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Print Boat Info

Enjoy traditional boating ambiance and classic charm when you charter The Randle. Varnished wood, leather, and polished brass, together with vintage propulsion combine to make a voyage to remember. The Randle accommodates just four passengers, couples, families, & friends, and is available for whole boat charter only.

Boat Details

Boat Size: 72 x 13 ft
Number of Cabins: 2
Crew: 3
Cruise Length: 6 nights
Departure Day: Sunday

Cabin Information

Master Cabin
  • Double
  • 114 sq ft
Guest Cabin - Bunk Beds
  • Twin
  • 59 sq ft
Note: All cabin sizes are approximate.

Boat Amenities

A/C
Bicycles
DVD
Open Bar
Transfers
TV
WIFI
Music System

Cabin Amenities

A/C
Hairdryers
Heating
WIFI

Pickup Location

2pm, Paris

Note: Pickup locations may be TBD on charter bookings.

Dropoff Location

12pm, Paris

Note: dropoff locations may be TBD on charter bookings.
Chevroches to Auxerre
Sunday
 

2pm Paris rendezvue for a 2 1/2 hour private car transfer to the Randle.

Arrive to Chevroches, (pop' 146) where once paving stones were loaded aboard barges destined for the streets of London. Welcome aboard with Champagne and homemade gougére pastries.

Visit nearby Clamecy (pop’ 4,500) an old town nestled in rolling landscape of the Nievre region from where the Nivernais canal gets its name. Take a walk through the meandering cobbled streets to the magnificent 16c church St Martin. Clamecy was the seat of the bishop of Bethlehem for 600 years and a centre of logging for 400, 

Evening dining : Hostellerie de le poste
Where once the town's post was delivered by carriage, now a classic French restaurant hotel with relaxed surroundings and extensive wine list. 

Evening dining : Hostellerie de le poste

Where once the town's post was delivered by carriage, now a classic French restaurant hotel with relaxed surroundings and extensive wine list. 

 
Monday
 

We depart at 9am to descend onto the river Yonne, the morning cruise takes us past limestone cliffs and the 14c fortified farm Chartreuse de Bassville. After stopping for lunch we continue to our destination of the day, Lucy-sur-Yonne (pop’ 151) with 11c church with restored stained glass windows, and a mill pond nearby.

A guided afternoon tour takes us to Vezelay, an UNESCO world heritage site, fortified town with Romanesque Basilica dedicated to Mary Magdalene. Stroll the picturesque streets with many boutiques, art galleries, cafés, and restaurants.

Evening dining: Aboard the Randle 
Our very own gourmet chef Gael prepares a four course dinner from fresh local produce complimented with a selected premier-cru wine of the region.

Evening dining: Aboard the Randle 

Our very own gourmet chef Gael prepares a four course dinner from fresh local produce complimented with a selected premier-cru wine of the region.

 
Tuesday
 

At 9am and we set off along the meandering canal past hilltop villages past the magnificent white cliffs of Rochers-du-Saussois. After lunch we arrive at Mailly-la-Ville (pop’605) with pretty river mooring. 

Take an Afternoon guided tour to the limestone caves of the Grottes-de-Arcy. A fascinating cave system which runs for over 500m underground and contains many 28,000 year old Palaeolithic paintings representing Bears, Rhino, and Mammoth.

Evening dining : l'étape-des-Gourmets or Chateau Vault-de-Lugny 
Dine at the étape-des-gourmets for dinner with local flavour, or for a grand night out at the Chateau Vault-de-Lugny with evening chauffer service included.

Evening dining : l'étape-des-Gourmets or Chateau Vault-de-Lugny 

Dine at the étape-des-gourmets for dinner with local flavour, or for a grand night out at the Chateau Vault-de-Lugny with evening chauffer service included.

 
Wednesday
 
Today is morning market at the village of Noyers-sur-Serein. A very picturesque fortified village with 15c timber framed buildings with intricate carvings, it is listed as one of the 156 prettiest villages of France, "Les Plus Beaux Villages de France". Home to many artists, a potter, a jeweller, and a leather maker. Stroll the cobbled streets and market stalls, buy a little something for friends back home. After lunch aboard the Randle we make an afternoon cruise along the canal and river Yonne to the pretty Village of Accolay (pop’ 467)
 
Evening dining : Hostellerie-de-la-fontaine
A surprisingly good find and a short walk from our mooring with elegant under-croft restaurant or al fresco dining on balmy evenings.

Evening dining : Hostellerie-de-la-fontaine

A surprisingly good find and a short walk from our mooring with elegant under-croft restaurant or al fresco dining on balmy evenings.

 
Thursday
 

9am we depart from our mooring and cruise along the Yonne valley with vineyards coming into view on the hills above. After lunch we moor on the river at Vincelles overlooking a watermill with vines on the hills above. We take an afternoon tour to the wine villages of Irancy, Chitry, and Chablis. Discover Burgundy's famous Pinot Noir. view the famous Chablis grand-cru vineyards and  take a wine tasting in the town.

Evening Dining : Auberge-de-les-tilleuls
With riverside setting close to our mooring chef Alain Renaudin prepares gastronomic dishes from fresh local ingredients.

Evening Dining : Auberge-de-les-tilleuls

With riverside setting close to our mooring chef Alain Renaudin prepares gastronomic dishes from fresh local ingredients.

 
Friday
 
Today and we are river cruising along the Yonne with open vistas past pretty riverside villages. After lunch we arrive to our destination, Auxerre (pop’ 45,000) Auxerre has been a prosperous town since roman times and is dominated by the 11-16c St Étienne cathedral built on the high ground overlooking the river. Although a bustling and modern town it maintains its 15c charm with many timber framed buildings and cobbled streets, a great place for shopping or just people watching from one of the busy street side cafés.
 
Evening dining : La P’tite Beusaude
A small and charming restaurant where Jérôme and Sylvie Carpentier focus on traditional Burgundy cuisine.

Evening dining : La P’tite Beusaude

A small and charming restaurant where Jérôme and Sylvie Carpentier focus on traditional Burgundy cuisine.

 
Saturday
 
After breakfast aboard we bid you á bientót for your chauffeured transfer to your Paris hotel, station, or airport.
Nivernais Canal
Sunday
 

Your chauffeured private car meets you at your Paris hotel, usual pick up time of 2pm.

Arrive at the Randle moored at Étang Baye, a reservoir constructed in 1784 at the summit of the canal du Nivernais, and located next to the Morvan national park, a region of outstanding natural beauty. Welcome aboard with Champagne and home made gougére pastries. Enjoy an evening stroll around the lake popular with fishermen and sailors. 

Evening dining : Aboard the Randle

Freshly prepared from local ingredients by our gourmet chef Gael, and compilmented with premier-cru wine of the region 

 
Monday
 

At 9am we commence our cruise by passing through three tunnels set deep in a stone walled cutting like the entrance to an ancient lost city, and then descend a staircase of 16 consecutive locks, stopping for lunch along the way, to arrive at our rural mooring at Sardy. Take a guided evening visit to market town of Corbigny (pop’ 1,681) with 18c abbey museum.

Evening dining : Hotel de l'Europe

The old coaching inn set in the town centre offer traditional Burgundy cuisine in relaxed surroundings.

 
Tuesday
 

Today our morning cruise takes us to Chitry-les-Mines (pop’ 219), which gets its name from silver mines worked here during the Renaissance. A peaceful village with 14c fortified chateau adjacent the canal. The afternoon tour takes us to the fortified chateau and its splendid interior.

Evening dining : Auberge-de-Centre

Set in the centre of the pretty village of Monceaux-le-Comte, Ron and Katrina prepare classic french dishes in retro style ambiance. 

 
Wednesday
 

This morning’s cruise passes under three lifting bridges to arrive at the small farming community of Dirol (pop’ 121). After lunch our guided afternoon tour takes you to Vezelay, an UNESCO world heritage site, fortifed town, and grand basilica dedicated to Mary Magdalen. Stroll the pretty streets with many boutique shops, café’s, and art galleries.

Evening Dining : Les Deux Ponts restaurant.

A lovely farmhouse style restaurant, with a cosy log fire and menu from fresh local produce, with a warm welcome from Philippe and Marianne Bariteau

 
Thursday
 

Cruising past meadows with grazing white cattle we arrive at Asnois (pop’ 121). The afternoon guided tour is to nearby village of Tannay to les caves tannaysiennes to sample their excellent Pinot noir, Chardonnay, and Melon wines.

Evening dining : le Relais Fleurs

Set in the centre of Tannay 

 
Friday
 

The last day of our cruise along the Nivernais Canal takes us to the old regional centre of Clamecy (pop’4,500). It was the seat of the bishop of Bethlehem for 600 years and a centre of logging for 400, now a picturesque town with a museum of the region and good restaurants. Take a walk into Clamecy with winding cobbled streets, timber framed houses,and magnificent 16c church St. Martin.

Evening dining: Hostellerie de le Poste

The town's old staging inn where once post arrived by carriage and passengers rested dined. Now a classic French restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere and extensive wine
list.

 
Saturday
 
After breakfast aboard we bid you á bientót for your chauffeured transfer to your Paris hotel, station, or airport.
 
 
 
Yonne River Cruise
Sunday
 

You chauffeured private car meets you at your Paris hotel, airport arrivals, or station. Usual pickup time 2pm for onward transfer to Auxerre (pop. 45,000).Welcome aboard the Randle with captain’s Champagne reception, and homemade gougére pastries.

Auxerre has been a prosperous town since roman times and is dominated by the 11-16c St Étienne cathedral built on the high ground overlooking the river. Although a bustling and modern town it maintains its 15c charm with timber framed buildings and cobbled streets.

Evening dining : La P’tite Beursaude

A small charming restaurant where Jérôme and Sylvie Carpentier focus on traditional Burgundy cuisine.

 
Monday
 

A days cruising along the river Yonne, stopping for lunch at the pretty riverside village of Gurgy takes us to the town of Joigny (pop. 11,012).
English Romanticist JMW Turner sketched here in 1820 and the town still remains much the same today. Joigny was fortifed in the 10th Century and still retains its eastern ramparts and gate towers, cobbled streets and ancient buildings.

Evening dining : Le Rive Gauche

Run by Catherine Lorain, the daughter of a Michelin
chef, le Rive Gauche offers gourmet dining and
splendid river views.

 
Tuesday
 

Today we take a morning cruise to Villeneuve-surYonne (pop. 5,200). Founded in 1163 by King Louis VII. King Phillip II Augustus held Parliament here in 1204, and the impressive fortifed city gates still remain intact today.

Evening dining : La Lucarne-aux-Chouettes

I riverside restaurant once owned by well-known French actress and dancer, Leslie Caron.

 
Wednesday
 

Today’s morning cruise takes us to Sens (pop. 26,600), with its mighty Gothic 12c cathedral St Etienne, the frst of its kind in Europe. Enjoy a tour through this popular market town. Our overnight mooring is just five minutes from the town centre.

Evening dining : Restuarant La Madeleine

To quote the chef Patrick Gauthier; “The kitchen starts in the morning at the market, these are the products that dictate the chefs’ recipes, plus a little love and a lot of passion.”

 
Thursday
 

Today we make a cruise to the riverside village of Missy-sur-Yonne, Stopping on the way at Pont-sur-Yonne for lunch, it is close to where Napoleon was victorious against the Austrian army in 1814. Take an Afternoon tour to the ancient fortifed and UNESCO listed town of Provins, or visit nearby 18c Chateau Motte Tilly.

Evening dining : Auberge des Cynes

A quaint Riverside restaurant close to our mooring

 
Friday
 

Today we cruise onto grand river Seine, which takes us to our destination, Moret-sur-Loing. Where 19c Impressionist William Sisley painted from the banks of the river and it still remains a very charming and picturesque town today. 

Take an afternoon tour to the nearby grand and ornate Chateau de Fontainebleau, the country residence to the Kings and Queens of France for over seven centuries.

Evening dining : Aboard the Randle

Our chef Gael prepares a delicious three course dinner complemented with selected a premier cru wine of the region.

 
Saturday
 
After breakfast aboard we bid you á bientót for your chauffeured transfer to your Paris hotel, station, or airport.

Dine at charming bistros or Michelin restaurants, the choice is yours. Burgundy is renowned for its cuisine, whether Michelin, traditional, or modern, you are sure to have dining evenings to remember. Menu translation and evening chauffeur service are included for your dining pleasure.

Lovers of French wine will enjoy Burgundy's fine wines, from Chablis premier-cru to Irancy pinot noir. Meet the wine makers and take tours of family run vineyards.

Enjoy creamy Époisses cheese, meadow raised Charolais beef and Dijon mustard sauce, and of cause escargot!

Explore towns and villages where chocolatiers, épiceries, pâtisseries, and fromageries skills have been handed down through generations. Discover the secrets of French cooking with our very own gourmet chef, Gael Robertson.

You will enjoy 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 1 dinner aboard. 5 onshore dinners are not included. 

 

From the Randle's menu.

Goats cheese and chive soufflé, warm puy lentil salad with walnuts and shallots, mixed salad leaves with balsamic vinaigrette.

Asparagus with lemon butter, roasted red peppers with tomatoes & anchovies, bulgour wheat with confit of lemon and fresh herbs.

Pan Fried Duck Breast with Glazed Shallots, Salify, Fondant Potatoes with a Port Jus.

Grilled Bream with tarragon asparagus and peas, Quinoa Hazlenuts & Chives, Cherry Tomato Salad.

Caramelized red onion tart, red cabbage salad with Roquefort & walnuts, marinated aubergines with peppers capers & olives.

A selection of French Cheeses.

Bon Appétit!
2019 RATES
ACCOMMODATION   Before Apr. 20 After Oct. 6 Apr. 21 to May 18 May 19 to Oct. 5
Charter 2 - 4 $12,589 $13,995 $15,766

 3 night cruises and 2 week cruises available upon request.

Cruise cost includes

Six night accommodations, chauffeured transfers from Paris to the barge and return, 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 1 dinner, wines with lunch and dinner and open bar with Burgundy wine, beer and spirits.

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)

5 dinners, crew gratuity.