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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. .
GRAND CRU CLASSIC Cruise ITINERARYSt. Leger-sur-Dheune to Pontallier-sur-Saone on the Canal du Rhone au Rhin, River Saone and Canal du Centre
SUNDAY - Arrival at St. Leger-sur-Dheune - Welcome AboardIn the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Grand Cru at the designated meeting point. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored in the petite village of St. Leger-sur-Dheune. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first gourmet dinner onboard. Perhaps enjoy a glass of Grand Cru wine after dinner while lounging under the stars in the hot tub.
MONDAY - St. Leger-sur-Dheune to Chagny Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore
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, which was recently voted by discerning diners as one of the best restaurants in the world. Then, your Tour Guide presents Chateau de la Rochepot, a romantically restored Gothic-style chateau and fortress. Back onboard, sip craft cocktails and socialize on deck before Chef presents tonight's dinner.
TUESDAY - Chagny to Fragnes
Begin the morning with a gentle cruise, admiring the rustic scenery gliding by. Unwind on deck with a cup of coffee or explore the towpath and passing villages via bicycle or on foot. Continue your day deep in Burgundy with a private cellar tour and wine tasting at Chateau de Chassagne Montrachet. Appreciate wines from some of the most recognized appellations in Burgundy, synonymous with high-quality, complex vintages. Back onboard, cocktails and canapes await, as another grand dinner culminates the day.
WEDNESDAY - Fragnes to Seurre
This morning, 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, where you will watch chocolatiers master their craft. Sample and savor the creative and premium chocolates before returning to the barge for a lazy afternoon cruise while the bucolic countryside reveals itself. This is the perfect time to discover the flora and fauna of the towpath with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. Another gourmet dinner ends this delicious day.
THURSDAY - Seurre to St. Jean de Losne
The adventure continues as your Tour Guide introduces 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 early 20th century. Afterwards, browse the shops and galleries lining the pedestrian area, or enjoy a coffee in the town square. Return to the Grand Cru for another cruise through pastoral countryside. Relax on the deck or take a bicycle ride into the meandering vistas. Cocktail hour precedes another gourmet dinner.
FRIDAY - St. Jean de Losne to Pontailler sur Soane
A morning cruise begins the day. Join your Captain in his wheelhouse, ask Chef for an informal culinary demonstration, or enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee in the hot tub. In the afternoon, your Tour Guide presents an insider’s visit to Chateau d’Arcelot, the first neoclassical castle of Burgundy, where you will be welcomed by the castle's owner, Madame la Comtesse de Loisy. After a tasting of locally produced gourmet specialties, return to
SATURDAYTransfer from St. Leger-sur-Dheune After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point.
This is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions.
Mar 31 - Apr 20 / Oct 20 - Nov 2
Apr 21 - Oct 19
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.