Departure from Dijon
7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS
The 8-passenger Amaryllis cruises through some of the most picturesque waterways in France, exploring the Burgundy countryside in exceptional Orient-Express style.
She is a Dutch hull, vintage 1962, converted into the most upscale hotel barge throughout 2001 and welcomed her first passengers in Spring 2002. Designed in conjunction with La Fluviale, a prominent boat company in St. Jean de Losne, she has been decorated by some of the most respected names in France and Italy.
The interior of the barge is traditionally French, with contemporary touches set off by Louis XVI and XV antiques.
Settle into the comfortable lounge or linger over dishes cooked by the cordon bleu chef and watch the magical French countryside unfold all around
Amaryllis sleeps up to 8 guests with 6 crew on board. Each state room has been meticulously decorated with a mixture of contemporary and antique Louis XVI and XV furniture, complimented by occasional tables from Li Puma of Florence. The specially designed window casings incorporate huge windows that panoramically frame the passing countryside. On deck, choose to luxuriate in the heated swimming pool as you drift past premier cru vines.
With Amaryllis, you will visit ancient châteaux and follow the wine trail through Beaune.... creating an experience of a lifetime.
DETAILED ITINERARY: From Dijon to Vandenesse
Sunday, Day 1 Dijon
A champagne reception welcomes you on board the barge moored at Dijon's Port du Canal for your cruise through Burgundy, and gives you a chance to meet the crew. A delicious dinner is served later that evening,
Monday, Day 2
Cruise to Fleurey-sur-Ouche. Visit Clos de Vougeot
Leaving Dijon, the canal follows the river Ouche where small-unspoiled villages and green, forested hills provide exceptional views from the deck. Spend the morning walking, or perhaps cycling along the tow path. This afternoon's excursion is a dégustation in Vougeot and a visit to "Clos de Vougeot", a medieval château and the headquarters of the Chevaliers du Tastevin, whose special label is awarded annually to the finest Côte d'Or vintages. The barge moors for the night in the small
village of Fleurey-sur-Ouche.
Tuesday, Day 3
Cruise to Gissey sur Ouche. Visit Dijon
After a wonderful French style breakfast, your guide takes you on a walking tour of Dijon including a visit to the Ducal Palace, the market and the Grey Poupon mustard shop. Enjoy some free time for shopping at the many wonderful shops in town, or perhaps just sit in one of the numerous pavement cafés and simply watch the world go by. Return to the boat for lunch and an afternoon's cruise to the charming village of Gissey. This is a truly stunning part of the canal, sit back and watch the ever changing scenery glide by.
Wednesday, Day 4
Cruise to La Bussière sur Ouche. Visit Château de Savigny-lès-Beaune
Mid-morning, disembark the boat for a visit to l'Abbaye de la Bussière, which was built in the 12th century under the guidance of the Cistercian monks from Citeaux. Enjoy a tour of the grounds and have lunch in the one Michelin star restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the 15th century Château de Savigny-lès-Baune set in its own vineyard and housing a huge collection of antique motorbikes, cars and planes.
Thursday, Day 5
Cruise to Pont d'Ouche. Visit Beaune
Relax with a morning cruise through the rolling hills of the Ouche Valley to Pont d'Ouche. After lunch visit Beaune, capital of the wine region of Burgundy and the famous Hôtel-Dieu, Hospices de Beaune. There is free time for shopping or strolling through the cobbled streets of this lovely town. Sample some of the local wines before returning to the barge.
Friday, Day 6
Cruise to Vandenesse. Visit Châteauneuf-en-Auxois
Our final cruise of the week takes us to the countryside mooring of Vandeneese, then after lunch visit Châteauneuf-en-Auxois. This medieval village with its commanding views over the plains is a wonderful place for a visit. Both the village and the château have a long and interesting history. This is followed by a tour of the surrounding countryside. Meanwhile the chef is preparing your farewell gala dinner on board.
Saturday, Day 7
After breakfast disembark the barge for your onward travel arrangements.
On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
Inclusions / Exclusions
- Visit Clos de Vougeot
- Tour of Dijon and its markets
- Visit 15th century Château de Savigny-lès-Beaune
- Visit to Beaune, including Hôtel Dieu Hospice
- Visit to medieval Châteauneuf-en-Auxois
- Visit to l'Abbaye de la Bussière
- Tour & tasting Château de Marguerite - Walking tour of Chalon Sur Saone
Pick up information
Constructed in 1962
Converted into a hotel barge in 2001
Measures 129 ft. long by 17 ft. wide
Four (4) onboard cabin accommodations
Eight (8) passenger capacity
Central Heating and Individually Controlled Air Conditioning
Six (6) crew members consisting of Tour Guide, Matelot (sailor), 2 Hostesses, Chef, and Captain. This crew of six speaks both English and French (some may speak other languages, as well).
ONBOARD LEISURE AND ENTERTAINMENT:
Heated spa pool
HI FI stereo system
TV with DVD player
Guest computer with internet access
Amaryllis has no wheelchair access and passageways can be narrow. There are only steps leading to the Lower Deck. The Main Deck features one stateroom, so travelers with mild limited mobility conditions may be able to enjoy this cruise without having to use stairs if they can book this accommodation. The crew can assist in any way possible, but those with extremely limited mobility may have a difficult time navigating this vessel.
The well-planned accommodation of Amaryllis offers a choice of four air-conditioned staterooms with full en-suite facilities.
|Charter Max. 6 pax.||$43,400
|Charter Max. 7 pax.||$48,400
|Charter Max. 8 pax.||$53,400
Grand Cru Cruise - July 10 - 16, 2016: $11,600
|Departure Dates (Sunday)||Rate||Cruise Route|
|March 27,||Value||Dijon - St. Leger (or reverse)|
|April 03, 10, 17, 24,||Value||Dijon - St. Leger (or reverse)|
|May 01, 08, 15,||Value||Dijon - St. Leger (or reverse)|
|May 22, 29,||Regular||Dijon - Vandenesse (or reverse)|
|June 05, 12, 19, 26,||Regular||Dijon - St. Leger (or reverse)|
|July 03,||Regular||Dijon - St. Leger (or reverse)|
|July 10,||Regular||Grand Cru (St. Leger - Dijon)|
|July 17, 24,||Regular||Dijon - Vandenesse (or reverse)|
|July 31,||Regular||Dijon - St. Leger (or reverse)|
|August 07,||Regular||Dijon - St. Leger (or reverse)|
|August 14, 21,||Regular||Dijon - Vandenesse (or reverse)|
|August 28,||Regular||Dijon - St. Leger (or reverse)|
|September 04, 11, 18,||Regular||Dijon - St. Leger (or reverse)|
|September 25,||Regular||Dijon - Vandenesse (or reverse)|
|October 02, 09, 16,||Value||Dijon - Vandenesse (or reverse)|
|October 23,||Value||Dijon - Macon|
Possible languages: English