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12
Cabins
7
Crew
6
From $4,800 per person

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Print Boat Info

The atmosphere aboard the charming Luciole is a week amongst friends, informal but attentive with a high standard in cuisine. Lovely accommodations for twelve with twin, double and single cabins. Daily shore excursions include château, medieval towns and wine tasting at renowned Chablis and Burgundy vineyards. Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the tranquil Nivernais Canal with your friends aboard the Luciole.

Boat Details

Boat Size: 117 x 17 ft
Number of Cabins: 7
Crew: 6
Cruise Length: 6 nights
Departure Day: Sunday

Cabin Information

3 Doubles
  • Double
  • 107 sq ft
3 Twin-Bedded Cabins
  • Twin
  • 107 sq ft
2 Singles
  • Single
  • 67 sq ft
Note: All cabin sizes are approximate.

Boat Amenities

A/C
Bicycles
Books & Games
Open Bar
Transfers
WIFI
Music System

Cabin Amenities

Hairdryers

Pickup Location

2:15 PM, Paris Central Location

Note: Pickup locations may be TBD on charter bookings.

Dropoff Location

1:00 PM, Paris Central Location

Note: dropoff locations may be TBD on charter bookings.

Boat Diagram

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Auxerre to Clamecy
Sunday
Welcome Aboard!
The rendezvous in Paris at the Hotel Mansart with the Luciole's representative is at 2.30 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.
 
Monday
Wine Tasting and Beautiful Countryside
The barge 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 visit in the afternoon is made to a wine cellar in the vicinity of Chablis, barely 16 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'.
 
Tuesday
Explore Auxerre
The barge cruise in the morning along the canal takes you towards the River Cure on the 'Vermenton Arm' and the village of Accolay. Our visit 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. Place St Nicholas, by the river, commemorates the patron saint of barge people. Nearby 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.
 
Wednesday
Visit the Village of Noyers and a Chateau
Our visit 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. A charter group 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 barge 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.
 
Thursday
Vezelay and 11th Century Basilica
Our visit to Vézelay is in the morning, where the spectacular 11th Century Basilica dominates the steep-sided hilltown 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 barge 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. 
 
Friday
Medieval town of  Clamecy
The barge 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 12 -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 visit 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.
 
Saturday
Breakfast and Farewll
After breakfast, the Luciole bus departs for Place Vendôme, central Paris where taxis are available for onward travel. Anticipated arrival is at 1pm. 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.
Adventure Cruise - Auxerre to Clamecy 
Sunday
Welcome Aboard!
The rendezvous in Paris with the Luciole's tour guide is at 2.30pm and at a location of your choice. A Champagne reception welcomes guests on arrival to the barge.
 
Monday
Nivernais Canal combines river and canal cruising
Activity: is tree walking and zip-line wiring through the trees at 'Bois de la Folie'. The Adventure Centre is run by a previous crew member of the Luciole, Frédérick Sire who was our tour guide on the barge way back in 1989. The activity is suitable for all ages and levels of confidence. Harnesses with carabiners and hard hats are issued to everyone. Alternative visit: is to the Medieval village in the making, called 'Guedelon'. Fascinating old skills are used in the building of the impressive new chateau and one can watch the craftsmen re-creating products of yesteryear. If the charter group would like to visit Guedelon and pursue the activity, we are able to combine both.
 
Tuesday
River Cure on the 'Vermenton Arm'
Activity: in the afternoon is horse riding is in the hills. There are mounts for any age or proficiency. Hard hats are provided.
Alternative visit: to Auxerre for culture and shopping.
 
Wednesday
Noyers-sur-Serein, the delightful town with its Wednesday market
Time to walk the ramparts or visit a cafe before going up to the rambling ruins of the Medieval castle. The old castle is under reconstruction, with the help of volunteers, led by the enthusiastic Dutchman, Willem Adriaan de Bruyn.
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 du Bas up to Mailly-le-Château where the town's terrace offers spectacular views of the Yonne Valley.
 
Thursday
Lucy-sur-Yonne takes you through a region where dramatic cliffs
Footpaths up to the top offer panoramic views over the countryside. For more of a challenge, you can wind your way up the road on one of the Luciole's bikes.
Activity: this afternoon is cave climbing in Dissangis. A vast old stone quarry cave has been adapted to allow climbers to traverse along ledges and wires. Different routes of easy for the timid to difficult for the fittest are secured round the cave walls. Even being a spectator is exciting. The reward of an afternoon's adventure is returning to the barge for cocktails or strong cups of tea!
 
Friday
Medieval town of  Clamecy
Activity: is canoeing at Saint Père sous Vézelay. Suitable for swimmers of any age, with adaptable seats for the littlies. Paddling down the River Cure and under the Roman bridge is delightful and timeless. Life jackets are provided by the canoe centre. Alternative visit: is to the Chateau of Bazoches. The 17th Century home of the Marquis de Vauban, France's great military engineer. As an extra, we can always make a quick call-by to Vézelay on the way back to the barge for visiting the shops or buying an ice cream!
 
Saturday
Breakfast and Farewll
After breakfast, the Luciole bus departs for Place Vendôme, central Paris where taxis are available for onward travel. Anticipated arrival is at 1pm. 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.
 
Hot air ballooning is an optional extra we can organise for passengers when they arrive on board.
 
Girlfriend Getaway Cruise - Auxerre to Clamecy
Sunday
Welcome Aboard!
The rendezvous in Paris at the Hotel Mansart with the Luciole's representative is at 2.30 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.
 
Monday
Leave Auxerre and make our way to Bailly
We leave Auxerre and make our way up the canal to Bailly. The perfect opportunity to walk the towpath and unwind at the start of your vacation
Excursion: in the afternoon we visit the famous vineyards of Chablis for wine tasting 
 
Tuesday
Auxerre Shopping and Exploring
Cruise through the afternoon from Bailly to Accolay. The activity: with our colour consultant from Paris, providing an opportunity to learn about colours and styles that suit you. Lots of laughter along the way!
 
Wednesday
Noyers-sur-Serein, the delightful town with food and clothes market.
Excursion: to Noyers-sur-Serein, the delightful town with food and clothes market. Free time to stroll and browse the stalls and interesting craft shops. Cruise: from Accolay to our mooring below the cliffs at Mailly-le-Château
The activity: after lunch, we whisk you off to the lovely Spa of 'Le Prieure' for a massage and sauna, in beautiful and relaxing surrounding of this tranquil old priory, returning to the Luciole for evening cocktails
 
Thursday
Chateau of Bazoches
Excursion: takes you to the impressive turreted Chateau of Bazoches. Cruising: throughout the day from Mailly-le-Château to Lucy sur Yonne. The activity: in the afternoon is a visit to a gorgeous French house garden in Fontenille, close to our route for tea, cake and garden joy, an opportunity to share flower knowledge with the knowledgable and delightful owners.
 
Friday
Lucy-sur-Yonne to our final mooring in Clamecy
Cruise: from Lucy-sur-Yonne to our final mooring in Clamecy. A chance while cruising to learn some of the napkin folds you have seen throughout the week! Excursion: to the Basilica at Vézelay with time to visit the lovely clothes and craft shops.
 
Saturday
Breakfast and Farewll
After breakfast, the Luciole bus departs for Place Vendôme, central Paris where taxis are available for onward travel. Anticipated arrival is at 1pm. 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.

SAMPLE LUNCH MENUS ABOARD LUCIOLE

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Sea trout fishcakes with salsa verde

Smoked chicken with tarragon

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Warm potato and chorizo salad

Roasted Mediterranean peppers

Three bean and celeriac

Roquefort and rocket mixed green salad

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Cheeses: Delice de Bourgogne, Morbier

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Salmon and red onion tartlets

Burgundian gougere

Pasta, sun dried tomato and pesto salad

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Courgette, pine nut and parmesan salad

Marinated artichoke hearts

Frisee salad with bacon lardons

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Cheeses: Bleu d’Auvergne, Chaource

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Wines from far and near are chosen to complement the menu. With Chablis on our doorstep,

local vineyards are well represented; but wines from the Cote D’Or are also on our list,

together with Chateauneuf Du Pape and selections from Bordeaux

 

SAMPLE DINNER MENUS ABOARD LUCIOLE

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Warm asparagus with a Dijon vinaigrette, smoked duck and parmesan shavings

Grilled Guinea fowl on a bed of wild rice with a tomato and butter sauce, garnished with tomato crisps

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Broccoli florets, Butter fried zucchini

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Cheeses: Epoisses, Brie, Roquefort

Tossed green salad

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Passion fruit and orange tarte with Cointreau Cream

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Coffee, chocolates and liqueurs

 

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Pan fried foie gras served on a country style bread with caramelized apples

Pork filet mignon with a cognac cream sauce

 

Savoyard gratin

 

Honeyed carrot straws, Haricot vert

 

Cheeses: Saint Agur, Beaufort, Tomme de Chevre

 

Tossed green salad

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Chocolate fondant and vanilla ice-cream, garnished with strawberries, white chocolate dipped

strawberry ice cream balls and chocolate sauce

 

Coffee, chocolates and liqueurs

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Wines from far and near are chosen to complement the menu. With Chablis on our doorstep,

local vineyards are well represented; but wines from the Cote D’Or are also on our list,

together with Chateauneuf Du Pape and selections from Bordeaux.

 

2022 & 2023 RATES
ACCOMMODATION   VALUE REGULAR
Stateroom P/P $4,950 $5,800
Single Cabin $4,950 $5,800
Charter 10 Pass $52,000 $59,500
Charter 12 Pass $57,500 $64,500
Theme Charters Supplement  $2,000 $2,000

 

2022 DEPARTURE DATES
Apr 24 thru May 21 VALUE
May 22 thru Jul 16 REGULAR
Jul 17 thru Aug 27 VALUE
Aug 28 thru Oct 1 REGULAR
Oct 2 thru Oct 29 VALUE

 

Cruise cost includes

Six night accommodations, chauffeured transfers from Paris to the barge and return, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch and dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of bicycles

Cruise cost does not include

Airfare to and from your destination, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)