Can you imagine a better job? Our colleague Jossie and her companion Lenny got to travel around France by bike and boat for us. Why? To review all the intricacies of our new tour of Northern Burgundy.

It all kicks off on May 23rd and, of course, we want to be sure that everything is perfect as our guests cycle through the rolling hills of Burgundy, cruise down winding river valleys, stroll through quaint French villages, sip the local wine and try other goodies. Fancy a taste? Read Jossie’s travelogue here!

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Day 1: From Montereau to Pont-sur-Yonne

“On the road with my friend and travel companion Lenny Versteeg to check all details for the Burgundy tour that we will run starting end of May 2022 on our fantastic barges Fleur and Zwaantje. Dates for 2023 are also already online. We started today’s bike tour under a sunny sky in Montereau, where the rivers Seine and Yonne meet. We are now in a beautiful little town: Pont-sur-Yonne.”

Day 2: From Pont-sur-Yonne to Sens

“Day 2 of my Burgundy ‘dry run’. We cycled from Pont-sur-Yonne to Sens through gently rolling hills. We met a friendly local who invited us to have a picnic in his castle-garden with our groups. In Sens we visited the magnificent Gothic cathedral of St. Étienne. And look, what a nice mooring for Fleur and Zwaantje!”

Day 3: From Sens to Vielleneuve-sur-Yonne

“What a fantastic route! Halfway, we visited the cider museum in a very small, authentic French hameau (hamlet) on a hilltop. A nice lady will arrange a degustation (tasting) for our groups. Then downhill through a forest, back to the river Yonne.”

Day 4: From Villeneuve-sur-Yonne to Joigny

“All along the river there’s a brand new bike path. From Joigny we did a loop through the first vineyards of Northern Burgundy. We found a wine grower who will arrange a degustation for our groups.”

Day 5: Joigny to Auxerre

“Day 5 of our Burgundy ‘dry run’. Again we enjoyed the bike path along the river Yonne, but also did the longer option to Brienon-sur-Armençon, a lovely place on the Burgundy canal. We arrived in Auxerre, where this tour will end. But tomorrow we have one more day for a loop to the south and a visit to a winery.”

Day 6: Auxerre

“The Burgundy ‘dry run’ is done. Today we checked out a few last things like a visit to the Cave de Bailly where they produce a lovely crémant (sparkling wine). The first real tour starts end of May and will run every week until the end of September. A few cabins are available. This is absolutely going to be a fine experience.”

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