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No.31A/B/C- Cruise and Explore Beautiful Bourgogne

No.31A/B/C- Cruise and Explore Beautiful Bourgogne

A tour and cruise package featuring three full days of cruising on the delightful Canal du Nivernais in Burgundy, complemented by easy days out on the coach to some of the great attractions of this lovely region and staying in the historic city of Auxerre.

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Our three days of cruising will take us between Auxerre and the medieval town of Clamecy, representing about 22 hours of cruising time over 70km, and passing through 35 locks and a number of lift-bridges.   There is lots of opportunity for strolling the towpath.


For our touring days, we spend a full day at the fascinating castle construction project at Guédelon as featured in a BBC TV series; we visit the UNESCO-listed Basilica at Vézelay followed by a wine tasting at the nearby La Croix Montjoie vineyard, and then the chance to explore the remarkable limestone caves of Arcy; and we allow ourselves a free day to explore or simply relax in Auxerre, which has regular train connections to Dijon and Paris for anyone who cares to venture further afield.


We will dine as a group on our first and last evenings in Auxerre, for the rest of the week we dine-out a la carte in Auxerre using 35-Euro per person vouchers so that guests can choose their own restaurants and dine in their own time.   On our three cruise days we enjoy lunch aboard the boat; and lunch is included for our trips to Guédelon and Vézelay.  Lunch is not included on our travel days, nor for our free day in Auxerre.  There is a free bar on board throughout our cruise days.

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 3* Hotel Normandie in Auxerre, with breakfast

A La Carte Evening Dining (voucher scheme)

Three-day cruise itinerary with on-board lunch and including wine and a free bar

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

Wine tasting at Domaine La Croix Montjoie, Tharoiseau (near Vézelay)

Lunches when visiting Guédelon and Vézelay

Free time in Auxerre



Our Hotel and Meal Plan:


The Hotel Normandie in Auxerre is a well-rated 3* hotel situated only a few minutes walk from Auxerre's spectacular river frontage and its delightful pedestrianised medieval centre.  The hotel is bed & breakfast only but there are many good local restaurants within a few minutes' walk, and guests are provided with restaurant vouchers to the value of 35 Euros to use at restaurants (or bars) of their own choosing.  This should appeal to those who would like to try different establishments and dine a la carte.   We will dine as a group only on our first and last evenings.



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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