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The Wine Tasting Cruise

24 – 30 September 2017: One date only!  Check your diary now…

Luciole cruises through the heart of beautiful Burgundy, home to many wonderful wines and grape varieties.

The Wine Tasting week combines appreciation of wine with cruising the Nivernais Canal – the finest waterway in France.

Our cruise route is perfectly situated to visit wine makers in Burgundy and the Loire Valley, including the wine growing regions of Chablis, Auxerre, Beaune, Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé.

The wine cruise itinerary

Sunday
Rendez-vous in Paris at the Hotel Mansart for our peaceful transfer to Luciole.
Captain Francisco welcomes you on board, with Champagne reception and canapés.

Monday
Morning cruise to Vincelles and visit to the impressive Crément de Bourgogne wine caves at Bailly.
Afternoon tasting in Chablis, famed for Chardonnay wines, and the prestigious ‘Grand Cru Hill’.

Tuesday
Breakfast cruise to Accolay before a departure to Beaune. The Pinot Noir grape is grown in this famous wine-producing region of Haute Côte de Beaune. We visit the Marché aux Vins and then enjoy lunch in the esteemed town, before a drive home through the vineyards.

Wednesday
Visit to delightful Irancy, where Pinot Noir and César grapes are blended for the town’s Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOL) red wine. Wine tasting in St Bris, of the Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris grape varieties. The cruise in the afternoon is to Mailly-le-Château.

Thursday
Early morning cruise to Lucy-sur-Yonne, before departure to Sancerre, to enjoy lunch and wine tasting in the hilltop town, followed by a visit to Pouilly-Fumé, close to the banks of the River Loire.

Friday
Morning cruise to Clamecy. Afternoon visit to an organic wine producer, close to the magnificent hill top town of Vézelay with the imposing World Heritage Site basilica.
In the evening, there is time to reminisce over a wonderful week during the farewell ‘Captain’s Dinner’.

Saturday
Morning departure, arriving in Paris Place Vendome at lunchtime.

Included in the cruise price

All-inclusive six night cruise price for individuals

Free return Paris to barge transfer in our air-conditioned bus

Eight en-suite cabins: 3 doubles (can be converted
to twin beds), 3 twins and 2 single cabins

Gastronomic food and carefully selected wines

Our well stocked ‘open bar’ is available to all

Wine tastings throughout the week and lunch in Beaune