Luciole hotel barge

Cruising between Clamecy and Auxerre on the Nivernais canal and river Yonne in Burgundy.
The barge Luciole

Accommodating up to 12 passengers

View of the Luciole

Luciole is rated 5 out of 5

Cruise file for Luciole

From 4550 USD per person

Charters from 41,950 USD

Specifications

Crew members : 6

Boat size
Length 111′7″ ft (34.00 metres)
Width 16′12″ ft (5.18 metres)

Number of bicycles : 12

Accommodation

Up to 12 guests

Double cabins : 3

Twin cabins : 3

Single cabins : 4

Also...

Central heating

Air-conditioning

Wifi

iPod docking station

Luciole photos and videos

Click on any photo to begin the slide show, with photos of the barge and cruise program

Testimonials for Luciole

Ann Hofmann; April 2017:

We appreciated It's small size, fabulous crew, and the opportunity for our family to be together. I rate the boat 9/10
The Nivernais Canal was quiet (unlike other canals in France), beautiful scenery
I'd rate Hotels Afloat a 10! and would book again
Everything was fabulous! Thank you, Emma!

 

 

 


Jim Hofmann; USA, April 2017:

The barge trip was fantastic. The crew, the food, the excursions, the barge were all great.
The crew was pleasant and funny. The food was a gourmet treat every day. The barge accommodations were very good.
The excursions were well organized and easy to attend/participate in with the bus.

The trip was sensational with not enough superlatives to describe all the wonderful aspects of the trip. Ann, Laurann, and I had a fantastic time with you, Ramona, Robin, Steffen, and Leo. It was a trip we will remember for many years to come. Thank you again.


Elizabeth Opalenik, USA. April 2015:

I rate the Luciole 9/10: Liked the attention of the staff
The Nivernais is a small canal, lovely but weather not as good as hoped for and some of the moorings had to be changed .

Thanks Emma for making the connection to the Luciole so seamless. Needing an entire boat for a workshop is a little more to organize than just one couple. Appreciate all you did and thanks for coming by to say hello.


Joy Bangsund. August 2012:

The chef was fantastic, and the food was great. Loved the intimacy of travelling with a smaller group which is invaluable for pax travelling alone... The opportunity to get off and walk or cycle along the tow paths... I rate the Luciole 10/10!

The personal service provided by Emma was exemplary, and her dedication to looking after her clients - virtually 24/7 including weekends, was very impressive. Her knowledge of the product she is promoting, and her willingness to answer all questions promptly was very much appreciated and should ensure customer satisfaction wherever the client is located. I would heartily recommend her, and the Hotels Afloat booking site to any with whom I come in contact.


Donna and Barry Beach, USA. September 2009:

Hi Emma,

We enjoyed the barge cruise very much.
The service on board was superb!

Sincere regards,

Donna and Barry Beach


About the hotel barge

Luciole

With 35 years of experience, proud owners John and Penny have seen many hundreds of clients leave with a smile, and treasured memories of their cruise, recorded in the Guests Log and in their hearts.

The result of such experience is evident the moment you step aboard.
As Penny says,"There is no 'them and us' on the Luciole, but a warm spirited and relaxed ambience".

So, leave your troubles behind and step aboard the Luciole for a week of bliss.

The spacious accommodation comprises:

  • 3 twin bedded, ensuite cabins : bed size : 6ft4 by 3 ft
  • 3 double ensuite cabins, which can be converted to twins if preferred: Bed size: 6ft4 x 3 ft or 6ft4 x 6ft
  • 4 single cabins: Bed size: 6ft4 x 3 ft

All cabins benefit from opening windows; air conditioning with individual thermostat control; bathroom with shower, hand basin and wc.

There is a large, airy saloon, lined with picture windows in which to relax and of course enjoy the French cuisine, described by the Financial Times as "culinary miracles".

As a former chef, Penny ensures that the meals served on board are both typical of the area, created using fresh, local produce, yet with an International twist.

Outside, enjoy the fine, raised sun deck which gives excellent views of the passing scenery.

Choose to sit and watch Burgundy unfold, with a cup of tea or glass of wine, or alternatively, stroll along the canal tow path or take one of the Luciole's touring bicycles to explore the many villages along the route.  
With a team of 6 British or English speaking diligent crew members, a personalized, attentive service ensures the holiday of your dreams.

Plan of Luciole

Plan of the hotel barge Luciole

Luciole cruise routes & itineraries

The Classic Cruise on the Nivernais Canal and River Yonne

Paris - Auxerre
Sunday:
Meeting at the Hotel Mansart in Paris with a representative of the Luciole at 2.30pm, followed by a journey to Auxerre in the air-conditioned bus.
Luciole is moored on the impressive river frontage in the city, overlooked by the Cathedral, Parish Church and the Abbey, and in these splendid surroundings we stage a champagne reception on board.

Auxerre - Bailly
Monday :
A visit into the Historic center of Auxerre is followed by a cruise out of the city into beautiful pastoral countryside.
Lunch on board will be taken at Champs, one of several attractive villages along the way.
The afternoon cruise through attractive reaches of the River Yonne concludes at the wine making center of Bailly.

Bailly - Vermenton
Tuesday :
A morning visit is made to one of the wine caves in the vicinity of Chablis.
The picturesque villages of St Bris, Irancy and Esolives all stand close beside the waterway in wonderful surroundings, and a rendez-vous will be made with one of the wine producers in the area.
After lunch, we cruise onwards and up an arm of the canal to a quayside on the River Cure at the small town of Vermenton.

Vermenton - Mailly-la-Ville
Wednesday:
A morning drive in the bus takes the group up the valley of the tumbling River Cousin to the historic town of Avallon and the lively weekly market in the streets.
This is the regional center for shopping, with an inside market also, in addition to the numerous stores in the historic streets.
After lunch, Luciole continues southward along a waterway in which winding stretches of canal mingle with sparkling river sections, before our arrival at the village of Mailly-la-Ville.

Mailly -la -Ville - Lucy-sur-Yonne
Thursday :
Cruising ever deeper into the countryside, Luciole enters a region in which dramatic cliffs stand by the waterside, with many opportunities for cycling, strolling or simply enjoying the scenery from the sundeck.
Visits during the day can include the hill town of Mailly-le-Chateau, or the imposing chateau of Bazoches, home in the 17th century to the Maquis de Vauban, France greatest military engineer.

Lucy-sur-Yonne - Clamecy
Friday :
From an overnight mooring at the village of Lucy-sur-Yonne, we make the short journey in our bus to Vezelay, to visit the spectacular 12th century Basilica, which dominates the town.
Here St Bernard preached the 2nd Crusade and from this hillside a swathe of rural Burgundy can be seen.
Travelling onwards, Luciole then reaches the delightful Medieval town of Clamecy, a worthy venue for the climax of our cruise.

Clamecy - Paris
Saturday :
An after-breakfast departure for Paris anticipates arrival there at 12.30.
For guests travelling onwards in hired cars from the area, a stop can be made at Auxerre again, on our journey through.

Cruise rates


Classic Cruise dates and rates

2017
Accommodation Regular Mid Value
Charter up to 12 guests 58000 56000 52000
Charter up to 10 guests 54000 49000
Price per person in double or twin cabin 4950 4950 4550
Single berth cabin 4950 4950 4550
2018
Charter up to 12 guests 58000 52000
Charter up to 10 guests 52000 46000
Charter up to 8 guests 39950
Single berth cabin 5150 4650
Prices quoted in US Dollars
Euro rates for non USA/Canadian citizens, on request
- Departure Dates 2017 -
Value April 10 to May 22
July 17 to August 28
October 16 to October 23
Mid  May 29 to July 10
Regular September 4 to October 9

 

- Departure Dates 2018 -
Value April 15 to May 26
July 22 to September 1
October 14 to October 27
   
Regular May 27 to July 21
September 2 to October 13

Girlfriends Getaways

 

Although originally conceived and designed with ladies in mind as the ideal Girls' Getaway, this cruise is equally available to any group looking for that something special, a de-stress and lots of fun!
Our activities include a visit to a beautiful private garden, a spa massage and sauna, wine tasting, cookery demonstration, and a personalized colour/style consultation with our visiting expert from Paris!

With 35 years of experience, proud owners John and Penny have seen many hundreds of clients leave with a smile and treasured memories of their cruise, which are recorded in the guests' log and in their hearts.
The moment you step aboard, their experience will be evident.
As Penny says, "There is no 'them and us' on the Luciole, but a warm spirited and relaxed ambience."
So, leave your troubles behind and step aboard the Luciole for a week of bliss.

Paris - Auxerre
Sunday:
Meeting at the rendez-vous of your choice, followed by a journey to Auxerre in the air-conditioned bus.
Luciole is moored on the impressive river frontage in the city, overlooked by the Cathedral, Parish Church and the Abbey, and in these splendid surroundings we stage a champagne reception on board.

Auxerre - Bailly
Monday:
Our morning cruise will be from Auxerre to Bailly.
Your on-board chef invites you to a cookery demonstration in the Luciole galley, and will happily share his savoir faire with you!
After lunch, we head off to Chablis to see the vineyards and enjoy some wine tasting.

Bailly - Accolay
Tuesday:
This morning we explore the culture and boutiques of Auxerre, a fascinating town.
During the afternoon cruise from Bailly to Accolay, our visiting consultant offers a colour and style consultation.
Fun learning and laughter with Rosemary who can make you look and feel years younger!

Accolay - Mailly-le-Chateau
Wednesday:
We will begin our day with a visit to the delightful town of Noyers sur Serein, with it's colourful market, and the rambling remains of the hill-top castle.
Our cruise will be take us on to Mailly-le-Chateau, a beautiful mooring.
This afternoon we visit the wonderful Priory Spa for a relaxing massage and sauna: True Bliis!

Mailly-le-Chateau - Lucy-sur-Yonne
Thursday:
This morning we will visit the imposing Chateau of Bazoches, home in the 17th century to the Maquis de Vauban, Frances greatest military engineer.
After lunch we'll take leave of Luciole to visit a stunning private french garden for tea, cake and gardening tips galore from the knowledgeable owners.
After such an visit, you'll be ready to rejoin the barge for her late afternoon cruise to Lucy-sur-Yonne.

Lucy-sur-Yonne - Clamecy
Friday:
During our morning cruise to Clamecy, it's into the dining room for some fun.
Discover how to replicate the wonderful napkin folding that you've seen during the week, ready to impress your next dinner guests with your french chic, while chatting with our lovely chef.
After lunch we make the short journey in our bus to Vezelay, to visit the spectacular 12th century Basilica, which dominates the town.
Here St Bernard preached the 2nd Crusade and from this hillside a swathe of rural Burgundy can be seen.

Clamecy - Paris
Saturday:
An after-breakfast departure for Paris anticipates arrival there at 12.30.
For guests travelling onwards in hired cars from the area, a stop can be made at Auxerre again, on our journey through.

Cruise rates


Girlfriends Getaway dates and rates

2017
Accommodation Regular Value
Charter up to 12 guests 60000 54000
Charter up to 10 guests 56000 49000
Charter up to 8 guests 41950
2018
Charter up to 12 guests 60000 54000
Charter up to 10 guests 54000 48000
Charter up to 8 guests 41950
Prices quoted in US Dollars
Euro rates for non USA/Canadian citizens, on request
- Departure Dates 2017 -
Value April 9 to May 27
July 16 to September 2
October 15 to October 28
Mid  May 28 to July 15
Regular September 3 to October 14

 

- Departure Dates 2018 -
Value April 15 to May 26
July 22 to September 1
October 14 to October 27
   
Regular September 2 to October 13

Adventure Charter

Our adventure charters offer a range of exciting activities for all the family to enjoy, regardless of age or aptitude!
The fun includes canoeing, tree climbing, horseback riding and rock climbing, all in stunning surroundings.

With 35 years of experience, proud owners John and Penny have seen many hundreds of clients leave with a smile and treasured memories of their cruise, which are recorded in the guests' log and in their hearts.
The moment you step aboard, their experience will be evident.
As Penny says, "There is no 'them and us' on the Luciole, but a warm spirited and relaxed ambience."
So, leave your troubles behind and step aboard the Luciole for a week of bliss.

Cruise Itinerary

Paris - Auxerre
Sunday:
Meeting at the rendez-vous of your choice, followed by a journey to Auxerre in the air-conditioned bus.
Luciole is moored on the impressive river frontage in the city, overlooked by the Cathedral, Parish Church and the Abbey, and in these splendid surroundings we stage a champagne reception on board.

Auxerre - Bailly
Monday :
This morning we will cruise from the historic city of Auxerre to Baily.
After lunch on board today's activity will give you a totally new perspective as you rope walk in the trees at Bois de la Folie
Alternatively, step back in time to Geudelon, a 13th century village in the making, using traditional methods and tools.

Bailly - Accolay
Our morning cruise takes us from Bailly to Accolay.
After lunch, we set off for some horse-back riding in the hills.
Rest assured, there are horses to suit every age, size and riding experience!
Alternatively, we can take a visit to Auxerre to discover it's culture and wonderful boutiques.

Accolay - Mailly-le-Chateau
We will begin our day with a visit to the delightful town of Noyers sur Serein, with it's colourful market, and the rambling remains of the hill-top castle.
Free time to stroll at your will and enjoy the vistas.
After lunch, we will cruise from Accolay to Mailly-le-Chateau, with opportunities to swim in the refreshing River Yonne.

Mailly-le-Chateau - Lucy-sur-Yonne
Our day begins on the river, cruising to Lucy-sur-Yonne.
In the afternoon, we head for the quarry of Dissingis, for some cave-climbing in a truly remarkable setting!
This is spectacular, whether you participate of simply sit and watch, spellbound, with a cup of coffee.

Lucy-sur-Yonne - Clamecy
After cruising to Clamecy, it's all hands on deck for our canoe-kayak outing at Saint Pere sous Vezelay.
A safe environment to discover this activity, or to hone your skills.
If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, we can visit the historic Basilica at Vezelay with ample time to visit the lovely clothes and craft shops in this ancient setting.

Clamecy - Paris
Saturday :
An after-breakfast departure for Paris anticipates arrival there at 12.30.
For guests travelling onwards in hired cars from the area, a stop can be made at Auxerre again, on our journey through.

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Cruise rates


Adventure Charter dates and rates

Accommodation Regular Value
Charter up to 12 guests 60000 54000
Charter up to 10 guests 54000 48000
Charter up to 8 guests 41950
2018
Charter up to 12 guests 60000 54000
Charter up to 10 guests 54000 48000
Charter for up to 8 41950
Prices quoted in US Dollars
Sterling rates for British & Euro rates for non US/Canadian/British citizens, available on request
- Departure Dates -
Value April 9 to May 27, 2017

July 16 to September 2, 2017

October 15 to October 28, 2017
Regular May 28 to July 15, 2017
September 3 to October 14, 2017

 

- Departure Dates 2018 -
Value April 15 to May 26
July 22 to September 1
October 14 to October 27
   
Regular May 27 to July 21
September 2 to October 13

Enquiry & availability for Luciole

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