Accommodating up to 6 passengers
Elisabeth is rated 4 star
Crew members : 3
Length 97′1″ ft (29.6 metres)
Width 16′5″ ft (5 metres)
Number of bicycles : 6
Up to 6 guests
Junior suites : 3
Bluetooth sound system
Click on any photo to begin the slide show, with photos of the barge and cruise program
Are you looking for a truly relaxing cruise vacation, without any fuss?
Due to popular request and after a successful 1st season, we are delighted that Elisabeth is now available on a half-board basis offering so much more flexibility and choice.
While each day will include a few hours of cruising, allowing you time to relax and admire the views, once moored up, you are free to explore at your leisure, either on foot or by bicycle. Your friendly hosts will be happy to tell you about the places within walking distance of course.
Each of our stops has some hidden gems just waiting to be discovered at your own pace.
After a day of relaxing or gentle discovery, it's time to dine.
While breakfasts and lunches are included, each evening you are free to choose a restaurant within easy reach of the Elisabeth. Rest assured, moorings will be within walking distance. Just imagine a stroll under the stars!
Should you wish to dine further afield, a taxi can be arranged of course.
During your cruise, tea, coffee, soft drinks and water are freely available.
House wines, beers and spirits are included.
Elisabeth provides the perfect cruise for up to 6 guests.
You won't want to leave!
Elisabeth is a well-appointed barge offering comfortable accommodation.
From the sundeck, guests can enjoy uninterrupted views while enjoying morning coffee or tea. It's the perfect spot to relax whether you wish to bask in the sun, enjoy the shade, or read a book.
The raised wheelhouse offers an excellent view as you cruise, and with comfortable seating, all are welcome to chat with the Captain. As the journey begins, you'll no doubt have plenty to talk about as you admire both the views and the boatmanship involved. It's no mean feat piloting such a heavy boat!
From the wheelhouse, there is a standard flight of stairs with handrail down into the light, airy living area of the boat which has a tasteful combination of modern interior design, clean lines and incredible light, along with more traditional features such as the comfy leather chairs and inviting sofa in the seating area.
Guests may dip into the extensive library, borrow any of the board games, or indeed watch films and of course, Amazon's Alexa is on hand to play the music of your choice. Please make yourselves at home.
Although the crew are always on hand, there is a Tassimo drinks machine in the library at the disposal of guests 24/7.
The dining area seats 6 comfortably; Breakfast and lunches are tasty, healthy and delicious.
After a day cruising, exploring, eating and drinking, it's time for bed
The three cabins, named after local villages Chablis, Irancy and Coulanges, measure 103sq feet including the ensuite bathrooms. Each cabin can be configured as a kingsize bed, measuring 160cm x 200cm(63" x 79") or two single beds. The Chablis cabin has a slightly larger bed measuring 170cm x 200cm. (67" x 79")
The cabins are tastefully decorated with artwork reflecting the name of the cabin and are oh so inviting...
600-1000 thread linens, memory mattresses, wardrobes with hanging space and shelving, a safe large enough for a laptop, USB charge points, and soft dressing gowns, full air-conditioning/central heating and opening windows all assure your comfort. In the ensuite bathroom, you'll find Neal's Yard toiletries, a hair-dryer and a heated towel rail. For comfort and safety, there are electric toilets and the showers are thermostatically controlled.
Elisabeth has a luggage hold so once you have unpacked, your suitcases can be stored safely away.
Montbard to Buffon
Join us aboard Elisabeth at 3 pm. We'll be waiting for you with a welcome drink! There is time to settle in before we begin cruising. Enjoy the countryside and the peace and quiet after your journey to beautiful Burgundy. Relax on the terrace or join the Captain at the wheel.
Upon arrival at Buffon-les-Forges, take a gentle stroll to the local restaurant for your evening dinner in Le Marronnier.
This typical hotel/restaurant with its shaded flower-decked terrace and beautiful stonework overlooks the Canal. A range of local dishes is available including Coq à la Chablisienne, Wild boar and local fish dishes.
Buffon to Ravieres
After breakfast, you may like to explore the 18th century grande Forge de Buffon, built by the French naturalist Georges-Louis Leclerc, Compte de Buffon, considered the father of Natural History in France and an eminent scientist of his time.
Alternatively, take a walk along the Canal or maybe just relax on the terrace.
At 11 am, we begin our cruise for the day, enjoying a delicious lunch board before arriving at Ravieres, a charming village of just 800 inhabitants with its origins going back to the 8th century. Although the ancient fortifications were destroyed in 1591, you can still find traces of ancient houses dating back to the 16th and 17th century here.
This evening you can choose between eating in the local restaurant, L'idylle, or perhaps a picnic tea from the local shops.
The restaurant is on the banks of the Canal and serves mainly traditional dishes, sometimes with a hint of the exotic!
Ravieres to Ancy-le-Franc
For early risers, there is the chance to view the Canal in all its stillness at dawn... A beautiful time of day.
It's an early start as we begin our cruise at 9 am. Sit back and relax with a cup of coffee or tea as the world drifts by, or hop off at one of the locks for some gentle exercise. Our cruise takes us to Ancy-le -Franc. After lunch on board, you are free to explore the fascinating chateau dating from 1538 and one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in Burgundy. King Francis I chose the Italian architect Sebastian Serlio to design the chateau itself, which is a rich mix of Italian and French styles both inside and out. A wealth of art and beautiful furnishings are on display, and the gardens can be explored. There is quite a surprise there!
Return to Elisabeth to relax or to freshen up for your evening meal ashore. With 3 restaurants close by, you will be spoilt for choice.
You could try Le Serlio serving a variety of traditional French dishes including Oeufs Pochés à l'epoisse (eggs poached in Epoisse cheese), alongside freshly made pizzas, the Auberge du Port or the Hotel de l'Ecluse. Bon apetit!
Ancy-le-Franc to Lezinnes
After a tasty breakfast, we continue our relaxing journey along the Canal to Lezinnes arriving in time for lunch on board in our peaceful mooring. This afternoon, relax on the terrace, or explore the local area on foot. Alternatively, why not cycle to nearby Noyers-sur-Serein. This ancient village is absolutely fascinating, situated on the old site of a Roman settlement. Take time to explore the 14th-century Gothic-style church, the cobbled streets with their timbered houses, the oldest dating back to 1545, art galleries and potters studio.
Throughout the ages, this has been a prosperous village with vines, walnut and cherry trees, cartwrights, coopers, harness makers and farmers all contributing to its wealth. You will find signs of these trades throughout the streets if you look carefully.
Alternatively, you may like to explore the flora and fauna of the nearby forest.
This evening, you can enjoy dinner at Le Grignotin, a popular local restaurant serving traditional home-made dishes.
Lezinnes to Tanlay
After breakfast, there will be time to visit the village and admire the Church of St Etienne. Once home to a Cistercian order of monks, all that remains of the ancient Abbaye of Lezinnes, founded in 1184 and closed in 1790, is a dove tower and an underground cellar.
Our cruise to Tanlay begins at 11 am. After lunch on board, relax at your leisure or explore this interesting village including the church of Saint Sylvestre.
This evening you can choose to dine ashore in either the Bar du Port or La Base Cour, or to create a picnic from the local shops, to eat as the sun goes down and the stars appear.
Tanlay to Tonnerre
Begin the day by stepping back in time in the 16th-century Chateau of Tanlay, a walk around the village or should you prefer, simply relax on the terrace.
Lunch will be served before we set off at 2 pm for our final cruise, arriving at Tonnerre in the late afternoon.
This evening, you can dine in the stunning restaurant named L'Abbaye, housed in the 13th-century vaults of one of the earliest Cistercian abbeys, founded in the 5th century or one of the many other restaurants in this delightful town.
After a hearty breakfast, it's time to say "au revoir et à la prochaine!"
Should you wish to dine further afield, your hosts will be able to organise a taxi for you.
The cruise may run in the opposite direction on alternate weeks and may be changed due to conditions beyond our control such as low water levels, work on the Canal, etc
|2020 Half-board cruises|
|Whole boat charter for up to 6 guests||12,000€|
Prices are for a 6-night private charter and include all meals served aboard from breakfast on day two to breakfast on the last day; Accompanying wines, soft drinks, tea & coffee; use of the barge facilities including bicycles; services of the crew
Not included: Dinner ashore each evening