The Nivernais Canal — Auxerre to Chevroches, near Clamecy
Sunday, Day 1Auxerre
Cruise route map
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Guests are met at the Westminster Hotel
in Paris and transferred to the barge moored in Auxerre. Following a champagne welcome, you are free to explore the medieval town of Auxerre or take a stroll along the banks of the River Yonne before returning for dinner on board.
Monday, Day 2Auxerre to Vincelles
Our morning cruise takes us past vineyard-clad hillsides to our rural mooring at Vincelles. The afternoon excursion is to Chablis, home of one of the most famous white wines in the world. A tasting at family run winery, Jean-Marc Brocard will introduce you to some of the local Petit Chablis and Chablis wines. Dinner on board.
Tuesday, Day 3Vincelles to Mailly-la-Ville
After breakfast, our excursion is to the medieval town of Auxerre. Originally the capital of Lower Burgundy, the town prides itself on its fine churches and particularly its magnificent cathedral. We then return to the hotel barge for a cruise southwards through rich pasturelands past grazing Charolais cattle to the town of Mailly-la-Ville. Dinner on board.
Wednesday, Day 4Mailly-la-Ville to Le Saussois
This morning, we visit the charming 14th century medieval market village of Noyers, one of the most beautiful villages in France, on an excursion through delightful countryside. In the afternoon we cruise past the Saussois cliffs where an international climbing centre creates a spectacular setting. There will also be the opportunity to enjoy spectacular walks before dinner ashore at a local auberge.
Thursday, Day 5 Le Saussois to Lucy-sur-Yonne
Vezelay village and Abbey
In the morning we enjoy an excursion to the town of Vézelay, one of Burgundy’s most famous treasures with the Romanesque Basilica of St Mary Magdalene, craft shops and fine views of the surrounding countryside. Lunch on board followed by an afternoon cruise through the Yonne Valley to arrive at Lucy-sur-Yonne. Dinner on board.
Friday, Day 6 Lucy-sur-Yonne to Chevroches
A morning cruise through beautiful countryside then takes us to Chevroches. In the afternoon, we visit the Chateau of Bazoches, whose illustrious visitors included Richard the Lionheart and which was later remodelled by Maréchal Vauban. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Saturday, Day 7Chevroches
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the Westminster Hotel
On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change