Barge Elisabeth

SEVEN DAYS / SIX NIGHTS ALONG THE FRENCH CANALS

The 6-passenger Elisabeth is a 30-meter Dutch Luxemotor barge built in Rotterdam Holland in 1930. The barge is very comfortably appointed as a small private hotel just for you. There are three identical roomy cabins with twin or queen beds and ensuite bathroom plus a salon/dining area with a comfortable sofa, bar and dining table. The large wheelhouse is the perfect place to watch the world go by while chatting with the captain-owners. The sundeck is ideal for lounging, 'al fresco' lunches and sundowners. The bow deck is great for quiet reading or peaceful sunbathing. Restful and relaxed -- the perfect words to describe your canal cruise aboard the Elisabeth. Leisure barge travel on your own crewed chartered canal boat. What better way to be cruising the tranquil and picturesque canals of France?

With a crew of 3, including your hosts Peter and Sheena Jenner, to look after you, there is always someone on hand to make drinks, organize bikes or just to tell you the local stories and history. Barge Elisabeth loves to welcome groups of friends or families, even if your children are young. (No minimum or maximum age limit) There is something for everyone on Elisabeth. For family charters, she can be prepared with toddlers in mind. Cots, high chairs, paddling pools, kayaks, bicycles for children - No problem, we have them. Boating for the whole family! ... and the ultimate vacation! Naturally, when we have young guests aboard, our itineraries can be adjusted to suit all members of the party.

 


"Chocolate and Wine Cruise"

 

The 6-passenger hotel barge ELISABETH, cruising in Burgundy on the beautiful Canal de Bourgogne between Tanlay and Pouillenay for the 2011 season, is again offering its fabulous Elisabeth La Chocolat Cruise for Wine Lovers and Chocoholics. Possible visits include:
• Lunch in the village of Flavigny (where the movie "Chocolat" was made) and a walking tour of the village.
• In Alesia, see the site of the last great battle between the Romans and the Gaules. The Roman ruins and amphitheatre date back to 345BC.
• Wine tasting in Chablis and visit to the chocolaterie to hear the history of and taste the chocolate Pillars of Chablis.
• Medieval Noyer, one of the top five prettiest villages of France.
• Eppoisses for a cheese visit and a wine tasting.
• Abbay de Fontenay, a UNESCO world heritage site
Note: On alternate weeks, this cruise is offered in reverse. This itinerary is a suggested itinerary which can be adapted to special requests and needs and may change.



Features of Barge Elisabeth

  • Size of barge: 100 ft by 16.6 ft
  • Number of Passengers: 6
  • Number of Cabins (all with private bath): 3
  • Crew: 4
  • Air Conditioning and Central Heating: Yes 
  • Salon: Split level salon/dining room with comfortable L-shaped sofa and easy chairs, high windows provide privacy. Internet access available.
  • Bar: Open bar 
  • Deck: Sundeck with arm chairs, benches, dining tables plus umbrellas. Covered, enclosed wheelhouse with seating for six.
  • Spa Tub: No.
  • Cabin Features: All cabins 103 sq ft with twin beds or queen bed and ensuite bathroom with shower. 
  • Vehicle for Transfers/Excursions: Air-conditioned minivan 
  • Accessibility: Steps to salon/cabins. 
  • Bicycles: Six 21 speed all terrain bicycles. Children's bicycles available.

 

 


 


FAMILY ADVENTURES AND WINE CRUISES ARE POSSIBLE

2015 Early Season Rates

Whole Boat Charter for 4 - $18,000
Whole Boat Charter for 5 - $22,000
Whole Boat Charter for 6 - $24,000
Individual Cabin - $4,500 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement - $1,500

2015 Early Season Dates
April 4 - 10 April 18 - 24
 May 2 - 8
April 11 - 17 April 25 - May 1
 
2015 Regular Season Rates

Whole Boat Charter for 4 - $22,000
Whole Boat Charter for 5 - $25,000
Whole Boat Charter for 6 - $27,000
Individual Cabin - $4,750 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement - $1,500

2015 Regular Season Dates

May 9 - 15 May 16 - 22  May 23 - 29  May 30 - June 5 June 6 - 12  June 13 - 19  June 20 - 26  June 27 - July 3  July 11 - 17  July 4 - 10  July 18 - 24  July 25 - 31  August 1 - 7  August 8 - 14  August 15 - 21  August 22 - 28  August 29 - September 4  September 5 - 11  September 12 - 18  September 19 - 25  September 26 - October 2 October 3 - 9  October 10 - 16  October 17 - 23  October 24 - 30




The Elisabeth La Chocolat Cruise for Wine lovers and Chocoholics. The theme for our Burgundy itinerary this year is wines and chocolate. From our visits to our tastings and demonstrations we hope to surprise you ... all this with gorgeous cruising, adorable villages, and a romantic chateau!

Saturday: Paris to Tanlay
We'll meet you at one pickup location in central Paris at 2:00 pm and chauffeur your party to ELISABETH moored in the delightful chateau village of Tanlay. After the traditional Champagne Welcome, there is time to unpack and take a stroll around the village. The Chateau at Tanlay is romantic in nature. It is encircled by water-filled moats and entered across a stone-filled drawbridge. Tonight experience the first of many gourmet dinners on board, including a chocolate dessert, of course!

Sunday:Tanlay to Lezinnes
Chateau Ancy-le-Franc Excursion
Set an early start after breakfast featuring just-baked pastries from the village. This morning's cruise is to the village of Lezinnes. Now is the time to walk or bicycle on the towpath - or just relax on deck or in the wheelhouse, both prime spots to watch the countryside slip slowly by. This afternoon's excursion is to the Renaissance chateau Ancy-le-Franc, pictured at left, one of the week's high points. This is one of France's few chateaux built in the Italian Renaissance style - the same architect was then hired by the French King to work on Fountainebleau. Now owned by a private company dedicated to its restoration, Ancy-le-Franc is filled with gorgeous frescos and friezes, gilt and marble-set in its own romantic grounds complete with stable and a "folie" built in the middle of lake. Then it's back to ELISABETH for another delicious on-board dinner!

Monday: Lezinnes to Ancy-le-Franc
Taste Wine AND Chocolate!
We'll moor today right near the Chateau. Depart after lunch for a drive through glorious vineyard country to the village of Chablis. Here there is both a tasting of local vinatges and the local Chocolate, Pillars of Chablis. There will be time for a brief stop in Noyers, pictured at right, one of the five prettiest villages in France! Then return to the barge for dinner - and may we suggest a movie night?! We have many good films - but would suggest the movie "Chocolat," which anticipates our visit later this week to the actual village featured!

Tuesday: Ancy-le-Franc to Ravieres
30,000 year old Cave Paintings
Today begins with a leisurely cruise to Ravieres. After lunch, depart with Sheena for her tour of Grottes D'Arcy sur Cure, a pre-historic cave offering some of the oldest cave paintings in the world - with new works being uncovered all the time. Sheena is the only private guide allowed to lead tours here - and the visit is mesmerizing. Cro-Magnon man lived and worked here 30,000 years ago! Return to dinner on board, and a chocolate dessert or two!

 


Wednesday: Ravieres to Montbard
Gorgeous Cruising and More!
We'll cruise to Montbard this morning. The scenery just gets prettier as we go. Our afternoon visit is to Abbaye de Fontenay, the oldest complete Cistercian abbey in France. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there are many beautifully preserved buildings. Come back to Elisabeth and relax on deck as the sun sets, then enjoy dinner.

Thursday: Montbard to Venarey-les-Laumes
The "Chocolat" Village
Our last cruise takes us to Venarey-les-Laumes, as the canal climbs slowly upward for panoramic views over the countryside. Cruise right with Captain Peter Jenner in his comfortable and shaded wheelhouse - he and Elisabeth are warmly welcomed by local lock-keepers!
Lunch is off the barge in Flavigny, pictured at right, the village where the film "Chocolat" was filmed. If time, we'll taste some local wines before driving a short distance to Alesia, site of the last great battle between the Romans and the Gauls. The Roman ruins and amphitheater date back to 345BC. Then it's back to ELISABETH, where the Captain's dinner ends your cruise in style!

Friday: Venarey-les-Laumes to Paris
A Sad Farewell
Depart at 9:00am for your chauffeured transfer back to either central Paris or Charles de Gaulle Airport - Your entire party must go to the same location. Estimated arrival time is noon. (An earlier departure may be arranged. Please do not book a flight out of Paris before 2:00pm on the day of departure.) We look forward to seeing you back again on ELISABETH!

This itinerary runs in the opposite direction - Venarey-les-Laumes to Tanlay - on alternate weeks. 6 night cruises begin Saturday at mid-afternoon in Paris and end the following Friday at noon in Paris


Note: On alternate weeks, this cruise is offered in reverse. This itinerary is a suggested itinerary which can be adapted to special requests and needs and may change.

 

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