Hotel Barge in France and Europe

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Sleeps
8
Cabins
4
Crew
5
From $6,290 per person
Barge Finesse
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Special Offer

20% off Charters - for March 31; April 7, 14, 21 & 28; May 5

10% off Cabin Bookings - for May 19 & 26

  • Offers apply to bookings made by February 18, 2019
  • New bookings only
Print Boat Info

Finesse is complete luxury afloat. She offers spacious accommodations for up to 8 passengers in four twin or king-bedded suites (approx. 265sq ft including en suite), each air-conditioned and with beautifully appointed shower-rooms. She will also has a large salon with panoramic windows and a demonstration galley where guests can watch their chef preparing delicious gourmet meals. She has a modern and well-designed interior, offering plenty of natural light. Outside guests can relax on the large sun deck with its alfresco dining area, comfortable seating and spa pool. With her fantastic crew of five to look after you, Finesse will be the perfect vessel on which to meander through the vineyards and undulating countryside of Southern Burgundy.

Boat Details

Boat Size: 128 x 17.5 ft
Number of Cabins: 4
Crew: 5
Year Updated: 2016
Cruise Length: 6 nights
Departure Day: Saturday

Cabin Information

Suite 1
  • Twin or King
  • 226 sq ft
Suite 2
  • Twin or King
  • 226 sq ft
Suite 3
  • Twin or King
  • 226 sq ft
Suite 4
  • Twin or King
  • 226 sq ft
Note: All cabin sizes are approximate.

Boat Amenities

A/C
Bicycles
Sun Shade
Heater
Jacuzzi
Books & Games
Open Bar
Transfers
WIFI
iPod docking station
Music System
Demonstration Kitchen

Cabin Amenities

A/C
Hairdryers
Safe
WIFI
Bathrobes
Heated Towel Racks
Double Sinks

Pickup Locations

4:15 PM, Hotel le Roosevelt in Lyon

4:00 PM, Lyon Rail Station

Note: Pickup locations may be TBD on charter bookings.

Dropoff Location

11:00 AM, Lyon Central Location

Note: dropoff locations may be TBD on charter bookings.
Montchanin to St Jean de Losne 
Sunday
Welcome Aboard! 
Guests are met at the designated meeting point in Lyon and transferred by air-conditioned minibus to Finesse moored in Montchanin for a Champagne Welcome and the opportunity to meet the crew. Then perhaps stroll into this little town, the home of the factory which, for over a 100 years until the 1960s, produced the iconic, diamond-shaped Burgundy tiles. Numerous houses here are decorated with them, giving the place a charming character of its own. Dinner on board.
 
Monday
Montchanin to St-Julien-sur-Dheune
This morning, we visit the riverside town of Paray-le-Monial and its basilica, a gem of Romanesque Art, stopping at Charolles on our way back to visit L’Institut Charolais to learn more about this world famous cattle breed and its wonderful meat. After lunch back on board, we begin our voyage along the Canal du Centre, negotiating the flight of seven locks before arriving at the little village of St-Julien-sur-Dheune. Then we take a stroll to visit the fascinating Canal and Barge Museum at nearby Écuisses. Dinner on board.
 
Tuesday
St-Julien-sur-Dheune to St-Léger-sur-Dheune
After breakfast, we head to Autun, a town of ancient origins with Roman gates and a 17,000 seat amphitheatre. The 12th century cathedral is also renowned for its architecture and its position on the pilgrims’ route from Vezelay to Santiago de Compestela in Spain. After lunch back on board, we continue our cruise along the Canal du Centre through undulating countryside, with plenty of opportunities to walk or cycle on the towpath along the way, to moor at the little village of St-Léger-sur-Dheune. Dinner on board.
 
Wednesday
St-Léger-sur-Dheune to Rully
This morning, we enjoy a leisurely cruise further along the canal, passing the famous wine-producing village of Santenay and the little town of Chagny, to moor near the village of Rully. 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.
 
Thursday
Rully to Fragnes
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, for a winery tour and private tasting of Bouchard et Père Fils wines, before enjoying a gastronomic lunch in the delightful orangery of Château de Beaune, owned by the winery since 1820. Afterwards, we visit the fascinating 15th century Hôtel-Dieu Hospice and explore the quaint shops of the town, before returning to the barge for a short late afternoon cruise to our rural mooring at Fragnes. Dinner on board. 
 
Friday
Fragnes to St-Jean-de-Losne
This morning, we take a walking tour of old Dijon, including a visit to the vivid flower and produce markets, mustard shops and the impressive Notre-Dame de Dijon, or enjoy some excellent shopping time. After lunch back on board, we embark on our final cruise, joining the River Saône at Chalon-sur-Saône and then passing delightful little ports such as Verdun-sur-le-Doubs and Seurre en route, to arrive at St-Jean-de-Losne. Time perhaps to wander along the quaysides to see the wide variety of watercraft plying their trade or undergoing refurbishment, before the Farewell Dinner on board. 
 
Saturday
Breakfast and Farewell
After breakfast disembark the barge and transfer to the designated drop off point in Lyon.
St Jean de Losne to Montchanin
Sunday
Welcome Aboard! 
Guests are met at the designated meeting point and transferred by air-conditioned minibus to Finesse moored in St-Jean-de-Losne for a Champagne Welcome and the opportunity to meet the crew. Then there is time to wander along the quaysides to see the wide variety of watercraft plying their trade or undergoing refurbishment, before dinner on board.
 
Monday
St-Jean-de-Losne to Fragnes
We begin our voyage this morning through Southern Burgundy along the peaceful River Saône, passing delightful little river ports such as Seurre and Verdun-sur-le-Doubs, before joining the Canal du Centre at Chalon-sur-Saone to arrive at our mooring in Fragnes. 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.
 
Tuesday
Fragnes 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, for a winery tour and private tasting of Bouchard et Père Fils wines, before enjoying a gastronomic lunch in the delightful orangery of Château de Beaune, owned by the winery since 1820. Afterwards, we visit the fascinating 15th century Hôtel-Dieu Hospice and explore the quaint shops of the town, before returning to the barge for a short evening cruise to our mooring near the village of Rully. Dinner on board.
 
Wednesday
Rully to St-Léger-sur-Dheune
This morning, we take a walking tour of old Dijon, including a visit to the vivid flower and produce markets, mustard shops and the impressive Notre-Dame de Dijon, or enjoy some excellent shopping time. We return to the hotel barge for lunch and then a leisurely afternoon cruise, passing the little town of Chagny and the famous wine-producing village of Santenay. There are perfect opportunities to walk or cycle along the towpath en route, before we moor at the pretty little port of St-Léger-sur-Dheune. Dinner on board.
 
Thursday
St-Léger-sur-Dheune to St-Julien-sur-Dheune
After breakfast, we head to Autun, a town of ancient origins with Roman gates and a 17,000 seat amphitheatre. The 12th century cathedral is also renowned for its architecture and its position on the pilgrims’ route from Vezelay to Santiago de Compestela in Spain. After lunch back on board, we continue our cruise along the Canal du Centre through undulating countryside to moor at the little village of St-Julien-sur-Dheune. Dinner on board.  
 
Friday
St-Julien-sur-Dheune to Montchanin
This morning, we take a stroll to visit the fascinating Canal and Barge Museum at nearby Écuisses, before continuing our cruise up the flight of seven locks to our final mooring to Montchanin. This little town was the home of the factory which, for over a 100 years until the 1960s, produced the iconic, diamond-shaped Burgundy tiles and numerous houses here are decorated with them, giving the place a charming character of its own. After lunch, we visit the riverside town of Paray-le-Monial and its basilica, a gem of Romanesque Art, stopping at Charolles on our way back to visit L’Institut Charolais to learn more about this world famous cattle breed and its wonderful meat. Farewell Dinner on boar
 
Saturday
Breakfast and Farewell
After breakfast disembark the barge and transfer to the designated drop off point in Lyon.

Sample Menu

Regional Specialities

Tournedos of Charolais beef served with glazed carrots & asparagus

Shallot tarte tatin & red wine sauce

Duo of pan-roasted and confit quail on wild mushroom and sautéed watercress with a cassis syrup

Montgolfier of Escargots with a garlic crème

Oeufs en Meurette served on toasted pain d'épices

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Wine Cellar

Meursault

Pouilly-Fuissé

Nuits-St-Georges

Santenay

Chenas

Chablis

Gevrey-Chambertin

Sancerre

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Cheese Board

Chaource

Brillat-Savarin

Reblochon

Abondance

 

2019 RATES
ACCOMMODATION VALUE REGULAR
Suite Per Person $6,750 $7,850
Single Supplement $2,450 $2,850
Charter 6 Passenger $47,500 $54,000
Charter 7 Passenger $49,000 $56,200
Charter 8 Passenger $50,500 $58,400

Cruise cost includes

Six night accommodatoins, transfers to and from Lyon to the barge, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch and dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of bicycles

Cruise cost does not include

Airfare to and from your destination, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

 

2019 CRUISING SCHEDULE
DEPARTURE DATE ROUTE RATE SEASON
March 24, 31 Between St Jean de Losne to St. Julien sur Dheune Value
April 7, 14, 21 Between St Jean de Losne to St. Julien sur Dheune Value
April 28 Between St Jean de Losne to St. Julien sur Dheune Regular 
May 5, 12, 19, 26 Between St Jean de Losne to St. Julien sur Dheune Regular 
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Between St Jean de Losne to St. Julien sur Dheune Regular 
July 7, 14 Between St Jean de Losne to St. Julien sur Dheune Value
July 21, 28 Between St Jean de Losne to St. Julien sur Dheune Value
Aug 4, 11, 18 Between St Jean de Losne to St. Julien sur Dheune Value
Aug 25 Between St Jean de Losne to St. Julien sur Dheune Regular 
Sept 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Between St Jean de Losne to St. Julien sur Dheune Regular
Oct 6, 13, 20 Between St Jean de Losne to St. Julien sur Dheune Value