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€3,950 Per Person

Charming Class


The beautiful Luciole barge cruises along the Nivernais Canal in Burgundy. The barge can accommodate up to 12 passengers.

  • Country / Region
    France / Burgundy
  • Cabins
  • Max Passengers
€3,950 Per Person

Charming Class


The beautiful Luciole barge cruises along the Nivernais Canal in Burgundy. The barge can accommodate up to 12 passengers.

  • Country / Region
    France / Burgundy
  • Cabins
  • Max Passengers
  • Cruise Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation Cabin accommodation (twin or double bed) with en-suite bathroomActivityActivity Excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary MealsMeals All meals included - authentic French cuisine and regional specialities plus a selection of fine winesDrinksDrinks Open bar with alcoholic and non alcoholic drinksInclusionInclusion Sun deckTransportation Transportation Vehicle for transfers and excursions ActivityActivity Use of bicyclesTourTour Visit magnificent Gothic cathedrals and churches. TourTour Chateaux and historic monumentsItineraryItinerary Cruise between Auxerre and Clamecy.TransferTransfer Transfer from the airport/hotel or train station to the bargeInclusionInclusion WiFi on board


The Luciole accommodates 12 passengers in 8 en-suite cabins, which include three doubles (each of which can be converted into twins) three twins and two single cabins. Air conditioning is installed throughout the barge. The Luciole cruises the glorious Nivernais Canal, a truly varied waterway that interweaves the River Yonne with canal sections.

The Luciole was originally called the Palinurus and was the first hotel barge to commence cruising in 1966, she has undergone many alterations since then of course and we are proud to be celebrating 50 years of continuous cruising in 2016.

Cruise Highlights

  • Chablis wine tasting in the cellar of Brocard
  • Visit historic Auxerre for culture and shopping
  • Explore Noyers-sur-Serein, one of the most villages of France
  • Visit the Basilica at Vézelay
  • Explore the medieval town of Clamecy
  • Visit Château of Bazoches, home to the Marquis de Vauban


  • Transfers between Paris and Luciole
  • Six nights of accommodation
  • Crew of six
  • All meals, wine and drinks from our open bar 
  • 12 on board bicycles 
  • Use of Luciole's bus for excursions with the tour guide
  • Mobile WiFi

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Dates & Prices 

Rates for 2019

Departure Date Per Person Single Cabin
April 14, 21, 28 3,950 Euros 3,950 Euros
May 5, 12, 19 3,950 Euros 3,950 Euros
May 26 4,400 Euros 4,400 Euros
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 4,400 Euros 4,400 Euros
July 7, 14 4,400 Euros 4,400 Euros
July 21, 28 3,950 Euros 3,950 Euros
August 4, 11, 18, 25 3,950 Euros 3,950 Euros
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 4,400 Euros 4,400 Euros
October 6, 13, 20 4,400 Euros 4,400 Euros

Charter (Whole Barge)

Departure Date Charter 8 ppl Charter 10 ppl Charter 12 ppl Theme Cruise Supplement
April 14, 21, 28 31,000 Euros 42,000 Euros 44,500 Euros 2,000 Euros
May 5, 12, 19 31,000 Euros 42,000 Euros 44,500 Euros 2,000 Euros
May 26 47,000 Euros 49,500 Euros 2,000 Euros
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 47,000 Euros 49,500 Euros 2,000 Euros
July 7, 14 47,000 Euros 49,500 Euros 2,000 Euros
July 21, 28 42,000 Euros 44,500 Euros 2,000 Euros
August 4, 11, 18, 25 42,000 Euros 44,500 Euros 2,000 Euros
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 47,000 Euros 49,500 Euros 2,000 Euros
October 6, 13, 20 31,000 Euros 42,000 Euros 44,5000 Euros 2,000 Euros

Terms & Conditions

Prices shown in Euros or US Dollar and will be converted in Australian Dollar (AUD) at time of payment using a daily ROE. An initial deposit of 30% of the total cruise fare for cabin or charter is payable at the time of booking. The balance must be paid within 100 days as per our terms and conditions and as specified in our confirmation invoice, which will be despatched when the booking form has been processed. Rates are subject to change. Cancellation policy applies to all bookings.


Auxerre to Clamecy

Day 1, Sunday
The rendezvous in Paris at the Hotel Mansart (charter groups are welcome to choose an alternative location) with the Luciole's representative is at 2:15 pm, followed by the journey to Auxerre in the barge's private bus. The Luciole will be moored on the impressive river frontage of the city, overlooked by the Cathedral, the 13 - 15th Century Abbey and Parish Church. A Champagne reception welcomes our guests on board.

Day 2, Monday
The cruise upriver leads us into beautiful pastoral countryside intermingled with sweeping reaches of the River Yonne. After lunch, we arrive at the Crément making centre of Bailly. Here in 1972 local winemakers restored the fortunes of this ancient vineyard area with the production of sparkling Crémant de Bourgogne in what are now known as the Caves de Bailly. The picturesque villages of St Bris and Irancy, also devoted to wine, stand nearby.

Our excursion: in the afternoon is made to a wine cellar in the vicinity of Chablis, barely sixteen kilometres to the east of Auxerre. Chablis is one of the greatest names in wine, with production within a strictly-defined area. The most prestigious wines are produced from vineyards on the south of the town on 'Grand Cru Hill'.

Day 3, Tuesday
The cruise in the morning along the canal takes you towards the River Cure on the 'Vermenton Arm' and the village of Accolay.

Our excursion: to historic Auxerre is in the afternoon. The city offers many historic features: the Cathedral of St Étienne, Abbey of St Germain, with the Romanesque crypt and attractive clock tower in the centre of the town, built in the 15th Century. The Church presides over one of the most attractive waterfronts in France, recently renovated and where the Luciole now has her own private mooring.

Nearby, Place St Nicholas commemorates the patron saint of barge people and adjacent, from the Place du Coche Eau, passengers once boarded packet-boats for Paris. Auxerre was originally a Roman camp and became a centre of learning and pilgrimage in the Middle Ages. It was declared a holy city by the Pope in the 11th Century. The town's strategic position ensured a rich trading history and also saw Joan of Arc stop twice to pray in the Cathedral of St Étienne. Napoleon famously stayed in Auxerre during "the hundred days" following his return from exile on Elba, before heading north to Waterloo in 1815. The afternoon provides a good opportunity to visit the shops and take time to enjoy French provincial life.

Day 4, Wednesday
Our excursion: in the morning from Accolay, takes us to the delightful town of Noyers-sur-Serein. With its friendly market stalls, half timbered houses and turreted ramparts it is easy to see why Noyers is considered one of the most beautiful villages in France. Above the town, the reconstruction of the medieval castle progresses. Catholic Henry IV ordered the destruction of the Protestant-owned château in 1599. Look out for the orchids in May and June. One of our charter groups, with a passion for these rare wild flowers found 6 amongst the old grounds of the chateau, much to the great delight of Willem Adriaan de Bruyn, who leads the renovation of this gem of Burgundian heritage.

The cruise after lunch continues southwards to a night-time mooring beneath the walls of Mailly-le-Château. Here you can take the steep path from our mooring at Bourg d'en Bas, or Lower Town up to Mailly-le-Château where a terrace offers spectacular views of the Yonne Valley.

Day 5, Thursday
Our excursion: to Vézelay is in the morning, where the spectacular 11th Century Basilica dominates the steep sided hill town which has numerous shops and cafes. Vézelay was the historic starting point for two of the Crusades to the Holy Land, where Saint Bernard preached to the Crusaders in the presence of Louis VII and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Vézelay owed its position of influence and prestige since it holds the relics of Saint Mary Magdalene and a Papal declaration attesting to their authenticity. The town was a high point of Medieval pilgrimage and was a major gathering point for the Crusaders on the way to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. There is plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere of this hilltop town and a super chance to visit the numerous craft shops selling clothes and gifts. Another opportunity too, to stop at one of the local cafes and watch the world go by (very French cafe life!).

The cruise in the afternoon to an evening mooring at Lucy-sur-Yonne passes through a region where dramatic cliffs stand by the water's edge. Watch out for the delightful ducks and geese, who have made this canal bank their home. Along the cruise route the Rochers du Parc and those at Les Saussois are regularly used by climbers.

Day 6, Friday
The cruise in the morning takes us to the delightful medieval town of Clamecy, a worthy venue for the climax of our cruise. The town features the 12th to 16th century church of St Martin that stands up on the hill in the town centre. Beside the river, stands the church of Our Lady of Bethlehem, which was opened in 1927. It was dedicated to the 50 successive bishops of Bethlehem who, unable to preside in Bethlehem itself, were resident at Clamecy from 1225 until the French Revolution in the late 18th century. 

Our excursion: on the final afternoon is to the imposing Château of Bazoches. Set on a hillside amidst splendid rolling countryside, this was the 17th Century home of the Marquis de Vauban (1633-1707). Vauban was France's great military tactician and engineer, who was responsible for the creation of the first coherent network of fortifications surrounding the developing kingdom of France. He was also a prolific and at times visionary writer who remained steadfastly loyal to his roots in the Morvan region around Avallon and Vézelay and considered the Château of Bazoches as his true home.

Day 7, Saturday
After breakfast, the Luciole bus departs for Place Vendôme, central Paris where taxis are available for onward travel. Anticipated arrival is at 1:00 pm. For guests wishing to travel elsewhere in France by train or hire car, a stop can always be made in Auxerre en-route to Paris

Please note: The cruising itinerary will be in the reverse direction, if the Luciole is moored in Clamecy at the start of the week. Our bus can make a small detour to collect passengers from Auxerre should they not wish to rendezvous with us in Paris.

Cruise Details 

Luciole Deck Plan

Luciole deck plan

  • Length: 114 ft (34 metres)
  • Beam: 17 ft (5.18 metres)
  • 12 passengers
  • 6 crew
  • 8 cabins
  • Air conditioning
  • Large picture windows in salon. dining room
  • WiFi with limited availability
  • Spacious deck with tables, chairs, umbrellas
  • 10-12 bicycles
  • Library
  • Open and well-stocked bar
  • Music system
  • Heating

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