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Grand Victoria – New

Burgundy

Moored in the morning mist © Grand VictoriaEntrance © Grand VictoriaCabin 1 © Grand Victoria

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cruise from Dijon to Chagny (v.v.) + complimentary Hot Air Balloon Ride

 

Originally commissioned as a custom built private motor yacht in 1994, the Grand Victoria has been totally refurbished in 2015 by her new owners Cindy, from New-York, and Edward who grew up in South Africa. Both of them share passions for cooking and travel.

Aboard the Grand Victoria, you will explore all that Burgundy has to offer — wine, golf, cuisine, history, art — in luxurious comfort and style. Every furnishing onboard has been hand-selected by the owners to enhance the ambiance of their home. Each cabin is uniquely furnished with quality linens, beautiful furniture and modern staples, including Apple TVs. The living-room is a gathering area for the guests to relax with the vintage sound of vinyl, a glass in hand courtesy of an open bar. 

Whether you want an active adventure out in the picturesque French countryside, a relaxed cruise down the scenic waterways, or something in between, the crew will help you make the lasting memories of a lifetime on a barge vacation in France. 

 

Features

  • Living-room © Grand VictoriaBarge size: 39 x 5 m
  • Crew of 7: Pilot, Chef, Deckhand, Senior Hostess, Junior Hostess, Tour Guide and Senior Stewardess
  • Living-room with Persian carpet on Mahogany wooden floors, a rolled arms sofa and four brightly coloured accent chairs, three walls of panoramic windows, Bose sound Hi-Fi system and Bluetooth, turntable offering a wide selection of albums, flat screen TV and Apple TV with movies
  • Dining room with a table for six to eight guests
  • Complimentary open bar with bar and stoolsCabin 1 © Grand Victoria
  • 3 guests cabins: Paris Suite (stern), Havana Suite (mid) and Pamplona Suite (bow) all with:
    • 16.7 m² each with 2m ceiling height
    • King-size (76” x 80”) or 2 twin XL beds (39” x 80”)
    • Ensuite bathrooms fitted with tiled floors, walk-in shower, toilet, double sink vanity with large mirror/overhead lighting/storage, exhaust fan, grab bars, hair dryer, bathrobes and highest-quality organic soaps, hair and body care items
    • Large wardrobe, mid-century chest of drawers and under bed storage for suitcases
    • Ensuite Bathroom © Grand Victoria40” flat screen television
    • Apple iTV offering in-room movies
    • Individual climate control
    • Small windows that open
    • Arm chair with floor lamp
    • Radio/alarm clock
    • In-room electronic safe
  • Bow deck (44 m² ) with dining table, outdoor seating area and sun umbrellas
  • Hot Tub © Grand VictoriaStern deck (30 m²) with spa tub for 4 guests 
  • Wi-Fi access throughout the barge
  • Central heating & air conditioning throughout the barge
  • Laundry service
  • Mercedes 8-seater air-conditioned minibus for private transfers and excursions
  • 6 mountain bikes on-board 

 

Floorplan

Floor Plan © Grand Victoria

Location map

Meeting Points
Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Vandenesse-en-Auxois   Dijon to Chagny

 

 

Sample itinerary: Dijon to Chagny

Day 1, Sunday – Paris/Geneva to Dijon – A Champagne Welcome

 

Champagne Reception © Grand VictoriaOur private driver meets our guests in Paris or Geneva at the airport or hotel of your choice at 2:00 pm or in Dijon at 4:00 pm. You will then be chauffeured by private minivan to the mooring. 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.

 

Day 2, Monday – Dijon to Longecourt

 

Wine pouring © Grand VictoriaEnjoy a relaxing start to the day as we begin the morning cruise to Sainte-Marie-sur-Ouche. 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 Vallée 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 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.

 

Day 3, Tuesday – Longecourt to St. Jean de Losne

 

Dijon Market Day © Grand VictoriaIt’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 shops. Around 3pm, we will return in time for a happy hour cruise or bike ride before we dock for the evening with dinner onboard.

 

Day 4, Wednesday – St. Jean de Losne to Verdun

 

Meursault wine tasting © Grand VictoriaA 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.

 

 

Day 5, Thursday – Verdun to Chalon-sur-Saône

 


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.

 

 

Cycling on the towpath © Grand VictoriaDay 6, Friday – Chalon-sur-Saône to Chagny

 

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.

 

 

Day 7, Saturday – Transfer to Paris, Geneva or Dijon

 

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.

 

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Cruise Fares

Grand Victoria cruise fares for 2018:

 

 Private charter – Full board: from US $6,979 per person based on 6 passengers
 Open week – Full board – Twin/double cabin: from US $6,999 per person
• No single supplement (guaranteed departure from 3 passengers minimum)

 

Included in the fare:

– Six nights accommodation
– All gourmet meals prepared by your private chef
– All wines, bar and refreshment drinks aboard
– Transfers to and from the barge from the designated meeting point
– Daily excursions with your tour guide in private vehicle
– Use of on-board facilities

 

 

 

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