Cruises aboard the barge Grand Victoria appeal to the modern adventurer looking to immerse in Southern Burgundy’s many charms, with a focus on lifestyle, culture, and cuisine.
Grand Victoria is owned and operated by the charismatic couple Edward Anderson and Cindy Unvericht. Both of them share strong passions for hospitality, cooking, and travel, which is evident in the extraordinary experience aboard the Grand Victoria.
Hailing from South Africa and working for many years as a luxury safari guide, Edward also developed his adventurous side as an avid golfer and a record setting sky diver. Cindy is originally from New York, and is an accountant by trade.
After many seasons of crewing on board, they purchased the Grand Victoria in 2015, and, after a year of extensive renovations, the extreme makeover was revealed to rave reviews. Styled as the “Queen of Burgundy”, the Grand Victoria’s private and public spaces have been meticulously designed for maximum comfort through approachable luxury.
Guests can unwind in the barge’s stylishly appointed salon while listening to music from the boat’s vintage vinyl collection, and gourmands are welcome join the Chef in the open kitchen while he crafts seasonally inspired cuisine with market-fresh ingredients. The lavishly decorated cabins feature plush bedding and spa inspired bathrooms, while the flat screen TVs and streaming videos ensure everyone enjoys very personalized entertainment.
At sunset, the vessel’s signature “Sundowners” are served, encouraging guests to sample a new craft cocktail each evening. Soaking in the hot tub, socializing on the expansive deck, or exploring the canal’s towpath by foot or bicycle augment the Grand Victoria’s vision of urbane relaxation.
Off the barge, guests are intimately introduced to the many pleasures of Burgundian lifestyle, partaking in private wine tastings among the famed Cote d’Or vineyards, and even exploring Dijon by night on a special moonlit tour.
Last visited in 2017