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Finesse
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€5,690 Per Person

Ultra Luxury Class

 

Finesse is a new and luxurious, double-decker barge that cruises along the scenic Saone River and Canal du Centre in southern Burgundy. She boasts a large saloon and well-design interior.

  • Country / Region
    France / Burgundy
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights
  • Cabins
    4
  • Max Passengers
    8
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€5,690 Per Person

Ultra Luxury Class

 

Finesse is a new and luxurious, double-decker barge that cruises along the scenic Saone River and Canal du Centre in southern Burgundy. She boasts a large saloon and well-design interior.

  • Country / Region
    France / Burgundy
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights
  • Cabins
    4
  • Max Passengers
    8
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Description 
  • Cruise Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation Cabin accommodation (twin or double bed) with en-suite bathroomActivityActivity Excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary MealsMeals All meals included - authentic French cuisine and regional specialities plus a selection of fine winesDrinksDrinks Open bar with alcoholic and non alcoholic drinksInclusionInclusion Sun deck with spa poolTransportation Transportation Vehicle for transfers and excursions ActivityActivity Use of bicyclesItinerary Itinerary Cruise between St-Julien-sur-Dheune and St-Jean-de-Losne.InclusionInclusion WiFi on boardActivityActivity Wine tasting sessions

Summary

Finesse offers accommodation up to 8 passengers in four twin-bedded or double-bedded suites. You can also relax on the large sun deck with its dining area, seating area and spa pool. It includes a crew of five people to look after you.

 

Wi-Fi is available, however, there are some moorings where connection to the internet can be slow and sometimes when the barge is cruising the connection is not possible because the barge is out of signal range.


CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit Clos de Vougeot, home of the Chevaliers du Tastevin
  • Tour and private wine tasting at Château de Chamirey in Mercurey
  • Visit to Beaune, including Hôtel-Dieu Hospice
  • Visit to the ancient roman city of Autun
  • Lunch in the beautiful setting of the Puligny & Chassagne Montrachet vineyards
  • Excellent opportunities for walking and biking. “Biking Plus” option available


Inclusions

  • Local transfers to and from the hotel barge by a chauffeured minibus 
  • Luxury 6 night cruise
  • All meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef
  • Open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. All wines served throughout the cruise
  • Excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary
  • Services of 5 crew
  • Use of  barge facilities, which includes bicycles and spa pool
  • Small library of books and maps
  • Board games
  • Boules
  • Telescope
  • iPod/MP3 player
  • Guest computer
  • Air-conditioned/centrally heated

 

Cuisine

Regional Specialities
Tournedos of Charolais beef served with glazed carrots & asparagus, shallot tarte tatin & red wine sauce; Duo of pan-roasted and confit quail on wild mushroom and sautéed watercress with a cassis syrup; Montgolfier of Escargots with a garlic crème; Oeufs en Meurette served on toasted pain d'épices


Wine Cellar

Meursault; Pouilly-Fuissé; Nuits-St-Georges; Santenay; Chenas; Chablis; Gevrey-Chambertin; Sancerre


Cheese Board

Chaource; Brillat-Savarin; Reblochon; Abondance

 


Pick-up & Drop-off Points

Approximate transfer duration for between Lyon & Finesse = 1.5 or 2 hours, depending on the cruise direction.

 

For cabin bookings: 

  • Pick-up point: Gare Dijon-Ville at 4:00 pm and at Grand Hotel La Coche Dijon MGallery by Sofitel (if guests have stayed the night prior)
  • Drop-off point: Gare de Dijon-Ville or the Grand Hotel La Cloche Dijon McGallery by Sofitel at 11:00 am


For charter bookings:

  • Pick-up point: One location of the group's choice in Lyon, Dijon or Le Creusot TGV Station at 4:00 pm. Pick-up in Paris is now available (your choice of location at 2:30 pm)    
  • Drop-off point: One location of the group's choice in Lyon, Dijon or Le Creusot TGV Station at 11:00 am. Drop-off in Paris will be on Saturday at 12:00 pm (your choice of location)

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Dates & Prices 

Rates for 2019

10% off per cabin on May 19 & 26

Departure Dates Suite per person Single Supplement Book Before
March 24, 31 5,690 Euros 2,050 Euros
April 7, 14, 21 5,690 Euros 2,050 Euros
April 28 6,550 Euros 2,350 Euros
May 5, 12 6,550 Euros 2,350 Euros
May 19, 26 5,895 Euros 2,350 Euros 18 February 2019
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 6,550 Euros 2,350 Euros
July 7, 14 6,550 Euros 2,350 Euros
July 21, 28 5,690 Euros 2,050 Euros
August 4, 11, 18 5,690 Euros 2,050 Euros
August 25 6,550 Euros 2,350 Euros
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 6,550 Euros 2,350 Euros
October 6, 13, 20 5,690 Euros 2,050 Euros

Charter (Whole Barge)

20% off per charter on April 7, 14, 21 & 28

Departure Dates Charter 6 ppl Charter 7 ppl Charter 8 ppl Book Before
March 24, 31 39,600 Euros 40,800 Euros 42,000 Euros
April 7, 14, 21 31,680 Euros 32,640 Euros 33,600 Euros 18 February 2019
April 28 36,400 Euros 37,600 Euros 38,800 Euros 18 February 2019
May 5, 12, 19, 26 45,500 Euros 47,000 Euros 48,500 Euros
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 45,500 Euros 47,000 Euros 48,500 Euros
July 7, 14 45,500 Euros 47,000 Euros 48,500 Euros
July 21, 28 39,600 Euros 40,800 Euros 42,000 Euros
August 4, 11, 18 39,600 Euros 40,800 Euros 42,000 Euros
August 25 45,500 Euros 47,000 Euros 48,500 Euros
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 45,500 Euros 47,000 Euros 48,500 Euros
October 6, 13, 20 39,600 Euros 40,800 Euros 42,000 Euros

Theme Cruise Supplement

Theme Available for Supplement
Wine Appreciation Charter up to 8 ppl 4,000 Euros per charter

Wine appreciation cruises for charter groups include a comprehensive wine itinerary with additional winery visits, private tastings and the services of a professional wine guide. Also includes an upgrade of the wine list to include additional premier and grand cru wines.

Terms & Conditions

Prices shown in Euros and will be converted in Australian Dollar (AUD) at time of payment using a daily ROE. An initial deposit of €800 is payable at the time of booking. The balance must be paid within 90 days as per our terms and conditions and as specified in our confirmation invoice, which will be despatched when the booking form has been processed. Cancellation policy applies to all bookings. Cancellation policy applies to all bookings.

Itinerary 

Day 1, Sunday - St-Julien-sur-Dheune
You are met in Dijon* and transferred by air-conditioned minibus to Finesse for a Champagne Welcome and the opportunity to meet the crew. Then there is time to wander along the towpath and admire the classic Burgundy scenery before dinner on board.

Day 2, Monday - St-Julien-sur-Dheune to St-Léger-sur-Dheune
This morning, begin your voyage through Southern Burgundy along the Canal du Centre through undulating countryside to moor at the little village of St-Leger-sur-Dheune. Descend a series of 11 locks while cruising past the villages along the way. After lunch on board, visit the 14th century Château de Germolles, the best preserved of the residences of the Dukes of Burgundy, with its ducal chapel, medieval wall paintings and romantic gardens Dinner on board.

Day 3, Tuesday - St-Léger-sur-Dheune to Remigny
This morning, head to Autun, founded by the Romans as Augustodunum it has retained many of its original Antique monuments such as Roman gates, ruins of a Temple and a 17,000 seat amphitheatre. Return to the barge for lunch, then cruise to the rural setting of Remigny, passing along the route picturesque Burgundian villages such as the famous wine-producing village of Santenay. Dinner on board.

Day 4, Tuesday - Remigny to Rully
After breakfast, set off on a drive through the Côte de Beaune vineyards to the town of Beaune itself, capital of Burgundy wine country where you will visit the fascinating 15th century Hôtel-Dieu Hospice and explore the quaint shops of the town, before enjoying a gastronomic lunch in the heart of Puligny & Chassagne Montrachet vineyards at the restaurant Le Montrachet. After lunch, return to the barge for an afternoon cruise past the charming little town of Chagny, to your mooring near the village of Rully. Dinner on board.

Day 5, Thursday - Rully to Fragnes
This morning, continue your cruise along the Canal du Centre at a leisurely pace to moor at the village of Fragnes. There are perfect opportunities to walk or cycle along the towpath en route. In the afternoon, escort you on a winery tour and private tasting to the delightful 17th century Château de Chamirey in Mercurey, owned by the Devillard family for five generations. Dinner on board.

Day 6, Friday - Fragnes to St-Jean-de-Losne
This morning, the barge leaves the winding canal to join the peaceful River Saône, passing delightful little ports such as Seurre and Verdun-sur-le-Doubs en route, to arrive at St-Jean-de-Losne. After lunch on board, visit Clos de Vougeot***, headquarters of the esteemed Chevaliers du Tastevin (translates as “Fraternity of Knights of the Wine-Tasting Cup”), who award a special prized label to the finest Côte d‘Or vintages every year. Have the opportunity to pay homage at the fields of Romanée Conti before returning to Finesse. Farewell Dinner on Board.

Day 7, Saturday - St-Jean-de-Losne
After breakfast, you are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to your choice of location in Dijon*.

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.
*Other locations available for private charter bookings
*** On Friday afternoon, charter groups might wish to visit Dijon with its Cathedral and mustard shops instead of Clos de Vougeot. This can be discussed with the Captain once on-board.


FAMILY CRUISE

If you are a family with children, a bespoke itinerary is created and a maximum of 4 excursions from the Classic Cruise Itinerary is substituted with your preferred family activities.

The following activities can usually be arranged on-board directly with the barge Captain and included in your itinerary without any extra charge, unless otherwise stated:

Swimming *
There are no shortage of swimming opportunities, from an indoor pool in Autun, to the gorgeous lakeside beaches of Montchanin or the Aquaparc at Dole and Beaune, complete with outdoor pools and a variety of different water rides and slides!

Giant Labyrinths & Petting Zoo *
A unique experience awaits you at Diverti’Parc where the whole family can engage in a host of different activities, including the giant maze, petting zoo and play area, hours of fun in the one location!

Ceramic Factory
Of the many ceramic factories spread along the Canal du Center at the beginning of the 20th century, the old Vairet-Baudot brickworks in Ciry-le-Noble is the most completely preserved. Built in 1893, this factory specialized in the manufacture of paving bricks and products for the chemical industry. You will see the machines, the railway networks, the locotractors, the furnaces and the vast manufacturing workshop.

Other activities* – shown below – can be arranged but, due to their nature, they should be booked directly by the client with the activity provider. These activities are:

Horse Riding
Set within the Morvan Massif, a number of different equestrian activities are available – including “around the pony” (brushing and caressing ponies, walking discovery, games and an introduction to acrobatics) for children aged 3 – 6 years; Pony Trekking for children under 12; Horse Riding for those over 12 years old. Please contact us for assistance as numerous durations are also offered – as well as the chance to ride under a full moon!

Hot Air Ballooning
Experience the landscape and scenery of Burgundy from a different angle as you climb into the clouds in a hot air balloon. A magical experience the whole family can enjoy, and one which will last forever in your memories.

Tree Top Climbing & Zip-Lining
Acrogivry, Burgundy’s largest adventure park has a variety of different zip line and tree climbing courses, set against the backdrop of the lush Givry forest, there is something to suit all abilities.

Go Karting
Go Karting is available at a local track, just outside of Chalons

*Activities are payable by the client directly to the provider, whose individual terms and conditions apply.
All activities are subject to availability. Children’s bicycles, bicycle helmets, child car seats and high chairs and available without cost.

Cruise Details 

Finesse Deck Plan

Finesse deck plan

  • 128 feet long
  • 8 passengers
  • 5 crew
  • 4 twin/double state rooms with en-suite facilities
  • Air-conditioned
  • Centrally Heated
  • CD player/iPod dock
  • Demonstration kitchen
  • Sun deck with spa pool
  • 8 touring bikes
  • Air-conditioned minibus
  • WiFi (Subject to local reception)

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Opening Hours:
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