A fresh lifestyle concept in French barge cruising, the Grand Cru is a floating boutique hotel inspired by the sophisticated services and elite amenities expected by discerning travelers. Cosmopolitan cruisers will enjoy a hot tub on deck, a demonstration kitchen, an upstairs powder room, and a sommelier-selected onboard wine cellar.
Exclusive to the Grand’s Cru’s drinking and dining program, guests will enjoy pours of Grand Cru wines with all five dinners onboard. 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 cherished 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. French history and local personages are further introduced through guided visits to lively towns, a family-owned chateau, and the immaculately preserved Hospice de Beaune.
Although cruising deep within France’s iconic wine country on a beautifully preserved antique canal system, the Grand Cru’s eye-catching modern design reflects the clean lines and open spaces of contemporary living. Four spacious cabins hold up to eight guests in elegantly-appointed staterooms, while comfortable furniture throughout the spacious salon and deck invite 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!