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Belmond Hirondelle

Region Burgundy
Grade Premium
Itinerary Paris to Paris
Cabins 4
Max Capacity 8
Booking By cabin or full charter
Rates Click here for prices

Hirondelle comfortably accommodates up to eight people in sumptuous surroundings. Four generously-sized cabins each enjoy an ensuite bathroom. Large picture windows let the sunlight flood in.

Cruise Highlights

  • Tour the citadelle of Besancon and enjoy the many museums, rampart walks and amazing views 
  • A walking tour of the old town of charming Dole, birthplace of the great scientist Louis Pasteur
  • Trip to the little wine town of Arbois, sample the famous local “vin jaune” at a private tasting
  • Lunch in the charming La Chaumiere restaurant near Dole
  • Trip to the heartland of Burgundy to visit the Chateau de Clos de Vougeot
  • Visit the historic city of Beaune, with a private tour of the magnificent 15th century Hotel Dieu
  • Enjoy the bustling local market in Chalon sur Saone
  • Enjoy a private tasting in Chassagne Montrachet and visit the heart of this world famous village

Suggested Itinerary (May vary)

Sunday: Gare de Lyon to Rogny Les Sept Écluses

Meet our private driver at Gare de Lyon station and transfer to the barge moored in Rogny les Sept Écluses on the Canal de Briare. A Champagne Reception welcomes you on board and gives you a chance to meet the crew. Dinner aboard.

Monday: Rogny Les Sept Écluses to Chatillon sur Loire

Today, the barge traverses the River Loire via the longest canal bridge in Europe, connecting the Canal du Briare to the Canal Latéral à la Loire. Rogny is the site of the oldest canal lock in France, a seven-step staircase lock built in 1774. After lunch youll visit the beautiful Chateau de Saint-Fargeau with a history spanning a thousand years. Dinner aboard.

Tuesday: Chatillon sur Loire to Lere

After breakfast, you visit the beautiful town of Gien to tour a faïence factory. The faïence of Gien is renowned for its colour and design. We also include a visit to the historic Chateau de St Brisson sur Loire. Built between the 12th and 16th centuries as a fortress, it houses many fine rooms, as well as a collection of huge catapaults, of a kind used as medieval weaponry. We then return to the barge and enjoy a wonderful lunch while the barge cruises southward to Chatillon sur Loire, a pleasant countryside mooring. Dinner aboard.

Wednesday: Lere to Menetreol

This morning we will visit Sancerre, situated on an impressive hilltop west of the waterway, where you will have a chance to discover the delights and fabulous views of the vineyards of Sancerre. After a fine lunch in the town we make a stop for a private wine tasting in the charming town of Chavignol where many Sancerre and Pouilly Fume wines are produced. Dinner aboard.

Thursday: Menetreol to La Charite sur Loire

Before we leave our mooring, we visit a local cheese producer to see the famous 'crottin goat cheese being produced. The barge continues her cruise from Menetreol towards La Charité-sur-Loire. We moor in a rural spot called Passy and make our way to La Charité-sur-Loire, an important site of Burgundian Romanesque art. The Clunisian ensemble of La Charité was a hugely important spiritual centre in the early Middle Ages, and a renowned stopping place for pilgrims on the road to Santiago de Compostela. Dinner aboard.

Friday: La Charite sur Loire to Le Guetin

This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Nevers, the capital of the Nivernais, which has a strong Italian influence and a long-standing reputation for ceramics. Nevers is the third largest city in Burgundy and, until the Revolution, seat of the Counts and Dukes of Nevers. The barge cruises from to Le Guetin. Enjoy a short drive to Apremont to visit its wonderful gardens. Apremont is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Farewell Gala Dinner on board.

Saturday: Le Guetin to Paris

After breakfast disembark the barge and transfer to Paris with our private driver.

Note: On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

Rates 2015

All prices are in Australian Dollars.

Departure Dates (Sunday) Cabin per person Charter 6 passengers whole boat Charter 7 passengers whole boat Charter 8 passengers whole boat
March 29 $5,650 $39,200 $42,200 $45,200
April 5, 12, 19, 26 $5,650 $39,200 $42,200 $45,200
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 $5,650 $39,200 $42,200 $45,200
June 7, 14, 21, 28 $5,650 $39,200 $42,200 $45,200
July 5, 12, 19, 26 $5,650 $39,200 $42,200 $45,200
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 $5,650 $39,200 $42,200 $45,200
September 6, 13, 20, 27 $5,650 $39,200 $42,200 $45,200
October 4, 11, 18
$5,650 $39,200 $42,200 $45,200

Rates Include:

  • Transfer from Paris airport/hotel/train station to barge by road
  • Luxury accommodation for 6 nights
  • Gourmet food, fine wines and beverages whilst on board
  • Excursions and entry fees
  • Services of 5 crew
  • Use of bicycles and tennis equipment on board 
  • Air conditioned mini van for sightseeing

Rates do not include:

  • Train tickets
  • Cancellation and holiday insurance
  • On board gratuities and items of personal nature


  • 129 ft long
  • 8 passengers
  • 5 crew
  • Lounge and dining area with stereo system
  • Sun deck with 360 degree view, sun loungers, 2 tables and large parasol
  • Computer with internet access
  • Books and board games
  • Bose iPod docking station
  • HIFI system and CDs
  • DVD Player and DVDs
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