La Belle Epoque

A gentle cruise through rolling hills past medieval villages

Hotel Barge La Belle Epoque

La Belle Epoque in her first life carried logs from Burgundy to Paris, but today she is transformed into a deluxe hotel barge carrying a very different cargo along the very same canal.

She has been designed with both elegance and passenger comfort in mind and her welcoming features include a wood-panelled saloon/dining room with bespoke, hand-built seating and a spacious sundeck with spa pool. The comfortable cabin accommodation comprises two junior suites and four staterooms and a choice of twin or double beds, all with marble en-suite facilities.

La Belle Epoque is the perfect vessel to take you on a gentle voyage of discovery through a region studded with traditions and history that go back centuries. As she meanders along the Burgundy Canal with its undulating countryside, you fill find that the towpath is always there for spot of walking or cycling.

Cruise Highlights

  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Abbaye de Fontenay
  • Private tasting of Chablis wines at the prestigious Domaine Laroche, including a visit to the 1000 year old monastery cellars
  • Visit to the Château de Commarin for a unique falconry display
  • Private Champagne Tasting at the Alexandre Bonnet Champagne House
  • Dine with the Baroness Segolene de Taisne at the magnificent Château de Ricey-Bas
  • Excellent towpath for walking & biking. “Biking Plus” option available
  • Optional hot air ballooning

Classic Cruise Itineraies

Classic Cruise – Northern Burgundy


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Luke and his team did a great job.

Mr James Osterholt , Pacific Palisades

Captain and crew were friendly and did everything imaginable to make our trip enjoyable.

Prof Alan Kaplan , Lexington, KY

Our trip on the La Belle Epoque was worth every penny ! Everyone (all 12) agree.

Mr Steven Dennis , Carmel, CA

Beautiful boat, accomodations, planned outings, crew, food, service

Ms Judith Menken , New York City

Delightful! Amazing! I loved it!

JoAnne Dyer , Chicago, Illinois

Expensive until one considers all that is provided--superior meals and wines with the freshest of ingredients, excursions, pickup and drop off, wine tasting at...

Dr Albert Caffo

Magical experience - thankyou

Mrs Mary-Lou Cann

Worth every penny spent, and memories to last a lifetime!

Mr Mark Gleckman

Great accommodations. “Luxury Barge” for sure. Whole trip very comfortable.

Mr Duncan Aldrich , Sparks, NV

Please refer previous answer

Mr Ian Priestley

lovely barge- a bit crowded around the dining table, but fine I would suggest a bit more variety in the tours- maybe one Chateau, time...

Ms Catherine Beatty

Great barge, great and knowledgeable crew, great sights, great, meals, great wines, great cheeses, great everything.

Mr Thomas Wukitsch

Everything was done with such thought and perfection - we all felt like they took such good care of us.

Keith Goldfeld , New York City

a fair price for what you got

Mr Bruce Gordon

Mainly wine and dining served during the cruse were excellent. It is difficult to enjoy this kind of excellent services every day in other place.

Mr Fuyutaro Harigai , Yamato, Kanagawa, Japan

there's an old adage, 'you get what you pay for' and this trip was well worth every penny we paid

Mr Mark Baumgartner

As I stated in the last post we enjoyed every aspect of our Barge trip.

Mrs Mary Jane Baumgartner , Cedarburg Wisconsin

This is a great trip with great crew and support from them. If you want a good rural experience in France this is a...

Mr John Stephan Schwegler

perfect balance of totally enjoyable cruising and fascinating excursions. and the food. and the cheese. and the wines. and the service. see previous.

Mike Grenby

We loved our cruise: the cabin was sparkling clean and comfortable, the food was delicious, the staff members were all wonderful, and the excursions...

Ms Allyson Joye

Staff overall was outstanding. Chef exceptional

Mr George M Milne Jr

A beautiful barge on a beautiful cruise, albeit slow.

Mr Alan Cameron

Our trip aboard Le Belle Epoque June 12 to June 19, 2016 was our fifty year wedding anniversary celebration. Eleven of...

Ralph and Juli Mosley , Nashville Tenn.

perfect in almost every way imaginable - the food wine & cheese experience was phenomenal for those of us from the southern hemisphere perhaps...

Mr David Steward , South Africa

Deck Plan

La Belle Epoque
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