Day 1: SUNDAY/AUXERRE
The rendezvous in Paris at the Hotel Mansart with the Luciole representative is at 2.30 pm, followed by the journey to Auxerre in the barge's private bus. There the Luciole herself is moored on the impressive river frontage of the city, overlooked by the Cathedral, the 13th - 15th Century Abbey and Parish Church. A Champagne reception welcomes our guests on board.
Day 2: MONDAY/AUXERRE to BAILLY
A cruise upriver leads us into beautiful pastoral countryside intermingled with sweeping reaches of the River Yonne. After lunch we arrive at the Crement - making centre of Bailly. An afternoon visit is made to a wine cellar in the vicinity of Chablis. The picturesque villages of St. Bris and Irancy, also devoted to wine stand nearby.
Day 3: TUESDAY/BAILLY to ACCOLAY
The morning's cruise along the Nivernais takes us up an arm of the canal to the village of Accolay. In the afternoon we return for a tour to historic Auxerre, providing also a good opportunity to visit the shops and take time to enjoy French provincial life.
Day 4: WEDNESDAY/ACCOLAY to NOYERS-SUR-SEREIN to MAILLY-LE-CHATEAU
From Accolay, we make the short journey to delightful Noyers-sur-Serein. With its friendly market stalls, half timbered houses and turreted ramparts it is easy to see why Noyers is considered one of the most beautiful villages in France. After lunch Luciole continues southwards to a night-time mooring beneath the walls of Mailly-le-Chateau.
Day 5: THURSDAY/MAILLY-LE-CHATEAU to LUCY-SUR-YONNE
A morning drive takes our group to Vezelay, where the spectacular 12th Century Basilica dominates the town. Here St Bernard preached the 2nd Crusade. In the afternoon Luciole cruises through a region where dramatic cliffs stand by the waterside, to an evening mooring at Lucy sur Yonne.
Day 6: FRIDAY/LUCY-SUR-YONNE to CLAMECY
A morning voyage takes us to the delightful Medieval town of Clamecy, a worthy venue for the climax of our cruise. : Our final visit is to the imposing Chateau of Bazoches. Set on a hillside amidst splendid rolling countryside, this was the 17th Century home of the Marquis de Vauban, France's great military engineer.
Day 7: SATURDAY/CLAMECY
An after-breakfast departure, in our bus for Paris anticipates arrival there around 1pm. For guests wishing to travel elsewhere in France, by train or hire car, a stop can always be made in Auxerre again on our journey up to Paris.