Elisabeth hotel barge

The barge Elisabeth

Accommodating up to 6 passengers

View of the Elisabeth

Elisabeth is rated 4 star

Cruising from Tanlay to Montbard

  • Cruise on the historic Burgundy Canal
  • Visit the southern Champagne region for a private tasting
  • Market day in Noyers sur Serein, one of the prettiest medieval villages in France
  • Discover the Renaissance period at the Chateau d'Ancy le Franc
  • The Chablis vineyards and wine tasting
  • Visit the oldest preserved Cistercian Abbey in Fontenay

Cruising from Accolay to Chevroches

  • Cruise on the Nivernais Canal & River Yonne
  • Visit the Cathedral city of Auxerre with it's many ancient religious buildings and underground crypts
  • Wine tasting in the Chablis vineyards
  • Market day in Noyers sur Serein
  • Discover the fascinating Basilica at Vezelay
  • See some of the oldest cave paintings in Europe

Cruise information file for Elisabeth


Crew members : 3

Boat size
Length 97′1″ ft (29.6 metres)
Width 16′5″ ft (5 metres)

Number of bicycles : 6


Up to 6 guests

Junior suites : 3


Central heating



Bluetooth sound system

Laptop-sized safes

Elisabeth photos and videos

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About the barge "Elisabeth"

Elisabeth barge cruises

As we stepped aboard Elisabeth in August 2018 for an inspection trip, we were delighted!

Matthew and David clearly have an eye for design and have created a warm and inviting interior within this traditional Luxemotor barge, while maintaining much of her authenticity.
We joined David and Matthew on the sundeck for a chilled glass of Champagne accompanied by home-baked "light as a feather" gougeres and delicately spiced roasted seeds. 

From the sundeck,  guests can enjoy uninterrupted views while enjoying morning coffee, afternoon tea or indeed pre-dinner drinks.  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.  We were charmed by the combination of modern interior design, the 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 and our lunch was delicious.  We had requested a vegetarian option and were not disappointed...
Matthew prepares all meals on board, using the freshest local ingredients and each course is accompanied by carefully selected wines. 

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.

A warm welcome awaits you aboard this lovely barge cruising on the upper Burgundy Canal and Nivernais Canals.  



Plan of Elisabeth

Plan of the hotel barge Elisabeth

Elisabeth cruise routes & itineraries

Cruising between Vermenton and Chevroches

Elisabeth will cruise on the Nivernais Canal in 2020.  She is the only 6-passenger barge on this peaceful, rural canal.

Sunday - Vermenton
Welcome aboard! After being met at a pre-arranged meeting point and transferred to Elisabeth, you will enjoy a champagne welcome with your captain and crew. We enjoy a very short cruise to the tiny village of Accolay. After settling into your guest rooms, you can enjoy a walk around the village to work up an appetite for your first dinner onboard introducing you to the wonderful local cuisine and wines of Burgundy.

Monday - Accolay to Mailly-La-Ville
The first day of your study in relaxation begins with a leisurely breakfast of your choice. After breakfast, your excursions begin. The first is to Chablis! Visit the old town surrounded by its 17,000 acres of Chardonnay vines. Taste the different classifications at prestigious wineries. On your return to Elisabeth lunch will be served. This afternoon, your first cruise will be a gentle glide along the Canal du Nivernais to Mailly la Ville. You can look forward to relaxing, reflecting on your experiences of the day and enjoying another fabulous dinner. After dinner, you can make the most of your unique and comfortable surroundings, taking in the sunset and wildlife, as everything else is looked after by your hosts.

Tuesday -  Mailly-ll-Ville to Le Saussois

After breakfast, we will take you to one of the prettiest villages in France. Famous for its beautiful narrow streets, medieval buildings as well as its wonderful artisanal shops offering an array of locally made products, Noyers will not disappoint. On your return, you will be served another delicious lunch. The afternoon is spent onboard relaxing during the cruise to Le Saussois. Dinner on board.

Wednesday- Le Saussois to Chatel Censoir
This morning, you will discover the wonderful city of Auxerre. Situated on the banks of the Yonne, your tour guide will tell the story of the city through its array of impressive buildings. On our return to Elisabeth, lunch will be served. The afternoon is spent onboard relaxing during the cruise to Chatel Censoir. Another evening of fine wine, delicious food and great company awaits you.

Thursday - Chatel Censoir to Pousseaux
Today, we tour the caves of the Grottes d'Arcy-sur-Cure. Carved out of the limestone landscape by subterranean river systems this fascinating cavern features some of the oldest cave paintings in Europe. We return to Elisabeth for lunch and for our leisurely cruise to our next destination of Pousseaux. Cocktails, canapés and dinner on board.

Friday - Pousseaux to Chevroches
This morning, why not enjoy a walk or a cycle along the towpath; passing picturesque countryside through which Elisabeth cruises on her way to our final destination of Chevroches. Today's tour takes us to the town of Vezelay. One of the must-see UNESCO listed sites found in Burgundy. The town is crowned by its 12th-century basilica from where St.Bernard of Clairvaux delivered his rousing speech before the 2nd crusade of 1147. This evening we celebrate your time aboard Elisabeth with the Captain's Gala Dinner.

Saturday - Chevroches
After breakfast, sadly it's time to say goodbye - à la prochaine fois! Your private transfer will drop you back to your pre-arranged departure point. (Auxerre or Paris)

Cruise rates

Vermenton to Chevroches dates and rates

2020 EURO rates
Whole boat charter for 6 guests 22000€
Whole boat charter for 5 guests 20500€
Whole boat charter for 4 guests 19000€
2020 USD rates
Whole boat charter for 6 guests 24,200 USD
Whole boat charter for 5 guests 22,500 USD
Whole boat charter for 4 guests 21,000 USD

Prices are for a 6-night private charter and include all meals from dinner on day one to breakfast on the last day; guided excursions and related private transport and entrance fees; open bar; use of the barge facilities including bicycles; services of the crew.
Optional transfers from Paris: 550€ per journey


Cruising between Tanlay and Montbard



Guests will be met at a prearranged meeting point which is easily accessible from Paris, at 4pm, ready for the short journey to Tanlay by air-conditioned bus.  Arriving in Tanlay, you'll notice the long line of majestic trees leading to the 16th century Chateau.  With its population of 1100, Tanlay is decidedly peaceful and offers the ideal mooring.
Enjoy the relaxed Champagne reception and then discover Elisabeth and settle into your cabins before enjoying your first dinner aboard, accompanied by the local Burgundy wines.

Tanlay to Lezinnes

For early risers there is the chance to view the Canal in all its stillness at dawn... A beautiful time of day. After a leisurely breakfast of your choice, we begin our cruise during which you may like to cycle or walk along as Elisabeth glides towards  Lezinnes arriving shortly before lunch time. With a population of just 762, this village is again peaceful.  
After lunch, we set off on the first of our excursions, to the nearby Champagne region for some tastings in the Southern Champagne houses,  and the chance to stock the cellars ready for the week ahead. Every day is a reason to celebrate while aboard...
We'll arrive back aboard Elisabeth to relax before another delicious dinner. 
Simply admire the sunset and this beautiful setting in the middle of nature,  while your hosts take care of everything.

Lezinnes to Ancy-le-Franc
This morning we take an early breakfast ready to venture to one of the most beautiful medieval villages in France, Noyer-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.
Our focus will be on the market with its variety of stalls selling traditional, local produce including dried sausages, cheese, wine, flowers, honey and more.  Sample the traditional food and drinks available, and perhaps help David haggle over the ingredients that he'll be buying for today's meals.

After lunch aboard, there's plenty of time to walk,  cycle or simply watch the world go by as we cruise to Ancy-le-Franc ready for another evening of fine wine and sumptuous food. 

Ancy le Franc - Ravières
Today, we step back in time again, to the Renaissance period, to explore the stunning Chateau d'Ancy le Franc, dating from 1538.
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!
With your head filled with history, we return to Elisabeth for lunch followed by our afternoon cruise to Ravieres, a small village crossed by the Burgundy Canal and the Armancon river.  Here you can see houses dating from the 17th century, a stunning wash house dating from 1829 and the Church St Pantaleon, a historic monument.
Dinner will be served on board.

Ravieres - Buffon
Today is all about wine! Join us on a tour of the vineyards in the small town of Chablis to soak up the ambiance of this famous region and some wine too... We'll be able to taste some excellent cru of this renowned wine produced from the Chardonnay grapes grown on the favourable slopes here.
Guests joining us in May or June may enjoy the Festival du Chablisien, a music festival of classical, jazz and world music.

After our tasting, we return to Elisabeth for lunch and are afternoon cruise to Buffon.  
You are free to explore this interesting town, dating back from before the middle ages.   There is a beautiful 18th-century forge to explore.  Be back in time for cocktails, canapés and dinner on board.

Buffon to Montbard
Enjoy a leisurely morning as we cruise through peaceful, pretty villages before arriving at our final destination of Montbard.
Lunch will be served aboard before we set off to explore the oldest preserved Cistercian Abbey in the world, in nearby Fontenay with it's stunning buildings and beautiful gardens.
Founded in 1118 by St Bernard of Clairvaux, the Abbey was designed to be self-sufficient so that the monks would lead a poor and simple life, far away from any worldly distractions. The Abbey and the gardens provide a peaceful place to reflect on 900 years of history.
After such a visit, there will be plenty to talk about at our Captain's Gala Dinner this evening as we celebrate and reminisce over our week together.

After a hearty breakfast, it's time to say "au revoir et à la prochaine!"
Our private transfer will return you to Paris for your onward journey.


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

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Cruise rates

Tanlay to Montbard dates and rates

2020 EURO RATES April to October
Whole boat charter, 6 guest 22,000 €
Whole boat charter, 5 guests 20,500€
Whole boat charter, 4 guests 19,000€
2020 USD rates
Whole boat charter, 6 guests 24,200 USD
Whole boat charter, 5 guests 22,500 USD
Whole boat charter, 4 guests 21,000 USD

Prices are for a 6-night private charter and include all meals from dinner on day one to breakfast on the last day; guided excursions and related private transport and entrance fees; open bar; use of the barge facilities including bicycles; services of the crew

Optional transfer from Paris: 550€ per journey

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