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European Canal Barge Cruises

'Belmond Hirondelle' - Canal du Centre, Saône River & Canal du Rhône au Rhin 2018


7 Days from $4,755

Limited to 8 guests

Live graciously on 'Belmond Hirondelle' as you voyage through Burgundy along the Canal du Centre, Saône River and Rhône-Rhine Canal. Disembark to enjoy a drive along the famous Route des Grands Crus and stop at the celebrated Clos de Vougeot vineyard and château, where Cistercian monks began making wine in the 12th century. Enjoy a walking tour of Dijon's market and famous mustard shop. Privately tour the magnificent Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune. Return to your cozy barge each evening for a gourmet dinner and perhaps a nightcap under the stars. Itineraries can be arranged for chartering parties with special interests, such as food, wine or walking.
'Belmond Hirondelle' - Canal du Centre, Saône River & Canal du Rhône au Rhin Vessel

Vessel Information

  • 128 feet long and 16.5 feet wide with air conditioning and central heating'
  • Capacity for 8 guests in 2 double/twin cabins, 1 double cabin and 1 twin cabin, each outward facing with en suite bathroom
  • Salon with stereo system and assortment of CDs
  • Sun deck, partially shaded for al fresco dining
  • Bicycles provided
  • Internet access (limited in some areas)
  • All meals and beverages (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) included
Deck Plan
Day 1:
SUNDAY

Meet in Paris for Private Driver Transfer to ‘Belmond Hirondelle,’ moored in the elegant small town of Dole, birthplace of Louis Pasteur. Enjoy a welcome reception as your crew welcomes you. Later that evening, enjoy a sumptuous gourmet dinner on board.

'Belmond Hirondelle'
Meals: Dinner
Day 2:
MONDAY
This morning, cruise to St-Jean-de-Losne. Enjoy lunch on board as you wind along the Rhône-Rhine Canal to meet the Saône River, perhaps stepping ashore along the way to walk or cycle. After lunch on board, disembark to drive along the famous Route des Grands Crus, passing through the charming villages of the Cote d’Or. Stop at the celebrated Clos de Vougeot vineyard and château where the Cistercian monks first started making wine in the 12th century. It is now the headquarters of the renowned Burgundian wine society, the Confrérie de Chevaliers du Tastevin. After your visit, savor a private wine tasting at a top local producer. Return to your barge for dinner.
'Belmond Hirondelle'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3:
TUESDAY

After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of historic Dijon, including a visit to the market, the famous Maille mustard shop and the Ducal Palace — seat of the great medieval dukes of Burgundy. Then, take advantage of some free time for shopping, or perhaps sit in a sidewalk café and simply watch the world go by. Return to the barge for lunch and an afternoon cruise along the majestic Saône River to Verdun-sur-le-Doubs with dinner on board this evening.

'Belmond Hirondelle'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4:
WEDNESDAY

Leave the Saône, and cruise into the Canal du Centre through the impressive Crissey lock, before mooring for the day in Fragnes. After lunch, disembark to the pretty village of Rully and its 12th-century medieval fortress, whose owner guides you through his home, sharing the intriguing history of his ancestors. Conclude your visit in the 15th-century kitchen with a tasting of the wines produced by the de Ternay family. Tonight, dine ashore at a charming local restaurant.

'Belmond Hirondelle'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5:
THURSDAY
Relax this morning as you cruise in style through scenic landscapes. After lunch on board, disembark to visit historic Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy. Enjoy a private tour of the magnificent 15th-century charity hospital, Hôtel-Dieu. Enjoy time at leisure to stroll the charming town and its shops before returning to your barge for a delicious dinner on board.
'Belmond Hirondelle'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6:
FRIDAY
Cruise at leisure to St-Léger-sur-Dheune, a quaint village along the Canal du Centre. After lunch, go ashore to visit Château de Chamirey, a family-run wine estate in Mercurey, a community noted for its prodigious wine production. Tour its vineyards before gathering for a visit to the wine cellar and a tasting of its fine range of wines. Return to ‘Belmond Hirondelle,’ where the chef has prepared your gala farewell dinner, a fitting close to your wonderful week of cruising.
'Belmond Hirondelle'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7:
SATURDAY

After breakfast, a Private Driver Transfer to Paris marks the end of your journey.

Meals: Breakfast
Route runs in reverse on alternate weeks and may differ on selected cruise dates.

2019 Travel | 2019 prices available on request. Please contact A&K for details.


Prices are in USD, per person and based on double occupancy unless noted as charter. Contact A&K for availability.

  • Departing Every Sunday Between May 6- October 6, 2018
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Cabin Class
    Cabin
    Price
    $6,110
    Single Supplement
    $3,675
    Cabin Class
    6 night charter
    Price
    $49,200
    Single Supplement
    N/A
    How many people are travelling in your group?
  • Departing Every Sunday Between October 7- October 27, 2018
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Cabin Class
    Cabin
    Price
    $4,755
    Single Supplement
    $2,855
    Cabin Class
    Price
    $38,270
    Single Supplement
    N/A
    How many people are travelling in your group?
Journey Details

Minimum age (for Independent Bookings) is 12 years old.

Reduced pricing available for Private Charters of 6 or 7 guests.

Special 3 night cruise available. Contact A&K for details.


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