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BURGUNDY       L'Impressioniste       8 Passengers



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The 12 passenger L'Impressionniste, sister ship to La Belle Epoque, began life as a cargo barge in Holland before undergoing a complete transformation into the powerful canal and river cruiser she is today. Her light and airy interior features picture windows and selections of prints, fabrics and wall colorings reminiscent of the turn of the century era after which she has been named. She offers a sun-deck, spa pool, 12 bikes, and an always open inclusive bar.

A choice of single cabin, junior suite or suite is available and we can offer both double or twin bed configuration. All cabins are air conditioned and have en-suite facilities. She is crewed by a knowledgeable Captain, Mater Chef, Tour Guide and two Housekeepers who will assure you have everything you need on your all inclusive vacation.

Cruise Highlights

Cuisine Aboard

  • Visit Clos de Vougeot, home of the Chevaliers du Tastevin

  • Sample the renowned Domaine Jafflin at a wine tasting

  • Visit Beaune, including a tour of Hotel Dieu Hospice and Main Champy

  • Enjoy a tour of Abbaye de la Bussiere

  • A Lunch ashore at a Michelin-starred restaurant

  • Tour the 13th century Chateau de Commain

  • Explore Dijon and Ducal Palace

Regional Specialities

Filet d'Agneau au Basilic, Magret de Canard, Poulet ŕ L'Estragon
Wine Cellar

Chateau de la Saule 2005, Domaine Corsin, Pouilly Fuisse, Domaine Laroche, Chablis Pr. Cru, Domaine Bruo Clair, Marsannay, Gevrey Chambertin, Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue, Musigny
Cheese Board

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


Itinerary:   Fleurey Sur Ouche to Escommes

Sunday, Dijon to Fleurey sur Ouche

You are met at Dijon TGV Station at 4.00pm, or Hotel de la Cloche in Dijon at 4.15pm if you are staying there pre cruise, and transferred to the elegant L’Impressionniste moored in Fleurey sur Ouche for your cruise through Burgundy. A Champagne reception welcomes you on board and provides you with a chance to meet the crew. Dinner aboard.

Monday, Fleurey sur Ouche to Gissey sur Ouche

This morning experience your first day’s cruise along this enchanting canal, which also promises a walk or cycle along an ever-present towpath cruising past sleepy villages and pretty lock houses. After lunch we visit Clos de Vougeot, headquarters of the esteemed Chevaliers du Tastevin, who award every year a special prized label to the finest Cote d‘Or vintages. On the way back to the barge visit one of the great cellars of Burgundy where we enjoy a private tasting of fine Burgundy wines. Dinner aboard.

Tuesday, Gissey sur Ouche to La Bussiere

After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of old Dijon including a visit to the produce market, mustard shops and the flamboyant 14th century Ducal Palace which hosts the art museum of Dijon (or enjoy some excellent shopping time). Return to the boat for lunch and leisurely afternoon cruise to La Bussiere. Dinner aboard.

Wednesday, La Bussiere to Pont d’Ouche

An exclusive tour of the magnificent 12th Century Abbaye de la Bussiere. The ornamental gardens and lake, wine press, crypt and cellars are interwoven with ancient colonnades, stone staircases and huge stained glass windows. After a Kir Royale aperitif, we enjoy the gastronomic delights of Master Chef Emmanuel Hebrard in the Bistro or Garden Restaurant whilst enjoying a selection of local burgundies. This afternoon we visit the moat-encircled 13th century Chateau de Commarin. Going back 26 generations, the de Vogue family ownership portrays an insight into the glamorous lives of the French aristocracy as well as showing off the Chateau, stables and landscaped gardens. Late afternoon cruise to Pont d’Ouche. Light dinner aboard.

Thursday, Pont d’Ouche to Vandenesse

After breakfast we cruise to Vandenesse, passing grazing white Charolais cattle, rolling hills and picturesque villages crossing the only canal bridge on the Burgundy Canal. In the afternoon we drive cross the premier cru vineyards into Beaune, capital of Burgundy wine country with a history going back over 2000 years. We absorb the fascinating 15th century Hotel Dieu Hospice and visit an excellent Burgundy winery and sample some of the local wines. Dinner aboard.

Friday, Vandenesse to Escommes

Our last day’s leisurely cruise takes us to the canal summit, 1250 feet above sea level, just before the Pouilly tunnel. Mid afternoon, we visit the medieval village, craft shops and castle of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, once an outpost of the Dukes of Burgundy and offering a fine overview of the feeder lakes, canal and surrounding countryside. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board

Saturday, Escommes to Dijon

After breakfast disembark the barge and transfer to Dijon TGV station or Dijon centre by 9.40am.

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


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* Prices per person twin share in Australian Dollar

Accommodation Value Rate Regular Rate

Junior Suite per person

5,327 AUD

6,329 AUD

Suite per person

5,494 AUD

6,496 AUD

Single supplement

1,921 AUD 2,255 AUD

Single cabin

5,929 AUD 6,764 AUD

Charter 12 passengers whole boat

60,454 AUD

69,305 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 and spa 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

Value Burgundy

April 22

Value Burgundy

April 29

Value Burgundy

May 6, 13, 20, 27

Regular Burgundy

June 3, 10, 17, 24

Regular Burgundy

July 1, 8

Regular Burgundy

July 15, 22, 29

Value Burgundy

August 5, 12, 19

Value Burgundy

August 26

Regular Burgundy

September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Regular Burgundy

October  7, 14, 21

Value Burgundy

October 28

Value Burgundy

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