HOTEL BARGES / LA BELLE EPOQUE
Venarey les Laumes to Tanlay
Sunday - Venarey
Guests are met at the designated meeting point in Paris and transferred to the barge moored in Venarey-les -Laumes . A full crew Welcome Aboard with champagne and canapés . After time to settle into your cabin you will enjoy your first dinner aboard and an introduction to Burgundy’s excellent cuisine.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, followed by either a stroll around the hilltop village of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain , where the film ‘Chocolat’ was set, or a tour of the medieval town of Semur-en-Auxois . On the way from the summit of Mount Auxois , we also look at Alesia, where the last battle between the Gauls and Romans took place in 52 B.C. and visit the impressive museum. After lunch we cruise through woodlands and rolling fields with great towpath biking and walking opportunities past the tiny canal side villages of Nogent, Courcelles and Les Granges. Dinner on board.
Tuesday - Montbard to Ravières
Morning cruise with excellent towpath walking or cycling, passing the 18th century Forges de Buffon. Today we also escort you to the exquisite World Heritage UNESCO site of Abbaye de Fontenay founded by St Bernard in 1118. Representing a distinctive example of early Cistercian architecture and virtually intact, Fontenay allows an exceptional glimpse of Cistercian life and industry with its peaceful gardens and ponds and fascinating cloisters, dormitories and scriptorium. We return to the barge and continue our cruise to Ravières. Dinner on board.
Ravieres to Ancy le Franc
Ancy le Franc to Ravieres
Morning visit to medieval Noyers-sur-Serein to admire the local produce, colours and delights of the traditional French market, or to wander the town ramparts in this, one of the most beautiful villages in France. We return to the hotel barge and after lunch on board, enjoy a gentle afternoon cruise past grazing Charolais cattle, to moor in Ancy-le-Franc. Dinner ashore at a local restaurant.
Ancy-le-Franc to Lezinnes
This morning we visit Château d’Ancy-le-Franc. This beautifully symmetrical, 16th century masterpiece contains France’s biggest collection of Renaissance murals and is set in magnificent gardens and parkland. In the afternoon, a gentle cruise as your hotel barge continues along the Burgundy Canal and descends through the picturesque locks to moor at Lezinnes. Dinner on board.
Friday - Lezinnes to Tanlay
After breakfast we enjoy a leisurely cruise to our final mooring at Tanlay, with the opportunity to cycle or walk into the picturesque village of Saint Vinnemer. Following lunch, we tour the vineyards and town of Chablis, dating back to Roman times and enjoy a private wine tasting at a renowned winemaker such as the family-run Domaine Régnard, that makes the most of the region’s wonderful local terroir to produce high quality wines, before returning to the barge. Perhaps a stroll through the grounds of nearby Château de Tanlay before the Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Saturday - Tanlay
After breakfast, disembark La Belle Epoque and transfer to the designated drop-off point in Paris.
On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.