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Luciole

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

12 passengers

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Luxury barge

Luciole highlights

As tested by our CEO:
Out of this world. So much fun! I came home feeling 10 years younger and totally relaxed!

Highlights

  • Discover historic Auxerre with its many ancient churches and fascinating boutiques
  • Wine tasting in the underground wine caves of Bailly
  • See the stunning vineyards at Chablis, St Bris and Irancy
  • Visit the historic market town of Avallon
  • Visit the imposing chateau of Bazoches
  • Stroll through the hilltop town of Mailly le Chateau for some stunning views
  • Walk in the steps of the Crusaders at Vezelay and its magnificent 12th-century Basilica
  • 1 lunch ashore in a typical Burgundian restaurant
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Prices

  • From 4650 USD per person
  • Charters from 39,500 USD

Specifications

  • Crew members : 6
  • Up to 12 guests
  • Double cabins : 3
  • Twin cabins : 3
  • Single cabins : 4

Boat size

  • Length 111′7″ ft (34 metres)
  • Width 16′12″ ft (5.18 metres)

Also

  • Central heating
  • Air-conditioning
  • Wifi
  • iPod docking station
  • Bicycles : 12

About the barge "Luciole"

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 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:

  • Three twin-bedded, ensuite cabins: bed size: 6ft4 by 3 ft
  • Three double ensuite cabins, which can be converted to twins if preferred: Bed size: 6ft4 x 3 ft or 6ft4 x 6ft
  • Four 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 stroll along the canal towpath 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, personalized, attentive service ensures the holiday of your dreams.

Luciole deck and cabin plans

Luciole cruise routes & itineraries

The Classic Cruise on the Nivernais Canal and River Yonne

Cruise map for Luciole 3

Paris - Auxerre
Sunday:
Meeting at the Hotel Mansart in Paris with a representative of the Luciole at 2.15 pm, followed by a journey to Auxerre in the air-conditioned bus. (Private charters can select an alternative meeting point in Paris if preferred)
Luciole is moored on the impressive river frontage in the city, overlooked by the Cathedral, Parish Church and the Abbey. In these splendid surroundings, we stage a champagne reception on board.

Auxerre - Bailly
Monday :
A visit into the Historic centre of Auxerre is followed by a cruise out of the city into the 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 winemaking centre 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 beautiful surroundings, and a rendezvous 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.
Avallon is the regional centre 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 we arrive 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 most excellent 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.

Classic Cruise rates and dates

USD rates 2020 for USA and CANADA residents Regular Value
Charter for 12 guests 61500 USD 55000 USD
Charter for 10 guests 56000 USD 48500 USD
Charter for 8 guests NA 43000 USD
Cabin per person 5350 USD 4800 USD
Single berth cabin 5350 USD 4800 USD
STERLING rates 2020 for UNITED KINGDOM residents Regular Value
Charter for 12 guests £43000 £39000
Charter for 10 guests £39500 £35500
Charter for 8 guests NA £32000
Cabin per person £3800 £3400
Single berth cabin £3800 £3400
EURO rates 2020 ALL OTHER COUNTRIES Regular Value
Charter for 12 guests 53000 Euro 48000 Euro
Charter for 10 guests 48500 Euro 43750 Euro
Charter for 8 guests NA 39500 Euro
Cabin per person 4650 Euro 4200 Euro
Single berth cabin 4650 Euro 4200 Euro

 

- Departure Dates 2020 -
Value April 26 to May 23
July 19 to August 29
October 4 to October 31
   
Regular May 24 to July 18
August 30 to October 3

Girlfriends Getaways

Cruise map for Luciole 6

Although initially 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 is recorded in the guests' log and 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 rendezvous 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. In these splendid surroundings, we stage a champagne reception on board.

Auxerre - Bailly
Monday:
Our morning cruise will be from Auxerre to Bailly.
Your onboard 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 its colourful market, and the rambling remains of the hill-top castle.
Our cruise will take us on to Mailly-le-Chateau, a beautiful mooring.
This afternoon we visit the beautiful Priory Spa for a relaxing massage and sauna: True Bliss!

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 a 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 unusual 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.

Girlfriends Getaway rates and dates

USD rates 2020 for USA and CANADA residents Regular Value
Charter for 12 guests 63500 USD 57000 USD
Charter for 10 guests 58000 USD 50500 USD
Charter for 8 guests NA 45000 USD
STERLING rates 2020 for UNITED KINGDOM residents Regular Value
Charter for 12 guests £45000 £41000
Charter for 10 guests £41500 £37500
Charter for 8 guests NA £34000
EURO rates 2020 ALL OTHER COUNTRIES Regular Value
Charter for 12 guests 55000 Euro 50000 Euro
Charter for 10 guests 50500 Euro 45750 Euro
Charter for 8 guests NA 41500 Euro

 

- Departure Dates 2020 -
Value April 26 to May 23
July 19 to August 29
October 4 to October 31
   
Regular May 24 to July 18
August 30 to October 3

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, horse-back 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 is recorded in the guests' log and 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 rendezvous 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. 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 new perspective as you ropewalk 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 beautiful boutiques.

Accolay - Mailly-le-Chateau
We will begin our day with a visit to the delightful town of Noyers sur Serein, with its colourful market and the rambling remains of the hill-top castle.
Enjoy your 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 or 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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Adventure Charter rates and dates

USD rates 2020 for USA and CANADA residents Regular Value
Charter for 12 guests 63500 USD 57000 USD
Charter for 10 guests 58000 USD 50500 USD
Charter for 8 guests NA 45000 USD
STERLING rates 2020 for UNITED KINGDOM residents Regular Value
Charter for 12 guests £45000 £41000
Charter for 10 guests £41500 £37500
Charter for 8 guests NA £34000
EURO rates 2020 ALL OTHER COUNTRIES Regular Value
Charter for 12 guests 55000 Euro 50000 Euro
Charter for 10 guests 50500 Euro 45750 Euro
Charter for 8 guests NA 41500 Euro

 

- Departure Dates 2020 -
Value April 26 to May 17
July 19 to August 23
October 4 to October 25
   
Regular May 24 to July 12
August 30 to September 27

Luciole Testimonials

Guests have said...

We appreciated It's small size, fabulous crew, and the opportunity...

Ann Hofmann; April 2017

The barge trip was fantastic. The crew, the food, the excursions,...

Jim Hofmann; USA, April 2017

I rate the Luciole 9/10: Liked the attention of the staff
The...

Elizabeth Opalenik, USA. April 2015

The chef was fantastic, and the food was great. Loved the intimacy...

Joy Bangsund. August 2012

Hi Emma,

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

Donna and Barry Beach, USA. September 2009

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