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Private Charter - Historical Burgundy Cruise Aboard La Belle Epoque

Example 7 Day Cruise aboard La Belle Epoque
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Embark on a seven-day private trip of discovery through an area rich in traditions and history dating back generations as you cruise along the Burgundy Canal past wineries and lovely scenery. Relax on the deck of La Belle Epoque, if you prefer, as you take in the sights of Burgundy's charming villages while strolling or riding the towpath. Explore the historic Noyers-Sur-Serein, where you may sample the French market's native foods, colors, and joys. The hilltop village of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain or the medieval town of Semur-en-Auxois can be explored by foot or by car, respectively. Before returning to Paris, take a tour to Chablis and sample some of Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard's high-quality wines.

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  • Visit the beautiful Abbaye de Fontenay, a UNESCO World Heritage site with your private group of up to 12 guests
  • Wander the streets of Noyers-sur-Serein, one of the most beautiful villages in Burgundy
  • Tour the village of Flavigny sur Ozerain, the location of the film ‘Chocolat’
  • Enjoy a private wine tasting of Chablis wines in the cellars of a renowned Domaine
  • Visit to battle site of Alesia
Places Visited
  • Europe
  • France
  • Ancy-le-Franc
  • European Union
  • Franche-Comté
  • Lezinnes
  • Montbard
  • Ravières
  • Tanlay
  • Venarey-les-Laumes
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.

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Day 1: Venarey-les-Laumes | Embark

Guests are picked up in Paris and transferred to La Belle Epoque by a private chauffeured minibus. The crew welcomes guests with champagne and canapés. After you settle into your cabin, have your first dinner on board with Burgundy’s delicious cuisine.

Day 2: Montbard

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, then cruise through woodlands and rolling fields with great towpath biking and walking opportunities past the tiny canalside villages of Nogent, Courcelles, and Les Granges. After an early lunch, visit the moat-encircled Château de Commarin to be treated to a private demonstration of the medieval sport of falconry. The close-up encounter with these majestic birds against the backdrop of the castle grounds is an amazing experience. Afterward, meet Count Bertrand de Vogue, the current resident and 26th generation of the de Vogue family to maintain continuous residence since the 13th century, who then gives a fascinating insight into the Château’s history, followed by a private tour of the building. Dinner on board.

Day 3: Ravières

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you pass through the 18th-century Forges de Buffon, you can enjoy yourself while walking or riding bikes along the towpath nearby. After lunch, be escorted to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Abbaye de Fontenay, constructed by St. Bernard in 1118. This was one of the first French monuments that distinguished Abbey's exceptional interest and its natural environment. Speaking to an unmistakable case of early Cistercian design. Fontenay permits an outstanding look at Cistercian life and industry with its peaceful gardens, ponds, fascinating cloisters, dormitories, and scriptorium for all intents and purposes in place. Dinner served on board. 

Day 4: Ancy-le-Franc

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A truly special day lies ahead. Following breakfast aboard, head to Les Riceys, the only wine-growing area of the Champagne region to have 3 Appellation d’Origine Contrôlées. Here visit the Maison Alexandre Bonnet for a private champagne tasting, a family-owned Champagne house renowned for a stunning yearly harvest of Pinot Noir that leads to some utterly exquisite vintages. After you’ve tasted an array of champagnes, take a short drive to Château de Ricey-Bas; with its 12th-century vaulted cellars and thousand-year history, it’s the ideal location to appreciate the rolling vineyards and enjoy a glimpse of family life in a rural château. Be greeted for a Champagne aperitif and a gourmet lunch with the Baroness herself, which you take in either the private salon or the atmospheric vaulted 13th-century kitchen. Spend the remainder of the afternoon strolling the beautiful gardens or exploring the regal château interiors. Upon your return to the barge, begin your cruise to Ancy-le-Franc, plenty of opportunities to walk or cycle along the towpath or sit on the deck with another glass of bubbly! Dinner on board.

Day 5: Lezinnes

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Château d’Ancy-le-Franc, a picturesque place for lovers of history, art, and beautiful stonework. Château d’Ancy-le-Franc is a masterpiece from the 16th century that contains the biggest collection of Renaissance murals, situated in stunning gardens and parklands. La Belle Epoque continues cruising along the Burgundy canal and goes down through the picture-perfect locks to moor at Lezinnes. Dinner served on board. 

Day 6: Tanlay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, enjoy a leisurely cruise to your final mooring at Tanlay, with the opportunity to cycle or walk into the picturesque village of Saint Vinnemer. Following lunch, visit the town of Chablis, dating back to Roman times, and enjoy a private wine tasting at the prestigious Domaine Laroche. There, also see the 1000-year-old Obediencerie, originally part of the monastery of St Martin, the founders of Chablis, where the domaine’s wines have been aged for centuries. Later return to the barge for the Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 7: Tanlay | Disembark

After breakfast, guests are transferred back to Paris.


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125 - 130 sq. ft. featuring twin or double beds, private bathroom with shower, wardrobe and a small table.
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150 - 165 sq. ft. featuring win or double beds, private bathroom with shower, wardrobe and a small table.


- All children under the age of 18 years accepted onboard qualify for a discount of $300 per child per week.
  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Selected regional wines and alcoholic beverages
  • Complimentary use of bicycles
  • All sightseeing tours and admittance fees
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Superior Châteaux vintage wines
  • Passport or Visa fees



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