Accommodations & Amenities

Cabins
  • 97 ft long, with 7’9″ ceiling height throughout
  • 3 cabins, all 103 sq ft  with 7’0” ceiling height
  • Choice of one queen or two twin beds
  • Ensuite bathroom with shower
  • Limited storage in cabins
Public Areas
  • Salon and dining room
  • Sun Deck
  • Informal buffets and barbeques served on deck
  • Wheelhouse with covered seating
Amenities
Chauffeured Guided Sightseeing
Chauffeured Guided Sightseeing
Daily Housekeeping
Daily Housekeeping
WiFi (service fluctuates)
WiFi (service fluctuates)
Private Chef
Private Chef
Open Bar
Open Bar
Bicycles and Helmets
Bicycles and Helmets
Air Conditioning/Heating
Air Conditioning/Heating
Hair Dryer and Toiletries
Hair Dryer and Toiletries
Bathrobe
Bathrobe
Safe
Safe
Iron and Ironing Board (on request)
Iron and Ironing Board (on request)
Sound System
Sound System
220 volt outlets
220 volt outlets

Itineraries

Travel from Tanlay to Montbard on the Canal de Bourgogne

Bicycling Opportunities:
Excellent 
 (Bicycling is completely optional.)

Canal de Bourgogne itinerary cruise dates

April – July

Sunday
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Welcome Aboard
Travel: Arrival to Tanlay
Meals: Dinner onboard

In mid-afternoon, you will be met by an Elisabeth crew member at the designated meeting point and chauffeured to Elisabeth, moored in the charming village of Tanlay. A traditional champagne welcome, complete with gourmet hors d'oeuvres, awaits you. There is time to unpack and take a stroll before the first of many delicious dinners onboard. Sip an after-dinner liqueur under the stars as your first day on Elisabeth comes to an end.

Monday
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Taste Champagne IN Champagne!
Travel: Tanlay to Lezinnes
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, your Tour Guide chauffeurs you to the petite village of Landreville in the Champagne region. Discover the Champagne-making process from beginning to end at Rene Jolly, a family-owned producer since 1737. Taste and compare Champagnes aged in their 18th-century cellar! Back onboard, enjoy a tranquil afternoon cruise. Lounge on deck with a glass of wine, or bicycle along the pristine towpath as Elisabeth glides through bucolic scenery. Drinks and dinner end an enchanting day in the French countryside.

Tuesday
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Art in a Renaissance Chateau
Travel: Lezinnes to Ancy-le-Franc
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Enjoy a scenic morning cruise through the countryside to your mooring at the Chateau of Ancy-le-Franc. The afternoon's excursion to this majestic Renaissance chateau is a cruise highlight. Stunning 16th-century wall paintings, beautifully restored frescoes, and ornamental décor add to its storied history. Afterward, explore the lush gardens surrounding the grounds. Back onboard, Chef presents another dinner showcasing the seasonal produce and wines of Burgundy. Savor a nightcap on deck before retiring to your cabin for a peaceful night’s sleep.

Wednesday
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Mingle with Locals at an Outdoor Market
Travel: Ancy-le-Franc to Ravieres
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore

This morning, your Tour Guide presents the outdoor market in Noyers. A study of modern life thriving within 15th century Medieval architecture, Noyers is considered one of the prettiest towns in France. Sample handmade cheese, bakery-fresh bread, and colorful produce; then enjoy time to browse the shops. After lunch at a local bistro, return to Elisabeth for an afternoon cruise through pastoral vistas. Miles of manicured towpath beckons for a leisurely stroll or a bicycle ride. Relive the day with your fellow guests at tonight's gourmet dinner.

Thursday
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A Grape Time was had By All
Travel: Ravieres to Buffon
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Chablis, a town of cobblestoned streets, ancient mansions, and colorful shops, is delightful to explore, but is best known for its surrounding vineyards. This morning, discover its authentic ambiance and local vintages on your insider’s tour. Wine has been produced in Chablis since 1216. Taste authentic Chablis wines at one of the many caves lining the town’s avenues, then enjoy free time to purchase your favorites to take home. Drive through scenic vineyards back to Elisabeth for a lazy afternoon cruise and another onboard multicourse dinner.

Friday
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Discover the Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay
Travel: Buffon to Montbard
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

A morning cruise encourages a leisurely stroll or bicycle rise along the towpath. This afternoon, your Tour Guide introduces the Abbaye de Fontenay, a Cistercian monastery founded by St. Bernard in 1118. Fontenay allows an exceptional glimpse into a devoutly religious life, with its peaceful gardens, placid ponds, and stately structures. Return to Elisabeth, where Chef is putting the finishing touches on tonight’s Farewell Feast. End your cruise in style with appetizers, aperitifs, and an exceptional dinner.

Saturday
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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from Montbard
Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions.

Travel from Joigny to Mailly-la-Villle on the River Yonne and Canal du Nivernais

Bicycling Opportunities:
Excellent 
 (Bicycling is completely optional.)

River Yonne & Canal du Nivernais Itinerary cruise dates

August – October

Sunday
Welcome Aboardsunday image
Welcome Aboard
Travel: Arrival to Joigny
Meals: Dinner onboard

In mid-afternoon, you will be met by an Elisabeth crew member at the designated meeting point and chauffeured to Elisabeth, moored in the charming town of Joigny.  A traditional champagne welcome, complete with gourmet hors d'oeuvres, awaits you. There is time to unpack and take a stroll before the first of many delicious dinners onboard. Sip an after-dinner liqueur under the stars as your first day on Elisabeth comes to an end.

Monday
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First Gothic Cathedral in France
Travel: Joigny to Gurgy
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning your Tour Guide introduces Sens, one of the oldest cities in France.  Originally settled in the Iron Age and later fortified by the Romans, Sens boasts the first Gothic cathedral built in France, started in 1130.  Return to Elisabeth for lunch and a gentle afternoon cruise on the River Yonne. Take in the scenery as you begin your travels through rural France.  After tonight’s gourmet dinner onboard, take in the sunset and or enjoy a digestif; everything is looked after by Matthew and David!

Tuesday
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Winetasting in Chablis
Travel: Gurgy to Auxerre
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, you will be taken for a winetasting in Chablis, a beautiful old town surrounded by 17,000 acres of Chardonnay vines.  During your exclusive tour, discover the different styles of Chablis wines, including Grand Cru direct from the barrel.  After returning to Elisabeth, depart for an afternoon cruise. Relax on deck as rustic farmland and riverside villages float by. Dinner onboard ends this delightful day.

Wednesday
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Explore the Cobblestone Streets of Auxerre
Travel: Auxerre to Vincelles
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore

This morning your Tour Guide introduces Auxerre. Charming cobblestoned streets lead from the bustling marina to lively pedestrian areas and public plazas, making Auxerre a delightful destination to explore on foot. Buildings from many eras are on display, while history records that Joan of Arc and Napoleon visited the city. Enjoy an authentic Burgundian lunch ashore before returning to Elisabeth for an afternoon cruise onto the Canal du Nivernais. Laze on deck or explore by bicycle as enchanting scenery floats by.

Thursday
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Incredible Pre-Historic Cave Paintings
Travel: Vincelles to Accolay
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard 

This morning, discover the Grottes D’Arcy sur Cure, where pre-historic man lived and painted some 38,000 years ago!  The paintings in the caves are still original and have remained untouched – truly awe-inspiring. Following lunch, we cruise past the hilltop vines of Irancy. Now is the time to take a walk on the towpath and explore the passing villages. Cocktails on deck and a delicious dinner await you this evening.

Friday
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Enchanting Explorations in Vezelay
Travel: Accolay to Mailly-la-Ville 
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Cruise this morning to Mailly-la-Ville, another pretty, sleepy village. After lunch, your Tour Guide accompanies you to Vezelay, one of the must-see UNESCO listed sites in Burgundy. This hilltop town is renowned for its 12th-century Basilica from where St Bernard delivered his rousing speech before the 2nd crusade in 1147. Back onboard, Chef Matthew is creating a special Farewell Feast, which will end your cruise in style.  Reminisce about the friends, fun, wine, and sights in beautiful Burgundy!

Saturday
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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from Mailly-la-Ville
Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop-off point.

Please note: This is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local
conditions.

Gourmet Dining

Lunch
  • Quiche Lorraine
  • Hericots Verts Salad with Housemade Yoghurt and Herb Dressing
  • Seasonal Fruit Platter
  • Cheeses: Saint Vincent and Morbier
  • 1 Lunch Ashore Inclusive of the Cruise Rate
Dinner
  • Comté Soufflé
  • Seared Charolais Beef Filet with Roasted Root Vegetable Medley
  • Cheeses: Tomme aux Fleurs, Charolais, Fermier au Chablis, Bleu de Gex Haut Jura, Epoisses
  • Iced Berries with White Chocolate Sauce
Wine
  • Damien Buffet Champagne Prestige 2016
  • William Fevres Chablis Grand Cru Bougros 2013
  • Bersan Saint Bris 2017
  • Benoit Cantin Rosé
  • Bersan Pinot Noir Cuvée Marianne 2014

Rates & Dates

Special Offers

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.

Accommodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Cruise for 6 guests-$33,000
Private Cruise for 5 guests-$30,800
Private Cruise for 4 guests-$28,600

2023 Dates

Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

Month
Days
April16-22, 23-29, 30-6
May7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-3
June4-10, 11-17, 18-24, 25-1
July2-8
August6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-2
September3-9, 10-16, 17-23, 24-30
October1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath
  • Round trip chauffeured transfers to and from Paris
  • A dedicated onboard crew consisting of a Captain, Chef, Tour Guide, and Hostess
  • All onboard meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast the final morning
  • All wines with lunches and dinners served onboard
  • Open bar with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Daily escorted excursions including admittance fees
Not included in the rate
  • International airfare
  • Cancellation insurance – A Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) policy is recommended
  • Suggested crew gratuity of 5-10% of the cruise price

*All rates are quoted in U.S. Dollars unless otherwise noted

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