Enjoy a six night barge cruise along beautiful Canal du Nivernais; intertwined with the river Yonne it is the jewel in the crown of French inland cruising and our most popular route. Canal construction started in 1784 and it is renowned for its beauty and tranquillity, passing through a picturesque valley with vineyards, villages, and historic towns.
At 2pm the owner greets you at your agreed Paris meeting point, hotel, station or airport arrivals lounge for a private transfer to the Randle waiting in the picturesque Burgundy village of Chevroches. Enjoy a Champagne welcome aboard, meet the crew and settle in.
Before dinner enjoy an evening stroll around nearby Clamecy (pop’ 4,500) an historic town nestled in the rolling landscape of the Nievre from where the Nivernais Canal gets its name. Wander through the meandering cobbled streets with timbered houses to the magnificent 16c church St Martin. Clamecy was also the seat of the bishop of Bethlehem for 600 years before the revolution.
Enjoy a classic French restaurant dinner with relaxed surroundings and extensive wine list.
Chef Geal arrives with fresh croissants and prepares a delicious continental breakfast as we commence our cruise descending onto the river Yonne, past limestone cliffs and a 14c fortified farm Chartreuse-de-Bassville. After stopping for lunch we continue to our destination of the day, Lucy-sur-Yonne (pop’ 151) Visit the 11c church with restored stained glass windows and nearby mill pond.
Our guided afternoon tour takes us to Vézelay, an UNESCO world heritage site and fortified town with Romanesque Basilica dedicated to Mary Magdalene. Stroll the picturesque village with many boutiques, art galleries, cafés, and restaurants.
Our very own gourmet chef Gael prepares a sumptuous dinner from fresh local produce complemented by premier-cru wine of the region.
Continuing along the meandering canal we pass hilltop villages and the magnificent white cliffs of Rochers-du-Saussois, arriving after lunch at Mailly-la-Ville (pop’605) with pretty river mooring.
Take an Afternoon guided tour to the caves of the Grottes-de-Arcy. A fascinating cave system with stalactites, crystal formations, and over two hundred 28,000 year old Palaeolithic cave paintings representing Bears, Rhino, and Mammoth.
Enjoy a traditional Burgundy feast at the Auberge-le-Voutenay,
For a grand night out dine at a Michelin starred Chateau, Private chauffeur included.
Wednesday is morning market day at the picturesque village of Noyers-sur-Serein. A medieval fortified village with 15c timber framed buildings with intricate carvings, it is listed as one of the 159 prettiest villages in France, "Les Plus Beaux Villages de France". Home to many artists, a potter, jeweller, and leather worker. Stroll the cobbled streets and market stalls, buy a little something for friends back home. After a delicious lunch aboard the Randle we make an afternoon cruise along the canal and river Yonne to the pretty Village of Accolay (pop’ 467)
An excellent find and a short walk from our mooring with elegant under-croft restaurant or al fresco dining on balmy evenings.
A morning cruise takes us along the Yonne valley with vineyards coming into view on the hills above. After a gourmet lunch we stop at Vincelles on a pretty river mooring. Enjoy a private tour to the wine villages of Irancy, Chitry, and Chablis. Tour the famous grand-cru vineyards of Chablis or take a private tasting at one of the family vineyards in the surrounding villages.
With riverside setting close to our mooring chef Alain Renaudin prepares gastronomic dishes from fresh local ingredients.
River cruising along the Yonne with open vistas past pretty riverside villages. After a sumptuous lunch we arrive to our final destination, the historic town of Auxerre (pop’ 45,000)
A prosperous town since Roman times, the birthplace of Saint Germain, and designated a town of art and history, it is dominated by the 11-16c cathedral St Étienne overlooking the river. A bustling and modern town it maintains its charming 15c timber framed buildings and cobbled streets, a great place for shopping, take our private tour to the cathedral and historic centre or self guide as you wish.
A charming restaurant where Jérôme and Sylvie Carpentier focus on traditional Burgundy cuisine.
Or dine at one of the many excellent restaurants to be found in town.
After a delicious breakfast aboard we bid you au revoir for your private transfer to your Paris hotel, station, or airport departure lounge.
The suggested itinerary above can be tailored to your exact requirements and focused on your subjects of interest, please contact us with any ideas you may have.
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6 night private barge cruise for up to four Passengers.
Included : 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 1 dinner aboard, tours, entrance fees, evening chauffeur service, and Paris transfers.
Not included : 5 Dinners ashore at local restaurants along our route. Add addition dinners aboard with our Cruise Builder. (Allow $250.00 + wine per person for the five dinners ashore)
|Whole Boat Charter||Before April 18 and after Oct 11||April 19 to May 16||May 17 to Oct 10|
|6 Nights EURO||€11,580.00||€12,875.00||€14,347.00|
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