Departure Date: 12/05/2020
Go Barging in France... Spend 2 nights in Paris at the Marceau Bastille - Gare de Lyon. See the city sights, enjoy the delicious cuisines and wines and experience the French culture first hand... Unwind and delight in the scenic valleys of Nivernais & Loire
Stately châteaux, colourful gardens, flourishing vineyards, medieval villages and larger Roman towns create an idyllic landscape for boating in the Nivernais & Loire Valleys. Let yourself meander through beautiful valleys, take the bikes for a spin and enjoy some of the world-class wines these regions are famous for.
A fabulous cruise through wine country past bustling cities and sleepy towns brings you into France’s warm embrace. The blend of city fun and rural scenery inspired you to try canal boat holidays in France. You’ve just set off from the wine centre of Tannay, and you’re heading past scenic Clamecy into the heart of the Nivernais! Sightseeing at historic châteaux, relaxing by the swimming pool or doing some fishing, it’s all ahead on your leisurely trip!
Key towns and villages on your cruise:
Tannay, Villiers-sur-Yonne, Chevroches, Clamecy, Coulages-sur-Yonne, Lucy-sur-Yonne, Chatel-Censoir, Merry-sur-Yonne, Mailly-le-Château, Pregilbert, Bazarnes, Accolay, Vermenton, Vincelles-Vincelottes, Champs-sur-Yonne, Vaux, Auxerre, Gurgy, Appoigny, Bassou, Migennes.
The perfect boating region for...
Take a tour of the Chablis wine district in the Nivernais or the famous Sancerre vineyards of the Loire! Particular viticultural highlights include the vineyards of Tannay, the Domaine Bernaert wine cellars in Accolay and the Maison des Sancerre which provides a full breakdown on the 300 vineyards in the area.
History & Heritage
The Nivernais & Loire region is famous for its ancient cathedral cities and medieval villages. See the Cathedral of St. Etienne in Sens and the Basilique du Sacre Coeur in Paray-le-Monial! The gardens of the Château du Pont Chevron in Ouzouer-sur-Trezee are also beautiful.
In the Nivernais & Loire, you'll find unspoilt countryside rich in wildlife. Colourful flowers grow wild on the banks. More than 180 species of birds call the waters home. Grey herons, kingfishers, wagtails and kites are amongst them. Trek in beautiful Vaudeurs, a bird-watcher's heaven.
Bicycle tours are great just about everywhere in the Nivernais & Loire. The Voie Verte cycle path on the Canal du Nivernais runs for 180 kilometers (112 miles). It's well kept and very beautiful.
Fine restaurants can be found throughout the Nivernais & Loire, a Mecca for French gastronomy. La Madeleine, a 1-star Michelin-rated eatery in Sens, serves foie gras with blackcurrants. In Joigny, you'll find La Côte St. Jacques (2 stars from Michelin) with a superb view over the River Yonne
Return flights from Johannesburg to Paris, Charles de Gaulle Airport, approx. airport taxes, return airport hotel transfers in Paris, a 2 night stay in Paris at the Marceau Bastille - Gare de Lyon, 7 nights onboard Le Boats fully equipped boat called the Clipper in the comfort category, Collision Damage Waiver Insurance, a One-way fee (for one way cruises only), Towels & Linens, Technical support and On-board cruising information (based on 4 people sharing the boat).
7 Nights from R31,595 pps
These offers are brought to you by Travel Counsellors (Pty) Ltd. Valid for travel: 12 – 24 May 2020. Valid for sale until: 29 February 2020. Note: A Fuel Deposit is payable on arrival along with the Security Deposit also payable on arrival. The boat price is based on 4 people sharing. Excludes: Taxi transfers and other transport to and from the bases, Optional holiday extras (i.e. bicycles, cleaning pack, BBQ, etc.), Meals / Groceries, Marina fees and a Security Deposit. Excl. train from Paris Bercy Bourgogne-Pays d’Auvergne to Clamecy and transfer from Clamecy to Tannay. Excludes transfer from Laroche Migennes Train Station and the train from Laroche-Migennes to Paris Bercy Bourgogne.Offers are per person sharing. Rates for other periods are available on request. Packages and airfares are subject to availability, airfare increases, seasonal surcharge; high season supplements and currency fluctuations. Supplier's terms and conditions are available on request. Offers include airport taxes where applicable. Packages exclude items of personal nature, travel insurance. Additional information available on request. Valid for SA residents only. Terms and conditions apply. Prices and information correct at time of publishing. E&OE.