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Grand Victoria

Grand Victoria Luxury Barge Cruises

Overview

Grand Victoria is an Ultra-Deluxe category barge.

Grand Victoria is perfect for: Couples, Families, Groups of friends, Good Cycling/Walking, Wine lovers, Historic interest, Markets, Charming Villages.

This stunning ultra-deluxe hotel barge is privately owned and operated by your wonderful hosts Edward and Cindy. They are extremely knowledgeable about food, wine and travel, and their extensive experience and exquisite taste means an exceptional cruise on board the “Queen of Burgundy”, Grand Victoria. The barge is beautifully appointed, with the most lavishly decorated cabins in the region, and magnificently decorated lounge and deck area; you will feel as if you are cruising in an opulently designed yet supremely comfortable private home!

This is how Edward and Cindy describe a cruise on board their wonderful barge:

“Make it happen! Great travel experiences make lasting impressions. The scenic views floating by on a private charter, while lounging in the hot tub with a glass of champagne in hand, have the power to enthrall. By day, a barge trip in France overwhelms with its scenic beauty; by night, the star-packed sky leaves you speechless.

On a luxury barge cruising down the canals and rivers a meditative calm descends. And the great thing is you’ll find it all when you hit the waterways of France. Any barge vacation on the canals of France has a certain allure but when heading out on the canals there’s an additional dose of anticipation. Our itineraries are designed to provide a cultural adventure, which our guide can adapt to meet individual interests because the most exciting places can fall flat without spontaneity. It is exceptional moments that make long-lasting memories.

Bring a few friends or your family along on the adventure of a lifetime because a barge vacation with us makes an impact with authentic experiences, new profound relationships, and cultural experiences. Whether you want an active adventure out in the picturesque French countryside, a relaxed cruise down the scenic waterways, or something in between, we’re ready to help you make the lasting memories of a lifetime on a barge vacation in France. This is the stuff of travel tales.”

And about cruising in Burgundy: “Our all-inclusive barge trips in France are packed with adventure and excitement; the result is a pure French fantasy! Discover the rich flavors and zest for local life.  Explore boutique shops and bustling local markets, lunch at a local bistro while pampered by the owners themselves, tour the legendary Burgundian vineyards and wineries dotting the countryside, and walk the ramparts of historic châteaux in private tours. Burgundy is even more beautiful than the imagination. There’s a special flavor with a blend of culture and tradition. It’s in the wine but it transcends everything. It’s in the graciousness of the people. It’s in the quaint villages speckled among the vineyards. And you quickly learn that the wine is only where Burgundy’s story starts. This unique journey offers exclusive and unforgettable interactions with locals. Life as you know it seems very far away!”

Cruise Highlights: Off the barge, Edward personally introduces guests to the many pleasures of  the Burgundian lifestyle, partaking in private wine tastings among the famed Cote d’Or vineyards; mingling with locals while shopping for seasonal produce and regional treats at Dijon’s bustling market; and enjoying a lunch ashore at Lameloise, recently voted by discerning gourmands as one of the the world’s best restaurants.

GRAND VICTORIA AT A GLANCE:

6 PASSENGERS

3 TWIN/DOUBLE CABINS OF 180 SQ. FEET WITH EN-SUITE BATHROOMS (WITH DOUBLE VANITY).  LUXURY FIRM MATTRESSES, SLUMBER GEL KING PILLOWS AND EGYPTIAN COTTON LINEN. FLAT SCREEN TELEVISIONS WITH NETWORK STREAMING.

128 FEET (39 METRES) LONG

SPACIOUS DECK WITH LUXURY DAY BEDS AND SEATING, UMBRELLAS

JACUZZI

6 MOUNTAIN BICYCLES

AIR CONDITIONING/CENTRAL HEATING

FLAT SCREEN TV AND APPLE TV WITH SELECTION OF MOVIES

BOSE SOUND SYSTEM WITH BLUETOOTH

LAUNDRY SERVICE IS AVAILABLE.

Itinerary

Cruise Itinerary


Sunday, Day One

Champagne Welcome Aboard
Travel: Paris to Auxonne
Our private driver meets you in Paris or Geneva to drive you to the Grand Victoria, moored in Auxonne to enjoy your French river cruise. 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 before your first of many incredible dinners on board.

Monday, Day Two
Cistercian Monk Chateau du Clos de Vougeot
Travel: Auxonne to St. Jean de Losne
We start our week with breakfast aboard, followed by your burgundy river cruise. After a delightful lunch onboard the Grand Victoria, 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! Afterward enjoy an informal private wine tasting at a renowned Côte d’Or vineyard, before returning to the Grand Victoria. Enjoy cocktails and laughter onboard, while the chef prepares a mouth-watering gourmet dinner.

Tuesday, Day Three
Walking Tour of Dijon’s Historic Marketplace
Travel: St. Jean de Losne – Seurre
We depart the Grand Victoria in the morning for a walking tour of Dijon’s historic marketplace, designed by Gustav Eiffel himself. 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 Fondée en 1747. We’ll return to the Grand Victoria for an afternoon of cruising down the scenic Saône River to the medieval village of Seurre.

Wednesday, Day Four
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-Saone 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 Five
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, the Hospices de Beaune is 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. We’ll enjoy lunch at a local Michelin Star restaurant before returning to the Grand Victoria for cocktails. Enjoy the views as we take a short afternoon cruise up the canal to the village of Fragnes. The adventurers in the group can ride one of our onboard bicycles, explore the tow paths along the Canal du Central. 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 Six
Wine Tasting the Famous Château de Pommard
Travel: Fragnes – Chagny
After breakfast, we’ll depart on a morning cruise of the burgundy canal. After lunch, we will visit the famous Château de Pommard, a historic Château near Chagny dating back centuries. At Pommard, we’ll discover the true taste of Burgundy’s appellations, viticulture, and winemaking from the heart of the largest privately-owned clos in the Cote d’Or. After our tasting, we will return to the Grand Victoria, where guests have the opportunity to kick back with a cocktail or explore Chagny before our final dinner together.

Saturday, Day Seven
Sad Farewell  
Travel: Chagny to Paris
It’s our final morning together. 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.

Prices

2019 PRICES

AccommodationPrice (USD)
Stateroom per person, double or single$6,999
Charter Max. 6 pax.$41,900
Charter Max. 5 pax.$39,900
Charter Max. 4 pax.$37,500

Note all our prices are in US dollars. We convert to Australian dollars at current exchange rates on the day of payment of deposit/full payment.

Departures in 2019: April 28; May 5, 12, 19, 26; June 2, 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.

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation with en-suite bathrooms
  • All meals, sommelier selected premier and grand cru wines and alcoholic beverages carried on board
  • All sightseeing tours and admittance fees
  • Use of the vessels’ bicycles and other facilities
  • Round-trip transfers from the specified meeting point in either Paris or Geneva.
Gallery Floorplan

GRAND VICTORIA DECKPLAN

 

Specials

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