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L'impressionniste Barge in Burgundy

Reference: Barge

  • Deluxe Barge

  • 6 Cabins with 6 Crew

  • Price per person in a twin share Cabin from: A$ 7,350

LImpressionniste Cruisin nayL’Impressionniste is in many ways similar to our other 12 passenger hotel barge in Burgundy, La Belle Epoque, offering an onboard ambience that combines traditional and more modern French influences.

Her light and airy interior features picture windows and prints reminiscent of the era after which she has been named. In the spacious saloon with its rich-coloured teak flooring and soft lighting, there are balloon-backed dining chairs and comfortable leather sofas that complete the effect.

The cabins, each one bearing the name of a renowned Impressionist painter, offer a choice of accommodation in two junior suites or four staterooms, complemented by modern en suite shower rooms. Twin or double bed configurations are also available.

L’Impressionniste glides gently through the picturesque Ouche Valley in Southern Burgundy through locks with their charming lock-houses. You will see medieval villages perched on hilltops and have the opportunity to discover a region famed for its history and viticulture, with visits to such places as Beaune, the local ‘wine capital’, and the elegant city of Dijon.

Cruise Highlights

  •  Visit Clos de Vougeot, home of the Chevaliers du Tastevin
  • Private wine tastings in the cellars of renowned Burgundy domaines
  • Tour of Dijon and its markets
  • Visit to the moat encircled Château de Commarin
  • Visit to Beaune, including Hôtel-Dieu Hospice
  • Gastronomic private lunch at Château de Beaune
  • Visit to medieval Châteauneuf-en-Auxois
  • Optional hot air ballooning
  • Excellent towpath for walking and cycling
  • “Biking Plus” option available

LImpressionniste Deck Full

Classic Cruise – Southern Burgundy

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  • 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 slopes of the UNESCO-listed vineyards of the Côte de Beaune. Here, our expert guide will offer an insight into the production of the region’s finest Premier and Grand Cru wines. We continue to Beaune – the capital of the Burgundy wine country, for a private tour and tasting at the renowned Domaine Chanson. The tour includes its medieval Bastion de l’Oratoire, a 15th century defence tower whose 25 foot thick walls now maintain the perfect temperature for ageing wine. This is followed by a private gastronomic lunch in the domaine’s chateau. Afterwards, we visit the fascinating Hôtel-Dieu Hospice with time to explore the town, before returning 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 changeOn alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction.

    **other locations available for Private Charter bookings

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