controlled central heating and
and separate shower with heated towel racks
for up to 8 persons with oversized twin or king size beds
lounge area, dining room, and sun deck
tub on deck
kitchen designed so guests may observe and interact with the chef
during culinary preparation
captain’s wheelhouse with banquette seating for 8
things in life are meant to be savored;
they are best enjoyed slowly,
completely, fully. The taste of a crusty baguette whisked fresh
from the oven. The exquisite bouquet of a glass of vintage burgundy
or cognac. The velvet texture of aged Camembert or Brie as
it melts upon the tongue. Or a week cruising centuries-old
canals through the verdant fields and picturesque villages of provincial
travelers have long known the pleasures of touring France’s charming
waterways by barge. Now, more and more saavy Americans are
discovering this perfect method for seeing the beauty of the French
countryside up close.
seems to stand still as the barge slowly motors by quaint stone
churches and well-kept houses, periodically pausing at moss-covered
locks, as it makes its leisurely way from one town to the next.
You can catch up on your reading on deck, enjoy a delicious,
well-prepared repast from the fully equipped kitchen or simply relax
to the gentle sounds of water lapping against the hull, and enjoy
the quiet sensation that comes with unplugging yourself from the
you are feeling more adventurous, there are daily excursions to
tempt you in our accompanying Mercedes minibus into the surrounding
countryside, to explore the local chateaux or sip the wares of one
of the many local vineyards. During the seven days and six
nights of each excursion, the 128-foot long Prospérité
will serve as your floating home. Expressly designed and constructed
to meet the expectations of upscale travelers, the newly launched,
American-owned craft features a level of accommodations unmatched
on France’s inland waters.
A representative of Prospèritè will meet you at 1:00 PM
in central Paris and escort you to the Gare de Lyon and the First
Class TGV train to Dijon. As you alight in Dijon, the Captain
will be waiting on the platform to accompany you to Prospèritè,
at anchor in or near Dijon. Enjoy a champagne reception, an
introduction to the Prospèritè and her crew, and the first of many
gourmet dinners on board.
Monday: Begin your journey into the heart of "La
France profonde" with a morning cruise to the village of Fleury-sur-Ouche.
The rest of the day will be devoted to exploring the Côte
d'Or wine area south of the canal. You willl first drive through
the gorgeous "Route des Grand Crus" vineyards, followed by a visit
to Château du Clos de Vougeot. The original building was a
12th-century winery built by Cistercian Monks. The old wine presses
are on display as well as rooms where the monks lived and stored
the wine. You return to Prospèritè for dinner on board.
Tuesday: After breakfast, you will be taken the
short distance back to Dijon for the lively local food market, where
you can also shop for antiques on rue Verriere or explore the Medieval
town center. The 14th-century Ducal Palace dominates the architecture
of this historic town. This afternoon cruise further into
the beautiful valley of the Ouche with its limestone cliffs and
wooded hills. Dinner tonight is off Prospèritè at the Château
de Gilly, a old priory converted into one of Burgundy's finest restaurants.
Wednesday: You float this morning through gorgeous
scenery to La Bussière, mooring near the gardens of an old abbey.
This afternoon, return to the Côte d'Or vineyards for a personal
introduction to winegrowers and a special private tasting.
Dinner on board completes the day.
Thursday: Walk the towpath, bicycle into passing
towns or just laze in the hot tub as Prospèritè continues its journey
on the Canal de Bourgogne, completed in 1836. In the afternoon,
you will explore Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy. Tour
the remarkable, perfectly preserved Hospice de Beaune, a 14th-century
hospital in use until the early 20th century! Shop in the pedestrian
zone for wine, gifts, tapestry pillows and acessories - or just
sit in the square and enjoy life! Then it's back to Prospèritè
for dinner on board.
Friday: Cruise past the dramatic village and château
of Châteauneuf-en-Auxois perched high on a hill overlooking the
canal. After lunch you return to explore this atmospheric
Medieval town. A festive Captain's dinner ends the cruise
Saturday: You are returned to the Dijon train
station where you will meet a TGV train, arriving back at the Gare
de Lyon in Paris between 11:15 AM - Noon.
Note: The route is run in reverse on alternate
and special requests will be discussed at the time of booking.
Included in Price:
from and return to Paris.
meals—on board or on excursion.
selection of fine wines on board, and open bar.
fees to all museums, chateaux, etc.
- 9 passenger
Mercedes mini-bus with guide/driver.
Not Included in Price:
insurance (strongly recommended), items of a personal nature,
gratuities for the crew.
- Hot air balloon touring can be easily arranged if you would
like to see outstanding views of the countryside from this vantage
- Golfing can also be scheduled at many of France’s internationally
rated courses. Special itineraries combining luxury cruising and
golf can be arranged.