Fall 2009 Sailings Added for Chocolate & Wine Cruise in France Aboard Burgundy Barge Elisabeth

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The Barge Lady and Burgundy hotel-barge Elisabeth have announced the Chocolate and Wine Cruise will be extended into Fall 2009. Due to the success and popularity of the Chocolate and Wine Cruise in 2008 and spring of 2009, the owner

ELISABETH, a French canal barge which charters for private parties of up to six guests, has expanded the dates of their popular "Chocolate and Wine" cruise to fall, 2009. Six night cruises on the Burgundy Canal are available between August 24 and October 30. The canal is a two hour drive south-east of Paris.

Owner-operators Peter and Sheena Jenner (British ex-pats who have lived in Burgundy for over twenty years) will provide tastings of "boutique" candies and pastries; expanded exposure to small Chablis wine producers; on-board cooking demonstrations and chocolate desserts galore. A special treat is tour and lunch in the village of Flavigny, where the movie "Chocolat" was filmed.

Regularly-scheduled excursions to romantic chateaux, a Medieval abbey, and shopping at local food markets will round out the program. The Burgundy Canal winds through rural France - through ancient villages, forests, and fields. Walking and bicycling are available every day.

The newly-renovated ELISABETH carries up to six guests in comfort and style. Each of the three cabins has a modern and private bath. Guests can choose to relax on deck, cruise with Captain Jenner in the covered wheelhouse, or enjoy the downstairs salon. A crew of four is always on board, including a dedicated chef.

The all-inclusive whole-boat charter price is $21,800 for a party of six/$3,635 per person; $19,500 for a party of five/$3,900 per person; and $17,200 for a party of four/$4,300 per person. The cruise fare includes chauffeured transfer to and from Paris; all meals; unlimited wine and open bar; daily chauffeured and guided sightseeing; all special "Chocolate and Wine" programming and use of ship's facilities such as bicycles.

To find menus, itineraries, guest feedback and photos of the barge and its passengers, go to http://www.bargeladycruises.com, then to Northern Burgundy - and pull up ELISABETH. Ellen Sack, The Barge Lady, has been a broker of European canal vacations since 1985. She represents fifty vessels located in France, Holland, England, Ireland, Scotland, and Germany. Her office is located in downtown Chicago, Illinois. Call 800-880-0071 for more information.

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