An exclusive gourmet trip through pastoral scenery of BURGUNDY
First class boat L’ART DE VIVRE - Maximum 8 people 7 Days / 6 Nights
Itinerary * : Sunday, Day 1 Starting from Auxerre Guests are met at our meeting point in Paris** and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the pretty L’Art de Vivre. 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 2 From Auxerre to Vincelles Our morning cruise takes us through some delightful locks and 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 in one of the town’s aged cellars will introduce you to some of the local Petit Chablis and Chablis wines. Dinner on board.
Tuesday, Day 3 From Vincelles 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 lavish Renaissance houses, fine churches and particularly its magnificent cathedral situated close to the river. We then return to the hotel barge for a cruise southwards through rich pasturelands and past grazing Charolais cattle to the sleepy village of Mailly-la-Ville. After your relaxed lunch on board, perhaps this is a good time to enjoy a walk or bicycle ride along the towpath. Dinner on board.
Wednesday, Day 4 From Mailly-la-Ville to Le Saussois This morning, we visit the charming 14th century medieval market village of Noyers-sur-Serein, one of the most beautiful villages in France, on an excursion through delightful countryside. In the afternoon we cruise past the cliffs at Le Saussois, a stunning natural setting with an international climbing centre. There will also be the opportunity to enjoy delightful walks or bicycle rides along the towpath, before dinner ashore at a local restaurant.
Thursday, Day 5 From Le Saussois to Lucy-sur-Yonne Our morning cruise is through the picturesque Yonne Valley to our mooring at Lucy-sur-Yonne. After lunch on board, we enjoy an excursion to the pilgrimage 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. Dinner on board
Friday, Day 6 From Lucy-sur-Yonne to Chevroches A morning cruise through beautiful countryside takes us to our final mooring at the pretty canalside village of Chevroches and again this is a perfect time for a walk or a bicycle ride. In the afternoon, we visit the elegant Château de Bazoches, built in the 12th century and whose illustrious visitors included Richard the Lionheart. The château was later remodelled by Maréchal Vauban and there are wonderful views from its elevated hillside setting. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Saturday, Day 7 Chevroches After breakfast, guests are transferred to Paris**.
*This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction. **other locations available for Private Charter bookings Tour departure dates 2024: Weekly every sunday between April 07 and October 27, 2024 Rates 2024: Per person in double cabin from 4.890 EUR to 5.650 EUR per week Single supplement from 1.800 EUR to 2.100 EUR
Rate includes: • local transfers to and from the hotel barge • a luxury 6 night cruise • all gourmet meals on board catered by the on board Master Chef • all wines/beverages served throughout the cruise • an open bar 24/7 with a large range of drinks • inspiring excursions and entrance fees as per the itinerary • the attentive services of 6 crew members • use of bicycles, spa pool, Wi-Fi (limited speed)
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