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Luxury barge cruise vacations on the French hotel barge FINESSE cruising the River Saône and Canal du Centre in Southern Burgundy France
French Hotel Barge Finesse

French Hotel Barge FINESSE
Cruising the Southern Burgundy region of France
along River Saône and Canal du Centre


France and food go hand-in-hand which is why a particular emphasis is put on the combination of cruising with gourmet food. Previous guests have loved our state-of-the-art open galley – perfect for food lovers – allowing you to watch our chef at work both before and during the meal.

Food aboard Barge Finesse
Watch your chef do his magic in the demonstration style galley

For real enthusiasts, a trip to the market with your knowledgeable guide can be the highlight of your trip as it is the perfect opportunity to select some beautiful produce to bring back to the barge and then enjoy the cooking demonstration presented by your talented chef as yet another gastronomic creation takes shape.

Highly trained in professional culinary schools and top end restaurants, our onboard chefs are on hand to cater to any wishes. They particularly enjoy working in an open galley as this offers another level of interaction where they can share their passion for gourmet food.

Food aboard Barge Finesse


Amuse-bouche served with pre-dinner drinks

Shot glass of diced pickled baby carrots topped with carrot cream and coriander foam


Seared scallops and pulled ham hock
Served on a pea purée
Topped with braised peas and pea shoots
Suggested wine selection: Sancerre from Domaine Vacherine

Main Course

Duo of duck breast and confit duck leg faggot
Served on a dill pomme purée
Accompanied by confit fennel and fennel fronds
Poached and raw nectarines with a sauce Bigarde
Suggested wine selection: Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Château La Gardine

Selection of Cheeses

Beaufort - Valençay - Epoisses


Caramelized white chocolate on aerated chocolate sponge
Served on chocolate soil
With a trio of fresh raspberries, raspberry gel, and raspberry sorbet
Suggested dessert wine selection: Maury "Vintage" from Mas Amiel

After Dinner Chocolates, Coffee, and Liqueurs

Finesse chef and dining

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