LA BELLE EPOQUE
French Hotel Barge LA BELLE EPOQUE
Canal de Bourgogne - Burgundy, France
~ ABOUT THE BOAT ~
The 12-passenger La Belle Epoque is a spacious, luxurious hotel barge and sister ship to L’Impressionniste. She originally carried logs from Burgundy to Paris and Amsterdam and has been skilfully converted into a delightful hotel barge. She has been designed with both elegance and passenger comfort in mind with air conditioning/central heating and offers a sun deck with spa pool, wood-panelled saloon/dining room and other luxury amenities. The spacious cabins offer a choice of twin or double beds, with marble en-suite facilities. The Captain leads a crew of six, comprising Master Chef, Tour Guide, Housekeeper, Stewardess and Deckhand.
Nuits St Georges Junioe Suite (stern)
Vougeot Stateroom (stern)
Chablis Stateroom (bow)
Sancerre Stateroom (bow)
Meursault Junior Suite (bow)
SIZES OF THE BEDS:
AMENITIES: Each guest cabin has closet space, hair dryer and 220-volt electricity for French two-pin plugs. There are safes in each guest cabin.PUBLIC ROOMS
ELECTRICITY: 220 volt electricity (French two-pin plugs). The barge is wired for 220 and 240 volts but not 110 volts. It is suggested that you bring an adapter for your particular appliance, which corresponds to the standard French. If you wish to use an electrical appliance on board, please ask one of the crew when you arrive on board to ensure that it is suitable to the barge’s electrical system. We cannot be held responsible for unforeseen voltage fluctuations which sometimes occur when swapping from one voltage system to another.
SALOON/DINING ROOM DIMENSIONS & DESCRIPTION
CYCLING & WALKING
Passengers are welcome to walk or cycle using the on board bicycles as often as they like. Most people choose to disembark the barge at a lock and then visit local villages and then return to the canal and meet the barge a little further along. The barge travels very slowly and therefore “catch up” will not be a problem.
HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES
Once on board the Captain can arrange this directly with the hot air balloon company. Flights last about 1 hour and are weather dependent. The cost is about 180 - 230 Euros per person and this should be paid directly to the balloon company on the day of the flight and they do accept credit cards. Please inform Paradise Connections in advance if you are interested in ballooning.
FOR THOSE NOT WISHING TO ATTEND EXCURSIONS
You are welcome to stay behind on the barge if you would like. You can use the bikes, go for a walk or just sit on the shaded sundeck or in the spa pool with a glass or wine.
Wine Appreciation, Walking and Family cruise itineraries are available for charter groups, please the ITINERARIES page for more details. Special interest cruises often have a supplement and further information can be found on La Belle Epoque's RATES page.
COMPUTER & TELEPHONE FACILITIES
Wi-Fi is available on board for passengers to connect to the internet if they bring their own appliances. This is subject to availability in more remote locations. There are no passenger telephones aboard La Belle Epoque.
PASSENGERS WITH MOBILITY RESTRICTIONS
La Belle Époque has a gangplank from the bank to the deck with 2 handrails and 2 wide steps from the Deck to the Saloon. There are 12 steps from the Saloon to the cabins. These steps have a handrail and are wide enough for 1 person to walk besides another to assist them down the stairs.
Wheelchair access to monuments, tours and the barge is very limited. Wheelchairs can be hired locally from a pharmacy. If you would like to hire a wheelchair so that it is available on your arrival please notify us in advance. The hire charge should be paid directly to the barge captain on arrival.
Our barges have a strict non-smoking policy. Smokers are asked not to smoke inside the barge as this may give offence to your shipmates. Smoking is categorically not permitted in the cabins for safety reasons. If you would like to smoke you are requested to smoke outside on deck or on the tow path, away from fellow passengers.
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