SUNDAY - AUXERRE
Guests are meet at Laroche Migennes Train Station at 16:45, or 17:15 at Hotel Maxime in Auxerre, if you have stayed there pre cruise, and transferred to L’Art de Vivre, moored in the historic Quartier de la Marine in the cathedral town of Auxerre. Champagne welcome. Dinner on board.
MONDAY - AUXERRE TO AUGY
The Barge leaves Auxerre on the Canal du Nivernais, at the hamlet of Augy cyclists head off through the cherry orchards up to Vallan, Escamps and Chastenay. Enjoy a cooling break while visiting the subterranean caverns at Taingy, from which the famous Burgundian limestone was extracted to build monuments such as the Pantheon and la Madeleine in Paris, and even the first water tower in Chicago! Buffet Lunch. Return to the barge via Molesmes and Charentenay with optional wine tasting chez Mr.Bon, in the hamlet of Migé. Dinner on board.
TUESDAY - AUGY TO VERMENTON
Our itinerary today takes cyclists up though the narrow streets of Irancy, the latest wine village to be awarded its own appellation-controlée. Continue on a narrow track straight up through the vineyards and plunge down to St Bris where a short break is spent in the 12th C. cellars of Mr.Bersan. Cross country on the ‘Grande Randonnée track 13’ follows with buffet lunch/barbequeue in the grounds of a 17th C watermill. An afternoon cycle circuit takes in Accolay, and Fontenay sous Fouronnes before rejoining the barge at Bazarnes for a short evening cruise to Vermenton. Dinner on board.
WEDNESDAY - VERMENTON TO MERRY SUR YONNE
As the barge leaves Vermenton, cyclists disembark at the first lock and follow the GR 13 along the banks of the River Cure through Bessy and Arcy sur Cure. An old Roman road leads back over the hill down to Pregilbert where L’Art de Vivre is mooring up- lunch ashore. Afternoon cycling to Mailly le Chateau and The Rochers du Saussois, with perhaps a stop at the 14thC tower, studio of local artist M.Rose, before rejoining the barge at Merry sur Yonne. Dinner on board.
THURSDAY - MERRY SUR YONNE TO LUCY SUR YONNE
As the L’Art de Vivre slips its mooring, this mornings ride traverses the Bois d’Arcy and climbs to one of Burgundy’s most picturesque hilltop settings- Vezelay. After discovering the world famous Romanesque Basilica of St.Mary Magdelene, a swoop downhill takes us through St.Père sous Vezelay to meet our chef, setting up a buffet luncheon on the banks of the R.Cure, alongside the mediaeval bridge at Pierre Perthuis. Our afternoon ride is through Fontenay and the forest of Chauffour-Ferrières to the village of Lucy sur Yonne where the barge is moored for the night. Dinner onboard.
FRIDAY - LUCY SUR YONNE TO CLAMECY
A short ride brings us to the the logging and barging museum and Clamecy Cathedral. We then cycle to Dornecy through the Fôret de Champôrnot , buffet lunch somewhere in the greenery, and back to the barge along the towpath, moored at Clamecy. Captains Farewell dinner on board.
SATURDAY - CLAMECY TO AUXERRE
Disembark after breakfast and transfer either to Auxerre or Laroche Migennes train station by 10am.
On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.