Elisabeth hotel barge

The barge Elisabeth

Accommodating up to 6 passengers

View of the Elisabeth

Elisabeth is rated 4 star

  • 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

Cruise file for Elisabeth

From 17,400€ per charter


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!

The new owners 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 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 and exploring, 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 or two single beds.  The Chablis cabin has a slightly larger bed measuring 1.70m x 2m.

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.  



Plan of Elisabeth

Plan of the hotel barge Elisabeth

Elisabeth cruise routes & itineraries

Cruising between Tanlay and Venarey-les-Laumes



Guests will be met at Montbard TGV station, 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 - Montbard
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 Montbard.  
You are free to explore this interesting town, dating back from before the middle ages.   There is some beautiful architecture, Buffon park and a chateau to explore.  Be back in time for cocktails, canapés and dinner on board.

Montbard to Venarey-les-Laumes
Enjoy a leisurely morning as we cruise through peaceful, pretty villages before arriving at our final destination of Venarey-les-Laumes.
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.

Venarey-les-Laumes to Montbard
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.

Cruise rates

Tanlay to Venarey-les-Laumes dates and rates

2019 Special Launch rates
Whole boat charter for 5-6 22000
Whole boat charter for 2 -4 17400

All prices are quoted in Euro
Other currencies (USD and/or Sterling) are available upon request

Optional transfers:
From Paris: 550€ per journey
From Lyon or Geneva: 700€ per journey

Enquiry & availability for Elisabeth

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After you have submitted your enquiry form, if you do not receive a reply by email within the next 24 hours then please call Emma +33 614 250 200 or email emmas.cruises@gmail.com.