HIRONDELLE, an 8 passenger deluxe barge, cruises in Southern Burgundy

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BELMOND HIRONDELLE is a lovely, graceful barge decorated in contemporary French elegance. Cruising on the canals of France for many years, this barge cruise offers caring service, gourmet dining and fine wines. The ambiance of Southern Burgundy is tranquil with rivers and canals winding through pastoral countryside and quiet villages. Excursions are rich in local Burgundian culture and history.

Cruise Highlights between St. Leger and Dole

  • Visit the Château de Chamirey, a family run wine estate in Mercurey with a tour of the vineyards and a winetasting
  • Walking tour of Dole, including the magnificent cathedral and La Maison Pasteur, home of Louis Pasteur
  • Drive into Beaune to visit the Hospice de Beaune. Free time to roam and shop
  • Visit the Château de Rully, a 12th C medieval fortress
  • Visit the riverside town of Chalon-sur-Saône, with it's beautiful Cathedral square and half timbered buildings

Cruise Features

Hirondelle deck dining
On deck of Belmond Hirondelle
Owner Operated: No
Number of Passengers:
Category: Deluxe
Cabin Bookings: Yes
Charter Bookings: Yes
Cruising Region: Canal du Centre, Saone River, Rhone-Rhine Canal in Southern Burgundy, France
Length of Cruise: 6 nights - Sunday to Saturday
Cruising Season: March - October
Theme Cruises: Golf, Ballooning, Canoeing
Meeting Location: Paris





Cruise Rates 2019 (in Euros)

Sunday to Saturday (6 nights)

Value Season Departures
March 31
April ​​​7, 14, 21, 28
October 6, 13, 20

Cabin Rates

Staterooms per person, double occupancy
Single supplement
€ 3,741
€ 2,566
Charter Rates
6 passengers
7 passengers
8 passengers

Regular Season Departures

May 5, 12, 19, 26
June ​2, 9, 16, 23, 30
July ​​7, 14, 21, 28
August ​​​4, 11, 18, 25
September ​​1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Cabin Rates
Staterooms per person, double occupancy
Single supplement
€ 4,810
€ 3,207
Charter Rates
6 passengers
7 passengers
8 passengers


Included in Cruise Price

  • Transportation between Paris and the barge
  • Six nights accommodation in private stateroom with ensuite bath
  • All meals, wine and drinks on board
  • Open bar
  • Daily escorted excursions by air-conditioned van
  • All barge amenities including bicycles, music system, library, etc.

Not Included in Cruise Price

  • Air or other transportation to the meeting location
  • Trip cancellation or medical insurance (available when booking)
  • Personal expenses
  • A discretionary gratuity for the crew suggested at 5% of the cruise price


Passengers: 8
Category: Deluxe
Crew: 5
Barge Size: 128 ft long
Cabins: 4
Cabin Size:
1 fixed queen at 138 sq ft
2 queens or twins at 123 and 141 sq ft
1 fixed twin in L-shape at 123 sq ft
Accommodations: 3 staterooms with queen or twin beds;
1 fixed twin stateroom, all with ensuite tiled bathrooms (showers)
Heat & Air: Central heat and air conditioning


  • Hairdryer
  • "L'Occitane" bathroom toiletries
  • Bicycles
  • Sundeck with 8 wooden chairs and table
  • Library, games, music system with CDs
  • Tennis racquets and balls
  • Fishing rods
  • Minivan with A/C
  • Email Access: WiFi and 24 hour internet access in salon
  • TV/DVD/CD: In salon

Theme Cruises

Golf, Ballooning, Canoeing

Hirondelle twin bed cabins
Hirondelle queen bed cabins
Hirondelle ensuite bathrooms
Hotel Dieu Hospice in Beaune
Vineyards of Arbois




Southern Burgundy
St. Leger to Dole (or reverse)

Sunday - Transfer to Barge
Board the barge at St Leger-sur-Dheune for your cruise through Burgundy. A champagne reception welcomes you on board and gives you a chance to meet the crew. Later that evening enjoy your first dining experience on board.

Monday - St. Leger to Chagny
A leisurely cruise on the Canal du Centre gives you a chance to savor the beauty of the French countryside, with plenty of opportunities at the many locks to get off the barge and walk or cycle along the splendid tow path. After lunch, your guide will take you to the pretty village of Rully to the 12th Century medieval fortress which has remained in the same family by marriage since its origin. The owner will guide you through his home sharing the intriguing history of his ancestors. Your visit is completed by a wonderful tasting of the wines produced by the de Ternay family in the 15th Century kitchen.

Tuesday - Chagny to Fragnes
Relax on board while the barge cruises the final section of the Canal du Centre, mooring in the pretty village of Fragnes just before the last and very deep lock into the River Saône just north of Chalon-sur-Saône. After lunch enjoy a visit to the Château de Chamirey, a family run wine estate in Mercurey where a tour of the vineyards themselves will be followed by a guided visit of the property and wine cellar, and a tasting of the fine range of wines. Enjoy a very scenic drive back to the barge in time for cocktails and then a short drive to a charming local restaurant for dinner.

Wednesday - Fragnes to Verdun sur le Doubs
A somewhat different cruising experience today, through the lovely valley of the River Saône to the town of Verdun. After lunch onboard we visit the charming old town of Beaune to see the famous Hotel-Dieu, a magnificent 15th century charity hospital, followed by a private wine tasting. There is time to stroll through the old town taking in the wonderful architecture and fine shopping. Tonight's mooring is at Verdun sur le Doubs, a vibrant little town just a few minutes’ walk from where the boat is tied up.

Thursday - Verdun sur Doubs to St. Jean de Losne
This morning the barge continues the cruise upstream on the Saone River to St Jean de Losne, the barging capital of France. After a wonderful lunch on board we visit the historic Clos de Vougeot where the Cistercian monks first began making wine in the 12th century. The ancient chateau is now the headquarters of the celebrated Burgundian wine society the, Confrererie des Chevaliers de Tastevin, and contains the ancient cellar and wine presses from medieval times. After a local degustation rejoin the barge in St Jean, the overnight mooring.

Friday - St. Jean de Losne to Dole
After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of historic Dijon including a visit to the market, the famous Maille mustard shop and the Ducal Palace, seat of the great medieval dukes of Burgundy. There will be some free time for shopping, or perhaps sit in one of the numerous pavement cafés and simply watch the world go by. Return to the boat for lunch and the final cruise, leaving the Saone River and join the beautiful, windy Rhone Rhine Canal. Before dinner, your guide will accompany you for a walk around historic Dole, the birthplace of Louis Pasteur. Tonight, the barge moors in the port of Dole watching over the River Doubs. As the chef prepares for your farewell gala dinner on board, perhaps try a 'Kir' aperitif; a cocktail which mixes the locally produced Cassis black current liqueur with the area's Aligoté white wine.

Saturday - Dole to Transfer Point
After breakfast and a fond farewell from the crew, depart for your onward travel arrangements by private transfer. The Heart of Burgundy Cruise offers a true taste of the treasures of Burgundy with an abundance of interesting shore.

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. The itinerary is in reverse direction on alternate weeks.

Barge Cruise Reviews for Belmond Hirondelle

"Dear Beth, we had a lovely time on the barge...all great...service...food...itinerary...and very nice company. We hope to do another trip. Thanks for organizing it so well." Michael and Barbara C.

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