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The Joys of the Yonne

The Joys of the Yonne

Join us as we explore the western end of the Canal de Bourgogne and then on downstream on the beautiful River Yonne

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Our easy paced cruising takes us along some of the most intimate of French inland waterways, with our coach taking us 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 an morning Eurotunnel crossing, arriving in Calais approx 10:00 local time. Late Lunch pause in Reims 14:00-15:00. Onward journey on Autoroute to our hotel in Auxerre.


Day 2

Cruise the Canal de Bourgogne between Tonnerre and Flogny-la-Chapelle, lunch aboard, afternoon scenic drive to visit the medieval town of Semur-en-Auxois.

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Day 3

Cruise the Canal de Bourgogne between Flogny-la-Chapelle and St Florentin, lunch aboard, afternoon visit to the Château Ancy-le-Franc (guided), a 16th Century château home to the finest collection of renaissance murals in all of France and considered to be on a par with the Palace of Fontainebleau for its visitor interest.

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Day 4

All day cruise on the Canal de Bourgogne and then the Yonne from St Florentin to Joigny, lunch aboard.

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Day 5

Cruise the Yonne from Joigny to Villeneuve-sur-Yonne, lunch at the riverside Auberge La Lucarne Aux Chouettes, then free time to explore the historic walled town

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Day 6

Cruise from Villeneuve-sur-Yonne to Sens, lunch on board, afternoon free in the cathedral city of Sens with its medieval centre and fine tree-lined boulevards

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Day 7

Cruise downstream from Sens to our final stop at Pont-sur-Yonne, lunch on board and then the coach returns us to Auxerre for some free time in this lovely city before our next-day journey home

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Day 8

Coach departs for home. Lunchtime stop in the walled citadel of Laon. Expected arrival in Kent around 19:00 local 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 crossings

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

  • Hotel stays 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


Our Hotel:


The Hotel Normandie in Auxerre is well-rated 3* hotel situated only a few minutes walk from Auxerre's spectacular river frontage and its delightful pedestrianised medieval centre.  The Normandie does not provide evening meals so we will dine in local restaurants and this is included in the tour price.





Our tour package includes all meals with the sole 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 free of exhaust fumes.  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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