'LUCIOLE'

Sample Itinerary
On the Nivernais Canal, between Auxerre and Clamecy (or reverse)
The following is a provisional itinerary, based on many years experience on this route,
taking advantage of one of the most varied and picturesque waterways in Europe.

Cruise route map
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The Luciole Barge - Crémant de Bourgogne from the Caves de Bailly
Crémant de Bourgogne from the Caves de Bailly

Sunday
The rendezvous in Paris at the Hotel Mansart with the Luciole's representative is at 2.30 pm, followed by the journey to Auxerre in the barge's private bus. The Luciole will be moored on the impressive river frontage of the city, overlooked by the Cathedral, the 13 - 15th Century Abbey and Parish Church. A Champagne reception welcomes our guests on board

Monday
The barge cruise upriver leads us into beautiful pastoral countryside intermingled with sweeping reaches of the River Yonne. After lunch we arrive at the Crément making centre of Bailly. Here in 1972 local winemakers restored the fortunes of this ancient vineyard area with the production of sparkling Crémant de Bourgogne in what are now known as the Caves de Bailly. The picturesque villages of St Bris and Irancy, also devoted to wine, stand nearby.
Our visit in the afternoon is made to a wine cellar in the vicinity of Chablis, barely sixteen kilometres to the east of Auxerre. Chablis is one of the greatest names in wine, with production within a strictly-defined area. The most prestigious wines are produced from vineyards on the south of the town on 'Grand Cru Hill'.

The Luciole Barge - The Vineyards of Irancy
The Vineyards of Irancy
The Luciole Barge - Clock Tower of Auxerre
Clock Tower of Auxerre
Tuesday
The barge cruise in the morning along the canal takes you towards the River Cure on the 'Vermenton Arm' and the village of Accolay.
Our visit to historic Auxerre is in the afternoon. The city offers many historic features: the Cathedral of St Étienne, Abbey of St Germain, with the Romanesque crypt and attractive clock tower in the centre of the town, built in the 15th Century. The Church presides over one of the most attractive waterfronts in France, recently renovated and where the Luciole now has her own private mooring. Place St Nicholas, by the river, commemorates the patron saint of barge people. Nearby from the Place du Coche Eau, passengers once boarded packet-boats for Paris. Auxerre was originally a Roman camp and became a centre of learning and pilgrimage in the Middle Ages. It was declared a holy city by the Pope in the 11th Century. The town's strategic position ensured a rich trading history and also saw Joan of Arc stop twice to pray in the Cathedral of St Étienne. Napoleon famously stayed in Auxerre during ?the hundred days? following his return from exile on Elba, before heading north to Waterloo in 1815. The afternoon provides a good opportunity to visit the shops and take time to enjoy French provincial life.

The Luciole Barge - Cathedral of Auxerre
Cathedral of Auxerre
The Luciole Barge - Houses at Noyers-sur-Serein
Houses at Noyers-sur-Serein
Wednesday
Our visit in the morning from Accolay, takes us to the delightful town of Noyers-sur-Serein. With its friendly market stalls, half timbered houses and turreted ramparts it is easy to see why Noyers is considered one of the most beautiful villages in France. Above the town, the reconstruction of the medieval castle progresses. Catholic Henry IV ordered the destruction of the Protestant-owned château in 1599. Look out for the orchids in May and June. One of our charter groups, with a passion for these rare wild flowers found 6 amongst the old grounds of the chateau, much to the great delight of Willem Adriaan de Bruyn, who leads the renovation of this gem of Burgundian heritage.
The barge cruise after lunch continues southwards to a night-time mooring beneath the walls of Mailly-le-Château. Here you can take the steep path from our mooring at Bourg-en-Bas, or Lower Town up to Mailly-le-Château where a terrace offers spectacular views of the Yonne Valley.

The Luciole Barge - View of Yonne Valley from Mailly
View of Yonne Valley
from Mailly
The Luciole Barge - The Saussois Cliffs
The Saussois Cliffs
Thursday
Our visit to Vézelay is in the morning, where the spectacular 11th Century Basilica dominates the steep sided hill town which has numerous shops and cafes. Vézelay was the historic starting point for two of the Crusades to the Holy Land, where Saint Bernard preached to the Crusaders in the presence of Louis VII and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Vézelay owed its position of influence and prestige since it holds the relics of Saint Mary Magdalene and a Papal declaration attesting to their authenticity. The town was a high point of Medieval pilgrimage and was a major gathering point for the Crusaders on the way to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. There is plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere of this hilltop town and a super chance to visit the numerous craft shops selling clothes and gifts. Another opportunity too, to stop at one of the local cafes and watch the world go by (very French cafe life!).
The barge cruise in the afternoon to an evening mooring at Lucy-sur-Yonne passes through a region where dramatic cliffs stand by the water's edge. Watch out for the delightful ducks and geese, who have made this canal bank their home. Along the cruise route the Rochers du Parc and those at Les Saussois are regularly used by climbers. Do take a look at our video for a true idea.

The Luciole Barge - The Basilica of Vézelay
The Basilica of Vézelay
The Luciole Barge - The Château of Bazoches
The Château of Bazoches
Friday
The barge cruise in the morning takes us to the delightful Medieval town of Clamecy, a worthy venue for the climax of our cruise. The town features the 12 -16th Century church of St Martin that stands up on the hill in the town centre. Beside the river, stands the church of Our Lady of Bethlehem, which was opened in 1927. It was dedicated to the 50 successive bishops of Bethlehem who, unable to preside in Bethlehem itself, were resident at Clamecy from 1225 until the French Revolution in the late 18th Century.
Our visit on the final afternoon is to the imposing Château of Bazoches. Set on a hillside amidst splendid rolling countryside, this was the 17th Century home of the Marquis de Vauban (1633-1707). Vauban was France's great military tactician and engineer, who was responsible for the creation of the first coherent network of fortifications surrounding the developing kingdom of France. He was also a prolific and at times visionary writer who remained steadfastly loyal to his roots in the Morvan region around Avallon and Vézelay and considered the Château of Bazoches as his true home.

Saturday
After breakfast, the Luciole bus departs for Place Vendôme, central Paris where taxis are available for onward travel. Anticipated arrival is at 1pm. For guests wishing to travel elsewhere in France by train or hire car, a stop can always be made in Auxerre en-route to Paris

Please note: The Luciole minibus can make a small detour to collect passengers from Auxerre should they not wish to rendezvous in Paris

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A SAMPLE ITINERARY AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. ON ALTERNATE WEEKS CRUISES WILL BE IN REVERSE DIRECTION.


Adventure Theme Charters
On the Nivernais Canal, between Auxerre and Clamecy (or reverse)

Cruise route map
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The Luciole Barge - Rope Walking at ‘Bois de la Folie’
Rope Walking at ‘Bois de la Folie’

Tree walking, horse riding, cave wall climbing, kayaking and scrambling over the ruins of a Medieval castle, make exciting activities. Families and friends wanting a summer adventure that is fun for all and of any age, do read on.........and oh yes, should there be those wanting less of the adventure and a little more history and culture, we are often able to offer a daily visit....

Over the past four seasons, family groups have greatly enjoyed their Adventure Cruises on board the Luciole. We have worked with each group to tailor-build their bespoke week, based on the activities they most want to do. The Luciole crew are adaptable and always willing to alter the daily itinerary to suit. Below is an example, but we can always supplement with alternative proposals....perhaps a spot of go-karting to make the pulses race!



Sunday
Rendezvous at a location of your choice and transfer to the Luciole, moored in Auxerre



The Luciole Barge - Horse-Riding into the Hills
Horse-Riding into the Hills
The Luciole Barge - River Swimming Can be Great Fun!
River Swimming Can be Great Fun!
Monday - Morning cruise from Auxerre to Bailly
Activity: rope walking in the trees at ‘Bois de la Folie’
Alternative visit: to Guedelon, a 13th Century village in the making, using traditional methods and tools



Tuesday - Morning cruise from Bailly to Accolay
Activity: riding into the hills. Horses to suit every age and riding experience
Alternative visit: to Auxerre for culture and shopping



Wednesday
Visit to Noyers-sur-Serein to the delightful town with its Wednesday market and then up to the rambling remains of the castle on the hill - free time to stroll
Cruise from Accolay to Mailly-le-Château with opportunities to swim in the River Yonne

The Luciole Barge - Cave Wall Climbing in the Quarry
Cave Wall Climbing in the Quarry
The Luciole Barge - Canoe-Kayaking
Canoe-Kayaking


Thursday - Morning cruise from Mailly-le-Château to Lucy-sur-Yonne
Activity: cave wall climbing, in the dramatic quarry of Dissingis
Spectacular to participate in this activity or just sit and watch, spellbound with a cup of coffee



Friday - Morning cruise from Lucy-sur-Yonne to Clamecy
Activity: Canoe-kayak at Saint Père sous Vézelay
Alternative visit: to the Basilica at Vézelay with time to visit the lovely clothes and craft shops




The Luciole Barge - Children Love the Waterways
Children Love the Waterways
The Luciole Barge - Ballooning is an Optional Extra
Ballooning is an Optional Extra
Saturday
Return transfer to Paris, arriving around 1pm at a location of choice

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A SAMPLE ITINERARY AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. ON ALTERNATE WEEKS CRUISES WILL BE IN REVERSE DIRECTION.


Ladies Theme Charters
On the Nivernais Canal, between Auxerre and Clamecy (or reverse)

Cruise route map
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The Luciole Barge - Chef Marc Gives a Demo
Chef Marc Gives a Demo

Sunday
Rendezvous at a location of your choice and transfer to the Luciole, moored in Auxerre

The Luciole Barge - Wine-Tasting in Chablis
Wine-Tasting in Chablis
Monday
Morning cruise from Auxerre to Bailly
Activity: cookery demonstration with our chef, in the Luciole galley
Afternoon wine tasting in Chablis and visit to the vineyards

The Luciole Barge - The Chablis Vineyards
The Chablis Vineyards
Tuesday
Morning visit of culture and shopping in Auxerre
Afternoon cruise from Bailly to Accolay
Activity: colour and style consultation with our visiting consultant. Fun learning and laughter.

Wednesday
Visit to Noyers-sur-Serein - the delightful town with its Wednesday market - free time to stroll
Cruise from Accolay to Mailly-le-Château
Activity: afternoon visit to the wonderful Priory Spa a relaxing massage and sauna. True bliss.

The Luciole Barge - Historic Streets of Auxerre
Historic Streets of Auxerre
Thursday
Morning visit to the Chateau of Bazoches
Afternoon and evening cruise from Mailly-le-Château to Lucy sur Yonne
Activity: to a delightful French garden. Tea, cake and garden joy with the knowledgable owners.


The Luciole Barge - Colour and Style Consultation
Colour and Style Consultation
Friday
Morning cruise from Lucy-sur-Yonne to Clamecy
Activity: fun at the tables with napkin folding and chatting to the chef
Afternoon visit to the Basilica and town of Vézelay with time to visit the lovely clothes and craft shops

Saturday
Return transfer to Paris, arriving around 1pm at a location of choice

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A SAMPLE ITINERARY AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. ON ALTERNATE WEEKS CRUISES WILL BE IN REVERSE DIRECTION.
The Luciole Barge - Relaxation and Fun on the Luciole
Relaxation and Fun on the Luciole
The Luciole Barge - Total Chill-Out at the Spa
Total Chill-Out at the Spa



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