Our Burgundy tour takes you from Paris to Auxerre while visiting medieval towns, churches and cathedrals. The barge operators will provide you with all the information you need, serve you lovely food and let you taste the local specialities; they listen to what you want to give you the holiday of a life time. No need to bring more than your personal belongings, you will have everything you need when staying on the Feniks.
The cycle guide takes you on a tour of about 40-50 km a day, but if you want to cycle a longer or shorter distance, they provide you with maps and all the information you need. Of course you can also stay on the boat and enjoy the landscape from the sundeck. In the evening the guide takes you for a stroll in town, to show you all its beauty
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrival to Paris
After your arrival and check-in on board, there will be a city tour.
Day 2: Paris – Evry (by boat)
In the morning, you start your cruise to Evry. The incredible views along the Seine river will accompany you. Arrival will be in the late afternoon, after which you’ll have a chance to test the bikes.
Day 3: Evry – Melun, 19 or 29 miles (31 or 46 km)
Setting off in the morning, your destination for the day is Melun. Along the way, you’ll make an extended visit to the Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte. This majestic estate was purchased by the young parliamentarian Nicolas Fouquet in 1641, who transformed it into a masterpiece whose château and gardens still feature among the most beautiful in France. You’ll end your cycling in Melun. This historical town regularly welcomed the Kings of France and the court until the mid-15th century. Two exceptional reminders of the 11th century are still preserved in Melun: the Collegiate Church of Our Lady and the Priory of St. Saviour.
Day 4: Melun – Moret sur Loing – St. Mammes, 26 miles (43 km)
Today you will bike through the famed forest of Fontainebleau. This forest is spread over 25,000 hectares and remains a popular destination for nature lovers due to its dense and varied flora and fauna. It contains more than 1600 km of forest routes and pedestrian trails for walking and running, including 300 km of signposted trails. Eventually, you will reach incredible Fontainebleau castle. This gorgeous chateau was once used by the kings of France from the 12th century as a medieval royal hunting lodge. You will also pass through Moret sur Loing before ending your day in St. Mammes. This little town was made famous by the English painter Alfred Sisley who lived and painted here all his life.
Day 5: St. Mammes – Montereau – Sens, 28 miles (45 km)
In the morning you will sail from St. Mammès to Montereau where you’ll begin your bike tour to Sens. Sens is most famous for it’s gothic Cathedral Saint-Etienne that dominates the main square. The building is especially important as it is first gothic cathedral built in France and acted as a model for many other gothic style cathedrals built later in France and elsewhere in Europe.
Day 6: Sens – Joigny, 24 miles (40 km)
Today’s route follows the Yonne river. Before reaching your destination of Joigny, you’ll make a stop to the quaint town of Villeneuve.
Day 7: Joigny – Auxerre, 30 miles (48 km)
Joigny is a lively town with a good market, contemporary art museum, and plenty of waterway activity. Leaving here, you will make your way to Auxerre. Situated on the River Yonne, Auxerre is a very pleasant town with an relaxed air about it. Auxerre is the capital of the Yonne ‘département’ and home of the government offices and administration for the region. There are plenty of interesting shops and casual restaurants for you to explore.
Day 8: Auxerre
Depart after breakfast.
RATING – Easy to Moderate
The terrain is mostly flat, but we will also climb some low hills. Suitable for all levels of cyclist.
Flights go into Paris CDG Airport. There are trains and Metro from the terminal to the city centre every 10 minutes.
MS FENEKS 4*
Originally, the Feniks was built in 1928 as a freighter on the Dutch, Belgium and French waters. She is a very strong vessel with many years of meritorious service and is known because of her beautiful line and speed. In 1992 The Feniks was reconstructed to a hotel passenger ship and put in service for several sailing holidays. Since then The Feniks has undergone several refits to keep the ship up to date with all modern facilities.
Since 2015 your new hosts are Ivo and Marius: one of us is always on board. From architect to captain, from consultant to sailor and cook, Ivo and Marius welcome you on board. We work with an enthusiastic crew.: there is Rick, our permanent chief cook, and Sven, our tireless sailor.
We have an extended library on board, a varied collection of cds and dvds, a television and many magazines to entertain you. Of course we have several family/party games a board and not to forget lots of information and maps of the route, the sailing area and the places we are visiting.
Aboard you will find:
The cabins are clean and well cared for, and equipped with:
There is a washer and dryer available and as well as a and everything else you need for a comfortable stay a board of the Feniks. Due to the narrow waterways the Feniks travels, the barge is narrower than barges some travelers may be accustomed to, and the bunk bed cabins are only about 4 square meters/43 square feet with bathrooms of about 2 square meters/21 square feet. Twin cabins are slightly larger.
Outside on the deck you will find various seats to take in the best views over the great landscapes. There is a sundeck to relax on or you can sit under the awning which give you shelter from the sun or light rain. If the weather allows, we serve the meals outside on the deck. Have you always wanted to drive a ship? Winfred will welcome you in the wheel house.
SCHEDULE & PRICE
Departure Dates 2018: Aug 4: Paris to Auxerre Aug 11: Auxerre to Paris
|Per person, 7 nights||CAD||$2095|
|Single cabin (maximum 2 per departure)||Nil|
This tour includes:
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
Station Mall, 293 Bay St., Sault Ste Marie, P6A 1X3
Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment