In the North of Burgundy, MS Zwaantje
From the hustle and bustle of the big city to the rural idyll
Arrival in Auxerre
Our epic tour of Burgundy begins with embarkation and check-in at 2pm. Your captain, crew and tour leader will give you a warm welcome followed bou a warm welcome followed by a bike fitting. After ae fitting. After a delicious dinner onboard, there is ample time to take a starlit stroll through the beautiful river town of Auxerre with her majestic church spires, streets lined with 16th century timber houses and cathedral of Saint-etienne, a true masterpiece of Gothic art.
Today you have the option to either stay, relax and take in mor of the sights of Auxerre, or begin your cycling adventure with your guide leading you along the Yonne river in route to "Caves be Bailly". This vineyard is famours for its sparkling Cremant de Bourgogne and limestone caves. The nearby vineyards of St. Bris and Irancy are also well worth a visit, as are the paintings of George Hosotte in the Chapelle de Bailly.
Today we strike out north, cycling through the Yonne river valley toward Joigny. If you choose the longer cycling route, you'll get to see the charming countryside of Brienonsur Armencon. The shorter option will follow the beautiful river Yonne. In Migennes where the Burgundy canal crosses the river Yonne and where you'll rejoin your ship for a relaxed afternoon sail to Joigny, a picturesque little town that has a long and storied wine history as well as several historical monuments, ancient churches and townhouses with carved renaissance facades from the 16th and 17th centuries.
What better way to start the day than with a loop through the local vineyards for a tasting of some of Burgundy's finest wines? You'll return to Joigny for lunch, after which you get back in the saddle for an afternoon ride to the town of Saint-Julien-du-Sault where you can visit the 13th century Saint-Pierre church with its magnificent stained-glass windows. We dock for the night in the lovely, lesser-known French town of Villeneuve whrer you are free to explore the medieval gate towers and romantic string of gardens as the sun sets over the countryside.
Day five also offers two cycling options - the short option follows the river Yonne, while the longer opion takes you into the hills for a rewarding taste of the fine cider produced at the museum 'de Pomme et de cidre'. Our next stop is Sens, one of the oldest towns in France where you'll visit the first of the greater gothic cathedrals in France, Cathedral Saint-Etienne. There will be plenty of time afterward to shop, stroll through the marketplace or wander around town to acquaint yourself with the many restaurants Sens has to offer as today there is no dinner onboard.
Before we start cycling we will spent some time in Sens. here you'll visit the first of the greater gothic cathedrals in France, Cathedral Saint-Etienne with a local guide. if you decide to brave the longer cycle route, it leads through the beautiful valley of the Oreuse, really a fantastic bikeride. However, the shorter option affords you more time to explore at your leisure before you cycle through to Pont-sur-Yonne, a charming riverside town.
On our final day's biking, we'll visit Montereau-fault-Yonne, a town situated at the confluence of the thousand-year-old Notre-Dame-et-Saint-Loup collegiate church is well worth a visit. At Montereau we hop back on board the ship for a dinner cruise to our final destination, the charming medieval fortified town of Moret-sur-loing where the famous painter Sisley drew inspiration for his work.
You bid your captain, crew, tour guide and fellow passengers a fond farewell as we enjoy one last breakfast together while disembarkation continues until 09:30 am.
The route runs mainly on minor roads - well suited for pleasure cyclists.
| Season 1 |
15.08.2023 | 29.08.2023 | 12.09.2023 |
|Bike & Boat MS Zwaantje, Auxerre - Moret-sur-Loing, 8 days, FR-AMSAZ-08|
|Base price|| |
|Surcharge 2-bed-cabin single use||749.50|
- Programme according to itinerary
- 7 nights in outdoor cabins with shower/WC in the booked cabin category
- Meals: 7 x breakfast buffet, 6 x lunch package for bike tours, 6 x coffee and tea in the afternoon, 6 x 3-course dinner
- Welcome drink
- Bed linen and towels
- All port, bridge and lock charges
- Daily bike tour review
- Fully guided bike tours
- Daily cabin cleaning
- Local knowledgeable bicycle tour guide for guided bike tours (from 18 persons two bicycle tour guides), individual bike tours with route maps (available on board) are possible
- Various entrances (Garden of Bourdelle, Museum of Beekeeping)
- Ferry charges
- GPS data
- Detailed cycling maps and informatoinsmaterial (1 x per cabin)
- Bicycle rental insurance € 10/week, for e-bike € 25/week Limitation of risk and liability in case of damage or loss of the bicycle you rent.
Arrival / Parking / Departure:
- Train station Paris – Auxerre, journey time approx. 2. 5 hours, cost approx. €35,- p. p.
Things to note:
- More important information about the Package Travel Act and additional information about your bike and boat tour can be found here!
- It is not possible to bring your onw bicycle/E-Bike on this ship, due to a lack of space on deck.
This tour has 1 more variation
The Zwaantje, ‘little swan’, is the classic ship of captain Martijn and his spouse Marjorie. enjoy your breakfast and delicious three course dinner in the adjacent restaurant area. And with a little bit ofwindows. ofsunshine you should take a seat on the sun deck.