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European Waterways - Savoir Faire - Holland / Belgium / France - 2015 Season

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(Deposit must be recieved by 22 May 2015)

CRUISING BELGIUM, FRANCE & HOLLAND

With individual bookings, prices are per person at double occupancy
Single occupancy of double cabins is restricted per cruise, on request with ship’s company

With full charters the itineraries (West, Centre, North) can be switched Full charter price, based on mentioned program. Without fixed program, full charter price available on request

2015 Rates in EUR ( Euros )
ACCOMMODATION
VALUE
REGULAR
Stateroom per person €3,725 €3,935
Single Supplement €1,585 €1,690
Charter 10 Whole Boat €36,165 €38,410
Charter 12 Whole Boat €41,620 €44,175
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Rates, additional charges and conditions are subject to change, and to
currency fluctuation, without notice - Errors and Omissions Excepted


DEPARTURE DATES (Sunday) RATE CRUISE ROUTE
April - 05, 12, 19, 26 Value Holland Tulip Cruise
May - 03 Value Holland to Belgium
May - 10, 24, 31 Regular Burgundy
June - 07, 14, 21 Regular Burgundy
June - 28 Value Burgundy
July - 05, 12, 19 , 26 Value Burgundy
August - 02, 09, 16, 23, 30 Regular Champagne
September - 06, 13, 20, 27 Regular Champagne
October - 04, 11 Regular Champagne

Cruise Highlights:
BURGUNDY (Late May to July)

  • Explore enchanting Auxerre and its magnificent cathedral
  • Wine tasting of Chablis wines in the cellars of a renowned Domaine
  • Visit to Chateau de Tanlay
  • Visit the Abbaye de Fontenay

CHAMPAGNE (August & September)

  • Tour the majestic cathedral in Reims
  • Enjoy a private champagne tasting in the vast cellars of Moet et Chandon
  • Visit elegant Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte
  • Cruise through Paris past the floodlit Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame
  • visit Coulomniers, one of the centres of Brie cheese

Rates Includes:
Local transfers to and from the hotel barge, all meals on board catered for by the onboard Master Chef, an open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, all wines served throughout the cruise, excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary, the services of 6 crew and use of barge facilities, which include bicycles, WiFi and a piano.

ITINERARY

CLASSIC CHAMPAGNE CRUISE - Cumieres to Paris

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Sunday, Day 1 Paris to Cumieres
Guests are met from the **designated meeting point and transferred to Savoir Faire moored at Cumieres, 2km from the heart of Epernay. After an introduction to your captain and crew with a champagne welcome, there will be time to stroll through the village before dinner on board

Monday, Day 2 Cumieres to Damery
This morning, after breakfast, we visit Reims and its magnificent cathedral. We then join the "Savoir Faire" for lunch and a short cruise to the delightful little town of Damery, with its 13th century church, which was part of a former Benedictine priory. Later this afternoon we visit the Abbey of Hautvilliers where the monk Dom Perignon first made Champagne. Dinner aboard.

Tuesday, Day 3 Damery to Chateau Thierry
You are now entering the true Champagne region. Your hosts have arranged a pre-lunch visit to the world famous cellars of Moet and Chandon for a tour and tasting. We then continue to cruise to Chateau Thierry, were we shall moor for the night. This pretty town offers a promenade along the original walls of the town with views over the Marne valley. This whole area was the scene of American battles in World War I. Nearby is the American Monument. Built in 1929, at an altitude of 660 feet, the monument keeps alive the memory of the American troops who fought in WWI. Optional visit to Belleau Wood battlefield and the American cemetery. Dinner aboard.

Wednesday, Day 4 Chateau Thierry to La Ferte
Your cruise today will take you through picturesque landscapes so loved by both the French and visitors abroad. Today we have arranged a tour of some of our favorite places and a selection of visits to small family-run vineyards so that you can try their fine selection of champagnes. Our mooring for the night is at La Ferte, which offers beautiful, refreshing promenades along the river. Dinner aboard.

Thursday, Day 5 La Ferte to Meaux
Today we cruise to Meaux, in the very heart of Brie, famous for its wonderful cheeses of the same name. Nearby, on the route to Soissons, stands a monument that commemorates the 5th September 1914, the extreme point of advance of the German troops and the date of the French counter-attack. We visit Coulomniers, one of the centers of Brie cheese. Your personalized visit to a master cheese maker will enable you to see the cheese-making process first hand and to sample a variety of the world famous Brie cheese, along with wines from his excellent cellar. Dinner aboard.

Friday, Day 6 Meaux to Paris
This morning we leave Meaux and head towards the mighty Seine which will take us into the very heart of Paris. Our cruise will take us past Coupvray, the birthplace of Louis Braille, the inventor of the alphabet for the blind. At St Maur des Fosses we pass through the tunnel, which enables us to bypass the shallow waters of the Marne Loop. Today we visit the magnificent Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte. The wonderfully-proportioned chateau and its exquisite gardens are the highlight of this visit. Built between 1656 and 1661 for finance minister Nicolas Fouquet. We finish our journey with an exclusive evening cruise through Paris. As the "Savoir Faire" glides past the magnificent church of Notre Dame, the resplendent Louvre art gallery and the symbolic Eiffel Tower, you will be joined by your captain and his wife for cocktails followed by the farewell "Captains Dinner". Pass beneath the Eiffel Tower and the floodlit bridges. Our final berth for the night is in the Arsenal, a stone's throw from the lively district of the Bastille.

Saturday, Day 7 Paris
After breakfast we transfer you to the **designated drop off point.

The designated meeting and drop off point is Paris

NOTE: On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary is subject to change.

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CLASSIC CHAMPAGNE CRUISE - Paris to Cumieres

Sunday, Day 1 Paris
Guests are met at the **designated meeting place and transferred to Savoir Faire moored at the Port d'Arsenal, in the heart of Paris. Your Captain welcomes you aboard and introduces you to the crew and then we enjoy an afternoon cruise through Paris. Your crew will serve champagne and canapes on deck as we cruise past the monuments and romantic bridges of this delightful city. Dinner on board..

Monday, Day 2 Paris to Meaux
A morning cruise out of Paris onto the River Marne. After lunch, you visit the magnificent Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte and its gardens, location of the film "The Man in the Iron Mask". Re-join the Savoir Faire in Meaux in time for a stroll along the river bank before dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 Meaux to La Ferte
A morning tour of Meaux, the capital of Brie de Meaux, a delicious creamy cheese exported throughout the world. Here we visit the Cathedral and a local cheese supplier. We then cruise to La Ferte where we moor overnight. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 La Ferte to Chateau Thierry
We are now in the heart of the Champagne region, as we cruise upstream to Charly-sur-Marne. We visit one of the small family vineyards, to taste their wonderful champagne and visit their cellars. Lunch is followed by an afternoon an idyllic cruise to Chateau Thierry, the scene of American battles in World War I. (Optional visit to Belleau Wood battlefield). Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5 Chateau Thierry to Damery
The River Marne winds its way through vine-covered hills dotted with small wine villages, to the delightful little town of Damery. After lunch we visit the vast cellars of Moet et Chandon for a private tasting, followed by a stroll around Epernay. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Damery to Cumieres
After breakfast, we cruise the last stretch of the River Marne before arriving at our mooring in Cumieres. Visit the outside of the Abbey of Hautvilliers where the monk Dom Perignon first made champagne. After lunch, we drive to the majestic Reims Cathedral, where the Kings of France were crowned. Cocktails on deck, surrounded by stunning scenery - what could be better! Captains Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 Cumieres
After breakfast, n transfer to the **designated drop off point.

On alternate weeks the cruise will be in reverse direction. All itineraries are subject to change.

**The designated meeting and drop off point is Paris.

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SAVOIR FAIRE - CLASSIC HOLLAND CRUISE - Haarlem to Haaarlem

Sunday, Day 1 Haarlem to Leiden
You are met at the **designated meeting point and transferred to Savoir Faire, moored at Haarlem. Once aboard your Captain and host welcomes you with a champagne welcome and an introduction to your crew and hotel barge. We cruise to Leiden, where we moor overnight. This evening enjoy your first dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 Leiden to Delft
After breakfast, enjoy a peaceful cruise along the canals out of Leiden and through the oldest lock in Holland at Leidschendam. After lunch, we drive to the world famous Keukenhof Gardens with the largest display of flowers in the world. Here you will see hundreds of varieties of tulips, hyacinths and other beautiful bulbous plants. Return to the hotel barge for a cruise into Delft.

Tuesday, Day 3 Delft to Gouda
After breakfast, we take a walking tour of the Delft Royal Porcelain Factory, where beautiful hand painted ceramics are still made. We then take a stroll around the cobbled streets of Delft before joining the hotel barge to begin your cruise through the busy port of Rotterdam and onto Gouda. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 Gouda to Uithoorn
This morning your tour guide will escort you through the streets of medieval Gouda, where you will see the most famous of all stained glass windows in Holland. A leisurely stroll through town is a must, with its "Disneyesque" main square and small boutiques. After lunch we cruise through towns clinging to the canal sides to our overnight mooring at Uithoorn. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5 Uithoorn to Zaandam
Today we begin our cruise along the winding Amstel River into Amsterdam and then through the very heart of this enchanting city, where small canals and unique architecture take you back to a bygone era. You can literally reach out and touch the passers-by. Leaving Amsterdam we join the mighty North Sea Canal and head west towards our overnight mooring at Zaandam. After lunch your tour guide drives you to Zaans Schans with its clog maker and working windmills. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Zaandam to Haarlem
Our final cruise takes us to Haarlem, a town of exceptional beauty with its main square, once used for jousting and the famous Frans Hals Museum. There will be plenty of time to enjoy this wonderful place and to shop around its many boutiques. Tonight is the Captain Farewell Dinner.

Saturday, Day 7 Haarlem
We end the cruise with a hearty breakfast and a fond farewell from your crew and then transfer you to the **designated drop off point.

**The designated meeting and drop off point is Amsterdam. Other options are available for charter groups.

NOTE:On alternate weeks the cruise will be in reverse direction. All itineraries are subject to change.

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CLASSIC HOLLAND AND BELGIUM CRUISE - 2 Country Cruise - Haarlem to Bruges

Sunday, Day 1 Ouderkerk
Guests are met at the **designated meeting point and driven to the Savoir Faire for a champagne welcome and a cruise through the heart of the city to the quaint little town of Ouderkerk. Dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 Ouderkerk to Gouda
Morning cruise along the canals to the town of Gouda, famous for its cheese. Afternoon visit to the Keukenhof Gardens, the largest display of flowers in the world. Here you will see hundreds of varieties of tulips, hyacinths and other bulbs. After we return to the Savoir Faire there will be time for a stroll around Gouda, where we will find the most magnificent stained glass windows in Holland. Dinner on board

Tuesday, Day 3 Gouda to Wilemstad
A cruise out of Gouda to the River Ijssel and across the Holland’s Diep, part of the Dutch estuaries, to the charming old fortress town of Wilemstad. This town is preserved in its original state, with windmill dykes, an old church and a 15th century arsenal. There will be an optional visit to the famous Delta Project, which is one of the greatest feats of water engineering in the world involving damming the great estuaries. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 Wilemstad to Antwerp
Today we will leave Holland and cross the border into Belgium and travel to Antwerp. Antwerp is the city of Rubens, where we can take a tour of Rubens' house, then a walk in the old quarter of this beautiful Flemish city. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 4 Antwerp to Ghent
We catch the flood tide up the winding "Sea Schelde", which takes us to the town of Ghent. You will have plenty of time to visit this beautiful town in the afternoon. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Ghent to Bruges
You cannot pass through this part of the world without a visit to the beautiful little town of Bruges, known as the "Venice of the North". The chef will pack a picnic lunch, so there will be plenty of time to explore the many museums, buy some of the handmade lace or take a boat trip in the small canals that wander through the town. Re-join the Savoir Faire in late afternoon to cruise along the River Schelde to the French/Belgian frontier. Captains Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 Bruges
After breakfast depart the hotel barge and transfer to the **designated drop off point.

** The designated meeting point is Amsterdam and the designated drop off point is Bruges.

NOTE:On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary is subject to change.

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CLASSIC 2 COUNTRY 11 NIGHT CRUISE - Bruges to Paris

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Sunday, Day 1 Bruges
You are met at the **designated meeting place for the transfer to the hotel barge, moored in the very picturesque town of Bruges. Lovingly referred to as the "Venice of the North", Bruges is laced with small canals and magnificent squares. Deserving of the UNESCO World Heritage Site award it has received, our guests are continually delighted by this gem. After a champagne welcome and some delicious canapes, your tour guide will arrange a canal boat ride, so you can see the architecture from a different perspective. Dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 Bruges to Ghent
After a hearty breakfast, your tour guide will escort you on a walking tour of Bruges to explore the many architectural wonders of this town. We then return to the hotel barge for lunch, after which you will have time to explore and shop on your own - lace is a speciality of Bruges. Later we begin our afternoon cruise to Ghent. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 Ghent to Oudenaarde
This morning your guide will escort you into Ghent. Our visit includes the magnificent cathedral with its fabulous painting 'The Mystic Lamb', painted by the Van Eck brothers. There's also an assortment of fantastic boutiques nearby. Upon returning to the hotel barge for lunch, we begin our cruise up the River Schelde to the town of Oudenaarde, where we will moor for the night. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 Oudenaarde to Tournai
A gentle morning cruise further up the River Schelde will take us past sleepy hamlets and rolling landscapes to the ancient town of Tournai, with its famous 'Pont des Trous' (Bridge with holes). We shall also explore the wonderful square with its ancient and fascinating clock tower. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5 Tournai to Arleux
We continue along the River Schelde as it winds its way through the town of Valenciennes to the busy junction of Canal du Nord at the little French village of Arleux. This sleepy town is the meeting place of many of the barges setting south towards France. Along the way we will drive to the bustling town of Valenciennes to visit the Museum of Fine Arts. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Arleux to Cambrai
This morning we begin our climb over the Vermandois Hills of Picardie, through the many deep locks and several tunnels of the Canal du Nord, one of which is over 3 miles long. The scenery is spectacular, giving you the opportunity to see rural France at its best. Well maintained towpaths follow alongside the canal that allow for great walking and cycling. After lunch, we have a real treat in store with an excursion to Amiens, to visit what must be one of the greatest of all Gothic cathedrals in France, with its towering spires and magnificent columns. This is one of the "not to be missed" items on any visit to France. Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 Cambrai to Peronne
After breakfast you can visit the war museum in Peronne. Return to the hotel barge and continue our journey along the Canal du Nord. There will be plenty of opportunities to walk or bike while the hotel barge travels from lock to lock. The cruise now continues along the Canal du Nord, as it drops down into the valley of the Somme River before climbing over another watershed. The landscape unfolds revealing a part of France tourists rarely see. Dinner on board.

Sunday, Day 8 Peronne to Compiegne
Today we will cruise down to the Oise River valley to moor in the busy riverside town of Compiegne, with its Royal Palace and huge square. There are many places to visit, including the train where the World War I Armistice was signed. Shops abound everywhere, giving you the opportunity to see how the local people live. Dinner on board.

Monday, Day 9 Compiegne to Auvers sur Oise
The Oise River Valley is truly beautiful. Our cruise today takes to Auvers sur Oise, where we moor for an opportunity to explore this charming Van Gogh scene. This is where he lived and painted many of his last and most important paintings and where he stayed in a small room above a local cafe. We will have an afternoon walk around the town and visit the cemetery, where Vincent and his brother are buried. Dinner on board

Tuesday, Day 10 Auvers sur Oise to Conflans
Today we are off on a day excursion to Giverny to visit the home and gardens of Claude Monet, probably the most famous of all the Impressionist painters. Your chef will prepare a delicious picnic lunch to be taken in the gardens of Giverny. During your walk you will see the famous 'Lily Pond' and the 'Japanese Bridge' that inspired so many of his paintings. We will moor for the night in Conflans, which is the junction of the Oise and Seine Rivers. It is here that many of the commercial skippers retire, thus the reason for so many vessels moored alongside the quays. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 11 Conflans to Bougival to Paris
In the morning we will cruise up the mighty River Seine to Bougival and visit Malmaison, the home of Napoleon. We will see its many lavishly decorated rooms furnished by Josephine. We will rejoin the Savoir Faire for an evening cruise through Paris, past the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral into the 'Port d'Arsenal' adjacent to the Bastille for a Farewell Captains Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 12 Paris
We end the cruise with a hearty breakfast and a fond farewell from your crew and then transfer you to the **designated drop off point.

On alternate weeks the cruise will be in reverse direction. All itineraries are subject to change.

** The designated meeting point is Bruges and the designated drop off point is Paris

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CLASSIC 2 COUNTRY 11 NIGHT CRUISE - Paris to Bruges

Sunday, Day 1
Your drivers will meet you at the designated meeting point and drive you to the Savoir Faire, which will be moored in the Port d'Arsenal, next to the bastille. After a Champagne Welcome and some delicious canapes, we start our cruise through the heart of Paris, past Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower and then onwards to Bougival where we visit Malmaison, the home of Napoleon. We luxuriate in its many lavishly decorated rooms furnished by Josephine.

Monday, Day 2
Today we cruise to Conflans, which is the junction of the Oise and Seine Rivers. It's here that many of the commercial skippers retire, thus the reason for so many barges moored alongside the quays. After lunch your tour guide takes you to Giverny to visit the home of Claude Monet, probably the most famous of all the Impressionist painters. During your walk you will see the famous 'Lily Pond' and the 'Japanese Bridge' that inspired so many of his paintings.

Tuesday,Day 3
The Oise River Valley is truly beautiful. Our cruise today takes us upstream to Auvers sur Oise, where we moor for an opportunity to explore this charming Van Gogh scene. Here is where he lived and painted many of his last and most important paintings, and where he stayed in a small room above a local cafe. We will have an afternoon walk around the town and visit the cemetery where Vincent and his brother are buried.

Wednesday, Day 4
Today we will cruise along the Oise River valley to moor in the busy riverside town of Compiegne, with its Royal Palace and huge square There are many places to visit, including the train where the World War I Armistice was signed. Shops abound everywhere, giving you the opportunity to see how the local people live.

Thursday, Day 5
After a hearty breakfast, we continue our journey towards the canal du Nord. Once on the canal there's plenty of opportunity to walk or bike while the barge travels from lock to lock. As our cruise continues we descend into the valley of the Somme River before climbing over another watershed. The landscape unfolds revealing a part of France tourists rarely see. Your tour guide will offer a selection of excursions for today, based on the local area.

Friday, Day 6
Today we climb over the Vermandois Hills of Picardie, through the many deep locks and several tunnels of the Canal du Nord, one of which is over 3 miles long. The scenery is spectacular, giving you the opportunity to see rural France at its best. Well maintained towpaths follow alongside the canal that allow for great walking and cycling. After breakfast, we have a real treat in store with an excursion to Amiens, to visit what must be one of the greatest of all Gothic cathedrals in France, with its towering spires and magnificent columns. This is one of the "not to be missed" items on any visit to France.

Saturday, Day 7
We continue along the Canal du Nord to the little French village of Arleux. This sleepy town is the meeting place of many of the barges setting south towards France. Our visit today is to Cambrai, a thriving market town

Sunday, Day 8
After breakfast we join the river Schelde as it winds its way towards Belgium. Today is a day of rest and dedicated to enjoying the cruise. Should you want to explore, your drivers are available. We moor in Valenciennes for the night.

Monday, Day 9
Today our cruise takes us to the town of Oudenaarde, where we will moor for the night. This afternoon your guide will escort you into Ghent. Our visit includes the magnificent cathedral with its fabulous painting 'The Mystic Lamb', painted by the Van Eck brothers. There's also an assortment of fantastic boutiques nearby.

Tuesday, Day 10
After a leisurely breakfast we cruise to Bruges and before dinner your tour guide will escort you on a short walking tour of this wondrous city to show you some of the sites we explore on Wednesday

Wednesday, Day 11
Today we stay moored in Bruges so we can discover the many architectural wonders of this town, after which you will have time to explore and shop on your own - lace is a speciality of Bruges. Lovingly referred to as the "Venice of the North", this beautiful town is laced with small canals and magnificent squares. Deserving of the UNESCO World Heritage Site award it has received, our guests are continually delighted by this gem.

Thursday, Day 12
After another hearty breakfast, our drivers will transfer you to the designated meeting point.

On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change

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PARIS TO VILLENEUVE-SUR-YONNE CRUISE

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Sunday, Day 1 Paris
Guests are met from your **designated meeting point and transferred to Savoir Faire moored at the Port Arsenal, Bastille, in the very heart of the city. After a champagne reception, during which you are introduced by your Captain to your crew and the hotel barge. You will have a brief opportunity to explore the area before we depart for our exclusive evening cruise through Paris. While cocktails are served the Savoir Faire glides past the magnificent church of Notre Dame, the resplendent Louvre art gallery and the symbolic Eiffel Tower. After dinner we continue our cruise back through floodlit Paris to your overnight mooring. Dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 Paris to Melun
We set off from the Arsenal bright and early to begin your cruise south along the mighty Seine towards Melun. Once past the reaches of Paris, the landscape begins to unfold revealing the tranquil beauty so sought after by busy city folk. Luxury villas and chateaux begin to appear along the riverbanks. This afternoon we visit Chateau of Fontainebleau. To walk through Fontainebleau is to walk through the very history of France. Every royal family has added its architectural signature, resulting in an unrivalled display of opulence. Afterwards you will be able to explore the town before returning to the Savoir Faire. This evening we shall be moored in the centre of Melun and you will have the opportunity to stroll along the shaded riverbank before dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 Melun to Moret-sur-Loing
We begin the day with a peaceful cruise along the final stretch of the River Seine towards Northern Burgundy, the land of Counts and fine wines. After lunch on board, your guide will escort you to the medieval town of Provins, where you can explore ancient ramparts, watch a falconry show and browse around the boutiques and shops. Provins is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is listed amongst the most interesting towns in France. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 Moret-sur-Loing to Labrosse
Lock After breakfast we visit the romantic Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte, setting for the film "The Man In The Iron Mask". Our visit includes an opportunity to explore the magnificent formal gardens which are widely regarded as some of the best in France. Built between 1656 and 1661 for finance minister Nicolas Fouquet, the chateau's construction was monstrous even for those days. Entire villages were razed and 18,000 workmen called in. Famous architects, painters and landscapers were commissioned to reflect Fouquet's refined tastes. So lavish was the housewarming party, that Louis XIV threw a fit of jealousy and hurled Fouquet in jail. Just to prove who was boss, Louis XIV began building the Palace of Versailles. After lunch we begin our cruise along the River Seine. We shall later join the meandering River Yonne and make our way to our overnight mooring above the lock of Labrosse. Enjoy the tranquillity of this beautiful setting. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5 Labrosse to Sens
We begin our cruise along the narrow canal section of Courlon, built to facilitate the transport of wines and other prized goods to Paris. Later we pass the photogenic town of Pont-sur-Yonne as we make our way towards our overnight mooring at Sens. After lunch we enjoy a tour of Sens to see the Cathedral of St Etienne. Begun in 1140 and housing one of the richest treasuries in France, this mighty Gothic cathedral is the first of its kind in Europe. Afterwards enjoy a stroll on your own through this popular market town before returning to the "Savoir Faire". Your overnight mooring is five minutes from the town centre. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Sens to Villeneuve-sur-Yonne
This morning we cruise towards our final destination of Villeneuve-sur-Yonne. Before lunch your tour guide is available to escort you around Villeneuve-sur-Yonne, which was founded in 1163 by Louis VII of France to protect the kingdom of France at the boundary of the Champagne. In 1204 Philippe Auguste held parliament in the city, and Saint Louis resided in the city before departing for the Eighth Crusade. In 1594 the city was burnt down. During the French Revolution the name was changed from le-Roi (the king) to sur-Yonne (on the Yonne). In 1870 a memorial for the dead was designed by the sculptor Émile Peynot. We shall also have an opportunity to view the 700 year old town gate as well as the magnificent Church of Notre Dame, the building of which lasted from the 12th to the 16th century. After lunch a visit to the world famous town of Chablis, where you will first see a panoramic vista of the Grand Cru vineyards and the surrounding countryside before enjoying a tour of the ancient press and cellars of Domaine Laroche, followed by a wine tasting of their various fine vintages. You then return to the "Savoir Faire" to celebrate your last evening aboard. Captains Farewell Gala Dinner aboard.

Saturday, Day 7 Villeneuve-sur-Yonne
We end the cruise with breakfast and a fond farewell from your crew, before you are transferred to the **designated drop off point.

On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary is subject to change.

**The designated meeting and drop off point is Paris.

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VILLENEUVE-SUR-YONNE TO PARIS CRUISE

Sunday, Day 1 Villeneuve-sur-Yonne
Guests are met from the **designated meeting point and transferred to Savoir Faire moored at Villeneuve-sur-Yonne. This picturesque town was founded in 1163 by Louis VII of France to protect the kingdom of France at the boundary of the Champagne. In 1204 Philippe Auguste held parliament in the city and Saint Louis resided in the city before departing for the Eighth Crusade. In 1594 the city was burnt down. We shall also have an opportunity to view the 700 year old town gate as well as the magnificent Church of Notre Dame, the building of which lasted from the 12th to the 16th century. After a champagne reception, during which you are introduced by your Captain to your crew your guide escorts you around the town or you may enjoy wandering through its narrow streets on your own. Dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 Villeneuve-sur-Yonne to Sens
After breakfast we transfer to the world famous town of Chablis, where we have arranged a private tour of the ancient press and cellars of Domaine Laroche, followed by a pre-lunch wine tasting of their various fine vintages. We then drive to a beautiful spot where you can see a panoramic vista of the Grand Cru vineyards and the surrounding countryside. A little more wine and a sumptuous buffet lunch set the scene. You then return to the Savoir Faire to continue your cruise to the ancient town of Sens. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 Sens to Labrosse
Lock After breakfast we visit Sens to see the Cathedral of St Etienne. Begun in 1140 and housing one of the richest treasuries in France, this mighty Gothic cathedral is the first of its kind in Europe. During lunch, we begin our cruise along the narrow canal section of Courlon, built to facilitate the transport of wines and other prized goods to Paris. Later we pass the photogenic town of Pont-sur-Yonne as we make our way towards our overnight mooring at Labrosse Lock. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 Labrosse Lock to Moret-sur-Loing
After breakfast we visit the medieval town of Provins, where you can explore ancient ramparts and browse around the boutiques and shops. Provins is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is listed amongst the most interesting towns in France. We then return to the hotel barge for lunch, followed by a leisurely cruise along the final section of the River Yonne before joining the river Seine to Moret-sur-Loing, resting place of the famous Impressionist painter, Sisley. There's time to stroll along the beautiful riverbank before dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5 Moret-sur-Loing to Melun
We begin our cruise north along the mighty River Seine towards Melun. The landscape begins to unfold revealing the tranquil beauty so sought after by busy Parisian’s. Luxury villas and chateaus begin to appear along the riverbanks. Your excursion this afternoon is to the magnificent Chateau de Fontainebleau. To walk through Fontainebleau is to walk through the very history of France. Every royal family has added its architectural signature, resulting in an unrivalled display of opulence. Afterwards you will be able to explore the town, before returning to the hotel barge. This evening we shall be moored in the centre of Melun and enjoy dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Melun to Paris
After breakfast we visit the romantic Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicompte, setting for the film "The Man In The Iron Mask". Our visit includes an opportunity to explore the magnificent formal gardens which are widely regarded as some of the best in France. Built between 1656 and 1661 for finance minister Nicolas Fouquet, the chateau's construction was monstrous even for those days. Entire villages were razed and 18,000 workmen called in. Famous architects, painters and landscapers were commissioned to reflect Fouquet's refined tastes. So lavish was the housewarming party, that Louis XIV threw a fit of jealousy and hurled Fouquet in jail. Just to prove who was boss, Louis XIV began building the Palace of Versailles. After joining the Savoir Faire for lunch, we continue our cruise into the capital of France, Paris. Before dinner we enjoy a late afternoon cruise through this wondrous city. Savoir Faire glides past the magnificent church of Notre Dame, the resplendent Louvre art gallery, and the symbolic Eiffel Tower, each floodlit to show their magnificent beauty. Tonight we moor at the Port d'Arsenal. Captains Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 Paris
After breakfast and fond farewell from your crew, you are transferred to the **designated drop off point.

On alternative weeks the cruise is in reverse direction. All itineraries are subject to change.

**The designated meeting and drop off point is Paris

 

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