Capacity: 12 Guests
This 12-passenger barge has the distinct advantage of having been designed by two experienced barge captains who were pioneers in the industry, with elegance, comfort and navigational practicalities in mind. British built, owned and crewed, this graceful vessel recently underwent an extensive refurbishment and now offers a new Jacuzzi, bicycles, French oak floors, Turkish rugs, and a more powerful yet quieter six-cylinder engine. Downstairs accommodations include two twin/double and two twin-only cabins with great (although compact) bathrooms of marble with tiny floodlights, and two more spacious suites in the bow and stern with new bathrooms composed of rain forest shower units and teak-deck flooring. Again in 2014, La Belle Epoque explores the northern reaches of the Burgundy Canal, cruising a delightfully scenic stretch of this historic waterway between Tanlay and Venarey les Laumes, close to Chablis country. Though wine tastings are, of course, a component of the cruise, the itinerary focuses more on the history and culture of the area and is a good choice for families due to the abundance of child-friendly sights nearby (like the marvelous prehistoric café paintings at Grottes d'Arcy). La Belle Epoque is a Frontiers favorite for value and route. Private charter groups may opt for one of the Special Cruises, such as Wine Appreciation or Walking, offered at a slight supplement to the charter price.
Booked as: Either a hotel basis for 1-2 guests or charter for up to 12.
Meeting Point: Sunday afternoon at one central hotel in Paris for charters or the Hotel Westminster in Paris for cabin bookings, and transfer via private chauffeur service to the barge mooring.