Day 1: SUNDAY
You are met in Paris and driven to the barge, moored in the town of Ravières, where a welcome reception awaits. Later, enjoy your first gourmet dinner on board ‘C’est la Vie.’ (D)
Day 2: MONDAY
Cruise this morning to Ancy-le-Franc. Take a walk through the village and then return to the barge for a buffet lunch. Afterward, visit the Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in the 12th Century by St. Bernard. (B L D)
Day 3: TUESDAY
Visit the gorgeous Renaissance Château d'Ancy-le-Franc, renowned for its 16th-century wall paintings and frescoes that are said to rival those of Fontainebleau. Return to the barge for lunch and an afternoon cruise to the small town of Lézinnes. This evening, have dinner ashore at a charming local restaurant. (B L D)
Day 4: WEDNESDAY
Walk through the cobbled streets of medieval Noyers and wander the local market. View the old ramparts and half-timbered 15th-century buildings along the banks of the Serein River. Then drive back to ‘C’est la Vie’ past wheat fields and grazing animals for lunch and an afternoon cruise on the Burgundy Canal to Tanlay. This is an ideal opportunity to walk along the towpath, visiting the small villages along the way. (B L D)
Day 5: THURSDAY
On a morning cruise, pass through the old town of Tonnerre, whose architecture spans many eras, from Roman to medieval. This afternoon, visit the town of Chablis, where you have the opportunity to taste some of the famous white wines of this region in one of their local cellars and enjoy a drive through hillside vineyards. (B L D)
Day 6: FRIDAY
Cruise toward St-Florentin today. After lunch, drive to Auxerre, a historic town set on the banks of the Yonne River. First settled by the Romans, Auxerre boasts a cathedral, an abbey and a church. Stroll along the narrow, medieval streets and window shop along the way or relax with a coffee at a local café. Return to ‘C’est la Vie’ for a captain’s dinner this evening, ending your cruise in style. (B L D)
Day 7: SATURDAY
After breakfast, you are chauffeured to Paris. (B)
Relax at a canopied teak-wood table on the sundeck of lovely 'C'est la Vie' and sip a glass of Champagne as you float along the Burgundy Canal, watching the ever-changing scenery of vineyard-clad hillsides and charming villages. Moor at Noyers and wander the local market. Visit a local cellar in the town of Chablis and taste the area's famous white wines. Dine one evening at a family-run auberge (inn) . You always return to your beautifully appointed home away from home to relax with an aperitif or stroll along the towpath. 'C'est la Vie' is available for charter, and itineraries can be arranged for chartering parties with special interests.
All meals as indicated by the itinerary (BLD), and all alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages while onboard.
Sightseeing as indicated by the itinerary.
All onboard accommodations while on tour.
Arrival and departure transers.
Fully-guided sightseeing as noted in the itinerary.
Bottled water supplied during Sightseeing.
Handling of two pieces of baggage per person for international fights.
Services of a professional guide.
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