Hotel Barge ART DE VIVRE - Barging in France -

Barge Cruises on the Canal du Nivernais
Burgundy, France
Between Auxerre and Chevroches

Golf Barge Cruise Itinerary

Barge L'Art de Vivre cruises one of France’s longest-established canals, the Canal du Nivernais in Burgundy. Golfing barge cruises include pre-booked and paid tee times and transfers to and from the golf courses. This region of Burgundy with its charming villages and centuries-old history is truly fascinating.

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Sunday, Day 1 - Chevroches

Guests are met in Paris and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the pretty L’Art de Vivre. The Captain and crew welcome you aboard with a champagne welcome and there is time for a stroll along the towpath before dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 - Chevroches to Lucy-sur-Yonne

After breakfast, we leave Chevroches and enjoy or first gentle cruise along the canal, through the town of Clamecy and on to our mooring at Lucy-sur-Yonne. This is a perfect time for a walk or a bicycle ride along the towpath. After lunch on board, we take a drive to visit the elegant Château de Bazoches, built in the 12th century and whose illustrious visitors included Richard the Lionheart. The château was later remodelled by Maréchal Vauban and there are wonderful views from its elevated hillside setting. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 - Lucy-sur-Yonne to Le Saussois

This morning we transfer to Château de Chailly golf course which was designed by Thierry Sprecher and Géry Watine, professional champion of France in 1989. Around its 16th century chateau, the Chailly golf course offers a magnificent course marrying the classicism of a formal garden with modern golf course construction. We return to the barge for an afternoon cruise through the picturesque Yonne valley to arrive at Le Saussois. Dinner on board. (18 holes, Par 72, 6146m)

Wednesday, Day 4 - Le Saussois to Mailly-la-Ville

This morning, after a leisurely breakfast, we head to the celebrated wine village of Chablis. After viewing the vineyards, we make a private visit to the prestigious Domaine Laroche for a wine-tasting, followed by a tour of the 1000s year old Obédiencerie; originally part of the monastery of St. Martin, this is where the monks developed the craft of winemaking in the Middle Ages and to this day it remains the location for aging the wines. Lunch will be served by a private chef in the Domaine’s dining hall. Later in the afternoon, we return to the barge to cruise through delightful countryside to the sleepy village of Mailly-la-Ville and again there is ample opportunity to enjoy delightful walks or bicycle rides along the towpath. Dinner onboard.

Thursday, Day 5 - Mailly-la-Ville to Vincelles

This morning’s cruise takes us through some charming locks and past rich pasturelands with grazing Charolais cattle to our mooring at Vincelles. After lunch on board we transfer to Golf Château de Tanlay situated in the park of a spectacular castle, in the Burgundy Bourgogne region of France. This 9-hole course covers 2668 meters and was designed in 1989 by the highly acclaimed architect Antoine d'Ormesson who is responsible for some of the most amazing golf course designs worldwide. The tone of the course is set from the start, and follows the route of the canal and affords the player some magnificent views. This is a challenging course that is suitable for all players regardless of ability. Dinner onboard. (9 holes, Par 35, 2668m)

Friday, Day 6 - Vincelles to Auxerre

After breakfast we golf at Domaine du Roncemay Golf & Country Club. This international course, created by Jean Garaialde in 1991, has hosted many of France's famous competitions. In a majestic woodland setting, overlooked by the Château, this course extends around the castle through oak and beech forests onto large green plateaus. Return to the barge moored on the River Yonne in the heart of Auxerre and perhaps later explore this medieval town before the Captain's Farewell Dinner onboard. (18 holes, 6219m)

Saturday, Day 7 - Auxerre

After breakfast, guests are transferred to the designated drop off point in Paris.


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