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BURGUNDY     Fleur de Lys       Full boat charter only     Up to 6 passengers




The now luxurious 6 passenger Fleur de Lys was originally constructed in 1941, in Belgium, to serve as a freight carrying vessel. Soon after she was commandeered by the German army in the Second World War instantly becoming a part of European history. With preservation in mind she underwent conversion into a passenger vessel in 1986. Her furnishing and equipment includes items from 22 countries, many as fascinating as the barge herself.

The air conditioned interior boasts a stately lounge with a Grand Piano, open bar and large windows that panoramically frame the passing countryside. The separate dining room accommodates the most elegant candlelit dinners. The furnishings are authentic pieces which were collected on a trip to India over 30 years ago. Fleur de Lys also has a heated pool on its upper deck and 6 bikes for passengers to use at their leisure.

Each of the 3 en-suite cabins has a choice of twin or double bed configuration. The cabins are very spacious with four-poster style beds, dressing room and beautiful tiled en-suite bathroom with either a bath/shower combination, or large shower.

The ultra deluxe Fleur de Lys is a charter only barge and does not accept cabin bookings. Her experienced crew of 6 will attend to your groups every need whilst you are on board creating a exclusive and personal experience.

Cruise Highlights

Cuisine Aboard

•Visit Clos de Vougeot, headquarters of the Chevaliers du Tastevin
•Tour the 11th-century Châteaux Marguerite
•Taste wine in Beaune
•Visit to Noyers-sur-Serein, one of the most beautiful villages in Burgundy
•Explore Château de Rully
•Shop at a traditional Dijon market and taste freshly made local mustard

Regional Specialities
Foie Gras on Pain d Piece, Roast Sweetcorn Soup with Lobster and Spiced Butter, Rosemary and Garlic marinated Lamb Loin
Wine Cellar
Chablis, Vosne Romanée, Domaine Laroche,
Nuit St-Georges, Epineuil
Cheese Board
Aisy Cendré, Bouton de Culotte, Epoisses, Ami du Chambertin


Itinerary Dijon to Escommes


Sunday, Day 1 Paris to Dijon

You are met at your Paris hotel and transferred to Paris Gare de Lyon station for your 1st Class TGV rail travel to Dijon station where you are met by the crew. Transfer 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 you experience your first dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 Dijon to Fleurey sur Ouche

Leaving Dijon, the canal follows the river Ouche where small-unspoiled villages and green, forested hills provide exceptional views from the deck. Spend the morning walking, or perhaps cycling along the tow path. This afternoon's excursion is a dégustation in Vougeot and a visit to "Clos de Vougeot", a medieval château and the headquarters of the Chevaliers du Tastevin, whose special label is awarded annually to the finest Côte d'Or vintages. The barge moors for the night in the small village of Fleurey-sur-Ouche.

Tuesday, Day 3 Fleurey sur Ouche to Gissey sur Ouche

After a wonderful French style breakfast, your guide takes you on a walking tour of Dijon including a visit to the Ducal Palace, the market and the Grey Poupon mustard shop. Enjoy some free time for shopping at the many wonderful shops in town, or perhaps just sit in one of the numerous pavement cafes and simply watch the world go by. Return to the boat for lunch and an afternoon's cruise to the charming village of Gissey. This is a truly stunning part of the canal; sit back and watch the ever changing scenery glide by.

Wednesday, Day 4 Gissey sur Ouche to La Bussière sur Ouche

Mid-morning, disembark the boat for a visit to l'Abbaye de la Bussière, which was built in the 12th century under the guidance of the Cistercian monks from Citeaux. Enjoy a tour of the grounds and have lunch in the one Michelin star restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the 15th century Château de Savigny-lès-Baune set in its own vineyard and housing a huge collection of antique motorbikes, cars and planes.

Thursday, Day 5 La Bussiere sur Ouche to Pont d'Ouche

Relax with a morning cruise through the rolling hills of the Ouche Valley to Pont d'Ouche. After lunch visit Beaune, capital of the wine region of Burgundy and the famous Hôtel-Dieu, Hospices de Beaune. There is free time for shopping or strolling through the cobbled streets of this lovely town. Sample some of the local wines before returning to the barge.

Friday, Day 6 Pont d'Ouche to Escommes

Our final cruise of the week takes us to the countryside mooring of Escommes, then after lunch visit Châteauneuf-en-Auxois. This medieval village with its commanding views over the plains is a wonderful place for a visit. Both the village and the château have a long and interesting history. This is followed by a tour of the surrounding countryside. Meanwhile the chef is preparing your farewell gala dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 Escommes to Paris

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


Click here to see deck plan and itinerary map


* Prices for full boat charter in Australian Dollar

Accommodation Regular Rate

Charter 4 passengers whole boat

43,587 AUD

Charter 5 passengers whole boat

47,512 AUD

Charter 6 passengers whole boat

51,436 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 6, 13, 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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