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No.34A/B - A Cruise in Historic Bourgogne

No.34A/B - A Cruise in Historic 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 historic attractions of this lovely region, being supported by local guides, and staying in the beautiful 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.

 

Passing through scenic and sparsely populated country on the western edge of the Morvan regional park, the Canal du Nivernais is arguably the prettiest of the many canal cruise routes in central and eastern France.  The Canal provides a link between the Loire Valley to the south and the Paris basin to the north, and its mix of river and canal sections make it an infinitely varying and interesting waterways journey.

 

 

For our touring days, we will first visit the UNESCO-listed Basilica of St Mary Magdalen at Vézelay with its fine hilltop views before we pause on the way back to Auxerre at the Gallo-Roman archaeological site at Éscolives.  Then we visit the delightful "plus-beaux village" of Noyers-sur-Serein before enjoying lunch in the iconic wine town of Chablis and continuing on for an afternoon visit to UNESCO-Listed Abbaye de Fontenay, near Montbard.  And finally we schedule a morning visit to the renaissance Château Ancy-le-Franc before allowing ourselves a free afternoon to explore historic Auxerre.

 

We will dine as a group on our first and last evenings in Auxerre, and for one evening out at the Cistercian Abbaye de Reigny.  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 Vézelay, Chablis and Ancy-le-Franc.  Lunch is not included on our travel days.  There is a free bar on board throughout cruising.

 

We should caution that because of the visits to historic buildings in this programme, there will be quite a lot of walking and some stairs to manage.  Some parts of the programme may not be suitable for anyone with impaired mobility.

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) – 4 nights

  • Group Evening Meals with wine – first and last nights

  • Group Evening meal at the Abbaye de Reigny

  • Lunches when visiting Vézelay, Chablis and Ancy-le-Franc

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

  • Guided Visits to Vézelay, Éscolives, Noyers-sur-Serein, Fontenay Abbey, Château Ancy-le-Franc

  • 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 for four evenings 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 and on one evening midweek when we dine at the historic Abbaye de Reigny.

 

 

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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