Everybody needs a little Finesse!
This elegant barge is the sister ship to Enchante (located on the Canal du Midi), and both barges are owned by the talented Roger and Louisa Gronow, who have been in the barging industry since 1995, and 1998, respectively. Now managing the barge from land, the Gronows oversee everything from the crew, cuisine, and excursions to ensure a flawless cruise.
Their extensive background in boating and hospitality extends to the effortless balance of conventionally comfortable cruising with the convenience of ultramodern amenities found on the Finesse. Panoramic windows frame the expansive salon and dining area, which features contemporary furnishings and gleaming oak flooring. An open kitchen provides the perfect perch for “foodies” to visit with the Chef, while those who wish to relax on deck are more than welcome to enjoy the vessel’s hot tub.
Expansive personal space and the pleasures of outdoor activities are also offer aboard the Finesse. Luxuriously appointed, the four identical cabins at 265 square feet are among the largest on the French canals. Bucolic landscapes and placid scenery along the canal’s towpath invite active guests to take exhilarating bicycle rides or leisurely strolls.
The handcrafted cultural programming presents a well-rounded view of Burgundy’s many attractions, including a visit to astonishing Roman ruins, a gastronomic lunch ashore at a Michelin-starred venue, and a private tour and tasting at a family-owned vineyard. In keeping with the region’s great tradition of food and wine, onboard cuisine focuses on seasonally-inspired meals, which are often paired with the area’s world-famous wines.
Last visited in 2018