Luciole, a longtime Barge Lady favorite, is family-owned and is known for an extremely warm on-board atmosphere, delivering a classic and quintessential Burgundy barge cruise.
Setting the standard for 3-star barging, the Luciole cruises on what is arguably the most naturally beautiful route, gliding on the divinely beautiful Canal du Nivernais between Auxerre and Clamecy. The Luciole serenely cruises past rustic lock houses, magnificent sweeping views of French landscapes, and breathtakingly grand rock formations as part of the surrounding scenery. Here, the abundant wonders of Northern Burgundy beckon for exploration with exhilarating bicycle rides or leisurely strolls along the miles of manicured towpath.
Guests relax on the expansive deck to admire the passing panoramas, perhaps while enjoying a glass of wine provided by the attentive crew. A newly refurbished salon and recently updated bathrooms provide the most comfortable of accommodations. The only vessel in the Barge Lady fleet with cabins exclusively for solo travelers, the Luciole appeals to all manner of wayfarers and wanderers with a shared love of adventure and exploration!
Food and wine is another cornerstone component of the Luciole’s classic cruise experience. Breakfast buffets, light lunches, and beautifully presented multi-course dinners appeal to even the most exacting of gastronomes; the wine list showcases the splendid Burgundies for which the region is celebrated.
Burgundy’s history comes alive by exploring a preserved medieval village, touring and tasting at a private winery deep in the vineyards of Chablis, and visiting the reconstructed church of Auxerre with its vibrant display of stained glass windows. Barge Lady Stephanie cruised in 2014; see her fabulous blog for more details! Watch this fabulous video to learn more about life aboard the barge Luciole.