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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
  • Itinerary
    St-Julien-sur-Dheune to St-Jean-de-Losne
  • Cabins
    4
  • Max Passengers
    8
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Up to €1,310 per couple*
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From
€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
  • Itinerary
    St-Julien-sur-Dheune to St-Jean-de-Losne
  • Cabins
    4
  • Max Passengers
    8
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Up to €1,310 per couple*
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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 bicyclesBonusBonus Each cabin booked receives a free signed copy of French Odyssey by Rick Stein.Itinerary 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

  • Tour Dijon and its markets
  • Visit Château de Germolles
  • Tour and tasting at Bouchard Pére et Fils winery and lunch in its chateau restaurant
  • Visit Beaune including Hotel Dieu Hospice
  • Explore Autun and its cathedral
  • Visit L’Institiut Charolais
  • Great opportunities for walking and cycling


Inclusions

  • Transfers by chauffeured Mercedes Sprinter van between Paris and the hotel barge
  • 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
  • 3G Internet connection

 

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 2018

10% off per cabin on September 9 & 16; October 14 & 21.

Departure Dates Suite per person Single Supplement Book Before
July 1, 8, 15 6,550 Euros 2,350 Euros
July 22, 29 5,690 Euros 2,050 Euros
August 5, 12, 19 5,690 Euros 2,350 Euros
August 26 6,550 Euros 2,350 Euros
September 2, 23, 30 6,550 Euros 2,350 Euros
September 9, 16 5,895 Euros 2,350 Euros 6 August 2018
October 7 5,690 Euros 2,050 Euros
October 14, 21 5,121 Euros 2,050 Euros 6 August 2018

Charter (Whole Barge)

20% off per charter on July 8.

Departure Dates Charter 6 ppl Charter 7 ppl Charter 8 ppl Book Before
July 1,15 45,500 Euros 47,000 Euros 48,500 Euros
July 8 36,400 Euros 37,600 Euros 38,800 Euros 6 July 2018
July 22, 29 39,600 Euros 40,800 Euros 42,000 Euros
August 5, 12, 19 39,600 Euros 40,800 Euros 42,000 Euros
Augut 26 45,500 Euros 47,000 Euros 48,500 Euros
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 45,500 Euros 47,000 Euros 48,500 Euros
October 7, 14, 21 39,600 Euros 40,800 Euros 42,000 Euros

Theme Cruise Supplement

Theme Region Available for Supplement per charter
Wine Appreciation Burgundy Charter 8 ppl 3,500 Euros

Rates for 2019

Departure Dates Suite per person Single Supplement
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
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)

*10% off per charter on March 24 & 31; April 7, 14, 21 & 28

Departure Dates Charter 6 ppl Charter 7 ppl Charter 8 ppl
March 24, 31 39,600 Euros 40,800 Euros 42,000 Euros
April 7, 14, 21 39,600 Euros 40,800 Euros 42,000 Euros
April 28 45,500 Euros 47,00 Euros 48,500 Euros
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 45,500 Euros 47,00 Euros 48,500 Euros
July 7, 14 45,500 Euros 47,00 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

*Not combinable with other offers.

Theme Cruise Supplement

Theme Available for Supplement
Cycling Charter up to 8 ppl 3,600 Euros per charter
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 

Classic Cruise

St-Julien-sur-Dheune to St-Jean-de-Losne

Day 1, Sunday
Guests 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
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. We descend a series of locks with plenty of opportunities to disembark and explore the villages along the way. After lunch on board, we 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
This morning, head to Autun, a town of ancient origins with Roman gates and a 17,000 seat amphitheatre. The 12th century cathedral is also renowned for its architecture and its position on the pilgrims’ route from Vezelay to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. We return to the barge for lunch, then we cruise to the rural setting of Remigny, passing along the route the famous wine-producing village of Santenay. Dinner on board.

Day 4, Wednesday
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 we visit the fascinating 15th century Hôtel-Dieu Hospice and explore the quaint shops of the town, before enjoying a gastronomic lunch at Michelin-starred restaurant Le Montrachet. After lunch, we return to the barge for an afternoon cruise past the charming little town of Chagny, to our mooring near the village of Rully. Dinner on board.

Day 5, Thursday
This morning, continue our 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 we 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
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, we take a walking tour of old Dijon, gastronomic capital of France with its mustard shops and home to the impressive Notre-Dame de Dijon. You might also wish to enjoy some excellent shopping time. Farewell dinner on board.

Day 7, Saturday
After breakfast, guest are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Lyon.

 


 

Wine Appreciation Cruise

Day 1, Sunday
Guests are met in Lyon 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
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. We descend a series of locks with plenty of opportunities to disembark and explore the villages along the way. Late morning, our expert wine guide joins the barge to give an introductory talk on the vineyards of Burgundy and during an on-board wine tasting of a selection of appellations, ensures that everyone has mastered their tasting technique! After lunch, we visit the nearby vineyards of the Côte Chalonnaise. Although this wine-growing region is lesser-known than its illustrious neighbours, some wonderful wines are produced in the villages of Rully, Givry and Mercurey. We enjoy a tour and private tasting of premier cru wines at one of the best domaines in Mercurey, the delightful 17th century Château de Chamirey in Mercurey, owned by the Devillard family for five generations. Dinner on board.

Day 3, Tuesday
After breakfast, head to Autun, a town of ancient origins with Roman gates and a 17,000 seat amphitheatre. The 12th century cathedral is also renowned for its architecture and its position on the pilgrims’ route from Vezelay to Santiago de Compestela in Spain. We return to the barge for lunch, then we cruise to the rural setting of Remigny, passing along the route the famous wine-producing village of Santenay. Dinner on board.

Day 4, Wednesday
This morning, enjoy a leisurely cruise further along the canal past the charming little town of Chagny, to our mooring near the village of Rully. After lunch on board, our wine guide takes us on a visit to the world famous vineyards of the Côte de Beaune where we enjoy a tour and private tasting of Puligny, Meursault and St Aubin wines at a renowned, family-run domaine in Puligny Montrachet. Dinner on board.

Day 5, Thursday
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 we visit the fascinating 15th century Hôtel-Dieu Hospice and explore the quaint shops of the town, before enjoying a gastronomic lunch at Michelin-starred restaurant Le Montrachet. After lunch, we return to the barge for an afternoon cruise past the charming little town of Chagny, to our mooring near the village of Fragnes. Dinner on board.

Day 6, Friday
This morning, the barge joins 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, take a walking tour of old Dijon, with its mustard shops and home to the impressive Notre-Dame de Dijon. Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 7, Saturday
After breakfast, guest are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Dijon. 

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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