Napoléon: St Jean-de-Losne to Lyon, Michelin Cruise
Join us for a 10-star cruise aboard Napoléon. On this unique gastronomic adventure, you’ll dine out at a different Michelin-starred restaurant every day. Treat your palate to some of the most celebrated cuisine in France as you cruise through glorious Burgundy landscapes, alighting for fascinating tours and private tastings.
Table d’hôte meals and complimentary beverages
All excursions including exclusive use of the onboard bicycles alongside the river
Return transfer from Paris
Your first gourmet highlight begins on the way to joining the barge in St-Jean-de-Losne. Stop for a two-Michelin-starred lunch at La Côte Saint-Jacques, situated just outside of Auxerre.
At the helm of this five-star retreat on the River Yonne, Jean-Michel Lorain conjures up dishes that are colourful, playful and surprising in their simplicity, putting quality ingredients in the spotlight. Sumptuous specialities may include Back from the Islands rosette of lobster and fresh palm nut salad, and Egg Parfait with white Alba truffles and puy green lentils.
After a fabulous experience, continue to St Jean-de-Losne to board the barge ready for your cruise along the River Saône. You and your fellow guests are welcomed aboard with an effervescent champagne reception and the chance to meet the crew. To start the adventure, a cocktail cruise gives you your first taste of life on the river, followed by a delicious dinner on board.
After breakfast, relax on board and savour the beauty of Burgundy as you cruise along the River Saône to Seurre. Alight from the barge for lunch at the three-Michelin-starred Lameloise. Here, welcoming interiors of exposed stone and wooden beams honour Burgundian heritage, while the exquisite cuisine takes the best of local tradition and transforms it into mouthwatering masterpieces.
After lunch to drive down the celebrated Route des Grands Crus, passing through the famed villages of the Cote d’Or. Stop to visit the historic Clos de Vougeot, where Cistercian monks first began making wine in the 12th century. The ancient château is now the headquarters of the celebrated Burgundian wine society, the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, and still houses the ancient cellar and wine presses from medieval times.
Afterwards, enjoy a private wine tasting at a reputed local producer before returning to the barge for dinner on board.
Chalon-sur-Saône and Beaune
This morning, soak up the scenery from the deck as the barge weaves its way downstream to the pretty market town of Chalon-sur-Saône.
Disembark with your guide mid-morning for a visit to Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy. Enjoy a private tour of the fabled Hôtel-Dieu, venturing behind its splendid gothic façade to discover 500 years of Burgundian history and treasures including 17th-century murals, tapestries, paintings and furniture. Lunch is enjoyed a short walk away at the Michelin-starred Loiseau des Vignes, opened by Dominique Loiseau in 2007. The first restaurant in Europe to offer an entire wine list by the glass, its menu offers creations rich in local specialities devised by chef Mourad Haddouche.
After lunch, stroll through Beaune’s cobbled streets and browse its enticing shops, and explore Joseph Drouhin's cellar, where the King of France and the Duke of Burgundy used to store some of their wines. Return to the barge for dinner on board.
Relax on the barge this morning as we cruise towards Tournus.
After a sumptuous lunch on board, embark on a scenic drive to the Abbaye de Cluny, a masterpiece of Romanesque art, which for centuries was the most powerful Benedictine church in the world. Founded in 910, it played an influential role across Europe, answering only to the Pope.
This evening, stroll to dinner at Aux Terrasses, just a short walk from the barge. This Michelin-starred restaurant is set in a contemporary boutique hotel in the centre of Tournus. Sample Jean-Michel Carrette’s bold, unexpected dishes that may include charcoal-grilled octopus or hay-smoked pigeon.
An early-morning cruise brings you to the iconic Roche de Solutré. Climb up the limestone escarpment for breathtaking views of Mâcon, the River Saône and the surrounding vineyards. Return to the boat for lunch and continue cruising south to Montmerle, our mooring for the evening.
Alight with your guide for a drive to the picturesque village of Vonnas, home to the world-famous Restaurant Georges Blanc. Holding three Michelin stars since 1981, the restaurant has built up a reputation for revisiting classics in impeccable style. Think Bresse chicken reimagined or a reworking of the Vonnas pancakes Blanc’s grandmother used to make.
Return to the barge and savour a digestif on deck beneath the stars.
Today you cruise into Lyon, the second city of France, dominated by the splendidly ornate Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Your guide will escort you on a walking tour, where you’ll discover the hidden ‘traboules’ or secret passageways of the old town, the Roman remains and painted walls.
Take time peruse Lyon's boutiques and to visit the newly launched Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie. This fun, imaginative, sensorial exhibition, set across four levels of Lyon’s historic Grand Hôtel-Dieu, cements the city’s reputation as a mecca for food lovers.
Tonight’s treat is at Restaurant Paul Bocuse, holder of three Michelin stars for more than 50 years. Black truffle soup – created for French president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing in 1975, sea bass in a puff pastry shell and turbot with champagne sauce are just some of the delights that will leave you dazzled.
After breakfast the crew bid you a fond farewell as you disembark for your onward travel arrangements. We look forward to welcoming you back on board soon.