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Sail to a different Michelin-starred restaurant every day on this French river cruise
Posted on 16/02/2020

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Treat your tastebuds to a luxurious French river cruise that takes you to a different Michelin-starred restaurant every day for a week.

The latest contender for the world's most luxurious cruise

The latest contender for the world's most luxurious cruise
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Ultra-luxury travel company Belmond is launching a lavish new cruise package: the "Epicurean Burgundy: a 12-star cruise" aboard the Belmond Napoléon barge. Departing from Saint-Jean-de-Losne and sailing onward towards Lyon, this gastronomic six-night French river cruise will take passengers to a different Michelin-starred restaurant every night.

But you'll have to fork out a whopping £74,500 if you want the entire barge for yourself. Otherwise, you can book a cabin for £6,206 per person. There are six en-suite cabins in total, sleeping 12 people altogether, all with enormous windows looking out onto the water. There is also an outdoor hot tub on board and bicycles for passengers to use ashore.

As the name of the cruise implies, the six participating restaurants have a cumulative 12 stars. Two of the restaurants boast three-Michelin-stars, the highest honour any restaurant can receive.

An incredible itinerary

An incredible itinerary
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The first stop on the six-day cruise is lunch at La Côte Saint-Jacques, a two-Michelin-starred restaurant sitting on the banks of the River Yonne. Dishes will include a rosette of lobster and fresh palm nut salad and egg parfait with white Alba truffles and puy green lentils. After lunch, guests will board the ship for a champagne reception, cocktails, and if there's any room left, dinner.

On day two, passengers will disembark for a meal at Maison Lameloise, a three-star Michelin restaurant serving traditional Burgundian cuisine in Chagny. Day three is Le Jardin des Remparts's turn, an exceptional restaurant set in an elegant 1930's villa in Beaune.

Dinner at Aux Terrasses is next: this Michelin-starred restaurant in the centre of Tournus serves innovative and exciting dishes such as charcoal-grilled octopus and hay-smoked pigeon. The following day, guests will dine at three-Michelin-starred restaurant Georges Blanc in Vonnas, a restaurant famous for reinventing French classics.

The six-day trip ends with dinner at Paul Bocuse Restaurant in Lyon where guests can try the famed black truffle soup that was created for French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing in 1975.

A culinary and cultural adventure

A culinary and cultural adventure
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But there's more to this cruise than just fine dining. Passengers will also disembark at the historic Clos de Vougeot, an award-winning vineyard in Burgundy where Cistercian monks have made wine since the 12th century. There will also be a private tour of the stunning Hotel-Dieu in Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy. Founded in 1443, guests will venture beyond the gothic facade to discover 500 years of Burgundian history and treasures. And in Tournus, passengers will embark on a scenic drive to the Abbaye de Cluny, a fascinating monument to Romanesque art.

The cruise will set sail on August 9, 2020. To find out more details, head to Belmond's website.