Elisabeth is offering cruises on two routes in 2023!
Elisabeth will cruise on the Canal de Bourgogne Route April 16 through July 8, 2023.
Elisabeth will cruise on the Canal du Nivernais Route August 6 through October 28, 2023.
Welcome onboard the Elisabeth – a “floating country house” barge offering two fabulous cruise routes within easy distance from Paris:
Canal de Bourgogne (April – July) and River Yonne/Canal du Nivernais (August – October).
Owners David and Matthew bring the perfect combination of hospitality, talent, and charm to the barge cruise experience. Captain David previously operated a successful hotel barge on the River Thames in England, while Chef Matthew is an internationally renowned musician and passionate foodie who is dedicated to showcasing locally sourced ingredients.
David and Matthew seek out the region’s best food and wine purveyors, some of whom are invited aboard to meet the guests. From the first round of canapes to the farewell Captain’s Dinner, Matthew’s creative cuisine is fresh, flavorful, and original. Homemade terrines, jams, and sauces are among the many gourmet treats enjoyed by Elisabeth’s lucky passengers!
The two pastoral routes feature vivid sightseeing, introduced by Elisabeth’s dedicated Tour Guide. A highlight of the Burgundy route is the Renaissance chateau Ancy-le-Franc, renowned for its 16th-century frescos, while on the Yonne-Nivernais route, guests are introduced to incredible pre-historic cave paintings. Both waterways meander through rustic scenery, offering many opportunities for active guests to stroll the towpath or explore passing villages by bicycle.
Originally built in 1930 to transport cargo, Elisabeth was converted into a hotel barge in the 1980s. David and Matthew have updated the décor with a stylish mix of antique and modern furnishings, always with hospitality in mind. Thoughtfully designed common areas include the comfortable salon, the welcoming wheelhouse, and the shaded deck, while the three cozy cabins feature deluxe linens and premium toiletries.
The Barge Ladies are pleased to bring the Elisabeth into our collection as an attractive option for informal travelers who wish to taste and tour their way through the waterways of France. Adding to the onboard ambiance is a petite canine crew member, Lily, an English Springer Spaniel. While many guests may enjoy her four-legged company, please note her presence is completely optional.