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Finesse - Southern Burgundy Cruise

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Finesse is the perfect vessel on which to cruise the meandering waterways of Southern Burgundy past vineyards and charming canal-side villages, and to discover fascinating places along the way such as Autun, Beaune and Dijon.
France
Cultural
Food & Wine
Luxury
Barge

Highlights

Visit Clos de Vougeot, home of the Chevaliers du Tastevin

Tour and private wine tasting at Château de Chamirey in Mercurey

Visit to Beaune, including Hôtel-Dieu Hospice

Lunch in the beautiful setting of the Puligny & Chassagne Montrachet vineyards

Finesse is a double-decker hotel barge that was built to exacting standards with luxury in mind, enhanced by her modern public areas and very spacious cabin suite accommodation.

The well-designed public areas include a saloon with contemporary furnishings and panoramic windows where the emphasis is on making the most of the natural light. There is also a demonstration galley where guests can watch their chef preparing delicious gourmet meals. Outside, guests can relax on the large sun deck with its alfresco dining area, comfortable seating and spa pool.

The four en-suite cabins, which can be in twin or double-bedded configuration, are very spacious (approx. 265sq ft including en suite), each one air-conditioned and with a beautifully appointed shower room.

 

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Included

6 nights onboard at Hotel Barge Finesse in a Suite
Crew of 5 (Captain, tour guide, chef and hostesses)
Transfers by an air-conditioned minivan
Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily prepared by your chef
Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
Excursions as per itinerary
Use of barge facilities

On-Board Facilities

  • Maximum of 8 passengers
  • 4 cabin Double/Twin Suites with en suite
  • Air conditioning/ Centrally Heated
  • Spa pool
  • Demonstation Open Gallery
  • Telescope
  • Guest Computer
  • Free Wi-Fi (connectivity limited in remote locations)

Day 1
Dijon → St-Julien-sur-Dheune

You are met in Dijon and transferred by air-conditioned minibus to Finesse for a champagne welcome and the opportunity to meet the crew. Then there is time to wander along the towpath and admire the classic Burgundy scenery before dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Finesse in a Suite.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Dinner
Dijon → St-Julien-sur-Dheune
Day 2
St-Julien-sur-Dheune

This morning, begin your voyage through Southern Burgundy along the Canal du Centre through undulating countryside to moor at the little village of St-Leger-sur-Dheune. Descend a series of 11 locks while cruising past the villages along the way. After lunch on board, visit the 14th century Château de Germolles, the best preserved of the residences of the Dukes of Burgundy, with its ducal chapel, medieval wall paintings and romantic gardens Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Finesse in a Suite.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
St-Julien-sur-Dheune
Germolles
Day 3
St-Léger-sur-Dheune → Remigny

This morning, we visit Clos de Vougeot, headquarters of the esteemed Chevaliers du Taste vin (translates as "Fraternity of Knights of the Wine-Tasting Cup"), who award aspecial prized label to the finest Côte d‘Or vintages every year. Continue along the Routes des Grands Cru through the Côte de Nuits,before returning to Finesse for lunch followed by an afternoon cruise with perfect opportunities to walk or cycle along the towpath en route,to our mooring near the village of Rully. Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Finesse in a Suite.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
St-Léger-sur-Dheune → Remigny
Clos de Vougeot
Day 4
Remigny → Rully

After breakfast, set off on a drive through the Côte de Beaune vineyards to the town of Beaune itself, capital of Burgundy wine country where you will visit the fascinating 15th century Hôtel-Dieu Hospice and explore the quaint shops of the town, before enjoying a gastronomic lunch in the heart of Puligny & Chassagne Montrachet vineyards at the restaurant Le Montrachet. After lunch, return to the barge for an afternoon cruise past the charming little town of Chagny, to our mooring near the village of Rully. Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Finesse in a Suite.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Remigny → Rully
Beaune
Day 5
Rully → Fragnes

This morning, continue your cruise along the Canal du Centre at a leisurely pace to moor at the village of Fragnes. There are perfect opportunities to walk or cycle along the towpath en route. In the afternoon you will be escorted on a winery tour and private tasting to the delightful 17th century Château de Chamirey in Mercurey, owned by the Devillard family for five generations. Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Finesse in a Suite.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Rully → Fragnes
Château de Chamirey
Day 6
Fragnes → St-Jean-de-Losne

This morning, the barge leaves the winding canal to join the peaceful River Saône, passing delightful little ports such as Seurre and Verdun-sur-le-Doubs en route, to arrive at St-Jean-de-Losne. After lunch on board, we visit Clos de Vougeot***, headquarters of the esteemed Chevaliers du Tastevin (translates as “Fraternity of Knights of the Wine-Tasting Cup”), who award a special prized label to the finest Côte d‘Or vintages every year. You will have the opportunity to pay homage at the fields of Romanée Conti before returning to Finesse. Farewell Dinner on Board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Finesse in a Suite.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included. ***On Friday afternoon, charter groups might wish to visit Dijon with its Cathedral and mustard shops instead of Clos de Vougeot. This can be discussed with the Captain once onboard.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Fragnes → St-Jean-de-Losne
Farewell Dinner
Day 7
St-Jean-de-Losne → Dijon

After breakfast, you are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to your choice of location in Dijon.

Breakfast
St-Jean-de-Losne → Dijon

Additional information

Official language
French
Local currency
EUR
Barge Cruising

This unique, all-inclusive experience allows you to admire the picturesque landscape of your destination, try some regional cuisine, explore the most beautiful cities and towns, visit local sights and monuments, learn history and tradition, meet friendly locals and much more. 

6 nights
France
Dijon
Dijon
Cultural, Food & Wine, Luxury
27 Mar - 23 Oct 2022

Optional Extras

Departure dates and Pricing:

Important notes

  • This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks, the cruise will be in the reverse direction.
  • This barge is available for charter bookings and theme cruises. Contact us for more details.

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Blackout dates may apply during festive season.

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