prosperite - burgundy

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prosperite - burgundy

Canal Barge in France

"From start to finish, a top drawer experience".

Prosperité was created by a hands-on American hotelier and represents a successful new approach which combines the best features of relaxed, contemporary lifestyle with every luxury in traditional, Ultra-Deluxe barging. The four, 270 square-foot cabins equally reflect contemporary standards with a roomy reading corner, large beds which can be configured as one King or two Twins, and huge bathrooms with both shower stall and tub. Stunning decor in the upstairs salon and separate dining room is very casual chic, combining Italian leather couches with contemporary and antique accent pieces. A great address in Burgundy!




During the seven days and six nights, The Prospérité will serve as your floating home away from home. Expressly designed and constructed to meet the expectations of upscale travelers desiring to experience the luxury of five star travel. Prospérité offers some of the largest rooms and highest level of amenities you will find on any of the barges in France. The Prospérité barge cruise features daily excursions in our accompanying Mercedes bus into the surrounding countryside. You will explore the local chateaux or sip the fruits of one of the many local vineyards.

on board


SUNDAY - Paris to Dijon

A member of Prosperite crew will meet your party at one pickup location in central Paris at 2:00 pm or, alternatively, one pickup location in Dijon, Beaune or the immediate Cote d'Or area at 4:00 pm, and then chauffeur you via Mercedes Minivan to the barge, at anchor in Dijon. You'll be welcomed by the traditional champagne reception, and enjoy the first of many gourmet dinners on board. Tonight we stay in Dijon.

MONDAY - Dijon to Fleury-sur-Ouche

Prospérité departs the port of Dijon - heading onto the Burgundy Canal for a tranquil morning cruise. Prospérité will go through the first of many locks, see at left. After lunch, devote the afternoon to an introduction to the Cote d'Or wine region lying south of the canal. First, we'll drive among the vineyards and villages of the "Route des Grand Crus" on the way to Clos de Vougeot, a 12th century chateau where Cistercian monks learned the art of winemaking. Explore the ancient wine presses and soak in the ambiance of this elegant chateau surrounded by vineyards. Then it is back to Prospérité, now moored in Fleury-sur-Ouche.

TUESDAY - Fleury-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche

This morning we'll drive back to Dijon, pictured at right, for a morning devoted to this lovely town. First, we'll walk the historic district, with its colorful tiled rooftop buildings, and then stop at the Covered Food Market, which was designed by Eiffel of Tower fame! A vast selection of produce, fish, cheeses, breads, baked goods and prepared delicacies brings this bustling market to life. There will be time to browse in tiny shops lining the cobblestoned streets, too. Then its back to Prospérité for lunch and an afternoon cruise to Gissey-sur-Ouche. On the way, what about getting out our bicycles for a meander on the towpath (see picture above) and into a village or two, see at right. Dinner on board ends this wonderful day.

WEDNESDAY - Gissey-sur-Ouche to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche

A short morning cruise to Le Bussiere-sur-Ouche begins this eventful day. After lunch, begin with a quick stop at "La Ferme du Poisset," a nearby farm which produces very fine goat cheese. Yes, we'll taste some cheese! Then it's on to the adorable village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois perched high on a hill overlooking the canal. Here is an enchanting old chateau - very simple but with history and ghosts around every corner. Then walk the cobblestoned streets of the village; perhaps one of the craft ships is open. Then it's back to Prospérité where there will be time to prepare for dinner at Abbaye de la Bussiere, a former Cistercian Abbey now immaculately restored into a hotel and Michelin-starred restaurant. Pictured below are Prosperite guests dining at Abbaye de la Bussiere.

THURSDAY - La Bussiere-sur-Ouche to Pont d'Ouche

This morning, cruise deeper into the Ouche Valley to Pont D'Ouche. This is a great time to walk, bicycle or sit on deck and watch scenes of great beauty float by. After lunch, it's back into the Mercedes Minivan for a cruise high point; An excursion to Beaune. This enchanting town is the wine capital of Cote d'Or; underneath its streets lie hundreds of miles of wine cellars. Visit the 14th-century hospital Hotel Dieu; (pictured at left) it is gorgeously preserved and provides a unique glimpse of life in the Middle Ages. There may be time for an impromptu winetasting, browse the shops, or enjoy a cafe in the square. Then it's back to Prospérité to re-live the day at dinner on-board.

FRIDAY - Pont d'Ouche to Vandenesse-en-Auxois

Our final morning cruise takes Prospérité to Vandenesse-en-Auxois. Take a last, long morning to relax! Then, it's back to the Cote d'Or vineyards, passing through colorful villages on the way to a cellar tour/winetasting at Domaine Prieur-Brunet in Santenay. Return to your barge - now your home away from home - for cocktails and the festive Captain's Dinner. End your Prospérité cruise in style!

SATURDAY - Return to Paris

You'll depart between 8:00AM - 9:00 AM and chauffeured as a group either to one location in central Paris or one location at Charles de Gaulle Airport. Driving time to Paris is estimated at three hours; driving time to Charles de Gaulle at four hours. Please do not book a flight before 2:00 PM on the day of departure. (Transfers which fall outside of these specific parameters can be arranged by us before departure at your expense.) We hope to see you soon on Prospérité!

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

  • all inclusive
    6 night-cruise


    6 passengers

    7 passengers

    8 passengers

  • value season
    2020 - 2021

    April - May
    July - August
    end of Otober

    US$ 48900

    US$ 52500

    US$ 54000

  • regular season
    2020 - 2021

    May - July
    AUgust - October

    US$ 56400

    US$ 58100

    US$ 60000

Price for Prosperté includes:

6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, chauffeured transfers from Paris to the barge & return, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch & dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.

These rates do not include:
• Insurance • Personal expenses • The gratuities to the crew (between 7 and 10%)

To avoid currency exchange fees

• Australians can pay in Australian dollars by direct deposit or credit card. • New Zealanders can pay in New Zealand dollars by direct deposit or credit card. • US citizens will be charged in US dollars using credit card.


Bon voyage!