In keeping with its commitment for optimizing the cruising experience, France Cruises offers travelers the unique opportunity to delight their senses with the sounds of classical, choral and folk music along a hotel barge cruise during the “Musical Encounters of Vezelay” festival in Burgundy. With five itineraries cruising along the Nivernais Canal, guests can experience the concert series, set for August 25-28, 2012 in the village of Vezelay and surrounding cities, featuring a cast of internationally acclaimed vocalists and artists from Europe performing a selection of religious music traditions from the Renaissance period to present day.
Throughout the four-day event, guests will enjoy a slew of world-class performances from vocalists, symphony orchestras, choirs and soloists beneath Vezelay’s landmark, the 9th-century Basilica of St. Mary Magdalene as well as other nearby towns and villages of Burgundy. Among the featured performers are renowned German vocalist group Die Singphoniker, award-winning baroque and classically inspired pianist Jos van Immerseel and Arsys Bourgogne, a prominent choir from Vezelay known for their romantic and contemporary works under the visionary direction of Pierre Cao.
This special program can be experienced on five hotel barge cruises; from the ultra-deluxe 7-passenger C’est La Vie, priced from $5,750 per person, to the budget-friendly 4-passenger Randle, priced under $2,435 per person.