Top wines, cuisine and sheer luxury in Burgundy
Grand Victoria carries six fortunate 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, the rich centres of commerce, oenology and culture in the Cote d’Or and the contrasting river views of the peaceful Saône.
Grand Victoria combines classic textures and luxurious furnishings with modern standards of cruising comfort. Large cabins, an open galley, top-rated wines and lavish one-on-one attention from the crew distinguish this barge from many others in Burgundy.
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Hotel Barge Grand Victoria :: Key Features
- Grande Luxe class (5*)
- A choice of cruises in southern Burgundy and the Saône river
- Charter only, 6 nights, 7 days, April to October
- 6 guests / 3 double or twin cabins with en-suite 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 Paris, Geneva, Lyon or Dijon
Hotel Barge Grand Victoria : Cruise Highlights
Classic Cruise – Auxonne to Chagny
- Visit the historic Château Clos de Vougeot vineyard
- Discover Dijon on a fascinating walking tour
- Château de Rully tour with wine-tasting
- Visit to the charming town of Beaune, the wine capital of the Cote d’Or
- Hot air balloon ride (optional)
- Lunch at Maison Lameloise
- Cooking class with Lameloise pastry chef
- Visit the local market with chef and select the finest produce
- Masterchef class on board; create your own dishes
- Explore Lyon, the gourmet capital of France
- 6 exquisite dinners on board to write home about
Wine Lovers Cruise
- Explore the Côte de Beaune from Gevrey-Chambertin to Nuits St. George
- Discover the wines of this region and how they are made
- Learn about tasting, and pairing wines with different foods
- Masterclass in food preparation with on-board Chef
- Tastings of Grand Cru and Premier wines
- Visit the Châteaux Pommard, Vougeot and Meursault
- Learn how to build your own cellar
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.
Transfers to and from the pick up point in Paris, all meals and drinks on board, excursion guide, fees and transport
Air fares to and within France; travel, medical and cancellation insurance; crew gratuities (5 – 10% suggested)
Hotel Barge Grand Victoria
Classic Burgundy Cruise from Auxonne to Chagny on the river Saône and Canal du Centre
Sunday : Day 1 Arrival, Paris to Auxonne
Our private driver meets you in Paris or Geneva to drive your party to the Grand Victoria, moored in Auxonne, to enjoy your French river cruise. When the crew has taken your luggage to your staterooms and you’ve settled in, just relax with our signature champagne welcome before your first of many incredible dinners on board.
Monday: Day 2 Chateau du Clos de Vougeot
Travel: Auxonne to St. Jean de Losne
We start our week with breakfast aboard, followed by your first burgundy river cruise down one of the prettiest stretches of the Saône. After a delightful al-fresco lunch on board (weather permitting), we depart for the historic Château du Clos de Vougeot, once home of the Cistercian monks and their burgundy vineyards. This is a great excursion for Burgundy wine lovers and history buffs alike! Afterwards, enjoy an informal private wine tasting at a renowned Côte d’Or cellar before returning to Grand
Victoria. Enjoy cocktails and laughter on board while the chef prepares a mouthwatering gourmet dinner.
Tuesday: Day 3 Walking Tour of Dijon’s Historic Marketplace
Travel: St. Jean de Losne – Seurre
Leave Grand Victoria in the morning for a walking tour of Dijon’s famed historic market, designed by Gustav Eiffel. Mingle amongst the local shoppers and experience this traditional French market day. A short informal historic tour of the Ducal Palace, Notre Dame and a 15th century medieval shopping street will bring us to the Place du Bareuzai, where we’ll enjoy lunch with the locals at an authentic French bistro.
After lunch, guests are welcome to explore Dijon’s many shopping options before enjoying a mustard tasting at the historic Maille Maison founded in 1747. We’ll return to Grand Victoria for an afternoon of cruising down the scenic Saône river to the medieval village of Seurre.
Wednesday: Majestic Château de Rully
Travel: Seurre to Chalon-sur-Saône
Guests can kick back and relax on our spacious deck as we spend the morning cruising down the majestic Saône River. Enjoy a magnificent lunch aboard before we venture off to tour the majestic Château de Rully. A medieval fortress built in the 12th century, located on the side of a hill, the castle overlooks its expansive vineyards.
Visiting the castle will take you on a journey through French history before ending with a private wine tasting in the medieval kitchen. From there, it’s back to our mooring in Chalon-sur-Saône for cocktails and dinner. Feel free to take a stroll through the streets of the city, which once served as a port for Roman Emperor Constantius II and, more recently, as the birthplace of photography. Chalon is also a great city to explore by night, with a vibrant bar scene to check out!
Thursday : Day 4 Tour of the Historic City of Beaune
Travel: Chalon-sur-Saône to Fragnes
Embark on an early morning tour of the historic city of Beaune. Here we visit the famous Hotel Diêu, a hospital from the Middle Ages, and one of France’s most prestigious historic monuments. Its flamboyant Gothic architecture and its polychrome roofs make this museum one of Burgundy’s gems. The Hospices de Beaune is also famous for its prestigious wines, making this an exciting visit for wine lovers.
Enjoy lunch at a local Michelin Star restaurant before returning to the Grand Victoria for cocktails and a short afternoon cruise up the canal to the village of Fragnes. The adventurers in the group can take the bicycles and explore the tow paths along the Canal du Centre. Happy hour starts a little earlier tonight with a selection of vinyl albums to take you back in time, while the chef prepares another culinary masterpiece.
Friday : Day 6 Wine Tasting the Famous Château de Pommard
Travel: Fragnes – Chagny
After breakfast, depart on a morning cruise of the Burgundy canal and after lunch, we visit the famous Château de Pommard near Beaune, dating back centuries. There, you’ll discover the true taste of Burgundy’s appellations, viticulture, and wine-making from the heart of the largest privately-owned clos in the Cote d’Or. After the tasting, return to the Grand Victoria to kick back with a cocktail or explore Chagny before the final dinner together.
Saturday : Day 7 Departure
Travel: Chagny to Paris
Enjoy a delicious breakfast as you get ready to depart the Grand Victoria. Your private chauffeur arrives at 9:00 am to take you back to Paris or Geneva.
Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions.
Classic Cruise | Dijon to Chagny, Canal de Bourgogne and Canal du Centre, 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 – 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.
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 sun-downers 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 a 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.
Itinerary 2 | Wine Lovers Cruise | Route as for Classic Cruise
This tour through the famed vineyards of Burgundy introduces essential knowledge and understanding of Burgundian wines and wine-making, helping you become a regional expert. Explore the region’s unique wines and study food pairings, and find out how to build your private collection at home. Crafted in partnership with a local sommelier, Grand Victoria’s Wine Lover’s tour will satisfy wine aficionados and novice tasters alike.
Whilst visiting the major vineyards of the region, guests also experience and learn on board how fine dining and with the right exquisite wines can further delight the palate.
Grand Victoria’s chef prepares every delicious meal with an emphasis on gourmet cuisine and just the right wine to balance and enhance flavours. Every lunch and dinner aboard this cruise features a unique pairing, chosen by a professional sommelier, that highlights some of the region’s foremost Grand cru and Premier cru wines.
Join Chef in the demonstration galley and discover the secrets of making a mouthwatering meal, perfect for serving alongside the region’s superb pinot noir and chardonnay wines. Experiencing these wines in their native home adds further appreciation for the terroir that brings out their best characters.
Grand Victoria’s wine tour provides the perfect opportunity to learn more about Burgundy’s perfect climats and terroir, with lessons at some of the region’s best wine vignerons or producers. Learn how to build your own personal wine cellar at Château de Pommard, marvel at the history of Burgundy’s Clos de Vougeot, and discover more secrets of food and wine pairings at Château de Meursault.
The Grand Victoria wine tour includes the Côte de Beaune from Gevrey-Chambertin to Nuits St. George; and you’ll return home with a broader and deeper appreciation of Burgundy’s complex, well-balanced wines and the expertise and sheer artistry behind and within every bottle.
Itinerary 3 | Culinary Cruise | Chagny to Lyon
Day 1 | Sunday – Arrival
Meet in Paris or Geneva at the airport your hotel at 2pm for private chauffeured transport to Grand Victoria moored in Chagny. On arrival meet your hosts and crew over a champagne welcome toast, and then plenty of time to unpack and unwind before the first of many gourmet dinners on board.
Day 2 | Monday – Chagny to Fragne | Dine at Lameloise, visit Château de Pommard
After breakfast, depart on a morning cruise before heading into Chagny for lunch at the Michelin-3 star Maison Lameloise with chef Eric Pras. After lunch, visit the famous Château de Pommard near Chagny, to discover the history of Burgundy’s appellations, viticulture and wine-making from the heart of the largest privately-owned clos in the Cote d’Or. After a delicious tasting, just relax and enjoy the view as Grand Victoria continues the cruise along the Canal du Centre. Then delight in one of Chef Ryan’s culinary creations at dinner on board.
Day 3 | Tuesday – Fragnes to Tournus | Master chef cooking class
After a delicious breakfast depart for a private French cooking class hosted by a former pastry chef from the Maison Lameloise. Guests will prepare an incredible three-course meal with his hands-on guidance, to be enjoyed in an intimate lunch together. Then, return to the Grand Victoria and leave the canal for an afternoon of cruising down the serene Saône river. Marvel at the scenic views and enjoy sun-downers on deck, or even join the chef in our demonstration kitchen as dinner is prepared.
Day 4 | Wednesday – Tournus to Montmerle | Cooking demonstration
This morning, accompany Grand Victoria’s chef to the local produce market in Pont de Vaux, a quaint village on the Saône. Explore the stalls, experience local culture and help chef pick out items for the evening’s dinner. A delicious light gourmet lunch aboard and then a cruise down the Saône through southern Burgundy. In the afternoon, join chef in the galley for a cooking demonstration as he prepares dinner aboard with your freshly selected ingredients of the morning.
Day 5 | Thursday – Montmerle to Lyon | Patisserie class
A cruise this morning into Lyon, France’s second city and famed for its gastronomy. Marvel at the architectural wonders along the river front, including the towering Basilique overlooking the city. After lunch on board Grand Victoria attend the private pastry masterclass in one of Lyon’s bakeries. Learn the art of making French éclairs, macarons and other dessert treats from a master patisseur. Return to Grand Victoria for a superb evening dinner on board.
Day 6 | Friday – Lyon | Explore the Gastronomic capital
Enjoy an early breakfast and then spend a wonderful day exploring the magnificent city of Lyon. Tour the majestic Basilique de Fourviere that dominates the skyline on the west bank of the Saône and the ancient Roman amphitheatres before lunch back on board. Then back into the city to soak up the Lyonnaise culture – cafe street-life and momentos to take home perhaps. This evening, for the final night and captain’s dinner, you’ll be treated to a fantastic cocktail cruise at sunset.
Day 7 | Saturday – Departure
Enjoy a delicious breakfast with champagne mimosas on the last day. Depart around 9am for transfer by private minivan to Lyon’s train station or airport.
Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. It runs in reverse on alternate weeks.
Hotel Barge Grand Victoria cruises through Southern Burgundy
Barge Cruising – The Ouche Valley and Dijon
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.
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 –
Barge Cruising – The Saone and South Burgundy
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.
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 –
Hotel Barge Grand Victoria : Details and facilities
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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
Lande de Pomerol
Sauterne or Barsac
Hotel Barge Grand Victoria – Wine List
Meursault “Le Tesson”
Pouilly Fuisse “Les Vigne Nlanche” 2015 blanc
Pernand Vergelesse 1er cru “Les Sous Fretille” 2014 blanc
Givry blanc 2014
Rully Premier Cru “La Pucelle” 2015 blanc
Chablis Premier cru “Les Folatiers” 2013
Chablis 2013 blanc
Maranges Premier Cru “Clos Roussots” 2014 rouge
Nuits Saint Georges “Les Argillats” 2014
Marange Rouge 2015
Pommard Rouge 2011
Santenay Premier Cru “La Comme” 2014 rouge
Chambolle Mussigny Premier Cru “Les Charmes” 2010
Hotel Barge Grand Victoria – 2019 Rates ➤ 2020 Rates
Charter bookings only
Sunday to Saturday
Regular rate weeks:
May 5, 12, 19, 26
June 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4, 11, 18, 25
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
October 6, 13, 20, 27
3 guest charter: 31,500 USD
4 guest charter: 37,500 USD
5 guest charter: 39,900 USD
6 guest charter: 41,900 USD
Per Cabin bookings
Double Cabin: 6,999 USD per person
Charter bookings only
Sunday to Saturday
Regular rate weeks:
May 3, 10, 17, 24
June 7, 14, 21, 28
July 5, 12, 19, 26
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
September 6, 13, 20, 27
October 4, 11, 18, 25
3 guest charter: 31,500 USD
4 guest charter: 37,500 USD
5 guest charter: 39,900 USD
6 guest charter: 41,900 USD
Per Cabin bookings
Double Cabin: 6,999 USD per person
All rates and prices will be confirmed at time of booking. Special Offers are available from time to time – contact us
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