• Private wine tasting at Domaine Servan in Chablis
  • Gentle walks in the rich countryside of Burgundy
  • Cycle at leisure along the towpath or beyond
  • Luxurious on-board accommodation
  • Gourmet meals showcasing regional French cuisine
  • Visit a traditional French market
  • Buildings steeped in history including the fascinating Abbey de Fontenay and the impressive 16th century Chateau Ancy le Franc

The luxury barge, La Belle Epoque, is our home for seven days as we glide along the waterways of Burgundy. We cruise the Upper Burgundy Canal in the north of the region, between the two classic French towns of Tanlay and Venaray les Laumes. Tranquility and comfort accompany us on our journey and, every day, we leave our barge to set off on foot to explore Renaissance chateaux, dramatic cliffs, wooded hills, medieval towns, lush valleys and ancient vineyards. Fine French cuisine, prepared on board by our personal chef, is accompanied by different regional wines making this trip a gourmet's delight.

Sunday Overnight: La Belle Epoque

Guests are met at the designated meeting point and transferred by private air-conditioned minibus to La Belle Epoque. A full crew welcome aboard with champagne and canapes during which we hear about the weeks itinerary, its walks and activities. After time to settle into your cabin we gather for our first dinner on board - a wonderful introduction to Burgundys excellent cuisine.

Monday Overnight: La Belle Epoque

After a delicious breakfast which includes freshly-baked croissants and pastries from a local boulangerie, our first walk takes us through pastoral, wooded landscapes, before we return by minibus to the barge for lunch. For those wishing to stay on board, our cruise is through the Burgundian countryside to Lezinnes, with the option to take a leisurely walk or cycle along the towpath. After 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 Regnard, which makes the most of the regions wonderful local terroir to produce high quality wines. Dinner on board.

Tuesday Overnight: La Belle Epoque

We start the day with a short walk in the countryside and then have the choice of walking or cycling either through delightful villages and across meadows, or along the pretty canal towpath. We then rejoin the barge for lunch at one of the pretty locks en route. In the afternoon, we visit Chateau d Ancy-le-Franc. This beautifully symmetrical, 16th century masterpiece contains Frances biggest collection of Renaissance murals and is set in magnificent gardens and parkland. We return to the barge for dinner on board.

Wednesday Overnight: La Belle Epoque

We enjoy a 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 barge and after lunch on board, we either enjoy a lazy cruise, or walk most of the way there on a circuitous route through the Burgundian countryside, starting in the ancient village of Chassignelles and ending in Ravieres where we rejoin the barge. Dinner ashore at a local restaurant.

Thursday Overnight: La Belle Epoque

This morning our walk takes us along forest paths and across open fields to an eerie, ruined castle perched on a hilltop. After lunch on board, we have a guided tour of 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. Dinner on board.

Friday Overnight: La Belle Epoque

After climbing out of the valley, our final walk takes us past fields of Charolais cattle and through the hamlet of Benoisey, before we descend to meet up once again with the barge. En route we have the best views of the week with stunning vistas across the valley of the Brenne and the Canal de Bourgogne. Later, 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. Captains Farewell Dinner on board.


After breakfast, disembark La Belle Epoque and transfer to the designated drop off point.

IMPORTANT NOTE: **This itinerary may operate in reverse according to the barge scheduling and the timing of visits may vary slightly according to river conditions.

"My favorite aspect was seeing the small villages and countryside landscape with huge horizons" LLC
Terrain: The soft landscape,low hills and level towpaths skirting canals make for easy walking. 3-5 miles per day.


6 nights from
Double Occupancy
(Single Supplement $1,850.00)
Our Wayfarers friends Price is $4,985.00


From Oct 9 to Oct 15 (more dates)
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Arrival: Paris
Departure: Paris


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Hotels - Where we stay

La Belle Epoque

La Belle Epoque

La Belle Epoque was formerly a traditional working barge which carried logs from Burgundy to Paris but has been skilfully converted into luxury hotel barge, designed with elegance and passenger comfort in mind.
The teak-panelled saloon is carpeted throughout, features Art Nouveau paintings of La Belle Epoque and is home to an antique barograph and gramophone. There is a mahogany dining table seating all passengers and a fully stocked bar with an antique drinks cabinet. The saloon has two built in sofa areas with coffee table, a compact disc player and a selection of CDs. Guests are welcome to bring their favourite compact discs from home. There is also a choice of board games, boules, a small library of books and binoculars for watching the bird life and scenery.

Up to 12 guests in 6 cabins:
2 Junior Suites, one at the bow with a double bed only and one at the stern which can be configured as 2 single beds or a double bed.
2 Staterooms which can be configured as 2 single beds or a double bed.
2 Staterooms with 2 single beds only.
All cabins have Air Conditioning and Heating, safe, en-suite facilities with shower cubicles, tiled floors and walls, wash hand basin and W.C.
Each cabin is supplied with washing gel, hand soap, shampoo, towels, robes, slippers and a hair dryer.
Electric sockets supply 220 volt electricity which take a two-pin French plug. We recommend you bring a suitable adaptor for your particular appliances

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available on board for guests bringing their own appliances. Please note connectivity is not available in more remote locations on the cruise route.
There are two sundecks with reclining deck chairs, a sunken Jacuzzi (hot tub) and 12 on-board touring bicycles with 21 speed gears.

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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation

  • Full-time services of a Walk Leader and barge staff
  • Backup vehicle for transfers to and from your walks and places of interest
  • Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
  • Walking itinerary with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
  • Visits, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
  • Chauffeured transfer service from and to a designated hotel in central Paris
  • Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
  • First-class accommodation facilities
  • All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
  • Wines with dinner
  • On-board snacks, refreshments and a fully-stocked bar
  • All gratuities at restaurants and for tour guides at places of interest