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Impressionniste

Overview

Impressioniste is a Deluxe 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.

IMPRESSIONNISTE AT A GLANCE

12 GUESTS

2 JUNIOR SUITES, 4 STATEROOMS, EN-SUITE BATHROOMS
Junior Suites 143 – 152 sq. feet
Staterooms 110 – 127 sq. feet – may be double or twin configuration

5 CREW

128 FEET (38 METRES) LONG

12 BICYCLES

AIR CONDITIONING/CENTRAL HEATING

CD PLAYER, GAMES, LIBRARY

JACUZZI ON DECK

2 AIR CONDITIONED MINIBUSES FOR EXCURSIONS

Itinerary

Cruise Itinerary

Sunday, Day 1 Fleurey-sur-Ouche
Guests are met at our meeting point 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. Then enjoy your first dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Sainte Marie-sur-Ouche
This morning, experience your first day’s cruise along this enchanting canal, which also promises a walk or cycle along an ever-present towpath past sleepy villages and pretty lock houses. After lunch we visit Clos de Vougeot, headquarters of the esteemed Chevaliers du Tastevin, who award a special prized label to the finest Côte d‘Or vintages every year. On the way back to the hotel barge we enjoy a tour of the cellars and a private tasting of fine Burgundy wines at another long-established domaine. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 Sainte Marie-sur Ouche to La Bussière
After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of old Dijon, including a visit to the vivid 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 to La Bussière and perhaps a walk or bicycle ride to the next lock or two. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 La Bussière to Pont d’Ouche

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 domaine’s production of its 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 Pont d’Ouche. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5 Pont d’Ouche to Vandenesse
After breakfast, we cruise to Vandenesse-en-Auxois, passing grazing white Charolais cattle, rolling hills and picturesque villages, crossing the only aqueduct on the Burgundy Canal. After lunch on board, 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.

Friday, Day 6 Vandenesse to Escommes

Our last day’s leisurely cruise takes us to the canal summit, 1,250 feet above sea level, just before the Pouilly tunnel. After an early lunch, we 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 and afterwards, we 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 will give a fascinating insight into the Château’s history. This is followed by a private tour of the building. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 Escommes
After breakfast, guests are transferred to Paris**.

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

**other locations available for Private Charter bookings

*** Weather Dependent

 

Prices

2019 PRICES

AccommodationValueRegular
Stateroom per person€4,490.00€5,250.00
Junior Suite per person€4,590.00€5,350.00
Single Supplement€1,650.00€1,900.00
Charter Max. 8 pax.€45,200.00€52,600.00
Charter Max. 9 pax.€46,600.00€54,300.00
Charter Max. 10 pax.€47,700.00€55,600.00
Charter Max. 11 pax.€48,800.00€56,900.00
Charter Max. 12 pax.€49,900.00€58,200.00

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 2019 (Sunday)Rate
April 7, 14, 21Val
April 28Reg
May 5, 12, 19, 26Reg
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30Reg
July 7, 14Reg
July 21, 28Val
August 4, 11, 18Val
August 25Reg
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29Reg
October 6, 13, 20Val

Inclusions: 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 FLOORPLAN

 

IMPRESSIONNISTE CRUISE ROUTE

 

limpressioniste-map

 

Specials

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