GRAND VICTORIA (formerly HEMINGWAY), a 6-passenger deluxe barge, cruises in Southern Burgundy, France

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​GRAND VICTORIA (formerly ​Hemingway) is the original creation of owners Edward Anderson and Cindy Unvericht who transformed this unique vessel into a luxury charter yacht ideal for floating the canals and rivers of France.

The vision of providing "a moveable feast" with gracious living reminiscent of Hemingway's time in Paris mixed with time to enjoy Burgundy in depth is born from Edward's experience as an international safari and tour guide. Their unique style and personal attention to detail set them apart in the services they offer. Leisurely cruising, time for shopping and exploring together with two lunches in local restaurants and a variety of dining experiences on board offer their guests a diverse and flexible itinerary that can be customized around passengers' interests.

This barge cruise is an ideal private charter for family and friends who want to spend time together relaxing on board or walking and biking the towpaths and villages along the Burgundy Canal. Add to that fun and diverse excursions capped by delicious meals and famous wines, and you have a recipe for an unforgettable barge vacation.

Cruise Highlights

  • Pickup and return to Paris​, Geneva or Dijon by your private driver
  • Tasting of 8 wines in the labyrinth cellars of Patriarch
  • Market day in Dijon with a guided tour of the major sites such as the Ducal Palace, lunch in town and time for shopping
  • Tour the ​medieval Hospice de Beaune and roam the cobblestone streets of this famous Cote d'Or wine capital including lunch in a local restaurant
  • Enjoy a tour and private wine tasting at Chateau de Meursault
  • Explore the spectacular hilltop town of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois ​with a visit to the beautifully restored Abbaye de la Bussiere
  • All-inclusive with open bar, wines with lunch and dinner, gourmet cuisine, guided excursions​ and many extras
  • Time to relax or walk and bike the towpaths and villages along the canal

Cruise Features

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Owner/​Captain Edward Anderson
Owner Operated: Yes - Edward Anderson and Cindy Unvericht
Number of Passengers:
6
Category: Deluxe
Cabin Bookings: ​Yes, with 2 cabin minimum
Charter Bookings: Yes
Cruising Region: Canal du Bourgogne and Canal du Centre, Southern Burgundy, France
Length of Cruise: 6 nights - Sunday to Saturday
Cruising Season: April - October
Theme Cruises: Upon request
Meeting Location: One location in Paris, Geneva or Dijon. Transportation by van included.

 

 

Floorplan

GRAND VICTORIA (formerly HEMINGWAY) Floorplan


Cruise Rates 2017

Sunday to Saturday (6 nights)

All Season Departures
April ​2, 9, 16, 23, 30
May ​​7, 14, 21, 28
June ​4, 11, 18, 25
July ​2, 9, 16, 23, 30
August ​​6, 13, 20, 27
September ​​3, 10, 17, 24
October ​1, 8, 15, 22

Cabin Rates
Staterooms per person, double occupancy
2 cabin minimum
$ 6,500

Charter Rates  
4 passengers
$34,500
5 passengers
$35,​750
6 passengers

$​38,900

Included in Cruise Price

  • Transportation between Paris, Geneva or Dijon and the barge
  • Six nights accommodation in private stateroom with ensuite bath
  • All meals, wine and drinks on board
  • Open bar
  • Daily escorted excursions by air-conditioned van
  • All barge amenities including 8-speed bicycles, hot tub on deck, music system, library, etc.
  • ​Guest laundry service

Not Included in Cruise Price

  • Air or other transportation to the meeting location
  • Trip cancellation or medical insurance (available when booking)
  • Personal expenses
  • A discretionary gratuity for the crew suggested at 5% or more of the cruise price

​GRAND VICTORIA Features

Passengers: 6
Category: Deluxe
Crew: 6 (small hypoallergenic dog on board)
Barge Size: 128 ft long
Cabins: 3
Cabin Size: ​162 sq ft including ensuite bathroom
Accommodations: 3 suites with ​​king or extra large twin beds
Heat & Air: Central heat and air conditioning

Amenities

  • Partially shaded sundeck with new table and comfy chairs for outdoor dining and lounging
  • ​Jacuzzi spa pool on deck
  • Elegant bar area for conversation and sipping ​Grand Victoria's signature drinks
  • Open salon and dining area with all new furniture, lighting and dinnerware
  • Demonstration kitchen with all new appliances, cave du vin, elevated bar counter where guests can relax with a glass of wine, champagne or perhaps a nice espresso or latte from the self-service Nespresso bar
  • 3 completely renovated suites with imported beds, linens and furnishings
  • Spacious bathrooms with double sinks, ample storage, oversized showers with massage panel, rain shower head plus hand shower, hairdryers and toiletries
  • WiFi (not always available in remote areas)
  • TV/DVD in each cabin: Satellite ​40" TV and Apple TV movie streaming in cabins
  • 110v and 220v
  • Library of books, games and good old fashioned vinyl records for your listening and dancing enjoyment
  • 6 mountain bikes​
  • Minivan with A/C​

Theme Cruises

On request

Grand Victoria deck spa

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Cruising on ​​GRAND VICTORIA

Itinerary #1

Burgundy Canal, ​Southern Burgundy
​Fleury-sur-Ouche to Vandenesse (or reverse)


Sunday - Transfer from Paris, Geneva or Dijon to Barge

Our private driver meets our guests in Geneva or Paris at one location of your choice at 2:00 ​pm or Dijon at 4:00 pm ​and transfer​s you to the barge, typically moored in Fleury-sur-Ouche. 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 takes 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 the first of many incredible dinners on board.

Monday​ - Fleury-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche
Enjoy a relaxing start to the day as we begin the morning cruise to St. Marie. 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 Valleé de l’Ouche. After lunch, guests will tour the labyrinthine cellars of Patriarche, featuring hundreds of wines in vaults dating to the thirteenth century. The tasting will include eight wines, explained by a sommelier, and a bottle of wine. 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.

Tuesday - Gissey-sur-Ouche to La Bussière
Market day in Dijon. Enjoy ​breakfast aboard 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 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 shoppes. Around 3 pm, we will return to the ​barge in time for a happy hour cruise or bike ride before ​mooring for the evening​. Dinner aboard.

Wednesday - La Bussière to Pont d’Ouche
​This morning​, after an early breakfast, ​those who have opted for a hot air balloon ride to see the beauty of Burgundy from ​above depart for their adventure (not included in the price). After a smooth landing back on ground, it's back to the barge for a ​scenic brunch cruise. In the afternoon, after ​a light lunch, we visit the Château de Meursault to enjoy an afternoon in their private art galleries and cavernous cellars, complete with a private wine tasting. We return to the barge in time for a signature ​Grand Victoria sundowners aboard. 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.

Thursday - Pont d’Ouche to Crugey
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. Lunch in town, then plenty of time to meander the shopping district and enjoy the enchanting café in the town square, before attending a private wine tasting. Return to ​Grand Victoria for a late afternoon cruise. Relax with sundowners and dinner aboard.

Friday - Crugey to Vandenesse
Delight in a relaxing cruise past the spectacular Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, overlooking the Burgundy Canal. After lunch, we’ll embark on a tour of the chateau and enjoy the magnificent views of the countryside and a stroll around the quaint village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois​. Afterwards, we visit the beautifully restored authentic 12th ​century Cistercian abbey, Abbaye de la Bussiere. The abbey, is nestled in an immense landscaped park and gardens and is today a fine hotel. Finally, we will return to the barge for our traditional happy hour and final dinner aboard.

Saturday - Transfer to Paris or Dijon
After a leisurely enjoyable breakfast, depart around 9:00 ​am for transfer by minivan to Dijon or to your Paris hotel, arriving there about midday.

On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. Th​​is ​is a sample itinerary and ​is subject to change.

 

Itinerary #2

Burgundy Canal and Canal du Centre, ​Southern Burgundy
​Dijon to ​Chagny (or reverse)

Sunday - Transfer from Paris or Dijon to Barge
Our private driver meets our guests in Paris or Geneva at one location of your choice at 2:00 pm or Dijon at 4:00 pm. You will then be chauffeured by minivan to the Grand Victoria, typically moored in Dijon harbor. 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. Afterwards there will be plenty of time to unpack and unwind before your first of many incredible dinners on board the Hemingway.

Monday - Dijon to Longecourt
Enjoy a relaxing start to the day as we begin the morning cruise to St. Marie. 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 Valleé 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 of 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.

Tuesday - Longecourt - St. Jean de Losne
It’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 3 pm we will return to the Grand Victoria in time for a happy hour cruise or bike ride before we dock for the evening with dinner onboard.

Wednesday - St. Jean de Losne to Verdun
An early start to the morning with coffee, juice and croissants before those opting for a hot air balloon ride to see the beauty of Burgundy from on high​ depart for their adventure (not included in the price). Upon their return, you will partake in a fantastic brunch spread while the barge cruises along the pastoral Saone River. After brunch, 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 Hemingway 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.

Thursday - Verdun to Chalon-su-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 Grand Victoria for sundowners and dinner aboard.

Friday - Chalon-sur-Saône to Chagny
Delight in a relaxing cruise through rolling green hills to​ Chagny 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 the Grand Victoria and a festive dinner to celebrate your time on board.

Saturday - Transfer to Paris or Dijon
After a leisurely enjoyable breakfast, depart around 9:00 am for transfer by minivan to Dijon or to your Paris hotel, arriving there about midday.

On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. Th​​is ​is a sample itinerary and ​is subject to change.

Barge Cruise Reviews for Hemingway (now Grand Victoria)

"The cabins were over the top. Better than I have at home. The barge and accommodations exceeded our expectations, and the excursions were perfect for a first time visitor. The crew was extra special, friendly and very sensitive to our needs. One thing that I think is very important, this was a luxury cruise. The boat was not a barge but a yacht that was turned into a hotel. The owners did a fantastic job outfitting the boat. The quality of the food was understated​ and was equal to any 5 star restaurant." Sally O 2016

"The owners, the crew and the staff were very welcoming and met our every need. As I have mentioned, the food and wine were absolutely phenomenal. Having never been on a barge cruise we didn't know what to think but the experience was 5 star service, 5 star accommodations 5+ star food and delightful people to be around. We also really enjoyed learning about the Burgundy wines and tasting them. The trip had a nice mix of cruising and/or walking and excursions. I really can't stress enough that the people on board, the class of service, food and the beautiful boat really made the trip!" Megan M 2016

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