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, through beautiful Burgundy, thought by many to be the most beautiful in France. 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 also have bicycles for those wishing to explore nearby villages.

Luciole cruising French canal

All-inclusive cruise price

Six nights accommodation, excursions, gourmet food and drink

Inside the barge saloon

8 en-suite cabins

With a large saloon, sun-deck and choice of double, twin or single cabins

Passengers on the sundeck

Whole boat charters

Charter rates for groups of 8 up to 12 passengers

Luciole cruising French canal

Individual bookings

Prefer to mix with other travelers?
Up to 4 single cabins available

Baked croqant cheese on plate

Four course evening meals

Delicious buffet lunches, breakfasts, French cheeses, wines and a lunch at a French restaurant

Cycling along the Frenchg canal

6 crew members

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

Family canoeing on the river

Bespoke itineraries

Available for charter groups and families. We can create a personalised vacation, combining cruising with specific interests.

Bus in central Paris

Free return transfers

From the Luciole to Paris in our private air-conditioned Mercedes bus. We rendezvous with passengers in central Paris.


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  • 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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