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Finesse: Luxury Canal Cruises, River Cruises in France On The Saone River and Canal du Centre Cruise In Southern Burgundy On The Saone River and Canal du Centre Aboard The Ultra Deluxe Hotel-Barge FINESSE


BARGE CRUISES: SEVEN DAYS/SIX NIGHTS
Special Places Travel Logo.  EMAIL: info@specialplacestravel.com or PHONE: 1-877-642-2743 (001.443.321.3614 outside US/Canada).New in May 2016, 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.


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Finesse's Deck Plan
Finesse's Deck Plan



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 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



SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Burgundy: Saone River and Canal du Centre
St. Julien-sur-Dheune to St. Jean-de-Losne 2017

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-Leger-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-Leger-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-Leger-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 Vezelay 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 Cote de Beaune vineyards to the town of Beaune itself, capital of Burgundy wine country where we visit the fascinating 15th century Hotel-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 Saone, 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, Day 7 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.


Finesse
2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Mar 26 St. Jean-St. Julien-sur-Dheune Value
Apr 2 St. Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Value
Apr 9 St. Jean-St. Julien-sur-Dheune Value
Apr 16 St. Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Value
Apr 23 St. Jean-St. Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
Apr 30 St. Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
May 7 St. Jean-St. Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
May 14 St. Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
May 21 St. Jean-St. Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
May 28 St. Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
Jun 4 St. Jean-St. Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
Jun 11 St. Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
Jun 18 St. Jean-St. Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
Jun 25 St. Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
Jul 2 St. Jean-St. Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
Jul 9 St. Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
       
Cruise Schedule* ... continued

Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 16 St. Jean-St. Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
Jul 23 St. Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Value
Jul 30 St. Jean-St. Julien-sur-Dheune Value
Aug 6 St. Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Value
Aug 13 St. Jean-St. Julien-sur-Dheune Value
Aug 20 St. Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Value
Aug 27 St. Jean-St. Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
Sep 3 St. Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
Sep 10 St. Jean-St. Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
Sep 17 St. Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
Sep 24 St. Jean-St. Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
Oct 1 St. Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
Oct 8 St. Jean-St. Julien-sur-Dheune Value
Oct 15 St. Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Value
Oct 22 St. Jean-St. Julien-sur-Dheune Value

2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Mar 26 St. Jean-St. Julien-sur-Dheune Value
Apr 2 St. Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Value
Apr 9 St. Jean-St. Julien-sur-Dheune Value
Apr 16 St. Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Value
Apr 23 St. Jean-St. Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
Apr 30 St. Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
May 7 St. Jean-St. Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
May 14 St. Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
May 21 St. Jean-St. Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
May 28 St. Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
Jun 4 St. Jean-St. Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
Jun 11 St. Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
Jun 18 St. Jean-St. Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
Jun 25 St. Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
Jul 2 St. Jean-St. Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
Jul 9 St. Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 16 St. Jean-St. Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
Jul 23 St. Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Value
Jul 30 St. Jean-St. Julien-sur-Dheune Value
Aug 6 St. Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Value
Aug 13 St. Jean-St. Julien-sur-Dheune Value
Aug 20 St. Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Value
Aug 27 St. Jean-St. Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
Sep 3 St. Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
Sep 10 St. Jean-St. Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
Sep 17 St. Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
Sep 24 St. Jean-St. Julien-sur-Dheune Regular
Oct 1 St. Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Regular
Oct 8 St. Jean-St. Julien-sur-Dheune Value
Oct 15 St. Julien-sur-Dheune-St. Jean Value
Oct 22 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.


The Finesse's route through Southern Burgundy, between St Jean-de-Losne and St. Julien-sur-Dheune, cruises along the Saone River and the Canal du Centre.
The Finesse's route through Southern Burgundy, between St Jean-de-Losne and St. Julien-sur-Dheune, cruises along the Saone River and the Canal du Centre. For a more detailed look at the cruise route, view our map of the Saone River and the Canal du Centre.



FINESSE
2017 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
TYPE VALUE
Apr 9 thru Apr 22
Jul 23 thru Aug 26
Oct 8 thru Oct 28
REGULAR
Apr 23 thru Jul 22
Aug 27 thru Oct 7
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
Wine Cruise Charter Supplement
$4,000
$4,000


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
- All meals beginning with dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Saturday, including one meal at a local restaurant
- 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




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