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 UNESCO World Heritage Site of Abbaye de Fontenay
  • Private wine tasting of Chablis wines in the cellars of a renowned Domaine
  • Visit to Château d’Ancy-le-Franc
  • Private Champagne Tasting at a Boutique Champagne House
  • Dine with a Baroness at the magnificent Château de Ricey-Bas
  • Excellent towpath for walking & biking. “Biking Plus” option available
  • Optional hot air ballooning


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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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