Sunday: Champagne Welcome Aboard
Travel: Paris/Geneva to Auxonne

Our private driver will meet you in Paris or Geneva to drive you to the Grand Victoria, moored in Auxonne to enjoy your French river cruise. 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 before your first of many incredible dinners on board.

Monday: Chateau du Clos de Vougeot
Travel: Auxonne to St. Jean de Losne

We start our week with breakfast aboard, followed by your first burgundy river cruise down one of the prettiest stretches of the Petit Saône. After a delightful al-fresco lunch onboard (weather permitting), we depart for the historic Château du Clos de Vougeot, once home of the Cistercian monks and their burgundy vineyards. This is a great excursion for Burgundy wine lovers and history buffs alike! Afterwards enjoy an informal private wine tasting at a renowned Côte d’Or cellar, before returning to the Grand Victoria. Enjoy cocktails and laughter onboard, while the chef prepares a mouth-watering gourmet dinner.

Tuesday: Walking Tour of Dijon’s Historic Marketplace
Travel: St. Jean de Losne - Seurre

We depart the Grand Victoria in the morning for a walking tour of Dijon’s historic marketplace, designed by Gustav Eiffel. 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 Francois Rude, where we’ll enjoy lunch with the locals at an authentic French bistro. We’ll return to the Grand Victoria for an afternoon of cruising down the scenic Saône River to the medieval village of Seurre. Enjoy a soundtrack of jazz classics and cocktails, while the chef prepares another delectable dinner.

Wednesday: Tour of the Historic City of Beaune
Travel: Seurre to Chalon-sur-Saône

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. We’ll enjoy lunch at a local Michelin Star restaurant before returning to the Grand Victoria for an afternoon cruise down the Saône to the village of 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.

Thursday: Majestic Château de Rully
Travel: Chalon-sur-Saône to Fragnes

Enjoy a magnificent breakfast aboard 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. On returning to the vessel, there is time 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. An al fresco lunch awaits you (weather permitting) before we set off up the Canal du Centre and your introduction to canal cruising. Tonight we moor up outside a picturesque old lock house for yet another gourmet dinner served onboard.

Friday: Canal Cruising and Wine Tasting
Travel: Fragnes - Chagny

After breakfast, we’ll continue to cruise further up the Canal du Centre to our mooring in the village of Chagny. After lunch onboard, we will take a scenic and informative drive through the vineyards starting in Chassagne Montrachet and ending with a private wine tasting. Here we’ll discover the true taste of Burgundy’s appellations, viticulture, and winemaking from the heart of the Côte de Beaune. After our tasting, we will return to the Grand Victoria, where guests have the opportunity to kick back with a canapè and cocktail before our final dinner onboard.

Sad Farewell
Travel: Chagny to Paris/Geneva

Our final morning together. Enjoy a delicious breakfast as you get ready to depart the Grand Victoria. Your private chauffeur arrives at 9:00 AM 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.