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No.20 - Cruising with the Classics

No.20 - Cruising with the Classics

A tour-cruise especially for classical music lovers as our serene cruising along the waterways of Burgundy is complemented by some of the great classical and orchestral works. A classical cruise in more ways than one, we enjoy some 70km of gentle cruising on the Canal du Nivernais and River Yonne, with excursions on the coach to some of the great local attractions of Northern Burgundy.

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Day 1

Our coach departs Folkestone mid-morning with a planned lunch break in or near Reims. From here we continue to our hotel in the village of Vermenton, not far south of Auxerre, where we expect to arrive at around 18:00.

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Day 2

Today we make the short transfer from our hotel into the city of Auxerre, where we enjoy a guided walk around the mediaeval centre with a chance to see the magnificent Cathedral St Etienne and the Abbey of St Gervais. Less mobile guests may prefer to pass on the city centre walk and board early to relax on the boat. There's a fine view of the city to be enjoyed from the riverfront. Lunch awaits us on board the Natalia and we will depart for our cruise at 1pm and continue for today as far as La Cour Barrée, close to the village of Champs-sur-Yonne.

Today's Music Programme - Great Symphonies:

Brahms Symphony No 4
Beethoven Symphony No 7

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Day 3

We re-board at Champs-sur-Yonne and continue our cruise along the Nivernais as far as Cravant, where we then follow the branch canal taking us right into Vermenton where our hotel is located. After lunch aboard we will take the coach to pause at the viewpoint above the vineyards of Irancy, and from here it's a short hop to the iconic wine centre of Chablis where we will enjoy a wine tasting.

Today's Music Programme: A Celebration of Elgar

Cockaigne (London) Overture
Cello Concerto
Chanson de Matin
Bavarian Dances
Serenade for Strings
Nimrod

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Day 4

More relaxed cruising follows as we reboard in Vermenton and return back down the branch canal alongside the River Cure to the Nivernais, where we cruise as far as the village of Mailly-la-Ville. In the afternoon our excursion is to the prehistoric limestone caves known as the Grotte D'Arcy, home to the second oldest known cave paintings in all of Europe. There are about 100 steps in the caves and places where it is necessary to stoop, those preferring can instead relax outside where refreshments are available and there are lovely woodland views.

Today's Music Programme: Oceans, Lakes and Rivers

Mendelssohn - Hebridean Overture
Smetana - Moldau
Sibelius - Karelia Suite
MacCunn - Land of the Mountain and the Flood
Jean Michel Jarré - Fishing Junks at Sunset
Khachaturian - Adagio from Spartacus

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Day 5

Today we return to Mailly-la-Ville to continue our cruising, but first we pause at the neighbouring village of Mailly-le-Château to admire the stunning views of the Yonne Valley. Once aboard, we cruise on as far as Châtel-Censoir, pausing for our on-board lunch at the stunning limestone outcrop of Les Rochers du Saussois, notable for its population of Peregrine Falcons. Mid-afternoon we will return to Vermenton for some free time to explore the village, where there is a delightful stroll through the islands of the Parc des Îles close to the pleasure port. There is also a supermarket in the village useful for some take-home shopping, the beautifully flower-decorated village lavoir is well worth a visit, as is the 12th-14th Century Church of Notre-Dame. In the evening we will visit the restored Cistercian Abbey de Reigny, for our evening meal. The Abbey is only a few minutes from the hotel and occupies a lovely setting alongside the River Cure. Its refectory is one of only three such structures intact post-revolution in all of France.

Today's Music Programme: Great Concertos

Bruch - Violin Concerto
Greig - Piano Concerto
Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto
Beethoven - Piano Concerto No 5 (Emporer)

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Day 6

Today we reboard and cruise for the morning as far as the small town of Coulanges-sur Yonne. After lunch on board, the coach takes us across through some splendid rural scenery to the castle construction project at Guédelon, subject of the recent BBC TV series.

Today's Music Programme:

From the New World

Max Steiner - Gone with the Wind
John Williams - Star Wars
Nino Rota - Godfather Theme
Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue
Anton Karas - The Third Man
Copland - Fanfare for the Common Man
Dvorak - Symphony No 9 - From the New World
Michael Kamen - Suite No 2 from Band of Brothers

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Day 7

This morning the coach takes us first to the hilltop village of Vézelay for an introduction at the visitor centre and then a chance to see the UNESCO-listed Basilica of St Mary Magdalen. From here we continue to Coulanges-sur-Yonne to reboard and enjoy lunch as we cruise our final leg to the mediaeval town of Clamecy.

Today's Music Programme:

Russian Greats

Tchaikovsy - Capriccio Italien
Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No 2
Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition
Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet Overture
Glinka - Rusland and Lyudmila Overture
Maurice Jarre - Lara's Theme
Tchaikovsy - Symphony No 6 -Pathetique

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Day 8

Coach departs for home, with a planned lunch stop in or near Laon.

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

What’s Included:

 

  • Executive Coach Travel

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

  • Eurotunnel or ferry crossings

  • Hotel accommodation at the Logis St François in Vermenton

  • Group Evening Meals with wine – 3-course 3-choice

  • Daily cruise itinerary with on-board lunch and including wine and a free bar

  • An evening meal at the Cistercian Abbaye de Reigny

  • Visits to the Castle of Guédelon, Vézelay, Grötte d'Arcy

  • Free time in Auxerre

 

 

Our Hotel:

 

The 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 on one evening.   This is a comfortable, clean, spacious and quiet hotel, well rated by our visitors throughout the 2018 season.  

 

 

Meals:

 

Our tour package includes all meals with the sole exception of lunch on our travel day, when it is planned to break the journey so that guests can lunch on their own initiative in Reims or Laon.

 

On cruise days an on-board lunch is included and a free bar operates throughout.   As well as teas, coffees and soft drinks, the bar stocks bottled beers and a range of wines including local Chablis, Bourgogne Aligoté and Irancy rouge, Crémant de Bourgogne, and a Provence rosé.  

 

 

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.  The boats has two WC/washrooms.  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, and the hull design ensures that we create minimal wash, and therefore do not add to the problems of bank erosion.

 

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.

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 International Htl Ashford International Hotel
Folkestone Bus Station Bay E, Folkestone

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