Accommodations & Amenities

Cabins
  • 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
Public Area
  • Large picture windows in salon, dining room
  • WIFI with limited availability
Deck
  • 117 Feet Long
  • Spacious deck with tables, chairs, umbrellas
  • Deck lengthened in 2011
  • 10-12 bicycles*

Itineraries

Travel from Auxerre to Clamecy

Sunday
Private Chauffeured Transfer from Paris to the Bargesunday image
Private Chauffeured Transfer from Paris to the Barge
Travel: Paris to Auxerre
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met by a Luciole crew member at the designated meeting point. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the Luciole, moored in the town of Auxerre. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first gourmet dinner aboard.

Monday
Pampered Grapes, an Iconic Winemonday image
Pampered Grapes, an Iconic Wine
Travel: Auxerre to Vincelles
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Explore France's rustic charms with a leisurely stroll or gentle pedal on the towpath as this morning's cruise to Vincelles passes through pastoral countryside along the River Yonne. In the afternoon, your Tour Guide chauffeurs you to the iconic vineyards of Chablis. Here, meet the viticulturists who expertly grow the pampered grapes from which this white wine is exclusively produced. Samples of the vineyard's vintages are of course offered! Upon returning to the Luciole, enjoy cocktails on deck as Chef prepares another gourmet dinner.

Tuesday
Explore the Cobblestone Streets of Auxerretuesday image
Explore the Cobblestone Streets of Auxerre
Travel: Vincelles to Accolay
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning's cruise is to the village of Accolay. Enjoy a coffee on deck and admire the passing scenery, or explore by bicycle or on foot. Today your Tour Guide escorts you to the city of Auxerre. Located on the banks of the River Yonne, this historic town was first settled by the Romans, and boasts a Cathedral, an Abbey, and a Church. Known for intact Medieval buildings, this is the ideal place to stroll along cobblestoned streets, browse the boutiques, or enjoy a cafe in the town square. Tonight, cocktails and dinner are served onboard.

Wednesday
Shop Locally, Discover Historywednesday image
Shop Locally, Discover History
Travel: Accolay to Mailly-le-Chateau
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Your Tour Guide escorts you this morning to a local market in the village of Noyers. A study of modern life thriving within 15th century medieval architecture, residents are proud that Noyers has been officially designated as one of the prettiest towns in France. Taste locally made cheese, discover the old ramparts, and admire the intact half-timbered buildings. This afternoon's cruise is to Mailly-le-Chateau, where the towpath beckons for a leisurely stroll or an exhilarating bicycle ride. Dinner and drinks are served onboard.

Thursday
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The Inspiration for Pilgrims
Travel: Mailly-la-Ville to Lucy-sur-Yonne
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning's excursion is to the hilltop town of Vézelay, one of Burgundy’s most beloved treasures. A vast view of the surrounding countryside awaits! Both the town and its 11th century Romanesque Basilica of St Magdalene are designated UNESCO World Heritage sites; Vézelay Abbey was also a starting point for pilgrims on the Way of St. James to Santiago de Compostela. After your tour, browse the village's shops and boutiques. Return to the barge for a lazy afternoon cruise to Lucy-sur-Yonne. Relax with cocktails and dinner onboard.

Friday
Basilica at Vezelayfriday image
Basilica at Vezelay
Travel: Lucy-sur-Yonne to Clamecy
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Start the day with a tranquil traipse or a gentle pedal as you cruise to the final mooring at the charming village of Clamency This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to the Chateau of Bazoches, originally built in 1180 by Jean de Bazoches. Since 1675, it has been owned by many families and dynasties. Intriguing architecture abounds; the trapezoidal-shaped feudal castle comprises three round towers and a rectangular keep. Afterwards, your Tour Guide will return you to the barge for a festive cocktail hour and a Captain’s Dinner.

Saturday
A Sad Farewellsaturday image
A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer to Paris
Meals: Breakfast onboard

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

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

Saturday
Loco for Cocoa in Parissaturday image
Loco for Cocoa in Paris
Travel: Paris Chocolate Tour

Your “Chocolate Chaperone” joins your “Femmes in France” party at 10:00 am in the lobby of a designated Paris hotel. From here, your group will be escorted to three gourmet chocolate shops in the Right Bank for indulgent samplings of the finest cocoa confections in Paris. Meet local chocolatiers who reveal the secrets as to how these evocative concoctions are expertly and passionately created. At 12 noon, this tastiest of tours is completed. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore the many other pleasures of Paris.

Sunday
Private Chauffeured Transfer from Paris to Bargesunday image
Private Chauffeured Transfer from Paris to Barge
Travel: Paris to Auxerre
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met by a Luciole crew member at the designated meeting point. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the Luciole, moored in the town of Auxerre. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first gourmet dinner aboard.

Monday
It’s Time for Food and Winemonday image
It’s Time for Food and Wine
Travel: Auxerre to Bailly
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

The adventure into the heart of Burgundy begins this morning with a cruise to Bailly. Relax on deck, or explore the towpath by bicycle or on foot. Then, Chef invites you into the galley for a cooking demonstration, where the secrets of modern French fare are shared. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to the iconic vineyards of Chablis. Here, meet the viticulturists who expertly grow the pampered grapes from which this white wine is exclusively produced. Swirl, sip, and sample! Cocktails and dinner are served onboard.

Tuesday
Chic Shopping and Parisian Styletuesday image
Chic Shopping and Parisian Style
Travel: Bailly to Accolay
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

A lazy morning cruise begins the day. Your festive adventure continues with a visit to the lively town of Auxerre. Located on the banks of the River Yonne, this small city is the ideal place to stroll along cobblestoned streets, browse local boutiques, or enjoy a cafe in the town square. Back onboard, a professional color and style consultant from Paris visits the Luciole to ensure everyone's wardrobe has that French "je ne sais quoi". Meanwhile, Chef is putting the finishing touches on tonight's gourmet dinner.

Wednesday
Burgundian Bliss Aboundswednesday image
Burgundian Bliss Abounds
Travel: Accolay to Mailly-le Château
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Your Tour Guide escorts you on a morning visit to a local market in the charming village of Noyers. Taste locally made cheese, browse the craft shops, and enjoy a coffee in the town square. Burgundian bliss continues this afternoon! A visit to the Priory Spa promises one of the most anticipated excursions of the cruise. Unwind with a massage, relax in the sauna, and enjoy the good life! Upon returning to the Luciole, an evening stroll or pedal on the towpath completes the day's permissive activities. Cocktails and dinner are served onboard.

Thursday
Chateau-a-Go-Go, then a Garden of Eatin’thursday image
Chateau-a-Go-Go, then a Garden of Eatin’
Travel: Mailly-le Château to Lucy-sur-Yonne
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning your Tour Guide escorts you to the Chateau of Bazoches, originally built in 1180 by Jean de Bazoches. Since 1675, it has been owned by many families and dynasties. Intriguing architecture abounds; the trapezoidal-shaped castle comprises three round towers and a rectangular keep. This afternoon, a visit to a private garden delights the senses! Take tea and cake with the owners, and enjoy a tour of their beautiful grounds. An early evening cruise precedes another gourmet dinner.

Friday
Sightseeing in a Romantic Hillside Villagefriday image
Sightseeing in a Romantic Hillside Village
Travel: Lucy-sur-Yonne to Clamecy
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Laze on deck during this morning's cruise. Manners are minded with a napkin folding lesson from the barge Hostesses; secrets to the most dazzling of table settings are revealed! Later, your Tour Guide escorts you to the hilltop town of Vézelay. Both the town and its famous 11th century Romanesque Basilica of St Magdalene are designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. After your tour, browse the craft shops, specialty boutiques, and artisan galleries. Back onboard, a celebratory "Femmes in France" dinner awaits.

Saturday
A Sad Farewellsaturday image
A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer to Paris
Meals: Breakfast onboard

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

Travel from Auxerre to Clamecy on the Canal du Nivernais

Sunday
Private Chauffeured Transfer from Paris to the Bargesunday image
Private Chauffeured Transfer from Paris to the Barge
Travel: Paris to Auxerre
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met a Luciole crew member at the designated meeting point. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the Luciole, moored in the town of Auxerre. Welcome aboard, Adventurers! A traditional champagne -- or soda! -- welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first family dinner aboard.

Monday
Discover a Modern Medieval Castlemonday image
Discover a Modern Medieval Castle
Travel: Auxerre to Bailly
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning's cruise to Bailly allows time for bicycling or walking on the towpath, or just relaxing on deck. Afternoon excursions begin at Guedelon, a modern day castle construction site using only techniques and materials found in the Middle Ages. When completed in the 2020s, it should be an authentic recreation of a 13th-century chateau. Afterwards, visit an outdoor park for family fun with zip-lining and tree climbing. All activities are of course optional. Return to the Luciole in time for cocktails (or mocktails!) and dinner.

Tuesday
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Giddy Up!
Travel: Bailly to Accolay
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

The day begins with a cruise to the village of Accolay. Hop on bicycles, and see if you can beat the Luciole to the next lock! Those who prefer a more relaxed pace can of course relax on deck. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to one of the most anticipated activities -- horseback riding! For those of you who wish to remain on your own two feet, a visit to the lively town of Auxerre offers shopping and culture. Back on board, Chef presents another festive family dinner.

Wednesday
Join the Locals at Market, Then Explore Rambling Castle Remainswednesday image
Join the Locals at Market, Then Explore Rambling Castle Remains
Travel: Accolay to Mailly-le-Chateau
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Your Tour Guide escorts you on a morning excursion to a local market in the village of Noyers. Taste freshly made cheeses, discover the old ramparts, and admire the intact half-timbered buildings. Then, visit what was once France’s largest chateau, at which volunteers are now reconstructing the castle's towers. An afternoon cruise to Mailly-le-Chateau is the perfect time for bicycle rides on the towpath, or join Captain Francico in his wheelhouse and help him steer the barge! Chef presents another fun family dinner.

Thursday
Defy Gravity with Rock Wall Climbingthursday image
Defy Gravity with Rock Wall Climbing
Travel: Mailly-le-Chateau to Lucy-sur-Yonne
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning's cruise to Lucy-sur-Yonne meanders through a region of dramatic cliffs; footpaths up to the top promise vast views of the expansive countryside. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to an old stone quarry specially adapted for rock wall climbing. Different routes for novice or advanced climbers ensure the courses are appropriate for any skill level. For those who prefer "terra firma" today, an onsite cafe provides the perfect perch to participate in the fun. Head back to the Luciole, where Chef is whipping up another dinner.

Friday
A River Runs Mild with Kayakingfriday image
A River Runs Mild with Kayaking
Travel: Lucy-sur-Yonne to Clamecy
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Luciole's final morning cruise gently plies the canal, enticing guests for one last gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. Then, get your life jackets on as your Tour Guide takes you kayaking on the River Cure, where thrill seekers will paddle right under an authentic Roman bridge. For those who prefer to be landlocked, an escorted excursion to the UNESCO Heritage town of Velezay offers history, culture, and shopping. Back onboard the Luciole, Chef is putting special touches on tonight's celebratory dinner. Be prepared for toasts by and to the crew!

Saturday
A Sad Farewellsaturday image
A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer to Paris
Meals: Breakfast onboard

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

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

Gourmet Dining

Lunch
  • Roasted Globe Artichokes with Mixed Peppers
  • Parma Ham and Camembert Fondue
  • Cheeses: Chaource and Morbier
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas, and Biscuits
Dinner
  • 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
  • Cheeses: Saint Marie de Touraine and Bleu d’Auvergne
  • Chocolate Grand Marnier Cheesecake
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
Wine
  • Pouilly Fume – Guy Saget 2004
  • Cave de Prisse-Sologny-Verze – Saint Veran 2004
  • Meursalt – Domaine Drouhin
  • Corton Grand Cru – Domaine Pernaud
  • Massany Fourier 2000
  • Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru – Domaine Perroneau

Rates & Dates

Accomodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Cruise (up to 12 guests)$52,000$58,000
Private Cruise (up to 10 guests)$46,000$52,000
Private Cruise (up to 8 guests)$39,950-
Double Cabin (Per Person, Double Occupancy)$4,550$4,950
Single-Occupancy Cabin$4,550$4,950
Themed Cruise: Family Adventure Charter (up to 12 guests)$54,000$60,000
Themed Cruise: Ladies' Cruise Charter (up to 12 guests)$54,000$60,000

2018 Dates

Italic Dates = Value Season, Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season, Blue Bold Dates = High Season

Month
Days
April15-21, 22-28, 29-4
May6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-2
June3-9, 10-16, 17-23, 24-30
July1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-3
August5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
September2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-5
October7-13, 14-20, 21-27

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 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.
Not included in the rate
  • Airfare to and from France
  • cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

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

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