Discover the scenery and historic sights close to the River Yonne on this seven-night hotel stay and day-cruise combo.
Discover river cruising with a difference… Our new holidays offer six day-cruises on the backwaters of France, six included excursions to historic sights while staying seven nights in a welcoming hotel. After breakfast at your hotel, make yourself at home on your ‘floating lounge’, the brand new day-cruiser ‘Natalia’ and admire the passing scenery as you cruise various stretches of the River Yonne. A light lunch of local specialities will be delivered to the ship each day to enjoy with a glass of local wine as you cruise. Each afternoon your coach will pick you up for an excursion to one of the region’s many sites of interest, then return you to your hotel for dinner. Magnifique!
7 nights in a hotel
20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 light lunches and 7 dinners
Excursions and visits
- Free time in UNESCO-listed La Charité
- Visit to the village of Apremont-sur-Allier
- Moulins city visit
- Free time in Nevers with lunch at a restaurant
- Chateau de Sagonne
- Scenic drive into Morvan Regional Park
UK to Magny-Cours, France
Travel by coach from Folkestone to Magny-Cours via Eurotunnel or ferry. Arrive at the Paddock Hotel Magny-Cours (3Q), located next to the Magny-Cours racetrack, former venue for the French Grand Prix, where you’ll stay for the next seven nights. Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner at the hotel tonight.
Sancerre to La Charité-sur-Loire
After breakfast, board your coach and enjoy a drive through Sancerre this morning before arriving in nearby St Satur where you’ll embark your smart new day cruiser, Natalia. Settle down and make yourself comfortable in the spacious lounge or on the outside viewing deck as you take a leisurely cruise along the Canal Lateral de la Loire to La Charité-sur-Loire. En route you’ll pause for local specialities to be delivered on board and served as a light lunch – along with a glass of local wine – as your cruise continues, arriving at La Charité-sur-Loire mid-afternoon. Your coach will take you into the UNESCO-listed town, on the pilgrimage route of Santiago de Compostela, where you can enjoy some free time to explore. Amongst the magnificent Romanesque art and architecture here is the Priory Church and long stone bridge across the Loire. Return by coach to your hotel with some free time to relax before your dinner here tonight.
La Charite to Marseilles-les-Aubigny
Today you’ll travel back to La Charité to board Natalia and cruise to Beffes where a selection of local specialities will be delivered ready for your light lunch to be served once your cruise gets underway again. You’ll arrive in Marseilles-les Aubigny early this afternoon and board your coach for your excursion to the village of Apremont-sur-Allier. Set on the banks of the River Allier, with castle and famous garden, this village is designated one of ‘Les Plus Beaux Villages de France” (The Most Beautiful Villages of France). After exploring, board the coach again and return to your hotel for dinner and an evening at leisure.
Marseilles-les-Aubigny to Pont du Marais
Depart your hotel by coach for Marseilles-les Aubugny where you’ll board Natalia. Enjoy a morning cruise, pausing at Laubray to collect your lunch delivery which you’ll eat en route to Pont du Marais, arriving early afternoon. Disembark here for your excursion to the city of Moulins. Created by the Dukes of Bourbon, the town bears many traces of their heritage. Enjoy a stroll through the cobbled streets, to see the cathedral and Maison Mantin, bequeathed by the owner and frozen in time as ‘an example of a 19th-century bourgeois dwelling’. Return to your hotel for dinner and an evening relaxing.
pont du Marais to Nevers
After breakfast you’ll board Natalia for a two-hour cruise to Nevers, arriving at midday. Join your crew for lunch in the city before a free afternoon to go exploring independently. Located at the meeting points of the Nievre, the Allier and the Loire rivers, the town of Nevers abounds in historic buildings. It has a strong historical heritage dating back to the Middle Ages. Alternatively, you might like to join an optional excursion to the thermal spa town of Pougues-les-Eaux. Later, board your coach and return to your hotel for dinner.
Plagny to Fleury-sur-Loire
This morning your coach will take you to Plagny for your morning cruise to Fleury-sur-Loire, pausing en route for lunch to be delivered on board and enjoyed before you arrive and moor early this afternoon. This afternoon’s excursion is to Chateau de Sagonne, built between the 12th and the 15th century, in the medieval village of the same name. It was the home of Louis XIV’s superintendent of the buildings, and architect of Versailles. Enjoy dinner and a relaxing evening back at your hotel.
Fleury to Decize
Travel back to Fleury after breakfast and board Natalia for your last cruise of the holiday, to Decize. You’ll arrive early afternoon and enjoy your lunch on board. This afternoon, look forward to a scenic drive into the south west corner of the Morvan Regional Park, a vast and stunning wild area of lakes, woodland and farmland. Return by coach to your hotel for dinner and the last night of your holiday.
Decize to Senlis to UK
Check out after breakfast and board your coach for your return journey. You’ll pause for a while in Senlis where you can buy yourself lunch, before setting off again to the UK via Eurotunnel or ferry.