Taking a Burgundy barge cruise down one of the region’s canals is a wonderful experience. Burgundy boasts some of the world’s finest wines with around 60,000 acres of sunlit vines and arguably the prettiest canals in France. The Burgundy Canal winds its way in smooth curves through the heart of renowned vineyards, medieval towns, elegant châteaux, magnificent cathedrals, picturesque villages and wonderful local markets. Barging in Burgundy guarantees our clients a wealth of sightseeing opportunities.
This is a region with a vast variety of cheeses, in all shapes, sizes and colours, strong in character or mild and fresh and all can be enjoyed with full-bodied red Burgundies, or perhaps with lighter white Chablis wines. Burgundy’s gastronomic tradition is certainly rich and diverse and a sedate Burgundy barge cruise along one of its delightful waterways will allow you to indulge in good food and wine: two of life’s essential pleasures.
Hotel barge Luciole cruises the exceptional Nivernais Canal, thought by many to be the most beautiful in France. Round every bend the vista changes, as the waterway weaves through the heart of Burgundy’s beautiful scenery.
She began cruising in 1976 and the experience of the six crew is evident, with the attention to detail and warm yet professional atmosphere, the guests are always appreciative.
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.
The week’s itinerary combines cruising the waterway 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. There are also bicycles for those wishing to explore nearby villages.