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Luciole: Luxury Canal Cruises in France On The Canal du Nivernais In Northern Burgundy Cruise In France On The Canal du Nivernais In Northern Burgundy Aboard The First Class Hotel-Barge LUCIOLE


BARGE CRUISES: SEVEN DAYS/SIX NIGHTS
Special Places Travel Logo.  EMAIL: info@specialplacestravel.com or PHONE: 1-877-642-2743 (001.443.321.3614 outside US/Canada).The 12-passenger Luciole began life on the French canals in 1926 as a mule-drawn freight vessel carrying coal. In 1966 she was converted into the first hotel-barge and renamed the Palinurus. In 1985 she was acquired by John Liley, renamed the Luciole and has been cruising on the Nivernais Canal ever since. Penny Liley, who is now responsible for the overall running of the business, worked on the Luciole as a chef in 1986, and since then has played a major role in creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere. We have known Penny for many years and always look forward to cruising when she is on board.

Meals on board the Luciole are treasured times and offer an opportunity to sit, relax and share with friends, old or new, a summer luncheon or candlelit dinner of culinary delights. The chef is encouraged to be innovative and imaginative, marrying French cuisine with a contemporary twist while using fresh local ingredients to inspire and spoil you. Your day commences with the arrival of freshly baked breads and pastries. Lunch is a feast of salads and savory dishes, followed by a selection of cheese. The four-course evening meal includes wines from he region on each menu. With Chablis on our doorstep, local vineyards are well represented, but wines from the Cote d'Or are also on our list, together with Chateauneuf du Pape and selections from Bordeaux.

The new Adventure Charters on the Luciole offer a unique barge cruising vacation, combining adventure activities with canal cruising. Tree walking, horse riding, scrambling over the remains of a Medieval castle, cave wall climbing and kayaking are some of the exciting activities. For families and friends wanting a summer adventure that pleases every age see the itinerary below. And should there be those wanting less of the adventure and a little more history and culture, the barge is still able to offer a daily visit.


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Luciole's Deck Plan
Luciole's Deck Plan



Dining Aboard The Luciole:
SAMPLE MENU



A taste of the gourmet cuisine served aboard the Luciole. BREAKFAST
Our Continental breakfast offerings include pancakes, Belgian waffles, fresh breads, pastries, cereals, fresh fruits and yogurt.

LUNCH
DINNER
SAMPLE WINE LIST
Pinot Noir Fixin-Philippe Rossignol; Chablis Premier Cru-Jean-Marc Brocard; Pinot Noir Irancy-Benoit Cantin; Sauvignon-St. Bris

Passenger Comments:


The barge trip was outstanding. First class top to bottom in food, service and travel. Anna was a jewel as our tour guide. Francisco a cordial and friendly captain. Loved the barge route - quiet, peaceful and lots of time for walking and biking. The winery, Auxerre cathedral, caves, Vezeley and tour thru the Basilica were high points.
B.P. MA USA September 2015

Wonderful experience. The efforts of the crew to please made this a delightful week. The meals were outstanding. Mark, the chef is a gem. Everyone should make this trip.
L.Z. NY, USA, June 2014

A trip of a lifetime made possible by the wonderful Luciole, crew and Canal Du Nivernais. We will never forget all of them for helping us to celebrate our 50 year love story. So many thanks to each and everyone involved with this perfect moment in time. It was only because of Chip and everyone at Special Places that we experienced this lovely celebration of our 50th wedding anniversary.
R & R P., CA, USA, July 2013

The barge trip was wonderful and I enjoyed every minute. It was everything I expected and more. The service from Special Places Travel was excellent and the service from the crew was faultless. They were friendly and accommodating at all times. It was actually quite sad to leave, they made the feeling of a family atmosphere. The meals and wines were wonderful and our chef was always doing his best to satisfy everyone's taste.
J. S., Australia, August 2013

The barge trip was fantastic! The trip exceeded our expectations despite less than desirable weather. The crew was wonderfully engaging, the food and wine were incredible. We loved each of the crew members. Each lunch and dinner was great; each one seemed to exceed the previous one. We found ourselves eating things we didn't know that we liked. The Chef was incredibly good and engaging with the passengers in explaining each course of each meal. The Luciole's tour director, Neil, is at once very knowledgeable about each excursion we took, and also engaging with each of us. He has a great personality for his job.
J & G P., VA, USA, September 2013

SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Burgundy: Canal du Nivernais
Auxerre to Clamecy 2017

Sunday - Auxerre
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 St Etienne, the 13-15th Century Abbey of St Germain and the Parish Church. A Champagne reception, delicious canapés and our crew, welcome Luciole passengers on board..

Monday - Auxerre to Vincelles - Wine tasting in Chablis
The cruise upriver leads us into beautiful pastoral countryside intermingled with sweeping reaches of the River Yonne. After lunch we pass by Bailly. Here in 1972 local winemakers restored the fortunes of these ancient vineyards with the production of sparkling Crémant de Bourgogne in the large limestone Caves de Bailly. The picturesque villages of St Bris and Irancy, also devoted to wine, stand nearby. We moor for the evening on the wide river in Vincelles. A journey in the afternoon is made to a wine cellar in the Chablis vineyards, 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'.

Tuesday - Vincelles to Accolay - Walking tour of Auxerre
In the morning the canal takes you towards the River Cure on the 'Vermenton Arm' and the village of Accolay. Our excursion 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. 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 afternoon provides a good opportunity to visit the shops and take time to enjoy French provincial life.

Wednesday - Accolay to Mailly-le-Chateau - Market day in Noyer
In the morning we travel from Accolay, 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. After lunch the Luciole's journey 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 d'en Bas, or Lower Town up to Mailly-le-Château where a terrace offers spectacular views of the Yonne Valley.

Thursday - Mailly-le-Chateau to Lucy-sur-Yonne - Tour Vézelay Basilica
We visit Vézelay 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!). We cruise in the afternoon to an evening mooring at Lucy-sur-Yonne, passing 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.

Friday - Lucy-sur-Yonne to Clamecy - Tour Château of Bazoches
Our final 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 final tour 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 - Paris
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.

Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. The cruising itinerary will be in the reverse direction if the Luciole is moored in Clamecy at the start of the week.

SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Burgundy: Canal du Nivernais
Auxerre to Clamecy Adventure Charter 2017

Sunday - Auxerre
The rendezvous in Paris with the Luciole's tour guide is at 2.30pm and at a location of your choice. A Champagne reception welcomes guests on arrival to the barge.

Monday - Auxerre to Vincelles
Cruise along the Nivernais Canal, combining river and canal sections. Our evening mooring in Vincelles, provides opportunities to swim and dive from the deck of the barge into the River Yonne. Always a summer favorite for our crew! Today there is tree walking and zip-line wiring through the trees at 'Forest Adventure Park, just outside Auxerre.  The activity is suitable for all ages and levels of confidence. Harnesses with carabiners and hard hats are issued to everyone. The alternative visit is a tour of Auxerre for culture and shopping.

Tuesday - Vincelles to Accolay
Cruise in the morning towards the River Cure on the 'Vermenton Arm' and the village of Accolay. There are lots of opportunities to bike along the tow path and explore the villages. A smooth tarmac path runs the length of our cruise route, which is safe and easy to walk or bike along. The canal locks provide the perfect opportunity to step on or off the barge. This afternoon there is horse riding in the hills. There are mounts for any age or proficiency. Hard hats are provided.  The alternative visit is to the archaeological Gallo-Roman site and museum at Escolive-Saint- Camille. Auxerre.

Wednesday - Accolay to Bourg de Bas
Visit Noyers-sur-Serein, the delightful town with its Wednesday market. Time to walk the ramparts or visit a cafe before going up to the rambling ruins of the Medieval castle. The old castle is under reconstruction, with the help of volunteers, led by the enthusiastic Dutchman, Willem Adriaan de Bruyn. Cruise after lunch southwards to a nighttime mooring beneath the walls of Mailly-le-Château. Here you can take the steep path from our mooring at Bourg du Bas up to Mailly-le-Château where the town's terrace offers spectacular views of the Yonne Valley.

Thursday - Bourg du Bas to Lucy-sur-Yonne
Cruise to Lucy-sur-Yonne through a region where dramatic cliffs stand by the water's edge. Footpaths up to the top offer panoramic views over the countryside. For more of a challenge, you can wind your way up the road on one of the Luciole's bikes. This afternoon there is cave climbing in Dissangis. A vast old stone quarry cave has been adapted to allow climbers to traverse along ledges and wires. Different routes of easy for the timid to difficult for the fittest are secured round the cave walls. The cafe with seating area provides a perfect place for spectators not wishing to participate in the activity.  The reward of an afternoon's adventure is returning to the barge for cocktails or strong cups of tea!

Friday - Lucy-sur-Yonne to Clamecy
Cruise on to our final mooring in Clamecy which provides further opportunities to swim in the River Yonne or explore the quaint Medieval streets of the town. Today there is canoeing at Saint Père sous Vézelay, suitable for swimmers of any age, with adaptable seats for the little ones. Paddling down the River Cure and under the Roman bridge is delightful and timeless. Life jackets are provided by the canoe centre. The alternative visit is to the Chateau of Bazoches. The 17th Century home of the Marquis de Vauban, France's great military engineer. As an extra, we can always make a quick call-by to Vézelay on the way back to the barge for visiting the shops or buying an ice cream!

Saturday - Clamecy with Transfers back to Paris
After breakfast, the Luciole's bus departs to a location of your choice in Paris. For guests wishing to travel elsewhere in France by train or hire car, a drop-off stop can always be made in Auxerre.
Hot air ballooning is an optional extra we can organise for passengers when they arrive on board. 'France Montgolfier' (founded by ex-barge crew 25 years ago) is based close to our cruise route.

Note: The cruising itinerary will be in the reverse direction, if the Luciole is moored in Clamecy at the start of the week. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.



Luciole
2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 9 Auxerre-Clamecy Value
Apr 16 Clamecy-Auxerre Value
Apr 23 Auxerre-Clamecy Value
Apr 30 Clamecy-Auxerre Value
May 7 Auxerre-Clamecy Value
May 14 Clamecy-Auxerre Value
May 21 Auxerre-Clamecy Value
May 28 Clamecy-Auxerre Regular
Jun 4 Auxerre-Clamecy Regular
Jun 11 Clamecy-Auxerre Regular
Jun 18 Auxerre-Clamecy Regular
Jun 25 Clamecy-Auxerre Regular
Jul 2 Auxerre-Clamecy Regular
Jul 9 Clamecy-Auxerre Regular
Jul 16 Auxerre-Clamecy Value
       
Cruise Schedule* ... continued

Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 23 Clamecy-Auxerre Value
Jul 30 Auxerre-Clamecy Value
Aug 6 Clamecy-Auxerre Value
Aug 13 Auxerre-Clamecy Value
Aug 20 Clamecy-Auxerre Value
Aug 27 Auxerre-Clamecy Value
Sep 3 Clamecy-Auxerre Regular
Sep 10 Auxerre-Clamecy Regular
Sep 17 Clamecy-Auxerre Regular
Sep 24 Auxerre-Clamecy Regular
Oct 1 Clamecy-Auxerre Regular
Oct 8 Auxerre-Clamecy Regular
Oct 15 Clamecy-Auxerre Value
Oct 22 Auxerre-Clamecy Value

2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 9 Auxerre-Clamecy Value
Apr 16 Clamecy-Auxerre Value
Apr 23 Auxerre-Clamecy Value
Apr 30 Clamecy-Auxerre Value
May 7 Auxerre-Clamecy Value
May 14 Clamecy-Auxerre Value
May 21 Auxerre-Clamecy Value
May 28 Clamecy-Auxerre Regular
Jun 4 Auxerre-Clamecy Regular
Jun 11 Clamecy-Auxerre Regular
Jun 18 Auxerre-Clamecy Regular
Jun 25 Clamecy-Auxerre Regular
Jul 2 Auxerre-Clamecy Regular
Jul 9 Clamecy-Auxerre Regular
Jul 16 Auxerre-Clamecy Value
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 23 Clamecy-Auxerre Value
Jul 30 Auxerre-Clamecy Value
Aug 6 Clamecy-Auxerre Value
Aug 13 Auxerre-Clamecy Value
Aug 20 Clamecy-Auxerre Value
Aug 27 Auxerre-Clamecy Value
Sep 3 Clamecy-Auxerre Regular
Sep 10 Auxerre-Clamecy Regular
Sep 17 Clamecy-Auxerre Regular
Sep 24 Auxerre-Clamecy Regular
Oct 1 Clamecy-Auxerre Regular
Oct 8 Auxerre-Clamecy Regular
Oct 15 Clamecy-Auxerre Value
Oct 22 Auxerre-Clamecy Value

*Note: Cruise directions and sample itineraries may be in reverse and are subject to change and may depend on bookings and local navigation conditions. Alternate excursions of equal appeal are substituted when needed. For charter cruises special itineraries can be arranged.


The Luciole's route through Burgundy, from Auxerre to Clamecy on the Canal du Nivernais.
The Luciole's route through Burgundy, from Auxerre to Clamecy on the Canal du Nivernais For a more detailed look at the cruise route, view our map of the Canal du Nivernais.



LUCIOLE
2017 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
TYPE VALUE
Apr 9 thru May 27
Jul 16 thru Sep 2
Oct 15 thru Oct 28
REGULAR
May 28 thru Jul 15
Sep 3 thru Oct 14
Cabin (per person, double occupancy)
$4,550
$4,950
Single in Single Cabin
$4,550
$4,950
Charter for up to 8
$39,950
NA
Charter for up to 10
$46,000
$52,000
Charter for up to 12
$52,000
$58,000
Activity Charter Supplement
$2,000
$2,000


What's Included
- 7 days and 6 nights on the barge in a cabin with private bath
- Transfers from Paris to the barge and return
- All meals beginning with dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Saturday
- All wines with lunches and dinners
- Open bar
- All escorted side-excursions (hot air ballooning, golf, etc. at additional cost)
- Use of bicycles

What's Not Included
- Overseas air transportation to Paris and return
- Suggested minimum 5% gratuity for the crew, to be given to the captain in equivalent euros




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