Hotel Barge Luciole

Auxerre’s spectacular waterfront

Luciole was voted in “The 50 best holidays in France” by A family run business established in 1976, we have over 42 years of experience


Hotel barge Luciole cruises the Nivernais Canal, thought by many to be the most beautiful of French waterways. Round every bend the vista changes, as the waterway weaves through the heart of Burgundy’s beautiful scenery.

Waterside charter house establish in 1328

We began cruising in 1976 and our experience is evident from the attention to detail on board. The crew of six maintain the warm yet professional atmosphere, so appreciated by our guests.

Vineyards rise above the canal

The barge accommodates twelve passengers in eight en-suite cabins, with an attractive saloon and inviting sundeck. On board, guests will experience the gastronomy of France with fine regional wines and delicious gourmet meals.

Gourmet four course evening meals

The week’s itinerary combines cruising with daily excursions in the barge’s private bus, to visit famous vineyards for wine tasting, Medieval towns, historic châteaux and colourful markets.

While the Luciole cruises the canal, soak up the sun on deck or stroll down the towpath, we stop in locks on average each mile. We also have bicycles to explore nearby villages.

What’s included?

See what a week’s cruise on the Luciole has to offer. Our prices are all-inclusive

  • Daily excursions

Each day we take you on a visit to learn and explore Burgundy’s rich history.

  • A walking tour of the Medieval city, Auxerre
  • Wine tasting at a famous Chablis winemaker
  • Market day in the pretty village of Noyer-sur-Serein
  • Visit to the UNESCO site of Vézelay
  • Chateau Bazoches the once home of Vauban

  • En-suite cabin

Double, twin or up to 4 single cabins – with no single supplement.

  • The Luciole

Relax in our large, light and airy saloon or on the raised sun-deck as we cruise.

  • Six crew members
Exploring the medieval city of Auxerre

All of whom combine professionalism, attentiveness and a friendly disposition.

  • Four course evening meals

Delicious buffet lunches, breakfasts, cheeses and lunch in a classic restaurant.

  • Fine French wine

Inspiring French wines each day and evening. Plus, an open bar.

  • Free return transfers

From the Luciole to central Paris in our private air-conditioned Mercedes bus.

  • Use of our bicycles

Twelve bikes, including 4 electric ones. They are great for exploring the villages and vineyards.

  • Live availability on our site

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Hotel barge Luciole

Cruising since 1976 and the oldest privately owned hotel barge.

Phone: 00 44 1625 576880
From USA: 011 44 1625 576880
Email: [email protected]

Stopping for lunch and a swim in the river Yonne
Inside the UNESCO basilica of Vézelay
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