Your chauffeured private car meets you at your Paris hotel, airport arrivals, or station. Usual pick up time of 2pm .
Arrive to Clamecy, (pop’ 4,500) an old town nestled in rolling landscape of the Nievre region from whence the Nivernais canal gets its name. Welcome aboard with champagne and fait maison gougére pastries. Take a walk into Clamecy with winding cobbled streets and magnificent 16c church St Martin. Clamecy was also the seat of the bishop of Bethlehem for 600 years and a centre of logging for 400, now a picturesque town with a museum of the region and good restaurants.

Evening dining at 2 pieces cuisine; a small and charming restaurant set in the 15c old town bank building. Select from a short menu of excellent seasonal dishes.


We depart at 9am and descend the town lock onto the river Yonne and then onto the Nivernais canal, the morning cruise takes us past the limestone cliffs of Basville and 15c fortified farm. After stopping for lunch we continue to our destination of the day Lucy- sur-Yonne (pop’ 151) with 11c church, river, and old mill pond nearby.

Our guided afternoon tour takes you to Vezelay, an UNESCO world heritage site, fortified town, and grand basilica dedicated to Mary Magdalen which is said to contain her relic. Stroll the pretty streets with many boutique shops, café’s, and restaurants.
Return to the Randle and dine with the captain en  familie at le Clos farm house in the village Lucy, where you will be warmly welcomed and dine in traditional Burgundian style.


9am and we set off along the meandering canal past hilltop villages and the magnificent white coral cliffs of Rochers-du-Saussois. After lunch we arrive at the foot of the hilltop village of Mailly-le-Chateau (pop’ 567) with 14c Chateau perched in the very edge of a tall escapement, and fortified 13c church.

Afternoon guided tour to the limestone caves of the Grottes-de-Arcy , a fascinating cave system which runs for over 500m under the hillside and contains many 28,000 year old Palaeolithic paintings representing Bears, Rhino, and Mammoth.
Evening dining aboard the Randle; our chef prepares a delicious three course dinner complemented with two bottles of excellent local wine. 

Today is morning market day at the plus beau village of Noyers-sur-Serein . A very picturesque fortified village with 15c timber framed houses with intricate carvings, home to many artists, potter, jeweller and leather maker. Stroll the cobbled streets and market stalls, buy a little something for friends back home.
After lunch aboard the Randle we make our way along winding canal and river Yonne to the pretty canal side Village of Accolay .(pop’ 467) once famous for its pottery which is no longer in production.
Evening dining at the Hostellerie-de-la-fontaine, a surprisingly good find in such a quiet village with elegant under-croft restaurant or al fresco on balmy evenings.


9am departure from our mooring as we cruise along the Yonne valley with vineyards coming into view on the hillsides above. After lunch we moor on the river at Vincelles overlooking a watermill with vineyards in the distance.

Take our afternoon guided tour to the pretty wine villages of Irancy and Chitry to try local reds made from Pinot and Cesar grape varieties or if you prefer white, a trip to the famous vines of Chablis with guided tour of the grand-cru vineyards and a degustation in the town.
Evening dining aboard the Randle; our chef prepares a delicious three course dinner complemented with two bottles of excellent local wine.


9.00 The Randle departs, today we are cruising on the river Yonne , with open vistas as we cruise past the pretty riverside villages of Bailly and Vaux , after lunch we arrive to our destination, Auxerre (pop’ 45,000)
Auxerre has been a prosperous town since roman times and is dominated by the 11-16c St Étienne cathedral built on the high ground overlooking the river. Although a bustling and modern town it maintains its 15c charm with many timber framed houses and pretty streets, a great place for shopping or just people watching from one of the busy street side cafés
Evening dining in Auxerre  La P’tite beusaude , a charming small restaurant where the focus is on traditional Burgundy cuisine.

After a your final breakfast aboard we bid you à   bientôt for your chauffeured transfer to your Paris or Dijon hotel, station, or airport.