Cruise France
by hotel barge Luciole

Luciole was voted in "The 50 best holidays in France" by the times newspaper logo in 2015

A family run business established in 1976, we have over 40 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.

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.

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 with daily excursions in the barge’s private bus, to visit famous vineyards for wine tasting, Medieval towns, historic châteaux and colorful 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 weeks cruise on the Luciole has to offer
Our prices are all-inclusive

Chateau Bazoches tour

Daily excursions

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

Inside cruise double cabin

En-suite cabin

A choice of double, twin or single cabins from a total of eight.

Inside the Luciole saloon

The Luciole

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

Crew member Kimberley

Six crew members

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

Baked croqant cheese on plate

Four course evening meals

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

French wine tasting

Fine French wine

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

Bus in central Paris

Free return transfers

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

Cycling French canal

Use of our bicycles

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

yellow conola flower field


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Catch up on our 2016 and 2017 weekly blogs
Written by our hostess Kimberley throughout the season

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Moored for winter
Winter 2017

The Luciole slumbers on her mooring in Auxerre...

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End of season
15th - 21st October

Our final cruise to see in the end of the 2017...

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Abbey de Basseville
1st -14th October

With a two week rest from cruising before her final trip of the 2017 season...

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Lock flowers
  • It was a wonderful week! You all are always in our hearts.
    JG England
    July 2017
  • "We have had such a brilliant time.
    Every single thing on board Luciole was perfect and
    all the attention to detail just blew my mind away!"
    M&S California
    August 2017
  • "Thank you for a most amazing week of adventure,
    superb food and great company."
    C&C Canada
    June 2017
  • "I had a fabulous time. The food was wonderful, the other passengers delightful, and the crew fantastic.
    Thank you all once again."
    SR England
    June 2017

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Hotel barge Luciole

Cruising since 1976

Phone: 00 44 1625 576880
From USA: 011 44 1625 576880

23 Adlington Road, Bollington
SK10 5JT England

Quai de la Marine, Auxerre
89000 France

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