Wine Appreciation Barge Cruise Itinerary
Barge L'Art de Vivre cruises one of France’s longest-established canals, the Canal du Nivernais in Burgundy. This comprehensive wine itinerary includes additional winery visits, private tastings, the services of a professional wine guide, and an upgrade of the wine list to include additional premier and grand cru wines.
Sunday, Day 1- Chevroches
Guests are met at their choice of location in Paris and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to L'Art de Vivre moored in Chevroches. Following a Champagne Welcome and an outline introduction to the week’s wine cruise you are free to take a stroll or cycle ride before returning for dinner on board.
Monday, Day 2 - Chevroches to Lucy-sur-Yonne
After breakfast, we leave Chevroches and enjoy our 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
An early start after breakfast for the drive to Beaune arriving late morning for a tasting in the Grand Cru vineyards at Puligny Montrachet which include Philippe Chavy or Philippe Duvernay (Chassagne). Lunch in the center of Beaune followed by a visit to the famous Hotel Dieu Hospices de Beaune. This afternoon drive north through the Côte de Nuits vineyards passing Romanée Conti and Clos Vougeot and arrive back on board for short evening cruise to Le Saussois and a light dinner on board.
Wednesday, Day 4 - Le Saussois to Mailly-la-Ville
In the morning we cruise past the prehistoric coral reefs, which now form the spectacular cliffs at Le Saussois, a favorite rendezvous for rock climbers. From here 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 while sipping a glass of wine from the ancient monastic vineyard. Dinner on board.
Thursday, Day 5 - Mailly-la-Ville to Vincelles
Morning cruise past gently rolling hills and vineyards interspersed with cherry orchards. Charolais cattle glance up as we pass them grazing in the lush fields alongside the river. Cruise through lunch. At St Pallaye our wine guide takes us over the nearby hills to the legendary vineyards surrounding the world-famous town of Chablis. A tour of the Grand Cru vineyards is followed by an exclusive visit to a state of the art winery, either Domaine Laroche or perhaps Domaine William Fevre. Return to the barge at Vincelles. Dinner on board.
Friday, Day 6 - Vincelles to Auxerre
This morning we take in the rustic beauty of vineyard-clad slopes as we cruise to Auxerre. After lunch, accompanied by our wine guide, we drive to St Bris with its extraordinary network of medieval passages beneath the town. Following a tour of the Bersan family's 12th-century cellars we taste the unique selection of wines made in this little-known Burgundian village. Captain Farewell Dinner on board.
Saturday, Day 7 - Auxerre
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to central Paris.
- Wine-themed barge cruises are charter only.
- On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.
- This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.