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Cruise Destinations

-France, Northern Burgundy on Barge Randle-

Cruise Details:

  • 2 to 4 guests
  • 70 Ft. Long
  • Rating: Boutique Class
  • Charter Only
  • Host: Captain Tim Harold
  • English Speaking Crew of 3
  • 4 Bicycles
  • 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 and return, daily breakfast and lunch onboard , all wines with lunches, open bar on board, daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.

Cruise Rate Does NOT Include

Airfare to and from France, all 6 dinners during the cruise at local restaurants are at the guest's expense (Captain Tim will make reservations and provide transportation), cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)


Randle

Barge Lady "Communications Manager" Stephanie Sack visited The Randle in October of 2014, meeting barge owner/Captain Tim Harrold and Chef Gael Robertson as they cruised on the Canal de Nivernais.  Read below for her report!

"Randle was built in 2001 and purchased by Captain Tim Harrold in 2005. His background in sailing, construction and restoration of ancient buildings enabled him to recognize the quality of this petite ‘bijou” barge. With its classic décor, it looks a bit different than anything in barging. Captain Tim is a trusted guide to the architecture, towns, wine, cuisine and natural world of Burgundy.

He is very interested in customizing each cruise in a very low key way, and is a lot of fun to be with! I was immediately welcomed by Captain Tim by helping him raise a lock! Cranked by hand, the small bridge lifted up, and we were on our way along the Yonne River Valley. (I was actually excited and relieved I did not break, harm, or otherwise ruin this lock.) Exploring the boat, I saw the two charming cabins, each with a lovely private bathroom, individually controlled heating and air-conditioning, and a skylight. One of them even features a darling bunk bed, and this cabin configuration is ideal for families with children, or more casual travelers.

Upstairs is the deck and the wheelhouse, which also functions as a second living room. Here breakfast and lunch may be taken around a roomy round table, and closing sides give protection from less-than-perfect weather. It was a blast to watch Captain Tim take the boat through no less than five locks, and on this perfect fall day I spent quite a bit of time relaxing on one of the deck chairs, enjoying the fantastic views of the countryside.

Down below is a small lounge and open kitchen in which Chef Gael makes all her goodies. I sat with her for awhile on the comfy couch and watched her prepare the beginnings of a lovely lunch. The dining program provides another distinction. Breakfast and lunch are provided by Chef Gael, who cooked full time on barges for many years and now combines catering for Randle with raising a family. Her luncheon buffets are sumptuous, with a full complement of main dishes, salads, quiche, pate, cheese platter and local breads. Our midday meal featured a savory smoked fish paired with a potato pancake, flaky crust flatbreads with sundried tomatoes and artichoke hearts, and thinly sliced proscuitto. The just-out-of-the-oven flatbread was so fresh and flavorful I couldn't help but ask for seconds!

Dinners are taken off the Randle (at the expense of the guests) at a selection of venues ranging from Michelin starred to local auberges. Captain Tim makes the reservations, provides transportation, and goes over the menu. It sounds like a real treat for foodies who want to dine like a local with the locals!

Randle is very well priced for what it offers, which includes chauffeured transfers to and from Paris. The vessel and the program is a very good choice for families. Special family activities can include a visit to a dinosaur theme park, canoeing, pony trekking and zip lining. I look forward to working with Captain Tim, Chef Gael, and the Randle!” 


Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2017 Value Season Rates

Half Board Charter of up to 4: $10,500

2017 Value Season Dates
April 2 - 8 April 16 - 22 October 8 - 14 October 22 - 28
April 9 - 15 October 1 - 7 October 15 - 21

 

2017 mid Season Rates

Half Board Charter of up to 4: $11,673

2017 mid Season Dates
April 23 - 29 May 7 - 13
April 30 - May 6 May 14 - 20

 

2017 Regular Season Rates

Half Board Charter of up to 4: $13,151

2017 regular season dates
May 21 - 27
June 25 - July 1
July 30 - August 5 September 3 - 9
May 28 - June 3 July 2 - 8 August 6 - 12 September 10 - 16
June 4 - 10 July 9 - 15 August 13 - 19 September 17 - 23
June 11 - 17 July 16 - 22 August 20 - 26 September 24 - 30
June 18 - 24 July 23 - 29 August 27 - September 2
Barge Cruise

Randle Accommodations and Amenities

  • 70 Feet Long
  • Two cabins with ensuite shower bath
  • Master cabin - 100 sq feet, queen bed
  • Guest cabin - 80 sq feet, twin bunk beds
  • Also in each cabin
  • Opening skylights
  • Individual climate control
  • In the Public Areas
  • Brass & hardwood fixtures, marble & granite tops
  • Central heating & air
  • MP3 player & WIFI with limited availability
  • Deck & Wheelhouse
  • Wheelhouse with comfortable seating for 6
  • New for 2016 - Satellite TV/DVD in a
    hidden compartment in the wheelhouse
  • 4  bicycles
    2 Dawes Classic with 3 speeds - one women's, one men's
    2 Rock Rider mountain bikes with 21 speeds









 

Master cabin on barge Randlemaster cabin bath on barge randle
french barge randle salonwheelhouse aboard burgundy barge randletwin cabin aboard burgundy barge randletwin cabin bathroom on barge randle

Randle Burgundy Cruise Itinerary

Clamecy to Auxerre on the Canal du Nivernais

Sunday: Paris to Clamecy
Welcome Aboard!
At 2:00 pm, your party will be met at one location of your choice in central Paris and chauffeured to the Randle, moored in the adorable village of Clamecy. Estimated driving time is three to three and a half hours. After a welcome-aboard champagne reception, there is time to either relax on board or take a short walk around this cobblestoned town, perched high on the hillside. Perhaps take a peek into the Clamecy Museum in the former mansion of the Duke de Bellegarde, or browse in the gallery on the quai with its selection of local ceramics and crafts.There are two great restaurants in Clamecy: “2 Pieces” and the “Auberge de la Chapelle” for your evening dining. Our crew will take you to the restaurant, get you settled and go over the menu, if you desire.

Monday: Clamecy to Lucy sur Yonne
Explore by Bicycle as Randle Cruises deep into the Countryside
After a breakfast of village-baked croissants just warm from the oven, you’ll welcome the chance to walk on the towpath or get out and about on one of the bicycles! Or, just relax on deck and watch gorgeous scenery drift by on the way to Lucy-sur -Yonne. After a buffet lunch served on board, it’s time to pick from a number of fascinating excursions. You could visit the Chateau de Bazoches, pictured below, home of the French military architect Marecal Vauban. Or, what about Vezelay – a sublime walled village crowned at the top by the Romanesque basilica of St. Mary Magdelene –not to mention stunning views of the surrounding countryside. The cobblestoned main street offers a chance to browse in craft shops and art galleries – or to return to dinner here tonight, too!

Tuesday: Lucy sur Yonne to Mailly le Chateau
Cruising, Climbing, History, Dining: A Great Day on Randle!
Today we continue our cruise in the Yonne River Valley to our lunchtime mooring beneath the dramatic cliffs of Le Saussois, pictured below. If you’d like, climb up to the top for a fantastic view of the surrounding countryside. Then it is on to Mailly-le-Chateau, an adorable town set high on a ravine. This afternoon, there is another choice of excursions. Those enchanted by the lifestyle in historic French towns won’t want to miss Noyers, which with its elegant Medieval core, is considered one of the most beautiful. An even older era is offered at the Grottes d’Arcy-sur-Cure, an amazing illuminated cave with Paleolithic cave paintings from 28,000 years ago. Return to the mooring at Mailly-le-Chateau and have dinner at "Le Castel", an authentic auberge right in the town square.

Wednesday: Mailly le Chateau to Accolay
Catch your lunch at a Trout Farm!
Today we’ll continue our cruise on the Canal du Nivernais – past gorgeous scenery and canalside homes. Today, it is the turn of the guests to prove the luncheon entrée! We will stop at a trout farm, one originally founded by Cistercian monks and revived today within the walls of the old monastery. Catch your fish – and we will serve it on board 30 minutes later! After lunch, our cruise continues to tonight’s mooring at Accolay. Choose to visit either the Abbey de Regny, a beautifully preserved monastery with gardens or a Roman villa and bathhouse. Dine tonight at the "Hostellerie de la Fontaine".

Thursday: Accolay to Vincelles
Wine, wine, wine!!
After all, you are in Burgundy! Cruise this morning to Vincelles. After lunch on board, let’s go taste some wine! You might select the artisanal wines Pinot Noir and Caesar from the caves of William Chariot in the beautiful village or Irancy. Or, what about the sampling the local sparkling wine, Cremant de Bourgogne. Eight million (!) bottles are stored in Caves de Baily. Along the way, drive through the gorgeous vineyards and pop into the town of Chablis to shop or taste even more wine.

Friday: Vincelles to Auxerre
Shop and sightsee in historic Auxerre
You last cruise ends at the large quai in Auxerre, an historic cobblestoned town that is also a regional commercial and transportation hub. Many personalities visited Auxerre – from Joan of Arc to Napoleon – and many eras represented in the architecture. This is the perfect place to shop for that last-minute souvenir and then enjoy a wide choice of dining choices for your last night on the Canal du Nivernais.

Saturday: Auxerre to Paris
A Sad Farewell
Depart at 9:00 am for your chauffeured transfer back to Paris. Estimated arrival time is noon to 1:00 pm. Please make all onward travel plans on the basis of this timing. We hope that your cruise on Randle has made a lifetime of memories.


 

 

Randle Sample Menus

The Randle’s very own Cordon Bleu chef, Gael Robertson travels with us as she prepares delicious breakfasts and lunches from local produce complimented by fine wines from the vineyards of the region, plus wonderful artisan cheeses.

 
A lovely breakfast buffet is served every morning including village-baked croissants and breads, cereals, fruit, meats, cheese etc., with fresh ground coffee, tea and fruit juices.

 
Lunch is also served on board. Our Cordon Bleu chef Gael Robertson prepares delicious lunches from fresh local ingredients purchased from along the route. Great artisan local wines and cheeses have been selected to complement the superb cuisine.

 

Sample Lunch Menu 1
Red Onion Tarte Tatin
* * *
Cous-Cous Salad
with
Roasted Vegetables
* * *
Freshly Grated Celeriac
with
Lemon and Yoghurt Dressing
* * *
Pate Forestiere
* * *
Cheese Platter
Roquefort
Comte
with
Salad Mesclun

* * * * *



Sample Lunch Menu 2
Goats Cheese Souffle
with
Watercress Salad
* * *
Pan fried Trout
(usually caught by the guests at the trout farm)
* * *
Rosti Potato Cakes
* * *
Haricot Vert & Mange Tout Beans
* * *
Cheese Platter
Morbier
Delice de Bourgogne
* * * * *

~Wines~


William Charriot, Irancy
  2007, Pinot Nior/Ceazer
 
Le Crojx Montjois, Vézelay
 2009, Chardonnay

Les Carve Tannaysiennnes
Tannay 2009, Melon

Le Clos du Chateau, Tonnerre
2008, Chardonnay

Domaine Felix, Irancy
2009, Pinot Noir

Olivier Morin, Chitry
2009, Chardonnay

Pommand
2008

Sancerre
2010

Saint Emillion
2009

Chateauneuf du Pape
2009

Crémant de Bourgogne Brut

GH Mumm Champagne


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During your charter on the Randle you with be able to dine at a variety of excellent restaurants, all with their own individual charm and character. Below is our select list for the best regional dining, from bistro grills to Michelin starred, for evening dining available during your cruise. Character ranges from authentic grills with open log fires on which your dinner is prepared in front of house, to stylish gourmet Michelin starred restaurants, three of which are within easy reach of the Randle. For each evening we have selected restaurants which are sure to provide great dining experiences, and provide a flavor of the local character and diversity of dinning available. Other restaurants are also available on request.

 

Clamecy

2 Pieces Cuisine

A delightful little restaurant nestling in the car free back streets of the old quarter of Clamecy, surrounded by ancient buildings and in what itself was the XV century town bank. The husband and wife team provide excellent cuisine from local and in season produce, small but delicious menu and pleasant ambiance.

Hostellerie de la Poste

In the town centre The Hostellerie de la Poste offers all of the charm of a pleasanly renovated former grand coaching inn. The chef, Denis Guénot, takes delight in preparing a range of regional dishes with a young and creative touch which you will enjoy even more with one of the excellent Burgundy wines.

***

Lucy sur Yonne

Le Clos de Lucy

Join Mary Claude in the dining room of her adorable B and B, located right in Lucy-sur-Yonne. Mary Claude has lived and worked along the canal for decades. She is a gifted chef and delightful hostess. Enjoy a four course meal with accompanying local wines – and a lot of good conversation. Randle guests have enjoyed this very special opportunity!

Le Grange Batileire

A short transfer by car from our overnight mooring. A Traditional country restaurant close to the canal and run by Jean-Pierre Garnet and his wife, you will discover a traditional Burgundy cuisine prepared from fresh produce, which respects the seasons and desires of the chef.

Le Cheval Blanc

A 25 minute transfer from the canal and located within the Unesco world heritage site of Vézelay, Le Cheval Blanc offers excellent gourmet cuisine in a pleasant restaurant close the town centre.

***

Mailly le Chateau

Le Castel

Le Castel is situated in the village of Mailly le Chateau up on a high escapement overlooking the Yonne valley; it has a certain old world, eclectic and genteel charm with simple fare on offer.

Maison Paillot

Located in the historic fortified medieval village of Noyers sur Seiren, an excellent place to end the day’s tour with gourmet cuisine in a charming old world atmosphere.

***

Accolay

Hostellerie de la Fontaine

Just a short walk from our overnight mooring this delightful restaurant is located in the under-croft or on the terrace in the summer. Excellent cuisine and reasonable cost, with a cheese board to marvel, and of course great Burgundy wines too.

***

Vincelles

The Pub le Cellia

There is an impressive range of beers available, whiskies & cocktails, and a delicious alcohol-free seasonal fruit cocktail. Le Cellia serves simple yet appetizing meals, a perfect way to spend an evening with friends.

***

Auxerre

Le Jardin Gourmand

Proud of its creative and gastronomic cuisine, le Jardin Gourmand welcomes you in a bourgeoise and cozy house. Tables are spacious in a friendly environment. Olivier pays attention to visual art, sculptures and contemporary paintings.

Le Saint Perlerin

Le Saint Perlerin is a cozy and traditional grill close to our river mooring, cuisine is grilled on an open log fire, providing the restaurant with a great ambiance and very tasty but simple fish and meat dishes.

***

In addition to the great dining offered by our selected restaurants enjoy an evening’s dining experience at one of Burgundy’s renowned Michelin starred restaurants from along our river and canal route. Perfect for an anniversary or birthday treat.

Hôtel de l’Espérance** Vézelay

Located in the beautiful village of Saint Père in the heart of Burgundy. The renowned Hôtel de l’Espérance offers great dining and ambiance.


La Côte Saint-Jacques *** Joigny

Arrive by river to the gastronomic restaurant with the highest rated three Michelin stars. Here at the gateway to Burgundy, Jean-Michel Lorain and team welcome you to his restaurant. Jean-Michel Lorain has received many accolades during his career, crowning his culinary savoir-faire.


Hostellerie des Clos * Chablis

Owner Michel Vignaud was born in Burgundy and grew up in the Morvan, a land of forests and farms. His childhood memories of unforgettable natural food and flavors inspire him to create light and creative meals in perfect harmony with the great wines of Chablis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Picture a Barge Cruise on Randle

a cruise in France on Burgundy barge Randle

Randle Guest Book 

relaxing on deck france barge Randle

"We LOVED Captain Tim, Chef Gael, and Tour Guide Stephon! Their service both on and off the barge was fabulous. Our experience was so far removed from the everyday traffic, crowds, and noises that Karen and I wondered today if in fact it was real. Yes it was! You could not have found us a better experience or a better accommodation. Our journey was magical. Thank you."

- John Reay, cruised September, 2016

"Tim was a wonderful host and captain, and very knowledgeable about the area. During our drive from Paris to the barge, we discussed what our family enjoys and he immediately went out and bought a book on hiking in the area. He found us a wonderful hike in Irancy. The lunches Gael prepared were superb and she was very solicitous. Our family enjoyed the long walks along the canal through the bucolic countryside. Overall, it was a wonderful and relaxing vacation."

- Andy Ochroch and Family, cruised August, 2016

"Highly recommended! Crew exceptionally good. Captain Tim always had a ready ear for what we might like to do and was always happy to oblige. His knowledge of the local area was superb and he organized some very special restaurants for us. Matelot Stefano was keen to help us wherever he could and made every effort to keep us comfortable. What can I say about Chef Gael's cooking! Exceptional! Each lunch time was a delightful surprise. Not only was the cuisine outstanding but the presentation and table setting was beautiful each meal. Gael's knowledge of cheeses is amazing. We tried delicious cheeses from various French regions each day. Cabins were clean and comfortable. We appreciated clean towels every day and having the bed made. Pre-trip information was all perfectly clear, and the Barge Lady is very helpful and well-organized. Our small party of four was completely satisfied with our experience and with the service we received."

- Lyn Rosen, cruised October, 2015

"The experience on the Randle was excellent! Loved the crew of Captain Tim and Chef Gael. Tim was a great guide and planned well for two teenage boys. We attended a variety of excursions, and the boys liked them all. Breakfast and lunch were fresh, healthy, and beautifully presented, with lots of creative salads for lunch. All questions were answered before the cruise. Overall it was a wonderful experience!"

- Judith Little, cruised June, 2015

"My husband and I and our three pre-teen children chartered the Randle, and the crew was the best part of the barge cruise! Captain Tim, Guide Nicole, and Chef Gael were all so fabulous. They were accommodating, kind, fun, and easy to spend time with! Tim is so easy-going yet attentive and always willing to answer our one hundred and one questions about everything from the region to the boat operations. Hostess Nicole was great fun, always cheery and also so knowledgeable about the region. Tim is lucky to have her. Gael has made every meal we’ve eaten since our vacation ended seem so boring!  My kids are STILL talking about Gael’s amazing food!  Plus, Gael even made a delicious surprise birthday cake (with candles) for the twins.

We loved the region and the overnight stops. We also liked the flexibility to bike/walk/sightsee at any point in the day. The barge was a perfect way to experience the rural area of the region. The old/original lock system was so neat to participate in as well. Our favorite excursions/activities were kayaking, visiting the prehistoric cave, and exploring the towns. Our master cabin was beautiful and much bigger than we had anticipated! The bed was very comfy.

From The Barge Lady, everything was very organized and timely, just the way I like things. Thank you for sending us the book about kid actitives in Paris. It was helpful since we had time in Paris on either end of the barge week. We especially appreciated the hotel recommendations. We received high level of service and quick response time. Caroline did a great job matching us to the right boat/crew!"

- Kim and Dave Pomeroy and Family, cruised July, 2014

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+ - Overview

Cruise Details:

  • 2 to 4 guests
  • 70 Ft. Long
  • Rating: Boutique Class
  • Charter Only
  • Host: Captain Tim Harold
  • English Speaking Crew of 3
  • 4 Bicycles
  • 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 and return, daily breakfast and lunch onboard , all wines with lunches, open bar on board, daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.

Cruise Rate Does NOT Include

Airfare to and from France, all 6 dinners during the cruise at local restaurants are at the guest's expense (Captain Tim will make reservations and provide transportation), cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)


Randle

Barge Lady "Communications Manager" Stephanie Sack visited The Randle in October of 2014, meeting barge owner/Captain Tim Harrold and Chef Gael Robertson as they cruised on the Canal de Nivernais.  Read below for her report!

"Randle was built in 2001 and purchased by Captain Tim Harrold in 2005. His background in sailing, construction and restoration of ancient buildings enabled him to recognize the quality of this petite ‘bijou” barge. With its classic décor, it looks a bit different than anything in barging. Captain Tim is a trusted guide to the architecture, towns, wine, cuisine and natural world of Burgundy.

He is very interested in customizing each cruise in a very low key way, and is a lot of fun to be with! I was immediately welcomed by Captain Tim by helping him raise a lock! Cranked by hand, the small bridge lifted up, and we were on our way along the Yonne River Valley. (I was actually excited and relieved I did not break, harm, or otherwise ruin this lock.) Exploring the boat, I saw the two charming cabins, each with a lovely private bathroom, individually controlled heating and air-conditioning, and a skylight. One of them even features a darling bunk bed, and this cabin configuration is ideal for families with children, or more casual travelers.

Upstairs is the deck and the wheelhouse, which also functions as a second living room. Here breakfast and lunch may be taken around a roomy round table, and closing sides give protection from less-than-perfect weather. It was a blast to watch Captain Tim take the boat through no less than five locks, and on this perfect fall day I spent quite a bit of time relaxing on one of the deck chairs, enjoying the fantastic views of the countryside.

Down below is a small lounge and open kitchen in which Chef Gael makes all her goodies. I sat with her for awhile on the comfy couch and watched her prepare the beginnings of a lovely lunch. The dining program provides another distinction. Breakfast and lunch are provided by Chef Gael, who cooked full time on barges for many years and now combines catering for Randle with raising a family. Her luncheon buffets are sumptuous, with a full complement of main dishes, salads, quiche, pate, cheese platter and local breads. Our midday meal featured a savory smoked fish paired with a potato pancake, flaky crust flatbreads with sundried tomatoes and artichoke hearts, and thinly sliced proscuitto. The just-out-of-the-oven flatbread was so fresh and flavorful I couldn't help but ask for seconds!

Dinners are taken off the Randle (at the expense of the guests) at a selection of venues ranging from Michelin starred to local auberges. Captain Tim makes the reservations, provides transportation, and goes over the menu. It sounds like a real treat for foodies who want to dine like a local with the locals!

Randle is very well priced for what it offers, which includes chauffeured transfers to and from Paris. The vessel and the program is a very good choice for families. Special family activities can include a visit to a dinosaur theme park, canoeing, pony trekking and zip lining. I look forward to working with Captain Tim, Chef Gael, and the Randle!” 


Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2017 Value Season Rates

Half Board Charter of up to 4: $10,500

2017 Value Season Dates
April 2 - 8 April 16 - 22 October 8 - 14 October 22 - 28
April 9 - 15 October 1 - 7 October 15 - 21

 

2017 mid Season Rates

Half Board Charter of up to 4: $11,673

2017 mid Season Dates
April 23 - 29 May 7 - 13
April 30 - May 6 May 14 - 20

 

2017 Regular Season Rates

Half Board Charter of up to 4: $13,151

2017 regular season dates
May 21 - 27
June 25 - July 1
July 30 - August 5 September 3 - 9
May 28 - June 3 July 2 - 8 August 6 - 12 September 10 - 16
June 4 - 10 July 9 - 15 August 13 - 19 September 17 - 23
June 11 - 17 July 16 - 22 August 20 - 26 September 24 - 30
June 18 - 24 July 23 - 29 August 27 - September 2

Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise

Randle Accommodations and Amenities

  • 70 Feet Long
  • Two cabins with ensuite shower bath
  • Master cabin - 100 sq feet, queen bed
  • Guest cabin - 80 sq feet, twin bunk beds
  • Also in each cabin
  • Opening skylights
  • Individual climate control
  • In the Public Areas
  • Brass & hardwood fixtures, marble & granite tops
  • Central heating & air
  • MP3 player & WIFI with limited availability
  • Deck & Wheelhouse
  • Wheelhouse with comfortable seating for 6
  • New for 2016 - Satellite TV/DVD in a
    hidden compartment in the wheelhouse
  • 4  bicycles
    2 Dawes Classic with 3 speeds - one women's, one men's
    2 Rock Rider mountain bikes with 21 speeds









 

Master cabin on barge Randlemaster cabin bath on barge randle
french barge randle salonwheelhouse aboard burgundy barge randletwin cabin aboard burgundy barge randletwin cabin bathroom on barge randle

Randle Burgundy Cruise Itinerary

Clamecy to Auxerre on the Canal du Nivernais

Sunday: Paris to Clamecy
Welcome Aboard!
At 2:00 pm, your party will be met at one location of your choice in central Paris and chauffeured to the Randle, moored in the adorable village of Clamecy. Estimated driving time is three to three and a half hours. After a welcome-aboard champagne reception, there is time to either relax on board or take a short walk around this cobblestoned town, perched high on the hillside. Perhaps take a peek into the Clamecy Museum in the former mansion of the Duke de Bellegarde, or browse in the gallery on the quai with its selection of local ceramics and crafts.There are two great restaurants in Clamecy: “2 Pieces” and the “Auberge de la Chapelle” for your evening dining. Our crew will take you to the restaurant, get you settled and go over the menu, if you desire.

Monday: Clamecy to Lucy sur Yonne
Explore by Bicycle as Randle Cruises deep into the Countryside
After a breakfast of village-baked croissants just warm from the oven, you’ll welcome the chance to walk on the towpath or get out and about on one of the bicycles! Or, just relax on deck and watch gorgeous scenery drift by on the way to Lucy-sur -Yonne. After a buffet lunch served on board, it’s time to pick from a number of fascinating excursions. You could visit the Chateau de Bazoches, pictured below, home of the French military architect Marecal Vauban. Or, what about Vezelay – a sublime walled village crowned at the top by the Romanesque basilica of St. Mary Magdelene –not to mention stunning views of the surrounding countryside. The cobblestoned main street offers a chance to browse in craft shops and art galleries – or to return to dinner here tonight, too!

Tuesday: Lucy sur Yonne to Mailly le Chateau
Cruising, Climbing, History, Dining: A Great Day on Randle!
Today we continue our cruise in the Yonne River Valley to our lunchtime mooring beneath the dramatic cliffs of Le Saussois, pictured below. If you’d like, climb up to the top for a fantastic view of the surrounding countryside. Then it is on to Mailly-le-Chateau, an adorable town set high on a ravine. This afternoon, there is another choice of excursions. Those enchanted by the lifestyle in historic French towns won’t want to miss Noyers, which with its elegant Medieval core, is considered one of the most beautiful. An even older era is offered at the Grottes d’Arcy-sur-Cure, an amazing illuminated cave with Paleolithic cave paintings from 28,000 years ago. Return to the mooring at Mailly-le-Chateau and have dinner at "Le Castel", an authentic auberge right in the town square.

Wednesday: Mailly le Chateau to Accolay
Catch your lunch at a Trout Farm!
Today we’ll continue our cruise on the Canal du Nivernais – past gorgeous scenery and canalside homes. Today, it is the turn of the guests to prove the luncheon entrée! We will stop at a trout farm, one originally founded by Cistercian monks and revived today within the walls of the old monastery. Catch your fish – and we will serve it on board 30 minutes later! After lunch, our cruise continues to tonight’s mooring at Accolay. Choose to visit either the Abbey de Regny, a beautifully preserved monastery with gardens or a Roman villa and bathhouse. Dine tonight at the "Hostellerie de la Fontaine".

Thursday: Accolay to Vincelles
Wine, wine, wine!!
After all, you are in Burgundy! Cruise this morning to Vincelles. After lunch on board, let’s go taste some wine! You might select the artisanal wines Pinot Noir and Caesar from the caves of William Chariot in the beautiful village or Irancy. Or, what about the sampling the local sparkling wine, Cremant de Bourgogne. Eight million (!) bottles are stored in Caves de Baily. Along the way, drive through the gorgeous vineyards and pop into the town of Chablis to shop or taste even more wine.

Friday: Vincelles to Auxerre
Shop and sightsee in historic Auxerre
You last cruise ends at the large quai in Auxerre, an historic cobblestoned town that is also a regional commercial and transportation hub. Many personalities visited Auxerre – from Joan of Arc to Napoleon – and many eras represented in the architecture. This is the perfect place to shop for that last-minute souvenir and then enjoy a wide choice of dining choices for your last night on the Canal du Nivernais.

Saturday: Auxerre to Paris
A Sad Farewell
Depart at 9:00 am for your chauffeured transfer back to Paris. Estimated arrival time is noon to 1:00 pm. Please make all onward travel plans on the basis of this timing. We hope that your cruise on Randle has made a lifetime of memories.


 

+ - Menu
 

Randle Sample Menus

The Randle’s very own Cordon Bleu chef, Gael Robertson travels with us as she prepares delicious breakfasts and lunches from local produce complimented by fine wines from the vineyards of the region, plus wonderful artisan cheeses.

 
A lovely breakfast buffet is served every morning including village-baked croissants and breads, cereals, fruit, meats, cheese etc., with fresh ground coffee, tea and fruit juices.

 
Lunch is also served on board. Our Cordon Bleu chef Gael Robertson prepares delicious lunches from fresh local ingredients purchased from along the route. Great artisan local wines and cheeses have been selected to complement the superb cuisine.

 

Sample Lunch Menu 1
Red Onion Tarte Tatin
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Cous-Cous Salad
with
Roasted Vegetables
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Freshly Grated Celeriac
with
Lemon and Yoghurt Dressing
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Pate Forestiere
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Cheese Platter
Roquefort
Comte
with
Salad Mesclun

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Sample Lunch Menu 2
Goats Cheese Souffle
with
Watercress Salad
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Pan fried Trout
(usually caught by the guests at the trout farm)
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Rosti Potato Cakes
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Haricot Vert & Mange Tout Beans
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Cheese Platter
Morbier
Delice de Bourgogne
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~Wines~


William Charriot, Irancy
  2007, Pinot Nior/Ceazer
 
Le Crojx Montjois, Vézelay
 2009, Chardonnay

Les Carve Tannaysiennnes
Tannay 2009, Melon

Le Clos du Chateau, Tonnerre
2008, Chardonnay

Domaine Felix, Irancy
2009, Pinot Noir

Olivier Morin, Chitry
2009, Chardonnay

Pommand
2008

Sancerre
2010

Saint Emillion
2009

Chateauneuf du Pape
2009

Crémant de Bourgogne Brut

GH Mumm Champagne


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During your charter on the Randle you with be able to dine at a variety of excellent restaurants, all with their own individual charm and character. Below is our select list for the best regional dining, from bistro grills to Michelin starred, for evening dining available during your cruise. Character ranges from authentic grills with open log fires on which your dinner is prepared in front of house, to stylish gourmet Michelin starred restaurants, three of which are within easy reach of the Randle. For each evening we have selected restaurants which are sure to provide great dining experiences, and provide a flavor of the local character and diversity of dinning available. Other restaurants are also available on request.

 

Clamecy

2 Pieces Cuisine

A delightful little restaurant nestling in the car free back streets of the old quarter of Clamecy, surrounded by ancient buildings and in what itself was the XV century town bank. The husband and wife team provide excellent cuisine from local and in season produce, small but delicious menu and pleasant ambiance.

Hostellerie de la Poste

In the town centre The Hostellerie de la Poste offers all of the charm of a pleasanly renovated former grand coaching inn. The chef, Denis Guénot, takes delight in preparing a range of regional dishes with a young and creative touch which you will enjoy even more with one of the excellent Burgundy wines.

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Lucy sur Yonne

Le Clos de Lucy

Join Mary Claude in the dining room of her adorable B and B, located right in Lucy-sur-Yonne. Mary Claude has lived and worked along the canal for decades. She is a gifted chef and delightful hostess. Enjoy a four course meal with accompanying local wines – and a lot of good conversation. Randle guests have enjoyed this very special opportunity!

Le Grange Batileire

A short transfer by car from our overnight mooring. A Traditional country restaurant close to the canal and run by Jean-Pierre Garnet and his wife, you will discover a traditional Burgundy cuisine prepared from fresh produce, which respects the seasons and desires of the chef.

Le Cheval Blanc

A 25 minute transfer from the canal and located within the Unesco world heritage site of Vézelay, Le Cheval Blanc offers excellent gourmet cuisine in a pleasant restaurant close the town centre.

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Mailly le Chateau

Le Castel

Le Castel is situated in the village of Mailly le Chateau up on a high escapement overlooking the Yonne valley; it has a certain old world, eclectic and genteel charm with simple fare on offer.

Maison Paillot

Located in the historic fortified medieval village of Noyers sur Seiren, an excellent place to end the day’s tour with gourmet cuisine in a charming old world atmosphere.

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Accolay

Hostellerie de la Fontaine

Just a short walk from our overnight mooring this delightful restaurant is located in the under-croft or on the terrace in the summer. Excellent cuisine and reasonable cost, with a cheese board to marvel, and of course great Burgundy wines too.

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Vincelles

The Pub le Cellia

There is an impressive range of beers available, whiskies & cocktails, and a delicious alcohol-free seasonal fruit cocktail. Le Cellia serves simple yet appetizing meals, a perfect way to spend an evening with friends.

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Auxerre

Le Jardin Gourmand

Proud of its creative and gastronomic cuisine, le Jardin Gourmand welcomes you in a bourgeoise and cozy house. Tables are spacious in a friendly environment. Olivier pays attention to visual art, sculptures and contemporary paintings.

Le Saint Perlerin

Le Saint Perlerin is a cozy and traditional grill close to our river mooring, cuisine is grilled on an open log fire, providing the restaurant with a great ambiance and very tasty but simple fish and meat dishes.

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In addition to the great dining offered by our selected restaurants enjoy an evening’s dining experience at one of Burgundy’s renowned Michelin starred restaurants from along our river and canal route. Perfect for an anniversary or birthday treat.

Hôtel de l’Espérance** Vézelay

Located in the beautiful village of Saint Père in the heart of Burgundy. The renowned Hôtel de l’Espérance offers great dining and ambiance.


La Côte Saint-Jacques *** Joigny

Arrive by river to the gastronomic restaurant with the highest rated three Michelin stars. Here at the gateway to Burgundy, Jean-Michel Lorain and team welcome you to his restaurant. Jean-Michel Lorain has received many accolades during his career, crowning his culinary savoir-faire.


Hostellerie des Clos * Chablis

Owner Michel Vignaud was born in Burgundy and grew up in the Morvan, a land of forests and farms. His childhood memories of unforgettable natural food and flavors inspire him to create light and creative meals in perfect harmony with the great wines of Chablis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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Randle Guest Book 

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"We LOVED Captain Tim, Chef Gael, and Tour Guide Stephon! Their service both on and off the barge was fabulous. Our experience was so far removed from the everyday traffic, crowds, and noises that Karen and I wondered today if in fact it was real. Yes it was! You could not have found us a better experience or a better accommodation. Our journey was magical. Thank you."

- John Reay, cruised September, 2016

"Tim was a wonderful host and captain, and very knowledgeable about the area. During our drive from Paris to the barge, we discussed what our family enjoys and he immediately went out and bought a book on hiking in the area. He found us a wonderful hike in Irancy. The lunches Gael prepared were superb and she was very solicitous. Our family enjoyed the long walks along the canal through the bucolic countryside. Overall, it was a wonderful and relaxing vacation."

- Andy Ochroch and Family, cruised August, 2016

"Highly recommended! Crew exceptionally good. Captain Tim always had a ready ear for what we might like to do and was always happy to oblige. His knowledge of the local area was superb and he organized some very special restaurants for us. Matelot Stefano was keen to help us wherever he could and made every effort to keep us comfortable. What can I say about Chef Gael's cooking! Exceptional! Each lunch time was a delightful surprise. Not only was the cuisine outstanding but the presentation and table setting was beautiful each meal. Gael's knowledge of cheeses is amazing. We tried delicious cheeses from various French regions each day. Cabins were clean and comfortable. We appreciated clean towels every day and having the bed made. Pre-trip information was all perfectly clear, and the Barge Lady is very helpful and well-organized. Our small party of four was completely satisfied with our experience and with the service we received."

- Lyn Rosen, cruised October, 2015

"The experience on the Randle was excellent! Loved the crew of Captain Tim and Chef Gael. Tim was a great guide and planned well for two teenage boys. We attended a variety of excursions, and the boys liked them all. Breakfast and lunch were fresh, healthy, and beautifully presented, with lots of creative salads for lunch. All questions were answered before the cruise. Overall it was a wonderful experience!"

- Judith Little, cruised June, 2015

"My husband and I and our three pre-teen children chartered the Randle, and the crew was the best part of the barge cruise! Captain Tim, Guide Nicole, and Chef Gael were all so fabulous. They were accommodating, kind, fun, and easy to spend time with! Tim is so easy-going yet attentive and always willing to answer our one hundred and one questions about everything from the region to the boat operations. Hostess Nicole was great fun, always cheery and also so knowledgeable about the region. Tim is lucky to have her. Gael has made every meal we’ve eaten since our vacation ended seem so boring!  My kids are STILL talking about Gael’s amazing food!  Plus, Gael even made a delicious surprise birthday cake (with candles) for the twins.

We loved the region and the overnight stops. We also liked the flexibility to bike/walk/sightsee at any point in the day. The barge was a perfect way to experience the rural area of the region. The old/original lock system was so neat to participate in as well. Our favorite excursions/activities were kayaking, visiting the prehistoric cave, and exploring the towns. Our master cabin was beautiful and much bigger than we had anticipated! The bed was very comfy.

From The Barge Lady, everything was very organized and timely, just the way I like things. Thank you for sending us the book about kid actitives in Paris. It was helpful since we had time in Paris on either end of the barge week. We especially appreciated the hotel recommendations. We received high level of service and quick response time. Caroline did a great job matching us to the right boat/crew!"

- Kim and Dave Pomeroy and Family, cruised July, 2014

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