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 sun deck 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 Abbaye de Fontenay
  • Private wine tasting of Chablis wines in the cellars of a renowned Domaine
  • Private Champagne tasting at the boutique Maison Alexandre Bonnet
  • Visit to famous battle site of Alesia
  • Optional hot air ballooning
  • Excellent towpath for walking and cycling
  • “Biking Plus” option available

Typical Cuisine & Wine


Regional Specialities

Filet d'Agneau au Basilic; Magret de Canar; Poulet à L'Estragon
Wine Cellar

Wine Cellar

Fers Saint Eloi Grande Cuvée Fleurie; Montagny Premier Cru; Domaine Jadot, Moulin à Vent; Domaine Michelo; Meursault
Cheese Board

Cheese Board

Aisy Cendré; Bouton de Culotte; Epoisses; Ami du Chambertin


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
Deluxe 12 Passengers 6 Crew More Details

2018 Cruise Rates

Junior Suite$5,350$6,190
Single Supplement$1,900$2,150
Charter (Whole Barge)
Charter 8 passengers$52,400$59,800
Charter 9 passengers$54,100$61,900
Charter 10 passengers$55,400$63,600
Charter 11 passengers$56,700$65,300
Charter 12 passengers$58,000$67,000
Departure Dates (Sunday)RatesCruise Region
Apr 1, 8, 15, 22ValBurgundy
Apr 29; May 6, 13, 20, 27; Jun 3, 10, 17, 24; Jul 1, 8, 15RegBurgundy
Jul 22, 29; Aug 5, 12, 19ValBurgundy
Aug 26; Sep 2, 9, 16, 23, 30RegBurgundy
Oct 7, 14, 21ValBurgundy

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