The Diner's Grand Tour - Thirteen Nights

Enjoy a two week grand tour along canals and rivers of France. explore historic towns, chateaus, vineyards, and relax on-board your private riverboat. 

Includes three dinners aboard however dining at delightful restaurants ashore is additional to cost. Offers true flexibility, dine Michelin style or cosy Bistro, as you like, and experience the best of French restaurant dining at your own pace.

13 nights Whole boat charter for up to Four Passengers.

Sunday - Paris Rendezvous

At 2pm the captain greets you at our agreed Paris meeting point, hotel, station or airport arrivals lounge for a private transfer to the Randle waiting at the picturesque lake setting of Baye . Enjoy a Champagne welcome aboard and meet the crew and settle in.

Champagne Welcome Aboard

The lake is the summit of the Canal du Nivernais and located on the border of the Morvan national park, a region of outstanding natural beauty. Enjoy an evening stroll around the lake popular with fishermen and sailors.

Evening dining aboard the Randle.

Chef Gael prepares a gourmet dinner from fresh seasonal & local produce.

Layered Roasted Vegetable Terrine with a Caper Dressing
Seared Duck Breast with a Cherry & Port Sauce
Chocolate Moelleux

Paired with a fine pinot noir Santenay premier-cru from the Côte d'Or

Monday - The Grand Decent

Chef Gael arrives with fresh croissants and pastries from the local boulangerie and prepares a delicious breakfast with fresh fruits natural yogurts and freshly ground coffee.

we commence our cruise  through three tunnels set deep in a stone walled cutting like the entrance to an ancient lost city. And then down a grand descent of 16 consecutive locks, stopping for lunch
along the way, to arrive at our rural mooring at Sardy, our mooring place for the day. 

George Washington 

Our afternoon tour takes us to the Château de Chastellux, home to François Jean de Beauvoir, Marquis de Chastellux, a military strategist and close friend to George Washington who helped him defeat the British at the Battle of Yorktown in 1781

Evening dining : Hotel de l'Europe.

The old coaching inn set in the town centre offer traditional Burgundy cuisine in relaxed surroundings.

Tuesday - Silver Mines 

Today our morning cruise takes us to Chitry-les-Mines, which gets its name from silver mines worked here during the renaissance, a quite village with a 14c chateau close to the canal.

The French Resistance 

Take an afternoon tour to the fortified chateau with its splendid interior, its fascinating history includes serving as a German command post in WWII whilst simultaneously hiding British airmen smuggled by the French Resistance.

Evening dining at Les Deux Ponts

Set in a mix of the old and the new, classic and modern, countrified and urban. Chef Phillip lives according to the seasons and  gladly welcome you in the shade of the old chestnut tree or in the restaurant next to the fire. 

Wednesday - Meandering Canal

This morning’s cruise along the meandering canal and under three quaint lift bridges brings us to the small farming community of Dirol.

Take an afternoon tour to Chateau-de-Bazoches, built on Roman foundations dating from 12c it was home to the military engineer Marquis de Vauban.

Chateau de Bazoches

Considered one the of the greatest military engineers of all time he was responsible for the fortification of over 160 places, towns and ports in France during the reign of King Louis XIV. 12 of the forts are now world heritage sites and his influence remained for many decades after his death.

Evening dining at Auberge-de-Centre

Set in the centre of the pretty village of Monceaux-le-Comte, Ron and Katrina prepare classic french dishes in a restaurant with such retro style ambiance that could be the setting of a Film Noir thriller. 

Thursday - White Cattle 

Cruising past bucolic meadows with herds of white charolais cattle we arrive to the small village of Asnois.

Wine Tasting 1568

After lunch take a  tour is to nearby village of Tannay to les caves tannaysiennes at the Caves Moreau built  in 1568. sample their excellent Pinot noir, Chardonnay, and Melon wines, wines that were once exported by river and sea to the Kings of England. 

Evening dining aboard the Randle 

Chef Gael prepares a gourmet dinner from fresh local & seasonal produce.

Gambas Flambées au Cognac
Tournedos of Beef with Parsley & walnut pesto
Profiteroles au Chocolat

Paired with another delicious Pinot Noir of the region, Savigny-les-Beaune from the captain's cellar.

Friday - Historic Clamecy

today our cruise along the Nivernais takes us to the old regional centre of Clamecy.

Bishop of Bethlehem

Take a walk into Clamecy a picturesque town with winding cobbled streets and magnificent 16c church St Martin. Clamecy was also the seat of the bishop of Bethlehem for six hundred years and a centre of logging for four hundred.  

Evening dining at Hostellerie de le poste

Chef Denis Guenot prepares revisited regional cuisine, young and inventive adapted to the rhythm of the seasons, which you can enjoy accompanied with excellent Burgundy wines.

Saturday - Onto the Yonne 

We depart again at 9am and descend the town lock now on onto the river Yonne the morning cruise takes us past the limestone cliffs of Basville and 15c fortified farm. After stopping for lunch we continue to our destination of the day Lucy-sur-Yonne with 11c church, river, and mill pond nearby.

12th Century Castel 

We take an afternoon guided tour to the 12c chateau castle Druyes once home Peter II of Courtenay, Emperor of Constantinople, and his wife Matilda, Countess of Nevers, Auxerre and Tonnerre.

Evening dining a aboard the Randle

Chef Gael prepares a gourmet dinner from fresh seasonal & local produce

Layered Roasted Vegetable Terrine with a Caper Dressing
Seared Duck Breast with a Cherry & Port Sauce
Chocolate Moelleux

Paired with a fine pinot noir Santenay premier-cru from the Côte d'Or

Sunday - Michelin Dining

9am and we set off along the meandering canal past villages and the magnificent white coral cliffs of Rochers-du-Saussois. After lunch we arrive at the foot of the hilltop village of Mailly-le-Chateau with 14c Chateau perched in the very edge of a tall escapement, and fortified 13c church.

Word Heritage Site 

Our guided afternoon tour takes you to Vezelay, an UNESCO world heritage site, fortified town and grand basilica dedicated to Mary Magdalene. Stroll the pretty streets with many boutique shops, café’s and restaurants.

Evening Dining  
Auberge-le-Voutenay

Enjoy a traditional Burgundy cuisine at the Auberge-le-Voutenay,

Michelin Starred Chateau Vault-de-Lugny

For a grand night out dine at a Michelin starred Chateau, Private chauffeur included.

Monday - Crystal Formations

After breakfast we make our way along the canal and river Yonne to the pretty canal side Village of Accolay, Once renowned for its unique pottery.

Palaeolithic Cave Paintings

An afternoon guided tour to the limestone caves of the Grottes-de-Arcy, a fascinating cave system which runs for over 500m under the hillside. With fascinating crystal formations & stalactites and over two hundred 28,000 year old Palaeolithic cave paintings representing Bears, Rhino and Mammoth.

Evening dining : Hostellerie-de-la-fontaine,

A short walk from our mooring with elegant 17th century vaulted stone restaurant or al fresco dining on balmy evenings.

The refined gastronomy with local accents is punctuated with lightness by creative notes and fresh seasonal products.

A fine wine list and a selection of wines by the glass

Tuesday - Vineyard Tour 

A morning cruise takes us along the Yonne valley with vineyards coming into view on the hills above. After a gourmet lunch we stop at Vincelles on a pretty river mooring. Enjoy a private tour to the wine villages of Irancy, Chitry, and Chablis.

Chablis Grand-Cru 

Tour the famous grand-cru vineyards of Chablis or take a private tasting at one of the family vineyards in the surrounding villages.

Evening Dining at Auberge-de-les-tilleuls

Set at the foot of the vineyards and on the bank of the river Yonne Alain Renaudin prepares you according to the seasons and the inspirations, a traditional bucolic and gastronomic cuisine.

Member of the Maîtres Cuisiniers de France.

Wednesday 

Today is morning market day at the pretty village of Noyers-sur-Serein. A very picturesque and fortified village with 15c timber framed houses with intricate carvings, home to many artists, a potter, a jeweller and a leather worker. Stroll the cobbled streets and market stalls, buy a little something for friends back
home.

After lunch Randle departs, today we are cruising on the river Yonne, with open vistas as we cruise past the pretty riverside villages of Bailly and Vaux to arrive at Auxerre

Evening dining at La P’tite beusaude

A small charming restaurant where the focus is on traditional Burgundy cuisine.

Thursday

we stay the morning in Auxrre, a city of Art and History the town is dominated by the 11-16c cathedral St Étienne overlooking the river. Bustling and modern it maintains its charming 15c timber framed buildings and cobbled streets, take our private tour to the cathedral and historic centre or self guide as you wish.

After Lunch we continue along the broadening Yonne to Gurgy, a peaceful village on the banks of the river Yonne.

Evening dining at la Riviere,

A Traditional restaurant located in a pleasant setting on the banks of the Yonne offers traditional cuisine with respect for French cuisine and local wines.

Friday - J M W Turner

Cruising along the river Yonne takes us to the town of Joigny.

10th Century Ramparts

English Romanticist J M W Turner sketched here in 1820 and the town still remains much the same today. Joigny was fortified in the 10th Century and still retains its eastern ramparts and gate towers, cobbled streets, and ancient buildings.

visit the vineyards famous for its pinot gris, a favorite wine of the King Louis XIV.

Evening Dining at Le Rive Gauche

Situated on the banks of the Yonne where Chef Jérôme Joubert prepares dishes skilfully by combining local cuisine with inventiveness, and subtly masters the complex science of harmonising flavours, aromas and textures.
splendid river views.

Saturday - A Sad Farewell

After breakfast aboard we bid you á bientót for your
chauffeured transfer to your Paris hotel,
station, or airport.

Vegetarian and Vegan Options

Suggested menus and restaurants only, other options available, please enquire about our vegetarian and vegan cruises. All food allergies and preferences are catered for, it is our chef's pleasure to cook to your exact requirements.

Unwind aboard your private charter péniche with fine wine and gourmet cuisine.

The suggested itinerary above can be tailored to your exact requirements and focused on your subjects of interest.

Evening dining options are as your choosing.

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Whats included?
  • 22 metre (72ft) private riverboat with modern comforts and classic charm.
  • Mercedes V Class Avantgarde : Paris Transfers, Tours, and evening chauffeur service.
  • Crew of three; Captain and Owner, gourmet chef, and tour guide host.
  • Fine Dining with selected premier-cru wine whilst aboard.
  • Air conditioned and en-suite mahogany panelled cabins.
  • Private guided tours to vineyards, chateaux, castles, and places of interest.
  • Electric bicycles for exploring villages and towns.
  • Rowing launch for exploring the tranquil backwaters of the river Yonne
  • Wi-Fi, music system, and satellite TV/DVD
  • Evening restaurant chauffeur service included.
  • Options include Golf, Spa, Fly Fishing, Horse Riding, Ballooning, and Boating.
  • maximum four passengers.

Included : 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, and 3 dinners aboard, tours, entrance fees, evening chauffeur service and Paris transfers.

Not included : 10 Dinners ashore at local restaurants along our route. Add addition dinners aboard with our Cruise Builder.

Whole Boat Charter - Crewed Before April 18 and after Oct 11 April 19 to May 16 May 17 to Oct 10
Thirteen Nights EURO
€ 21,476.00 - 4 passengers

€ 17,242.00 - 2 passengers
€ 23,838.00 - 4 passengers

€ 19,134.00 - 2 passengers
€ 26,813.00, - 4 passengers

€ 21,274.00, - 2 passengers
 

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All customers cruising in 2020 may change their plans up to seven days prior to boarding without incurring any cancellation fees. They will receive a 100 percent future cruise credit that can be used for any equivalent 2020, 2021 or 2022 cruise.

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