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extract from Private Clubs Magazine




New Grand Cru Wine Cruise

by Kimberley Lovato.

It doesn’t take long to adjust to the unhurried gait of Burgundy, France. Float along one of the region’s many languid canals on a barge, and life slows to a lollygag, just the right speed for food and wine lovers. After all, why hurry in the gustatory gut of France, surrounded by acclaimed pinot noir and chardonnay villages and vineyards whose winemaking roots go back more than 2,000 years? Elegant Waterways’ new Grand Cru Cruise harmoniously marries this idea, and as I step aboard the appropriately christened Grand Cru barge, my shoulders pull away from my ears and my jaw tension loosens with the first glass of Crémant.
As a devotee of France travel for the past 30 years, I have explored much of l’Hexagone, but never by barge. Although friends who have “barged” raved, I snubbed the idea for years. Maybe the word “barge” itself soured me. It even sounds curt and uninviting, and conjures an image of sleeping in cramped bunk beds and eating canned tuna with one’s nose pressed against a tiny porthole. But the Grand Cru and its ever-smiling crew splinters every unsubstantiated opinion I had about a barge cruise — impersonal, cramped, boring, with inexplicably inferior food. I thoroughly marvel at the counter narrative I’m discovering.
The French have used more than 5,000 miles of canals and locks ... Click here to read the article.




Be the first to cruise on the most
luxurious hotel barge in burgundy




elegant waterways

Elegant Waterways is delighted to introduce the newest lifestyle concept in French barge cruising, the six star-rated Grand Cru. Grand Cru is the third barge to be designed and operated by Elegant Waterways, known in the industry for popular innovations on their barges Prosperite and Rendez-Vous. The Elegant Waterways team of Spencer Hayes, Rejane Hayes, and Earl and Candy Robertson noted the sophistication and service expected by today’s upscale travelers, and conceived Grand Cru as a floating French boutique hotel. Cosmopolitan cruisers will enjoy a power room on the main level, state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen, aspa poll on deck, and a sommelier-selected onboard wine cellar.
Gently plying Burgundy’s inland waterways between Dole and St. Leger-sur-Dhune, the Grand Cru features excellence in all aspects of barge cruising, such as curated cultural activities, market-fresh gourmet cuisine, and stellar service both onboard and ashore. Exclusive to the Grand’s Cru’s drinking and dining program, guests will enjoy pours of Grand Cru wines with every lunch and dinner. Hand selected from every major wine-producing region of France, these Grand Cru samplings are chosen specifically for each season and menu, pairing perfectly with the Chef-driven gourmet cuisine. Other superior libations are served as well, emphasizing craft cocktails made with the “crème de la crème” of regionally-sourced spirits and liqueurs.


THE 8 PASSENGER BARGE Grand Cru

Although cruising deep within the heart of France’s iconic wine country on a beautifully preserved antique canal system, the Grand Cru’s eye-catching modern design effortlessly reflects the clean lines and open spaces of contemporary living. The beautifully appointed cabins are 260 square feet, and boast a TV and shower and bath. Modern conveniences such as a power room in the salon, and a retractable glass panels in the open kitchen (for guest privacy and/or demos) demonstrate innovation within the barge industry.
An experienced and energetic crew of six ensures guests are well looked after, and includes a private Chef, a dedicated Tour Guide, and the heart and soul of the cruise, the Captain. This crew will of course be personally selected and trained by Spencer and Rejane. .


on board

GRAND CRU CLASSIC Cruise ITINERARY

from Dole to St. Leger-sur-Dheune on the Canal du Rhone au Rhin and Canal du Centre.

SUNDAY

Private Chauffeured Transfer from Paris, Dijon or Geneva to the Barge.
In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Grand Cru at one location of the group’s choice in either Paris, Dijon or Geneva. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored in the delightful town of Dole. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first gourmet dinner aboard. Perhaps enjoy a glass of Grand Cru wine after dinner while lounging under the stars in the hot tub.


MONDAY

From Idyllic Countryside to a City Center. Dole to Saint Jean de Losne.
Begin the morning with a gentle cruise, admiring the rustic scenery gliding by. Unwind on deck, or explore the towpath via bicycle or foot. This afternoon, your Tour Guide invites you to discover Dole, perched on the River Doubs. Explore the Vieux (old) Dole quarter, a time warp of cobblestoned streets, fountains, gardens, and ancient but still occupied houses. A visit to the home of famed microbiologist Louis Pasteur brings history to life. Back onboard, cocktails and canapes await before a grand dinner culminates the day.


TUESDAY

The Best of Burgundy in Beaune. Saint Jean de Losne to Verdun sur le Doubs.
The journey continues with another cruise through pastoral countryside. Upon mooring, your Tour Guide escorts you to the charming town of Beaune, the region's wine capital, for a guided visit to the Hospice de Beaune, a preserved Medieval hospital built in the 15th century, and still in use through the 1970s. Afterwards, browse the shops and galleries lining the pedestrian area, or enjoy a coffee in the town square. Return to the Grand Cru and explore the towpath's flora and fauna by bicycle or on foot before Chef presents tonight's dinner.


WEDNESDAY

Chocolate Tasting Evokes Your Senses. Verdun sur le Doubs to Fragnes.
Relax in the hot tub, or explore the towpath as a lazy morning cruise reveals the bucolic countryside. This afternoon, your Tour Guide chauffeurs you to the historic riverside town of Chalon-sur-Saone, where the bustling Place Saint-Vincent is lined with boutiques, galleries, and cafes. Awaken your senses during a visit to an artisanal chocolate shop and watch chocolatiers master their craft. Sample and savor the creative and premium chocolates before returning to the barge where canapes and cocktails await, followed by another gourmet dinner.


THURSDAY

Epicurean Adventures Ashore. Fragnes to Chagny.
Today's adventures begin with a morning cruise towards Chagny, the home of Michelin 3* rated Maison Lameloise. A highlight of the Grand Cru's gastronomy, luncheon is enjoyed ashore in this luxurious venue, recently voted by discerning diners as one of the best restaurants in the world. Then, your Tour Guide accompanies you to the prestigious vineyards of the Chateau de Chassagne Montrachet for a private tasting of their boutique wines. Back onboard, sip craft cocktails and socialize before Chef presents tonight's dinner.


FRIDAY

Restored and Romantic Hilltop Chateau. Chagny to Saint Leger sur Dheune.
Experience your last cruise this morning with a cup of coffee on deck while soaking in the ambiance of the tranquil countryside. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to the hilltop chateau-fortress of Chateau de la Rochepot, where turrets galore and a rooftop covered with colorful Burgundian tiles beckon for a closer exploration. Destroyed in the French Revolution, the chateau was restored to its former glory in the late 19th century. Return to Grand Cru in time for cocktails, and then finish your cruise in style at the Captain's Dinner.

SATURDAY
A Sad Farewell. Transfer to Paris, Dijon or Geneva.
After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point at one location of the group’s choice in either Paris, Dijon or Geneva.

This is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions.



Grand Cru Golf Cruise Itinerary

from Dole to St. Leger-sur-Dheune on the Canal du Rhone au Rhin and Canal du Centre.

SUNDAY

Private Chauffeured Transfer from Paris, Dijon or Geneva to the Barge.
In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Grand Cru at one location of the group’s choice in either Paris, Dijon or Geneva. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored in the delightful town of Dole. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first gourmet dinner aboard. Perhaps enjoy a glass of Grand Cru wine after dinner while lounging under the stars in the hot tub.


MONDAY

Winetasting and Golf at Val D’Amour. Dole to Saint Jean de Losne.
A morning cruise is the perfect time to explore by bicycle or on foot. After lunch, golfers play 9 holes at Val D’Amour, with its unique setting at the confluence of two rivers. The non-golfers visit Clos de Vougeot, where Cistercian monks made wine in the 12th century. The ancient Clos now serves as the headquarters of the revered wine society Chevaliers du Tastevin. Explore the presses from which these iconic wines were first produced; a tasting of local vintages follows. Everyone is reunited on board for cocktails and dinner.


TUESDAY

Destination Dijon. Saint Jean de Losne to Verdun sur le Doubs.
The town of Dijon offers a pleasurable assault of the senses. "Les Halles”, the covered food market, presents colorful produce; jars of mustard are displayed in boutiques; and public spaces beckon with greenery and scenery. Shop, sip, and stroll through this charming town brimming with authentic French life. Your Tour Guide returns you to the barge in time for a relaxing afternoon of cocktails and cruising. Complete the day with a gourmet dinner -- paired, of course, with Grand Cru wines.


WEDNESDAY

Medieval Fortress + Michelin 3-star Lunch!. Verdun sur le Doubs to Fragnes.
A leisurely cruise begins the day. Upon arrival, you are escorted to the Chateau de Rully, a preserved medieval fortress. Complete the tour with samples of the estate's boutique wines. Then it is on to a special lunch ashore at Lameloise, a Michelin 3-star rated restaurant, recently voted as one of the world’s best. Return to the barge and enjoy an afternoon cycling, walking, or lazing in the hot tub. Tonight, Chef serves another gourmet dinner.


THURSDAY

Best of Beaune and Golf de Levernois Beaune. Fragnes to Chagny.
Enjoy a scenic cruise this morning to our beautiful riverside mooring. After lunch, the golfers will head to Golf de Levernois Beaune for an 18-hole round in the heart of the wine country. The non-golfers will explore the charming town of Beaune, the region's wine capital, for a guided visit to the Hospice de Beaune, a preserved Medieval hospital built in the 15th century. Afterwards, browse the shops and galleries in the pedestrian area, or enjoy a coffee in the town square. Everyone returns to Grand Cru for another gourmet dinner on board.


FRIDAY

Vines and Wines, Golf at Chateau D’Avoise Montchanin. Chagny to Saint Leger sur Dheune.
Relax on the deck with a cup of coffee during this morning's final cruise or traverse the towpath by bicycle or on foot. After lunch, golfers will enjoy an 18-hole round at Chateau D’Avoise, set in a pristine landscape of greenery and lakes. Meanwhile, the non-golfers have a private wine tasting at Chassagne Montrachet and Puligny Montrachet, which are among the most recognized and prestigious appellations in Burgundy. Back on board, enjoy canapes, Grand Cru wines, and a celebratory Captain’s Dinner, culminating the cruise in style.

SATURDAY
A Sad Farewell. Transfer to Paris, Dijon or Geneva.
After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point at one location of the group’s choice in either Paris, Dijon or Geneva.

Tee times will be pre-booked and transfers between the barge and the courses provided. Golfers will pay directly to the courses for greens fees, club rental, and golf cart rental, as well as all personal expenses incurred.

This is a sample itinerary which may change depending on the availability of the individual courses and will run in the opposite direction every other week.




  • cruise
    description


    dole - Saint Leger

    The whole boat for 8



  • 2018 value season
    6 nights all inclusive


    21 - 27 Otober 2018

    US$ 58000



  • 2018 regular season
    6 nights all inclusive


    1 April - 20 Oct 2018

    US$ 64000

Price for grand cru includes:

6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath - chauffeured transfers from Paris to the barge & return - all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning - all wines with lunch & dinner - open bar - daily escorted excursions - use of onboard bicycles.



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!