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Barging in France: Northern Burgundy

Seine & Yonne River cruise between Paris and Joigny

Enjoy a Northern Burgundy river cruise on the Seine and Yonne rivers between Paris and Joigny, France.

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Sunday, Day 1 - Paris to mooring at Samois-sur-Seine

You are met at your hotel in Paris and travel by private minibus to Samois-sur-Seine, where you will board Aurora for a welcome reception with Champagne and petits fours, followed by a short walk through the village.

Monday, Day 2 - Cruise to Montereau

Possible excursions:

Tuesday, Day 3 - Cruise to Courlon-sur-Yonne

Wednesday, Day 4 - Cruise to the Center of Sens, tonight's mooring

Cathedral St Etienne & Synodal Palace, regarded as the first of the great Gothic cathedrals, with construction beginning in 1130. The architect applied a revolutionary design for the vaulting: the ribbed vault. See the magnificent collection of religious art and private collection of the Bishops. Shopping is available.

Thursday, Day 5 - Cruise to Villeneuve-sur-Yonne

Today we enjoy a picnic and an extensive visit and wine tasting of the most famous Chardonnay in the pretty village of Chablis. Called the "Golden Gate of Burgundy", stroll the narrow stone streets and view houses dating from the 14th to 16th centuries. A must for all wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs.

Friday, Day 6 - Cruise to Joigny

Joigny, a picturesque town with gorgeous townhouses, churches and monuments, is nestled along the first vineyards of Burgundy.

Visit Auxerre, a beautiful medieval city filled with timber houses, church spires, impressive 15th-century clock tower, and a pleasant port on the Yonne river. Shopping is available in this bustling city’s cobblestoned pedestrian streets in the old quarter and open market. There are ample opportunities for pleasant strolls round the city.

Saturday, Day 7 - Joigny & Return to Paris

Breakfast on board followed by a late morning return to Paris (hotels or airport) by private minibus.

NOTE: This is a sample itinerary. Excursions are tailor-made to suit your interests.

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