Sunday – Paris
Exclusive Paris Cruise
You are met at your designated meeting point in Paris and transferred to the Savoir Faire, moored in the center of Paris. Once aboard your Captain and host welcomes you with a Champagne reception and an introduction to your crew and hotel barge. We then begin your exclusive cruise through the heart of Paris past the Eiffel Tower, Louvre art gallery and the towering Notre Dame.This evening enjoy the first of many delicious dinners aboard.
Monday – Paris to Melun
Palace of Fontainebleau
We begin our cruise out of Paris before breakfast, heading upstream to Melun. After lunch your tour guide takes you to 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 Napoleon 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 join the Savoir Faire at her mooring beside the thriving market town of Melun. Dinner aboard.
Tuesday – Melun to Moret-sur-Loing
Vaux la Vicomte – setting of the film “Man with the Iron Mask”
After an early breakfast we visit the Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte (as featured in the Hollywood film “Man in the Iron Mask). You will also have an opportunity to explore the beautiful gardens (golf carts are available for those who prefer not to walk). You then join the Savoir Faire to continue your cruise to Moret-sur-Loing, once a favourite haunt of the great Impressionist, Alfred Sisley.
Wednesday – Moret-sur-Loing to Sens
The mighty Gothic Cathedral of Sens
Before breakfast we start our cruise and join the River Yonne towards the bustling market town of Sens. Enjoy the beautiful countryside as you sip your first coffee of the day. After lunch your tour guide will escort you 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. Afterwards you are free to wander around town. Dinner aboard.
Thursday – Sens to Joigny
Chablis Cellar Visit and Wine Tasting
Today’s cruise 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. This morning is the perfect opportunity to cycle alongside the ship as she glides gently by. After lunch 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. Dinner is served aboard after which you may enjoy a stroll around the lamp lit streets of Joigny.
Friday – Joigny to Auxerre
Cathedral of Saint-Etienne and 15th Century Clock Tower
Our final days cruising takes us to what is undoubtedly one of the prettiest riverside towns in France. Auxerre 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. Upon your return, relax before dinner 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.
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.