Accommodations & Amenities View Deck Plan

Accommodations
  • 128 ft long, with 6’8” – 7’ ceiling height throughout
  • Four cabins, all 260 sq ft, with 6’8” ceiling height
  • Choice of one King or two oversized twin beds
  • Ensuite Bathrooms with shower and separate tub
  • Vanity dressing area and ample storage
  • Salon and separate dining room
  • Powder room (WC) in salon
  • Demonstration kitchen – watch your chef prepare gourmet cuisine
  • Deck with canopy
  • Outdoor dining space and seating
Amenities
Chauffeured Guided Sightseeing
Chauffeured Guided Sightseeing
Daily Housekeeping
Daily Housekeeping
WiFi (service fluctuates)
WiFi (service fluctuates)
Private Chef
Private Chef
Open Bar
Open Bar
Bicycles and Helmets
Bicycles and Helmets
Air Conditioning/Heating
Air Conditioning/Heating
Hair Dryer and Toiletries
Hair Dryer and Toiletries
Bathrobe
Bathrobe
Safe
Safe
Iron and Ironing Board (on request)
Iron and Ironing Board (on request)
Hot Tub on Deck
Hot Tub on Deck
Sound System
Sound System
220 volt outlets
220 volt outlets

Itineraries

Travel from Pontailler sur Saone to St. Leger-sur-Dheune on the River Saone and Canal du Centre

Sunday
Welcome Aboardsunday image
Welcome Aboard
Travel: Arrival to Pontailler sur Saone
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Grand Cru at the designated meeting point. Relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored in the petite village of Pontailler-sur-Saone. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first gourmet dinner. Perhaps enjoy a glass of Grand Cru wine after dinner while lounging in the hot tub.

Monday
Privileged Glimpse of a Family-Owned Chateaumonday image
Privileged Glimpse of a Family-Owned Chateau
Travel: Pontailler-sur-Saone to St. Jean de Losne
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner onboard

This morning, your Tour Guide presents an insider’s visit to Chateau d’Arcelot, the first neoclassical castle of Burgundy, where you will be welcomed by the castle's owner, Madame la Comtesse de Loisy. After a tasting of locally produced gourmet specialties, return to Grand Cru for an afternoon cruise, admiring the rustic scenery gliding by. Relax on deck with a glass of wine and a good book. Tonight enjoy socializing over cocktails and canapes before Chef serves a grand dinner.

Tuesday
The Best of Burgundy in Beaunetuesday image
The Best of Burgundy in Beaune
Travel: St. Jean de Losne to Seurre
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

The journey continues this morning with a leisurely cruise through Burgundy's pastoral countryside. Upon mooring, your Tour Guide escorts you to the charming town of Beaune, the region's wine capital, for a guided visit to the Hospice de Beaune, a preserved Medieval hospital built in the 15th century. Afterwards, browse the shops and galleries lining the pedestrian area, or enjoy a coffee in the town square. Return to the Grand Cru for appetizers and aperitifs before Chef presents tonight's gourmet dinner.

Wednesday
Chocolate Tasting Evokes Your Senseswednesday image
Chocolate Tasting Evokes Your Senses
Travel: Seurre to Fragnes
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Relax in the hot tub, watch Chef in the open kitchen, or join your Captain in his wheelhouse during a lazy morning cruise. This afternoon, explore the historic riverside town of Chalon-sur-Saone, where the bustling Place Saint-Vincent is lined with boutiques, galleries, and cafes. Awaken your senses during a visit to an artisanal chocolate shop and watch chocolatiers master their craft. Sample and savor premium chocolates before returning to the barge for another gourmet dinner.

Thursday
Gourmet Luncheon and Restored Chateauthursday image
Gourmet Luncheon and Restored Chateau
Travel: Fragnes to Chagny
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore

Begin with a morning cruise towards Chagny, the home of Michelin 3* rated Maison Lameloise. A highlight of the Grand Cru's culinary experiences, enjoy luncheon ashore in this luxurious venue, recently voted one of the world’s best restaurants. Then discover the hilltop chateau-fortress of Chateau de la Rochepot, a 12th-century feudal castle of neo-Gothic-Burgundian style. Turrets galore and a rooftop covered with colorful local tiles beckon for exploration. Back onboard, enjoy another evening of drinks and dinner.

Friday
Wines and Vinesfriday image
Wines and Vines
Travel: Chagny to St. Leger-sur-Dheune
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

A leisurely cruise begins the day's adventures. Join Chef in the open kitchen for an informal cooking demonstration, or explore the towpath with a bicycle ride or on foot. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to the cellars the prestigious Chateau de Chassagne Montrachet for a private winetasting. Known for high quality and complex vintages, these exceptional elixirs reveal the intricate tastes of Burgundy's terrior. Then it’s back to Grand Cru where Chef presents tonight's Farewell Feast, ending your cruise in style.

Saturday
A Sad Farewellsaturday image
A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from St. Leger-sur-Dheune
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. Cruise will run in reverse direction on opposite weeks.

Travel from Dole to St. Leger-sur-Dheune on the Canal du Rhone au Rhin, River Saone and Canal du Centre

Sunday
Welcome Aboardsunday image
Welcome Aboard
Travel: Arrival to Dole
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Grand Cru at the designated meeting point. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored in the village of Dole. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first gourmet dinner aboard. Perhaps enjoy a glass of Grand Cru wine after dinner while lounging under the stars in the hot tub.

Monday
Winetasting and Golf at Val D’Amourmonday image
Winetasting and Golf at Val D’Amour
Travel: Dole to St. Jean de Losne
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner onboard

A morning cruise is the perfect time to explore by bicycle or on foot. After lunch, golfers play 9 holes at Val D’Amour, with its unique setting at the confluence of two rivers. The non-golfers visit Clos de Vougeot, where Cistercian monks made wine in the 12th century. The ancient Clos now serves as the headquarters of the revered wine society Chevaliers du Tastevin. Explore the presses from which these iconic wines were first produced; a tasting of local vintages follows. Everyone is reunited on board for cocktails and dinner.

Tuesday
Destination Dijontuesday image
Destination Dijon
Travel: St. Jean de Losne to Verdun sur le Doubs
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

The town of Dijon offers a pleasurable assault of the senses. "Les Halles”, the covered food market, presents colorful produce; jars of mustard are displayed in boutiques; and public spaces beckon with greenery and scenery. Shop, sip, and stroll through this charming town brimming with authentic French life. Your Tour Guide returns you to the barge in time for a relaxing afternoon of cocktails and cruising. Complete the day with a gourmet dinner -- paired, of course, with Grand Cru wines.

Wednesday
Past and Present Meet: Medieval Fortress + Michelin 3-star Lunch!wednesday image
Past and Present Meet: Medieval Fortress + Michelin 3-star Lunch!
Travel: Verdun sur le Doubs to Fragnes
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore

A leisurely cruise begins the day. Upon arrival, you are escorted to the Chateau de Rully, a preserved medieval fortress. Complete the tour with samples of the estate's boutique wines. Then it is on to a special lunch ashore at Lameloise, a Michelin 3-star rated restaurant, recently voted as one of the world’s best. Return to the barge and enjoy an afternoon cycling, walking, or lazing in the hot tub. Tonight, Chef serves another gourmet dinner.

Thursday
Best of Beaune and Golf de Levernois Beaunethursday image
Best of Beaune and Golf de Levernois Beaune
Travel: Fragnes to Rully
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Enjoy a scenic cruise this morning to our beautiful riverside mooring. After lunch, the golfers will head to Golf de Levernois Beaune for an 18 hole round in the heart of the wine country. The non-golfers will explore the charming town of Beaune, the region's wine capital, for a guided visit to the Hospice de Beaune, a preserved Medieval hospital built in the 15th century. Afterwards, browse the shops and galleries in the pedestrian area, or enjoy a coffee in the town square. Everyone returns to Grand Cru for another gourmet dinner on board.

Friday
Vines and Wines, Golf at Chateau D’Avoise Montchaninfriday image
Vines and Wines, Golf at Chateau D’Avoise Montchanin
Travel: Rully to St. Leger-sur-Dheune
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner aboard

Relax on the deck with a cup of coffee during this morning's final cruise or traverse the towpath by bicycle or on foot. After lunch, golfers will enjoy an 18 hole round at Chateau D’Avoise, set in a pristine landscape of greenery and lakes. Meanwhile, the non-golfers have a private wine tasting at Chassagne Montrachet and Puligny Montrachet, which are among the most recognized and prestigious appellations in Burgundy. Back on board, enjoy canapes, Grand Cru wines, and a celebratory Captain’s Dinner, culminating the cruise in style.

Saturday
A Sad Farewellsaturday image
A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from St Leger-sur-Dheune
Meals: Breakfast onboard

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

Please note: Tee times will be pre-booked and transfers between the barge and the courses provided. Golfers will pay directly to the courses for greens fees, club rental, and golf cart rental, as well as all personal expenses incurred. This is a sample itinerary which may change depending on the availability of the individual courses and will run in the opposite direction every other week.

Gourmet Dining

Lunch
  • Whole Baked Salmon in Salt, Buerre Blanc Sauce
  • Salad of Carrot & Coriander
  • Haricot Vert
  • Blueberry and Pistachio Clafoutis , Vanilla bean ice cream
  • Cheeses: Emmental, Morbier, and Valencay
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas, and Biscuits
  • 1 Lunch Ashore Inclusive of the Cruise Rate
Dinner
  • Confit quail on Aubergine Caviar with Orange Saffron Réduction and Toasted Walnuts
  • Aged Charolais Beef Filet in Rosemary Green Pepper Croûte Rossini style, Foie Gras & Port Sauce
  • Cheeses: Tomme de Savoie, Saint-Felicien, and Langres
  • Pistachio Grand Marnier soufflé
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
Wine
  • Champagne Georges Vesselle, Grand Cru, 2011
  • Chablis Grand Cru “Bougros” Domaine du Colombier, 2016
  • Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru, Domaine du Pavillon, 2015
  • Chateau Latour Martillac Grand Cru Classé de Graves, 2015
  • Saint Emilion Grand Cru Petit Corbin d’Espagne, 2011
  • Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru, Domaine Francois Gerbet, 2013
  • Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru, Domaine Camus, 2013

Rates & Dates

Accommodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Cruise for 8 guests$58,000$64,000
Private Cruise for 7 guests$56,700$62,300
Private Cruise for 6 guests$54,000$59,400

2020 Dates

Italic Dates = Value Season
Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

Month
Days
April26-2
May3-9, 10-16, 17-23, 24-30, 31-6
June7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-4
July5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
August2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-5
September6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-3
October4-10,11-17, 18-24, 25-31

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath
  • chauffeured transfers from Paris 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
  • 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.

Grand Cru Route

Are you ready to experience “The Good Life”
in Southern Burgundy?

Plan Your Cruise