Prospérité is an Ultra Deluxe category barge and is available for CHARTER ONLY.
This barge is perfect for: Families, Groups of friends, Good Cycling/Walking, Historic interest, Markets, Charming Villages, Wine. Barge available for charter only – get a group of friends together for an exceptional gourmet/deluxe getaway!
The crew of Prospérité know that barge cruises are best enjoyed slowly, completely, fully as you savor the taste of a crusty baguette whisked fresh from the oven or smell the exquisite bouquet of a glass of vintage burgundy or cognac. Enjoy tasting the velvet texture of fresh Camembert or Brie melting upon the tongue while you luxuriate on a French barge cruise in Burgundy. Spend a week cruising centuries-old canals through the verdant fields and picturesque villages of provincial France.
Prospérité is an ultra-luxurious barge which offers some of the largest rooms and highest level of amenities you will find on any of the barges in France. Dining aboard is unlike any other barge on the French canals. Let our private chef captivate your taste buds with fresh and elegant French 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, and on request, eggs any way you like. Usually served on deck, lunch is an ever-changing array of buffets from salads, quiche, pate, bread, fresh fruit and local cheeses.
While dinner is in an elegant setting feel free to come in informal attire. Sit back, relax and enjoy a gourmet meal, which is full of flavor and light in feeling. Take pleasure in wines, especially chosen for each meal and selected from numerous French vineyards. You’ll get the opportunity to try vintages new to you – as well as enjoy old favorites. All told, onboard alone you will sample 24 wines and 36 cheeses on your week aboard Prospérité.
The four luxurious staterooms provide 270 square-feet of space, stereo systems, an electronically adjustable oversized twin or king bed and private bath with tub, separate shower, and heated towel racks. Individually controlled central heating and air-conditioning. As you can see from our photo gallery, the interior decor is exceptionally tasteful and well appointed throughout the salon and separate dining room.
Time seems to stand still as the barge slowly motors by quaint stone churches and well-kept houses, periodically pausing at moss-covered locks, as it makes its leisurely way from one town to the next. Catch up on your reading on deck, enjoy a delicious, gourmet meal from your private chef’s kitchen and simply relax to the gentle sounds of water lapping against the hull. Enjoy the quiet sensation that comes with unplugging yourself from the 24/7 world on a luxury barge cruise.
The Prospérité barge cruise features daily excursions in our accompanying Mercedes bus into the surrounding countryside. You will explore the local chateaux or sip the fruits of one of the many local vineyards.
Prospérité is expressly designed and constructed to meet the expectations of upscale travelers desiring to experience the luxury of five star travel!
PROSPÉRITÉ AT A GLANCE:
8 PASSENGERS – CHARTER ONLY
4 EXTRA LARGE TWIN/DOUBLE CABINS WITH EN-SUITE BATHROOMS, ALL 270 SQUARE FEET
39 METRES LONG
AIR CONDITIONING/CENTRAL HEATING
AUDIO SYSTEM IN EACH CABIN
JACUZZI ON DECK/OUTDOOR DINING
1 AIR CONDITIONED MINIBUS FOR EXCURSIONS
Sunday: Paris to Plombieres-les-Dijon
A member of Prosperite crew will meet your party at one pickup location in central Paris at 2:00 pm or, alternatively, one pickup location in Dijon, Beaune, or the immediate Cote d’Or area at 4:00 pm and then chauffeur you via Mercedes Minivan to the barge, at anchor in in the petite port of Plombieres-les-Dijon, located just outside the larger town of Dijon. You’ll be welcomed by the traditional champagne reception, and enjoy the first of many gourmet dinners on board. Tonight we stay in Plombieres-les-Dijon.
Monday: Plombieres-les-Dijon to Fleury-sur-Ouche
Prospérité heads onto the Burgundy Canal for a tranquil morning cruise. Prospérité will go through the first of many locks. After lunch, devote the afternoon to an introduction to the Cote d’Or wine region lying south of the canal. First, we’ll drive among the vineyards and villages of the “Route des Grand Crus” on the way to Clos de Vougeot, pictured above, a 12th century chateau where Cistercian monks learned the art of winemaking. Explore the ancient wine presses and soak in the ambiance of this elegant chateau surrounded by vineyards. Then it is back to Prospérité, now moored in Fleurey-sur-Ouche.
Tuesday: Fleury-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche
This morning we’ll drive to Dijon for a morning devoted to this lovely town. First, walk the historic district, with its colorful tiled rooftop buildings, and then stop at the Covered Food Market, which was designed by Eiffel of Tower fame! A vast selection of produce, fish, cheeses, breads, baked goods and prepared delicacies brings this bustling market to life. There will be time to browse in tiny shops lining the cobblestoned streets, too. Then its back to Prospérité for lunch and an afternoon cruise to Gissey-sur-Ouche. On the way, what about getting out our bicycles for a meander on the towpath and into a village or two. Dinner on board ends this wonderful day.
Wednesday: Gissey-sur-Ouche to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche
A short morning cruise to Le Bussiere-sur-Ouche begins this eventful day. After lunch, we visit the adorable village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois perched high on a hill overlooking the canal. Here is an enchanting old chateau — very simple but with history and ghosts around every corner. Then walk the cobblestoned streets of the village; perhaps one of the craft ships is open. Then it’s back to Prospérité where there will be time to prepare for dinner at Abbaye de la Bussiere, a former Cistercian Abbey now immaculately restored into a hotel and Michelin-starred restaurant. Pictured below are Prosperite guests dining at Abbaye de la Bussiere.
Thursday: La Bussiere-sur-Ouche to Pont d’Ouche
This morning, cruise deeper into the Ouche Valley to Pont D’Ouche. This is a great time to walk, bicycle or sit on deck and watch scenes of great beauty float by. After lunch, it’s back into the Mercedes Minivan for a cruise high point: An excursion to Beaune. This enchanting town is the wine capital of Cote d’ Or: Underneath its streets lie hundreds of miles of wine cellars. Visit the 15th-century hospital Hotel Dieu; (pictured above left) it is gorgeously preserved and provides a unique glimpse of life in the Middle Ages. There may be time for an impromptu winetasting, browse the shops, or enjoy a cafe in the square. Then it’s back to Prospérité to re-live the day at dinner on-board.
Friday: Pont d’Ouche to Vandenesse-en-Auxois
Our final morning cruise takes Prospérité to Vandenesse-en-Auxois. Take a last, long morning to relax! Then, it’s back to the Cote d’ Or vineyards, passing through colorful villages on the way to a cellar tour/winetasting at Domaine Prieur-Brunet in Santenay. Return to your barge — now your home away from home — for cocktails and the festive Captain’s Dinner. End your Prospérité cruise in style!
Saturday: Return to Paris
After breakfast, you’ll depart at 9:00 am and be chauffeured as a group either to one location in central Paris or one location at Charles de Gaulle Airport. Estimated arrival time is 1:00 pm. Please make all onward travel plans on the basis of the timing. Transfers to either central Paris or Charles de Gaulle which fall outside of these specific parameters can be arranged by us before departure at your expense. We hope you have enjoyed your cruise on Prosperite!
Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions. The route will run in reverse on alternate weeks.
2018 VALUE SEASON RATES:
Whole Boat Charter for up to 8 guests: $54,000
2018 VALUE SEASON DATES:
April 1st, 8th, 15th and October 14th, 21st
2018 REGULAR SEASON RATE:
Whole Boat Charter of up to 8: $60,000
2018 REGULAR SEASON DATES:
April 22, 29; May 06, 13, 20, 27; June 03, 10, 17, 24; July 01, 08, 15, 22, 29; August 05, 12, 19, 26; September 02, 09, 16, 23, 30; October 07.
Note all our prices are in US Dollars. We convert to Australian dollars at current exchange rates on the day of payment of deposit/full payment.
Cruise is all-inclusive – price includes accommodation in ensuite cabins, gourmet cuisine provided by your private on-board chef, all beverages including premium local wines and mixed drinks, all excursions, entries and transport in air-conditioned mini-vans.