Luxury Barge L'Impressionniste - Burgundy Canal
  • Total Passengers :12
  • No of Cabins : 6

Available for rent on a 6 day basis A week cruising aboard L’Impressionniste on the Burgundy Canal introduces you to a wonderful blend of Burgundian countryside, history and viticulture.


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Summary:

Length: 128 feet
Size of cabins:
Jr Suite: 143 - 152 sq ft incl. en suite
Stateroom: 110-127 sq ft incl. en suite

Telescope

Spa pool

12 bikes free to use

Wi-FI

Itinerary:

Sunday, Day 1 FLEUREY-SUR-OUCHE

Guest are met at the designated meeting point in Paris and transferred to the elegant L’Impressionniste moored in  Fleurey-sur-Ouche for your cruise through Burgundy. A Champagne reception welcomes you on board and provides you with a chance to meet the crew. Dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 FLEUREY-SUR-OUCHE TO GISSEY-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 cruising 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 Cote d‘Or vintages every year. On the way back to the hotel barge we enjoy a tasting of fine Burgundy wines in the cellars of the reputable domaine Chateau André Ziltener, a family-run winery built on the foundations of an old Cistercian abbey. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 GISSEY-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 morning cruise to Pont D’Ouche, we are given an exclusive tour of the magnificent 12th century Abbaye de la Bussière. The ornamental gardens and lake, wine press, crypt and cellars are interwoven with ancient colonnades, stone staircases and huge stained glass windows. After a Kir Royale aperitif, we savour the gastronomic delights of Master Chef Emmanuel Hébrard in the Bistro or Garden Restaurant, whilst enjoying a selection of local burgundies. Mid-afternoon, 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.

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 canal bridge on the Burgundy Canal. We then drive through the premier cru vineyards into Beaune, capital of Burgundy wine country. We absorb the fascinating 15th century Hotel Dieu Hospice, before visiting another of Burgundy’s oldest winemakers, Bouchard Pere et Fils, renowned for its Grand Cru and Premier Cru wines and of course, enjoy a tasting. 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. This afternoon we visit Château de Bussy-Rabutin and see the portrait gallery created by the disgraced courtier of Louis XIV, before strolling through the gardens and enjoying views of the château surrounded by its moat. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 ESCOMMES

After breakfast, guests disembark L'Impressionniste and transfer to the designated drop off point in Paris.


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


The cruise cost includes:

6 nights accommodation in an air-conditioned, en-suite cabin

All gourmet meals, wines, all-day open bar, soft drinks etc

Daily excursions by chauffeured, air-conditioned mini-bus

Use of all barge facilities  e.g. bicycles, spa pool

Local transfers e.g. to and from Paris

Services of a professional, experienced crew