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European Waterways Finesse
2017 Season Departure Dates
 Departure Dates ( Sunday )
April - 9, 16
April - 23, 30
May - 07, 14, 21, 28
June - 04, 11, 18, 25
July - 02, 09, 16
July - 23, 30
August - 06, 13, 20
August - 27
September - 03, 10 , 17, 24
October - 01
October - 08, 15, 22
European Waterways - Finesse 2017 Rates
Rates are shown in EURO
Rates are for six nights on either per person based on
double occupancy per cabin or whole boat charter basis
Suite per person
Single Supplement
Charter 6 passengers Whole Boat
Charter 7 passengers Whole Boat
Charter 8 passengers Whole Boat

Price includes:
Local transfers to and from the hotel barge (the approximate transfer duration is 1.5 / 2hrs depending on the cruise direction), a luxury 6 night cruise, all meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef, an open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, all wines served throughout the cruise, excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary, the services of 5 crew and use of barge facilities, which include bicycles and a spa pool.

Cruise Highlights

  • Tour of historic Dijon and its wonderful markets
  • Visit to the 14th century Château de Gremolles
  • Tour and tasting at Bouchard Père et Fils winery and lunch in its château orangery restaurant
  • Visit to Beaune, including Hôtel Dieu Hospice
  • Tour of ancient Autun and its 12th century cathedral
  • Visit to the fascinating L’Institiut Charolais
  • Excellent opportunities for walking and cycling

Sample Menu

  • Regional Specialties
    Tournedos of Charolais beef served with glazed carrots & asparagus, shallot tarte tatin & red wine sauce; Duo of pan-roasted and confit quail on wild mushroom and sautéed watercress with a cassis syrup; Montgolfier of Escargots with a garlic crème; Oeufs en Meurette served on toasted pain d'épices
  • Wine Cellar
    Meursault; Pouilly-Fuissé; Nuits-St-Georges; Santenay; Chenas; Chablis; Gevrey-Chambertin; Sancerre
  • Chees Board
    Chaource; Brillat-Savarin; Reblochon; Abondance


Classic Burgundy Cruise - Montchanin to St-Jean-de-Losne

Sunday, Day 1 St-Jean-de-Losne
Guests are met in Lyon 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 quaysides to see the wide variety of watercraft plying their trade or undergoing refurbishment, before dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 St-Jean-de-Losne to Fragnes
We begin our voyage this morning through Southern Burgundy along the peaceful River Saône, passing delightful little river ports such as Seurre and Verdun-sur-le-Doubs, before joining the Canal du Centre at Chalon-sur-Saone to arrive at our mooring in Fragnes. 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, Day 3 Fragnes 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, for a winery tour and private tasting of Bouchard Père et Fils wines, before enjoying a gastronomic lunch in the delightful orangery of Château de Beaune, owned by the winery since 1820. Afterwards, we visit the fascinating 15th century Hôtel-Dieu Hospice and explore the quaint shops of the town, before returning to the barge for a short evening cruise to our mooring near the village of Rully. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 Rully to St-Léger-sur-Dheune
This morning, we take a walking tour of old Dijon, including a visit to the vivid flower and produce markets, mustard shops and the impressive Notre-Dame de Dijon, or enjoy some excellent shopping time. We return to the hotel barge for lunch and then a leisurely afternoon cruise, passing the little town of Chagny and the famous wine-producing village of Santenay. There are perfect opportunities to walk or cycle along the towpath en route, before we moor at the pretty little port of St-Léger-sur-Dheune. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5 St-Léger-sur-Dheune to St-Julien-sur-Dheune
After breakfast, 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. After lunch back on board, we continue our cruise along the Canal du Centre through undulating countryside to moor at the little village of St-Julien-sur-Dheune. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 St-Julien-sur-Dheune to Montchanin
This morning, we take a stroll to visit the fascinating Canal and Barge Museum at nearby Écuisses, before continuing our cruise up the flight of seven locks to our final mooring to Montchanin. This little town was the home of the factory which, for over a 100 years until the 1960s, produced the iconic, diamond-shaped Burgundy tiles and numerous houses here are decorated with them, giving the place a charming character of its own. After lunch, we visit the riverside town of Paray-le-Monial and its basilica, a gem of Romanesque Art, stopping at Charolles on our way back to visit L’Institut Charolais to learn more about this world famous cattle breed and its wonderful meat. Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 Montchanin
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Lyon.

*This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction.


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