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BURGUNDY     Amaryllis       Full boat charter only     Up to 8 passengers

 
 

 

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The eight passenger ultra deluxe Amaryllis is a 40 meter Dutch hull, vintage 1962, and sister ship to Fleur de Lys. She was 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 air conditioned interior of this luxurious péniche-hôtel is traditionally French, with contemporary touches set off by Louis XVI and XV antiques. Settle into the comfortable lounge with a drink from the open bar, linger over dishes cooked by the cordon bleu chef or simply watch the magical French countryside unfold all around.

Amaryllis is only available for groups or families wishing to charter the whole barge. She sleeps up to 8 guests and has 6 crew on board. Each suite has a choice of twin or double bed configuration and has been meticulously decorated in a traditional style, complimented by occasional tables from Li Puma of Florence. The specially designed window casings incorporate huge windows that panoramically frame the passing countryside. Relax on the top deck on sun loungers, luxuriate in the heated swimming pool or cycle along the tow path on one of the included bikes.

 

Cruise Highlights

Cuisine Aboard

  • Visit the Château de Longecourt, owned by the same family since 1631
  • Shop at a traditional Dijon market and taste freshly made local mustard
  • Explore the barge port at St Jean de Losne
  • Tasting at Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy
  • Tour Château de Germolles, residence of the Dukes of Burgundy
Regional Specialities
Dijon Mustard encrusted Veal Fillet, Dill and Crab Cakes with a Campari Sorbet, Fillet d Boeuf et Foie Gras En Croute
Wine Cellar
Chablis, Vosne Romanée, Domaine Laroche,
Nuit St-Georges, Epineuil
Cheese Board
Aisy Cendré, Bouton de Culotte, Epoisses, Ami du Chambertin

 

Sunday, Day 1 Paris to Dijon

Guests are met at their hotel in Paris and transferred to Paris Gare de Lyon for the 1st Class TGV train journey to Dijon station, where you are met by the crew, who transfer you to the barge at Dijon's Port du Canal for your cruise through Burgundy. A champagne reception welcomes you on board and gives you a chance to meet the crew. Later that evening, experience your first dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 Dijon to Longecourt

This morning enjoy your first cruise on the canal. Once moored in Longecourt visit the Château de Longecourt which has been owned by the same family since 1631. It has been beautifully decorated through the centuries and is rich in history. Some 'graffiti' can be found in the stables, left behind by the American pilots who stayed there during World War II. If the count is in residence, he will give you a personal tour of his property.

Tuesday, Day 3 Longecourt to St Jean de Losne

After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of Dijon including a visit to the market, the Grey Poupon mustard shop and the Ducal Palace. There will be some free time for shopping or perhaps, to sit in one of the numerous pavement cafés and simply just watch the world pass by. Return to the boat for lunch and an afternoon cruise to St Jean de Losne, the barging capital of France. Take some time this evening or early tomorrow to stroll around the port and see the many working and pleasure barges.

Wednesday, Day 4 St Jean de Losne to Chalon sur Saône

Continue to cruise the peaceful valley of the River Saône downstream to Seurre. Today, lunch is taken at Loiseau des Vignes. In the afternoon, discover Beaune, the capital of the wine region of Burgundy. Enjoy a visit to the famous Hôtel-Dieu, Hospices de Beaune and a wine tasting. Later, your guide takes you on a walking tour of the pedestrian area in Chalon-sur-Saône, the last of the Burgundian style river towns.

Thursday, Day 5 Chalon sur Saone to Rully

The barge cruises leaves the River Saône by clearing the lock to enter the Canal du Centre. Back in the canal environment you may disembark the barge at a lock, bicycle alongside or walk and keep up with the pace of the barge. After lunch, visit the Château de Germolles, the only remaining residence of the Dukes of Burgundy. Tonight it is back to a countryside mooring in Rully.

Friday, Day 6 Rully to St Léger

A leisurely cruise to St Léger, another quaint village along the Canal du Centre which is our final destination. Your guide takes you to the stunning 11th century Château de Marguerite de Bourgogne in Couches, for a tour of the magnificent buildings, surrounded by their own vines, followed by a wine tasting in their cellar. Meanwhile the chef is busy preparing your Farewell gala dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 St Leger to Paris

After breakfast disembark the barge and transfer to local station for your included TGV train back to Paris Gare de Lyon.

On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

 

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* Prices for whole boat charter in Australian Dollar

Accommodation Regular Rate

Charter 6 passengers whole boat

55,778 AUD

Charter 7 passengers whole boat

62,207 AUD

Charter 8 passengers whole boat

69,138 AUD

Price includes: Transfer to the barge from the meeting point on Sunday, 6 night cruise, all meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef, open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, all wines served throughout the cruise, excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary, use of barge facilities, which includes bicycles, computer with internet access and heated swimming pool, and transfer back to the drop off point the following Saturday morning.

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Departure Dates (Sunday) Rate Cruise Route
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Regular Burgundy
May 8, 13, 20, 27 Regular Burgundy
June 3, 10, 17, 24 Regular Burgundy
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Regular Burgundy
August 5, 12, 19, 26 Regular Burgundy
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Regular Burgundy
October 7, 14, 21 Regular Burgundy
 
 

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