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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

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 guests 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!


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

Apr 1 thru Apr 21
Oct 21 thru Oct 27
Apr 22 thru Oct 20
Charter for up to 8

Mar 31 thru Apr 20
Oct 20 thru Nov 2
Apr 21 thru Oct 19
Charter for up to 8

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 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

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 St Leger-Dole Regular
Jun 17 Dole-St Leger Regular
Jun 24 St Leger-Dole Regular
Jul 1 Dole-St Leger Regular
Jul 8 St Leger-Dole Regular
Jul 15 Dole-St Leger Regular
Jul 22 St Leger-Dole Regular
Jul 29 Dole-St Leger Regular
Aug 5 St Leger-Dole Regular
Aug 12 Dole-St Leger Regular
Aug 19 St Leger-Dole Regular
Aug 26 Dole-St Leger Regular
Sep 2 St Leger-Dole Regular
Sep 9 Dole-St Leger Regular
Sep 16 St Leger-Dole Regular
Sep 23 Dole-St Leger Regular
Sep 30 St Leger-Dole Regular
Oct 7 Dole-St Leger Regular
Oct 14 St Leger-Dole Regular
Oct 21 Dole-St Leger Value

Grand Cru
2019 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Mar 31 Dole-St Leger Value
Apr 7 St Leger-Dole Value
Apr 14 Dole-St Leger Value
Apr 21 St Leger-Dole Regular
Apr 28 Dole-St Leger Regular
May 5 St Leger-Dole Regular
May 12 Dole-St Leger Regular
May 19 St Leger-Dole Regular
May 26 Dole-St Leger Regular
Jun 2 St Leger-Dole Regular
Jun 9 Dole-St Leger Regular
Jun 16 St Leger-Dole Regular
Jun 23 Dole-St Leger Regular
Jun 30 St Leger-Dole Regular
Jul 7 Dole-St Leger Regular
Jul 14 St Leger-Dole Regular
Jul 21 Dole-St Leger Regular
Jul 28 St Leger-Dole Regular
Aug 4 Dole-St Leger Regular
Aug 11 St Leger-Dole Regular
Aug 18 Dole-St Leger Regular
Aug 25 St Leger-Dole Regular
Sep 1 Dole-St Leger Regular
Sep 8 St Leger-Dole Regular
Sep 15 Dole-St Leger Regular
Sep 22 St Leger-Dole Regular
Sep 29 Dole-St Leger Regular
Oct 6 St Leger-Dole Regular
Oct 13 Dole-St Leger Regular
Oct 20 St Leger-Dole Value
Oct 27 Dole-St Leger 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.

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

Sunday - Private Chauffeured Transfer to the Barge in Dole
In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Grand Cru at one location of the group's choice in either Paris, Dijon or Geneva. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored in the delightful town 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. Meals: Dinner onboard

Vieux Dole Village
Vieux Dole Village

Hospice of Beaune
Hospice of Beaune

Montrachet Vineyards
Montrachet Vineyards

Chateau de la Rochepot
Chateau de la Rochepot

Monday - Dole to Saint Jean de Losne - From Idyllic Countryside to a City Center
Begin the morning with a gentle cruise, admiring the rustic scenery gliding by. Unwind on deck, or explore the towpath via bicycle or foot. This afternoon, your Tour Guide invites you to discover Dole, perched on the River Doubs. Explore the Vieux (old) Dole quarter, a time warp of cobble-stoned streets, fountains, gardens, and ancient but still occupied houses. A visit to the home of famed microbiologist Louis Pasteur brings history to life. Back onboard, cocktails and canapes await before a grand dinner culminates the day. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner onboard

Tuesday - Saint Jean de Losne to Verdun sur le Doubs - The Best of Burgundy in Beaune
The journey continues with another cruise through pastoral countryside. Upon 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, and still in use through the 1970s. Afterwards, browse the shops and galleries lining the pedestrian area, or enjoy a coffee in the town square. Return to the Grand Cru and explore the towpath's flora and fauna by bicycle or on foot before Chef presents tonight's dinner. Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Wednesday - Verdun sur le Doubs to Fragnes - Chocolate Tasting Evokes Your Senses
Relax in the hot tub as a lazy morning cruise reveals the bucolic countryside. This afternoon, your Tour Guide chauffeurs you to the historic riverside town of Chalon-sur-Saone, where the bustling Place Saint-Vincent is lined with boutiques, galleries, and cafes. Awaken your senses during a visit to an artisnal chocolate shop and watch chocolatiers master their craft. Sample and savor the creative and premium chocolates before returning to the barge where canapes and cocktails await, followed by another gourmet dinner. Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Thursday - Fragnes to Chagny - Epicurean Adventures Ashore
Today's adventures begin with a morning cruise towards Chagny, the home of Michelin 3* rated Maison Lameloise. A highlight of the Grand Cru's gastronomy, luncheon is enjoyed ashore in this luxurious venue, recently voted by discerning diners as one of the best restaurants in the world. Then, your Tour Guide accompanies you to the prestigious vineyards of the Chateau de Chassagne Montrachet for a private tasting of their boutique wines. Back onboard, sip craft cocktails and socialize before Chef presents tonight's dinner. Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore

Friday - Chagny to St. Leger-sur-Dheune - Restored and Romantic Hilltop Chateau
Experience your last cruise this morning with a cup of coffee on deck while soaking in the ambiance of the tranquil countryside. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to the hilltop chateau-fortress of Chateau de la Rochepot, where turrets galore and a rooftop covered with colorful Burgundian tiles beckon for a closer exploration. Destroyed in the French Revolution, the chateau was restored to its former glory in the late 19th century. Return to Grand Cru in time for cocktails, and then finish your cruise in style at the Captain's Dinner. Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner aboard

Saturday - Departure from St. Leger-sur-Dheune - A Sad Farewell
After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point at one location of the group's choice in either Paris, Dijon or Geneva. Meals: Breakfast onboard .

Please note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change depending on local conditions. Cruise will run in reverse on alternate weeks.

Dining Aboard The Grand Cru:

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



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This page last updated August 3, 2018