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Aristocracy, Wine & Chateaux; Cruise on “La Belle Epoque” in August 2022

Private dinner with the elegant and delightful Baroness Segolene de Taisne at her family castle; exclusive private tour of Chateau de Commarin with 26th generation owner, the charming Comte Bertrand de Vogue; outstanding wine & champagne tastings; charming villages and markets!

As many of you know, “La Belle Epoque” has for many years been one of my favourite hotel barges; in fact it was the first barge I ever cruised on and we subsequently used Belle many times on our group tours for a wonderful week on the Nivernais Canal. For a number of years now, she has been cruising on a different section of canal; no longer the Nivernais, but the Canal de Bourgogne in northern Burgundy – so the cruise route is totally different to what it used to be. This cruise incorporates a whole new offering of highlights – and Belle has been totally refurbished since the last time the majority of you were on board! So… I’d love you to join me on a very special and exclusive “Toujours France” cruise departing 28th August next year – with a 10% discount off the normal tour price! The barge will be chartered for the exclusive use of our group, with some exceptional private visits. We can also offer a wide range of accommodation in Paris pre- and post-cruise.

Cruise Highlights

  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Abbaye de Fontenay
  • Private tasting of Chablis wines at the prestigious Domaine La Roche, including a visit to the 1000 year old monastery cellars
  • Visit to the Château de Commarin for a unique falconry display & private tour with Comte Bernard de Vogue
  • Private Champagne Tasting at the Alexandre Bonnet Champagne House
  • Dine with the Baroness Segolene de Taisne at the magnificent Château de Ricey-Bas
  • Market day at Ancy-Le-Franc and visit to the gorgeous little village of Noyers, one of the “Plus Beaux Villages de France”
  • Excellent towpath for walking & biking.

Have a preview of your exclusive lunch with the charming Baroness de Taisne!

I’m so excited to be cruising on La Belle Epoque again. Apart from the fantastic excursions we have planned on this itinerary, there is nothing like walking or cycling through the Burgundy countryside on the endless stretches of towpath that this cruise route provides. It’s just beautiful. Or relaxing on deck watching the magnificent countryside meander by, enjoying a glass of that delicious crisp Chablis… and of course as always on a barge cruise, the cuisine and wines served on board are exceptional.

La Belle Epoque Photo Gallery

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The normal price for this cruise is 5550 euros per person. The price for exclusive tour departure on August 28th, 2022 is 4940 euros per person twin/double share. If you are travelling as a single traveller the supplement is 1500 euros.

Please contact Sue at for further information or to secure your place on the cruise! You can also reach me on (+61) 0413055360.