Burgundy boasts some of Europe’s prettiest canal routes
and offers great possibilities for walkers of all abilities. The French
Hotel Barge L’Art de Vivre on the Canal du Nivernais provides a very
comfortable base (with a spa pool in which to relax those joints before
or after a walk) and your own master chef to prepare delicious regional
meals to provide perfect sustenance for a week's walking! An open bar
provides liquid refreshment of all types and a cheerful crew ensure all
your needs are catered for.
With this carefully planned cruise and
walking schedule, you can properly experience the grass roots of
Burgundy! Slow food, smooth cruise, calm walking. In the company of our
professional walking guide saunter along the region’s scenic pathways,
through dreamy old villages, past castles and vineyards. Have no fear,
we provide just the right balance of exploration, exertion and
Sunday, Day 1 - Auxerre
Walking Tour Notes:
Guests are met at the designated meeting point and transferred to the
barge moored in Auxerre. 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 Bailly
After cruising out of Auxerre we leave the barge to walk through
farmland to the village of Vaux. Continuing along the river we arrive
at La Coeur Barrée where we meet the barge for lunch. In the afternoon
we tour the Chablis vineyards ending at St Bris. Here we see the
intricate network of medieval passages beneath the village before
tasting the outstanding wines of the region in the 12th century cellars
of Monsieur Bersan, the region’s foremost producer. Dinner on
Tuesday, Day 3 - Bailly to Accolay
From Vincelottes we wander through the Auxerrois vineyards with superb
views of the Yonne valley below us. En route to the ancient town of
Cravant Donjon we pass through the picturesque village of Irancy, home
of many well known wines. Our afternoon excursion is to the glorious
gothic cathedral of Auxerre. Afterwards there is time to meander
through the mediaeval streets at leisure before returning to our
mooring in Accolay. In the evening we dine in a local restaurant that
is well known for its Burgundian specialities and the standard of its
Wednesday, Day 4 - Accolay to Mailly la Ville
From Accolay we walk the wooded valley of the River Cure, passing the
ruins of Regny Abbey before a gentle traverse back to the Yonne at the
tiny hamlet of Sere where we rejoin the barge. In the afternoon we
visit Noyers sur Serein, one of the most beautiful villages in Burgundy.
Thursday, Day 5 - Mailly la Ville to Lucy sur Yonne
From Mailly we leave the Yonne to walk through open fields to Merry sur
Yonne. En route we stand on top of the dramatic Roches du Saussois,
cliffs that tower dramatically 200 feet above the river. After lunch we
visit the ancient Chateau de Bazoches, home of Sebastien Vauban, the
Frenchman who revolutionised siege warfare in the late 17th
century. Dinner on board.
Friday, Day 6 - Lucy sur Yonne to Chevroches
This morning we visit Vezelay with its stunning romanesque Basilica,
the scene of the “calling” of the Second Crusade in 1146, and its fine
speciality shops. In the afternoon we walk along the canal into
Chevroches. Aboard for our final evening, the Captain hosts our
Farewell Dinner on board..
Saturday, Day 7 - Chevroches
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the designated drop off point (Paris).
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are sample itineraries, which will show guests a sample of
interesting and low to medium difficulty walks through a variety of
landscapes. We have many selection of walks available so just ask.
Clients should bring suitable walking boots and protective
clothing and small backpack. Members will be provided with a compass
and local map.
All of our Walking Cruises will have the services of a
professional local walking guide who is familiar with the terrain. The
guide will carry a hand held radio and cell phone for emergencies.
If you are on a long walk then our crew will meet your group at
a predestined point and serve lunch so that you can continue your walk
without having to return to the barge.
It's not how far nor how fast,
it's the pleasure of the journey that keeps people coming back for more.