Auxerrois smoked salmon and mini cruise along the Nivernais canal

The greatness of Auxerrois savoir-faire.

1 day

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Discovery and savoir-faire tours

Starting from
79€ / person

Indicated prices are with tax included.


Prices are all inclusive for little and big groups.

Accompanied with guides

No stone will be left unturned, every detail will be completely explained, they know their subject like the back of their hand.


Our guides perfectly speak the languages indicated


  • Visit of a familial factory created by a former great chef
  • Un établissement qui est une référence depuis 30 ans dans le fumage du saumon
  • A savoir-faire that will mesmerise you
  • A history behind the savoir-faire that you will enjoy discovering
  • Self-guided tour of Auxerre labelled city of art and history
  • A mini-cruise along the Nivernais canal
  • Morning coffee break and croissant on the way

The Yonne department (89) located between Paris and Burgundy is worth a visit. This day punctuated by the discovery of our exceptional regional heritage and industrial savoir-faire will delight both adults and children.

The small village of Chemilly-Sur-Yonne, near Auxerre, has a remarkable and exquisite site: the artisanal and family-run factory, Le Borvo, specialised in smoking salmon.

Did you know how salmonids are smoked and prepared? This guided tour allows you to discover the techniques behind a unique art, passed down from generation to generation to serve you the best product on your plate.

Over 40 years of experience for an exceptional product!

Daniel Raymond, a former chef in Paris and holder of a Michelin star, created the Le Borvo workshop in 1980, one of the first independent establishments in producing high quality smoked salmon.

This enthusiast who started his activity with only 2 employees has always strived to promote his flagship product and now has 70 employees. It has become the European benchmark in the gastronomic field. Indeed, in addition to the reputation forged among the great French restaurateurs, the reputation of the Raymond house has gone beyond our borders!

Building on his success, Daniel Raymond uses his expertise and offers, as a caterer, cooked dishes, terrines and verrines made without additives, colouring or preservatives.

During this course, plenty of resourceful information will be shared with you, namely, the species used, the origin, the processing methods, the ancestral and current method of preserving the fish, etc. You will also discover the different preparation processes: filleting, salting, smoking. The manual slicing performed right in front of your eyes will amaze you!

Your guide will tell you the story behind this fascinating and informative family saga. Concerned about preserving the environment and consumer satisfaction, the company works mainly with raw materials from livestock.

Are your taste buds twitching? Rest assured, an educational tasting awaits you. You will not only learn to distinguish salmon but also learn to accompany or enhance this noble product thanks to the wise advice of the house.

Explore Auxerre differently!

Treat yourself to a river cruise along with one of the most beautiful canals in France, the Nivernais canal in Auxerre, between the Loire basin and that of the Yonne.

Now intended for pleasure boating, the canal, built in the 19th century, connecting the Loire and the Seine, was used at the time for the transportation of goods.

You will be seduced by this boat trip, where you will come across magnificent hilly landscapes, vineyards, castles, locks and authentic villages. It is a truly charming set-up and a pleasant moment of serenity that you can share with family, group or lovers. You will enjoy an exceptional, natural environment, preserved and loaded with a prestigious historical past.

Visit the must-sees!

Auxerre, labelled city of art and history, is the second preserved sector of Burgundy and is full of remarkable buildings and cultural riches.

You will appreciate the clock tower in Place Saint-Nicolas, Saint-Etienne Cathedral and its splendid 13th-century stained-glass windows, the old Saint-Germain abbey, etc.

You will be able to observe the Renaissance facades, the crypts of the 9th century, the residence of the famous Guillaume Joseph Rousselle, better known as Cadet Roussel, the charming half-timbered houses, etc. You can only be amazed by the historical heritage that this city harbours.

Remember to book this organized getaway suitable for everyone! You will not regret it.

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Net prices are indicated per person and are inclusive of Taxes.
Each group is particular: the price is calculated with respect to the program, the town of departure, the participant numbers and the dates selected.
In a general way, a group is composed of at least 10 persons paying
Before any confirmation, an agreement will be signed between the two parts. It will detail all the services of the program over its duration.

Our programs are “tailored” and adapted specifically as per each request with or without transport.


7:30am :

Departure by coach to the Le Borvo family-led factory located near Auxerre.


After a coffee and croissant break offered during the trip, you will arrive in the world of salmon smoking, where you can enjoy a 400 square meter tour, which will end with a tasting workshop.


In addition to the tasting part, the workshop is educational, and the secrets of this profession will be shared with you: the different species, the geographical origin, the living environment, the food and the breeding techniques.

12:00pm :

(Around) Lunch at the factory, with drinks and coffee included.

Example of the menu:

Smoked salmon, Salmon escalope with green sauce, vegetable gratin, Cheese and Prestige chocolate crunch.

Drinks included: Kir as an aperitif, 25 cl of red or white per person, coffee.

2:30pm :

Expected arrival in the city Auxerre, bearing the “art and history” label, to embark on a mini-cruise along the Nivernais canal in the heart of the Yonne valley.


Before leaving, you will be able to take advantage of a free moment in the heart of Auxerre to appreciate the essentials: the clock tower, the charming Saint Nicolas square, the Saint Etienne cathedral with its 13th century stained glass windows, the former Saint Abbey Germain, and not to mention the charming half-timbered houses.

5:00pm :

Departure by coach