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No.33A/B - In Accord - A Musical Cruise Tour

No.33A/B - In Accord - A Musical Cruise Tour

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, staying in the historic city of Auxerre, and all with the musical companionship of local accordionist and recording artist Yves Busato!

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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 visit the lovely medieval town of Noyers-sur-Serein followed by lunch and a wine-tasting in Chablis; we also visit the UNESCO-listed Basilica at Vézelay with the opportunity to explore the remarkable limestone Caves d'Arcy; and we allow ourselves a free day to explore, shop 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.  Yves will join us for our first and final evening meals and will be on board with us on cruise days to give our adventure an authentic French atmosphere!


On our three cruise days we enjoy lunch aboard the boat; and lunch is included for our trips to Chablis 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 to and from Folkestone

  • 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) – 5 nights

  • Group Evening Meals with wine – first and last nights

  • Lunches when visiting Chablis and Vézelay

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

  • Accordion music on board and/or at evening restaurant

  • Visits to Chablis (with wine tasting), Noyers-sur-Serein, the Basilica of Vézelay and Grötte d'Arcy

  • 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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