Barge Lady Cruises is delighted to introduce the newest lifestyle concept in French barge cruising, the 6 star-rated Grand Cru – a floating boutique hotel inspired by the sophisticated services and amenities expected by today’s discerning traveler. Cosmopolitan cruisers will enjoy a spa pool on deck, demonstration kitchen, upstairs powder room, and a sommelier-selected onboard wine cellar.
Grand Cru debuted in April 2018, offering six night/seven day journeys on a route featuring “The Best of Burgundy’s Best.” Exclusive to the Grand’s Cru’s drinking and dining program, guests will enjoy pours of Grand Cru wines with all six dinners. Selected from France’s esteemed wine regions, these Grand Cru samplings pair perfectly with the Chef-driven gourmet cuisine. Other superior libations will be served as well, such as craft cocktails made with the “crème de la crème” of regionally-sourced spirits and liqueurs.
While sailing on the Grand Cru, Burgundy’s cultural treasures are on offer every day, ensuring unparalleled access to the local flavors and lively personalities of the region. Escorted excursions reveal the area’s most treasured resource: here, the pampered grapes of Burgundy’s Cote d’Or are on vivid display. Grand Cru’s guests will meet the entrepreneurs behind Burgundian wine production thanks to a series of vineyard visits and private tastings. The French lifestyle is further introduced through a vibrant program of intimate sightseeing encompassing the iconic sights of the region, including guided visits to family-owned estates, preserved monuments, and charming villages.
Although cruising deep within France’s iconic wine country on a beautifully preserved antique canal system, the Grand Cru’s eye-catching modern design effortlessly reflects the clean lines and open spaces of contemporary living. Four generously-sized cabins hold up to eight guests in beautifully-appointed staterooms, while the comfortable furniture throughout the spacious salon and expansive deck encourages hours of casual socializing. Active passengers are encouraged to explore the route’s charming canal side villages by bicycle or on foot.
Experience the best of France, the best of canal cruising, and above all, your best self aboard Grand Cru!
Last visited in 2018