Grand Victoria barge cruise

Grand Victoria

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Cruise highlights

6 passengers
★★★★★★ 6 star rating

  • Discover Chalon-sur-Saône, a roman town, home to the inventor of photography 
  • Explore Dijon, the capital of the Dukes of Burgundy
  • Visit the world-famous Hospice de Beaune, dating from 1443
  • Burgundy Wine-tasting and vineyard visits including Chassagne Montrachet 
  • Lunch in a Michelin-star restaurant
  • Step back to the 12th century in the Chateâu-de-Rully

Grand Victoria cruise route & itinerary

From Auxonne to Chagny
River Saône, Central Canal

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  • From 47, 900 USD

Boat size

  • Length 126′4″ ft (38.50 metres)
  • Width 16′7″ ft (5.05 metres)


  • Crew members : 5
  • Up to 6 guests
  • Suites : 3


  • Central heating
  • Air-conditioning
  • Spa or pool
  • Wifi
  • Demonstration galley
  • Apple TVs with 40" screen
  • Films & vinyls; light laundry service
  • Bicycles : 6

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About Grand Victoria barge cruises

Luxury barge Grand Victoria


After nearly 21 years as CEO inspecting boats and barges throughout Europe, it's rare for a boat to take my breath away, but the Grand Victoria certainly did that on our maiden voyage in October.
What a fabulous boat: Bright, vibrant, rejuvenating and welcoming!

Initially built for a liquor magnate as a gift to his wife and designed to be able to cruise throughout Europe, the Grand Victoria is the perfect choice for river and canal cruising in style.
Accommodating just 6 guests, the boat is incredibly spacious throughout and was completely refitted in 2015 and converted from 4 cabins to 3 suites for the most relaxing of stays for families or groups of friends alike.

As you step aboard, you enter the stunning saloon. A modern, bright interior delights everyone. Owners Edward & Cindy have an eye for design and have created a fabulous area in which to relax and have fun.  "La Joie de Vivre" just shines so brightly here!

Whether you prefer a comfortable chair or the dining area, it's time to sit back and be pampered.
The enormous panoramic one-way windows allow the light to flood in and offer exceptional views without being viewed by envious passers-by.

For the more curious guest, the chef will be happy to welcome you to his domain: perhaps you will pick up some useful tips in the galley. All meals are prepared onboard using the finest, freshest ingredients each day.  Rest assured, special dietary needs can be catered to.

Just a few steps down from the saloon, the vibrant tones of upstairs are left behind in the suites, each of which is a haven for relaxation. Muted tones and spa-inspired bathrooms complete with walk-in rain showers, double vanity units, baby-soft towels, plush robes and of course, hair dryers and complimentary toiletries invite you to switch off completely! For those that need to be connected, there are USB points for charging and free internet and WiFi onboard.

And so to sleep, perchance to dream. Each king-sized bed hosts the legendary Simmons Beautyrest Recharge Signature Select Hartfield Luxury mattress, 800-thread count sheets sets featuring luxe Egyptian cotton and both soft and firm king-size pillows.  
And of course, beds can be configured as twins if preferred. 
The nightly turn-down service, air-conditioning/central heating, 40" Apple TV with an extensive film library and an in-room safe complete the cocooning.

The invitation to well-being continues on the huge top deck, measuring 13 meters long. 
Not one but four areas to relax in; take your pick.

Will you choose the comfy area with enveloping chairs to admire the view, or enjoy an evening sun-downer, complete with sunshade for the day & heaters for the evening?   Or the separate dining area for alfresco meals, and of course, hidden away from the sight of the main deck, a warm jacuzzi spa pool awaits. Enjoy your bubbly in the bubbles!
You may also join the Captain in the wheelhouse to 'have a go' or simply admire the skill of piloting such a fantastic boat.
There is plenty of comfortable seating, so enjoy a cup of tea or a glass of wine while you chat.

Oh, the tales you'll hear!

When I asked owners Edward and Cindy what they consider to be their USP, they immediately spoke of the deck, and it is undoubtedly beautiful!
They may well be right, but having spent a few hours in their company, I would say the overall experience of a cruise aboard Grand Victoria with your hosts, discovering the Burgundy wines, the history and culture of Burgundy, coupled with their enthusiasm, will leave you with the most incredible memories to treasure forever.

Grand Victoria deck and cabin plans

Grand Victoria deck plan

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Grand Victoria cruise route & itinerary

From Auxonne to Chagny

River Saône Central Canal


Paris or Geneva to Auxonne: Let's begin with Champagne


Your Grand Victoria experience begins here!  A private chauffeur meets our guests in Paris or Geneva for the journey to Auxonne, where we board the boat for a Champagne welcome by the cheerful crew. Sit and relax on board while the team install your luggage and enjoy the beautiful views. Our chef will delight you this evening with one of many incredible dinners to come.

Auxonne to St.Jean-de-Losne: Chateau du Cos de Vougeot


We continue our culinary adventure with a fabulous breakfast! Breaking free from the traditional Continental, the chef awakens your palate and other senses with an array of delicious and nutritious choices, including freshly baked croissants, fresh fruit platters, yoghurts, cappuccino, coffee or tea, but also a signature hot dish! Perhaps today will be almond French toast: Each breakfast will be a surprise.

This morning's cruise takes us along a beautiful stretch of the Petite Saône. Join your Captain in the wheelhouse, relax on the deck or enjoy a spot of cycling as we meander along one of the prettiest stretches of the petit Saône, between Gray and Pontailler.

After a delicious alfresco (weather permitting) lunch on board, it's time to discover the historic Chateau du Clos de Vougeot, where Cistercian monks once lived and worked off the land, creating the productive vineyards known throughout the world. This excursion pleases historians and wine enthusiasts alike.  We will enjoy a private wine tasting in a local cellar before returning to Grand Victoria for evening cocktails while the chef prepares another gourmet dinner.
Dole has a charming, friendly atmosphere which we'll savour over a drink in a local café, before returning to the Grand Victoria for happy hour.

St.Jean-de-Losne to Seurre: A walking tour on market day with lunch in Dijon


A visit to Burgundy is incomplete without exploring Dijon, the capital of the Dukes of Burgundy. We begin our day with a walking tour of the historic centre, including the marketplace with its stunning buildings designed by Gustav Eiffel. Take time to admire the ironwork reminiscent of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Now is the time to watch the locals at work sourcing the best fresh, locally-grown produce. With so much variety, no wonder French food is so delicious!

Dijon is full of beautiful architecture. Our historical tour of the Ducal Palace, the Cathedral of Notre Dame with its stunning gargoyles, and a typically narrow, 15th-century shopping street leading to the Place du François Rude, where lunch in an authentic bistro beckons.

After lunch, you can enjoy some free time to explore the area. There are many shops, galleries and boutiques, including the prestigious mustard store, the Maison Maille, founded in 1747.

We return to the Grand Victoria for an afternoon of cruising on the scenic River Saône to the medieval village of Seurre.  Let's begin the evening with a soundtrack of jazz classics, cocktails and perhaps a gentle dance while the chef prepares our evening dinner.

 Seurre to Chalon-sur-Saône: Visiting the Hospice de Beaune & wine tasting


The day begins with a tour or the historic city of Beaune, famous not only for wine but also for one of France's most prestigious monuments, the Hospice de Beaune, founded in 1443 to care for the poor and most disadvantaged after the ravages of the 100 years war and plague. Behind the striking Gothic architecture and polychrome roofs, discover the lives of patients and nurses alike in the various rooms, including the hospital dormitory, apothecary, pharmacy and kitchens. A real treat for art lovers is viewing the polyptych of the Last Judgement, painted by Rogier van der Weyden.

We'll enjoy lunch in a local Michelin Star restaurant, then return to the Grand Victoria to continue our journey along the beautiful River Saône, arriving in the ancient town of Chalon-sur-Saône in the late afternoon.

Happy Hour which begins this evening on board with a selection of vinyl albums for a spot of nostalgia while the chef prepares another masterpiece.

Chalon-sur-Saône to Fragnes: Majestic Chateau Rully


Another red-letter day! After a magnificent, hearty breakfast, we continue our historically enlightening adventure with a tour of the majestic 12th-century Chateâu de Rully, perched high in the vineyards, where excellent Chardonnays are produced. This chateâu has been in the same family since the 12th century and boasts all the features associated with designs through the ages: an encircling path, battlements, crenellations, merlons, loopholes, a dry ditch and a drawbridge.

We return to the barge and can take time to explore the streets of Chalon-sur-Saône, the ancient and modern quarters creating an interesting contrast.  This town was which was used as a port by the Roman Emperor Constantius II, and is also famous as the birthplace of photography.

An alfresco lunch awaits aboard. There is plenty of time to relax and enjoy the view from the spacious sundeck this morning as we begin cruising along the Canal du Centre. The smooth towpath invites you to take some gentle exercise, either cycling or walking.  We will pick you up at the next lock!
This evening we moor by a picturesque lock house, for yet another gourmet dinner on board.

Fragnes to Chagny: Canal cruising and wine tasting 


After breakfast, we wave goodbye to Franges and enjoy a morning cruise to the village of Chagny, a settlement dating from 840, between the wine appellations of Rully, Bouzeron and Chassagne-Montrachet. Often warmed by the winds of the Mediterranean Sea to the south, the area enjoys an exceptional climate throughout much of the year, which lends itself to wine production.

After lunch onboard the Grand Victoria, we take a scenic drive through the beautiful vineyards, starting in Chassagne Montrachet and ending with a private wine tasting. Our tour is stunning and educational, revealing many facts about the Burgundy appellations, wine production and history.  
We return to the Grand Victoria for a fabulous evening: There's time to kick back with a cocktail and to look back over the week during our final dinner together.

Chagny to Paris/Geneva: Champagne breakfast and departure


Our final morning together, and what better way to celebrate these last moments than a Champagne breakfast before you depart the Grand Victoria at 9 am.  Your private chauffeur will drive you back to Paris or Geneva.

Au revoir!

From Auxonne to Chagny rates

2024 Regular
Whole boat charter for 6 49, 900 USD
Whole boat charter for 5 48, 500 USD
Whole boat charter for 4 47, 900 USD

The price includes:

  • Accommodation with ensuite bathrooms
  • All meals, sommelier-selected premier and grand cru wines and alcoholic beverages carried on board
  • All sightseeing tours and admittance fees as stipulated in the itinerary
  • Use of bicycles and other facilities including light laundry service
  • A selection of Pinto and Chardonnay Grand Cru wines
  • Round-trip transfers from the specified meeting point in Paris in a new Mercedes Viano

Not included:

  • Air transportation, airport taxes, visas, health or accident insurance, trip cancellation insurance
  • Special Chateaux vintage wines
  • Optional activities not included in the itinerary
  • 10% crew gratuity

April 21st through to October 20th, 2024

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

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Grand Victoria operates on a private charter basis only, except where indicated

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