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-Luciole Ladies' Cruise in Burgundy-

Cruise Details:

  • Up to 12 guests
  • 117 Ft. Long
  • Rating: First Class
  • Charter Only
  • Bicycles
  • Hosts: Captain Francisco Madrid
    and Tour Guide Andy Carter
  • English Speaking Crew of 6
  • Air Conditioned
  • Last Visited 2014

Cruise Rate Includes:

6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, chauffeured transfers from Paris to the barge & return, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch & dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.

Cruise Rate Does NOT Include

Airfare to and from France, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)


Luciole Ladies' Cruise in Burgundy

**NEW!!! Femmes in France Ladies' Cruise for Charter Groups**
The Barge Ladies are delighted to invite ALL ladies who are femmes at heart to experience the best of France: Stay at a charming Paris hotel (arranged by us, of course!) tour and taste at the top chocolate shops, and then board the barge Luciole for a truly unforgettable “Femmes in France” cruise in Burgundy!

“Femmes in France” is the perfect option for a group of up to twelve girlfriends looking for an ooh-la-la overseas getaway of eight to nine nights in total. The heart of this adventure is the Luciole, a traditional barge floating on the idyllic Canal du Nivernais, just a three hour drive south of Paris – and of course, your barge will pick up the group in Paris and chauffeur you. Once on board, the femmes will first realize they can relax and enjoy gourmet cuisine and local wines – not for nothing do we advise to Diet Before Departure! Bicycling and walking along the towpath is fun, but sitting on deck just watching the scenery go by might be the best option of all! Every day there is both an excursion - think chateaux, markets, winetasting – AND an activity just for us femmes. You’ll be taken to tea in a private home…to a spa for a massage…you’ll meet a color consultant from Paris…and enjoy an on-board cooking demonstration. Your own guide, chef and the rest of the crew ill pamper you and provide an atmosphere to relax , have fun and enjoy being Femmes in France - We guarantee it!

The Barge Ladies love to visit Luciole. Our latest cruise took place in October, 2014 when Barge Lady “Communications Manager”, Stephanie Sack, had the pleasure of joining the Luciole for a glorious week of barging throughout Northern Burgundy. The daughter and sister to Barge Ladies Ellen Sack and Caroline Sack Klein, respectively, Stephanie's experience on the Luciole was a smashing success.

"When I joined my mom and sister at The Barge Lady in August of 2014, it was decided that I should experience a barge cruise for myself, having never been on one. Immediately both Ellen and Caroline suggested The Luciole for this initial experience. Arrangements were made and off I went, a total beginner in the world of barging.

After spending a night in Paris, I met the other guests at our designated pick-up spot, the Hotel Mansart, a stylish and value-priced hotel just off the elegant Place Vendome. Anna, the Luciole tour guide, made official introductions , and I could tell this was a lively bunch -- within minutes of meeting, we were all joking and laughing, talking about where were from and our past travels. The group was a mix of ages, nationalities, and relationships, but I felt like one of the gang right away. This feeling was evident during the duration of the cruise, with everyone hanging out together at meals, on the deck, and during the excursions.

From the moment I arrived on the barge, the attentive crew constantly ensured that all the guests were comfortable and happy. Luciole is known for an extremely warm on-board atmosphere, and the vessel has a relaxed “country French” ambiance: dark green carpet set off Provençal print fabrics on the casual furnishings, and the welcoming deck was garnished with cheerful flowers. Upon embarking, the crew served us freshly poured Kir Royales and a few amuse-bouches from Chef Mark, which were absolutely delicious and a harbinger of all the amazing cuisine to come! The dashing captain, Francisco, welcomed us with an overview of the trip, and George and Noemi, quite possibly the cutest crew members in all of France, prepped the salon for our first onboard meal. The excitement was palpable, and I settled in for the first night with much anticipation of all the fun to come.

The boat cruises on the divinely beautiful Canal du Nivernais between Auxerre and Clamecy, with rustic lock houses, magnificent sweeping views of French landscapes, and breathtakingly grand rock formations as part of the surrounding scenery. Every day the guests took long walks or rode bikes from lock to lock along the wonderful towpath, which soon proved to be one of the highlights of the trip. Tom, our hard-working Matelot, made sure everyone had bikes at a moment's notice, and skillfully helped Captain Francisco navigate the boat. I enjoyed bike rides almost every day, and marveled at the stunning environment -- the sparkling canal, the expanse of blue skies, and the charming lock houses all came together for one of the most pleasurable aspects of the cruise.

During the day, the salon featured four separate dining tables each accommodating four guests, which gave passengers an opportunity to socialize on a more personal level during breakfast and lunch. Come dinner time, those four tables were pushed together for a more formal dinner service, and the salon suddenly alighted with energy and laughter. Wines were flowing, premium cuisine were presented creatively, cheese trays were abundant, and each dessert was even more decadent then the last! Highlights of the menu were the escargots in copious amounts of butter and garlic at lunch, a double salmon dinner entree, and a chocolate caramel brownie dessert that defies description. Locally baked bread accompanied every lunch and dinner to complement that meal's cheese selections. (Clearly my daily bikes rides had a very strategic purpose.) Sadly, all meals came to an end. However, each day the gastronomic games would begin again with a new round of imaginative table settings and artistic cuisine.

The engaging excursions matched the high quality of the food and service. Anna, our friendly tour guide, was chock full of the most interesting facts and insights about the attractions and activities, which included a tour of Bazoches, a preserved chateau with a storied history, a walk through of several landmark churches, and a private wine tasting at Chablis, one of France's most prestigious vineyards. These interesting immersions into the French countryside provided an intimate look at the vibrant history of a fascinating area. Overall, it was one the best vacations I have ever had. I came away with a much better understanding of the barging lifestyle, and I cannot say enough great things about my experiences on the Luciole. In fact, I am already planning a return visit! A true crowd-pleaser, I am confidently recommending the Luciole to Barge Lady guests in 2015, 2016, and beyond!"


Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2017 Value SEASON Rates

Ladies' "Femmes in France" Charter of up to 12: $54,000

2017 Value SEASON Dates
May 7 - 13 July 23 - 29 August 20 - 26
April 16 - 22 May 14 - 20 July 30 - August 5 August 27 - September 2
April 23 - 29 May 21 - 27 August 6 - 12 October 15 - 21
April 30 - May 6 July 16 - 22 August 13 - 19 October 22 - 28

 

2017 Regular SEASON Rates

Ladies' "Femmes in France" Charter of up to 12: $60,000

2017 Regular SEASON Dates
May 28 - June 3 June 18 - 24 July 2 - 8
June 4 - 10 June 25 - July 1 July 9 - 15
June 11 - 17  
2017 High SEASON Rates

 

Ladies' "Femmes in France" Charter of up to 12: $60,000

2017 high SEASON Dates
September 3 - 9 September 17 - 23 October 1 - 7
September 10 - 16 September 24 - 30 October 8 - 14
Barge Cruise

Luciole Accommodations and Amenities

  • 117 Feet Long
  • Six double cabins with ensuite shower bath
  • All 107 sq feet, 3 with two twin beds
    3 with choice of one double or twin beds
  • Two single cabins with ensuite shower bath
  • Bathrooms completely rebuilt for 2013 season
  • Redecorated with new curtains & Olivier Deforge linens
  • In the Public Areas
  • Large picture windows in salon, dining room
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • Deck
  • Spacious deck with tables, chairs, umbrellas
  • Deck lengthened in 2011
  • 10-12  bicycles*










*We have small to large framed bikes, some for the keener cyclist who want to explore away from the canal where extra bike gears are useful. Other bikes are much simpler with just a few gears and easy to get on to with a very low cross bar. We tend to carry 10 bikes, but more can be made available for charter groups. We also have a good selection of helmets if required.

The Nivernais Canal has a tarmac tow path beside the canal. No more puddles or pot holes to navigate round! All in all the Nivernais Canal is perfect for the keen cyclist or for the individual to hone their biking skills that may have lapsed.

Luciole Ladies' Cruise Itinerary

"Femmes in France"
Auxerre to Clamecy on the Canal du Nivernais

Saturday Morning: Chocolate Walking Tour in Paris
Discover the History of Chocolate in Paris and of course Taste!
Only Barge Lady guests will enjoy this special treat – a sublime combination of Paris and chocolate! Your “Femmes in France” group will be met at 10:00 am in the lobby of one of three hotels: Mansart, Louvre Sainte-Anne or Therese, all within easy walking distance of top chocolatiers on the Right Bank. Your guide will introduce you to three superb chocolate shops/patisseries. Learn to select, taste and appreciate quality chocolate and of course, there will be lots of delicious goodies to sample! Finish up at noon, with plenty of time to enjoy the afternoon in Paris and look forward to your Burgundy barge cruise aboard Luciole!

Sunday: Paris to Auxerre
Welcome Aboard!
Our guests will be met at 2:30 pm in Paris at one hotel of your group's choice. (Please note that multiple pick up locations are unavailable.) You’ll then be chauffeured to the Luciole moored right on the Quai in Auxerre, a lovely town in the heart of the Burgundy vineyards. Arrival time is 5:30 pm. Enjoy the traditional Champagne Welcome and introduction to crew, then relax on deck as the sun sets over the old churches and cobblestoned streets of Auxerre. The first of many dinners on board introduces you to the high standard of cooking you will enjoy all week on Luciole!

Monday: Auxerre to Bailly
Great Combination - A Day of Cooking and Wine Tasting!
This morning, you will start your adventure into the heart of Burgundy, as Luciole slips onto the canal. You can walk the towpath, explore by bicycle or just relax on deck until the chef calls you into the gallery for a cooking demonstration. After lunch, it’s off to Chablis and one of the picturesque wine villages, where you will taste vintages in an ancient cellar. Follow up with a drive through the gorgeous vineyards, which stretch over hills and valleys as far as the eye can see. Mooring tonight in the peaceful village of Bailly, where you will enjoy cocktails and dinner.

Tuesday: Bailly to Accolay
Get Spiffy with our On-Board Color Consultant!
Depart after breakfast for a short drive back to Auxerre, where the shops are now open and your guide will introduce you to the Basilica and other historic buildings in a variety of styles, reflecting the history of this town which was a shipping center for wine. Then it’s back to Luciole for lunch and an afternoon cruise to Accolay, enlivened by a visit from a color and style consultant. It’s a lighthearted experience of learning and laugher – giving you some “tricks” to take home! Dinner on board ends this delightful day.

 

Wednesday: Accolay to Mailly-le Château
Mingle with the Locals at Market, then Relax with a Massage at a Delightful Spa
Depart again after breakfast for Noyers-sur-Serrain, known as one of the most beautiful villages in France, where you will have a wonderful time browsing at the market. Enjoy a cheese tasting, followed by a visit to a local potter – Many of our guests find delightful souvenirs to take home. Then it is back to Luciole, traveling southward on the canal with delightful rural scenery. This afternoon, you’ll be taken to the nearby Priory Spa for a massage and sauna. The Spa, appropriately located in an old Priory, is lovely, with gardens and tea service – a real opportunity to relax.

 

Thursday: Mailly-le Château to Lucy-sur-Yonne
Imposing Chateau and Intimate Tea in a French Garden
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 sun-deck . Chateau de Bazoches is our visit this morning,, home in the 17th Century of the Marquis de Vauban, France's great military engineer. After lunch, you will be welcomed into a private home with a delightful French garden. The owners will greet you with tea, cake and a tour of their garden and sharing of their knowledge.

 

 

Friday: Lucy-sur-Yonne to Clamecy
12th Century Basilica and Shopping in Vezelay
Your last cruise this morning takes you deep into the countryside and one more opportunity to bicycle into the countryside, walk the towpath or just watch the scenery slip by. There will be a quick napkin-folding demonstration before lunch after which 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 is a panoramic view of rural Burgundy. There will be time to visit the boutiques and craft shops which line the hilly street straight up to the Basilica. Back on board, begin your last cruise, enlivened by a demonstration of napkin folding. Luciole then reaches her last port, the delightful Medieval town of Clamecy. A multi-course Festive Dinner ends your cruise in style, “Femmes in France’ would expect nothing less.

Saturday: Clamecy to Paris
A Sad Farewell
After breakfast, depart at 9:30 am for your chauffeured transfer to one Paris hotel of your choice. Estimated arrival time is 1:00 pm. Please make all onward travel plans on the basis of this timing. Bon voyage! We hope you will reap a lifetime of memories on the Luciole.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions. The route will run in reverse on alternate weeks.Contact The Barge Lady for reservations and more information about Barge cruises in Burgundy Or call us toll free at (800) 880-0071.

Luciole Ladies' Cruise Sample Menus

Lunch
Roasted Globe Artichokes with Mixed Peppers
* * *
Mussels Marniere
* * *
Parma Ham and Camembert Fondue
* * *
Exotic Fruit Salad
* * *
Mixed Green Salad
* * *
Cheeses
Chaource and Morbier
* * * * *
~ Wine ~
Pouilly Fume - Guy Saget 2004

Dinner
Caroline and Kelly enjoyed this dinner aboard Luciole. The lamb was absolutely divine!

Crab and Crawfish Remoulade with Avocado and Red Chile Puree,
Exotic Flowers and Sweet Pepper Oil
* * *
Rack of Lamb with a Blackberry Mint Jus
served on a
Rosemary Potato Cake
Brunois of Ratatouille
* * *
Cheeses
Saint Maure de Touraine
Bleu d'Auvergne
* * *
Chocolate Grand Marnier Cheesecake
Exoctic Fruit and Chantilly Creme
* * * * *

Dinner
Foie Gras, Cognac, Caramelized Pear,
Balsamic Reduction and Brioche Toasts
* * *
Filet of Sea Bass with a Salsa Verde Vinaigrette
served with Buttered New Potatoes Slow-Baked Sweet Tomatoes
* * *
Cheeses
Camembert
Comte
Valancay
* * *
Chocolate Molten Pudding with Melted Chocolate Cream
Strawberry Sorbet
* * * * *
~ Wine ~
Massany Fourier 2000

Picture Your Femmes in France Cruise on Luciole

 A cruise week in Burgundy France on barge Luciole

Luciole Ladies' Cruise Guest Book

guests on barge luciole

"How would I sum up my experience on the barge Luciole? Perfect. Tour Guide Andy is wonderful; Captain Francisco is very funny and even let guests drive the boat; Hostesses Emma and Kimberly and Deckhand Tom all made the trip great. The two Hostesses explained the wines and cheeses well, and there to take care of anything we needed. Jade, the Chef, was a fantastic cook, and so friendly and warm. I loved the cuisine, as well and the wines and the cheeses. I especially loved the Chablis winery visit, and my cabin had a comfortable bed and nice amenities.

Barge Lady Ellen was wonderful, and all the pre-trip information provided made for an easy and stress free vacation. I am so glad we stayed at the Mansart, per the Barge Lady's recommendation. It was really nice, and conveniently located. After the cruise, we stayed at the Hotel Londres Eiffel, also recommended by The Barge Lady. Loved it too, and the location was perfect for the last 10 days of our trip. I’ve already recommended Barge Lady Cruises to everyone I’ve met along the way that was interested in a barge trip."

- Barbara Fargo, cruised September, 2016 (repeat Barge Lady guest)

"Superb! The entire crew was a joy to be around. We enjoyed the crew's perfect mix of friendliness and attentiveness. They went above and beyond when it came to providing us with whatever we asked for. Cuisine was top-notch! We enjoyed all of the excursions a lot. We really liked the tree climbing. No, we were well prepared. Cabin and bath were comfortable and had everything we needed. Barge Lady services were very helpful and caring when it came to organizing special diets, outings, etc. Best family vacation ever."

- Frank Marinace, cruised July, 2016

"The Luciole was a 100% delight, and exceeded our expectations.The Captain and crew were wonderful, and the meals and wine were superb. The cabins and bathrooms were crisp and clean with lovely new bedding on beds.The canal was peaceful...we were the only barge…blissful! We may talk with you about a next barge cruise, and wish the Luciole could duplicate itself somewhere else in France! The Luciole has our unqualified praise and appreciation."

- Carol and Fred Levison, cruised May, 2016

"Our cruise on the Luciole was just wonderful. We loved the crew -- friendly, fun, and knowledgeable. Chef Marc was fantastic! The variety of excursions was really great. Tour Guide Andy even took us to the Bailly Caves -- wow! Also we loved being able to walk between locks. This was a special trip with my daughters, and it certainly exceeded my expectations. Thank you for making my dream a reality."

- Marty Beech, cruised May, 2016

luciole barge guests bicycling

"The most stress-free vacation we’ve ever taken. The Luciole crew are all simply lovely people. I like that they dress casually rather than wear uniforms — it feels more like a house party. They mingle as much as they can, making everyone feel very comfortable. I was amazed at the variety of things the Chef could produce. We simply needed to show up at mealtimes to enjoy top-notch cuisine, local wines, and delicious cheeses from all around France. In spite of eating every single thing offered, we walked and biked enough to keep off the extra pounds, so it was a double win! The Bar Fairies replaced empty bottles overnight, and we never went without a glass in our hands. It never felt stingy or as if we shouldn’t have drunk that last bottle of wine! They were happy to bring out another! We were very pleased with the cabins, and the bathrooms was much bigger than I’d anticipated, with nice bath amenities and towels. Barge Lady services were thorough and professional. I love that you regularly cruise with the companies you represent. All the pre-trip information was on-target, and I’ve already recommended your services to my sister!"

- Gladys C, cruised September, 2015

guests on deck Luciole

Luciole Blog Posts, Recipes, Articles and Videos

Ask any Barge Lady, and she’ll tell you: when it comes to travel, more is better! Explore below for more of everything we love – videos, articles, blog posts, recipes and MORE!

 

A First-timer’s Foray into Barging in Burgundy
Join Barge Lady's Stephanie Sack on her day by day experience of her first barge cruise aboard Burgundy hotel barge Luciole.

 

 

 

Happy Crew Year!
A spotlight on the hardworking and personable crew who help make barge cruises extraordinary experiences with happy memories. Longtime Luciole matelot and guest favorite, Tom is featured!

The Barge Lady's Top 5 Fun Things to do on a Barge Cruise in France
Visit Luciole's wheelhouse and cruise with Captain Francisco and discover Barge Lady's other favorite activities for serving up fun on the canals of France!

 

French Fridays: Auxerre
Explore historic Auxerre with Barge Lady's Stephanie Sack! A look at one of our favorite small towns in France and highlight on Luciole's Burgubdy cruise itinerary.

+ - Overview

Cruise Details:

  • Up to 12 guests
  • 117 Ft. Long
  • Rating: First Class
  • Charter Only
  • Bicycles
  • Hosts: Captain Francisco Madrid
    and Tour Guide Andy Carter
  • English Speaking Crew of 6
  • Air Conditioned
  • Last Visited 2014

Cruise Rate Includes:

6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, chauffeured transfers from Paris to the barge & return, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch & dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.

Cruise Rate Does NOT Include

Airfare to and from France, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)


Luciole Ladies' Cruise in Burgundy

**NEW!!! Femmes in France Ladies' Cruise for Charter Groups**
The Barge Ladies are delighted to invite ALL ladies who are femmes at heart to experience the best of France: Stay at a charming Paris hotel (arranged by us, of course!) tour and taste at the top chocolate shops, and then board the barge Luciole for a truly unforgettable “Femmes in France” cruise in Burgundy!

“Femmes in France” is the perfect option for a group of up to twelve girlfriends looking for an ooh-la-la overseas getaway of eight to nine nights in total. The heart of this adventure is the Luciole, a traditional barge floating on the idyllic Canal du Nivernais, just a three hour drive south of Paris – and of course, your barge will pick up the group in Paris and chauffeur you. Once on board, the femmes will first realize they can relax and enjoy gourmet cuisine and local wines – not for nothing do we advise to Diet Before Departure! Bicycling and walking along the towpath is fun, but sitting on deck just watching the scenery go by might be the best option of all! Every day there is both an excursion - think chateaux, markets, winetasting – AND an activity just for us femmes. You’ll be taken to tea in a private home…to a spa for a massage…you’ll meet a color consultant from Paris…and enjoy an on-board cooking demonstration. Your own guide, chef and the rest of the crew ill pamper you and provide an atmosphere to relax , have fun and enjoy being Femmes in France - We guarantee it!

The Barge Ladies love to visit Luciole. Our latest cruise took place in October, 2014 when Barge Lady “Communications Manager”, Stephanie Sack, had the pleasure of joining the Luciole for a glorious week of barging throughout Northern Burgundy. The daughter and sister to Barge Ladies Ellen Sack and Caroline Sack Klein, respectively, Stephanie's experience on the Luciole was a smashing success.

"When I joined my mom and sister at The Barge Lady in August of 2014, it was decided that I should experience a barge cruise for myself, having never been on one. Immediately both Ellen and Caroline suggested The Luciole for this initial experience. Arrangements were made and off I went, a total beginner in the world of barging.

After spending a night in Paris, I met the other guests at our designated pick-up spot, the Hotel Mansart, a stylish and value-priced hotel just off the elegant Place Vendome. Anna, the Luciole tour guide, made official introductions , and I could tell this was a lively bunch -- within minutes of meeting, we were all joking and laughing, talking about where were from and our past travels. The group was a mix of ages, nationalities, and relationships, but I felt like one of the gang right away. This feeling was evident during the duration of the cruise, with everyone hanging out together at meals, on the deck, and during the excursions.

From the moment I arrived on the barge, the attentive crew constantly ensured that all the guests were comfortable and happy. Luciole is known for an extremely warm on-board atmosphere, and the vessel has a relaxed “country French” ambiance: dark green carpet set off Provençal print fabrics on the casual furnishings, and the welcoming deck was garnished with cheerful flowers. Upon embarking, the crew served us freshly poured Kir Royales and a few amuse-bouches from Chef Mark, which were absolutely delicious and a harbinger of all the amazing cuisine to come! The dashing captain, Francisco, welcomed us with an overview of the trip, and George and Noemi, quite possibly the cutest crew members in all of France, prepped the salon for our first onboard meal. The excitement was palpable, and I settled in for the first night with much anticipation of all the fun to come.

The boat cruises on the divinely beautiful Canal du Nivernais between Auxerre and Clamecy, with rustic lock houses, magnificent sweeping views of French landscapes, and breathtakingly grand rock formations as part of the surrounding scenery. Every day the guests took long walks or rode bikes from lock to lock along the wonderful towpath, which soon proved to be one of the highlights of the trip. Tom, our hard-working Matelot, made sure everyone had bikes at a moment's notice, and skillfully helped Captain Francisco navigate the boat. I enjoyed bike rides almost every day, and marveled at the stunning environment -- the sparkling canal, the expanse of blue skies, and the charming lock houses all came together for one of the most pleasurable aspects of the cruise.

During the day, the salon featured four separate dining tables each accommodating four guests, which gave passengers an opportunity to socialize on a more personal level during breakfast and lunch. Come dinner time, those four tables were pushed together for a more formal dinner service, and the salon suddenly alighted with energy and laughter. Wines were flowing, premium cuisine were presented creatively, cheese trays were abundant, and each dessert was even more decadent then the last! Highlights of the menu were the escargots in copious amounts of butter and garlic at lunch, a double salmon dinner entree, and a chocolate caramel brownie dessert that defies description. Locally baked bread accompanied every lunch and dinner to complement that meal's cheese selections. (Clearly my daily bikes rides had a very strategic purpose.) Sadly, all meals came to an end. However, each day the gastronomic games would begin again with a new round of imaginative table settings and artistic cuisine.

The engaging excursions matched the high quality of the food and service. Anna, our friendly tour guide, was chock full of the most interesting facts and insights about the attractions and activities, which included a tour of Bazoches, a preserved chateau with a storied history, a walk through of several landmark churches, and a private wine tasting at Chablis, one of France's most prestigious vineyards. These interesting immersions into the French countryside provided an intimate look at the vibrant history of a fascinating area. Overall, it was one the best vacations I have ever had. I came away with a much better understanding of the barging lifestyle, and I cannot say enough great things about my experiences on the Luciole. In fact, I am already planning a return visit! A true crowd-pleaser, I am confidently recommending the Luciole to Barge Lady guests in 2015, 2016, and beyond!"


Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2017 Value SEASON Rates

Ladies' "Femmes in France" Charter of up to 12: $54,000

2017 Value SEASON Dates
May 7 - 13 July 23 - 29 August 20 - 26
April 16 - 22 May 14 - 20 July 30 - August 5 August 27 - September 2
April 23 - 29 May 21 - 27 August 6 - 12 October 15 - 21
April 30 - May 6 July 16 - 22 August 13 - 19 October 22 - 28

 

2017 Regular SEASON Rates

Ladies' "Femmes in France" Charter of up to 12: $60,000

2017 Regular SEASON Dates
May 28 - June 3 June 18 - 24 July 2 - 8
June 4 - 10 June 25 - July 1 July 9 - 15
June 11 - 17  
2017 High SEASON Rates

 

Ladies' "Femmes in France" Charter of up to 12: $60,000

2017 high SEASON Dates
September 3 - 9 September 17 - 23 October 1 - 7
September 10 - 16 September 24 - 30 October 8 - 14

Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise

Luciole Accommodations and Amenities

  • 117 Feet Long
  • Six double cabins with ensuite shower bath
  • All 107 sq feet, 3 with two twin beds
    3 with choice of one double or twin beds
  • Two single cabins with ensuite shower bath
  • Bathrooms completely rebuilt for 2013 season
  • Redecorated with new curtains & Olivier Deforge linens
  • In the Public Areas
  • Large picture windows in salon, dining room
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • Deck
  • Spacious deck with tables, chairs, umbrellas
  • Deck lengthened in 2011
  • 10-12  bicycles*










*We have small to large framed bikes, some for the keener cyclist who want to explore away from the canal where extra bike gears are useful. Other bikes are much simpler with just a few gears and easy to get on to with a very low cross bar. We tend to carry 10 bikes, but more can be made available for charter groups. We also have a good selection of helmets if required.

The Nivernais Canal has a tarmac tow path beside the canal. No more puddles or pot holes to navigate round! All in all the Nivernais Canal is perfect for the keen cyclist or for the individual to hone their biking skills that may have lapsed.

Luciole Ladies' Cruise Itinerary

"Femmes in France"
Auxerre to Clamecy on the Canal du Nivernais

Saturday Morning: Chocolate Walking Tour in Paris
Discover the History of Chocolate in Paris and of course Taste!
Only Barge Lady guests will enjoy this special treat – a sublime combination of Paris and chocolate! Your “Femmes in France” group will be met at 10:00 am in the lobby of one of three hotels: Mansart, Louvre Sainte-Anne or Therese, all within easy walking distance of top chocolatiers on the Right Bank. Your guide will introduce you to three superb chocolate shops/patisseries. Learn to select, taste and appreciate quality chocolate and of course, there will be lots of delicious goodies to sample! Finish up at noon, with plenty of time to enjoy the afternoon in Paris and look forward to your Burgundy barge cruise aboard Luciole!

Sunday: Paris to Auxerre
Welcome Aboard!
Our guests will be met at 2:30 pm in Paris at one hotel of your group's choice. (Please note that multiple pick up locations are unavailable.) You’ll then be chauffeured to the Luciole moored right on the Quai in Auxerre, a lovely town in the heart of the Burgundy vineyards. Arrival time is 5:30 pm. Enjoy the traditional Champagne Welcome and introduction to crew, then relax on deck as the sun sets over the old churches and cobblestoned streets of Auxerre. The first of many dinners on board introduces you to the high standard of cooking you will enjoy all week on Luciole!

Monday: Auxerre to Bailly
Great Combination - A Day of Cooking and Wine Tasting!
This morning, you will start your adventure into the heart of Burgundy, as Luciole slips onto the canal. You can walk the towpath, explore by bicycle or just relax on deck until the chef calls you into the gallery for a cooking demonstration. After lunch, it’s off to Chablis and one of the picturesque wine villages, where you will taste vintages in an ancient cellar. Follow up with a drive through the gorgeous vineyards, which stretch over hills and valleys as far as the eye can see. Mooring tonight in the peaceful village of Bailly, where you will enjoy cocktails and dinner.

Tuesday: Bailly to Accolay
Get Spiffy with our On-Board Color Consultant!
Depart after breakfast for a short drive back to Auxerre, where the shops are now open and your guide will introduce you to the Basilica and other historic buildings in a variety of styles, reflecting the history of this town which was a shipping center for wine. Then it’s back to Luciole for lunch and an afternoon cruise to Accolay, enlivened by a visit from a color and style consultant. It’s a lighthearted experience of learning and laugher – giving you some “tricks” to take home! Dinner on board ends this delightful day.

 

Wednesday: Accolay to Mailly-le Château
Mingle with the Locals at Market, then Relax with a Massage at a Delightful Spa
Depart again after breakfast for Noyers-sur-Serrain, known as one of the most beautiful villages in France, where you will have a wonderful time browsing at the market. Enjoy a cheese tasting, followed by a visit to a local potter – Many of our guests find delightful souvenirs to take home. Then it is back to Luciole, traveling southward on the canal with delightful rural scenery. This afternoon, you’ll be taken to the nearby Priory Spa for a massage and sauna. The Spa, appropriately located in an old Priory, is lovely, with gardens and tea service – a real opportunity to relax.

 

Thursday: Mailly-le Château to Lucy-sur-Yonne
Imposing Chateau and Intimate Tea in a French Garden
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 sun-deck . Chateau de Bazoches is our visit this morning,, home in the 17th Century of the Marquis de Vauban, France's great military engineer. After lunch, you will be welcomed into a private home with a delightful French garden. The owners will greet you with tea, cake and a tour of their garden and sharing of their knowledge.

 

 

Friday: Lucy-sur-Yonne to Clamecy
12th Century Basilica and Shopping in Vezelay
Your last cruise this morning takes you deep into the countryside and one more opportunity to bicycle into the countryside, walk the towpath or just watch the scenery slip by. There will be a quick napkin-folding demonstration before lunch after which 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 is a panoramic view of rural Burgundy. There will be time to visit the boutiques and craft shops which line the hilly street straight up to the Basilica. Back on board, begin your last cruise, enlivened by a demonstration of napkin folding. Luciole then reaches her last port, the delightful Medieval town of Clamecy. A multi-course Festive Dinner ends your cruise in style, “Femmes in France’ would expect nothing less.

Saturday: Clamecy to Paris
A Sad Farewell
After breakfast, depart at 9:30 am for your chauffeured transfer to one Paris hotel of your choice. Estimated arrival time is 1:00 pm. Please make all onward travel plans on the basis of this timing. Bon voyage! We hope you will reap a lifetime of memories on the Luciole.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions. The route will run in reverse on alternate weeks.Contact The Barge Lady for reservations and more information about Barge cruises in Burgundy Or call us toll free at (800) 880-0071.

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Luciole Ladies' Cruise Sample Menus

Lunch
Roasted Globe Artichokes with Mixed Peppers
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Mussels Marniere
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Parma Ham and Camembert Fondue
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Exotic Fruit Salad
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Mixed Green Salad
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Cheeses
Chaource and Morbier
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~ Wine ~
Pouilly Fume - Guy Saget 2004

Dinner
Caroline and Kelly enjoyed this dinner aboard Luciole. The lamb was absolutely divine!

Crab and Crawfish Remoulade with Avocado and Red Chile Puree,
Exotic Flowers and Sweet Pepper Oil
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Rack of Lamb with a Blackberry Mint Jus
served on a
Rosemary Potato Cake
Brunois of Ratatouille
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Cheeses
Saint Maure de Touraine
Bleu d'Auvergne
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Chocolate Grand Marnier Cheesecake
Exoctic Fruit and Chantilly Creme
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Dinner
Foie Gras, Cognac, Caramelized Pear,
Balsamic Reduction and Brioche Toasts
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Filet of Sea Bass with a Salsa Verde Vinaigrette
served with Buttered New Potatoes Slow-Baked Sweet Tomatoes
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Cheeses
Camembert
Comte
Valancay
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Chocolate Molten Pudding with Melted Chocolate Cream
Strawberry Sorbet
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~ Wine ~
Massany Fourier 2000

Picture Your Femmes in France Cruise on Luciole

 A cruise week in Burgundy France on barge Luciole

Luciole Ladies' Cruise Guest Book

guests on barge luciole

"How would I sum up my experience on the barge Luciole? Perfect. Tour Guide Andy is wonderful; Captain Francisco is very funny and even let guests drive the boat; Hostesses Emma and Kimberly and Deckhand Tom all made the trip great. The two Hostesses explained the wines and cheeses well, and there to take care of anything we needed. Jade, the Chef, was a fantastic cook, and so friendly and warm. I loved the cuisine, as well and the wines and the cheeses. I especially loved the Chablis winery visit, and my cabin had a comfortable bed and nice amenities.

Barge Lady Ellen was wonderful, and all the pre-trip information provided made for an easy and stress free vacation. I am so glad we stayed at the Mansart, per the Barge Lady's recommendation. It was really nice, and conveniently located. After the cruise, we stayed at the Hotel Londres Eiffel, also recommended by The Barge Lady. Loved it too, and the location was perfect for the last 10 days of our trip. I’ve already recommended Barge Lady Cruises to everyone I’ve met along the way that was interested in a barge trip."

- Barbara Fargo, cruised September, 2016 (repeat Barge Lady guest)

"Superb! The entire crew was a joy to be around. We enjoyed the crew's perfect mix of friendliness and attentiveness. They went above and beyond when it came to providing us with whatever we asked for. Cuisine was top-notch! We enjoyed all of the excursions a lot. We really liked the tree climbing. No, we were well prepared. Cabin and bath were comfortable and had everything we needed. Barge Lady services were very helpful and caring when it came to organizing special diets, outings, etc. Best family vacation ever."

- Frank Marinace, cruised July, 2016

"The Luciole was a 100% delight, and exceeded our expectations.The Captain and crew were wonderful, and the meals and wine were superb. The cabins and bathrooms were crisp and clean with lovely new bedding on beds.The canal was peaceful...we were the only barge…blissful! We may talk with you about a next barge cruise, and wish the Luciole could duplicate itself somewhere else in France! The Luciole has our unqualified praise and appreciation."

- Carol and Fred Levison, cruised May, 2016

"Our cruise on the Luciole was just wonderful. We loved the crew -- friendly, fun, and knowledgeable. Chef Marc was fantastic! The variety of excursions was really great. Tour Guide Andy even took us to the Bailly Caves -- wow! Also we loved being able to walk between locks. This was a special trip with my daughters, and it certainly exceeded my expectations. Thank you for making my dream a reality."

- Marty Beech, cruised May, 2016

luciole barge guests bicycling

"The most stress-free vacation we’ve ever taken. The Luciole crew are all simply lovely people. I like that they dress casually rather than wear uniforms — it feels more like a house party. They mingle as much as they can, making everyone feel very comfortable. I was amazed at the variety of things the Chef could produce. We simply needed to show up at mealtimes to enjoy top-notch cuisine, local wines, and delicious cheeses from all around France. In spite of eating every single thing offered, we walked and biked enough to keep off the extra pounds, so it was a double win! The Bar Fairies replaced empty bottles overnight, and we never went without a glass in our hands. It never felt stingy or as if we shouldn’t have drunk that last bottle of wine! They were happy to bring out another! We were very pleased with the cabins, and the bathrooms was much bigger than I’d anticipated, with nice bath amenities and towels. Barge Lady services were thorough and professional. I love that you regularly cruise with the companies you represent. All the pre-trip information was on-target, and I’ve already recommended your services to my sister!"

- Gladys C, cruised September, 2015

guests on deck Luciole

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Luciole Blog Posts, Recipes, Articles and Videos

Ask any Barge Lady, and she’ll tell you: when it comes to travel, more is better! Explore below for more of everything we love – videos, articles, blog posts, recipes and MORE!

 

A First-timer’s Foray into Barging in Burgundy
Join Barge Lady's Stephanie Sack on her day by day experience of her first barge cruise aboard Burgundy hotel barge Luciole.

 

 

 

Happy Crew Year!
A spotlight on the hardworking and personable crew who help make barge cruises extraordinary experiences with happy memories. Longtime Luciole matelot and guest favorite, Tom is featured!

The Barge Lady's Top 5 Fun Things to do on a Barge Cruise in France
Visit Luciole's wheelhouse and cruise with Captain Francisco and discover Barge Lady's other favorite activities for serving up fun on the canals of France!

 

French Fridays: Auxerre
Explore historic Auxerre with Barge Lady's Stephanie Sack! A look at one of our favorite small towns in France and highlight on Luciole's Burgubdy cruise itinerary.


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