedauque
- Satellite TV, DVD player and Wifi
- PC computer abd iPOD
- Daily room service
- Light laundry service
- Massage, manicure, hairdresser arranged at extra cost
- Handicapped-friendly access and wheelchair elevator
- Open bar
- 8 ‘City’ bicycles and helmets
- Air-conditioned executive minibus for transfers/excursions
Hotel Barge La Reine Pedauque : Cuisine
Dining aboard La Reine Pedauque is a lavish experience:
Continental-style breakfasts include healthy cereals, croissants, pastries and fresh fruits and yoghurts. a selection of teas and juices and delicious coffees.
Lunches are light, with meats and salads; one or two lunches taken off board at excellent local restaurants.
Dinners are four courses, lovingly created by chef from fresh ingredients purchased locally. Wines and cheeses are carefully chosen to match individual dishes and are presented by your hostess.
Guests’ special diets or preferences are gladly accommodated by chef but notice must be given in good time before the cruise.
Friday to Thursday
Value rate weeks:
April 6, 13
2 guest charter: 31,000 USD
4 guest charter: 39,000 USD
6 guest charter: 46,000 USD
8 guest charter: 53,000 USD
2 guest charter: 20,000 USD
4 guest charter: 24,500 USD
6 guest charter: 28,000 USD
8 guest charter: 32,000 USD
Regular rate weeks:
April 20, 27
May 4, 11, 18, 25
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
July 6, 13, 20, 27
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
September 7, 14, 21, 28
October 5, 12, 19, 26
November 2, 9
2 guest charter: 37,000 USD
4 guest charter: 45,000 USD
6 guest charter: 52,000 USD
8 guest charter: 59,000 USD
2 guest charter: 22,000 USD
4 guest charter: 27,000 USD
6 guest charter: 31,000 USD
8 guest charter: 35,000 USD
Cruises are guaranteed to sail starting from the 1st booking, even if not all suites are occupied. With the first-bookers express consent only, further bookings can be accepted. The cruise-fare will then be equally divided according to the prices above.
Double Cabin: 22,000 USD
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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