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La Belle Epoque

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La Belle Epoque is a Deluxe category barge.

La Belle Epoque 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, Markets, Charming villages.

La Belle Epoque is one of our old favourites and is “sister ship” to the Impressioniste, also on the Burgundy Canal. The wood panelled lounge, dining area and bar make a delightful area in which to relax, and the spacious cabins offer marble bathrooms.

Her itinerary encompasses some exceptionally beautiful parts of Burgundy – including the magnificent chateaux of Tanlay and Ancy-le-Franc, one of the classified “most beautiful villages of France”, Noyers, and the famous wine producing village of Chablis. A highlight of the cruise is the superb Burgundy wine served on board during the week, and from the flower filled, spacious deck area guests can view one of the most outstanding stretches of canal in France.

Relax in the Jacuzzi with a glass of champagne as you cruise along – dreamy!



Junior Suites: 150 – 165 sq. feet
Staterooms: 125 – 130 sq. feet









Cruise Itinerary

Sunday, Day 1 Venarey-les-Laumes
Guests are met at the Hotel Westminster in Paris and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to La Belle Epoque. A full crew Welcome Aboard with champagne and canapés. After time to settle into your cabin you will enjoy your first dinner on board and an introduction to Burgundy’s excellent cuisine.

Monday, Day 2 Venarey-les-Laumes to Montbard

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, then we 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 lunch, we enjoy either a stroll around the hilltop village of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, where the film ‘Chocolat’ was set, or a tour of the medieval town of Semur-en-Auxois. On the way from the summit of Mount Auxois, we also look at Alesia, where the last battle between the Gauls and Romans took place in 52 B.C. and visit the impressive museum. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 Montbard to Ravières

Morning cruise with excellent towpath walking or cycling, passing the 18th century Forges de Buffon. Then after lunch we escort you to the exquisite UNESCO World Heritage site of Abbaye de Fontenay founded by St Bernard in 1118. Representing a distinctive example of early Cistercian architecture and virtually intact, Fontenay allows an exceptional glimpse of Cistercian life and industry with its peaceful gardens, ponds and fascinating cloisters, dormitories and scriptorium. Return to the barge and cruise to Ravières. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 Ravières to Ancy-le-Franc
Morning visit to medieval Noyers-sur-Serein to admire the local produce, colours and delights of the traditional French market, or to wander the town ramparts in this, one of the most beautiful villages in France. We return to the hotel barge and after lunch on board, enjoy a gentle afternoon cruise past grazing Charolais cattle, with plenty of opportunity to walk or cycle along the towpath, to moor in Ancy-le-Franc. Dinner ashore at a local restaurant.

Thursday, Day 5 Ancy-le-Franc to Lezinnes
This morning we visit Château d’Ancy-le-Franc. This beautifully symmetrical, 16th century masterpiece contains France’s biggest collection of Renaissance murals and is set in magnificent gardens and parkland. In the afternoon, a gentle cruise as your hotel barge continues along the Burgundy Canal and descends through the picturesque locks to moor at Lezinnes. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Lezinnes to Tanlay
After breakfast we enjoy a leisurely cruise to our final mooring at Tanlay, with the opportunity to cycle or walk into the picturesque village of Saint Vinnemer. Following lunch, we tour the vineyards and town of Chablis, dating back to Roman times and enjoy a private wine tasting at a renowned winemaker such as the family-run Domaine Jean Marc Brocard, which makes the most of the region’s wonderful local terroir to produce high quality wines, before returning to the barge for Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 Tanlay
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 (the approximate transfer duration is 2hrs 30mins), 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


La Belle Epoque Deck Plan-with textLA BELLE EPOQUE CRUISE ROUTE



La Belle Epoque is offering the current specials:

Offer Type Discount
Departures in 2017
Deposit By
La Belle Epoque
per charter 10% off per charter Apr 2, 9, 16 & 23; May 7 & 21; Jun 18; Jul 9 & 16; Aug 13 28 Feb 2017