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Cruise France on the hotel canal barge Luciole

The Luciole cruises the Nivernais Canal in Burgundy
Luciole cruising French canal

An all-inclusive cruise price, including: Six nights accommodation, excursions and all food and drink on board. Breakfast is Continental stye, lunch is a delicious buffet of salads and specialities, and in the evening a gourmet four-course evening meal. All beverages, including regional wines and those from further afield, tea and coffee and our open bar. See our live availability and prices

Inside the barge saloon

The barge accommodates 12 passengers in 8 en-suite cabins. There is a choice of double, twin or single cabins, all with good storage space and opening windows. The saloon is light and airy with picture windows, the sun-deck is large, both offer the perfect way to see Burgundy. See inside here

Passengers on the sundeck

We welcome individual bookings or whole boat charters for 10 - 12 passengers he on board atmosphere is delightfully friendly and and provides an opportunity to meet similar minded people and share a wonderful experience. Our passengers, whether cruising as a couple, an individual or a group of friends are continuously charmed by the onboard atmosphere. Our forty years of cruising experience goes towards creating the ambiance the Luciole famed for. See our itinerary

Baked croqant cheese on plate

A family business established in 1976, we have been hotel barging for forty years, first with Secunda and for thirty years with the Luciole (originally the Palinurus who began cruising in 1966). Each season we renovate and upgrade the barge. Read about our history

Cycling along the Frenchg canal

The Luciole cruises with six crew members, all of whom combine professionalism, attentiveness and a friendly disposition. The Captain pilots the Luciole along the canal, our tour guide leads spectacular visits into beautiful Burgundy, the highly accomplished chef presents inspiring menus, two hosts take care of everyone and are always on hand, but never intrusive. Finally and not to be forgotten the sixth crew member, our deckhand. Read about our crew

Family canoeing on the river

Bespoke itineraries are also available for families and groups chartering the boat. We can create a personalised vacation, combing cruising and a specialist interest, from adventure cruises to wine, architecture or photography. Burgundy’s rich and varied region offers so much to the inspired. See our bespoke options

Bus in central Paris

Free return transfers from Luciole to Paris in our private air-conditioned Mercedes bus. We rendezvous with passengers in central Paris for the journey to the barge. A sparkling Kia Royale awaits our passengers, along with a warm welcome from the Captain and crew. Departure from the Luciole is on Saturday morning after breakfast. More about Paris transfers

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Written by our deckhand Tom throughout the season
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Lucioel with roses

9th - 15th October 2016

The final week of the season. A lovely charter group to finish 2016, passengers and crew were treated to spectacular autumnal weather of warmth and sunshine......

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Luciole moored in Accolay

2nd - 8th October 2016

The penultimate week of the 2016 season aboard the Luciole, and what a delightful time we've had, gently crusing up to Clamecy in the autumn sunshine...

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Two passengers looking at the view

25th September - 1st October 2016

This last week of September has been another great one, with a really wonderful and easy going group of passengers joining us from all across the world....

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00 44 1625 576880
From USA: 011 44 1625 576880

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Hotel barge Luciole

Hotel barge cruising since 1976

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

23 Adlington Road
SK10 5JT