The Classic Cruise on the Nivernais Canal and River Yonne
Paris - Auxerre
Meeting at the Hotel Mansart, Paris (April to August cruises) or the Hotel Brighton, Paris (September & October cruises) with a representative of the Luciole at 2.15 pm, followed by a journey to Auxerre in the air-conditioned bus. (Private charters can select an alternative meeting point in Paris if preferred)
Luciole is moored on the impressive river frontage in the city, overlooked by the Cathedral, Parish Church and the Abbey. In these splendid surroundings, we stage a champagne reception on board.
Auxerre - Bailly
A visit into the Historic centre of Auxerre is followed by a cruise out of the city into the beautiful pastoral countryside.
Lunch on board will be taken at Champs, one of several attractive villages along the way.
The afternoon cruise through attractive reaches of the River Yonne concludes at the winemaking centre of Bailly.
Bailly - Vermenton
A morning visit is made to one of the wine caves in the vicinity of Chablis.
The picturesque villages of St Bris, Irancy and Esolives all stand close beside the waterway in beautiful surroundings, and a rendezvous will be made with one of the wine producers in the area.
After lunch, we cruise onwards and up an arm of the canal to a quayside on the River Cure at the small town of Vermenton.
Vermenton - Mailly-la-Ville
A morning drive in the bus takes the group up the valley of the tumbling River Cousin to the historic town of Avallon and the lively weekly market in the streets.
Avallon is the regional centre for shopping, with an inside market also, in addition to the numerous stores in the historic streets.
After lunch, Luciole continues southward along a waterway in which winding stretches of canal mingle with sparkling river sections before we arrive at the village of Mailly-la-Ville.
Mailly -la -Ville - Lucy-sur-Yonne
Cruising ever deeper into the countryside, Luciole enters a region in which dramatic cliffs stand by the waterside, with many opportunities for cycling, strolling or simply enjoying the scenery from the sundeck.
Visits during the day can include the hill town of Mailly-le-Chateau, or the imposing chateau of Bazoches, home in the 17th century to the Maquis de Vauban, France most excellent military engineer.
Lucy-sur-Yonne - Clamecy
From an overnight mooring at the village of Lucy-sur-Yonne, we make the short journey in our bus to Vezelay, to visit the spectacular 12th-century Basilica, which dominates the town.
Here St Bernard preached the 2nd Crusade, and from this hillside, a swathe of rural Burgundy can be seen.
Travelling onwards, Luciole then reaches the delightful Medieval town of Clamecy, a worthy venue for the climax of our cruise.
Clamecy - Paris
An after-breakfast departure for Paris anticipates arrival there at 12.30.
For guests travelling onwards in hired cars from the area, a stop can be made at Auxerre again, on our journey through.