Cruising on the Burgundy Canal, between Tanlay and Venerey-les-Laumes (and reverse)
Sunday, Day 1Tanlay
Cruise route map
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Guests are met at the Westminster hotel
in central Paris and transferred to the hotel barge moored in Tanlay. A full crew welcome aboard with champagne and canapés. After time to settle into your cabin you will enjoy your first dinner on board and an introduction to Burgundy’s excellent cuisine.
Monday, Day 2Tanlay to Lezinnes
Wake to the aromas of ground coffee and French patisseries and enjoy a leisurely breakfast and morning cruise to Lezinnes with the opportunity to cycle or walk into the picturesque village of Saint Vinemer. After lunch we visit the 16th century Renaissance-style Chateau de Tanlay, nestling serenely within this picturesque village, and also the 18th century Fosse Dionne. Dinner on board.
Tuesday, Day 3Lezinnes to Ancy-le-Franc
After breakfast enjoy a lazy cruise up to Ancy-le-Franc with plenty of opportunity to wander or cycle ahead as the vessel ascends through the locks towards the beautiful 16th century Renaissance palace and gardens of Chateau d’Ancy-le-Franc. After lunch we tour the vineyards and town of Chablis, dating back to Roman times, then enjoy a private wine tasting at a renowned winemaker such as the family-run Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard, that makes the most of the region’s wonderful local terroir to produce high quality wines. Dinner on board.
Wednesday, Day 4Ancy-le-Franc to Ravières
Morning visit to medieval Noyers-sur-Serein to admire the local produce, colours and delights of the wonderful market, or to wander the town ramparts in this, one of the most beautiful villages in France. We return to the hotel barge and enjoy a gentle afternoon cruise past grazing Charolais cattle to Ravières followed by a visit to the 16th century Renaissance palace and gardens of Chateau d’Ancy-le-Franc. Dinner ashore at a local restaurant.
Thursday, Day 5Ravières to Montbard
Morning cruise, with excellent walking and cycling opportunities, to Montbard passing the 18th century Forges de Buffon. After lunch, we escort you to the exquisite World Heritage UNESCO site of Abbayé de Fontenay founded by St Bernard in 1118. Representing a distinctive example of early Cistercian architecture and virtually intact, Fontenay allows an exceptional glimpse of Cistercian life and industry with its peaceful gardens and ponds and fascinating cloisters, dormitories and scriptorium. Dinner on board.
Friday, Day 6Montbard to Venarey-les-Laumes
Morning cruise through woodlands and rolling fields, with great towpath biking and walking opportunities, past the tiny canal side villages of Nogent, Courcelles and Les Granges. This afternoon we enjoy a stroll around the hilltop village of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, where the film ‘Chocolat’ was set. On the way from the summit of Mount Auxois, we look at Alesia, the last battle site between the Gauls and Romans that took place in 52 BC. Also time to enjoy the town of Semur-en-Auxois. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Saturday, Day 7Venarey-les-Laumes
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the Westminster hotel
in central Paris.
On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.