The river Yonne flows north to the Seine at Montereau, where it is the greater of the two rivers. An important trade route for centuries transporting wine, timber, and stone to ever expanding Paris. Now it is a quiet, meandering, and picturesque river set within a valley of wooded hillsides, historic towns, and famous vineyards. Travel in the footsteps of impressionist artists Turner and Sisley along this beautiful river.
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.
You chauffeured private car meets you at your Paris hotel, airport arrivals, or station. Usual pickup time 2pm for onward transfer to Auxerre (pop. 45,000).Welcome aboard the Randle with captain’s Champagne reception, and homemade gougére pastries.
Auxerre has been a prosperous town since roman times and is dominated by the 11-16c St Étienne cathedral built on the high ground overlooking the river. Although a bustling and modern town it maintains its 15c charm with timber framed buildings and cobbled streets.
A small charming restaurant where Jérôme and Sylvie Carpentier focus on traditional Burgundy cuisine.
A days cruising along the river Yonne, stopping for lunch at the pretty riverside village of Gurgy takes us to the town of Joigny (pop. 11,012).
English Romanticist JMW Turner sketched here in 1820 and the town still remains much the same today. Joigny was fortifed in the 10th Century and still retains its eastern ramparts and gate towers, cobbled streets and ancient buildings.
Run by Catherine Lorain, the daughter of a Michelin
chef, le Rive Gauche offers gourmet dining and
splendid river views.
Today we take a morning cruise to Villeneuve-surYonne (pop. 5,200). Founded in 1163 by King Louis VII. King Phillip II Augustus held Parliament here in 1204, and the impressive fortifed city gates still remain intact today.
I riverside restaurant once owned by well-known French actress and dancer, Leslie Caron.
Today’s morning cruise takes us to Sens (pop. 26,600), with its mighty Gothic 12c cathedral St Etienne, the frst of its kind in Europe. Enjoy a tour through this popular market town. Our overnight mooring is just five minutes from the town centre.
To quote the chef Patrick Gauthier; “The kitchen starts in the morning at the market, these are the products that dictate the chefs’ recipes, plus a little love and a lot of passion.”
Today we make a cruise to the riverside village of
Missy-sur-Yonne, Stopping on the way at
Pont-sur-Yonne for lunch, it is close to where
Napoleon was victorious against the Austrian army in
1814. Take an Afternoon tour to the ancient fortifed
and UNESCO listed town of Provins, or visit nearby
18c Chateau Motte Tilly
A quaint Riverside restaurant close to our mooring
Today we cruise onto grand river Seine, which takes us to our destination, Moret-sur-Loing. Where 19c Impressionist William Sisley painted from the banks of the river and it still remains a very charming and picturesque town today.
Take an afternoon tour to the nearby grand and ornate Chateau de Fontainebleau, the country residence to the Kings and Queens of France for over seven centuries.
Our chef Gael prepares a delicious three course dinner complemented with selected a premier cru wine of the region.
After breakfast aboard we bid you á bientót for your
chauffeured transfer to your Paris hotel,
station, or airport.