Our private driver meets you in Paris or Geneva to drive you to the Grand Victoria, moored in Dole. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our cheerful crew and experience our Grand Victoria welcome. While we get you checked in and the crew take your luggage to your stateroom, you’ll have the chance to sit and relax with our signature champagne welcome. Afterwards, there will be plenty of time to unpack and unwind before your first of many incredible dinners on board.
We start our week with breakfast aboard, followed by a walking tour of Dole. Guests will visit Dole’s Notre Dame and enjoy coffee at a local café before setting off on a morning cruise. After a delightful lunch onboard the Grand Victoria, we depart for the historic Château Du Clos De Vougeot, once home of the Cistercian monks and their vineyards. This is a great excursion for wine lovers and history buffs alike! We then will enjoy an informal private wine tasting at a renowned Côte d’Or vineyard, before returning to the Grand Victoria. Enjoy sundowners and laughter onboard, while the chef prepares a mouth-watering dinner.
We depart the Grand Victoria in the morning for a walking tour of Dijon’s historic marketplace, designed by Gustav Eiffel himself. Mingle amongst the local shoppers and experience this traditional French market day. A short informal historic tour of the Ducal Palace, Notre Dame, and a 15th century medieval shopping street will bring us to the Place du Bareuzai, where we’ll enjoy lunch with the locals at an authentic French bistro. After lunch, guests are welcome to explore Dijon’s many shopping options before returning to the Grand Victoria for an afternoon of cruising down the scenic Saône River to the medieval village of Seurre.
Guests can kick back and relax on our spacious deck as we spend the morning cruising down the majestic Saône River. Enjoy a magnificent lunch in a scenic vineyard, before we venture off to tour the majestic Château de Rully. A medieval fortress built in the 12th century, located on the side of a hill, the castle overlooks its expansive vineyards. Visiting the castle will take you on a journey through French history before ending with a private wine tasting in the medieval kitchen. From there, it’s back to our mooring in Chalon-sur-Saone for cocktails and dinner. Feel free to take a stroll through the streets of the city which once served as a port for Roman Emperor Constantius II and, more recently, as the birthplace of photography. Chalon is also a great city to explore by night, with a vibrant bar scene to check out!
Embark on an early morning tour of the historic city of Beaune. Here we visit the famous Hotel Diêu. A hospital from the Middle Ages, the Hospices de Beaune is one of France’s most prestigious historic monuments. Its flamboyant Gothic architecture and its polychrome roofs make this museum one of Burgundy’s gems. The Hospices de Beaune is also famous for its prestigious wines, making this an exciting visit for wine lovers. We’ll return for lunch onboard. Enjoy the views as we take a short afternoon cruise up the canal to the village of Fragnes. The adventurers in the group can ride one of our onboard bicycles, explore the tow paths along the Canal du Central. Happy hour starts a little earlier tonight with a selection of vinyl albums to take you back in time, while the chef prepares another culinary masterpiece.
After breakfast, we’ll depart on a morning cruise of the canal. We will venture off the Grand Victoria for lunch at the famous Maison Lameloise, a 3-star Michelin restaurant, as a treat for the foodies in the group! The history of Maison Lameloise stretches back to 1921. It first received a third Michelin star in 1979 and continues the honor under chef Eric Pras. After lunch, we will visit the famous Château de Pommard, a historic Château near Chagny dating back centuries. At Pommard, we’ll discover the true taste of Burgundy’s appellations, viticulture, and winemaking from the heart of the largest privately-owned clos in the Cote d’Or. After our tasting, we will return to the Grand Victoria, where guests have the opportunity to kick back with a cocktail or explore Chagny before our final dinner together. After dinner, guests can return to Beaune celebrate their final night in Burgundy with a pub crawl!
It’s our final morning together. Enjoy a delicious breakfast as you get ready to depart the Grand Victoria. Your private chauffeur arrives early to take you back to Paris or Geneva.
Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. It runs in reverse on alternate weeks.