HOTEL BARGES / ART DE VIVRE
Classic cruise - Auxerre to Chevroches
Sunday - Auxerre
Guests are met at the designated meeting in Paris point and transferred to the pretty L’Art de Vivre moored in the heart of Auxerre . Following a champagne welcome, you are free to explore this wonderful medieval town, or take a stroll along the banks of the River Yonne before returning for dinner on board.
Monday - 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 - Vincelles
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 a magnificent cathedral situated close to the river. We then return to the hotel barge for our cruise southwards through rich pasturelands past grazing Charolais cattle to the sleepy village of Mailly-la-Ville . Dinner on board.
Wednesday - Mailly la Ville to Le Saussois
This morning, we visit the charming 14th century medieval market village of Noyers-sur-Surein , one of the most beautiful 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 . Again there will be the opportunity to enjoy delightful walks or bicycle rides along the towpath. Dinner ashore tonight at a local restaurant.
Thursday - Le Saussois
to Lucy sur
IIn the morning 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. After lunch back on board L’Art de Vivre, we enjoy a relazing afternoon cruise through the picturesque Yonne Valley to our mooring at Coulanges. Dinner on board.
Friday - Lucy sur Yonne to Chevroches
A morning cruise through beautiful countryside then 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 Château de Bazoches, whose illustrious visitors included Richard the Lionheart. The château was later remodelled by Maréchal Vauban. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Saturday - Chevroches
After breakfast, disembark L’Art de Vivre and transfer to the designated drop off point**.
On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
Biking Cruise – Burgundy
Sunday, Day 1 - Auxerre
Guests are met at the designated meeting point and transferred to the barge moored in Auxerre, Burgundy. 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 - Auxerre to Vincelles
This morning cyclists head off through the cherry orchards up to Vallan, Escamps and Chastenay. Enjoy a cooling break while visiting the subterranean caverns at Taingy, from which the famous Burgundian limestone was extracted to build monuments such as the Pantheon and la Madeleine in Paris, and even the first water tower in Chicago! Buffet Lunch. Return to the barge via Molesmes and Charentenay with optional wine tasting chez Mr. Bon, in the hamlet of Migé. Dinner on board.
Tuesday, Day 3 - Vincelles to Mailly la Ville
Our itinerary today takes cyclists up though the narrow streets of Irancy, the latest wine village to be awarded its own appellation-controlée. Continue on a narrow track straight up through the vineyards and plunge down to St Bris where a short break is spent in the 12th C. cellars of Mr.Bersan. Cross country on the ‘Grande Randonnée track 13’ follows with buffet lunch/barbecue in the grounds of a 17th C watermill. An afternoon cycle circuit takes in Accolay, and Fontenay sous Fouronnes before rejoining the barge at Bazarnes for a short evening cruise to Mailly la Ville. Dinner on board.
Wednesday, Day 4 - Mailly la Ville to Le Saussois
As the barge leaves Mailly la Ville, cyclists disembark at the first lock and follow the GR 13 along the banks of the River Cure through Bessy and Arcy sur Cure. An old Roman road leads back over the hill down to Pregilbert where L’Art de Vivre is mooring up-lunch ashore. Afternoon cycling to Mailly le Chateau and The Rochers du Saussois, with perhaps a stop at the 14thC tower, studio of local artist M.Rose, before rejoining the barge at Le Saussois. Dinner on board.
Thursday, Day 5 - Le Saussois to Lucy sur Yonne
As the L’Art de Vivre slips its mooring, this morning’s ride traverses the Bois d’Arcy and climbs to one of Burgundy’s most picturesque hilltop settings, Vezelay. After discovering the world famous Romanesque Basilica of St. Mary Magdalene, a swoop downhill takes us through St. Père sous Vezelay to meet our chef, setting up a buffet luncheon on the banks of the R.Cure, alongside the mediaeval bridge at Pierre Perthuis. Our afternoon ride is through Fontenay and the forest of Chauffour-Ferrières to the village of Lucy sur Yonne where the barge is moored for the night. Dinner on board.
Friday, Day 6 - Lucy sur Yonne to Chevroches
A morning cruise through beautiful countryside then takes us to Chevroches. Later we cycle to Dornecy through the Fôret de Champôrnot. We enjoy a buffet lunch somewhere in the greenery, and then back to the barge, along the towpath, moored at Chevroche. Captains Farewell Dinner on board.
Saturday, Day 7 - Chevroches
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the designated drop off point.
*Cycling themed cruises are charter only. This sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction. **Various pick up and drop off points are available for charter groups.