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Luxury barge cruise vacations on the French hotel barge GRAND CRU cruising the Canal du Rhone au Rhin and the Canal du Centre in Southern Burgundy France
French Hotel Barge Grand Cru

French Hotel Barge GRAND CRU
Cruising along the Canal du Rhone au Rhin and the Canal du Centre
between Dole and St. Leger-sur-Dhune in Southern Burgundy France

STANDARD CLASSIC ITINERARY : Between St Léger-Sur-Dhune and Dole

SUNDAY, Day 1: Private Chauffeured Transfer to the Barge
Travel: Arrival at St. Leger-sur-Dheune --- Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Grand Cru at one location of the group's choice in Paris, Dijon or Geneva. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored in the petite village of St. Leger-sur-Dheune.  A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first gourmet dinner aboard. Perhaps enjoy a glass of Grand Cru wine after dinner while lounging under the stars in the hot tub.

MONDAY, Day 2: Michelin 3-star Lunch and a Chateau Visit
Travel: St. Leger-sur-Dheune to Chagny --- Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore

Today's adventures begin with a morning cruise towards Chagny, the home of Michelin 3-star rated Maison Lameloise.  A highlight of the Grand Cru's gastronomy, luncheon is enjoyed ashore in this luxurious venue, which was recently voted by discerning diners as one of the best restaurants in the world.   Then, your Tour Guide presents Chateau de la Rochepot, a romantically restored Gothic-style chateau and fortress. Back onboard, sip craft cocktails and socialize on deck before Chef presents tonight's dinner.

TUESDAY, Day 3: Winetasting and Relaxing Deep in the Countryside
Travel: Chagny to Fragnes --- Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Begin the morning with a gentle cruise, admiring the rustic scenery gliding by.  Unwind on deck with a cup of coffee, or explore the towpath and passing villages via bicycle or foot.   Continue your day deep in Burgundy with a private cellar tour and wine tasting at Chateau de Chassagne Montrachet.  Appreciate wines from some of the most recognized appellations in Burgundy, synonymous with high-quality, complex vintages.  Back onboard, cocktails and canapes await, as another grand dinner culminates the day.

WEDNESDAY, Day 4: The Best of Burgundy and Beaune
Travel: Fragnes to Verdun sur le Doubs --- Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, your Tour Guide introduces the charming town of Beaune, the region's wine capital, for a guided visit to the Hospice de Beaune, a preserved Medieval hospital built in the 15th century, and still in use through the early 20th century.  Afterwards, browse the shops and galleries lining the pedestrian area, or enjoy a coffee in the town square. Return to the Grand Cru for another cruise through pastoral countryside.  Relax on the deck, or take a bicycle ride into the meandering vistas.  Cocktail hour precedes another gourmet dinner.

THURSDAY, Day 5: Chocolate Tasting Evokes Your Senses
Travel: Verdun sur le Doubs to St. Jean de Losne --- Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, your Tour Guide chauffeurs you to the historic riverside town of Chalon-sur-Saone, where the bustling Place Saint-Vincent is lined with boutiques, galleries, and cafes.  Awaken your senses during a visit to an artisanal chocolate shop, where you will watch chocolatiers master their craft.  Sample and savor the creative and premium chocolates before returning to the barge for a lazy afternoon cruise while the bucolic countryside reveals itself.  This is the perfect time to discover the flora and fauna of the towpath with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. Another gourmet dinner ends this delicious day!

FRIDAY, Day 6: From Idyllic Countryside to City Center
Travel: St. Jean de Losne to Dole --- Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner aboard

Begin with a gentle cruise, admiring the rustic scenery gliding by. Relax in the hot tub or explore the towpath on foot or by bicycle.   This afternoon, your Tour Guide invites you to discover Dole, perched on the River Doubs.  Explore the Vieux (old) Dole quarter, a time warp of cobblestoned streets and passageways, fountains, gardens, and ancient but still occupied houses.   A visit to the home of famed microbiologist Louis Pasteur brings history to life.  Back onboard, cocktails and canapes await before the Captain's Dinner finishes your cruise in style.

SATURDAY, Day 7: A Sad Farewell
Travel: Departure from Dole --- Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point at one location of the group’s choice on Paris, Dijon or Geneva.

Please note: This is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions. Cruise will run in reverse direction on opposite weeks.

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