Hotel Barge: Grand Victoria

Rejuvenating luxury cruise for all ages in Burgundy

Grand Victoria (formerly Hemingway) has been superbly refurbished to carry six guests on a luxuriously relaxing cruise through the Burgundy region. She offers a choice of itineraries, exploring the impossibly beautiful landscapes of the Ouche valley and the rich centres of commerce, oenology and culture in the Cote d’Or.

Grand Victoria combines classic textures and luxurious furnishings with modern standards of cruising comfort. Her style is relaxed whilst providing guests with fascinating excursions and fun outings for all age groups.

“It is good to have an end to journey toward . .
. . but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
– Ernest Hemingway

At a Glance

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Hotel Barge Grand Victoria :: Key Features

    • Excellence class (4*)
    • Canal de Bourgogne, Burgundy
    • Charter and some cabin booking weeks, 6 nights, 7 days, April to October
    • 6 guests / 3 double or twin cabins with ensuite bathrooms
    • Individually controlled air conditioning and heating
    • Full board, on-board dining
    • Two spacious sun decks with shaded dining area, loungers and spa tub
    • 6 mountain bicycles
    • Wifi (limited in some places)
    • Air-conditioned minibus for transfers and excursions – collect from Geneva or Lyon as well as Dijon

Hotel Barge Grand Victoria : Cruise Highlights

Dijon to Chagny cruise

  • Tour of Gevrey-Chambertin, a quaint village in the heart of the Côte d’Or, for wine tasting
  • Hot air balloon ride (optional)
  • Château de Meursault tour of vineyard and wine-tasting
  • Visit to the charming town of Beaune, the wine capital of the Cote d’Or
  • Ancient market place in Nolay

Fleury to Vandenesse cruise

  • Cruise the scenic river Ouche valley
  • Tour of the labyrinthine cellars of Patriarche plus wine-tasting
  • Tour of Dijon’s major landmarks and lunch in a local restaurant
  • Visit to spectacular Chateauneuf-en-Auxois and beautifully restored 12th century Cistercian abbey

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Hotel Barge Grand Victoria is owned and operated in person by Edward Anderson and Cindy Unvericht – as captain and hostess. Both bring a fresh approach to hotel barging, specialising in highly bespoke itineraries with an emphasis on spontaneity and unusual excursions.

What’s included:
Transfers to and from the pick up point in Paris, all meals and drinks on board, excursion guide, fees and transport
Not included:
Air fares to and within France; travel, medical and cancellation insurance; crew gratuities (5 – 10% suggested)

Hotel Barge Grand Victoria : Two cruises

hotel barge burgundy hemingwayItinerary 1: Fleury-sur-Ouche to Vandenesse Canal de Bourgogne, Southern Burgundy

Day 1 Sunday – Arrival
Meet in Geneva, Lyon or Paris at 14:00 or Dijon at 16:00 for transfer to Grand Victoria by private executive minibus. Champagne welcome, meet the crew and settle in before dinner on board.

Day 2 Monday – Fleury-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche
Cruise to St. Marie along the scenic Ouche Valley. After lunch, an excursion to the 13 century cellars of Patriarche for a tasting of eight wines. Return to Grand Victoria for sundowners before dinner onboard. Then a magnificent tour of Dijon by night before retiring.

Day 3 Tuesday – Gissey-sur-Ouche to La Bussière
A walking tour of market day in Dijon, its market, street cafe culture and the Ducal Palace, Eglise Notre Dame and the Cathedral of Saint Benign. Lunch in a local restaurant in Dijon and then free time before returning to Grand Victoria for a happy hour cruise or bike ride before mooring for the evening. Dinner aboard.

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Day 4 Wednesday – La Bussière to Pont d’Ouche
A scenic brunch cruise. In the afternoon, after a light meal, a visit to Château de Meursault to their private art galleries, cavernous cellars, complete and a private wine tasting. Return to the barge for signature Grand Victoria sundowners and a chance to kick off your shoes and flick through a diverse selection of vinyl records from then and now. Turn up the volume of your favourite 45’s while the chef adds the final touches to dinner.

Day 5 Thursday – Pont d’Ouche to Crugey
Excursion to the charming town of Beaune, the wine capital of the Cote d’Or. Tour the famous Hôtel-Dieu, a well maintained medieval hospital, and lunch in town. Then plenty of time to wander the shopping district and enjoy the street café life in the town square before a private wine tasting. Return to Hemingway for a late afternoon cruise. Relax with sundowners and dinner aboard.

Burgundy chateau VandenesseDay 6 Friday – Crugey to Vandenesse
A relaxing cruise past the spectacular Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, overlooking the Burgundy Canal. After lunch, a tour of the chateau, the magnificent views and the village itself. Then, a visit to the 12th century Cistercian abbey, Abbaye de la Bussiere, now a fine hotel. Return to the Grand Victoria for the Captain’s dinner aboard.

Day 7 Saturday – Departure
Depart after breakfast at around 09:00 for transfer by minivan to Dijon or Paris, arriving at midday.

On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.


Itinerary 2  Dijon to Chagny, Canal de Bourgogne and Canal du Centre, Southern Burgundy

hotel barge burgundy hemingwayDay 1 Sunday – Arrival
Meet in Geneva, Lyon or Paris at 14:00 or Dijon at 16:00 for transfer to Grand Victoria by private executive minibus. Champagne welcome, meet the crew and settle in before dinner on board.

Day 2 Monday – Dijon to Longecourt
Cruise to St. Marie with time to relax on deck or walk and cycle beside Grand Victoria on the towpath as she glides slowly along. After lunch on board, a guided tour to Gevrey-Chambertin in the heart of the Côte d’Or for a wine-tasting. Return to the barge for aperitifs and dinner onboard. Then, a tour of Dijon by night before retiring for the evening.

Day 3 Tuesday – Longecourt – St. Jean de Losne
A walking tour of lively Dijon on market day, with refreshment at a street cafe before a guided tour of Dijon’s major landmarks: the Ducal Palace, Eglise Notre-Dame and the Cathedral of Saint Benign. Lunch in a local restaurant and then free time to roam and shop for the afternoon. Return to the barge for a cruise or bike-ride and then moor for the night. Dinner on board.

Burgundy Wine Barrels

Day 4 Wednesday – St. Jean de Losne to Verdun
A hot air balloon ride to see the beauty of Burgundy from above and then brunch on board. Then an excursion to Château de Meursault, for a tour and a wine-tasting. Return to the barge for sundowners and a chance to kick off your shoes and flick through a classic selection of vinyl records from then and now. Turn up the volume of your favourite 45’s for us all to enjoy, while the chef adds the final touches to dinner.

Day 5 Thursday – Verdun to Chalon-su-Saône
Excursion to Beaune, the wine capital of the Cote d’Or. Start with a tour of the famous Hôtel-Dieu, a medieval charity hospital that received patients until the late-20th century. Lunch in l local restaurant with time to wander the shops and town square before a private wine-tasting. Return to Grand Victoria for aperitifs and dinner on board.

Day 6 Friday – Chalon-sur-Saône to Chagny
Cruise to La Rochepot and its beautiful Château with views over the canal. After a light lunch a tour of the château and a stroll around grounds before returning to Grand Victoria for the Captain’s farewell dinner

Day 7 Saturday – Transfer to Paris or Dijon
Depart at around 09:00 after breakfast for chauffeured transfer by minivan to Dijon or Paris, arriving at about midday.

Please note: On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

Hotel Barge Grand Victoria cruises through Southern Burgundy


Barge Cruising – The Ouche Valley and Dijon

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Canal de Bourgogne (South-East)

The construction of the Canal de Bourgogne in eastern central France was completed in 1832 and follows the course of first the River Armancon and then the River Ouche. Located close to its summit, the pretty rural village of Vandenesse-en-Auxois marks the start of the southern reaches of one of France’s loveliest waterways, gliding through perhaps the most highly-regarded winemaking region in the country. The celebrated Burgundy Route des Vins offers arguably the best of French reds from the Cotes de Nuits to the Cote de Beaune and all stops in between.

The fairytale Chateau de Longecourt has a romantic moat and dreaming spires to enchant the eye, but it is the Ducal Palace in Dijon that provides the historical and architectural highlights of the area. Once the official residence of the Dukes of Burgundy, it now houses the Musee des Beaux Arts, one of the largest museums in France, which features masterpieces by the likes of Titian, Veronese, Brueghel, Rubens, the list goes on…In the 17th century Dijon was granted exclusive rights to produce mustard, a skill that locals have honed down the years and nowadays the famous Dijon mustard adds a piquant note to the cuisine for which the Burgundy region is so well known.
Look out for the distinctive glazed tiles that colour the roofscapes of so many of the region’s towns and villages: from the 12th century onwards these richly coloured tiles, arranged in intricate patterns, were intended to confer status on the owners of the houses that they graced.

Getting There
Hotel barges often collect and return guests to a pre-agreed Paris or Dijon hotel. The primary French international airport is at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and there is a European-flight airport at Dole. There are also TGV express train stations at Montbard, Dijon, near Dole and Le Cruesot (near Montchanin); and many other towns in the region have railway connections.

– [below] In the region: Vandenesse-en-Auxois, Canal de Bourgogne, Longecourt, Burgundy Route des Vins, Dijon –

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Longecourt ©CamSky | Barrels ©wineterroirs.com | Tasting ©bringingburgundytoyou.com | Others ©FW, wikimedia, n/a


Barge Cruising – The Saone and South Burgundy

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River Saone – Canal du Centre – Doubs/Canal Rhone-Rhine

The Saone is one of the most attractive rivers in France: wide, sleepy and unhurried, it wends its way from the mountains of the Vosges to the Rhone, linking up with the Burgundy Canal, the River Doubs and the Rhone au Rhine Canal and passing through delightful countryside replete with wildlife – herons, kites and the pale Charolais cattle that come down to the waterside to drink. Macon offers an ideal base for discovering the Beaujolais – a rolling crest of hills famous for the production of light red wine, or if you prefer fuller Burgundy reds then a rendezvous at Clos Vougeot will provide ample opportunity for tasting. Beaune is another major centre for viticulture and the town’s ancient hospital with its dazzling glazed tiled roof is an unmissable attraction.

Formerly an outpost on the border between the historic kingdoms of France and Burgundy, Verdun sur le Doubs is now better known for the delicious stew made from locally caught river fish – Pochouse. Also on the River Doubs, Dole retains much of its medieval character and Besancon, with its spectacular citadel designed by the French military architect Vaubun, is worth the journey further upstream.

Fans of photography will be keen to visit Chalon-sur-Saone, the home of Nicéphore Niepce and thus regarded as the birthplace of this popular art form: the colourful Sunday market offers perfect opportunities for taking vivid holiday snaps.

Getting There
Hotel barges often collect and return guests to a pre-agreed Paris or Dijon hotel. The primary French international airport is at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and there are European-flight airports at Dole and Lyon. There are also TGV express train stations at Dijon, near Dole, Macon, Le Cruesot (near Montchanin) and Lyon; and many other towns in the region have railway connections.

– [below] In the region: Besancon, Dole, Verdun sur le Doubs, Chalon-sur-Saone, Macon, Clos Vougeot, Beaune, Germolles –

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Besancon ©M Akpovi | Dole ©sosni | Verdun ©B Bonin | Chalon ©M Chanaud | Clos ©markjone | Beaune ©Michael Evans | Others ©FW, wikimedia, n/a

Hotel Barge Grand Victoria : Details and facilities

Hotel Barge Hemingway Deck Plan

  • Dimensions: 128ft (39m) x 16ft 6″ (5.03m)
  • Cabins: 3 x 162 sq ft (15m2) with king-size double or twin beds
  • Ultra-luxe quality beds, bedding and furnishings
  • All cabins have ensuite bathrooms, included in the suite sizes above, with double basins, ample storage and oversized showers with massage, rain and hand shower options, toiletries
  • All cabins have individually controlled heating and air conditioning hair dryers
    Satellite 40″ TV and Apple TV movie streaming in cabins
    110v and 220v electrical fittings
  • Professional English-speaking crew of 7 – Captain, matelot, tour director, chef, housekeeper and two hostesses

Other items on board Grand Victoria

  • A small library of books, maps, board games
  • Collection of classic vinyl records
  • Demonstration kitchen
  • 6 mountain bikes
  • Wifi (limited in some areas)
  • Air-conditioned executive minibus for transfers and excursions

Hotel Barge Grand Victoria : Cuisine

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Early-Riser Coffee 06:00
Start your day right with self-service freshly brewed coffee, selection of teas, lattes, juices, croissants, and assorted finger foods.

Breakfast Buffet, 07:00 – 08:30
Enjoy a tempting selection of breads, cereals, fruits, cold cuts and cheeses, smoked salmon, pastries, yogurts, and juices. Hot items such as eggs, sausage, and bacon vary daily.*

Late-Riser Breakfast, 08:30 – 09:30
Self-service coffee, tea, juices, croissants, and assorted finger foods.

Lunch, 12:30
Select from intriguing appetisers, hearty soups, hot dishes, homemade breads, cold cuts and cheeses, salads, and delectable desserts.

Cocktail Hour, 18:30
Enjoy some of our Grand Victoria signature cocktails, or drinks from our open bar.

Dinner, 19:30
Dine elegantly with a sit-down meal served in a single sitting. The chef will delight you with gourmet selections and the perfect, complimentary wines (open bar for other drinks). Menus typically feature an appetiser, soup, entrée, dessert, and coffee or tea.

Sample Menu

Canapes
Dates wrapped in Bacon
Sereno Ham and Melon Balls
***
Open Bar & Domain Laroche Stellenboch Savignon Blanc

Goat Cheese on Toasted Tomato and Olive Baguettes Mixed-Leaf Salad
***
Pouilly Fume Les Vielles Terres
Pan Fried Filets of Sea Bass
with Wine, Tarragon, Basil and Butter Sauce Sweet Potato Strips Snow Peas
***
Mersault / Lande de Pomerol
Cheese Board
***
Lande de Pomerol
Creme Brulee
Sauterne or Barsac

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Hotel Barge Grand Victoria – 2017 Rates   ➤ 2018 Rates

Charter bookings only
Sunday to Saturday

Regular rate weeks:

April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
May 7, 14, 21, 28
June 4, 11, 18, 25
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
August 6, 13, 20, 27
September 3, 10, 17, 24
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

4 guest charter: 34,500 USD
5 guest charter: 35,750 USD
6 guest charter: 38,900 USD


Hotel Barge Grand Victoria – 2018 Rates

Not yet published


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