Luciole, a longtime Barge Lady favorite, is known for an extremely welcoming onboard atmosphere. Guests instantly feel “at home” while enjoying gourmet cuisine, curated sightseeing, and unobtrusive service from the congenial crew.
Setting the standard for Charming Class barges, Luciole is owned and operated by barging pioneers John, Penny, and Will Liley. Luciole cruises on what is arguably the most ideal barge route in France, the divinely beautiful Canal du Nivernais. While relaxing on the spacious deck, passengers are treated to ever-changing scenes past rustic lock houses, sweeping views of French landscapes, and grand rock formations. Here the abundant wonders of Northern Burgundy beckon for exploration with exhilarating bicycle rides or leisurely strolls along the manicured towpath which lines the canal.
A refurbished salon and recently updated bathrooms provide modern comforts, while guests sleep peacefully in the cozy cabins. As the Luciole is the only vessel in our fleet offering cabins designed and priced for solo travelers, the barge appeals equally to couples and singles. Multigenerational charters enjoy experiences curated for all ages, while the “gals on canals” itinerary offers private groups of women the perfect girls getaway.
Food and wine are another cornerstone component of cruising on Luciole. Breakfasts feature freshly baked pastries from local bakeries, and light lunch buffets tempt with seasonal recipes and regional treats. Beautifully presented multi-course dinners both onboard and ashore will please even the most exacting of gastronomes. Of course, France’s pampered grapes are on full display, as the wine list showcases the splendid Burgundies for which the region is celebrated.
Ancient history and modern lifestyles come alive with guided sightseeing and daily cruising. Guests taste wine deep in the heart of Chablis and mingle with locals on market day in the charming village of Noyers. Vezelay, a walled village with its famed Romanesque basilica, dazzles with Medieval design inspired by the glorious Burgundian sunlight. Indeed, a welcoming world of abundant beauty beckons onboard the Luciole!
Last visited in 2022