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Itinerary

Burgundy Cruise: From Ravières to St Florentin

Sunday : Welcome to C'est la Vie!
Paris to the " C'est la Vie" moored in Ravières
Your party will be met in Paris at 3pm by our driver and driven to the "C'est la Vie" which is moored in the town of Ravières.
A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first gourmet dinner aboard.

Monday : Sightseeing Abbey of Fontenay
Cruise to Ancy le Franc
Morning cruise to the village of Ancy le Franc, which will allow you time to walk off breakfast of locally baked croissants and other pastries.
After a buffet lunch you will be driven to the Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay founded by St Bernard. Dating back to the 12th Century it is listed on the Unesco World Heritage site.
Returning to the "C'est La Vie" for dinner.

Tuesday : Sightseeing Chateau of Ancy la Franc
Cruise to Lézinnes : Dinner ashore at Le Pot d'Etain
You can walk or be driven for this morning's visit to the gorgeous Renaissance chateau of Ancy le Franc. Renowned for its 16th-century wall paintings and frescos (which are said to rival Fontainebleau), Ancy-le-Franc has been extensively and sensitively renovated.
Return to the "C'est La Vie" for lunch and an afternoon cruise to the small town of Lézinnes. From here, you will be driven to the village of L'Isle sur Serein for your dinner ashore at the family run restaurant of "Le Pot d'Etain". 

Wednesday : Sightseeing Noyers with its local market
Cruise to Tanlay .
Morning visit to the medieval town of Noyers . Where you can walk through the cobbled streets enjoying the local market and discover the old ramparts and half timbered buildings from the 15th /16th centuries along the banks of the river Serein.
Drive back to the "C'est La Vie" through fields of wheat and grazing animals for lunch and an afternoon cruise on the Burgundy Canal to Tanlay now lined by poplar trees, a perfect moment to put on your walking shoes and explore the towpath and small villages along the way.
Dinner aboard.

Thursday : Sightseeing Chablis
Cruise to Flogny la chapelle
We take a morning cruise and pass through the old town of Tonnerre with buildings from many eras, including Roman and Medieval, before our afternoon visit to the town of Chablis, where you can taste some of the famous white wines of this region in one of their local cellars and enjoy a drive through vine yards which cover the hill sides for as far as the eye can see.
Returning to the " C'est la Vie for another gourment dinner aboard

Friday : Sightseeing in Auxerre
Cruise to St Florentin
This morning's cruise will take us to the town of St Florentin by early afternoon. After lunch drive to the town of Auxerre . On the banks of the river Yonne this historic town, first settled by the Romans boasts a Cathedral, an Abbey and a Church.
With buildings dating back to medieval times this is the ideal place to stroll along its narrow streets and window shop or just sit and relax with a coffee in one of its many cafés reflecting on Napoleon, Joan of Arc or Charles VII who all passed through this elegant town.
Return to the "C'est La Vie" for the Captain's Dinner, which ends your cruise in style.

Saturday : Return to Paris
After breakfast, you'll be chauffeured back to Paris for the end of the morning.
We hope to see you again on the " C'est la Vie"!

Please note that the itinerary can be in the opposite direction.
This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

In the Upper Loire region, from Sancerre to Montargis

Sunday: Welcome to the C’est la Vie!
Paris to the “C’est la Vie” moored on the Canal Latéral to the Loire. 

Your party will be met in Paris at 3pm by our driver and driven to the C’est La Vie moored in the hamlet of “ Les Fouchards” situated 6 miles from Sancerre , and close to Cosne sur Loire, which is just the other side of the Loire river. With a glass of champagne to welcome you to the C’est La Vie, and after introductions to the crew, you have time to settle into your spacious cabins before your first gourmet dinner aboard. 

Monday: Sightseeing Sancerre
Cruise to Beaulieu
On our way, this morning we cruise to the village of Beaulieu, after lunch we take a short drive through the vineyards to visit to the fortified town of Sancerre , where you will have a private wine tasting of this famous Sauvignon Blanc. This hill top medieval site gives you panoramic views over the Loire river and of the neighbouring vineyards of Pouilly Fumé . Returning to the “C’est la Vie for dinner.

Tuesday : Sightseeing Chateau of St Fargeau
Cruise to Ouzouer sur Trézée
This morning’s cruise takes us to the town of Ouzouer sur Trézée , crossing over the Loire river at Briare on the “Pont Canal”, this aqueduct designed by Gustave Eiffel, construction of this canal bridge started in 1890.
The Château of St Fargeau is this afternoon’s destination, dating from the 10th century; it was built by the bishop of Auxerre and has undergone many additions and restorations over the following years. Returning on board in time for cocktails and dinner.

Wednesday: Sightseeing Faiencerie of Gien , Dinner ashore
Cruise to Rogny -les -Sept-Ecluses
From Ouzouer sur Trézée we drive to the town of Gien , the world famous centre for French table ware after a visit to the pottery, take a walk through this market town and discover its remarkable history, on the banks of the Loire river there has been a settlement here since Romans times. Back on board for lunch and an afternoon cruise to the town of Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses , there you will see 7 remarkable old locks, (hence its name Sept Ecluses ) dating back to the reign of Henry IV, it was a major feat of engineering for its time. Tonight we dine ashore at a local restaurant.

Thursday : Sightseeing Château of Sully sur Loire
Cruise to Montbouy
If you haven’t already put on your walking shoes, now is the perfect time as we cruise to the village of Montbouy . After lunch you will be driven to the Château of Sully, it is a prime example of a medieval fortress built by the river Loire, from the latter part of the 14th Century with such royal visitors as Queen Anne of Austria (Louis XIV mother) and Cardinal Mazarin , it deserves its place in history. We head back to the C’est La Vie with time to relax before dinner.

Friday: Sightseeing Montargis
Cruise to Montargis
Meandering along the canal, Montargis is our last port of call, with its 131 bridges, you can see why its nick name is “little Venice”, after lunch take a stroll around and discover the feudal castle, the half timbered buildings, shops and cafes. Perhaps buying some Pralines for which Montargis is famous. The C’est La Vie awaits your return for the Captains dinner, which ends your cruise in style.

Saturday: Return to Paris
After breakfast, you will be chauffeured back to Paris for the end of the morning.
We look forward to your company again on the “C’est la Vie”!

Please note that the itinerary can be in the opposite direction.
This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.