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.
From Auxonne to Chagny rates
|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
- 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