No.31C - The Picturesque Nivernais
Our three days of cruising will take us between Auxerre and the medieval town of Clamecy, representing about 22 hours of cruising time over 70km, and passing through 35 locks and a number of lift-bridges. There is lots of opportunity for strolling the towpath.
For our touring days, we spend a full day at the fascinating castle construction project at Guédelon as featured in a BBC TV series; we visit the UNESCO-listed Basilica at Vézelay followed by a wine tasting at the nearby La Croix Montjoie vineyard, and then the chance to explore the remarkable limestone caves of Arcy; and we allow ourselves a free day to explore or simply relax in Auxerre.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Executive Coach Travel
Assistance with booking taxi connections and/or hotel stay pre-departure
Eurotunnel or ferry crossings
Hotel accommodation at the Logis St François in Vermenton
Evening meals with wine, and including dining-out at the Abbaye de Reigny
Three-day cruise itinerary with on-board lunch and including wine and a free bar
Visits to the Castle of Guédelon, Basilica of Vézelay and Grötte d'Arcy
Wine tasting at Domaine La Croix Montjoie, Tharoiseau (near Vézelay)
Lunches when visiting Guédelon and Vézelay
Free time in Auxerre
Our Hotel and Meal Plan:
The Logis St François in the village of Vermenton, recently fully renovated and ideally situated for our cruising the Canal Du Nivernais between Auxerre and Clamecy. This groups-only hotel is operated by the family who own the nearby Abbaye de Reigny where we dine on one evening. This is a comfortable, clean, spacious and quiet hotel and although it lacks some of the creature comforts we might expect of a major chain hotel it has an appeal all of its own in its simplicity, generous space and warmth of welcome.
Our package includes all meals, with a continental breakfast every day at the hotel; lunches either on board the boat or at a restaurant; and evening meal either at the hotel or dining out as described, with three courses and a choice of menu. Wine is included with all lunches and dinners.
Lunch is however not provided for our free day in Auxerre, nor for our travel days.
On Board Facilities:
Our boat has been designed to comfortably accommodate a coachload of passengers in lounge-standard seating and there is additional seating outside for those wanting to take in the views and fresh air. The boats has two WC/washrooms. There is no smoking on board.
Our boat is hybrid-engined and normally charges overnight from shore supply. Its diesel engines are only used if battery power is exhausted, so most of the time you can look forward to silent cruising. The saloon roof is bedecked with solar panels which reinforce battery endurance and support the boat's air conditioning system, and the hull design ensures that we create minimal wash, and therefore do not add to the problems of bank erosion.
We also operate to a strict waste-avoidance policy. We try to completely avoid the use of single-use plastics and we operate to a responsible recycling code. All meals and drinks on board are served using normal crockery, cutlery and glassware. Our crew also has a brief to support the recovery from rivers and canals of floating litter whenever this is practicable.Back to top