Hotel Barge Luciole
7 days 6 nights
The Luciole cruises between the city of Auxerre and medieval Clamecy towards the South, alternating the direction each week.
A week on board balances cruising the Nivernais Canal with daily excursions in our accompanying bus.
Captain Francisco pilots the barge along the Nivernais canal with precision. Each day we cruise for 6 to 7 hours through the glorious scenery. The Luciole’s evening moorings vary; dramatic Auxerre, charming villages and Medieval Clamecy, where time stands still.
Our expert guide, Andy, knows this historical and culturally rich region well. Every day his informed tours take you to delightful destinations of wine tasting, shopping and sightseeing.
Weekly itinerary below, please be aware that the direction of travel alternates each week
Sunday - The rendezvous in Paris at the Hotel Mansart with the Luciole's representative is at 2.30 pm, followed by the journey to Auxerre in the barge's private bus. The Luciole will be moored on the impressive river frontage of the city, overlooked by the Cathedral, the 13 - 15th Century Abbey and Parish Church. A Champagne reception welcomes our guests on board.
Monday - Cruise - Auxerre to Vincelles
The cruise upriver leads us into beautiful pastoral countryside
intermingled with sweeping reaches of the River Yonne. After lunch we
pass by Bailly. Here in 1972 local winemakers restored the fortunes of
these ancient vineyards with the production of sparkling Crémant de
Bourgogne in the large limestone Caves de Bailly. The picturesque
villages of St Bris and Irancy, also devoted to wine, stand nearby. We
moor for the evening on the wide river in Vincelles.
Tuesday - Cruise - Vincelles to
Wednesday - Tour - Market day, Noyer
In the morning we travel from Accolay, to the delightful town of
Noyers-sur-Serein. With its friendly market stalls, half timbered houses
and turreted ramparts it is easy to see why Noyers is considered one of
the most beautiful villages in France. Above the town, the
reconstruction of the medieval castle progresses. Catholic Henry IV
ordered the destruction of the Protestant-owned château in 1599. Look
out for the orchids in May and June
Thursday - Tour- Vézelay Basilica
We visit Vézelay is in the morning, where the spectacular 11th
Century Basilica dominates the steep sided hill town which has numerous
shops and cafes. Vézelay was the historic starting point for two of the
Crusades to the Holy Land, where Saint Bernard preached to the Crusaders
in the presence of Louis VII and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Vézelay owed its
position of influence and prestige since it holds the relics of Saint
Mary Magdalene and a Papal declaration attesting to their authenticity.
The town was a high point of Medieval pilgrimage and was a major
gathering point for the Crusaders on the way to Santiago de Compostela
in northern Spain.
Friday - Cruise - Lucy-sur-Yonne
Saturday - After breakfast, the Luciole bus departs for Place Vendôme, central Paris where taxis are available for onward travel. Anticipated arrival is at 1pm. For guests wishing to travel elsewhere in France by train or hire car, a stop can always be made in Auxerre en-route to Paris.
Length: 114 ft
Beam 17 Ft
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