Grand Victoria (formally Absolute2)
Southern Burgundy Cruise
Dijon to Chagny
Sunday: Paris/Geneva to Dijon - A Champagne Welcome
Our private driver meets our guests in Paris or Geneva at the airport or hotel of your choice at 2:00 pm or Dijon at 4:00 pm. You will then be chauffeured by minivan to the mooring, typically moored in Dijon harbor. Upon arrival you will be greeted by our cheerful crew and experience our welcome. While we get you checked in and the crew take your luggage to your stateroom, you'll have the chance to sit and relax with our signature champagne welcome. Afterwards there will be plenty of time to unpack and unwind before your first of many incredible dinners on board.
Monday: Dijon - Longecourt - Wine Tasting in the Cote d'Or
Enjoy a relaxing start to the day as we begin the morning cruise to St. Marie. Guests will have time to relax on deck or enjoy a leisurely bike ride on the bike path as the barge continues the journey into the scenic Valle' de l'Ouche. After lunch, guests will tour Gevrey-Chambertin, a quaint village in the heart of the Cote d'Or, where the guest will experience a tasting one of Burgundy's foremost wine labels. We return to the barge to enjoy sundowners on the deck or in the bar before dinner onboard. After dinner, enjoy a magnificent tour of Dijon by night before retiring for the evening.
Tuesday: Longecourt - St. Jean de Losne - Market Day with Lunch in Dijon
It's market day in Dijon. Enjoy a light breakfast of freshly squeezed orange juice, coffee, croissants, and eggs, before embarking on a walking tour along the cobblestoned streets of Dijon with a stop at the vibrant fresh market. Afterwards we'll take a break and relax, enjoy a break at one of Dijon's many charming cafes for a cafe latte or tea, before starting our guided tour of Dijon's major landmarks. This includes the Ducal Palace, Eglise Notre-Dame and the Cathedral of Saint Benign. Lunch will be enjoyed at a local restaurant in Dijon, after which guests will be free to enjoy Dijon's abundance of shoppes. Around 3pm we will return in time for a happy hour cruise or bike ride before we dock for the evening with dinner onboard.
Wednesday: St. Jean de Losne - Verdun, Wine, and Vinyl Night
A relaxing start to the morning with breakfast before embarking our morning cruise through Burgundy. After lunch, we'll visit the Chateau de Meursault, partake in a tour of their vineyards and enjoy a tasting of their wines. We return to the barge in time for a signature sundowner. Freshen up and get ready for our vinyl evening. Kick off your shoes and flick through a diverse selection of vinyl records from then and now. Turn up the volume of your favorite 45's for us all to enjoy, while the chef adds the final touches to dinner.
Thursday: Verdun - Chalon-su-Saone - Hotel Dieu, with Lunch in Beaune
Enjoy an early breakfast before embarking on a visit to the charming town of Beaune, the wine capital of the Cote d'Or. We start with a tour of the famous Hotel-Dieu, a well maintained medieval hospital that received patients until the late-20th century. A lunch will be enjoyed in town. There will be plenty of time to meander the shopping district and enjoy the enchanting caf'e in the town square, before attending a private wine tasting. Guests will return to Hemingway for sundowners and dinner aboard.
Friday: Chalon-sur-Saone - Chagny - La Rochepot
Delight in a relaxing cruise into La Rochepot and marvel at the beautiful Chateau la Rochepot settled high over the canal. After a light afternoon snack of finger sandwiches, we'll embark on a tour of the chateau and enjoy the magnificent views of the countryside and a stroll around grounds before returning for sundowners aboard.
Saturday: Transfer to Paris, Geneva or Dijon - Champagne Breakfast, Departure
After a leisurely enjoyable breakfast, depart around 9:00 am for transfer by minivan to Dijon or to your Paris or Geneva destination, arriving there about midday.
On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
|Accommodations||Rate Type||Rate Amount|
|Stateroom per person||Regular||6500|
|Charter 6 passengers wholeboat||Regular||38900|
|Charter 4 passengers wholeboat||Regular||34500|
|Charter 5 passengers wholeboat||Regular||35750|
|Departure Dates (Sunday)||Rate Type||Route|
|Apr 29 May 20 , 27 Jun 17, 24 Jul 1, 8, 22, 29 Aug 5, 12, 19, 26 Sep 2, 9, 16, 23 Oct 7, 14, 21||Regular||Burgundy|
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