French Hotel Barge L' IMPRESSIONNISTE
Burgundy / Bourgogne FRANCE
~ ABOUT THE BOAT ~
The 12-passenger L'Impressionniste, sistership to La Belle Epoque, began life as a cargo barge in Holland before undergoing a complete transformation into the powerful canal and river cruiser she is today. Her light and airy interior features picture windows and selections of prints, fabrics and wall colorings reminiscent of the turn of the century era after which she has been named. She is crewed by a professional crew of six - Captain, Master Chef, Tour Guide, Deck Hand/Steward and two Hosts/Hostesses who will ensure you have everything you need on your all-inclusive vacation.
Monet Junior Suite (stern)
Sisley Stateroom (stern)
Bazille Single Cabin (midship)
Renoir 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 during the week while the barge is in motion and of course when the barge is stationary. 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 approximately 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
Golf Cruises (private & cabin cruises), Wine Cruises, Family Cruises with children, Six Week TransEurope Cruise (inquire). These special interest cruises are available for private charters. Special interest cruises often have a supplement to cover the extra cost. Further information can be found on the Rates page or contacting Paradise Connections.
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 L'Impressionniste.
PASSENGERS WITH MOBILITY RESTRICTIONS
The barge has no wheelchair access. If passengers have any mobility problems, we must be informed at time of booking with details of the scale of the disability. L'Impressionniste's cruise may not be suitable for some passengers because of their lack of mobility. L’Impressionniste 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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