Contemporary style amidst timeless landscapes

Hotel Barge Finesse

Finesse is a double-decker hotel barge that was built to exacting standards with luxury in mind, enhanced by her modern public areas and very spacious cabin suite accommodation.

The well-designed public areas include a saloon with contemporary furnishings and panoramic windows where the emphasis is on making the most of the natural light. There is also a demonstration galley where guests can watch their chef preparing delicious gourmet meals. Outside, guests can relax on the large sun deck with its alfresco dining area, comfortable seating and spa pool.

The four cabin suites, which can be in twin or double-bedded configuration, are very spacious (approx. 265sq ft including en suite), each one air-conditioned and with a beautifully appointed shower room.

Finesse is the perfect vessel on which to cruise the meandering waterways of Southern Burgundy past vineyards and charming canalside villages, and to discover fascinating places along the way such as Autun, Beaune and Dijon.

Cruise Highlights

  • Tour of the historic city of Dijon, including the magnificent Notre-Dame
  • Visit to the 14th century Château de Germolles
  • Tour and private wine tasting at Château de Chamirey in Mercurey
  • Visit to Beaune, including Hôtel-Dieu Hospice
  • Tour of ancient Autun and its 12th century cathedral
  • Gastronomic lunch ashore at a Michelin starred restaurant
  • Excellent opportunities for walking and cycling
  • “Biking Plus” option available

Classic Cruise Itineraries

Classic Cruise – Southern Burgundy

Typical Cuisine & Wine


Regional Specialities

Noisette d’Agneau des Corbières en Croûte de Sel Sauce Romarin; Filet de Boeuf Charolais avec Sauce Epoisses; Magret de Canard au Ratafia de Bourgogne
Wine Cellar

Wine Cellar

Domaine Frederic Curtis, Saint-Véran; Domaine Borgeot, Puligny-Montrachet 'Vieilles Vignes'; Domaine Coche-Bizouard, Meursault
Cheese Board

Cheese Board

Chaource; Citeaux; Le Petit Vougeot; Aisy Cendré; Bouton de Culotte


I said it all in my previous claims.

Mr Stanley Bey

See above comments about the quality of the barge, its crew and its offerings. They are incorporated by this reference.

Mr Duke Ponick , Kansas City, Missouri

Wonderful new barge - best one we have ever had (out of about 6 prior charters)

Robert , California

This was our third barge cruise with European Waterways. The staff, food, crew and service on all three have been outstanding. Finesse was especially...

David , Chicago

Deck Plan

Ultra Deluxe 8 Passengers 5 Crew More Details

2018 Cruise Rates

Single Supplement$2,450$2,850
Charter (Whole Barge)
Charter 6 passengers$47,500$54,000
Charter 7 passengers$49,000$56,200
Charter 8 passengers$50,500$58,400
Departure Dates (Sunday)RatesCruise Region
Mar 25; Apr 1, 8, 15, 22ValBurgundy
Apr 29; May 6, 13, 20, 27; Jun 3, 10, 17, 24; Jul 1, 8, 15RegBurgundy
Jul 22, 29; Aug 5, 12, 19ValBurgundy
Aug 26; Sep 2, 9, 16, 23, 30RegBurgundy
Oct 7, 14, 21ValBurgundy

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