grand cru - burgundy

canal cruising in france

grand cru - burgundy

hotel barge cruise in france

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newest and most luxurious barge in France

As an update to keep you all informed about the timeline and delivery in Grand Cru, it is all on track to be completed well in advance of the 2018 season. The interior is currently being finished by a team of master French craftsmen, who have a background in renovating chateaux. They are creating the elegant wood paneling in the salon, as well as the custom built-ins and furnishings in the cabins. Earl and Candy Robertson, the owners will be back in France for several weeks this fall to select fabrics, window treatments and accent pieces. All is in order for a 2018 debut. Details available soon.

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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.
Grand Cru will debut in April 2018, offering six night/seven day journeys for private parties of just eight guests, on a route featuring “The Best of Burgundy’s Best.”
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 will be served as well, emphasizing craft cocktails made with the “crème de la crème” of regionally-sourced spirits and liqueurs.


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


From Dole – St. Leger on the Canal du Centre and the Rhone - Rhine canal.


Private Chauffeured Transfer from Paris to the Barge.
In 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 village 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.


Where 12th Century Monks Made Wine! Dole to Saint Jean de Losne.
A morning cruise is the perfect time to discover the flora and fauna towpaths with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. This afternoon, explore 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, who annually award special labels to the finest Côte d’Or vintages. Explore the presses from which these iconic wines were first produced; a tasting of local vintages follows. Chef serves dinner onboard.


Saint Jean de Losne to Verdun on the river 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.


Medieval Fortress and Michelin 3-star Lunch! Verdun sur le Doubs to Fragnes.
The day begins with a leisurely cruise. Upon arrival, your Tour Guide escorts you to the Chateau de Rully, a 12th century medieval fortress which has remained in the same family since its creation. Your visit is completed by a visit to a preserved 15th century kitchen, where samples of the estate's wines are served. 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. Back on board, explore via bicycle before cocktails and dinner.


Beaune, the Best of Burgundy’s Best! Fragnes to Rully. Enjoy a scenic cruise this morning to today’s beautiful riverside 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. Afterwards, browse the shops and galleries lining the pedestrian area, or enjoy a coffee in the town square. Return to the Grand Cru in time for a leisurely stroll or gentle pedal along the towpath. Cocktail hour precedes another gourmet dinner.


Vines and Wines. Rully to Saint Leger sur Dheune. Relax on the deck with a cup of coffee or tea during this morning's final cruise, or traverse the towpath by bicycle or on foot. Upon mooring, your Tour Guide escorts you to Chassagne/Puligny Montrachet, which are among the most recognized appellations in Burgundy, and synonymous with high-quality, complex wines. Here, a private sampling at one of Burgundy’s foremost wine labels awaits. Back on board, enjoy canapes, Grand Cru wines, and a celebratory Captain’s Dinner, culminating the cruise in style

A Sad Farewell. Transfer to Paris After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point in Paris.

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

  • cruise

    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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