'GRAND VICTORIA'

Sample Itineraries
Fleury to Vandenesse-en-Auxois (or reverse)

Cruise route map
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The Grand Victoria Barge - Patriarche 1950s Ad
Patriarche 1950s Ad

Sunday
Fleurey-sur-Ouche - A Champagne Welcome
Our private driver meets our guests in Paris, Geneva or Dijon 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 Grand Victoria, typically moored in Fleury-sur-Ouche. Upon arrival you will be greeted by our cheerful crew and experience our Grand Victoria 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 the Grand Victoria.

Monday
Fleurey-sur-Ouche - Gissey-sur-Ouche - Wine Tasting at Patriarche
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
The Grand Victoria Barge - Traditional Architecture in Dijon
Traditional Architecture in Dijon
scenic Valleé de l’Ouche. After lunch, guests will tour the labyrinthine cellars of Patriarche, featuring hundreds of wines in vaults dating to the thirteenth century. The tasting will include eight wines, explained by a sommelier, and a bottle of wine. We return to the barge to enjoy sundowners on the deck or in the bar before dinner aboard. After dinner, enjoy a magnificent tour of Dijon by night before retiring for the evening.

The Grand Victoria Barge - Wine-tasting in the Patriarche Caves
Wine-tasting in the Patriarche Caves
Tuesday
Gissey-sur-Ouche - la Bussière - Market Day with Lunch in Dijon
It’s market day in Dijon. Enjoy breakfast aboard, before embarking on a walking tour along the cobblestoned streets of Dijon with a stop at the vibrant fresh market and famous mustard shop. Afterwards we’ll take a break and relax at one of Dijon’s many charming cafes for a café 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 to the Grand Victoria in time for a happy hour cruise or bike ride before we dock for the evening with dinner aboard.

The Grand Victoria Barge - Dijon’s Colourful Market
Dijon’s Colourful Market
Wednesday
La Bussière - Pont d’Ouche - Hot Air Balloon, Chateau de Meursault and Vinyl Night
An early start to the morning with coffee, juice, and croissants before embarking on a hot air balloon ride to see the beauty of Burgundy from above. We’ll return to the Grand Victoria for a scenic brunch cruise. In the afternoon, after a light lunch, we’ll visit the Château de Meursault to enjoy their private art galleries and cavernous cellars, complete with a private wine tasting. We return in time for our signature Grand Victoria sundowners aboard. 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.

The Grand Victoria Barge - Hotel de Dieu (Hospice de Beaune)
Hotel de Dieu (Hospice de Beaune)
Thursday
Pont d’Ouche - Crugey - 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 Hôtel-Dieu, a well maintained medieval hospital that received patients until the late-20th century. A lunch will be enjoyed in this picturesque town. There will be plenty of time to meander the shopping district and enjoy the enchanting café in the town square, before attending a private wine tasting. Guests will return to Grand Victoria for an late afternoon cruise. Relax with sundowners and dinner aboard.

The Grand Victoria Barge - Château at Châteauneuf-en-Auxois
Château at Châteauneuf-en-Auxois
Friday
Crugey - Vandenesse - Chateauneuf, and Abbaye de la Bussière
Delight in a relaxing cruise past the spectacular Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, overlooking the Burgundy Canal. After a lunch, we’ll embark on a tour of the chateau to enjoy the magnificent views of the countryside and a stroll around this quaint village. We then visit the beautifully restored authentic 12th century Cistercian abbey, the Abbaye de la Bussiere. The abbey is nestled in an immense landscaped park filled with gardens and is home to a fine hotel. We return to the Grand Victoria for our traditional happy hour and our final gourmet dinner on board your floating home on the French canals.

The Grand Victoria Barge - Abbaye de la Bussière
Abbaye de la Bussière
Saturday
Transfer to Paris or Dijon
After a leisurely breakfast, depart at 09:00 for transfer by minivan to your Paris or Geneva hotel, arriving there between noon and 13:00. (For sailings composed of individual cabin bookings, pick up and return will be in Paris only.) Alternatively, your party may elect to be transferred to Dijon; estimated arrival there is 10:00. Please make all onward travel plans on the basis of these timings. We hope to see you again on the Grand Victoria!

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



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Dijon to Chagny (or reverse)

Cruise route map
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The Grand Victoria Barge - Premier Cru Vineyards of the Côte d’Or
Premier Cru Vineyards of the Côte d’Or
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 Côte 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 Valleé de l’Ouche. After lunch, guests will tour Gevrey-Chambertin, a quaint village in the heart of the Côte d’Or, where the guest will experience a tasting one of Burgundy’s foremost wine labels. We return to the barge to enjoy sundowners
The Grand Victoria Barge - Traditional Dijon Architecture
Traditional Dijon Architecture
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.

The Grand Victoria Barge - Cheese Stall in Dijon Market
Cheese Stall in Dijon Market
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 café 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.

The Grand Victoria Barge - Organic Fruit and Vegetables in Dijon Market
Organic Fruit and Vegetables in Dijon Market
Wednesday
St. Jean de Losne - Verdun, Wine & Vinyl Night
A relaxing start to the morning with breakfast before embarking our morning cruise through Burgundy. After lunch, we’ll visit the Château 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.

The Grand Victoria Barge - Fresh mushrooms in Dijon Market
Fresh mushrooms in Dijon Market
Thursday
Verdun - Chalon-su-Saône - 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 Hôtel-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 café in the town square, before attending a private wine tasting. Guests will return to Hemingway for sundowners and dinner aboard.

The Grand Victoria Barge - Hotel de Dieu (Hospice de Beaune)
Hotel de Dieu (Hospice de Beaune)
Friday
Chalon-sur-Saône - Chagny - La Rochepot
Delight in a relaxing cruise into La Rochepot and marvel at the beautiful Château 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.

The Grand Victoria Barge - Château de Rochepot
Château de Rochepot
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.

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

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FRANCE