Southern Burgundy Cruise (Finesse)

Southern Burgundy Cruise (Finesse)

From EUR €5,690


France is where the idea of luxury barge cruises first started, due in no small part to the myriad of waterways which cross not only its scenic countryside, but also many of its historic towns and cities. And while a Burgundy barge cruise may not be one of the best known holiday options for visitors to France, those who do discover hotel barging in Burgundy are sure not to be disappointed.

In fact, taking a Burgundy barge cruise down one of the region’s canals is a truly wonderful experience. The area boasts some of the world’s finest wines with around 60,000 acres of sunlit vines and arguably the prettiest canals in France. The waterways wind through the heart of the territory’s renowned vineyards, medieval towns, elegant châteaux, magnificent cathedrals, picturesque villages and wonderful local markets. En route, barging in Burgundy guarantees our clients a wealth of sightseeing opportunities.

This is a region with a vast variety of cheeses, in all shapes, sizes and colours, strong in character or mild and fresh and all can be enjoyed with full-bodied red Burgundies, or perhaps with lighter white Chablis wines. The Burgundian gastronomic tradition is rich and diverse and a sedate Burgundy barge cruise along one of its delightful waterways will allow you to indulge along the way in good food and wine: two of life’s essential pleasures.

Please Note: Family, Golf & Wine Appreciation Theme Departures Available. Please contact us for more details.

On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.

Trip Name
Southern Burgundy Cruise (Finesse)
Vessel Type: Hotel Barge / River Boat Passenger Capacity: 8 Finesse is a double-decker hotel barge that was built to exacting standards with luxury in mind, enhanced by her modern public areas and very spacious cabin suite accommodation. The well-designed public areas include a saloon with contemporary furnishings and panoramic windows where the emphasis is on making the most of the natural light. There is also a demonstration galley where guests can watch their chef preparing delicious gourmet meals. Outside, guests can relax on the large sun deck with its alfresco dining area, comfortable seating and spa pool. The four cabin suites, which can be in twin or double-bedded configuration, are very spacious (approx. 265sq ft including en suite), each one air-conditioned and with a beautifully appointed shower room. Finesse is the perfect vessel on which to cruise the meandering waterways of Southern Burgundy past vineyards and charming canalside villages, and to discover fascinating places along the way such as Autun, Beaune and Dijon.


Day 1 - Day 1 St-Julien-sur-Dheune
Guests are met in Dijon* and transferred by air-conditioned minibus to Finesse for a Champagne Welcome and the opportunity to meet the crew. Then there is time to wander along the towpath and admire the classic Burgundy scenery before dinner on board.
Day 2 - Day 2 St-Julien-sur-Dheune to St-Léger-sur-Dheune
This morning, we begin our voyage through Southern Burgundy along the Canal du Centre through undulating countryside to moor at the little village of St-Leger-sur-Dheune. We descend a series of 11 locks while cruising past the villages along the way. After lunch on board, we visit the 14th century Château de Germolles, the best preserved of the residences of the Dukes of Burgundy, with its ducal chapel, medieval wall paintings and romantic gardens Dinner on board.
Day 3 - Day 3 St-Léger-sur-Dheune to Remigny
This morning, we head to Autun, founded by the Romans as Augustodunum it has retained many of its original Antique monuments such as Roman gates, ruins of a Temple and a 17,000 seat amphitheatre. We return to the barge for lunch, then we cruise to the rural setting of Remigny, passing along the route picturesque Burgundian villages such as the famous wine-producing village of Santenay. Dinner on board.
Day 4 - Day 4 Remigny to Rully
After breakfast, we set off on a drive through the Côte de Beaune vineyards to the town of Beaune itself, capital of Burgundy wine country where we visit the fascinating 15th century Hôtel-Dieu Hospice and explore the quaint shops of the town, before enjoying a gastronomic lunch in the heart of Puligny & Chassagne Montrachet vineyards at the restaurant Le Montrachet. After lunch, we return to the barge for an afternoon cruise past the charming little town of Chagny, to our mooring near the village of Rully. Dinner on board.
Day 5 - Day 5 Rully to Fragnes
This morning, we continue our cruise along the Canal du Centre at a leisurely pace to moor at the village of Fragnes. There are perfect opportunities to walk or cycle along the towpath en route. In the afternoon we escort you on a winery tour and private tasting to the delightful 17th century Château de Chamirey in Mercurey, owned by the Devillard family for five generations. Dinner on board.
Day 6 - Day 6 Fragnes to St-Jean-de-Losne
This morning, the barge leaves the winding canal to join the peaceful River Saône, passing delightful little ports such as Seurre and Verdun-sur-le-Doubs en route, to arrive at St-Jean-de-Losne. After lunch on board, we take a walking tour of old Dijon, gastronomic capital of France with its mustard shops and home to the impressive Notre-Dame de Dijon. You might also wish to enjoy some excellent shopping time. Farewell Dinner on board.
Day 7 - Day 7 St-Jean-de-Losne
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Dijon.
Day 8 - Please Note:
This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
16-08-202023-08-2020EUR €5,690Suite
16-08-202023-08-2020EUR €7,740Suite Solo
23-08-202030-08-2020EUR €6,550Suite
23-08-202030-08-2020EUR €8,990Suite Solo
30-08-202006-09-2020EUR €6,550Suite
30-08-202006-09-2020EUR €8,990Suite Solo
06-09-202013-09-2020EUR €6,550Suite
06-09-202013-09-2020EUR €8,990Suite Solo
13-09-202020-09-2020EUR €6,550Suite
13-09-202020-09-2020EUR €8,990Suite Solo
20-09-202027-09-2020EUR €6,550Suite
20-09-202027-09-2020EUR €8,990Suite Solo
27-09-202004-10-2020EUR €6,550Suite
27-09-202004-10-2020EUR €8,990Suite Solo
04-10-202011-10-2020EUR €5,690Suite
04-10-202011-10-2020EUR €7,740Suite Solo
11-10-202018-10-2020EUR €5,690Suite
11-10-202018-10-2020EUR €7,740Suite Solo
18-10-202025-10-2020EUR €5,690Suite
18-10-202025-10-2020EUR €7,740Suite Solo
21-03-202127-03-2021EUR €5,950Suite
21-03-202127-03-2021EUR €8,100Suite Solo
28-03-202103-04-2021EUR €5,950Suite
28-03-202103-04-2021EUR €8,100Suite Solo
04-04-202110-04-2021EUR €5,950Suite
04-04-202110-04-2021EUR €8,100Suite Solo
11-04-202117-04-2021EUR €5,950Suite
11-04-202117-04-2021EUR €8,100Suite Solo
18-04-202124-04-2021EUR €5,950Suite
18-04-202124-04-2021EUR €8,100Suite Solo
25-04-202101-05-2021EUR €6,890Suite
25-04-202101-05-2021EUR €9,390Suite Solo
02-05-202108-05-2021EUR €6,890Suite
02-05-202108-05-2021EUR €9,390Suite Solo
09-05-202115-05-2021EUR €6,890Suite
09-05-202115-05-2021EUR €9,390Suite Solo
18-05-202122-05-2021EUR €6,890Suite
18-05-202122-05-2021EUR €9,390Suite Solo
23-05-202129-05-2021EUR €6,890Suite
23-05-202129-05-2021EUR €9,390Suite Solo
30-05-202105-06-2021EUR €6,890Suite
30-05-202105-06-2021EUR €9,390Suite Solo
06-06-202112-06-2021EUR €6,890Suite
06-06-202112-06-2021EUR €9,390Suite Solo
13-06-202119-06-2021EUR €6,890Suite
13-06-202119-06-2021EUR €9,390Suite Solo
20-06-202126-06-2021EUR €6,890Suite
20-06-202126-06-2021EUR €9,390Suite Solo
27-06-202103-07-2021EUR €6,890Suite
27-06-202103-07-2021EUR €9,390Suite Solo
04-07-202110-07-2021EUR €6,890Suite
04-07-202110-07-2021EUR €9,390Suite Solo
11-07-202117-07-2021EUR €6,890Suite
11-07-202117-07-2021EUR €9,390Suite Solo
18-07-202124-07-2021EUR €5,950Suite
18-07-202124-07-2021EUR €8,100Suite Solo
25-07-202131-07-2021EUR €5,950Suite
25-07-202131-07-2021EUR €8,100Suite Solo
01-08-202107-08-2021EUR €5,950Suite
01-08-202107-08-2021EUR €8,100Suite Solo
08-08-202114-08-2021EUR €5,950Suite
08-08-202114-08-2021EUR €8,100Suite Solo
15-08-202121-08-2021EUR €5,950Suite
15-08-202121-08-2021EUR €8,100Suite Solo
22-08-202128-08-2021EUR €5,950Suite
22-08-202128-08-2021EUR €8,100Suite Solo
29-08-202104-09-2021EUR €6,890Suite
29-08-202104-09-2021EUR €9,390Suite Solo
05-09-202111-09-2021EUR €6,890Suite
05-09-202111-09-2021EUR €9,390Suite Solo
12-09-202118-09-2021EUR €6,890Suite
12-09-202118-09-2021EUR €9,390Suite Solo
19-09-202125-09-2021EUR €6,890Suite
19-09-202125-09-2021EUR €9,390Suite Solo
26-09-202102-10-2021EUR €6,890Suite
26-09-202102-10-2021EUR €9,390Suite Solo
03-10-202109-10-2021EUR €5,950Suite
03-10-202109-10-2021EUR €8,100Suite Solo
10-10-202116-10-2021EUR €5,950Suite
10-10-202116-10-2021EUR €8,100Suite Solo
17-10-202123-10-2021EUR €5,950Suite
17-10-202123-10-2021EUR €8,100Suite Solo
24-10-202130-10-2021EUR €5,950Suite
24-10-202130-10-2021EUR €8,100Suite Solo


    • Tour of the historic city of Dijon, including the magnificent Notre-Dame
    • Visit to the 14th century Château de Germolles
    • Tour and private wine tasting at Château de Chamirey in Mercurey
    • Visit to Beaune, including Hôtel-Dieu Hospice
    • Tour of ancient Autun and its 12th century cathedral
    • Gastronomic lunch ashore at a Michelin starred restaurant
    • Excellent opportunities for walking and cycling
    • “Biking Plus” option available