finesse - burgundy

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finesse - burgundy

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finesse - burgundy

Canal Barge in France


Finesse is a brand new, very luxurious double-decker hotel barge that is cruising the scenic River Saone and Canal du Centre in Southern Burgundy. Finesse will cruise in Southern Burgundy from St-Jean-de-Losne to Montchanin. She accommodates 8 passengers in great comfort. Main features include: - Classic design, huge saloon windows, light and airy public areas - 4 Twin/ Double Suites, each approximately 260 sq. ft. - Crew of 5 - Demonstration Galley and all the usual facilities - sun deck, spa pool, touring bikes & Wi-Fi

on board

itinerary - Montchanin to Salleles d'Aude

SUNDAY - Montchanin

Guests are met at the designated meeting point in Lyon and transferred by air-conditioned minibus to Finesse moored in Montchanin for a Champagne Welcome and the opportunity to meet the crew. Then perhaps stroll into this little town, the home of the factory which, for over 100 years until the 1960s, produced the iconic, diamond-shaped Burgundy tiles. Numerous houses here are decorated with them, giving the place a charming character of its own. Dinner on board.

MONDAY- Montchanin to Saint-Julien-sur-Dheune

This morning, we visit the riverside town of Paray-le-Monial and its basilica, a gem of Romanesque Art, stopping at Charolles on our way back to visit L’Institut Charolais to learn more about this world famous cattle breed and its wonderful meat. After lunch back on board, we begin our voyage along the Canal du Centre, negotiating the flight of seven locks before arriving at the little village of St-Julien-sur-Dheune. Then we take a stroll to visit the fascinating Canal and Barge Museum at nearby Écuisses. Dinner on board.

TUESDAY - Saint-Julien-sur-Dheune to Saint-Julien-sur-Dheune

After breakfast, we head to Autun, a town of ancient origins with Roman gates and a 17,000 seat amphitheater. 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. After lunch back on board, we continue our cruise along the Canal du Centre through undulating countryside, with plenty of opportunities to walk or cycle on the towpath along the way. Dinner on board.

WEDNESDAY - Saint-Julien-sur-Dheune to Rully

This morning, we enjoy a leisurely cruise further along the canal, passing the famous wine-producing village of Santenay and the little town of Chagny, to moor near the village of Rully. 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.

THURSDAY- Rully to Fragnes

After breakfast, we set off on a drive through the Côte de Beaune vineyards to the town of Beaune itself, for a winery tour and private tasting of Bouchard Père et Fils wines, before enjoying a gastronomic lunch in the delightful orangery of Château de Beaune, owned by the winery since 1820. Afterwards, we visit the fascinating 15th century Hôtel-Dieu Hospice and explore the quaint shops of the town, before returning to the barge for a short late afternoon cruise to our rural mooring at Fragnes. Dinner on board.

FRIDAY - Fragnes to Saint-Jean-de-Losne

This morning, we take a walking tour of old Dijon, including a visit to the vivid flower and produce markets, mustard shops and the impressive Notre-Dame de Dijon, or enjoy some excellent shopping time. After lunch back on board, we embark on our final cruise, joining the River Saône at Chalon-sur-Saône and then passing delightful little ports such as Verdun-sur-le-Doubs and Seurre en route, to arrive at St-Jean-de-Losne. Time perhaps to wander along the quaysides before the Farewell Dinner on board.

SATURDAY - Saint-Jean-de-Losne
After breakfast disembark Finesse and transfer to the designated drop off point in Lyon.

On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

  • cruise

    individual or charter

    us$ price on request


    single supplement

    6 person charter

    7 person charter

    8 person charter

  • value season
    6 nights all inclusive

    24 Mar-21 Apr / 21 Jul-18 Aug / 6-30 Oct

    5690 Euros per person

    2050 Euros

    39600 Euros

    40800 Euros

    42000 Euros

  • regular season
    6 nights all inclusive

    28 Apr - 14 Jul / 25 Aug - 29 Sep

    6550 Euros per person

    2350 Euros

    45500 Euros

    47000 Euros

    48500 Euros

Price for Finesse includes:

Local transfer to and from the barge, a luxury 6 night cruise, all meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef, an 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, the services of 4 crew and use of barge facilities, which includes bicycles, mobile phones, a PC with internet access and a spa pool.

These rates do not include:
• Insurance • Personal expenses • Gratuities to the crew (between 7 and 10%

To avoid currency exchange fees,
• Australians can pay in Australian dollars by direct deposit or credit card. • New Zealanders can pay in New Zealand dollars by direct deposit or credit card. • US citizens will be charged in US dollars using credit card.

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Bon voyage!