Hirondelle

Cruising in Burgundy

On the River Saone or the Burgundy Canal

Cruise route map

Built in 1928 and converted to a luxury cruising barge in 1993, the Hirondelle enjoys the reputation of being one of the very best barges in France. Her cruises in 2015 are both in the Burgundy region, one following the valley of the River Saone and the other tracing the route of the Burgundy canal.
Life aboard this charming vessel combines gourmet food and wines with elegant, spacious accommodation. Daily excursions to places of cultural or historic interest (according to your tastes) make each day pleasantly relaxed, with no obligatory schedule or rushing from place to place. Your personal barge guide will show you the best that the region has to offer and provides an intimate view of the vineyards, abbeys, wine cellars and chateaux of France. Good quality bikes are also carried on board which means you are free to explore from village to village as and when you like, perhaps cycling ahead of the barge at times to discover places that spark your interest.
Hirondelle’s four bright, airy guest staterooms and her spacious living/dining area, all refurbished in spring 2014, provide a very convivial atmosphere for conversation, cocktails and meals alike. Lush plantings extend to the top deck, where tables, deck chairs and colorful umbrellas create delightful areas for relaxing, sunbathing and simply watching the world float by.

 

Prices and Dates

 
The Hirondelle Barge
  • 128 FEET LONG
  • 8 GUESTS
  • 4 CREW
  • 4 CABINS - ONE DOUBLE, ONE TWIN AND TWO AS DOUBLE OR TWIN, EACH WITH PRIVATE BATHROOM
  • 8 GOOD QUALITY BICYCLES
  • FULLY AIR CONDITIONED
  • CENTRAL HEATING
  • AIR CONDITIONED MERCEDES MINIBUS
  • ON-BOARD WIFI
  • STEREO, BOOK AND GAMES LIBRARY
Burgundy cruise highlights may include:
Historic town of Dijon and the wonderful market
Beaune and the intriguing ‘Hospice de Beaune’
Pretty Burgundy village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois
Visit to the home of the celebrated Burgundian Wine Society 'Les Chevaliers de tastevin' at Clos de Vougeot
INCLUSIONS:
  • Luxury minivan transfers to and from Paris
  • All food, drinks and wine served on board
PICK-UP:
  • 2:30pm 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), Paris Charles-de-Gaulle airport or Paris Orly airport
DROP-OFF:
  • Central Paris
CRUISES START ON A SUNDAY AND END ON THE FOLLOWING SATURDAY
2017 PRICES (EURO) VALUE SEASON REGULAR SEASON
Per guest sharing a double or twin* €4,810 €5,350
Charter for 6 guests €33,970 €37,750
Charter for 7 guests €36,360 €40,400
Charter for 8 guests €38,740 €43,040

2018 PRICES (EURO) VALUE SEASON REGULAR SEASON
Per guest sharing a double or twin* €4,280 €5,350
Charter for 6 guests €30,200 €37,750
Charter for 7 guests €32,350 €40,400
Charter for 8 guests €34,450 €43,050

*Please note that individual cabin bookings are subject to availability and there is a single supplement of 60%.
2017 Cruise Dates
APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT


2018 Cruise Dates
MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT



28 - 3


Value
Season
Regular
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Itinerary

St.Leger to Dole (or reverse)
Cruise route map

Day One: 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.

Day Two: Cruise to Chagny
Visit Château de Rully
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. After lunch, your guide will take you to the pretty village of Rully to the 12th Century medieval fortress which has remained in the same family by marriage since its origin. The owner will guide you through his home sharing the intriguing history of his ancestors. Your visit is completed by a wonderful tasting of the wines produced by the de Ternay family in the 15th Century kitchen.

Day Three: Cruise to Fragnes
Visit Chateau de Chamirey
Relax on board while the barge cruises the final section of the Canal du Centre, mooring in the pretty village of Fragnes just before the last and very deep lock into the River Saône just north of Chalon-sur-Saône. After lunch enjoy a visit to the Château de Chamirey, a family run wine estate in Mercurey where a tour of the vineyards themselves will be followed by a guided visit of the property and wine cellar, and a tasting of the fine range of wines. Enjoy a very scenic drive back to the barge in time for cocktails and then a short drive to a charming local restaurant for dinner.

Day Four: Cruise to Verdun Sur le Doubs
Visit Beaune
A somewhat different cruising experience today, through the lovely valley of the River Saône to the town of Verdun. After lunch onboard we visit the charming old town of Beaune to see the famous Hotel-Dieu, a magnificent 15th century charity hospital, followed by a private wine tasting. There is time to stroll through the old town taking in the wonderful architecture and fine shopping. Tonight's mooring is at Verdun sur le Doubs, a vibrant little town just a few minutes’ walk from where the boat is tied up.

Day Five: Cruise to St Jean de Losne
Visit Clos de Vougeot
This morning the barge continues the cruise upstream on the Saone River to St Jean de Losne, the barging capital of France. After a wonderful lunch on board we visit the historic Clos de Vougeot where the Cistercian monks first began making wine in the 12th century. The ancient chateau is now the headquarters of the celebrated Burgundian wine society the, Confrererie des chevaliers de tastevin, and contains the ancient cellar and wine presses from medieval times. After a local degustation rejoin the barge in St Jean, the overnight mooring.

Day Six: Cruise to Dole
Visit Dijon & Dole
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. There will be some free time for shopping, or perhaps sit in one of the numerous pavement cafés and simply watch the world go by. Return to the boat for lunch and the final cruise, leaving the Saone River and join the beautiful, windy Rhone Rhine Canal. Before dinner, your guide will accompany you for a walk around historic Dole, the birthplace of Louis Pasteur. Tonight, the barge moors in the port of Dole watching over the River Doubs. As the chef prepares for your Farewell gala dinner on board, perhaps try a 'Kir' aperitif; a cocktail which mixes the locally produced Cassis black current liqueur with the area's Aligoté white wine.

Day Seven: Dole
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 Hirondelle...

THANK YOU----THANK YOU----THANK YOU !!!!!!
Our adventure with you was the most wonderful experience I have ever had in all my travels. You are all very special to us and made us feel like Kings and Queens every minute. Thank you for being as thoughtful in every imaginative way. Best of luck to all of you and we look forward to seeing you (again).

Our treatment was royal, your smiles were electric. We'll remember you and our trip on the Hirondelle as one of the most wonderful times of our lives. I want to say “Thank You” to the MOST! You've spoiled us beautifully.

Thank you for a wonderful week on board. We have been quite impressed with the energy expended by the crew to satisfy our every whim. We certainly hope the day may come when we will be together again. In the meantime we wish you nothing but the best for all.

All of you and all of the delights of the week will remain with us as warm and treasured memories.

Food and Wine

SAMPLE MENU

BREAKFAST

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

Fresh Baguettes
Cereal Bread, Wholemeal 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
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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