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Central Burgundy

'Prospérité' offers a trip through one of the most popular holiday regions of France, aboard a spacious and luxurious barge.

Watch the Canal de Bourgogne glide past from the hot tub on deck…visit the open kitchen to see your chef in action…and spend your nights in a spacious cabin with full tub and shower.

'Prospérité'
Passengers: 8
Crew: 5
Length: 128 feet
Width: 16 feet
Cabins: 4 kings/twin suites, all outside facing staterooms with en-suite bathrooms

The price shown is in USD. Price is per person, based on double occupancy, and does not include international or internal air.
Departs from the Paris hotel chosen by the charter group: Sunday, 2:00 pm. Charter and limited hotel sailings. Minimum of 2 booked cabins required to operate hotel departures. Children under 18 are welcome on charters only.

Detailed Itinerary

Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, is a lovely town. Its ancient center is a maze of narrow cobbled lanes and attractive squares. There are fine old stone houses and mansions on almost every street. The center of town is almost completely enclosed by medieval ramparts that are almost entirely intact. The most splendid of all of Beaune’s historic buildings is Hôtel Dieu, which was built in 1443 in Flemish Gothic style as a charitable hospital. It was used as such until 1948 and is now one of three buildings comprising the Hospices de Beaune, which is still a free hospital and a home for senior citizens. (Nurses even wear the traditional medieval hooded habit.) From Hôtel Dieu’s courtyard, there is a good view of the lovely colored and glazed roof tiles for which Burgundy is famous. Inside, the barrel-vaulted wooden roof, long hospital ward, and kitchen are quite impressive. In its “museum” are the hospital’s 15th-century tapestries and a masterpiece of Flemish art, Van der Weyden’s polyptych, The Last Judgement (1443).

The 150-mile-long Canal de Bourgogne (Burgundy Canal) follows the valleys of the Rivers Armançon and Ouche. It was completed in 1832 to link the Rivers Yonne and Saône and runs from Laroche-Migennes to St-Jean-de-Losne. Reaching a height of 1,240 feet, it crosses a ridge separating the basins of the Seine and Rhône by means of a 3,640-yard-long tunnel. There are 189 locks along the Canal, and it is a popular waterway for pleasure cruising.

Chateauneuf en Auxois overlooks the Vandenesse valley and is one of the prettiest villages in France. The castle at the prow of the village is a commanding fortress erected in the 12th century by Jean de Chaudenay.

The Château of Clos de Vougeot stands in open country surrounded by its world-famous vineyards. Originally built in the 12th century, the Château belonged to the monks of nearby Citeaux (who used it for their winemaking) and has been a listed monument since 1949. Today, the Château is the base of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, an exclusive gastronomic organization founded to promote the wines of Burgundy. In 1994, the Château of Clos de Vougeot was listed as an “Outstanding Place of Interest for Taste” by the Conseil National des Arts Culinaires at the request of the Ministry of Culture.

The Côte d’Or wine region begins on the southern outskirts of Dijon with vines lining the southeast facing hills. Côte de Nuits stretches along the northern section from Fixin to Corgolin and produces full-bodied reds. Côtes de Beaune runs south from Aloxe-Corton to Santenay and produces both white and reds. An oenephile’s delight, this region produces Vougeot, Meursault, Santenay, St. Romain, Nuit St-Georges, Vosne-Romanée, Pommard, Marsannay-la Cote, Brochon, Gevrey-Chambertin, Pernand Vergelesses, Fixin, and Volnay to name a few.

The vast domain of great wines known as Burgundy was for 600 years an independent kingdom, often as strong as France itself. Burgundy’s vineyards survived in part to the diligence, knowledge and good taste of the monks in the region. Several orders owned extensive vineyards in the area, among them the Benedictines, Cistercians, Carthusians and the Knights of Malta.

Dijon is the current administrative capital of Burgundy and the historic capital of the Dukes of Burgundy. The center of Dijon is noted for its architectural splendor – evidence of the wealth and power of the Dukes of Burgundy whose empire once included Flanders and parts of Holland. Dijon’s Ducal Palace, built in 1682, is partially used as the town hall to this day. Part of the Palais des Ducs is also home to Dijon’s Musée des Beaux Arts and its prestigious collection of French and Flemish art. Also on display at Musée des Beaux Arts are the vast ducal kitchens with their six giant fireplaces. Palais des Ducs’ Tour Phillipe le Bon (150 feet tall) offers the finest views over Dijon and its magnificently-tiled roofs.

La Bussiere sur Ouche is an interesting little village along the canal. Picturesque houses line the banks. The tranquil 12th century Cictercian abbey is the town’s most impressive building. Erected at the beginning of the 12th century, the monks of the abbey devoted themselves to working the land, wine-growing and making flour. After falling into decline this old Cistercian Abbey was restored at the end of the 19th century by the barron Leonce Hely d’Oissel.

Ever since the Capetian kings made it their capital in the 12th century, Paris has been the center of political, intellectual, and artistic life in France. The oldest part of the city is on the Ile de la Cité, which has been occupied since the time of Caesar. By the Middle Ages, the town had spread onto both the left and right banks. Later periods of growth led to successive enlargements of the town walls, but real development did not begin until the time of Henry IV in the late 16th century. The museums and monuments of Paris are legendary. The 12th-century Cathedral of Notre-Dame is situated on the Ile de la Cité on a site that was occupied by two earlier churches. Though it was severely damaged during the French Revolution, the Cathedral with its massive flying buttresses remains one of the most recognizable buildings in Paris. The Louvre is one of the world's best-known art galleries. Once a Royal residence, it first opened as a museum in 1793. On the opposite end of the Champs-Elysées sits the Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile, the largest triumphal arch in the world. It was completed in 1836 and commemorates the military glory of Napoleon. Near the Hôtel des Invalides is Paris' most famous symbol, the Eiffel Tower. It dates from 1889 when it was constructed for the Universal Exhibition.

Itinerary Notes

Itineraries are continuously adapted throughout the season in response to conditions and to take best advantage of special events along the way. Itineraries may also be altered to suit the special interests of passengers.

Water levels, waterway traffic, and maintenance of canals and locks have an effect on canal and river cruising itineraries. Some waterways are subject to occasional closures because of drought, storms, floods, canal/lock repairs, or other unforeseen circumstances. In the event of such occurrences, the appropriate itinerary changes will need to be made.

Be assured that any sightseeing or routing changes on your specific departure will be made to enhance your cruise and make it a unique and memorable experience. You have only to relax and enjoy the journey as it unfolds.

SAMPLE ITINERARY
SUNDAY
Meet at the Paris hotel chosen by the charter group at 2:00 pm and transfer via chauffeur-driven Mercedes minivan to 'Prospérité', moored at Dijon. A champagne reception awaits, with time to relax before a gourmet dinner on board.

MONDAY
Cruise this morning to the village of Fleurey in the heart of La France profonde. The rest of the day is devoted to exploring the Côte d’Or wine area, including a visit to Clos de Vougeot, originally a 12th-century winery built by Cistercian monks.

TUESDAY
Return to Dijon to visit the lively food market and tour the medieval town center with its 14th-century Ducal Palace. Later in the day, return to 'Prospérité' to cruise further into the beautiful Ouche River valley.

WEDNESDAY
Cruise to La Bussière sur Ouche this morning, to moor near the gardens of an old abbey before returning to the Côte d’Or vineyards for a personal introduction to the winegrowers and a private tasting.

THURSDAY
As 'Prospérité' continues her leisurely cruise on the Canal de Bourgogne, there are ample opportunities for walking or cycling along the towpath - or simply relaxing in the hot tub on board. After lunch today, visit Beaune, Burgundy's wine capital. Tour the remarkably-preserved Hôtel Dieu, a 14th-century hospital, with time to relax in the picturesque town square. Dinner this evening is at a specially-chosen gourmet restaurant in or near Beaune.

FRIDAY
Cruise past the village of Châteauneuf-en- Auxois, dramatically perched atop a hill overlooking the canal. This afternoon, explore this atmospheric medieval town before cruising on to your final mooring at Vandenesse-en-Auxois for a festive Captain's dinner.

SATURDAY
After breakfast, transfer back to the Paris hotel of your choice via a chauffeur-driven Mercedes minivan.

Note: This route is run in reverse on alternate weeks.

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