Guests are met at the ideally positioned Hotel Westminster in Paris and transferred by private, chauffeured minibus to the pretty LArt de Vivre.
Following a Champagne welcome, you are free to explore the Medieval town of Auxerre, or take a stroll along the banks of the River Yonne before returning for dinner on board.
Auxerre to Vincelles
Our morning cruise takes us through some delightful locks and past vineyard-clad hillsides to our rural mooring at Vincelles.
The afternoon excursion is to Chablis, home of one of the most famous white wines in the world.
A tasting in one of aged cellars in the town will introduce you to some of the local Petit Chablis and Chablis wines.
Dinner on board.
Vincelles to Mailly-la-Ville
After breakfast, our excursion is to the medieval town of Auxerre.
Originally the capital of Lower Burgundy, the town prides itself on its fine churches and particularly the magnificent cathedral situated close to the river. There are numerous lavish Renaissance houses here.
We then return to the hotel barge for a cruise southwards through rich pastures, past grazing Charolais cattle to the sleepy village of Mailly la Ville.
After your relaxed lunch on board, perhaps this is a good time to enjoy a walk or bicycle ride along the towpath.
Dinner on board.
Mailly-la-Ville to Le Saussois
This morning we visit the charming 14th century medieval village of Noyers sur Surein, one of the most beautiful villages of France, on an excursion through delightful countryside.
In the afternoon we cruise past the cliffs at Le Saussois, a stunning natural setting, with an international climbing center. The cliffs hide a hidden romantic sign... can you spot it?
There will also be an opportunity to enjoy delightful walks or bicycle rides along the towpath before dinner ashore in the 5 star hotel Le Chateau de Vault-de-Lugny. This secluded and romantic setting dates back almost 900 years!
Le Saussois to Lucy-sur-Yonne
In the morning, we continue our journey through the Yonne Valley to our mooring at Lucy-sur-Yonne. After lunch on board, we enjoy an excursion to the fascinating pilgrimage town of Vezeley, one of Burgundys most famous treasures. Savour the light and atmoshere within the Romanesque Basilica of St Mary Magdalene, the perfect place for some quiet contemplation. In the village, you'll discover craft shops and fine views of the surrounding countryside.
Lucy-sur-Yonne to Chevroches
After our busy afternoon yesterday, now is the time to relax and admire the scenery during our morning cruise through beautiful countryside to our final mooring at the pretty canalside village of Chevroches.
In the afternoon, we visit the elegant Chateau de Bazoches, built in the 12th century and known as a fine example of a trapezoidal construction. Illustrious visitors to the chateau included Richard the Lionheart.
The chateau was later remodelled by Marechal Vauban and there are wonderful views from its elevated hillside setting.
Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.
After breakfast, guests are transferred to the Hotel Westminster in Paris.