Finesse barge cruise


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Cruising in the deep south of Burgundy

Cruise highlights

8 passengers
★★★★★★ 6 star rating

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

Finesse cruise route & itinerary

Finesse cruise file


  • From 7250 USD per person
  • Charters from 50,400 USD

Boat size

  • Length 127′11″ ft (39.00 metres)
  • Width 16′6″ ft (5.03 metres)


  • Crew members : 5
  • Up to 8 guests
  • Suites : 4


  • Central heating
  • Air-conditioning
  • Spa or pool
  • Wifi
  • Demonstration galley
  • Telescope
  • Guest Computer; CD player/iPod Dock
  • Bicycles : 8

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Guests have awarded ★★★★★ stars

Guests comments

Just want to let you know how much we enjoyed our trip on Finesse.  The barge was beautifully appointed, the amenities were excellent, and the crew was top-notch.  The trip exceeded our expectations.  The captain, Matthew Price was superb, and Antoine, the pilot, Robert, the chef, and Cat (and Catia) the hostesses, were all just wonderful - professional, courteous, and totally charming.  The meals and the wines were out of this world!  It was truly a fabulous trip. 
We hope there's another barge trip in our future.
Best regards,
Lynn & Bob T
Lynn & Bob T; September 2022
The itinerary was excellent, and planning our travel was very professional.
TEPE ★★★★★

About Finesse barge cruises

Luxury barge Finesse

Welcome aboard the hotel barge Finesse, an ultra-deluxe boat for up to 8 guests cruising in Southern Burgundy.

A vessel built to provide luxurious accommodation, the barge has a modern and light interior, the panoramic windows giving fantastic open views of the landscape.

Inside, the salon 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 an alfresco lunch, or a dip in the spa pool at the end of the day. 
A 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 as the air-conditioned suites are exceptionally spacious (264 sq feet) and can be in twin or double-bedded configuration, as you please. 

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 the ancient Roman city of Autun.

Finesse deck and cabin plans

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Finesse cruise route & itinerary

From St Julien-sur-Dheune to Chalon-sur-Saône map

From St Julien-sur-Dheune to Chalon-sur-Saône

River Saône Central Canal
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Saint Julien-sur-Dheune

Visitors are greeted in Burgundy's capital, Dijon, and driven in a private, chauffeur-driven minibus to Saint Julien-sur-Dheune. Before checking into your suite, introduce yourself to the crew and enjoy a Champagne welcome. Before dinner is served, you can take a leisurely stroll along the towpath or just unwind on board.

Saint Julien-sur-Dheune to Saint Léger-sur-Dheune

As the barge navigates the Canal du Centre this morning, you will have the opportunity to witness the skill of the Pilot and his shipmate as they navigate through charming villages, rolling hills, and 11 locks to reach our destination, Saint Léger-sur-Dheune.
Following lunch, we'll tour the Château de Germolles, which dates back to the 14th century and is thought to be the best-preserved home of the Dukes of Burgundy. After admiring the medieval wall paintings and the Ducal chapel, take a stroll through the lovely gardens.
Dinner aboard.

Saint Léger-sur-Dheune to Remigny

Even though Burgundy is frequently connected to the Middle Ages, we will be visiting the beautiful town of Autun today, which the Romans first named Augustodonum. There are still many original elements present, such as the 17,000-seat amphitheater, Roman gates and arches, and temple ruins. It's well worth the climb to see the cathedral that overlooks the town!
We have lunch back on the barge after which we can unwind. Meanwhile, Finesse keeps sailing, passing through typical Burgundian villages, such as Santenay, a wine village, on her way to Remigny, where we will moor for the evening.
It's a perfect rural spot for Dinner on board.

Remigny to Rully

We start the day with a drive through the Côte de Beaune vineyards after breakfast. When we first get to Beaune, we go to Maison Campney, the oldest winery in Burgundy. Enjoy a tasting and a private tour of the wine cellar to discover how the best Premier and Grand Cru wines are made. Savor a private lunch prepared from one of the wine vats in an exquisite setting! There will be time to tour the renowned Hospice de Beaune in the afternoon, which is known for its gorgeous glazed tile roof, hospital ward, nearby chapel, pharmacy, and kitchen displays. Before we head back to the barge for our afternoon cruise past the market town of Chagny, feel free to browse the many boutiques.  Our evening mooring is in the wine village of Rully.
Dinner on board.

Rully to Fragnes

As we cruise toward the village of Fragnes this morning, there will be plenty of time to unwind once more. You could ride your bike beside it.
Following lunch, enjoy a private wine tasting at the charming Domaine Chanzy, one of the most impressive estates in Burgundy, featuring 80 hectares of vines spread across three slopes.
We'll get back to Finesse in time for our customary aperitif before dinner aboard.

Fragnes to Chalon-sur-Saône


We visit the walled vineyard of Clos de Vougeot this morning. It is home to the prestigious Chevaliers du Tastevin headquarters, which is named after the fraternity of Knights of the Wine-Tasting Cup. Each year, the finest Côte d'Or vintages are given a special prized label. We'll take pleasure in a tour of the renowned cellars here. We continue our journey through the Côte de Nuits on the Route des Grands Cru, and then head back to Finesse for lunch.
After leaving the winding Canal, we make our final descent through the last lock, which drops an amazing 35 feet, and then we join the majestic River Saône, ending at the graceful waterfront moorings at Chalon-sur-Saone. This location, withits magnificent cathedral and impressive bridges spanning the river, is ideal for our Captain's Farewell Dinner, when there will be time to reflect on the week spent on board.


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

From St Julien-sur-Dheune to Chalon-sur-Saône rates

2024 USD, for American and Canadian residents Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 8 73, 500 USD 63, 500 USD
Whole boat charter for 7 70, 700 USD 61, 100 USD
Whole boat charter for 6 67, 900 USD 58, 700 USD
Suite per person 9, 950 USD 8, 550 USD
Single supplement 3, 800 USD 3, 300 USD
2024 STERLING rates for UNITED KINGDOM residents Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 8 £54, 500 £46, 500
Whole boat charter for 7 £52, 500 £44, 700
Whole boat charter for 6 £50, 500 £42, 900
Suite per person £7, 390 £6, 350
Single supplement £2, 800 £2, 300
2024 EURO rates ALL OTHER COUNTRIES Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 8 63, 500 € 54, 500 €
Whole boat charter for 7 61, 100 € 52, 500 €
Whole boat charter for 6 58, 700 € 50, 500 €
Suite per person 8, 690 € 7, 490 €
Single supplement 3, 300 € 2, 800 €
Prices include: Local transfer between local meeting point and the hotel barge (approximate 50 minutes from Dijon, or 3h15 from Paris for charters only), a luxury 6-night cruise, all meals on board cartered for by the on-board Master Chef, an open barge 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 the barge facilities, which include bicycles and spa pool.

Themed cruises

Cycling charters: 4500 USD / £3500 / 4000€
Biking cruises include daily cycling with a professional cycling guide and an upgrade of bicycles.

Golf charter: 650 USD / £500 / 600€ supplement per player
Golf cruises include four pre-booked and paid tee times and transfers to and from the golf clubs. Hire of clubs, caddy and buggy not included
Wine appreciation charter: 7750 USD / £6000 / 7000 €
A comprehensive wine itinerary with additional winery visits, private tasting and the services of a professional wine guide. It also includes an upgrade of the wine list to include additional premier and Grand Cru wines.
- Departure Dates 2024-
Value April 7 to April 21
July 21 to August 18
October 6 to October 27
Regular April 28 to July 14 
August 25 to September 29

These are sample itineraries, on alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction.

Availability for Finesse

The dates indicated as "Available" may be booked on a charter or cabin basis.

Special offers and discounts

Save 10% on your Springtime cruise

10% off charters: April 14th
10% off cabins: April 28th
Valid until January 8th

Contact us about the offers

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