Testimonial friends

Passenger testimonials

From our 2018 season

“Your wish is my command” – That sums up the service, hospitality and friendliness of the staff. Our trip was absolutely wonderful – no request – big or small – went unfilled. Thank you for helping our family enjoy our trip together – It was memorable.

Joan and Robert, USA

October 2018

Thank you! What a wonderful way to unwind and relax – and to be taken care of by such an attentive and kind group of people. The views along the Nivernais Canal are extraordinary ad will last a lifetime in my memory. Thank you again.

October 2018

If there is the possibility of a perfect canal cruise in Burgundy, this was it. Every detail was attended to, the shore excursions were fun and educational, and the crew was great – friendly, cheerful, attentive and thoroughly professional. Marc’s cooking was sublime. I’m so happy I found the Luciole cruise.

Jeff L, San Fran USA

October 2018

So very lucky and thankful. We had the right crew with the right guest list, the right weather paired elegantly with the right food, wine and ambiance. Second everything above, especially the restorative holiday. Merci beaucoup

F, USA

October 2018

Arguably the best way to travel – easier than walking, much more pleasurable than driving, and unlike cruising, the perfect number of people. The landscape and history is both classic and extraordinary the views and the architecture so so beautiful. The icing on the cake of this trip was the crew – unfailingly thoughtful, friends and responsive. Every one was just delightful. Thank you, thank you for giving me a real time-out and a restorative holiday.

Alison H

October 2018

What a wonderful holiday! Good travel with a competent and endearing team to help us throughout! We were so well looked after with friendly banter. The staff one and all were great with the cooking at an advanced and very tasty format. We wish you well in the future.

Alan and Margaret G

October 2018

What a wonderful time I have had on the Luciole! Great food, great staff, great sites in a beautiful setting! You are the best. Sorry on missing the trip back to Paris with you! It’s been a dream. Thank you Francisco.

Kathy C

October 2018

The word to describe this week on the Luciole is ‘Fabulous’ Thank you all

York, UK

October 2018

Thank you to the “Best Barge” in France. Everything was ever so lovely.

Pat J Colarado, USA

October 2018

This was the second barge trip we have done. We have enjoyed it very much. The staff was wonderful. Darron and I felt welcomed from the beguinning. Cerys and Morgan were always smiling and bery helpful. Marc’s oassion is in the food he prepares and it is very appreciated. Jack gave the best directions and great conversation. Fabrice thanks for helping me find a great gift for Mom and guidance on this trip. Captain thanks for delivering us ssafely and your patience in all things. The weather was wonderful, which I am sure you all were responsible for. Safe travels and happy life to all.

Linda and Darron. Colorado USA

October 2018

An amazing trip! Our barge cruise was beyond our wildest dreams. Fun crowd, excellent crew, brilliant food and all served with smiles. We had a magical time with you all. Blessed with fantastic weather – morning mist and sunshine. Thanks to you all for making this such a memorable experience.

Avril B

October 2018

A wonderful vacation that was much needed. You organization was superb. Relaxation was the key ti a favorite barge. Trip I remember and highly recommend to all.

Karen W

October 2018

Unforgettable! This voyage on the Luciole is a most wonderful vacation. We cannot thank the captain Francisco, and every member of this crew, enough for creating this experience. Every detail on the barge is beautiful, harmonious and balanced. The chef continued to amaze us with delicious creations at lunch and for dinner. Continuous food paintings with Burgundian wines…. Morgan and Cerys took care of keeping our rooms impeccable. Francisco let me take the wheel! And then to top it off organised a birthday party for me. Thus us an incredible experience and one of the most memorable birthday parties even for me, I feel so grateful and blessed to have spent a week on the Luciole!

Rita and Edward

October 2018

Thank you all for an excellent week in every way. You care for us and attention to detail was much more than we expected to receive. Food, service in the dining saloon Fabrice’s leadership on tours, flawless navigation, Penny’s hospitality… We could not have asked for more. A beautiful week on a beautiful boat.

Joan and Steve C

September 2018

Today is a glorious day for embarking on the next part of our trip in France. Everyday has been a new experience for us on this trip on the Luciole. We are from New Zealand, one of us an Irishman so we are a long way from home. The Luciole has been an excellent ‘Home away from home’ for the last seven days. The crew has attended to everyone with excellence and goodwill. Nothing has been too much bother. The food has been excellent – beautifully presented, tasteful and with imagination. It has been a pleasure to be with the crew with their cheerful, happy attitude. We congratulate you all on a job very well done and will have very fond memories of this trip on the lovely canal in France. Much appreciated, with good wishes for your future endeavors.

Julie and Arthur B, New Zealand

September 2018

My second ‘Voyage; on the beautiful Nivernais Canal and Richard’s first. We both enjoyed every moment. The beauty of the Burgundian countryside, drifting by in the most gorgeous Autumn sun. But it is Captain Francisco and his excellent crew – this ear a co-captain Fabrice and the lovely ever-helpful girls Cerys and Morgan. Jack the deckboy and Tadek who produced delicious meals twice a day, that really make this barge holiday extra special. I hope we may come again. Thank you Penny.

Wisbeth and Richard S

September 2018

Once again a perfectly wonderful week on the Luciole – Tadek has kept us so well fed it’s going to be tough going home. Thank you everyone for making the week special. John so enjoyed steering the boat again.

John and Sheila M

September 2018

What a wonderful week! The crew always there to look after all of us. Thank you for everything.

Georgie M

September 2018

Outstanding trip. Expectation were high and they still exceeded. Food was exceptional and crew amazing. A trip that we will never forget. Thank you!

Vince and Debbie L, Canada

September 2018

Floating gently through the French countryside, eating and drinking like royalty, being cared for bu the crew like family – everything was wonderful!! Thank you so much for a memorable week!

Mary and Jerry C, California

September 2018

A really memorable and relaxing time with superb company. Everything ran incredibly smoothly and all staff were very, very helpful and cheerful. A special mention for Francisco the skipper for navigating us safely and giving an extraordinary after dinner speech. I shall always treasure the memories from this week.

David B Australia

September 2018

What a super week on this wonderful barge! Fantastic food, wine and company! A wonderful part of France to explore. Thank you to everyone for making it such a special holiday.

Beverley

September 2018

Rodger and I loved our relaxing and peaceful week with you – The timeless scenery rolling by was a bit of heaven, The crew and passengers were all so great and congenial. Our Captains were very capable and reliable. We had absolute tryst on them. Loved watching Jack raise and lower the umbrellas, Moran and Cerys were gracious and always helpful and our wild and crazy chef!! What a guy! Your food creations were unbelievable and delicious.

Gwen & Rodger D

September 2018

What a great trip! The crew all have such a great sense of humor and took such great care of us – this was truly a grand journey experience.

Mary-Kay

September 2018

Roses are red and violets are blue. We just spent a week with the world’s greatest crew. Cisco navigated from behind the big wheel and Tadek cooked us imaging meals. Mogan and Cery’s sweet as can be, tidied our rooms and kept us supplied with food and booze. Will as our guide showed us the sites and points of interest along the way, quite a delight. Jack was awesome manning around and working the locks, it was great to chat with him and learn he’s quite a jock. We had suck a great time from the moment we arrived. We’ll cherish the memories and think of them often a long as we are alive. She said yes!!

Steve & Erin (soon to be B)

September 2018

What a week! Convivial, simpatico and just plain fun. Nostalgia unlimited for Matthew – 41 years later. Cerys, Morgan, Tadek, Will & Jack helped Captain Francisco make our way from Clamecy to Auxerre – along the way we saw sta, horses walked across the deck, Matthew cycled the roman road to Avigny and every day the weather got finer and the meals kept getting better than the one before. Old man of the barge Richard Parsons and former pilots Roger and John visited for lunch near Vermenton. Herons, deer, ducks and muskrat were seen. Andoillette in Chablis was best and soon forgotten once we returned to Tadek’s kitchen. What joy and relief. Will’s tours were informative and entertaining – he is too humble! The Nivernais truly is an earthly paradise – complete with Epoisses and Fixin. So glad we were here!

Matthew G

September 2018

Amazing trip – the most fabulous food, terrific staff, such an entertaining tour guide and captain, and wonderful fellow guests. Yes a trip of a lifetime! Many thanks to all! And a special thank you to Penny for contacting Roger and Richard to make my husbands trip all the more memorable.

Leslie L, Miami USA

September 2018

Thank you all for a grand holiday. It could not have been more pleasant. Wonderful memories

Tom F, USA

September 2018

Suberb experience. To Francisco, all the crew and our amazing chef Tadek – Thank you so much. We would not have asked for a better experience. Have to include Glaswegian Paul now I guess. Will dream about coming back – would be ever dreamier if it could be same crew.

Jenniger & Craig W, Australia

September 2018

To the crew of the Hotel Barge Luciole. Thank you! Faro and I had an absolutely fantastic experience this week. Our phenomenal chef extraordinaire. Thank you all – you were magnificent.

Chip & Faro

September 2018

Fantastic trip! Always have friends at home ready to go. My needs were anticipated before even I knew them! Thank you for a beautiful memory
Chris S

September 2018

What can I say!? A perfect cruise! Thanks for the memories – Awesome crew – Splendid service – What tour guide. Wow – Food!! Loved it all!
Ruth & Ralph

September 2018

Thank you so much for making our time on the Luciole so special. Your caring ways with the children and never-ending attention to our needs and dietary restrictions were unparalleled and won’t be forgotten! The places we visited were beautiful and the adventure activities were so much fun. Thank you for the whole experience and all the lasting memories.

Rennison family

August 2018

Thanks for all the great service, food and activities! I hope we’ll come back someday!

E Rennison

August 2018

Thank you so much for looking after my family’s many dietary restrictions. It was so nice not to have to worry about it! We had an amazing time. The food, people and excursions were all first rate.

A Rennison

August 2018

Thanks for everything! Thank you for making food that I could eat with my allergies and for all of the raspberry sprite.

W Rennison

August 2018

Thank you for letting me drive the boat!

Daniel

August 2018

Thank you for the amazing meals and the great wine! We had the perfect blend of indulging, relaxing and trying new and fun activities. I would recommend this vacation.

David

August 2018

Just when we thought our trip couldn’t get any better, we boarded the Luciole and VOILA! It got even better. Thank you all for everything. We feel so indulged by your care and attention, not to mention the food and wine

Judy

August 2018

Thank you to the lovely crew for all of your care and attention. Our kids have been in heaven this week! They especially loved the tree climbing and the kayaking! Adults feel very indulged as well. With love from Vancouver

The Plunkett family

August 2018

Thank you for all being super nice and spending your time with us.

C Plunkett

August 2018

Thank you for all of the food and places we got to go

Tashy

August 2018

Wonderful choice of crew! Congratulations on the whole mixture to make a wonderful and unique holiday. The perfect way to spend days with friends, to relax and refresh and have fun!

M Hill

August 2018

Many thanks for a great week. A wonderful crew – you were a good team. Very attentive – all was perfect. Good luck for the rest of the season.

Julie and Roger

August 2018

You guys were so nice loves

Lindzy age 8

August 2018

I love this barge! This week has been the best week of my life. To start off my birthday was the most memorable. Getting kicked off a horse to lava cave with candles. This trip has been so fun! Thanks!

Sara

August 2018

Thank you so much for an amazing vacation! We had such a great time. Everyone was fabulous.

The Marlys

August 2018

Thank you so much for such an awesome week. You guys were really great and made this experience much, much more fun. I wish you all the best.

C Marley

August 2018

Kudos to barge Luciole. Thank you for all of your efforts to make our celebration of my Mom’s 80th Birthday a truly memorable event for our whole family – from the youngest at 8 years old to our patriarch at 82.

S Carroll

August 2018

We would like to let you know how much we enjoyed our cruise on La luciole, and not least your unstinting contribution to the pleasure and comfort of our all too short stay with you aboard. May you, your crew, and La Luciole, long continue to bring delight to your passengers

P Dawe

July 2018

Water holidays are my favourites, the high standard of Luciole facilities & beauty of the Nivernais always never fail.

J Tavener

July 2018

We could not wait a day longer, to thank you for an extraordinary cruise and family adventure aboard the Luciole! I know that I speak for every person in our family when I say that the week was a magical one. It is clear to us all that your professionalism, dedication to service, concern for your guests, and aesthetic sensibilities are mirrored in your fabulous crew. We felt most fortunate to have found you !

B&T

July 2018

We had a terrific time on the Luciole, and loved Burgundy and the crew of the barge in equal measure.

J Dole USA

June 2018

Our photos are happy reminders of our incredible week aboard the Luciole. We are all going through "withdrawal" and finding it a bit of a challenge to get back to our every day lives...

J Williams, USA

June 2018

Words cannot describe what an amazing experience we have had on this wonderful barge from beautiful scenery and lovely tours to making new friends and enjoying first class food and wine throughout our stay. Will (and have already) recommended this trip.

A. Jell, UK

May 2018

It's a week of refreshment and pampering that is good for the soul. You can't explain it in words. You have to experience it. Thank you!

AM. Lockmyer, USA

May 2018

Susan and I had never done a cruise vacation before. We've always been wary of larger cruise trips, but the intimacy of the Luciole was just perfect for us to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. We enjoyed getting to know the other guests and the crew.

D. Krupp, USA

May 2018

Relaxing, healing and inspiring - thanks Luciole, you never disappoint!

C. Harrison, UK

May 2018

I had the best time and will cherish that week always... big effort from all your team, who seemed to become family very quickly...do hope you continue to prosper with the Luciole... and thank you for a wonderful memory of my trip.

L Lindsey, Aus

May 2018

Hotel barge Luciole

Cruising since 1976

Phone: 00 44 1625 576880
From USA: 011 44 1625 576880
Email: info@bargeluciole.com

23 Adlington Road, Bollington
SK10 5JT England

1-2 Quai de la Republique, Auxerre
89000 France

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