hotel barge holidays in france
grand victoria - burgundy
canal cruising in france
hotel barge in france
Our all-inclusive barge trips in France are packed with adventure and excitement;
result is a pure French fantasy! Explore boutique shops and bustling local markets, tour
the legendary Burgundian vineyards and wineries dotting the countryside, and walk the
ramparts of historic château. Enjoy life in the slow lane away from the bustling
complexities of everyday life. Life as you know, it seems very far away!
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grand victoria - burgundyCanal Barge in France
"live life to the fullest."
A barge like the Grand Victoria is a unique way to see the world. Explore the storied market in Dijon. Visit the Ducal Palace, home of the mighty Dukes of Burgundy. Taste the finest wines in the region, crafted in the same manner perfected by medieval monks. Indulge in the gastronomic delicacies of France. Journey with us into Burgundy is an adventure into a bygone era. Each meal is expertly prepared for you and dining onboard is always a delectable highlight on every cruise. The open bar allows guests to relax, and enjoy some of the finest wines that Burgundy has to offer.
THE 6 PASSENGER BARGE grand victoria
Recently refurbished, the Grand Victoria is a barging experience like no other. Luxuriously appointed cabins allow for the ultimate in comfort and a restful night of sleep. An onboard chef prepares fresh meals with local, market-purchased ingredients right on board, and an open bar will keep you satisfied, day and night. You’ll feel right at home with us as you see the beauty of Burgundy from the water. Kick back, relax, and have a drink on deck as the world floats by. With numerous itineraries, the grand Victoria is a bounty of adventures just waiting to be written by you.
Dijon - Lyon special 10 day itinerary
Vacations are not a luxury; they are a necessity for a well-balanced, healthy life – as important as eating well and getting exercise. Stay longer, pay less, see more. Truly the perfect personalized getaway in the lap of luxury. We enriched the Dijon & Lyon river cruise itinerary with three more nights. This magnificent cruisetour is draped in French finery, from the romance of the “City of Light” to the sumptuous cuisine, ducal treasures and robust red wines of the Burgundian capital.
Lyon has a very long history. It was founded by the Romans in the 1st Century BC and quickly became the Capital of the Three Gauls. Lyon is also known as the french capital of gastronomy, and wines. Lyon is a friendly city with several cultures leaving their marks in the architecture.
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itinerary - dijon to chagnyJourney from Lyon to Dijon can be arranged on request.
SUNDAY - Paris to Dijon
Our private driver will meet our guests in Paris or, if you prefer, Geneva, Switzerland, at one hotel of your party’s choice at 2:00 pm or, alternatively, at one hotel of your party’s choice in Dijon at 4:00 pm. (For sailings composed of individual cabin bookings, pick up and return will be in Paris only.) You will then be chauffeured by minivan to the Grand Victoria, typically moored in Dijon harbor. Upon arrival you will be greeted by our cheerful crew and experience our Grand Victoria welcome. While we get you checked in and the crew takes your luggage to your stateroom, you’ll have the chance to sit and relax with our signature champagne cocktail and "hors d’oeuvres". Afterwards there will be plenty of time to unpack and unwind before your first of many incredible dinners on board the Hemingway.
MONDAY - Dijon to Longecourt
Enjoy a relaxing start to the day as we begin the morning cruise to St. Marie. Guests will have time to relax on deck or enjoy a leisurely bike ride along the canal towpath as the barge continues the journey into the scenic Valleé de l’Ouche. After lunch, tour Gevrey-Chambertin, a quaint village in the heart of the Côte d’Or, where our guests will experience a tasting at one of Burgundy’s foremost wine labels. We return to the barge to for sundowners on the deck or in the bar before dinner onboard. After dinner, it’s a short drive back to Dijon for a magnificent tour of “Dijon by Night.”
TUESDAY - Longecourt to St Jean de Losne
It’s market day in Dijon! Enjoy a light breakfast of freshly squeezed orange juice, coffee, croissants, and eggs, before embarking on a walking tour along the cobblestoned streets of Dijon. Our first destination is the vibrant Covered Market with its displays of produce, cheeses, breads and gourmet treats. Afterwards we’ll take a break at one of Dijon’s many charming cafes for a café latte or tea, before starting our guided tour of major landmarks. This includes the Ducal Palace, Eglise Notre-Dame and the Cathedral of Saint Benign. Lunch will be enjoyed at a local restaurant, after which guests will be free to enjoy Dijon’s abundance of shops. Around 3pm we will return to the Grand Victoria in time for a happy hour cruise or bike ride before we dock for the evening with dinner onboard.
WEDNESDAY - St Jean de Losne to Verdun
An early start to the morning with coffee, juice, croissants before embarking on our complimentary hot air balloon ride to see the beauty of Burgundy from the air, before returning to the Hemingway for a fantastic brunch spread (hot-air ballooning is of course, weather dependent). After brunch, we’ll visit the Château de Meursault, partake in a tour of their vineyards and enjoy a tasting of their wines. We return to the barge in time for a signature Grand Victoria sundowner. Freshen up and get ready for our vinyl evening! Kick off your shoes and flick through a diverse selection of vinyl records from then and now. Turn up the volume of your favorite 45’s while the chef adds the final touches to dinner.
THURSDAY - Verdun to Chalon-sur-Saone
Enjoy an early breakfast before embarking on a visit to the charming town of Beaune, the wine capital of the Cote d’Or. We start with a tour of the famous Hôtel-Dieu, a well maintained medieval hospital that received patients until the early 20th century. Lunch ashore today will be enjoyed in one of Beaune’s many gourmet restaurants. There will be plenty of time to meander the shopping district and enjoy the enchanting café in the town square; then we will treat you to a private wine tasting. Guests return to Granc Victoria for sundowners and dinner aboard.
FRIDAY - Chalon-sur-Saone to Chagny
Delight in a relaxing cruise into La Rochepot and marvel at the beautiful Château de la Rochepot settled high over the canal. This afternoon we’ll embark on a tour of the chateau, entering through a wooden drawbridge to enjoy the fascinating restoration of this 13th century castle. Take in magnificent views of the countryside and a stroll around the grounds before returning for sundowners and our final gourmet dinner aboard the Grand Victoria.
SATURDAY - Transfer to Paris or Dijon
After a leisurely breakfast, depart at 9:00 am for transfer by minivan to your Paris or Geneva hotel, arriving there between noon and 1:00 pm. Alternatively, your party may elect to be transferred to Dijon; estimated arrival there is 10:00 am. Please make all onward travel plans on the basis of these timings. We hope to see you again on the Grand Victoria!
On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
individual or charter
4 person charter
5 person charter
6 person charter
7 day / 6 night cruise
Apr to Oct
US$ 6999 per person
Price for Grand Victoria includes:
6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, chauffeured transfers to and from Paris and the barge moored in Burgundy, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch & dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.