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Cruise In France On The Saone River and Canal du Centre In Southern Burgundy Aboard The Ultra Deluxe Hotel-Barge FINESSE


BARGE CRUISES: SEVEN DAYS/SIX NIGHTS
The 8-passenger Finesse is a luxurious double-decker barge built by Roger and Louisa Gronow, the successful owners of the ultra deluxe barge Enchante. The large, modern salon has panoramic windows, comfortable sofas, a dining table for eight and an open demonstration kitchen, where guests can watch the chef prepare their gourmet meals. The four spacious twin or queen-bedded suites will be approximately 265 sq ft each, including an ensuite bathroom with shower. Outside there is a spacious sun deck with alfresco dining area, comfortable seating and a spa pool.

The Finesse cruises on the picturesque Canal du Centre and Saone River in the Southern Burgundy wine region, and includes excursions to Dijon and its famous market, a private wine tasting at Domaine Bouchard Pere et Fils in Beaune and a private Michelin chef-prepared lunch at the Bouchard Chateau, as well as a visit to the Château de Gemolles, the last residence of the Dukes of Burgundy. For 2017 the barge crew will pick passengers up and drop them off in Dijon, which is easily accessible by train from Paris.

We were some of the first passengers on board the Finesse when it started cruising in May 2016 and can attest to the fact that its owners offer an exceptional luxury cruise, just as they do on their other barge, the Enchante, on the Canal du Midi. We were on board Finesse again in April 2017, met with the owners and were once again impressed with the size of the cabins and bathrooms, the large open salon and new lounge chairs on deck.


Features




Finesse's Deck Plan
Finesse's Deck Plan



FINESSE
2018 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
TYPE VALUE
Mar 25 thru Apr 28
Jul 22 thru Aug 25
Oct 7 thru Oct 27
REGULAR
Apr 29 thru Jul 21
Aug 26 thru Oct 6
Suite (per person, double occupancy)
$6,750
$7,850
Single Occupancy Supplement
$2,450
$2,850
Charter for 6
$47,500
$54,000
Charter for 7
$49,000
$56,200
Charter for 8
$50,500
$58,400





FINESSE
2019 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
TYPE VALUE
Mar 24 thru Apr 27
Jul 21 thru Aug 24
Oct 6 thru Oct 26
REGULAR
Apr 28 thru Jul 20
Aug 25 thru Oct 5
Suite (per person, double occupancy)
$6,750
$7,850
Single Occupancy Supplement
$2,450
$2,850
Charter for 6
$47,500
$54,000
Charter for 7
$49,000
$56,200
Charter for 8
$50,500
$58,400


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What's Included
- 7 days and 6 nights on the barge in a cabin with private bath
- Transfers from Dijon to the barge and return for cabin bookings. Transfers from Paris, Geneva, Lyon, Dijon, or Le Creusot TGV station to the barge and return for charter bookings
- All meals beginning with dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Saturday, including a gastronomic lunch at the Château de Beaune
- All wines with lunches and dinners
- Open bar
- All escorted side-excursions (hot air balloon flights, golf, etc., at extra cost)
- Use of bicycles

What's Not Included
- Overseas air transportation to Paris and return
- Transportation from Paris to Dijon and return
- Suggested 5-7% gratuity for the crew, to be paid in equivalent Euros to the captain
- Trip cancellation insurance


Finesse
2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Mar 25 St. Jean-St Julien-sur-Dheune Value
Apr 1 St Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Value
Apr 8 St. Jean-St Julien-sur-Dheune Value
Apr 15 St Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Value
Apr 22 St. Jean-St Julien-sur-Dheune Value
Apr 29 St Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
May 6 St. Jean-St Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
May 13 St Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
May 20 St. Jean-St Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
May 27 St Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
Jun 3 St. Jean-St Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
Jun 10 St Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
Jun 17 St. Jean-St Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
Jun 24 St Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
Jul 1 St. Jean-St Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
Jul 8 St Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
       
Cruise Schedule* ... continued

Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 15 St. Jean-St Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
Jul 22 St Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Value
Jul 29 St. Jean-St Julien-sur-Dheune Value
Aug 5 St Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Value
Aug 12 St. Jean-St Julien-sur-Dheune Value
Aug 19 St Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Value
Aug 26 St. Jean-St Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
Sep 2 St Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
Sep 9 St. Jean-St Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
Sep 16 St Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
Sep 23 St. Jean-St Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
Sep 30 St Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
Oct 7 St. Jean-St Julien-sur-Dheune Value
Oct 14 St Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Value
Oct 21 St. Jean-St Julien-sur-Dheune Value

2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Mar 25 St. Jean-St Julien-sur-Dheune Value
Apr 1 St Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Value
Apr 8 St. Jean-St Julien-sur-Dheune Value
Apr 15 St Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Value
Apr 22 St. Jean-St Julien-sur-Dheune Value
Apr 29 St Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
May 6 St. Jean-St Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
May 13 St Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
May 20 St. Jean-St Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
May 27 St Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
Jun 3 St. Jean-St Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
Jun 10 St Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
Jun 17 St. Jean-St Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
Jun 24 St Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
Jul 1 St. Jean-St Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
Jul 8 St Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 15 St. Jean-St Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
Jul 22 St Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Value
Jul 29 St. Jean-St Julien-sur-Dheune Value
Aug 5 St Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Value
Aug 12 St. Jean-St Julien-sur-Dheune Value
Aug 19 St Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Value
Aug 26 St. Jean-St Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
Sep 2 St Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
Sep 9 St. Jean-St Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
Sep 16 St Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
Sep 23 St. Jean-St Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
Sep 30 St Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
Oct 7 St. Jean-St Julien-sur-Dheune Value
Oct 14 St Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Value
Oct 21 St. Jean-St Julien-sur-Dheune Value


*Note: Cruise directions and sample itineraries may be in reverse and are subject to change and may depend on bookings and local navigation conditions. Alternate excursions of equal appeal are substituted when needed. For charter cruises special itineraries can be arranged.





SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Burgundy: Saône River and Canal du Centre
St. Julien-sur-Dheune to St. Jean-de-Losne 2018

Chateau-de-Germolles
Chateau-de-Germolles

Autun Roman Amphitheatre
Autun Roman Amphitheatre

Hotel Dieu Hospice
Hotel Dieu Hospice

Mercurey Vineyards
Mercurey Vineyards

Dijon
Dijon

Sunday - St-Julien-sur-Dheune
Guests are met in Dijon and transferred by air-conditioned minibus to Finesse for a Champagne Welcome and the opportunity to meet the crew. Then there is time to wander along the towpath and admire the classic Burgundy scenery before dinner on board.

Monday - St-Julien-sur-Dheune to St-Léger-sur-Dheune
This morning, we begin our voyage through Southern Burgundy along the Canal du Centre through undulating countryside to moor at the little village of St-Léger-sur-Dheune. We descend a series of locks with plenty of opportunities to disembark and explore the villages along the way. 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.

Tuesday - St-Léger-sur-Dheune to Remigny
This morning, we head to Autun, a town of ancient origins with Roman gates and a 17,000 seat amphitheatre. The 12th century cathedral is also renowned for its architecture and its position on the pilgrims' route from Vézelay to Santiago de Compestela in Spain. We return to the barge for lunch, then we cruise to the rural setting of Remigny, passing along the route the famous wine-producing village of Santenay. Dinner on board.

Wednesday - Remigny to Rully
After breakfast, we set off on a drive through the Côte de Beaune vineyards to the town of Beaune itself, capital of Burgundy wine country where we visit the fascinating 15th century Hôtel-Dieu Hospice and explore the quaint shops of the town. Then we will enjoy a gastronomic lunch at Michelin-starred restaurant Le Montrachet. After lunch, we return to the barge for an afternoon cruise past the charming little town of Chagny, to our mooring near the village of Rully. Dinner on board.

Thursday - Rully to Fragnes
This morning, we continue our cruise along the Canal du Centre at a leisurely pace to moor at the village of Fragnes. There are perfect opportunities to walk or cycle along the towpath en route. In the afternoon we escort you on a winery tour and private tasting to the delightful 17th century Château de Chamirey in Mercurey, owned by the Devillard family for five generations. Dinner on board.

Friday - Fragnes to St-Jean-de-Losne
This morning, the barge leaves the winding canal to join the peaceful River Saône, passing delightful little ports such as Seurre and Verdun-sur-le-Doubs en route, to arrive at St-Jean-de-Losne. After lunch on board, we take a walking tour of old Dijon, gastronomic capital of France with its mustard shops and home to the impressive Notre-Dame de Dijon. You might also wish to enjoy some excellent shopping time. Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday - St-Jean-de-Losne
After breakfast, guest are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Dijon.

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

Dining Aboard The Finesse:
SAMPLE MENU


A taste of the gourmet cuisine served aboard the
Finesse. LUNCH
DINNER
SAMPLE WINE LIST
Meursault; Pouilly-Fuissé; Nuits-St-Georges; Santenay; Chenas; Chablis; Gevrey-Chambertin; Sancerre

Passenger Comments:

The high points were the cocktails in the hot tub, lunch at Hotel Montrachet, Gloria's birthday on Finesse. Ang and Joe could not be more engaging and hospitable.
B&G C, SC, USA, April 2017

The chef was excellent and all the meals were top notch. Crew was very interactive and open which I appreciate. Even though the weather was bad a couple of days the large salon on the Finesse did not feel like we were on top of each other. The trip met and exceeded all of our expectations. We were on the Enchante in 2010 and the Finesse is even better. Rooms were huge with great bathrooms. I hope Roger and Louisa put a similar barge in the Bordeaux area. I would love to go there with the same experience.
C.L. CO, USA, May 2017

The service was exceptional; friendly and anticipating ever need.The cabins were beautiful, clean and comfortable; could have used more hanging space. The meals were over the top. I had some special food issues and they were handled so nicely. Accommodating in a way that was so unnoticeable. Phenomenal food choices and paired with great wines.
T.B., CA, USA, September 2016



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