The Luciole is a perfect introduction for those who have never done barge cruising in Europe before. This family-owned barge has a warm atmosphere, and cruises the Canal du Nivernais in Northern Burgundy. This route from Auxerre to Clamecy is arguably the most beautiful, with rustic lock houses, sweeping French landscapes, and monumental rock formations. Embrace the countryside lifestyle with a bike ride along the towpath, or take a stroll in the evening, near where your barge is tethered. Life aboard a barge moves at quite a slow pace, so relax with your glass of wine in the salon, or find a place to rest on deck and just marvel at the simplicity of French country life.
This is the only barge with single cabins!
Your onboard chef will be offering regionally inspired fare, from the finest local ingredients. Breakfast will be continental, with fresh baked goods from a local boulangerie, with cheese, fruit, cereal, and yogurt. Lunch is normally a light buffet. A sample lunch could include roasted globe artichokes with mixed peppers, parma ham and camembert fondue, and a selection of cheeses. Dinner is a multi-course gourmet experience, with grand table settings and wine pairings from area vineyards. A sample dinner menu could include crab and crawfish remoulade with avocado and red chile puree, rack of lamb with a blackberry mint jus on a rosemary potato cake, and chocolate Grand Marnier cheesecake!
Dates and Rates
Luciole cruises from April thru October, annually.
2018 and 2019 dates are available to book now. Call USA River Cruises: (800) 578-1479.
Included in the rates: 6-nights/7-days in a cabin with a private bath; chauffered transfers from Paris airport to the barge, and return; all onboard meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning; all wines with lunch and dinner; open bar; daily escorted excursions and use of the onboard bicycles.
Rates do not include: airfare to and from France; cancellation insurance; crew gratuities.