Barging Burgundy
The Epicurean Edition

Venarey-les-Laumes, Montbard, Ravières, Lezinnes

July 09 - 15, 2023
6 Nights

Starting at $8,264 /person

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1 Home base
6 Destinations
Activity level
Light
Service level
Sailing
Group size
Max
10
Journey designed by
Mikael Audebert
1 Home base
6 Destinations
Group size : 10

In Europe, barging is a popular way to experience the quiet countryside of regions that are slightly “off-the-beaten-track”. This type of “slow travel” experience offers guests an immersive escape into the local culture of the area and an array of daily shore excursions ensures that you never miss an opportunity to explore and discover the hidden towns and villages along the way. Next summer, we embark on an unforgettable tour of Northern Burgundy aboard our private hotel barge for the duration, La Belle. Together, we will meander along the waterways that connect Burgundy to Paris while enjoying private tours and exclusive wine tastings along the way. In addition to informative and immersive daily activities, you will be personally hosted by our friend and trusted wine expert, the “winefairy”, Katie Barratt. Enjoy 7 days onboard this spacious hotel barge and experience an authentic and fun tour of the beautiful, French countryside that we promise you won’t forget!

In Europe, barging is a popular way to experience the quiet countryside of regions that are slightly “off-the-beaten-track”. This type of “slow travel” experience offers guests an immersive escape into the local culture of the area and an array of daily shore excursions ensures that

What is Included

Nights
7 Nights onboard our luxury barge ship, La Belle

Meals
6 Breakfasts onboard

6 Dinners onboard

4 Lunches out

Activities
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Abbaye de Fontenay

Private tasting of Chablis wines at the prestigious Domaine Laroche, including a visit to the 1000 year old monastery cellars

Visit to the Château de Commarin for a unique falconry display

Private Champagne Tasting at the Alexandre Bonnet Champagne House

Dine with the Baroness Segolene de Taisne at the magnificent Château de Ricey-Bas

And More
Excellent towpath for walking & biking. “Biking Plus” option available

Optional hot air ballooning

Highlights

Tour a Château with a Count

While there are many, many highlights on this wonderful exploration of Northern Burgundy, one of the most memorable is a private tour of the Château de Commarin, led by the absolutely unforgettable Count Bertrand de Vogue. The castle dates back to the thirteenth century and has been in the hands of the same family since then. Count Bertrand de Vogue lives on site and he is the epitome of the perfect host, offering a wonderful humour and genuinely warm welcome to visitors.

Lunch with a Baroness

Another off-the-beaten-track experience is the shore excursion to immerse in the thousand-year history of the magnificent Château de Ricey-Bas. This beautiful château is set in a stunning rural landscape amidst vineyards and gorgeous 25-hectare grounds, with a tree-lined driveway, kitchen garden, canals and a waterfall. Upon arrival you’ll meet the lovely Baroness of the château and sit down to a delicious gourmet lunch with her. You’ll tour the interiors of the château, including the painstakingly restored twelfth century vaulted cellar, the private salon and the authentic kitchen, complete with original fittings and fixtures.

Itinerary

B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner
|The itinerary as presented may need to be modified from time to time to address possible logistical and weather challenges.
The itinerary as presented may need to be modified from time to time to address possible logistical and weather challenges.
 Welcome to Venarey-les-Laumes

Day 1- Welcome to Venarey-les-Laumes

Day 1 : Welcome to Venarey-les-Laumes

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Guests are met at our meeting point in central Paris and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to our home on the canal. Today you will be greeted with a full crew Welcome Aboard with champagne and canapés. After time to settle into your cabin, you will enjoy your first dinner on board and an introduction to Burgundy’s excellent cuisine.

 Venarey-les-Laumes to Montbard

Day 2- Venarey-les-Laumes to Montbard

Day 2 : Venarey-les-Laumes to Montbard

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Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, then we cruise through woodlands and rolling fields with great towpath biking and walking opportunities past the tiny canalside villages of Nogent, Courcelles and Les Granges. After an early lunch, we visit the moat-encircled Château de Commarin to be treated to a private demonstration of the medieval sport of falconry. The close-up encounter with these majestic birds against the backdrop of the castle grounds is an amazing experience and afterwards, we meet Count Bertrand de Vogue, the current resident and 26th generation of the de Vogue family to maintain continuous residence since the 13th century. This is followed by a private tour of the building. Dinner on board.

 Montbard to Ravières

Day 3- Montbard to Ravières

Day 3 : Montbard to Ravières

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Morning cruise with excellent towpath walking or cycling, passing the 18th century Forges de Buffon. Then after lunch we escort you to the exquisite UNESCO World Heritage Site of Abbaye de Fontenay founded by St Bernard in 1118. Representing a distinctive example of early Cistercian architecture and virtually intact, Fontenay allows an exceptional glimpse of Cistercian life and industry with its peaceful gardens, ponds and fascinating cloisters, dormitories and scriptorium. Return to the barge and cruise to Ravières. Dinner on board.

 Ravières to Ancy-le-Franc

Day 4- Ravières to Ancy-le-Franc

Day 4 : Ravières to Ancy-le-Franc

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A truly unique day lies ahead. Following breakfast aboard we head to Les Riceys, the only wine growing area of the Champagne region to have 3 Appellation d’Origine Contrôlées. Here we visit the Maison Alexandre Bonnet for a private champagne tasting, a family owned Champagne house renowned for a stunning yearly harvest of Pinot Noir that leads to some exquisite vintages. After you’ve tasted an array of champagne’s, we take a short drive to Château de Ricey-Bas. Here we will be greeted for a Champagne aperitif and a gourmet lunch with the Baroness herself, which we take in either the private salon or the atmospheric vaulted 13th century kitchen. We will spend the remainder of the afternoon strolling the beautiful gardens or exploring the regal chateau interiors.

 Ancy-le-Franc to Lezinnes

Day 5- Ancy-le-Franc to Lezinnes

Day 5 : Ancy-le-Franc to Lezinnes

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This morning we visit Château d’Ancy-le-Franc. This beautifully symmetrical, 16th century masterpiece contains France’s biggest collection of Renaissance murals and is set in magnificent gardens and parkland. In the afternoon, a gentle cruise as your hotel barge continues along the Burgundy Canal and descends through the picturesque locks to moor at Lezinnes. Dinner on board.

 Lezinnes to Tanlay

Day 6- Lezinnes to Tanlay

Day 6 : Lezinnes to Tanlay

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After breakfast we enjoy a leisurely cruise to our final mooring at Tanlay, with the opportunity to cycle or walk into the picturesque village of Saint Vinnemer. Following lunch, we visit the town of Chablis, dating back to Roman times, and enjoy a private wine tasting at the prestigious Domaine Laroche. There, we also visit the 1000-year-old Obediencerie, originally part of the monastery of St Martin, the founders of Chablis, where for centuries, the Domaine’s wines have been aged. Later we return to the barge for the Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

 Farewell to Burgundy OR Extend

Day 7- Farewell to Burgundy OR Extend

Day 7 : Farewell to Burgundy OR Extend

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As our Burgundy Barging wine adventure draws to an end, we enjoy a final breakfast onboard followed by a private transfer to either Paris or Lyon. Should the thought of returning home not sound appealing, choose one of Art In Voyage's optional wine-centric extensions to keep things flowing or simply extend your stay with an additional tour of Provence or a wonderful night in Paris.

Accommodations

Hotel Barge La Belle

Hotel Barge La Belle

Burgundy, France

La Belle, 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 sundeck 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 is the perfect vessel to take you on a gentle voyage of...

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La Belle, 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 sundeck 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 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.

Your Host

Katie Barratt
Katie Barratt
Wine Educator & Journey Director

On Offer

Junior Suite

$8,867 /person
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Based on double occupancy
Deposit: $1,250/person
Final balance due: 90 days before departure

Deluxe Cabin

$8,264 /person
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Based on double occupancy
Deposit: $1,250/person
Final balance due: 90 days before departure

What is Included

Nights
7 Nights onboard our luxury barge ship, La Belle

Meals
6 Breakfasts onboard

6 Dinners onboard

4 Lunches out

Activities
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Abbaye de Fontenay

Private tasting of Chablis wines at the prestigious Domaine Laroche, including a visit to the 1000 year old monastery cellars

Visit to the Château de Commarin for a unique falconry display

Private Champagne Tasting at the Alexandre Bonnet Champagne House

Dine with the Baroness Segolene de Taisne at the magnificent Château de Ricey-Bas

And More
Excellent towpath for walking & biking. “Biking Plus” option available

Optional hot air ballooning

Important Information

Good to know
All listed activities are optional in attendance

Our property selection is always subject to change as these are privately owned. In such rare instances, it will be substituted for one of equal or great value offering similar features and amenities.

Additional daily trips and excursions may be arranged

Travel insurance is recommended (Art In Voyage partners with Seven Corners)
Smallprint

Our day-to-day itinerary may, from time to time and prior to departure, need to be altered or slightly modified to address possible unforeseen logistical and weather challenges. In such rare instances, Art In Voyage guarantees delivery of the content of the itinerary yet, in a different order.

All listed retreats (hotels, villas, and barges) are, at times, subject to changes. In such rare instances, similar or higher standards will be upheld.

In case of a cancelation at more than 60 days prior to departure, your deposit will be returned minus a $500 per person administrative fee.

In case of a cancelation within the penalty period: Find a replacement at least 30 days prior to departure and your journey will be fully refunded, minus a $500 per person administrative fee.
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