Australia's Leading Specialists in French Barge Cruises



Impressioniste is a First Class category barge.

Impressionniste is perfect for: Couples, Families, Groups of friends, Wine appreciation, Excellent Cycling/Walking (extensive sections of uninterrupted towpath all along the cruise route), Historic interest, Charming Villages.

Impressionniste is one of our favourite French canal barges – due to its lovely interior, fabulous itinerary that includes some of the most beautiful highlights of Burgundy, and its excellent crew.

Impressionniste accommodates 12 passengers in 6 cabins. It offers 2 junior Suites for those opting for a more spacious cabin. The barge interior is light and spacious, with details such as wood paneling and attractive prints and fabrics. The salon offers panoramic windows so that you can enjoy the lovely views even when inside the barge.

Burgundy is a stunning region full of castles, spectacular vineyards and picturesque towns and villages, all of which you can discover while cruising on the Impressioniste, either while walking or cycling from the barge or on one of the fascinating daily excursions.












Cruise Itinerary

Sunday, Day 1 Escommes
Guests are met at the Hotel Westminster in Paris and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the elegant L’Impressionniste. A champagne reception welcomes you on board and the opportunity to meet the captain and crew. Enjoy a stroll into Escommes before dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 Escommes to Vandenesse

We begin our voyage this morning from the canal summit in Escommes, 1,250 feet above sea level and cruise to Vandenesse-en-Auxois. This afternoon we visit Château de Bussy-Rabutin and see the portrait gallery created by the disgraced courtier of King Louis XIV, before strolling through the gardens and enjoying views of the château surrounded by its moat. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 Vandenesse to Pont d’Ouche

This morning we cruise to Pont d’Ouche, crossing the only canal bridge on the Burgundy Canal and a perfect time to explore the towpath on foot or bicycle. After lunch, we visit the medieval village, craft shops and castle of Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, once an outpost of the Dukes of Burgundy and offering a fine overview of the feeder lakes, canal and surrounding countryside. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 Pont d’Ouche to La Bussière
After a short morning cruise, we set off on a drive through the vineyards, stopping en route at the “vigne de l’enfant Jesus”, a famous vineyard owned by the Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils. There, a wine expert will give us a real insight into the production of the domaine’s Grand Cru and Premier Cru wines. We continue to Beaune, capital of Burgundy wine country, for a winery tour and private tasting of Bouchard Père et Fils wines before enjoying a gastronomic lunch in the orangery of Château de Beaune, owned by the winery since 1820. Afterwards, we visit the fascinating 15th century Hôtel-Dieu Hospice and explore the town, before returning to the barge for a short evening cruise to La Bussière. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5 La Bussière to Gissey-sur-Ouche

After breakfast, we cruise to Gissey-sur-Ouche, again with plenty of opportunity to walk or cycle along the ever-present towpath past sleepy villages and pretty lock houses. In the afternoon we visit Clos de Vougeot, headquarters of the esteemed Chevaliers du Tastevin, who annually award prized special labels to the finest Côte d‘Or vintages. We also enjoy a tasting of fine Burgundy wines in the cellars of the reputable domaine, Château André Ziltener, a family-run winery built on the foundations of an old Cistercian abbey. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Gissey-sur-Ouche to Fleurey-sur-Ouche
This morning, we take a walking tour of old Dijon, including a visit to the vivid flower and produce markets, mustard shops and the impressive Notre-Dame de Dijon, or enjoy some excellent shopping time. Return to the hotel barge for lunch and a leisurely afternoon cruise, with perhaps a walk or bicycle ride to the next lock or two, to arrive at our final mooring at Fleurey-sur-Ouche. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 Fleurey-sur-Ouche

After breakfast, guests are transferred to the Hotel Westminster in Paris.

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.



Accommodation Value Regular
Stateroom per person €4,350.00 €5,090.00
Junior Suite per person €4,490.00 €5,190.00
Single Supplement €1,600.00 €1,850.00
Charter Max. 8 pax. €44,000.00 €50,900.00
Charter Max. 9 pax. €45,400.00 €52,600.00
Charter Max. 10 pax. €46,500.00 €53,900.00
Charter Max. 11 pax. €47,600.00 €55,200.00
Charter Max. 12 pax. €48,700.00 €56,500.00

Note all our prices are in euros. We convert to Australian dollars at current exchange rates on the day of payment of deposit/full payment.

Departure Dates 2018 (Sunday) Rate
April 08, 15, 22 Val
April 29 Reg
May 06, 13, 20, 27 Reg
June 03, 10, 17, 24 Reg
July 01, 08, 15 Reg
July 22, 29 Val
August 05, 12, 19, Val
August 26 Reg
September 02, 09, 16, 23, 30 Reg
October 07, 14, 21 Val

Return transfers between Paris and the hotel barge (approximate transfer duration 3h 15m), a luxury 6 night cruise, all meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef, an open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, all wines served throughout the cruise, excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary, the services of 6 crew and use of barge facilities, which include bicycles and spa pool.

Gallery Floorplan & Map









Impressionniste is currently offering the following specials:

Offer Type Discount
Departures in 2017
Deposit By
per cabin 10% off per cabin Apr 23; Jun 4 28 Feb 2017
per charter 10% off per charter Apr 9, 16 & 30; May 7; Jun 4 & 25; Jul 9, 16, 23 & 30; Aug 13 28 Feb 2017

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