Hotel barge Luciole
Hotel barge Luciole
Hotel barge Luciole

Hotel barge Luciole
French canal cruise

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 42 years of experience

Book directly with the owner Penny for a truly personal 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. Learn more

Inside cruise double cabin

8 En-suite cabins

Double, twin or up to 4 single cabins - with no single supplement. Learn more

Inside the Luciole saloon

The Luciole

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

Crew member Kimberley

Six crew members

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

Baked croqant cheese on plate

Four course evening meals

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

French wine tasting

Fine French wine

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

Bus in central Paris

Free return transfers

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

Cycling French canal

Use of our bicycles

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

The two bridges


View our live availability
Book your vacation online
View availability


Catch up on our 2018, 2017 and 2016 weekly blogs
Written throughout the season

View full blog
Cycle group
End of the 2018 season

Seasons come and seasons go. Way too fast!

Read more
Cycle group
14th - 20th October

The final week of our season and we welcomed a delightful 3 generations...

Read more
Cycle group
7th - 13th October

The Indian Summer continued for our group of passengers...

Read more
Lock flowers


From our 2018 season
View testimonials

Contact Us

Hotel barge Luciole

Cruising since 1976

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

23 Adlington Road, Bollington
SK10 5JT England

1-2 Quai de la Republique, Auxerre
89000 France

© Hotel Barge Luciole 2018

Visa logo Mastercard logo Paypal logo

Sign up to Newsletter