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Grand Cru: Luxury Cruises in France On The Canal du Rhone au Rhin, Saone River, and Canal du Centre In Southern Burgundy Cruise in France on the Canal du Rhone au Rhin, Saone River, and Canal du Centre in Southern Burgundy Aboard the Ultra Deluxe Hotel-Barge GRAND CRU


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).BRAND NEW starting in 2018, the 8-passenger Ultra Deluxe Hotel-Barge Grand Cru will be offering private charter cruises in the famous Southern Burgundy Cote d'Or wine region. Designed and operated by the owners of the popular 8-passenger Ultra Deluxe barge Prosperite and 6-passenger deluxe Rendez-Vous, the luxurious Grand Cru offers the ultimate in barge cruising.

Exclusive to the Grand Cru's dining program, guests will enjoy pours of Grand Cru wines with every lunch and dinner. Selected from France's best wine regions, these Grand Cru samplings pair perfectly with the chef's market-fresh gourmet cuisine on board. Guests will enjoy a spa pool on deck, a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen, a powder room on the salon level and a sommelier-selected onboard wine cellar.

The Grand Cru's modern design features four luxurious staterooms of 260 sq ft each with a king bed or two oversized twin beds, a vanity dressing area, TV and large ensuite bathroom with separate shower and bathtub. The comfortable furniture throughout the spacious salon and expansive deck fare perfect for either conversation or quiet reflection. The crew of six will ensure that guessts are well looked after and include a private chef, a dedicated tour guide and of course the Captain.

The barge cruises deep within France's iconic wine country on a beautifully preserved antique canal system between Dole and Saint Leger-sur-Dheune on the tranquil Canal du Centre and Canal du Rhone au Rhin as well as on the beautiful Saone River. While cruising, guests can relax on deck and enjoy the unspoiled scenery along the canals and river or explore the route's charming canalside villages on the barge's bicycles or on foot. Daily escorted excursions will reveal the area's most treasured resource: the pampered grapes of Burgundy's Cote d'Or region. Grand Cru's guests will meet the entrepreneurs behind Burgundy's wine production thanks to a series of vineyard visits and private tastings. Guests will also enjoy excursions to family-owned chateaux and gourmet food markets, as well as guided tours of the towns of Dijon and Beaune.

We saw the Grand Cru under construction in April 2017 in a private tour with the owners and we know it will be exceptional!



Features




Grand Cru's Deck Plan
Grand Cru's Deck Plan




Dining Aboard The Grand Cru:
SAMPLE MENU

A taste of the gourmet cuisine served aboard the Grand Cru LUNCH


DINNER


SAMPLE WINE MENU




SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Burgundy: Canal du Rhone au Rhin, Saone River & Canal du Centre
Dole to St Leger 2018

Sunday - Paris to Dole - Private Chauffeured Transfer
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.

Château du clos de Vougeot
Château du Clos de Vougeot

Dijon Market
Dijon Market

Hospice of Beaune
Hospice of Beaune

Montrachet Vineyards
Montrachet Vineyards

Monday - Dole to Saint Jean de Losne - Visit Clos de Vougeot
A morning cruise is the perfect time to discover the towpath's flora and fauna 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.

Tuesday - Saint Jean de Losne to Verdun sur le Doubs - Visit Dijon
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.

Wednesday - Verdun sur le Doubs to Fragnes - Visit Château de Rully - Michelin 3-star Lunch
A leisurely cruise begins the day. Upon arrival, you are escorted to the Château de Rully, a preserved medieval fortress. Complete the tour with samples of the estate's boutique wines. 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. Return to the barge and enjoy an afternoon cycling, walking, or lazing in the hot tub. Tonight, Chef serves another gourmet dinner.

Thursday - Fragnes to Rully - Visit Beaune
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.

Friday - Rully to Saint Leger-sur-Dheune - visit Chassagne/Piuligny Montrachet winery
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.

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

Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. It runs in reverse on alternate weeks.





Grand Cru
2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 1 Dole-St Leger Value
Apr 8 St Leger-Dole Value
Apr 15 Dole-St Leger Value
Apr 22 St Leger-Dole Regular
Apr 29 Dole-St Leger Regular
May 6 St Leger-Dole Regular
May 13 Dole-St Leger Regular
May 20 St Leger-Dole Regular
May 27 Dole-St Leger Regular
Jun 3 St Leger-Dole Regular
Jun 10 Dole-St Leger Regular
Jun 17 St Leger-Dole Regular
Jun 24 Dole-St Leger Regular
Jul 1 St Leger-Dole Regular
Jul 8 Dole-St Leger Regular
       
Cruise Schedule* ... continued

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

2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 1 Dole-St Leger Value
Apr 8 St Leger-Dole Value
Apr 15 Dole-St Leger Value
Apr 22 St Leger-Dole Regular
Apr 29 Dole-St Leger Regular
May 6 St Leger-Dole Regular
May 13 Dole-St Leger Regular
May 20 St Leger-Dole Regular
May 27 Dole-St Leger Regular
Jun 3 St Leger-Dole Regular
Jun 10 Dole-St Leger Regular
Jun 17 St Leger-Dole Regular
Jun 24 Dole-St Leger Regular
Jul 1 St Leger-Dole Regular
Jul 8 Dole-St Leger Regular
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 15 St Leger-Dole Regular
Jul 22 Dole-St Leger Regular
Jul 29 St Leger-Dole Regular
Aug 5 Dole-St Leger Regular
Aug 12 St Leger-Dole Regular
Aug 19 Dole-St Leger Regular
Aug 26 St Leger-Dole Regular
Sep 2 Dole-St Leger Regular
Sep 9 St Leger-Dole Regular
Sep 16 Dole-St Leger Regular
Sep 23 St Leger-Dole Regular
Sep 30 Dole-St Leger Regular
Oct 7 St Leger-Dole Regular
Oct 14 Dole-St Leger Regular
Oct 21 St Leger-Dole 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 Grand Cru's route through Burgundy between St Leger and Dole on the Canal du Centre, Saone River, and Canal du Rhone au Rhin.
The Grand Cru's route through Southern Burgundy, between St Leger and Dole on the Canal du Centre, Saone River, and Canal du Rhone au Rhin. For a more detailed look at the cruise route, view our map of the Canal du Centre, the River Saone, and the Doubs River which parallels the Canal du Rhone au Rhin.




GRAND CRU
2018 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
TYPE VALUE
Apr 1 thru Apr 21
Oct 21 thru Oct 27
REGULAR
Apr 22 thru Oct 20
Charter for up to 8
$58,000
$64,000


 What's Included
- 7 days and 6 nights on the barge in suites with ensuite bathroom
- Transfers from Paris, Lyon or Geneva to the barge and return via private minibus
- All meals beginning with dinner on Sunday, through breakfast on Saturday, including one lunch at a Michelin star restaurant
- All wines with lunches and dinners
- Open bar
- All escorted side-excursions (hot air ballooning, golf, etc. at additional cost)
- Use of bicycles

What's Not Included
- Overseas air transportation to Paris, or Geneva and return
- Suggested minimum 5% gratuity for the crew, to be given to the captain in equivalent euros
- Trip cancellation insurance



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