Tennis Barge Cruise Itinerary
Barge L'Art de Vivre cruises one of France’s longest-established canals, the Canal du Nivernais in Burgundy. Tennis themed barge cruises include pre-booked and paid courts and transfers to and from the tennis clubs. This region of Burgundy with its charming villages and centuries-old history is truly fascinating.
Sunday, Day 1 - Auxerre
Guests are met at the designated meeting point and transferred to the barge moored in Auxerre, Burgundy. 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.
Monday, Day 2 - Auxerre to Vincelles
Our morning cruise takes us past vineyard-clad hillsides to Vincelles where we moor in rural bliss. During this morning we play tennis in Auxerre on Roland Garros Red Dirt Court (3 courts available) which, of course, is only found in France. The afternoon excursion is to St Bris with its extraordinary network of medieval passages beneath the town. A wine tasting introduces you to the outstanding Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the 12th-century cellars of Monsieur Bersan. Dinner on board.
Tuesday, Day 3 - Vincelles to Mailly la Ville
Tennis during the morning in Vincelles (2 tarmac courts). Late morning we cruise through rich pasturelands and past grazing Charolais cattle and past dramatic steep cliffs to the market town of Mailly la Ville. During the afternoon, we visit the town of Auxerre which allows us to discover the medieval town center. Originally the capital of Lower Burgundy, Auxerre prides itself on a collection of fine churches. Dinner on board.
Wednesday, Day 4 - Mailly la Ville to Le Saussois
We take a morning cruise southwards to Le Saussois. During the morning we play tennis in Vermenton (2 tarmac courts). In the afternoon we enjoy an excursion to Vézelay, one of Burgundy's most famous treasures with the Romanesque Basilica of St Mary Magdalene, craft shops and fine views of the surrounding countryside. Dinner on board.
Thursday, Day 5 - Le Saussois to Lucy sur Yonne
In the morning we cruise past the Saussois cliffs where an international climbing center creates a spectacular setting to Lucy sur Yonne. During the morning we play tennis at Chatel Censoir (2 tarmac courts). Lunch out at a local auberge. Dinner on board.
Friday, Day 6 - Lucy sur Yonne to Chevroches
A morning cruise through beautiful countryside towards Chevroches. Tennis this morning at Coulange Sur Yonne (2 tarmac courts). In the afternoon, we visit the Château of Bazoches, home of Maréchal Vauban, whose illustrious visitors included Richard the Lionheart. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.
Saturday, Day 7 - Chevroches
After breakfast, guests are transferred to Paris.
- This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
- The itinerary is in reverse direction on alternate weeks.