Finesse hotel barge

St Julien sur Dheune to St Jean de Losne on the Canal du Centre & River Saône
The barge Finesse

Accommodating up to 8 passengers

View of the Finesse

Finesse is rated 6 star

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  • Visit Clos de Vougeot, home of the Chevaliers du Tastevin
  • Tour and private wine tasting at Château de Charmirey in Mercurey
  • Visit to 14th century Chateau de Germolles
  • Visit to Beaune, including Hotel-Dieu Hospice
  • Tour of Autun and it's Roman monuments
  • Lunch in the stunning setting of the Puligny & Chassagne Montrachet vineyards 
  • Excellent towpath for walking and cycling
  • "Biking Plus" option available

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From 6750 USD per person

Charters from 47,500 USD


Crew members : 5

Boat size
Length 127′11″ ft (39 metres)
Width 16′6″ ft (5.03 metres)

Number of bicycles : 8


Up to 8 guests

Suites : 4


Central heating


Spa or pool


Demonstration galley


Guest Computer; CD player/iPod Dock

Finesse photos and videos

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About the barge "Finesse"

Finesse barge cruises

Welcome aboard Finesse, an ultra deluxe barge for up to 8 guests.
Built to exacting standards, the barge has a modern and light interior, the panoramic windows giving fantastic open views.

Inside, the saloon is tastefully decorated with contemporary furnishings.  There is plenty of space to relax, and a dining area looking onto the demonstration galley should you wish to pick up some tips from the Masterchef.

The sundeck is the ideal place to relax, but also to enjoy lunch in our alfresco dining area, or a dip in the spa pool at the end of the day. 
New for 2019: A brand new sun canopy ensures that you can dine outside while protected from the sun!

After a day cruising and exploring the region with our guides, you're guaranteed a good night's sleep.  The four air-conditioned suites are exceptionally spacious (264 sq feet) and can be in twin or double-bedded configuration, as you please.  All bathrooms have been redesigned for the 2019 season.

The Finesse is the perfect barge aboard which to discover the peaceful waterways of southern Burgundy, the vineyards and some of the richest historic sites and towns including Beaune, Dijon and Autun.

Plan of Finesse

Plan of the hotel barge Finesse

Finesse cruise routes & itineraries

St Julien-sur-Dheune
Guests are met in Dijon, the Capital of Burgundy, and transferred to St Julien-sur-Dheune by private chauffeured minibus.  Meet the crew and enjoy a Champagne Welcome before settling into your suite.  There will be time to wander along the towpath or relax on board before dinner is served.

St Julien-sur-Dheune to St Léger-sur-Dheune
This morning you will be able to admire the work of the Pilot and his shipmate as they steer the barge along the Canal du Centre past quaint villages and through undulating countryside and 11 locks before arriving at our destination, St Léger-sur-Dheune. 
After lunch, we will visit the 14th century Château de Germolles, reputedly the best-preserved residence of the Dukes of Burgundy.  Admire the Ducal chapel and medieval wall paintings followed by a stroll in the romantic gardens.
Dinner aboard.

St Léger-sur-Dheune to Remigny
While Burgundy is often associated with medieval times, today we will visit the stunning town of Autun, founded by the Romans as Augustodonum. Many original features remain including Roman gates and arches, ruins of the temple and a 17,000-seat amphitheatre.  The cathedral overlooking the town is well worth the climb too!
We return to the barge for lunch and can then sit back and relax while Finesse continues her journey passing typical Burgundian villages including the wine-village of Santenay, before arriving at Remigny, our evening mooring.
It's a perfect rural spot for dinner on board.

Remigny to Rully
After breakfast, we begin the day with a drive through the vineyards of the Côte de Beaune.  On arriving in Beaune, there will be time to visit the world-renowned Hospice de Beaune with its stunning glazed tiled roof, hospital ward, adjacent chapel, pharmacy and kitchen displays. Enjoy some free time to explore the many boutiques before we take a short ride to our lunch date at the Michelin starred restaurant, Le Montrachet, in the heart of the Puligny & Montrachet vineyards. Bon appetit!
After lunch, we will return to Finesse for our gentle afternoon cruise.  Watch the world go by, snooze, or take a stroll as Finesse cruises past the market town of Chagny, and on to Rully.
Dinner on board.

Rully to Fragnes
Today there is plenty of time to relax again this morning as we cruise toward the village of Fragnes.  You may like to cycle alongside...
After lunch, it's time for a private wine tasting in the delightful 17th century Château de Chamirey in Mercurey, which has been in the same family, the Devillard, for 5 generations!  
We'll return to Finesse in time for our usual apero, before dinner aboard.

Fragnes to St Jean-de-Losne
From the winding Canal, today we join the majestic River Saône for our cruise passing through the town of Chalon-sur-Saone with its impressive bridges spanning the river, and the delightful small ports of Verdun-sur-le-Doubs and Seurre, before reaching St Jean-de-Losne, our final mooring.
After lunch, we visit the world-famous Clos de Vougeot to tour the cellars before venturing on to another long-established cellar for a private tasting.  Enjoy the scenic drive back to the barge for our Captain's Farewell Dinner during which there will be time to look back over the week aboard.

After a hearty breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the choice of their location in Dijon. "Au revoir!"

Cruise rates

The Canal du Centre & River Saône dates and rates

Accommodation Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 8 58400 50500
Whole boat charter for 7 56200 49000
Whole boat charter for 6 54000 47500
Suite per person 7850 6750
Single supplement 2850 2450

Prices are shown in US dollars
Sterling and euro prices available on request for non-US/Canadian citizens.

- Departure Dates 2019-
Value March 31 to April 21
July 21 to August 18
October 6 to October 20
Regular April 28 to July 14 
August 25 to September 29

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