Enjoy a private barge cruise along the picturesque Burgundy Canal du Nivernais and river Yonne. Your luxury stay includes, gourmet cuisine, open bar, guided tours by car to vineyards and chateaux. All our cruises through France are adaptable to meet your tastes and exact requirements, from charming auberges to Michelin dining, wine tasting, cycling, walking, or simply relaxing onboard. Whether for couples, friends or families our private barge holidays are the perfect way to enjoy France. A six night private charter for up to four guests features.

Saint Etienne Auxerre Saussois Vezelay


Cruise Highlights 

  • Half Board cruise program (dinners ashore -- not included in cruise fare) for more freedom to experience canalside traditional restaurants
  • Explore enchanting Auxerre and its magnificent cathedral
  • Discover the fine Chablis and Irancy wines
  • Visit Chateau De Bazoches, home of Maréchal Vauban
  • Tour Noyers sur Serien, one of the most beautiful villages in Burgundy
  • Visit UNESCO world heritage site Vézelay and its hilltop Basilica of St Mary Magdalene
  • Explore the medieval town of Clamecy
  • View 28,000 year old cave paintings at Arcy-sur-Cure
  • Excellent towpath for walking and cycling

Detailed Itinerary: Clamecy to Auxerre (Nivernais Canal)

Sunday: Paris to Clamecy 

At 2:00 pm, your party will be met at one location of your choice in central Paris and chauffeured to the Randle, moored in the adorable village of Clamecy. Estimated driving time is three to three and a half hours. After a welcome-aboard champagne reception, there is time to either relax on board or take a short walk around this cobblestoned town, perched high on the hillside. Perhaps take a peek into the Clamecy Museum in the former mansion of the Duke de Bellegarde, or browse in the gallery on the quai with its selection of local ceramics and crafts.There are two great restaurants in Clamecy: “2 Pieces” and the “Auberge de la Chapelle” for your evening dining. Our crew will take you to the restaurant, get you settled and go over the menu, if you desire.

Monday: Clamecy to Lucy sur Yonne

After a breakfast of village-baked croissants just warm from the oven, you’ll welcome the chance to walk on the towpath or get out and about on one of the bicycles! Or, just relax on deck and watch gorgeous scenery drift by on the way to Lucy-sur -Yonne. After a buffet lunch served on board, it’s time to pick from a number of fascinating excursions. You could visit the Chateau de Bazoches, home of the French military architect Marecal Vauban. Or, what about Vezelay – a sublime walled village crowned at the top by the Romanesque basilica of St. Mary Magdelene –not to mention stunning views of the surrounding countryside. The cobblestoned main street offers a chance to browse in craft shops and art galleries – or to return to dinner here tonight, too!

Tuesday: Lucy sur Yonne to Mailly le Chateau

Today we continue our cruise in the Yonne River Valley to our lunchtime mooring beneath the dramatic cliffs of Le Saussois. If you’d like, climb up to the top for a fantastic view of the surrounding countryside. Then it is on to Mailly-le-Chateau, an adorable town set high on a ravine. This afternoon, there is another choice of excursions. Those enchanted by the lifestyle in historic French towns won’t want to miss Noyers, which with its elegant Medieval core, is considered one of the most beautiful. An even older era is offered at the Grottes d’Arcy-sur-Cure, an amazing illuminated cave with Paleolithic cave paintings from 28,000 years ago.
Return to the mooring at Mailly-le-Chateau and have dinner at "Le Castel", an authentic auberge right in the town square.

Wednesday: Mailly le Chateau to Accolay

Today we’ll continue our cruise on the Canal du Nivernais – past gorgeous scenery and canalside homes. Today, it is the turn of the guests to prove the luncheon entrée! We will stop at a trout farm, one originally founded by Cistercian monks and revived today within the walls of the old monastery. Catch your fish – and we will serve it on board 30 minutes later! After lunch, our cruise continues to tonight’s mooring at Accolay. Choose to visit either the Abbey de Regny, a beautifully preserved monastery with gardens or a Roman villa and bathhouse. Dine tonight at the "Hostellerie de la Fontaine".

Thursday: Accolay to Vincelles

After all, you are in Burgundy! Cruise this morning to Vincelles. After lunch on board, let’s go taste some wine! You might select the artisanal wines Pinot Noir and Caesar from the caves of William Chariot in the beautiful village or Irancy. Or, what about the sampling the local sparkling wine, Cremant de Bourgogne. Eight million (!) bottles are stored in Caves de Baily. Along the way, drive through the gorgeous vineyards and pop into the town of Chablis to shop or taste even more wine.

Friday: Vincelles to Auxerre

You last cruise ends at the large quai in Auxerre, an historic cobblestoned town that is also a regional commercial and transportation hub. Many personalities visited Auxerre – from Joan of Arc to Napoleon – and many eras represented in the architecture. This is the perfect place to shop for that last-minute souvenir and then enjoy a wide choice of dining choices for your last night on the Canal du Nivernais.

Saturday: Auxerre to Paris

Depart at 9:00 am for your chauffeured transfer back to Paris. Estimated arrival time is noon to 1:00 pm. Please make all onward travel plans on the basis of this timing. We hope that your cruise on Randle has made a lifetime of memories.

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction.


At A Glance

  •  Up to 4 passengers, Classic Traditional

  • From USD$2,890 per person (Charter Only)

  • Region: Burgundy Region

  • Access: Paris TGV Station/Airport

  • Start City: Clamecy

  • End City: Auxerre

  • Cruise Highlights: explore the enchanting Auxerre and its magnificent cathedral, discover the fine Chablis wines and Irancy wines, tour Noyers-sur-Serein – one of the most beautiful villages in Burgundy, & visit picturesque Vézelay and its hilltop basilica.

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