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Luxury Bike and Boat in Northern Burgundy
By bike and boat, you pedal and cruise the enchanting garden of France from Paris to Joigny (or reverse) on an ultra-deluxe river boat.
Often labeled as the land of fine art and living, Northern Burgundy is France’s most gorgeous countryside, a rolling agricultural area featuring the world-famous Burgundy vineyards, producers of the most prestigious and expensive wines in the world.
By bike, you explore historic towns, imposing castles, and quaint villages, and onboard the luxury Aurora, you enjoy an exclusive all-inclusive small-group experience, perfect for your family and friends.
All food offered on board is freshly prepared by a gourmet chef, featuring an extensive list of his specialties to enable you to choose your menu. Products used are local and many times organic, bought daily to ensure freshness.
At the end of your cycling day, nothing is more enjoyable than a professionally prepared evening meal accompanied by a selection of the finest wines from France and all over the world!
- Paris, city of lights
- Auxerre and Joigny, cities of art and culture
- The beautiful rolling landscape of Northern Burgundy
- Imposing castles, ancient monasteries, serene medieval villages
- World-renowned vineyards and scheduled wine tastings
- Luxury accommodations and all-inclusive itinerary
- Professionally prepared meals
- Fine wines
- Cultural excursions
- Van support
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Paris to Joigny
July 3, 17, 31; August 14, 28; September 11, 25, 2022
Day 1: Paris - Samois Sur Seine, (10 miles/16 km or 22 miles/35 km)
Your luxury bike and boat tour begins in charming Samois Sur Seine on the banks of the Seine River after an included transfer from Paris. You will be welcomed on board the Aurora with champagne and petits fours.
If you have time, and would like to bike, you can explore the village and surrounding beauty of the forest of Fontainebleau. You can also visit the world-renown Chateau of Fontainebleau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the largest royal castles in France and today a national museum. It is important to keep in mind that the Chateau is open until 5 pm so it will be crucial to leave the ship as soon as possible in order to visit it.
For those who really want to earn the delicious dinner that will be presented on board, there is a longer route through the forest, past the chateau, and into Barbizon, “the village of painters”, onward through Chailly en Biere, Fay, Brolles, then Bois le Roi and finally back to Samois sur Seine.
Day 2: Samois Sur Seine - Montereau Fault Yonne, (11 miles/17 km or 21 miles/34 km)
The morning cycling itinerary features medieval Moret Sur Loing, the village of the impressionists. Alfred Sisley lived and painted here and you will have the opportunity to visit Villa Sisley (the artist’s home) as well as enjoy other highlights.
Continuing on, the Aurora will be moored and waiting in the village of Mammes where you will enjoy lunch on board.
You can stay on board as the ship navigates through Montereau Fault Yonne to moor at the Cannes Ecluse Lock or you can opt to cycle which will include sections of the Euroveloroute.
Montereau-Fault-Yonne is a beautiful village, small, charming, and authentic France. Tomorrow you will have more time to explore!
Day 3: Montereau-Fault-Yonne/Cannes ecluse - Courlon sur Yonne, (20 miles/32 km)
You will begin your cycling in the morning in the direction of Montereau and can explore the historical highlights of this village including the Notre-Dame-et-Saint-Loup Collegiate Church classified as a Historic Monument and constructed in flamboyant Gothic and Renaissance style. The cycling then begins in earnest, heading south. You will arrive in Courlon sur Yonne before lunch which will be served on board. The Aurora will remain moored here for the overnight.
In the afternoon there will be a visit scheduled to Provins, a magnificent medieval fair town, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Champagne region with 12th and 13th century fortified walls, medieval ramparts, the historic upper town and typical picturesque wooden houses.
There are plenty of choices for shopping available.
Day 4: Courlon sur Yonne - Sens, (22 miles/36 km)
You follow the Yonne River from Courlon sur Yonne to Sens at the confluence of Yonne and Vanne Rivers.
Sens is known as the gateway to Burgundy. The “Cathedrale St-Etienne” is Sens’ outstanding glory. The exquisite stained-glass windows from the 12th-16th centuries show biblical scenes, including a tribute to Thomas Becket, who was exiled here. The Gardens of the Oragnery with colorful flowers on the south side of the Cathedral is not to be missed.
The cycling includes the 10-hectare Parc du Moulin with its a rose garden, an animal enclosure, an arboretum, and a playground.
Day 5: Sens - Villeneuve Sur Yonne, (11 miles/17 km or 34 miles/55 km)
Two options for today:
1. Enjoy a picnic and extensive visit and wine tasting of the famous Chardonnay in the pretty village of Chablis called the “golden gate” of Burgundy with narrow stone streets and houses dating from the 14th to 16th century. A must for all wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs!!!! If all agree to a wine tasting in the afternoon, you can either take a day off from your bike, enjoy a three hour morning cruise on the Aurora or you can cycle at a leisurely pace mostly following the paths along the river and go for a stroll in the town before the ship arrives in the port. You will enjoy a prepared picnic lunch!
2. If there is a group consensus that there is no wish to do any wine tasting, you can venture out into the countryside and go for a long bike ride of about 55 km: Sens-Saligny – Fontaine-la-Gaillarde – Les Clerimois – Foissy-sur-Vanne – Molinons – Villeneuve l’Archeveque (pretty place with old fortifications and Notre-Dame church) and then head back via Molinons – Chigy – Vareilles – Thell – Les Bordes – Talouan and finally end up in Villeneuve sur Yonne. There will still be time to go for a stroll around the picturesque town. Lunch will be en route at a carefully selected restaurant.
Villeneuve is off the beaten track as far as tourism is concerned which is part of its charm. Located on the banks of the river, the village of Villeneuve houses are nestled together around the Bell Tower of Notre-Dame church. The houses date mostly from the 17th and 18th century but the area was inhabited as early as the Palaeolithic period.
Day 6: Villeneuve Sur Yonne - Joigny, (14 miles/22 km)
First up is the town of Saint-Julien-du-Sault just outside of Villeneuve. Here you can visit the 13th-century Saint-Pierre church with magnificent stained-glass windows, then head south through La-Petite-Celle, La-Celle-Saint-Cyr, Cezy, and Saint Aubin- sur- Yonne before you the day's destination, Joigny. Joigny is a picturesque quaint town, spilling down the terraces and slopes of Côte St-Jacques, overlooking the river.
The Aurora will arrive to Joigny around 1 pm and lunch will be served on board.
In the afternoon a trip to beautiful, medieval Auxerre is on the agenda. Once a busy port on the wine route, this City of Art and History boasts exceptional heritage with a number of majestic religious buildings and treasures.
Of course, we mustn’t forget the gastronomical specialties of the region, gougeres, sausage of Chablis, Burgundy snails, beef Bourguignon, kir, and the Burgundy truffle.
Day 7: Joigny, breakfast on board, and late morning return to Paris (hotels or airport) by private van.
Joigny to Paris
Jul 10, 24; Aug 7, 21, Sept 4, 18; Oct 2, 2022
Day 1: Arrival in Paris. Group transfer to Joigny
Day 2: Joigny - Villeneuve Sur Yonne
Day 3: Villeneuve Sur Yonne - Sens
Day 4: Sens - Courlon sur Yonne
Day 5: Courlon sur Yonne - Montereau
Day 6: Montereau - Samois Sur Seine
Day 7: Group transfer to Paris
Cruise routes are subject to change without notice. Some waterways may be subject to occasional closures due to drought, storms, floods, canal or lock repairs, or other unforeseen circumstances that make navigation unsafe or impossible. The captain reserves the right to any make changes necessary.
Surface and terrain
Biking in France means rolling hills. There is no way around it. The route alternates between easy stretches of free-wheeling alongside the river Yonne with more challenging uphill sections that lead to spectacular views. On most days, you can choose your distance option. The tour guide will cycle with the majority of the group but will assist you in choosing a route that is right for you.
How to get there
Tour start Paris
Nearest airport: Charles De Gaulle International Airport (CDG)
Train, bus, or taxi to Paris City Center.
Tour start in Joigny
Nearest airport: Charles De Gaulle International Airport (CDG
Train from CDG Airport train station to Joigny train station via Châtelet les Halles and Bercy (travel time 2 1/2 hour)
Weekly departures from Sunday, Jul 3 up to and including Sunday, Oct 2, 2022
- From Paris:
- Sundays, Jul 31*; Aug 14*, 28*; Sept 11, 25, 2022
- From Joigny:
- Sundays, Jul 24*; Aug 7*, 21*; Sept 4, 18; Oct 2, 2022
*Now being offered at 10% discount
Per person, double occupancy €5500 Double cabin/single-use €8250
The minimum number of participants to confirm a departure is 5 (3 cabins). Be sure to inquire about the status of your preferred tour date before making any air travel arrangements.
Consider chartering the entire vessel to have more control of your daily itinerary including cultural excursions, cycling distances, and more.
6 nights accommodation in king suites with large, private bathroom
All meals with beverages included
Open bar with a large selection of delicious wines & cocktails
Arrival group transfer from hotel in Paris to the barge
Departure transfer from barge to hotel or airport in Paris
Transfers as needed within the itinerary
Cycling tour guide
Bicycle rental (modern touring bicycle or electric-assist bicycle)
Bike rental is included in your tour price. Bikes available on this tour
- Gazelle brand city touring bike
- Electrically assisted bikes
*More about electrically-assisted bikes >