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Cruising the Northern Nivernais

Cruising the Northern Nivernais

A delightful summer break in the heart of France as we cruise the historic Canal du Nivernais, one of the best loved of French canals.

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For this cruise-and-stay package we combine easy paced cruising through the rural heartland of Burgundy with visits to the historic cities, fine vineyards and great visitor attractions of Western Burgundy.


This holiday will operate by coach from Kent, with pick-up points including Medway, Maidstone, Canterbury, Dover, Ashford and Folkestone.  For travellers from further afield Buzzlines will arrange hotel accommodation close to a pick-up point as required.  Independent travellers can join the holiday at destination if they wish.

Day 1

Depart Folkestone on a morning Eurotunnel crossing, arriving in Calais approx 10:00 local time. Time permitting, lunchtime pause in Reims. Onward journey via Autoroute to Troyes and N77 via Auxerre, ETA at hotel 19:00. Stay 6 nights at the 2* Logis St François in the village of Vermenton. Evening meal at the hotel.


Day 2

Stroll or coach the short distance to the pleasure port where our boat awaits. Cruise the Canal du Nivernais and River Yonne from Vermenton downstream to Vincelles, lunch on board, then an afternoon visit to a wine cave in Chablis via the viewpoint at Irancy for a presentation and tasting, evening meal in hotel.

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Day 3

Cruise from Vincelles back upstream to Mailly-le-Ville, lunch aboard, coach takes us to Mailly-le-Chateau for its viewpoint, then into Auxerre for a free afternoon sightseeing. Evening meal at the Fontaine Restaurant at Accolay.

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Day 4

We continue our cruise on the Nivernais from Mailly-le-Ville to Châtel-Censoir, lunch aboard at the limstone bluff of Les Rocher du Saussois. Afternoon visit to the prehistoric Caves d'Arcy (guided), evening meal at the Abbaye de Reigny with local jazz band.

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Day 5

Morning visit to the UNESCO-listed Basilica at Vézelay (guided), then cruise the Nivernais from Châtel-Censoir to Coulanges-sur-Yonne, evening meal at the hotel.

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Day 6

Local train from Cravant (dep 09:34) to Coulanges (arr 10:05), then cruise the Nivernais from Coulanges to Clamecy, lunch on board in Clamecy with time then to explore the medieval town centre before returning to Vermenton, evening meal in hotel.

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Day 7

Coach departs 09:00 to return home. Lunchtime stop in Reims or Laon. Head to Calais for a scheduled P&O ferry crossing back to the UK. Expected arrival in Kent around early evening UK time.


B=Breakfast Included, L=Lunch Included, D =Dinner Included

What’s Included:


  • Executive Coach Travel with pick-ups across Kent

  • Assistance with booking taxi connections and/or hotel stay pre-departure

  • Eurotunnel & P&O crossings

  • En route visits to Reims (outbound) and Laon (returning)

  • Hotel stay as described, including breakfast and dinner

  • Daily cruise itinerary with on-board lunch including a glass of wine

  • Tea and coffee throughout cruising

  • Beers and local prestige wines available for purchase on board

  • Coach Excursion programme as detailed

  • Entrance charges to all listed destinations including the train journey Cravant-Clamecy



Our Hotels:


The 2* Logis St François in the village of Vermenton, a no-frills facility recently fully renovated and ideally situated for our cruising the Canal Du Nivernais southwards to Clamecy.   This groups-only hotel is operated by the family who own the nearby Abbaye de Reigny where we eat out or barbecue on one evening.   This is a comfortable, clean, spacious and quiet hotel and although it lacks some of the creature comforts we might expect of a major chain hotel it has an appeal all of its own in its simplicity and warmth of welcome.   We eat-in at the hotel most evenings but dine out in the neighbouring village of Accolay





Our tour package includes all meals with the exception of lunch on our travel days outbound and homebound



On Board Facilities:


Our boat has been designed to comfortably accommodate a coachload of passengers in lounge-standard seating and there is additional seating outside for those wanting to take in the views and fresh air.  There are 6 bikes on board free of charge for anyone who would like to ride the towpath.  The boats has two WC/washrooms and a galley serving beers and wines.  Tea, coffee and drinking water are always available at no charge.  There is no smoking on board.



Environmental Policies


Our boat is hybrid-engined and normally charges overnight from shore supply.  Its diesel engines are only used if battery power is exhausted, so most of the time you can look forward to silent cruising.  The saloon roof is bedecked with solar panels which reinforce battery endurance and support the boat's air conditioning system.


We also operate to a strict waste-avoidance policy.  We try to completely avoid the use of single-use plastics and we operate to a responsible recycling code.  All meals and drinks on board are served using normal crockery, cutlery and glassware.  Our crew also has a brief to support the recovery from rivers and canals of floating litter whenever this is practicable.



Departure from Kent:


Anyone from further afield please feel welcome to join us on this or any other Buzzlines tour.  We are happy to arrange parking for you here in Kent, or we can pick you up from Ashford International Station – only 37 minutes by HS1 from London St Pancras – and help you to find overnight hotel or B&B stops. 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Ashford Park Street Bus Stop A, Ashford
Ashford International Htl Ashford International Hotel
Canterbury St George's Lane, between bus station and Fenwicks
Deal South Street, Deal (surcharge applicable)
Dover Market Square, Dover
Folkestone Bus Station Bay E, Folkestone
Hawkinge Haven Drive, bus stop outside Lidl, Hawkinge
Herne Bay Bus garage High Street, Herne Bay
Hythe North Bound Red Lion Square next to pub, Hythe
M2 Medway North Bound M2 Medway Services, North Bound
Maidstone Bus stop outside Vinters Road Car Park,
Sittingbourne Road, Maidstone
Sandgate Outside Royal Norfolk Pub, Sandgate
Stop 24 Stop 24 Services Junction 11, M20
Walmer Thompson Bell pub, Walmer (surcharge applicable)
Whitstable Bus layby outside Tesco Extra, Whitstable

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