• Travelcode: 423

    Northern Burgundy by Bike + Boat

    Enjoy the Art and culture of this area

    • There is a very good reason why Northern Burgundy is referred to as “The Land of Good Living”, and if nothing else, once you complete this memorable boat and barge tour, we hope you understand why.

      If you’ve never seen Northern Burgundy you are in for a sensual overload of divinely beautiful countryside, ancient medieval villages, serene, meandering rivers and of course, some of the best wines, cheeses, honey and ciders the world you will have ever tasted!

      Burgundy is known throughout the world for its laid-back pace of life, friendliness and mild climate. Both the cultural experiences of visiting wonders such as the gothic cathedral of Sens or the cities of art and culture of Auxerre and Joigny, and the biking itself which alternates between easy stretches of free-wheeling alongside the river Yonne and more challenging uphill sections that lead to spectacular views, will leave you feeling enriched, enlightened and recharged.

      Tour Profile / Level 2

      These holidays are appropriate for anyone with good physical condition and basic cycling skills. Distances up to 50 kilometers per day. You spend about 5 hours on your bicycle. Short slopes with heights up to 100 meters.

      Itinerary Auxerre - Moret-sur-Loing

      Day 1: 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 by a bike 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.

      Day 2: Auxerre, approx. 30 - 42 km
      Today you have the option to either stay, relax and take in more of the sights of Auxerre, or begin your cycling adventure with your guide leading you along the Yonne river en route to “Caves be Bailly”. This vineyard is famous 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.

      Day 3: Auxerre – Joigny, approx. 26 - 38 km
      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 Brienon-sur Armencon from where you’ll follow the beautiful Burgundy canal to 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.

      Day 4: Joigny – Villeneuve-sur-Yonne, approx. 21 - 42 km
      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 have the option to either hop on the ship for a leisurely sail to Villeneuve sur Yonne or jump 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 where you are free to explore the medieval gate towers and romantic string of gardens as the sun sets over the countryside.

      Day 5: Villeneuve-sur-Yonne – Sens, approx. 28 - 52 km
      Day five also offers two cycling options – the short option follows the river Yonne, while the longer option 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.

      Day 6: Sens – Pont-sur-Yonne, approx. 20 - 42 km
      If you decide to brave the longer cycle route on day six, it leads to a local honey producer where you can sample their delicious wild honey. However, the shorter option affords you more time to explore Sens at your leisure before you cycle through to Pont-sur-Yonne, a charming riverside town.

      Day 7: Pont-sur-Yonne – Montereau – Moret, approx. 33 km - 40 km
      On our final day’s biking, we’ll visit Montereau-fault-Yonne, a town situated at the confluence of the Yonne and Seine rivers. Here, 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.

      Day 8: Moret-sur-Loing
      You bid your captain, crew, tour guide and fellow passengers a fond farewell as we enjoy one last breakfast together while disembarkation continues until 9:30am.

       

       

      Itinerary Moret-sur-Loing - Auxerre

      Day 1: Moret-sur-Loing
      The first day of your tour begins with embarkation and check-in at 2 p.m. After a warm welcome by the captain, crew and tour leader, you’ll be fitted with a bike for the tour. Dinner will be served onboard, after which you can enjoy a moonlit stroll through Moret-sur-Loing, a charming medieval fortified town, situated on the banks of the Loing, where the painter Sisley found inspiration for his beautiful impressionist paintings.

      Day 2: Moret – Montereau – Pont sur Yonne, approx. 33 - 40 km
      Day two begins with a leisurely breakfast while sailing to the town of Montereau-fault-Yonne, situated at the confluence of the Yonne and the Seine rivers. In Montereau you’ll have an opportunity to visit the Notre-Dame-et-Saint-Loup collegiate church. Built between the 12th and 14th centuries, this church has been officially classified as a Historic Monument.
      From Montereau you will follow the canals of the river Yonne to Pont-sur-Yonne, a quaint, friendly town where we will dock for the night.

      Day 3: Pont sur Yonne – Sens, approx. 20 - 42 km
      Today you have the option to follow the river valley to the town of Sens or take a longer ride into the countryside and visit a local honey producer. Sens is one of the oldest towns in France, here 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.
      Near the town you’ll find the 10-hectare Parc du moulin a Tan, through which the Vanne and the Lingue run. The Parc du moulin a Tan is a precursor of the town’s project for a green belt, which should ultimately go right around Sens. It’s named after an obscure type of mill that dates back to 1887 and was used to grind oak bark to make tanbark, a powder used in leather tanning. The Parc du moulin a Tan includes a rose garden, an animal enclosure, an arboretum, and a playground.

      Day 4: Sens – Villeneuve sur Yonne, approx. 28 - 52 km
      Once more, your day begins with two cycling options. The shorter one stays closer to the river, where the longer one takes you through the hills to the museum ‘de Pomme et de cidre’ where you’ll be rewarded with a taste of the fine cider they produce here. We dock for the night in the lovely, lesser-known French town of Villeneuve where you are free to explore the medieval gate towers and romantic string of gardens as the sun sets over the countryside.

      Day 5: Villeneuve sur Yonne – Joigny, approx. 21 - 42 km
      Today you’ll start the morning with a beautiful bike tour to the town of Saint-Julien-du-Sault where you can visit the 13th century Saint-Pierre church with its magnificent stained-glass windows. You’ll then continue to Joigny where you’ll follow a lazy loop through the local vineyards in the afternoon sunshine. Then (one of the highlights of the tour for wine-lovers!) the tour leader will show you some places to taste the fine Burgundy wines.
      Joigny, a picturesque little town with a very long and successful wine history, has several sights worth visiting, including numerous historical monuments, unique townhouses from the 16th-17th centuries, with carved renaissance facades, and ancient churches.

      Day 6: Joigny – Auxerre, approx. 25 - 38 km
      Another leisurely breakfast aboard as we sail to Migennes at the junction of the Burgundy canal, once a center of shipping industry. You’ll hop back on your bike at Migennes to follow the beautiful Burgundy canal as you head south to Auxerre with her majestic church spires, streets lined with 16th century timber houses and cathedral of Saint-Etienne, a true masterpiece of Gothic art. You can also stroll along the old port or visit the 15th century clock tower. Today there is no dinner on board, so you are free to choose one of the local restaurants for dinner.

      Day 7: Auxerre, approx. 30 - 42 km
      On day seven of your tour, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding how to spend your day. If you’d like to spend a lazy day strolling around Auxerre, feel free to enjoy this beautiful city however you choose!
      If you’re itching to get back in the saddle, then explore the area of Auxerre together with your guide. Cycle along the Yonne to visit ‘Caves be Bailly’, a vineyard is famous 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.

      Day 8: Auxerre
      The final day of this memorable trip begins with a farewell breakfast onboard after which disembarkation continues until 9:30am.

      Important Information

      Due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program.

    • ARRIVAL - PARKING - DEPARTURE

      ARRIVAL BY PLANE

      Airport: Paris / Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Paris / Orly (ORY)

      Flights can be booked individually. For details see arrival by train or in your final travel documents.


      ARRIVAL BY TRAIN

      Train station:

      Moret-sur-Loing: There is a continuous train service between Paris (Gare de Lyon) and Moret. Trains depart regularly and the trip takes approx. 45 min and costs approx. 20 euros. From the Gare de Lyon in Paris, a bus service is available every 30 minutes, Le Bus Direct nr. 4 (shuttle) to the airport Charles de Gaulle, which will bring you there in approx. 50 minutes. € 22,– (2018).

      Auxerre: There is a continuous train service between Paris (Gare de Bercy) and Auxerre. Trains depart regularly and the trip takes approx. 2 hours and costs approx. € 30. From the Gare de Lyon (close to Bercy) in Paris, a bus service is available every 30 minutes, Le Bus Direct nr. 4 (shuttle) to the airport Charles de Gaulle, which will bring you there in approx. 50 minutes. € 22,– (2018).

      Current train connections and prices you will find under: www.radreisen.at/france-train.


      ARRIVAL BY CAR

      Parking in Moret-sur-Loing or Auxerre: Details will follow and the final details you will find in your travel documents.


      ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

      You need to wear a helmet - please bring your own with you.

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    • Included services:
      • 7 nights in cabin with private facilities
      • full board (breakfast, self-made picnic lunch for bike tours, 6x three- course-dinner, except in Sens or Auxerre)
      • daily coffee and tea until 4 pm 
      • use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible), daily cabin cleaning
      • welcome drink and speech on the first evening
      • daily briefings of bike tours
      • experienced cycle guide (multilingual: German, English, Dutch)
         
      • Entrance Apiculture’s Living Museum
         
      • Visit cathedral Sens
         
      • Winetasting Bailly
      • maps and information material per cabin
    • Anreisetermine / Verfügbarkeit

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      09.06. - 17.06.20 Auxerre - Moret-sur-Loing (MV Fleur)
      23.06. - 01.07.20 Auxerre - Moret-sur-Loing (MV Fleur)
      07.07. - 15.07.20 Auxerre - Moret-sur-Loing (MV Fleur)
      02.06. - 10.06.20 Moret-sur-Loing - Auxerre (MV Fleur)
      16.06. - 24.06.20 Moret-sur-Loing - Auxerre (MV Fleur)
      30.06. - 08.07.20 Moret-sur-Loing - Auxerre (MV Fleur)
      11.08. - 19.08.20 Moret-sur-Loing - Auxerre (MV Zwaantje)
      25.08. - 02.09.20 Moret-sur-Loing - Auxerre (MV Zwaantje)
      08.09. - 16.09.20 Moret-sur-Loing - Auxerre (MV Zwaantje)
      18.08. - 26.08.20 Auxerre - Moret-sur-Loing (MV Zwaantje)
      01.09. - 09.09.20 Auxerre - Moret-sur-Loing (MV Zwaantje)
      15.09. - 23.09.20 Auxerre - Moret-sur-Loing (MV Zwaantje)

      Extras

      Bicycles & Equipment
      11-/21-speed 85
      E-bike  185

      Best - Price - Guarantee

      If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
      All prices per person in EUR
    • Welcome on Board of MV FLEUR!

      EQUIPMENT

      The Fleur started cruising in 2002. This tasteful passenger barge with its sleek lines was built to fit the smaller locks and canals in France and has been cruising the French waters ever since. Reint Dragt has been the owner for many years now. These years of experience and commitment are reflected in every detail and guarantee that your vacation will be a pleasant one. The Fleur can accommodate a maximum of 20 guests on her trips on the French waterways.

      The Fleur has two decks. On the top deck there is a lounge with large windows, a roomy sitting area, a cozy bar and a half-covered sun deck. The sundeck is the ideal place to drink a cup of coffee or an aperitif. In the lounge the Fleur offers free Wi-Fi. Please note that due to the mobile network connection, the quality is not always stable. The salon has central heating and air-conditioning.

      CATERING

      full board: breakfast, picnic lunch during bike tours, 3-course-dinner, coffee and tea.

      CABINS

      On the lower deck the Fleur has 10 comfortable guest cabins (8 m², single beds). Each cabin has a private shower, toilet and basin. Also the cabins have central heating and air-conditioning. In each cabin you will find a small safe and hair dryer.

      NON SMOKING-SHIP

      The interior of the ship is a non-smoking area: smoking is only allowed on the (outside) sun deck.

      LANGUAGES ON BOARD

      German, English


      Welcome on Board of MV ZWAANTJE!

      EQUIPMENT

      The MPS Zwaantje, which means "Little Swaan", is a unique and cozy Dutch passenger barge. Since September 2014, the „Zwaantje“ has new owners and operators: Martijn van Tatenhove and Marjorie Kersten, who are experienced as operators of a passenger barge for more than thirteen years. Martijn is your experienced captain on board; he grew up in a family in the hotel and restaurant business and is also a licensed chef. Marjorie graduated in Tourism at the Breda High School and has been working in public relations. The sympathetic and very motivated couple have slightly restyled the interior of the “Zwaantje” in winter 2014-2015 and have created a warm and cozy atmosphere.

      On the main deck you will find the nice and cozy salon with air conditioning and large panoramic windows, a restaurant area, lounge corner and a small bar. Depending on the quality of the network connection (mobile internet, limited data amount) the salon offers free Wi-Fi. The barge has a very spacious sun deck (90 square meters / 860 square ft.) with chairs and tables and a beautiful view, where you can relax or join the skipper in the wheel house.

      CATERING

      full board: breakfast, picnic lunch during bike tours, 3-course-dinner, coffee and tea

      CABINS

      On lower deck the barge has 12 sleeping cabins: 10 twin cabins with two single beds each and two cabins with a double (French) bed. The tour leader will be accommodated in a single cabin. All cabins have a small en-suite bathroom with toilet, shower and wash basin, a fixed window (both double cabins have larger windows that also open) and individual air conditioning.

      NON SMOKING-SHIP

      The interior of the ship is a non-smoking area: smoking is only allowed on the (outside) sun deck.

      LANGUAGES ON BOARD

      German, English

    • Rental-Bicycles & equipment

      MV Zwaantje: The bicycles on board are 21-speed touring bicycles with hand brakes.
      MV Fleur: 11-speed UNISEX-touring/trekking bicycles with a comfortable, deep entrance

      The bikes are equipped with a pannier and a water bottle holder. Helmets can be rented free of charge on board.


      Electric bikes | E-Bikes | Pedelecs

       

      On some barges we offer modern quality-electrically assisted bikes (Pedelecs) with 7 or 8-gear-hub circuit, gradual selectable help of pedaling power and deep UNISEX-comfot-entrance. The bikes are equipped with a powerful Panasonic or Bosch-Pedelec-Engine and a powerful Lithium-Ion-Battery, one battery-charge is sufficient for up to 65 kilometers. The range of the battery is depending on supportlevel, riding manners, body weight and terrain. In a more hilly terrain or with a higher bodyweight there is more batterycapacity used then in flat areas or with a low bodyweight. You can save battery, when you start with most possible low support and increase only if needed. The batteries are supposed to be charged overnight with the provided battery charger.

      IMPORTANT: book early, because of limited capacity!


      Bicycle breakdowns
      can happen, also when bikes are well serviced and maintained. Flats can be fixed by yourself. If there’s a difficult repair you may ask your guide on spot.

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