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France by Barge

First-hand account of a Luciole cruise | Download the brochure

Inland Voyages — Burgundy on the Luciole: A voyage on the Luciole reaches the very heart of France. The beautiful and historic Nivernais waterway on which the Luciole travels provides a step back in time. Embracing both the River Yonne and man-made canal—built to older, smaller dimensions—it is now primarily a recreational route winding through scenic, rural countryside. Each curve in the route presents an exciting panorama, to be explored on a stroll or bike ride between locks—passengers can easily hop off and on the barge anytime it enters a lock and bicycles are available—or from the sun deck of the Luciole. Each day the accompanying private bus takes passengers on excursions into an historic and culturally rich region—to chateaux, market towns and vineyards. And the expert on-board guide knows this region well. There is no additional charge for the tours. (Optional balloon trips are offered in the summer months.)
A typical itinerary is from Auxerre to Clamecy. Highlights include a stop at the village of Bailly, with an excursion to a private wine cellar and the vineyards of Chablis. From Vermenton, passengers visit the beautiful market village of Noyers-sur-Serein. A mooring at Mailly-la-Ville provides opportunity for a journey to the medieval town of Vézelay and its historic cathedral. After cruising past the dramatic cliffs of Le Saussois, the barge moors at Châtel-Censoir. From Clamecy, a tour is provided to the imposing Chateau de Bazoches, the 17th century home of the Marquis de Vauban.
The Luciole’s season runs from April through October with Sunday departures. 2017 fares are from $4550 to $4950 per person, depending on departure. A Luciole cruise is all-inclusive. Fares include: transfers to and from Paris, six nights on board, all meals and drinks on board, open bar, excursions via private bus, use of on-board bicycles.

Adventure Charters are available for 2017 season. These are particularly popular for family cruises with mixed ages. Tree walking, horse riding, cave wall climbing, kayaking and scrambling over the ruins of a Medieval castle, make exciting activities. Families and friends looking for a summer adventure that is fun for all and of any age, contact TravLtips for details.

The 14-passenger Luciole has six double or twin-bedded cabins and two with single berths. Each cabin has its own private shower and toilet facilities. Her crew has always been outstanding and the cuisine fantastic.

First-hand account of a French Country Waterways cruise

French Country Waterways: The deluxe hotel barges of French Country Waterways offer a slow-paced, relaxing, six-night luxury vacation. This American-owned operator, with over 25 years experience on French waterways, provides a truly unique top-notch experience. Guests dine on gourmet cuisine and enjoy an exclusive wine list — many from grand cru and premier cru vineyards. Staterooms are comfortably appointed, feature full-sized beds and private facilities, and the staff provides a high level of service. The ambiance is that of a fine country inn. A unique inclusion is an elegant dinner ashore at a prestigious local restaurant. A private motorcoach is provided for excursions. Guests will experience the diversity of the French landscape in a special way on four routes. The Champagne region (available April through June), and Alsace-Lorraine (available July through October) are explored aboard the 8-guest Princess. 12-passenger Adrienne and the 12-passenger Nenuphar ply the waterways of Burgundy from April through October. The 8-passenger Horizon II cruises on the canals of the Upper Loire Valley from April through October.18-guest Esprit explores the Cote d'Or. The included excursions offer guests insights into the history, culture and winemaking of the area. Passengers may also explore on their own with the bicycles carried aboard each barge. 2017 fares vary by season and start from $4195 to $7095 per person, double occupancy. Contact TravLtips for a brochure and full details.

Hotel barge cruises are available through other regions of France including the Canal du Midi, Provence & the River Rhône, Gascony, and the Loire Valley.

Contact the TravLtips reservation office for detail at 800-872-8584 or

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