Grand Cru barge cruise

Grand Cru

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Discover Southern Burgundy

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8 passengers
★★★★★★ 6 star rating

The Ultra Deluxe barge has everything you'll need for a perfect vacation on the waterways near Dijon. Only the best wines from the best vineyards are served on board, accompanied by gourmet cuisine the whole experience on the Grand Cru is unforgetable.

Grand Cru cruise route & itinerary

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Boat size

  • Length 124′8″ ft (38.00 metres)
  • Width 18′1″ ft (5.50 metres)


  • Crew members : 6
  • Up to 8 guests
  • Suites : 4


  • Central heating
  • Air-conditioning
  • Spa or pool
  • Wifi
  • Demonstration galley
  • Bicycles : 8

About Grand Cru barge cruises

Luxury barge Grand Cru

Description of the barge

  • Four cabins each 260 sq ft, with 6’8” ceiling height
  • Choice of one King or two oversized twin beds
  • Ensuite Bathrooms with shower and separate tub
  • Vanity dressing area and ample storage
  • Salon and separate dining room
  • Powder room (WC) in the salon
  • Open bar
  • Demonstration kitchen – watch your chef prepare gourmet cuisine
  • Deck with canopy
  • Outdoor dining space and seating

Sample menus and wines


Whole Baked Salmon in Salt with Beurre Blanc Sauce
Wild Mushroom, Haricots Verts, and Shallot Sautee
Cheeses: Emmental and Valençay
Blueberry and Pistachio Clafoutis with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
A Selection of Coffees, Teas, and Biscuits


Confit Quail on Aubergine Caviar with Orange Saffron Réduction and Toasted Walnuts
Aged Charolais Beef Filet in Rosemary Green Pepper Croûte Rossini Style, Foie Gras, and Port Sauce
Cheeses: Tomme de Savoie and Saint-Felicien
Pistachio Grand Marnier Soufflé
A Selection of After Dinner Drinks


Champagne Georges Vesselle, Grand Cru
Chablis Grand Cru “Bougros” Domaine du Colombier, 2017
Chateau Latour Martillac Grand Cru Classé de Pessac, 2014
Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru, Domaine Jean Michel Guyon, 2016
Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru, Domaine Camus, 2014

Grand Cru deck and cabin plans

Grand Cru deck plan

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Grand Cru cruise route & itinerary

Cruise Along the Canal de Bourgogne

Burgundy Canal


7-day cruise Dijon, in southern Burgundy


Welcome Aboard
Travel: Arrival at Plombieres-les-Dijon
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Grand Cru at the designated meeting point. From here, relax as you are chauffeured in our immaculate vehicle to the Grand Cru, moored in the tiny village of Plombieres-les-Dijon.

A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first gourmet dinner onboard.


Destination Dijon
Travel: Plombieres-les-Dijon to Fleurey-sur-Ouche
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Your luxurious journey begins with a lazy morning cruise. Relax on the deck in the hot tub, or explore the waterside towpath with a gentle stroll or leisurely bicycle ride. This afternoon, exploring the urbane town of Dijon offers a pleasurable excursion ashore. Preserved palaces and beautiful churches recalling the reign of the Dukes of Burgundy vie for attention with speciality boutiques, small cafes, and serene gardens.

Shop, sip, and stroll your way through this small city brimming with authentic Burgundian life. Return to Grand Cru for cocktail hour as Chef prepares tonight’s dinner.


Where Cistercian Monks Made Wine
Travel: Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

The journey continues with a morning cruise. Laze on deck in the hot tub, or explore the countryside via bicycle. This afternoon, visit the Chateau du Clos de Vougeot, where Cistercian monks made wine in the 12th century.

Explore the preserved presses on which these iconic Burgundian vintages were made. Return to the Grand Cru for an evening of drinks and dinner onboard.


Private Tour of Hospice de Beaune
Travel: Gissey-sur-Ouche to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Bonjour! Begin the day with a leisurely morning cruise.

Visit your Captain in his wheelhouse, or join Chef in the demonstration kitchen for an informal culinary lesson.

In the afternoon, a drive in your private vehicle through the Cote d’Or vineyards culminates in the charming town of Beaune, the region's wine capital. Your Tour Guide will accompany you through the Hospice de Beaune, a prestigiously preserved Medieval hospital built in the 15th century.

Return to the barge where Chef is putting the final touches on tonight's dinner party.


Exclusive Family-Owned Vineyard
Travel: La Bussiere-sur-Ouche to Pont d'Ouche
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboard, dinner ashore

Cheers to Southern Burgundy! A morning visit to a boutique winery begins your gourmet day. Amble amidst the lovely vineyards of Domaine Pierre Amiot, a family-owned producer focusing on the Pinot-Noir grape with wines from Morey Saint Denis and Gevrey-Chambertin.

After the secrets of growing this iconic French fruit are revealed, swirl, sip, and savour these exceptional elixirs at a hosted winetasting.

Return to the barge for an afternoon cruise before your dinner ashore at the Abbaye de la Bussiere, an ancient Cistercian abbey now converted to a luxury inn with an award-winning gourmet bistro.


Quaint Medieval Village Overlooking the Canal
Travel: Pont d'Ouche to Vandenesse-en-Auxois
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Revel in the ambience of the tranquil countryside during the final cruise this morning.

This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, a castle overlooking the Canal. A walking tour through the Chateau reveals the architectural details and timeworn relics which speak to the deprivations and decadence so prevalent in France’s history.

Then it’s back to Grand Cru to socialize with a final sunset cocktail before Chef presents a candlelit multi-course Captain’s Dinner, culminating your private luxury barge cruise in style.


A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from Vandenesse-en-Auxois
Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop-off point.

Cruise Along the Canal de Bourgogne rates

Whole boat charter for 8 68,000 US$
Whole boat charter for 7 65,100 US$
Whole boat charter for 6 61,800 US$
Whole boat charter for 8 64,000 US$ 71,200 US$
Whole boat charter for 6 57,600 US$ 63,000 US$

All prices are in US dollars

2024 Value Season dates:

  • 31 March to 20 April
  • 4 -31 August


6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath
Round-trip chauffeured transfers to and from Paris
A dedicated onboard crew consisting of a Captain, Chef, Tour Guide, and Hostess
All meals onboard and ashore from dinner the first evening to breakfast the final morning
All wines served with lunches and dinners both onboard and ashore
Onboard open bar with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
Daily escorted excursions including admittance fees
Unlimited use of onboard amenities such as bicycles and the hot tub


International airfare
Cancellation insurance – A Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) policy is recommended
Suggested crew gratuity of 5-10% of the cruise price

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

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