Randle  barge cruise


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Cruising on 100% Bio Fuel from 2022 onwards

4 passengers 5 star rating

Randle highlights

  • Private riverboat with modern cruising comforts and classic charm
  • Perfect choice for a couple seeking privacy
  • Gourmet cuisine and selected premier-cru wines
  • Air-conditioned and en-suite mahogany panelled cabins
  • A crew of 3: Captain, gourmet chef and tour guide host
  • Guided tours by private car to vineyards, chateaux and other places of interest
  • Bicycles for exploring local towns and villages
  • Dinghy for fishing and rowing
  • Evening restaurant chauffeur service
  • Wi-Fi, Satelite TV/DVD 
  • Round-trip transfers from Paris

Cruise route & itinerary

Randle cruise file


  • Charters from 11, 910 USD


  • Up to 4 guests
  • Double cabins : 1
  • Twin cabins : 1

Boat size

  • Length 72′2″ ft (22 metres)
  • Width 13′1″ ft (4 metres)


  • Central heating
  • Air-conditioning
  • Wifi
  • Satelite TV/DVD
  • Bicycles : 4

Guests have said...

The cruise was better than expected! We rate the boat 10/10. The host Tim was the best thing and we appreciated the serenity of the Nivernais Canal: A real vacation tailored to us.
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Liz Klemann, USA; Randle, April 2016

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About Randle barge cruises

Hotel barge Randle

While The Randle can accommodate up to 4 guests, she offers the perfect choice for a couple looking for a Romantic Getaway, a unique wedding-proposal destination, honeymoon or second honeymoon!

Built by English craftsmen in 2001, the Randle has a traditional layout with modern facilities.
This lovely boat is enhanced by brass and hardwood fittings, marble and granite tops and traditional decking.
As you enter the boat via the wheelhouse, you will feel instantly at home.
You will no doubt appreciate the raised dining area for six, which gives good views over the canal and surrounding countryside.
Traditional teak flooring and leather seating contrast with a modern iPod player and Wi-Fi.
The sides of the wheelhouse can be folded down while retaining the roof to offer shade during cruising to allow the gentle breezes through while cruising.
Whether from the wheelhouse or from the upper deck where teak furniture and parasols are available, simply enjoy the beautiful scenery drift by.
If you prefer, you may like to take one of the ship's bicycles and 'race' Randle to the next stop!
Access to the saloon and cabins is via a short flight of steps
Guests can relax on the fitted, leather sofa for six in the open-plan saloon while watching the chef at work and perhaps pick up a few tips!

The master cabin has a fixed double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, desk and an opening skylight.
The en-suite bath, shower, electric toilet and hand basin are set in marble.

The guest cabin has twins in traditional bunk formation, with headroom of 60cms above the top bunk, a wardrobe, a desk and an opening skylight.
The en-suite shower, electric toilet and hand basin are set in marble.
For a perfect night's sleep, both cabins have individual air-conditioning climate control.

For maximum privacy for our guests, the crew quarters are self-contained in the bows with a separate entrance.

Randle deck and cabin plans

Randle cruise route & itinerary

Cruising between Chevroche and Auxerre on the Nivernais Canal and River Yonne

The following is a sample itinerary and can be adjusted to suit your interests.

Sunday: Paris Rendez-vous
Paris to Chevroches

You are met at Paris at 2 pm and transferred by private car to Chevroches for a champagne reception aboard The Randle.
There will be ample time to take a stroll through the nearby town of Clamecy, which nestles in the rolling countryside characteristic of the Nievre region, from which the Nivernais Canal gets its name. Step back in time: cobbled streets, ornate timbered houses and the 16th-century church of St Martin await.  Clamecy was the seat of the Bishop of Jerusalem for more than 600 years before the French Revolution.
After an aperitif, it's time to enjoy a gourmet dinner prepared by our chef, Gael Robertson,  served with a premier-cru wine from the region.

Monday: Tour Vezelay
Chevroche to Lucy-sur-Yonne

After a tasty continental breakfast including exceptionally fresh croissants, we begin our day with a 4-hour cruise along the river Yonne, passing ancient limestone cliff faces and a 14th-century fortified farm at Chartreuse-de-Bassville.  After lunch, the journey continues to Lucy-sur-Yonne, our peaceful mooring for the night.  You may like to visit the 11th-century church with recently restored stained-glass windows and the nearby millpond.  But first, enjoy our afternoon tour to the fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site and fortified town of Vezelay and the fabulous example of a Romanesque Basilica containing the relics of Mary Magdalene in the underground crypt. It is from Vezelay that the crusaders began their long pilgrimages. 
The small town is the ideal place for tasteful souvenirs.  There are many craftsmen working here in boutiques and art galleries, and also cafes and restaurants.
We return to the Randle for dinner on board, along with another fine premier cru wine.

Tuesday: Lucy-sur-Yonne to Mailly-la-Ville
We begin our day with a gentle cruise along the picturesque Canal du Nivernais passing hilltop villages and the magnificent Rochers-du-Saussois.  These ancient rocks are very popular with rock climbers and afford a fabulous view of the region. 
After lunch, we take an excursion to the Grottes-de-Arcy, a fascinating cave system that houses over 200 examples of 28,000-year-old Paleolithic cave paintings representing bears, rhino and mammoths, a reminder of our ever-changing world. The stalactites and crystal formations will also leave you breathless.
After such a treat, we round the day off with fine dining in the Michelin Starred Chateau Vault-du-Lugny, a fabulous chateau with peacocks and centuries-old trees in the parklands. Chef Franco Bowanee's cuisine is both healthy and delicious, but also exquisitely beautiful.  The chef makes excellent use of the 140 varieties of fruit and vegetables growing in the chateau gardens.
Wednesday: Market Day
Mailly-la-Ville to Accolay

This morning we leave the boat immediately after breakfast for another treat for the senses.  It's market day in nearly Noyer-sur-Serein, one of the prettiest villages in France.  This is a medieval, fortified village with intricate 15th-century timber-framed buildings, nestled in an oxbow river setting.  The market has a wide variety of stalls including artists, a potter, jewellers and a leatherworker.  Stroll through the cobbled streets and be sure to have your camera ready for this beautiful stop off.
After a delicious lunch board Randle, we enjoy a peaceful cruise along the canal and river Yonne to the village of Accolay, where we moor for the evening.
Dinner on board.

Thursday: Vineyard Tour
Mailly-la-Ville to Vincelles
After stepping back in time yesterday, today is all about the wine! We begin the day cruising towards the vineyards which will appear above on the hillsides of the Yonne valley.   A gourmet lunch on board whets our appetites, ready for this afternoon: Enjoy a private Chablis Grand Cru tour or a tasting in one of the other local wine villages such as Irancy or Chitry.
We return to the Randle for dinner on board.

Friday: Historic Auxerre
Vincelles to Auxerre
Our final cruising this morning takes up past open vistas and pretty riverside villages.  This is a perfect time to take a cycle or leisurely walk alongside the barge.
After a sumptuous lunch, the stunning views of the 11th to 16th-century cathedral of St Etienne announce our arrival at Auxerre, a prosperous town since Roman times, and the birthplace of Saint Germain.
Auxerre is a beautiful town, a mix of ancient and modern.  Cobbled streets, 15th-century buildings sit comfortably beside modern restaurants and shop fronts.  Enjoy our private tour of the cathedral and historic centre, or amble at your own pace, as you please.  There is so much to see and photograph here.  How many spires can you spot?  Auxerre is known for its religious history. There are many ancient religious buildings to be discovered, should you wish.

Our Captains's Farewell dinner is hosted in the diminutive restaurant l'Aspérule by chef Takayuki Nagayoshi, previously at the Hotel Georges V, Paris 3* Michelin under the tutelage of Christian Le Squer.  The cuisine is delicate, fresh and precise, matching flavours and textures to please both the eye and the palate.
What a fabulous setting in which to look back over our week aboard Randle.

Saturday: A sad Farewell
After a delicious breakfast, it is time to say "Au revoir" for your onward private transfer to your Paris hotel, station or airport departure lounge.

Waterways on this route

The Nivernais Canal, The Yonne,

Randle rates

Chevroches to Auxerre

2023 & 2024, 6-nights Dine Around charter Value Mid Regular
Whole boat private charter for 4 guests 14, 010 USD 15, 575 USD 16, 554 USD
Whole boat private charter for 2 guests 11, 910 SD 13, 240 USD 14, 915 USD
All prices are shown in USD; Euro prices available at the time of booking

Price includes round-trip transfers from Paris, 1 dinner onboard, 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches; Open bar on board;  fully guided excursions and related entrance fees and private transport
Services of 3 crew members
Not includes: 5 meals ashore
Value dates:  Before April 1st & after October 14th
Mid dates: From April 17th to May 6th
Regular dates: From May 7th to October 14th

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