Treat yourself with a 7-day trip on the Finesse while cruising around Southern Burgundy. Relax while on the upper deck and take in the stunning scenery. Experience the history of Dijon and the magnificence of Notre-Dame. Visit 14th-century Château de Germolles, the preserved residence of the Dukes of Burgundy. Enjoy wine tastings from Château de Chamirey in Mercurey. Tour a 12th-century cathedral, eat at a Michelin starred restaurant, and explore the very best of Burgundy!
Tour the historic city of Dijon, including the magnificent Notre-Dame
Visit the 14th-century Château de Germolles
Enjoy a tour and private wine tasting at Château de Chamirey in Mercurey
Delight yourself with Gastronomic lunch at a Michelin starred restaurant
Tour of ancient Autun and its 12th century cathedral
All guests will meet in the capital city of the historical Burgundy region in eastern France, Dijon and be transferred to Finesse by an air-conditioned minibus. The crew will be waiting to welcome you with chilled champagne. You will be given enough time to wander along the towpath and admire the classic Burgundy scenery before having your first dinner on board.
Finesse begins its voyage through Southern Burgundy passing Canal du Centre through heaving countryside to moor at St-Leger-sur-Dheune. There are plenty of villages to explore which is why you go down a series of locks to disembark so you can start your own excursion. Some of the points of interests in St-Leger-sur-Dheune are Domaine de la Monette, Bernard Regnaudot, Chofflet Valdenaire Denis, and Jean-Claude Regnaudot et Fils. After an appetizing lunch on board, you will 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.
Finesse will head to Autun, a commune in the Saône-et-Loire department in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in eastern France. This is also a town of ancient origins with Roman gates and a 17,000 seat amphitheater. Autun was established to be a market town for livestock farmers of the Morvan. You will visit the cathedral that was built in the 12th century that is renowned for its architecture and its position on the pilgrims’ route from Vezelay to Santiago de Compestela in Spain. By noon, you will return to the hotel barge to have your lunch before cruising to Remigny and passing along the famous wine-producing village of Santenay.
Breakfast will be served on board before the excursion starts with a drive through the Côte de Beaune vineyards to the town of Beaune, a walled town at the center of the Burgundy winemaking region in France. A former charitable almshouse that was founded in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin in Beaune, France will also be visited as part of the Buaune's tour. You can stop by the old-fashioned and unique shops of the town before heading to Michelin-starred restaurant Le Montrachet to have an amazing lunch. You will then return to the barge for another cruise that will pass through the charming little town of Chagny near the village of Rully.
The journey continues cruising along Canal du Centre at a relaxed pace to moore at the village of Fragnes, a former commune in the Saône-et-Loire department in the region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in eastern France. This is the perfect time for you to walk or cycle along the towpath. You will be escorted on a winery tour and tasting at the 17th century Château de Chamirey in Mercurey which has been owned by the Devillard Family for five generations.
Finesse will leave in the morning to join the peaceful River Saône which passes amazing little ports such as Verdun-sur-le-Doubs and Seurre that will end at first destination, St-Jean-de-Losne. Your lunch will be served on board then you will take a tour of old Dijon, famous for its mustard and its wine. The medieval city of Dijon has the reputation of being the best-kept secret in France. You may also wish to enjoy some excellent shopping time. Tonight, there will be a Captain's farewell dinner on board.
Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!