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Canal Barge in France

"L'Impressionniste was far beyond expectations. From the time we walked into the meeting point hotel in Paris and were greeted by crew until the last minute of the cruise, they were most friendly and helpful" - Bill & Kathy

"From the deck of my hotel barge, I glimpse into the heart of rural France, admiring lush pastures of grazing Charolais cattle and the verdant hills of Burgundy’s pastoral landscape. We are cruising at a speed of three miles-per-hour along the Burgundy Canal, said to be one of the prettiest waterways for holiday barging, with peaceful tree-lined stretches and quaint lock-keeper cottages. Frequent stops at waterway locks allow us to hop off and walk or bike along the canal towpath and catch up with the slow moving barge downstream."
Extract from the magazine France today. Click here to read full article on l'Impressionniste.



THE 12 PASSENGER BARGE L'impressionniste

L'impressionniste 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 a selection of prints, fabrics and wall colorings reminiscent of the turn of the century era after which she has been named. She is crewed by a knowledgeable Captain, Master Chef and crew of three. L'Impressionniste's classic route covers some fine Burgundian rural cruising with plenty of opportunity to cycle and stroll along the tow-path and wander into nearby villages. L'impressionniste is a very attractive barge for a party or a family. With 6 comfortable cabins with modern en-suite on the lower level, the main deck is dedicated to social activities: a spacious lounge with a generous open bar and a long dining table to accommodate 12 guests indoor. Outside, the terrace is ready for happy hours and a spa at the front of the boat is waiting to be used.

on board

itinerary - Fleurey Sur Ouche to Escommes

SUNDAY - Fleurey sur Ouche

Guests are met at the designated meeting point and transferred to the elegant L’Impressionniste moored in Fleurey-sur-Ouche for your cruise through Burgundy. The Captain and his crew will be there to welcome you with a champagne reception on board. Then enjoy your first dinner on board.

MONDAY- Fleurey sur Ouche to Sainte Marie 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. In the afternoon we visit Clos de Vougeot, headquarters of the esteemed Chevaliers du Tastevin, who annually award prized special labels to the finest Côte d‘Or vintages. We enjoy a tasting of fine Burgundy wines in the cellars of a reputable domaine, such as Château André Ziltener, a family-run winery built on the foundations of an old Cistercian abbey. Dinner on board.

TUESDAY - Sante Marie sur Ouche to La Bussiere

After breakfast, we take a walking tour of old Dijon, including a visit to the vivid flower and produce markets, mustard shops and the impressive Notre-Dame de Dijon, or enjoy some excellent shopping time. Return to the hotel barge for lunch and a leisurely afternoon cruise to La Bussière-sur-Ouche, with perhaps a walk or bicycle ride to the next lock or two. Dinner on board.

WEDNESDAY - La Bussiere to Pont d’Ouche

After a short morning cruise, we set off on a drive through premier cru vineyards, stopping en route at the “vigne de l’enfant Jesus”, a famous vineyard owned by the domaine Bouchard et Père Fils. There, a wine expert will tell us more about the domaine and give us a real insight into the production of its Grand Cru and Premier Cru wines. We continue to Beaune, capital of Burgundy wine country, for a winery tour and private tasting of Bouchard et Père Fils wines before enjoying a gastronomic lunch in the delightful orangery of Château de Beaune, owned by the winery since 1820. Afterwards, we visit the fascinating 15th century Hôtel-Dieu Hospice and explore the quaint shops of the town, before returning to the barge for a short evening cruise to Pont d’Ouche. Dinner on board.

THURSDAY- Pont d’Ouche to Vandenesse en Auxois

After breakfast, we cruise to Vandenesse-en-Auxois, past grazing white Charolais cattle, rolling hills and picturesque villages, crossing the only canal bridge on the Burgundy Canal. After lunch on board, we visit the medieval village, craft shops and castle of Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, once an outpost of the Dukes of Burgundy and offering a fine overview of the feeder lakes, canal and surrounding countryside. Dinner on board.

FRIDAY - Vandenesse to Escommes

Our last day’s leisurely cruise takes us to the canal summit, 1,250 feet above sea level, just before the Pouilly tunnel. This afternoon we visit Château de Bussy-Rabutin, once the home of the Comte Roger de Bussy-Rabutin who was exiled to his estate due in part to his scandalous lifestyle and satirical chronicles of French nobility which found him in great disfavour with King Louis XIV. There is time to stroll through the French-style gardens and enjoy the views of the château surrounded by its moat. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

SATURDAY - Escommes
After breakfast disembark the barge and transfer to the designated drop off point.

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

  • cruise
    2020 - 2021

    individual or charter

    us$ price on request


    junior suite

    single supplement

    8 person charter

    9 person charter

    10 person charter

    11 person charter

    12 person charter

  • value season
    6 nights all inclusive

    5-19 Apr / 19 Jul-23 Aug / 4-25 Oct

    4650 Euros per person

    4790 Euros

    1700 Euros

    46900 Euros

    48400 Euros

    49600 Euros

    50800 Euros

    52000 Euros

  • regular season
    6 nights all inclusive

    26 Apr - 12 Jul / 30 Aug - 27 Sep

    5490 Euros per person

    5690 Euros

    2000 Euros

    55400 Euros

    57100 Euros

    58400 Euros

    59700 Euros

    61000 Euros

Price for l'Impressionniste includes:

Transfers by Chauffeured Mercedes Mini bus between Hotel Westminster in Paris to the hotel barge, a luxury 6 night cruise, all meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef, an 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, the services of 4 crew and use of barge facilities, which includes bicycles and spa pool.

These rates do not include:
• Insurance • Personal expenses • Gratuities to the crew (between 7 and 10%)

To avoid currency exchange fees

• Australians can pay in Australian dollars by direct deposit or credit card. • New Zealanders can pay in New Zealand dollars by direct deposit or credit card. • US citizens will be charged in US dollars using credit card.


Bon voyage!