France Barge Cruise

BURGUNDY

Auxerre to Moret-sur-Loing

From one of the prettiest riverside towns in France to one of the greatest royal palaces of Europe

Sunday – Auxerre

Welcome Aboard

Your chauffeurs collect you from your Paris hotel for the scenic drive to the “Savoir Faire”, moored alongside half timbered houses and the mighty cathedrals of Auxerre. Your hosts welcome you aboard with a Champagne Reception and an introduction to your crew and ship.
Once you have settled in, you may like to stretch your legs and take a leisurely stroll or bike ride along the riverbank. Relax before dinner with a glass of wine and enjoy the best view in town from the panoramic deck of the “Savoir Faire”. Candlelit crystal and gleaming silverware add to the romantic ambience of what promises to be the first of many memorable evenings.

Monday – Auxerre to Joigny

Wine Tasting in Chablis

After breakfast we take a drive to Chablis, town to some of the greatest white wines in Burgundy. We have selected a small family vineyard for an intimate tour of their cellar and an insightful introduction to the secrets of this ancient art. A comprehensive wine tasting rounds off this fascinating visit. We then return to the Savoir Faire for lunch and start our cruise that takes us along the upper reaches of the Yonne to the market town of Joigny, where cobbled streets and timbered-framed buildings take you back to a bygone era. Today is the perfect opportunity for those who wish to cycle alongside the ship as she glides gently by. Dinner is served aboard after which you may enjoy a stroll around the lamp lit streets of Joigny. Dinner is served aboard.

Tuesday – Joigny to Villeneuve

Auxerre Tour

After breakfast we drive back to Auxerre. Your tour guide is at hand to accompany you on a leisurely walk through what is undoubtedly one of the prettiest riverside towns in France. This is the capital of Lower Burgundy and is situated in the heart of a wine growing area most famous for its Chablis wine. Its skyline is punctuated by church spires and its streets lined with timbered 16th century houses. You shall visit the Cathedral of Saint-Etienne dominating the skyline. Behind its apparent simplicity lies one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in France. The town’s magnificent monuments, which include a splendid 15th Century clock tower, all bear witness to a remarkable historical past. The center, which is classified as a protected area, is best visited on foot. We then return to the savoir Faire and continue our cruise to Villeneuve. Dinner is served aboard.

Wednesday – Villeneuve to Sens

The mighty Gothic Cathedral of Sens

During breakfast we begin our cruise to the bustling market town of Sens. Enjoy the beautiful countryside as we cruise gently past sleepy villages and picturesque landscapes. After lunch your tour guide will escort you by foot into Sens for a private guided tour of the Cathedral of St Stephen, the first of the great Gothic cathedrals of France. The beauty of the exterior dominates the main square of Sens. Begun in 1140 AD, this magnificent building houses one of the richest treasuries in France. Enjoy the town and soak up the atmosphere. Dinner is served onboard.

Thursday – Sens to Courlon

UNESCO World Heritage Site

Todays cruise takes us along the the Yonne to our countryside setting at Courlon. This section is perfect for sitting on deck and enjoying the beautiful countryside. After lunch we take a drive to Provins, a town famed for its medieval fairs. In 2001 it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Time allowing we shall take in a medieval show performed amongst the ramparts of the fortified walls.
We then return to the savoir Faire to enjoy a well earned drink and relax before dinner.

Friday – Courlon to Moret-sur-Loing

The Chateau of Fontainebleau

We start our final leg of our cruise during breakfast as we join the river Seine, which eventually flows into the Atlantic Ocean. After lunch we visit the Palace of Fontainebleau. It’s often referred to as the “House of Centuries” due to the fact that every French monarch from Francois I to Napolean III has left their mark upon this magnificent chateau. To walk through the splendor of the inner sanctuaries of noble kings and queens is to step back through time. We then join the Savoir Faire for an aperitif before your delicious Captains Farewell Dinner.

Saturday – departure

A Sad Farewell

Finally time to say farewell to the Savoir Faire and her Captain and crew, but not before a rather special breakfast. After all, we wouldn’t want you leave hungry!! Bags are loaded by 9.30am and off we drive to your designated destination in Paris.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions.