Cruising with the Classics
FRC-BWT-823785/823773 French Canals
8 Nights
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At A Glance

What's Included

  • Executive Coach Travel
  • Assistance with booking taxi connections and/or hotel stay pre-departure
  • Eurotunnel or ferry crossings
  • Hotel accommodation at the 4* Mercure Hotel in Appoigny
  • Group Evening Meals with wine – 3-course 3-choice
  • Daily cruise itinerary with on-board lunch and including wine and a free bar
  • Lunch at the Auberge La Lucarne Aux Chouettes in Villeneuve sur Yonne
  • Market day in Joigny
  • Visit to the Caves de Bailly
  • Visit to the Abbaye de Pontigny
  • Visits to Auxerre and Sens, both guided
  • Free time in Joigny, Villeneuve-sur Yonne

What's Not Included

Day 1
UK - Appoigny

Depart the UK this morning for your journey to Appoigny, stopping for a lunch break in Reims.

Day 2
Vermenton - Champs-sur-Yonne

This morning, transfer via coach to the village of Vermenton. Here you will embark on a cruise to the village of Champs-sur-Yonne, where you can visit the nearby Caves de Bailly.

Today's Music Programme - Great Symphonies:

Brahms Symphony No 4
Beethoven Symphony No 7

Day 3
Champs-sur-Yonne - Auxerre

Return to Champs-sur-Yonne this morning, to continue cruising to Auxerre. Here you can enjoy a guided walk of the medieval centre and explore the Cathedral St Etienne and the Abbey of St Gervais.

Today's Music Programme: A Celebration of Elgar

Cockaigne (London) Overture
Cello Concerto
Chanson de Matin
Bavarian Dances
Serenade for Strings

Day 4
Auxerre - Migennes

Return to Auxerre this morning for a full day cruise as far as Migennes. 

Today's Music Programme: Oceans, Lakes and Rivers

Mendelssohn - Hebridean Overture
Smetana - Moldau
Sibelius - Karelia Suite
MacCunn - Land of the Mountain and the Flood
Jean Michel Jarré - Fishing Junks at Sunset
Khachaturian - Adagio from Spartacus

Day 5
Migennes - Joigny

This morning, you will reboard the Natalia in Migennes to continue cruising downstream to the town of Joigny. Here you can choose to explore the market and/or the medieval old town. In the afternoon you can visit the spectacular cathedral-abbey of Pontigny.

Today's Music Programme: Great Concertos

Bruch - Violin Concerto
Greig - Piano Concerto
Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto
Mozart - Clarinet Concerto
Beethoven - Piano Concerto No 5 (Emporer)

Day 6
Joigny - Villeneuve

Your cruise continues this morning from Joigny to the medieval town of Villeneuve-sur-Yonne. Here you will have some free time to explore the town.

Today's Music Programme:

From the New World

Max Steiner - Gone with the Wind
John Williams - Star Wars
Nino Rota - Godfather Theme
Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue
Anton Karas - The Third Man
Copland - Fanfare for the Common Man
Dvorak - Symphony No 9 - From the New World
Michael Kamen - Suite No 2 from Band of Brothers

Day 7
Villeneuve-sur-Yonne - Sens

For your final day of cruising, you will sail from Villeneuve-sur-Yonne to the city of Sens. Here you can enjoy a guided walk of the city, before some free time to explore.

Today's Music Programme:

Russian Greats

Tchaikovsy - Capriccio Italien
Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No 2
Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition
Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet Overture
Glinka - Rusland and Lyudmila Overture
Maurice Jarre - Lara's Theme
Tchaikovsy - Symphony No 6 -Pathetique

Day 8
Sens - UK

The coach departs the morning for your journey home.