Amaryllis

Cruising in Burgundy

Between St Leger-sur-Dheune and Dijon &
between Dijon and Vandenesse

Dijon - Vandenesse
Dijon - St.Leger

You will cruise in absolute decadence aboard the Amaryllis; she is a unique, luxury charter barge which carries a maximum of 8 passengers. No expense has been spared in the preparation of this beauty; she boasts marble bathrooms with double basins, Italian antique furniture and a huge heated salt water swimming pool to cool off in after a days exploring. Each room has been meticulously decorated in a grand, classic style with a mixture of contemporary and antique Louis XVI and XV furniture, complimented by occasional tables from Li Puma of Florence.
The large, sunny, indoor saloon is chic and elegant - the perfect place from which to watch the scenery drift by, or read a book (if you’re not already outside luxuriating on the sun deck sipping a cool drink). The four light and airy staterooms each have king-sized double beds that can be arranged as double or twin; two are with bath and shower, and two with over-sized shower cubicles. One cabin is on the same level as the saloon and sun deck so is perfect for those who prefer to avoid the stairs where possible. The Amaryllis exudes luxury and refinement and her crew of six will anticipate your every need. Nothing has been spared with respect to passenger comfort and pleasure.
The Amaryllis is usually available for hire only on a charter basis but may also be booked on a cabin basis during her 'Grand Cru' cruise week in July.
She may also be booked ‘in tandem’ with her sister barge the Fleur de Lys, subject to availability, providing ultra-luxurious cruising possibilities for larger private charter groups.

 

Prices and Dates

 
The Amaryllis Barge
  • 129 FEET LONG
  • 8 GUESTS
  • 6 CREW
  • 4 CABINS AS TWIN OR KINGSIZE DOUBLE, ALL WITH PRIVATE BATHROOMS
    (TWO BATHROOMS WITH FULL BATHS) AND INTERCOM
  • 6 GOOD QUALITY BICYCLES
  • CENTRALLY AIR CONDITIONED WITH INDIVIDUAL ROOM CONTROLS
  • CENTRAL HEATING
  • LARGE HEATED SWIMMING POOL
  • AIR CONDITIONED MERCEDES MINIBUS
  • TV, DVD, VIDEO, STEREO AND BOOK AND GAMES LIBRARY
  • WIFI INTERNET ACCESS
Burgundy cruise highlights may include:
Exploration of the historic town of Dijon
The ancient hospice at Beaune—the burgundy wine capital!
World heritage site Abbey of Fontenay, founded by St Bernard in 1118
The medieval chateau of Clos de Vougeot
INCLUSIONS:
  • Luxury minivan transfers to and from Paris
  • All food, drinks and wine served on board
PICK-UP:
  • 2:00pm at your central Paris hotel for charter and cabin bookings.
    For charter bookings only pick-up is also available for the group from Gare-du-Nord (Eurostar platform) or the Paris airports of Charles-de-Gaulle or Orly
DROP-OFF:
  • Central Paris
CRUISES START ON A SUNDAY AND END ON THE FOLLOWING SATURDAY
2017 PRICES (EURO) VALUE SEASON REGULAR SEASON
Charter for 6 guests €46,250 €51,400
Charter for 7 guests €51,550 €57,300
Charter for 8 guests €56,900 €63,200

2018 PRICES (EURO) VALUE SEASON REGULAR SEASON
Charter for 6 guests €41,400 €52,400
Charter for 7 guests €46,150 €58,450
Charter for 8 guests €50,950 €64,450

Price reductions are available for tandem boat hire (5%)
2017 Cruise Dates
MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT







29 - 4

2018 Cruise Dates
MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT








Value
Season
Regular
Season

Itinerary

St Leger sur Dheune to Dijon (or reverse)
On the Burgundy Canal, Canal du Centre and River Saône
Cruise route map
Sunday
St. Léger
Board the barge at St Leger sur Dheune for your cruise through Burgundy. A champagne reception welcomes you on board and gives you a chance to meet the crew. Later that evening enjoy your first dining experience on board.

Monday
Cruise to Rully. Visit Château de Marguerite de Bourgogne
A leisurely cruise on the Canal du Centre gives you a chance to savor the beauty of the French countryside, with plenty of opportunities at the many locks to get off the barge and walk or cycle along the splendid tow path.
Later, your guide takes you to Couches for a tour and wine tasting at the magnificent Château de Marguerite de Bourgogne. Return to the barge for lunch and an afternoon's cruise to Rully.

Tuesday
Cruise to Chalon-sur-Saône. Visit Chalon-sur-Saône
Relax on board while the barge cruises the final section of the Canal du Centre before entering the last and very deep lock into the River Saône just north of Chalon-sur-Saône. The scenery changes from the close proximity of the canal banks to the expanse of this beautiful river.
This afternoon enjoy a walking tour of Chalon with its quaint antique shops, stunning cathedral square and half timbered buildings. There is free time to enjoy the fine shops, or perhaps just to sit in one of the numerous pavement cafes and watch the world go by.
Amaryllis Barge - Château de Rully
Château de Rully


Wednesday
Cruise to St Jean de Losne. Visit Beaune
A somewhat different cruising experience today, through the lovely valley of the River Saône to the town of Verdun sur Doubs. Lunch is taken in the heart of Beaune at the restaurant Loiseau des Vignes. We then visit this wonderful town to see the famous Hotel-Dieu, Hospices de Beaune, followed by a wine tasting. The town itself has hardly changed in appearance throughout the years; it's tiny centre is a dense maze of narrow old streets with a circular boulevard running round it's former ramparts, many of which still stand.
Tonight's mooring is at St Jean de Losne, the barging capital of France. Take some time to stroll around the ports and see the many working barges and house boats that are moored here.

Thursday
Cruise to Longecourt. Visit Château de Longecourt
This morning the barge leaves the river and enters the Burgundy Canal. Enjoy the chance to walk or cycle along the towpath. After a wonderful lunch on board we visit the stunning Château de Longecourt, owned by the same family since 1630. Inside the stables you can still see 'graffiti' made by the American pilots who stayed there during World War II. If the Count is in residence you may enjoy a personal tour of his property.
Rejoin the barge in the countryside near Longecourt, the overnight mooring.

Friday
Cruise to Dijon. Visit Dijon
Today your guide takes you on a walking tour of Dijon to visit the market, Ducal Palace, the Grey Poupon mustard shop and enjoy some shopping at the covered food market.
Tonight, the barge moors in the port of Dijon. As the chef prepares for your Farewell gala dinner on board, perhaps try a 'Kir' aperitif; a cocktail which mixes the locally produced Cassis blackcurrant liqueur with the area's Aligoté white wine

Saturday
Dijon
After breakfast disembark the barge for your onward journey.

PLEASE NOTE— This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change without notice. The cruise runs in the reverse direction on alternate weeks.

St Leger sur Dheune to Dijon (or reverse)
On the Burgundy Canal, Canal du Centre and River Saône
Cruise route map
Sunday
Dijon
A champagne reception welcomes you on board the barge moored at Dijon's Port du Canal for your cruise through Burgundy, and gives you a chance to meet the crew. A delicious dinner is served later that evening.

Monday
Cruise to Fleurey-sur-Ouche. Visit Clos de Vougeot
Leaving Dijon, the canal follows the river Ouche where small-unspoiled villages and green, forested hills provide exceptional views from the deck. Spend the morning walking, or perhaps cycling along the tow path.
This afternoon's excursion is a dégustation in Vougeot and a visit to "Clos de Vougeot", a medieval château and the headquarters of the Chevaliers du Tastevin, whose special label is awarded annually to the finest Côte d'Or vintages. The barge moors for the night in the small village of Fleurey-sur-Ouche.
Amaryllis Barge - La Bussière abbey
La Bussière abbey


Tuesday
Cruise to Gissey sur Ouche. Visit Dijon
After a wonderful French style breakfast, your guide takes you on a walking tour of Dijon including a visit to the Ducal Palace, the market and the Grey Poupon mustard shop. Enjoy some free time for shopping at the many wonderful shops in town, or perhaps just sit in one of the numerous pavement cafés and simply watch the world go by.
Return to the boat for lunch and an afternoon's cruise to the charming village of Gissey. This is a truly stunning part of the canal, sit back and watch the ever changing scenery glide by.

Wednesday
Cruise to La Bussière sur Ouche. Visit Château de Savigny-lès-Beaune
Mid-morning, disembark the boat for a visit to l'Abbaye de la Bussière, which was built in the 12th century under the guidance of the Cistercian monks from Citeaux. Enjoy a tour of the grounds and have lunch in the one Michelin star restaurant.
In the afternoon, visit the 15th century Château de Savigny-lès-Baune set in its own vineyard and housing a huge collection of antique motorbikes, cars and planes.

Thursday
Cruise to Pont d'Ouche. Visit Beaune
Relax with a morning cruise through the rolling hills of the Ouche Valley to Pont d'Ouche. After lunch visit Beaune, capital of the wine region of Burgundy and the famous Hôtel-Dieu, Hospices de Beaune.
There is free time for shopping or strolling through the cobbled streets of this lovely town. Sample some of the local wines before returning to the barge.

Friday
Cruise to Vandenesse. Visit Châteauneuf-en-Auxois
Our final cruise of the week takes us to the countryside mooring of Vandeneese, then after lunch visit Châteauneuf-en-Auxois. This medieval village with its commanding views over the plains is a wonderful place for a visit. Both the village and the château have a long and interesting history.
This is followed by a tour of the surrounding countryside. Meanwhile the chef is preparing your farewell gala dinner on board.

Saturday
Dijon
After breakfast disembark the barge for your onward travel arrangements.

PLEASE NOTE— This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change without notice. The cruise runs in the reverse direction on alternate weeks.

Dijon to Macon
On the Burgundy Canal and the River Saône
Cruise route map
Sunday
Dijon
Board the barge in Dijon for your cruise through Burgundy and down the river Saone. A champagne reception welcomes you on board and gives you a chance to meet the crew. Later that evening experience your first dinner onboard.

Monday
Visit Clos de Vougeot. Cruise to Longecourt
Following a typical French breakfast we take a tour down the famous route des grands crus, passing through the wine villages on our way to Clos de Vougeot, the medieval chateau where the Cistercian monks were producing wine in the 12th century. The building is now the headquarters of the Chevaliers de Tastevin, the great Burgundian wine society. Enjoy a private winetasting on the way back to the barge for lunch. The afternoon cruise takes us through many locks and there are plenty of opportunities for walking or cycling alongside. Tonight we are moored in the village of Longecourt.

Tuesday
Visit Dijon. Cruise to St Jean de Losne
After breakfast, your guide takes you on a walking tour of historic Dijon to visit the Ducal Palace, the market, and the Grey Poupon mustard shop. Enjoy some free time for shopping or perhaps sit in one of the numerous pavement cafés and watch the world go by. Return to the boat for lunch. The afternoon cruise takes us through many locks and there are plenty of opportunities for walking or cycling alongside. Tonight we are moored in the town of St Jean de Losne which has the largest inland port in France. Take some time after dinner on board to stroll around the ports and see the many working barges and house boats that are moored here.

Wednesday
Cruise to Chalon sur Saone. Visit Beaune
Continue to cruise the peaceful valley of the River Saône downstream to Seurre. Today, lunch is taken at the Levernois estate next to Beaune. In the afternoon, discover Beaune, the capital of the wine region of Burgundy. Enjoy a visit to the famous Hôtel-Dieu, a magnificent 15th century charity hospital, and a private wine tasting. There is time to enjoy the charming shops and old streets of Beaune before returning to the barge in Chalon sur Saone, an important and attractive riverside town.

Thursday
Cruise to Tournus. Visit Cluny
This morning relax on board as the boat cruises south on the broad, majestic river Saone, an important historical trading route. This afternoons visit is to the Benedictine Abbey of Cluny. The abbey church is a masterpiece of Romanesque art and was for centuries the largest church in the world. The town was originally enclosed by fortifications and, of its eight gateways, two still remain. Return to the barge in Tournus.

Friday
Cruise to Macon. Visit Solutré and wine taste
Continue cruising the stately river Saone into Macon, an important and attractive town on the edge of the Beaujolais district. In the afternoon, you'll visit Solutré, a typical village of the Mâconnais region, to sample some of the famous wines. The Roche de Solutré is a picturesque site with a superb view of Mâcon, the River Saône and the Pouilly-Fuissé vineyards. Back on board the chef is preparing a feast for your farewell gala dinner.

Saturday
Macon
After breakfast the crew bids you farewell before you disembark the barge for your onward travel arrangements.

PLEASE NOTE— This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change without notice. The cruise runs in the reverse direction on alternate weeks.

Client Quotes



Here are just a few of the wonderful things that past clients have had to say about their cruise on the Amaryllis...

"Thank you so much to the Amaryllis crew for making this such a wonderful week for us. This was our first barge trip and has exceeded all expectations. Your attentions in all areas have been much appreciated. You will hold a special place in our France memories."

"The Amaryllis is a jewel! Decorated beautifully, the most comfortable vessel ever experienced, what a treat! The crew were outstanding, the wines and food fabulous. Our best cruising experience yet! Thank you."

"Our time on the Amaryllis exceeded our very high expectations - largely due to an exceptional crew - and a place in the world to be absorbed time after time. We hope to return with all of you."

"What can we say?? Our time spent on the Amaryllis simply was not long enough. The incredible wines, sensational food, wonderful crew, magnificent scenery and knowledge gained made our trip! The realisation that my husband and I have truly relaxed for the first time in many years has just hit home. We thank you and we will return."

Food and Wine

SAMPLE MENU

BREAKFAST

Local Pastries
Croissants, Pain au Raison, Pain au Chocolat and Brioche

Fresh Baguettes
Cereal Bread, Whole meal Bread and Walnut Bread
Butters, Jams and Honey

Yogurts
Plain and Fruit

Fresh & Dried Fruits
Apricots, Prunes, Dates and Figs

LUNCH

Curried Chicken salad
Tomato tart filled with sautéed shallots and garlic
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Tri coloured pasta salad with cucumber and cherry tomatoes
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Greek salad with feta and roasted peppers
Fancy green leaf salad with raspberry vinaigrette
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Brie du Meux with grapes and celery with cheese biscuits and fresh baguette
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Coffee and tea
Cookies or cake

DINNER

Marinated confit of duck orange and grape salad
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Crispy salmon
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Hazelnut & Coriander sticky rice
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Shellfish and lemongrass butter
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3 cheeses
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Apple tart tatin, vanilla pod ice-cream
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Accompanied by wines representative of the main wine regions of France

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