When gastronomical pleasures meet wanderlust, a trip of a lifetime commences. This dream turns into reality at LVMH-owned Belmond’s ‘Epicurean Burgundy’ cruise. Luxury cruises are many but this one takes you from St-Jean-de-Losne to Lyon. Why do we call this a gastronomes dream-come-true-trip? It’s because the cruise will its luxury-loving, foodie passengers to six different Michelin-starred restaurants across France. Luxury company Belmond couldn’t possibly serve their esteemed passengers with common buffets and cafeteria-style food; hence the decadent cruise package- The “Epicurean Burgundy: A 12-star cruise” came into the world where you enjoy delicious, unforgettable food at a Michelin-starred restaurant every single day. Jean-Michel Lorian’s two Michelin-starred La Côte Saint-Jacques, outside of Auxerre on the River Yonne is the first stop where one can devour egg parfait with white Alba truffles. The next stop is what can be easily dubbed as one of the best restaurants in the world. Maison Lameloise in Chagny will impress you with signature traditional Burgundian dishes like the Burgundy snail tart. Those who like to taste and experiment with local flavors, day 3 will have you excited as you make a trip to Le Jardin des Ramparts, in Beaune and have the best of their seasonal and locally-sourced cuisine. Bird lovers (not the viewing sorts) will never forget the taste of the delightful treat hay-smoked pigeon at Aux Terrasses in Tornus, on day four. Day five will be consumed by the much acclaimed Georges Blanc in Vonnas where a dinner of reinvented French classics, like Bresse Chicken will leave you salivating. The trip ends with a fantastic dinner at Restaurant Paul Bocuse, prized for its black truffle soup (created in 1975 for French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing).
The trip also includes exciting visits to popular wine countries like Burgundy and Beaujolais, local markets and chateaux, cycling along the scenic canal paths and fun cooking classes. The entire barge can be chartered for $96,000 and a maximum of 12 people or rent a cabin for $8,000 per person. The Napoléon has six luxurious cabins with en-suite bathrooms and giant windows, as well as an outdoor hot tub. Are you ready to meander across the beautiful Burgundy with the best possible food on your plate?