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 while we cruise. After a delightful lunch onboard the Grand Victoria, we depart for the historic Château Du Clos De Vougeot, a Historic Cistercian winery built in the 12th and 16th Centuries and set in the heart of Burgundy’s Grand Cru Vineyards. 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 cocktails 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. The pavilion styled building was designed by Gustav Eiffel himself. Gustav Eiffel, was born in Dijon and played an important part of may of the buildings of that period. 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 Francois Rude, where we’ll enjoy lunch with the locals at an authentic local French bistro. After lunch, guests are welcome to explore Dijon’s many shopping options and enjoy a little mustard tasting at Maille Mustard shop before returning to the Grand Victoria for an afternoon of cruising down the scenic Saône River to the medieval village of Seurre. This is a fabulous opportunity to utilize the bike trail along the canal with a leisurely 1 hour bike ride.
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 an afternoon cruise down the Saône river to the birth place of photography, Chalon sur Saône. 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. Chalon is also a great city to explore by night, with a vibrant bar scene to check out for an exciting pub crawl after dinner!
A mid morning tour to the infamous medieval chateau Rully is a highlight. Enjoy a magnificent scenic drive through the vineyards of Rully, 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 of Rully. The tour is conducted by the count himself. A direct family descendant of the original family who first occupied the iconic Chateau. Visiting the castle will take you on a journey through their family history before we return to our mooring in Chalon-sur-Saone and the Grand Victoria for lunch onboard. After lunch, we'll take a short afternoon cruise to the hamlet of Fragnes. Situated along the canal du centre, Fragnes is one of the best moorings in barging. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon onboard, or perhaps take a late afternoon bike ride or promenade along the canal paths before joining us in the bar for cocktails before your next gourmet dinner onboard.
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, (if there is time) we will visit the famous Château de Pommard, a historic château near Beaune dating back centuries. At Château de 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 before our final dinner together.
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. `