Private cruise of France

Private cruise of France

On board Belmond Hirondelle
Clos de Vougeot
Belmond Hirondelle
Beaune, Hotel-Dieu
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Trip Overview

Sit back and relax as you cruise the canals and tranquil waters of the famous Champagne and Burgundy regions of France on a 5-star barge. In 11 days discover top attractions of French towns like Reims, Beaune, and Lyon, go on exclusive wine and champagne tours, visit precious chateaus, home to prestigious appellations, including Clos de Vougeot and Chateau de Chamirey. All this is coupled with gourmet dining and 5-star onboard service.

  • Note: Tour starts every Friday from March 23rd to October 19th, 2018 (except September 7th)

Tour type:
5-star cruise
Tour rating:
4.88 / 5, Based on
  • HOTELS
  • 4 nights at 5-star hotels
    6 nights / 7 days in a cabin on board the Belmond MS Hirondelle

  • TRANSPORT
  • Airport-hotel transfers
    Private drivers
    1 train trip (1st class)
    Public transport in Lyon
  • SIGHTSEEING
  • 8 guided city tours
    A visit to the Chateau de Chamirey & wine tasting
  • MEALS
  • 10 breakfasts
    5 lunches
    6 dinners

Day-by-Day

Day 1

Arrival to Paris & Train to Reims

Welcome to the most romantic city in the world and the charming capital of France - Paris! Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the arrivals hall of the airport holding a sign with your name on it and takes you to the train station in Paris for your short train ride to Reims (1st class train tickets included).

Upon arrival in about 1 hour, you are met by your driver and taken to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free so you can start exploring the magnificent city on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

Day 2

Champagne Tour & Reims Sightseeing

After breakfast, you meet your guide and driver at the hotel and go on a sightseeing tour of main attractions of the Champagne region that is bubbling over with heritage sites and fine Champagne.

During the tour, you get to visit two famous Champagne houses as well as one smaller local producer to have an excellent overview of the process of making world-class Champagne, its history and have a Champagne tasting.

Then continue to Reims to see its main sight from inside and outside, the Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims. This Gothic cathedral was the site of 25 coronations of the kings of France, from Louis VIII in 1223 to Charles X in 1825.

After the tour, you are taken back to the hotel and have the rest of the day free.

 

Day 3

Transfer to Dole & Embarkation

In the morning after breakfast, you check out from the hotel. You are transferred to the petite charming town Dole located in eastern France, where you embark the luxurious Hirondelle ship.

Today you get to meet the ship crew and your fellow travelers during a welcome champagne reception as your cruise of France starts.

In the evening you are invited to have a gourmet dinner with fine wine.

Day 4

Enjoying Clos de Vougeot

Following breakfast, your barge reaches a special place in the Burgundy wine region, the medieval chateau called Clos de Vougeot.

Today you get to visit the Clos de Vougeot, surrounded by a wall. The vineyard has existed since the 12th century and the land still defines this prestigious appellation today. The building is also home to the exclusive Chevaliers du Tastevin wine society. As a tour highlight, you are treated to a tasting of outstanding reputed local wine.

After the tour, you are taken back to the ship and have the remaining part of the day free.

Day 5

Exploring Dijon

Today after breakfast you take a walking tour of the capital city of the historical Burgundy region, the historic town Dijon.

During the tour, you visit the local market, the beautiful Ducal Palace and visit the popular mustard shop called Grey Poupon.

After the tour, you return to the ship in time for lunch and continue cruising. In the evening you are treated to a delicious dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant.

Day 6

Sightseeing in Beaune

In the morning after breakfast continue your exploration of France. In the afternoon enjoy a tour of the wine capital of Burgundy, charming Beaune.

During the tour, you get to see the main attractions of the city, including the famous Hotel-Dieu, housed in a prestigious place built in 1443 which is a former hospital.

After the tour, you return to the cruise vessel and have the rest of the day free.

Day 7

Experiencing Chagny

Today after lunch have an outstanding time touring the best-preserved residence of the Dukes of Burgundy, the Chateau de Germolles, located near Chagny.

Chateau de Germolles was built in the second part of the 14th century. It perfectly displays what the court life in France was like on the eve of the Renaissance.

In the evening you are treated to a dinner in a Michelin restaurant in Chagny.

Day 8

Chateau de Chamirey Sightseeing

Today your cruise vessel reaches its final destination, Saint Leger. After lunch, you get to tour the family-run Chateau de Chamirey, renown for delicious high-quality wines. As part of the tour, you have a wine tasting.

After the tour, you return to the ship and are invited to a farewell gala dinner with cocktails.

 

Day 9

Disembarkation, Transfer to Lyon & City Tour

Following breakfast, you disembark the ship. You are transferred to Lyon, the capital city in France’s Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region, and taken to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

Lyon was founded by the Romans in the 1st century B.C. as the capital of the Three Gauls and is often called the culinary capital of France today. You get to see the top attractions of Lyon during a 3-hour guided walking tour (public transport included). Together with your guide, you see the Old Town of Lyon, ride on a funicular to the Fourviere hill. Lyon has been an epicenter of high-quality silk manufacturing in Europe and today you have a chance to visit one of the remaining silk workshops, specialized in hand-made frame printed silk squares.

After the tour, you are taken back to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Day 10

Beaujolais Tour

Today after breakfast in the hotel meet your driver-guide for a half-day tour devoted to exploring the southern Beaujolais area, a hilly region dotted with hilltop villages built in golden stone.

During the tour, you get to immerse yourself in the beauty of an authentic 12-century village and discover its medieval monuments. Your rural excursion also includes an introduction to local wine and a visit to several winemakers to learn all about the Beaujolais wines. You participate in a degustation experience of different wines with a pastry and traditional snack of local cold meats and cheeses.

After the tour, you are taken back to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 11

Departure from Lyon

This is the last day of your tour of France. Your driver meets you at your accommodation and takes you to the airport for your flight back home.

We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future vacations!


Hotels

4 nights at centrally-located 5-star hotels

  • Free WiFi
  • Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
5-star hotels

Always included:

  • Central location close to major sights
  • Buffet breakfasts
  • Free WiFi
  • Spacious beds

  • Accommodation in 5-star hotels in the Champagne region and Lyon city center;
  • 6 nights / 7 days in a cabin on board the Belmond MS Hirondelle;
  • 1st class train tickets Paris - Reims;
  • Delicious breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Table d’hôte meals (3 daily) during the cruise including regional specialies and seasonal delicacies unique to the particular area of the cruise. Meal service starts with a dinner on the day of embarkation and ends with breakfast on the day of disembarkation;
  • Tea, coffee, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks throughout the cruise;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • Professional licensed English-speaking guides;
  • All entrance fees according to the program;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: flights, visas, optional tours, gratuities and all personal expenses.

Tour Highlights

  • A sightseeing tour of main attractions of the Champagne
  • A tour & wine tasting in Clos de Vougeot
  • A walking tour of Dijon
  • A sightseeing tour in Beaune
  • A tour in the Chateau de Germolles & a dinner in a Michelin restaurant
  • A visit to the family-run Chateau de Chamirey & wine tasting
  • A tour with top attractions of Lyon
  • A half-day tour in Beaujolais

What to Know

  • You can expect to find some shops, restaurants, and museums closed for lunch between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
  • French breakfast is not as heavy as other European breakfast meals, it usually includes sweet pastries, toast, fruit, yogurt, cereal
  • Tipping in restaurants might be included in the bill, "service compris" (tip included) or "service non-compris" (tip not included), but in any case, if you liked the service you can leave few Euros on the table either way
  • Most communication equipment takes 220/110 volts, you will need an adapter plug (type E) to make your plug fit into the socket

Dates & Rates

Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
Low Season price based on double occupancy
$7,981
Deposit $1,597
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
High Season price based on double occupancy
$9,481
Deposit $1,897
Regular package
Low Season price based on double occupancy
$8,681
Deposit $1,737
Regular package
High Season price based on double occupancy
$9,981
Deposit $1,997
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Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
Low Season price based on double occupancy
$7,981
Deposit $1,597
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
High Season price based on double occupancy
$9,481
Deposit $1,897
Regular package
Low Season price based on double occupancy
$8,681
Deposit $1,737
Regular package
High Season price based on double occupancy
$9,981
Deposit $1,997

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