'Finesse'- Saône River, Canal du Centre (2016)

Soak up the sun as the brand new 'Finesse' meanders along the Saône River and Canal du Centre on a journey that evenly blends cruising by canal and river, travelling through lush southern Burgundy. You drift past charming river towns and moor at some of the most fascinating sites in France. Tour historic Dijon on foot and visit the 14th-century ducal palace Château de Gremolles. Stop at L'Institut Charolais for a fascinating look at the region's renowned breed of cattle. Taste award-winning wines at Bouchard Père et Fils winery. Sleep in, relax on deck as the sun comes up or accompany the onboard chef to the morning market, and then watch meals being prepared in the open demonstration kitchen.

Time Event Description
30th Nov -0001
'Finesse'- Saône River, Canal du Centre (2016) Meet in Lyon and transfer to 'Finesse,' moored in St-Jean-de-Losne on the Saône River. After a welcome reception and crew introductions, settle into your spacious cabins before a gourmet dinner on board.
1st Dec -0001
'Finesse'- Saône River, Canal du Centre (2016) Cruise through southern Burgundy, passing delightful river towns such as Seurre and Verdun-sur-le-Doubs before entering the Canal du Centre at Chalon-sur-Saône. Moor at Fragnes and disembark for a visit to 14th-century Château de Germolles, a former residence of the Dukes of Burgundy that features a ducal chapel and romantic gardens.
2nd Dec -0001
'Finesse'- Saône River, Canal du Centre (2016) Drive to Beaune, capital of the Burgundy wine country, for a tasting of Bouchard et Pére Fils wines before lunch in the orangery of Château de Beaune, owned by the winery since 1820. Then, tour Beaune with its 15th-century charity hospital of Hôtel-Dieu. Return to 'Finesse' for a cruise to Rully, where you moor overnight.
3rd Dec -0001
'Finesse'- Saône River, Canal du Centre (2016) Visit Dijon for a walking tour of the old town, including its famous mustard shop. Proceed on a leisurely afternoon cruise to St-Léger-sur-Dheune for excellent opportunities to walk or cycle along the towpath that lines the canal.
4th Dec -0001
'Finesse'- Saône River, Canal du Centre (2016) After breakfast, visit Autun, an ancient Roman town with a 12th-century cathedral situated along the pilgrims' route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Relax on deck to enjoy the rural countryside during the afternoon cruise to St-Julien-sur-Dheune.
5th Dec -0001
'Finesse'- Saône River, Canal du Centre (2016) Visit the fascinating Canal and Barge Museum at Écuisses before cruising up a flight of seven locks to Montchanin. After lunch on board, tour the lovely riverside town of Paray-le-Monial and its basilica, a gem of Romanesque art. En route back to the barge, stop in Charolles to visit L'Institut Charolais where you learn about the area's world-famous cattle. Return to your barge for a gala farewell dinner on board to celebrate your relaxing week of cruising.
6th Dec -0001
'Finesse'- Saône River, Canal du Centre (2016) After breakfast, transfer back to Lyon, arriving in late morning.

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