Accommodations & Amenities

  • Four cabins all 265 sq ft with ensuite bath
  • All with choice of one queen or two twin beds
  • Ceiling height of 6’6″
  • Three portholes
  • Silver gray and champagne color scheme
  • In the Bathrooms
  • Double sinks
  • Full size, walk in shower
  • Bathrobes and hair dryer
Public Area
  • Salon, Dining room, Demonstration Kitchen
  • Ceiling height 6’8″
  • Large panoramic windows throughout
  • Contemporary furnishings on oak flooring
  • Watch the chef in the open kitchen
  • Computer for guest use
  • 3g internet connection; some limited availability
    • 128 Feet Long
    • Sundeck with Spa pool
    • Dining table with umbrella
    • 8 adult bicycles with 5 gearsAdvanced bicycles and children’s bicycles available upon special request. Additional fee may be required.


  • Special arrangements must be made in advance


Travel from St. Julien-sur-Dheune to St. Jean-de-Losne on the Canal du Centre and the River Soane

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Welcome Aboard
Travel: Arrival to St. Julien-sur-Dheune
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Finesse at the designated meeting point. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored in the petite hamlet of St. Leger-sur-Dheune. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first gourmet dinner onboard.

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Private Tour of a Preserved Chateau
Travel: St. Julien-sur-Dheune to St. Leger-sur-Dheune
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner onboard

A morning cruise to the village of St. Leger-sur-Dheune begins the journey. Now is the perfect time to explore the towpath with a leisurely stroll or a gentle pedal. Or, laze on deck and admire the rustic countryside glide by. This afternoon, your Tour Guide accompanies you to the immaculately preserved 14th century Chateau de Germolles on the outskirts of Beaune for a private tour with the property's owner. You will be chauffeured back to Finesse for a festive cocktail hour and another gourmet dinner onboard.

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Explore Ancient Roman Ruins
Travel: St. Leger-sur-Dheune to Remigny
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, your Tour Guide escorts you to the town of Autun, which was first settled by Romans in the 1st century AD. Autun boasts two remaining Roman gates and a 17,000-seat amphitheater, the largest venue of its time. Moving forward to the Medieval period, the 12th century cathedral is renowned for its architectural sculptures and position on the pilgrims’ route from France to the Santiago de Compestela in Spain. Back onboard, an afternoon cruise to the village of Remigny precedes another gourmet dinner.

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The Best of Burgundy in Beaune
Travel: Remigny to Rully
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore

This morning, your Tour Guide accompanies you to the town of Beaune for a visit to the Hospice de Beaune, an immaculately preserved Medieval hospital built in the 15th century. Afterwards, browse the boutiques and galleries lining the pedestrian area, or enjoy a coffee in the town square. Lunch is taken at the Michelin-starred restaurant Le Montrachet. Return to Finesse for a cruise to Rully, and explore the towpath with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. Drinks and dinner onboard.

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Swirl, Sip, and Savor
Travel: Rully to Fragnes
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning's cruise plies the final section of the Canal du Centre where Finesse moors in Fragnes. Relax on the deck with a cup of coffee and enjoy the rustic countryside, or explore the towpath by bicycle or on foot. Your Tour Guide chauffeurs you to the 18th century Chateau de Chamirey for a vineyard tour and a private winetasting. Now a family owned wine estate, some of the most prestigious Burgundian Premiers Crus are produced here. Back onboard, cocktail hour is followed by another gourmet dinner.

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Where Medieval Monks Made Wine
Travel: Fragnes to St. Jean de Losne
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, Finesse traverses the River Saone en route to St. Jean-de-Losne. Enjoy a final leisurely stroll or gentle pedal on the towpath. This afternoon, your Tour Guide accompanies you to Clos de Vougeot, where Cistercian monks made wine in the 12th century. Explore the preserved presses on which these iconic Burgundian vintages were made. Then it’s back to present day pleasures with a winetasting in the vineyards of Romanee Conti. Return to the Finesse where cocktail hour precedes a celebratory Captain’s Dinner.

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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from St. Jean de Losne
Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions.

Gourmet Dining

  • Fennel and Apple Salad with Candied Walnuts and St Agur Cheese
  • Beef Carpaccio with Tomatoes, Toasted Capers, Lemon Aioli and Handcut Frites
  • Carmelized Figs with Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas and Biscuits
  • 1 Lunch Ashore Inclusive of the Cruise Rate
  • Seared Scallops, Pulled Ham Hock, Pea Purée, Braised Peas, Pea Shoots
  • Duck Breast, Confit Duck Leg, Dill Pomme Purée, Confit Fennel, Poached & Raw Nectarines, Fennel Fronds, Sauce Bigarade
  • Cheeses: Cheese: Morbier, Bleu de Bresse, Delice de Pommard
  • Cherry Souffle, Bitter Chocolate Sorbet
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
  • Rosé Le Clos St Désiré, Corbières, Sainte-Eugénie 2014
  • Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Borgeot 2013
  • St Véran, l’or des chailloux, Domaine Curtis 2008
  • Tavel Les Mesillons Rose, 2015
  • Pouilly-Fuissé Nuance, Saumaize Jacques 2013
  • Hautes Côtes de Beaune, Clair Denis 2013

Rates & Dates

Value Season
Regular Season
Private Cruise (for 8 guests)$50,500$58,400
Private Cruise (for 7 guests)$49,000$56,200
Private Cruise (up to 6 guests)$47,500$54,000
Double Cabin (Per Person, Double Occupancy)$6,750$7,850
Single-Occupancy Supplement$2,450$2,850

2019 Dates

Italic Dates = Value Season
Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

April7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-4
May5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
June2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-6
July7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-3
August4-10, 11-17, 18-24, 25-31
September1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-5
October6-12, 13-19, 20-26

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath
  • chauffeured transfers from Dijon
  • France to the barge & return
  • all meals – from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning
  • all wines with lunch & dinner
  • open bar
  • daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.
Not included in the rate
  • Airfare to and from France
  • transportation to and from Dijon (we will assist you with this)
  • cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

*All rates are quoted in U.S. Dollars unless otherwise noted.

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