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Randle: 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 RANDLE


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).NEW ADDITION IN 2017: The 4-passenger Randle is a beautiful and classically-styled hotel barge constructed by English craftsmen in 2001 with all the modern conveniences yet with the varnished wood, leather and polished brass of a more traditional river boat. The barge offers private charter cruises for couples or families and is crewed by a professional team composed of the captain/owner, gourmet chef and tour guide.

There are two cabins, a master cabin 115 sq ft with a fixed double bed and ensuite bathroom with a bathtub/shower, and a guest cabin 59 sq ft with an upper and lower berth and ensuite bathroom with shower. The wheelhouse saloon has leather seating for six with a dining table and panoramic views of the countryside as well as drop down sides for cool summer cruising. There is also a lower level saloon with a leather sofa seating six and an open kitchen for watching the chef prepare meals.

During your cruise enjoy a balloon ride, cycle along the canal towpath or take a stroll through picturesque villages; when you charter the Randle the time is yours. Take a barge trip through the beautiful hills of Burgundy, famous for wine production for millennia. Your crew will show you the very best the region has to offer. There are cathedrals, castles, grand chateaux, vineyards, pretty villages, markets and 28,000 thousand year old cave paintings, all set in the beautiful landscape that is Burgundy. Families may be interested in the barge's Activity Itinerary, with zip-lining, rock-climbing, canoeing, horseback riding and a guided cycling tour.

The Randle cruises primarily on the Canal du Nivernais in Northern Burgundy following the Yonne valley and intertwined with the Yonne River itself. The canal is known for its tranquillity, its beautiful hills and valleys, its picturesque villages and historic towns and famous vineyards. The Randle also cruises on the ​rivers ​Yonne ​and Seine​ ​cruising​ to the picturesque village of Moret sur Loing. The Yonne is a quiet, meandering and picturesque river set within a valley of wooded hillsides, historic towns, and famous vineyards, where you can travel in the footsteps of Impressionist artists like Turner and Sisley. Traveling along tree-lined canals and meandering rivers aboard your own private riverboat is the perfect way to enjoy rural France. Your crew aims to achieve the perfect balance of a delicious meal, a glass wine, and an evening sunset enjoyed with friends or family and conversation.

The Randle offers both full board cruises, with all meals on board except for four dinners taken at restaurants selected by the captain, and half board cruises, with breakfast and lunch on board and dinner at selected restaurants at passenger's expense. Your cruise also includes private transfers from Paris to the barge and return.

We met the owner, Tim Harrold and chef Gail Robertson in April 2017, had a wonderful lunch on board and a lovely cruise on the Nivernais canal to Auxerre. We think the Randle offers a great opportunity for groups of four to charter their own barge on one of the most beautiful canals in France.



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Randle's Deck Plan
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Dining Aboard The Randle:
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A taste of the gourmet cuisine served aboard the Randle. CUISINE & WINES
Our gourmet chef prepares delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners from fresh local ingredients. A French Premier-Cru wine is carfully selected to complement each lunch and dinner.

SAMPLE LUNCHES AND DINNERS
DINING ASHORE
Evening dining at Michelin restaurants or charming auberges, the choice is yours.
Burgundy is renowned for its cuisine, whether Michelin, traditional, or modern, dine at the very best local restaurants some even with private moorings. Menu translation and evening chauffeur service is included for your dining pleasure.

Wine and cheese are the region's specialities.
Lovers of French wine will enjoy the region's specialities. Pinot Noir, Caesar, Melon, and Chardonnay grapes give Burgundy wines their exquisite nose and evocative flavour. Take private tours to family run village vineyards. Try Époisses cheese, Charolais beef, mustard sauces, blackcurrants and escargot. Discover hidden France!



SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Burgundy: Canal du Nivernais
Clamecy to Auxerre 2018

Sunday - Clamecy
Your chauffeured private car meets you at your Paris hotel, airport arrivals, or station. Usual pick up time of 2pm. Arrive in Clamecy, (pop. 4,500) an old town nestled in rolling landscape of the Nièvre region from whence the Nivernais canal gets its name. Welcome aboard with Champagne and home made gougére pastries. Take a walk into Clamecy with winding cobbled streets and magnificent 16C church St Martin. Clamecy was also the seat of the bishop of Bethlehem for 600 years and a centre of logging for 400 years, now a picturesque town with a museum of the region and good restaurants. Evening dining: Hostellerie de le Poste, the town's old staging inn where the post would have been delivered by horse and carriage, and where the passengers rested and dined. Now it's a classic French restaurant with relaxed surroundings and extensive wine list.

Monday - Clamecy to Lucy-sur-Yonne
We depart at 9am and descend the lock onto the river Yonne and then onto the Nivernais canal. The morning cruise takes us past the limestone cliffs of Basville and a 15C fortified farm. After stopping for lunch we continue to our destination of the day, Lucy-sur-Yonne (pop. 151) with an 11C church, river, and old mill pond nearby. A guided afternoon tour takes you to Vézelay, a UNESCO world heritage site, fortified town, and grand basilica dedicated to Mary Magdalen. Stroll the pretty streets with many boutique shops, cafés, and restaurants. Evening Dining: Just ten minutes from Vézelay, and close to the picturesque two bridges across the river Cure lies Les Deux Ponts restaurant. A lovely farmhouse style restaurant, with a cozy log fire and menu from fresh local produce. Expertly run Philippe and Marianne Bariteau.

Tuesday - Lucy-sur-Yonne to Mailly-le-Chateau
9am and we set off along the meandering canal past hilltop villages and the magnificent white coral cliffs of Rochers-du-Saussois. After lunch we arrive at Mailly-le-Château (pop. 567) with a 14C Château perched in the very edge of a tall escapement, and a fortified 13C church. Afternoon guided tour to the limestone caves of the Grottes-d'Arcy, a fascinating cave system which runs for over 500m under the hillside and contains many 28,000 year old Palaeolithic paintings representing Bears, Rhino, and Mammoth. Evening dining in the village of Mailly-le-Château where Elisabeth and Dominique offer classic Burgundy cuisine at Le Castel Hotel (Full board option is aboard the Randle; our chef prepares a delicious three course dinner complemented with selected premier cru wine).

Wednesday - Mailly-le-Château to Accolay
Today is morning market day at the pretty village of Noyers-sur-Serein. A very picturesque and fortified village with 15C timber framed houses with intricate carvings, home to many artists, a potter, a jeweler and a leather maker. Stroll the cobbled streets and market stalls, buy a little something for friends back home. After lunch aboard the Randle we make our way along winding canal and river Yonne to the pretty canal side Village of Accolay (pop .467). Evening dining at the Hostellerie-de-la-Fontaine, a surprisingly good find in such a quiet village with elegant under-croft restaurant or al fresco on balmy evenings.

Thursday - Accolay to Vincelles
9am departure from our mooring as we cruise along the Yonne valley with vineyards coming into view on the hills above. After lunch we moor on the river at Vincelles overlooking a watermill with vines on the hills in the distance. We take an afternoon tour to the pretty wine villages of Irancy, Chitry, and Chablis. Discover Burgundy's famous Pinot Noir, and fabulous Chablis. Complete with tour of the grand-cru vineyards and wine tasting in the village. Evening Dining: Auberge-de-les-Tilleuls where chef Alain Renaudin prepares gastronomic dishes from fresh local ingredients. (Full board option aboard the Randle; our chef prepares a delicious three course dinner complemented with selected premier cru wine.

Friday - Vincelles to Auxerre
9am The Randle departs. Today we are cruising on the river Yonne, with open vistas as we cruise past pretty riverside villages of Bailly and Vaux. After lunch we arrive to our destination, Auxerre (pop. 45,000). Auxerre has been a prosperous town since Roman times and is dominated by the 11-16C St Étienne cathedral built on the high ground overlooking the river. Although a bustling and modern town it maintains its 15C charm with many timber-framed houses and pretty streets and is a great place for shopping or just people watching from one of the busy street side cafés. Evening dining: La P'tite Beusaude, a small but charming restaurant where Jérôme and Sylvie Carpentier focus on traditional Burgundy cuisine.

Saturday - Paris
After breakfast aboard we bid you à bientôt for your chauffeured transfer to your Paris or Dijon hotel, station, or airport.

*NOTE: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. Evening dining may be supplemented with an equal restaurant should for any unforeseen circumstance the chosen restaurant be unavailable. Route direction may alternate depending on the cruise direction the prior week.

SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Burgundy: Canal du Nivernais
Clamecy to Auxerre Adventure Charter 2018

Sunday - Clamecy
Your chauffeured private car meets you at your Paris hotel, airport arrivals, or station. Usual pick up time of 2pm. Arrive to Clamecy, (pop. 4,500) an old town nestled in the rolling landscape of the Nièvre region from where the Canal du Nivernais gets its name. Welcome aboard with Champagne and homemade gougére pastries. Take a walk into Clamecy with winding cobbled streets and magnificent 16C church St Martin. Clamecy was also the seat of the bishop of Bethlehem for 600 years and a centre of logging for 400, and is now a picturesque town with interesting shops and restaurants. Evening dining: Hostellerie de le Poste, the town's old staging inn where the post would have been delivered by horse and carriage, and where the passengers rested and dined. Now a classic French restaurant with relaxed surroundings and extensive wine list.

Monday - Clamecy to Lucy-sur-Yonne
We depart at 9am and descend the town lock onto the river Yonne and then onto the Nivernais Canal. The morning cruise takes us past the limestone cliffs of Basville and a 15C fortified farm. After stopping for lunch we continue to our destination of the day, Lucy-sur-Yonne (pop. 151) with an 11C church. The nearby river and mill pond is ideal for swimming on hot days. Take the adventure rock climbing and zip lining through the caves of Avallon, perfect for budding Tomb Raiders. Evening Dining: Just ten minutes from Vézelay, and close to two picturesque old bridges across the river Cure lies Les Deux Ponts restaurant. A lovely farmhouse style restaurant, with a cozy log fire, where Philippe and Marianne Bariteau, prepare delightful cuisine from fresh local produce.

Tuesday - Lucy-sur-Yonne to Mailly-le-Château
9am and we set off along the meandering canal past pretty villages and the magnificent white cliffs of Rochers-du-Saussois. After lunch we arrive at the foot of the hilltop village of (pop. 567) with a 14C Château perched in the very edge of a tall escapement, and fortified 13C church. Today we get wet as we kayak along the river Cure, look out for kingfishers, herons, and wild deer. Evening dining in the village of Mailly-le-Château where Elisabeth and Dominique offer classic Burgundy cuisine at Le Castel Hotel. (Full board option: Evening dining aboard the Randle; our chef prepares a delicious three course dinner complemented with selected premier cru wine.)

Wednesday - Mailly-le-Château to Accolay
After breakfast aboard the Randle we make our way along the meandering canal and river Yonne to the pretty canal side Village of Accolay (pop. 467). Take a guided horseback trek along the trails, green pastures, and wooded hills of the Burgundy countryside. Evening dining at the Hostellerie-de-la-Fontaine, a surprisingly good restaurant in a quiet village with elegant under-croft restaurant or al fresco on balmy evenings.

Thursday - Accolay to Vincelles
9am departure for our morning cruise along the canal with vineyards coming into view on the hills above. Take an afternoon guided cycle tour through the pretty hilltop vineyards and villages of Irancy, Bailly, and Chitry, and sample the local Burgundy wines. And take an evening row along the river in the ship's boat. Evening dining just cross the river at the Aubergede-les-Tilleuls where chef Alain prepares gastronomic dishes from fresh local ingredients. (Full board option: Evening dining aboard the Randle; our chef prepares a delicious three course dinner complemented with selected premier cru wine.)

Friday - Vincelles to Auxerre
9am The Randle departs. Today we are cruising on the River Yonne, with open views as we cruise past the pretty riverside villages of Bailly and Vaux. After lunch arrive to our destination, Auxerre (pop. 45,000). Auxerre has been a prosperous town since Roman times and is dominated by the 11-16C St Étienne cathedral built on the high ground overlooking the river. Although a bustling and modern town it maintains its 15C charm with many timber-framed houses and pretty streets, a great place for shopping or just people watching from one of the busy street-side cafés. Evening dining: La P'tite Beursaude, a charming small restaurant where Jérôme and Sylvie Carpentier focus on traditional Burgundy-style cuisine.

Saturday - Transfers back to Paris
After breakfast aboard we bid you à bientôt for your chauffeured transfer to your Paris or Dijon hotel, station, or airport.

Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. It runs in reverse on alternate weeks. Evening dinning may be supplemented with an equal restaurant should for any unforeseen circumstance the chosen restaurant be unavailable. Route direction may alternate depending on the cruise direction the previous week.



Randle
2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Mar 11 Clamecy-Auxerre Value
Mar 18 Auxerre-Clamecy Value
Mar 25 Clamecy-Auxerre Value
Apr 1 Auxerre-Clamecy Value
Apr 8 Clamecy-Auxerre Value
Apr 15 Auxerre-Clamecy Value
Apr 22 Clamecy-Auxerre Mid
Apr 29 Auxerre-Clamecy Mid
May 6 Clamecy-Auxerre Mid
May 13 Auxerre-Clamecy Mid
May 20 Clamecy-Auxerre High
May 27 Auxerre-Clamecy High
Jun 3 Clamecy-Auxerre High
Jun 10 Auxerre-Clamecy High
Jun 17 Clamecy-Auxerre High
Jun 24 Auxerre-Clamecy High
Jul 1 Clamecy-Auxerre High
Jul 8 Auxerre-Clamecy High
       
Cruise Schedule* ... continued

Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 15 Clamecy-Auxerre High
Jul 22 Auxerre-Clamecy High
Jul 29 Clamecy-Auxerre High
Aug 5 Auxerre-Clamecy High
Aug 12 Clamecy-Auxerre High
Aug 19 Auxerre-Clamecy High
Aug 26 Clamecy-Auxerre High
Sep 2 Auxerre-Clamecy High
Sep 9 Clamecy-Auxerre High
Sep 16 Auxerre-Clamecy High
Sep 23 Clamecy-Auxerre High
Sep 30 Auxerre-Clamecy Value
Oct 7 Clamecy-Auxerre Value
Oct 14 Auxerre-Clamecy Value
Oct 21 Clamecy-Auxerre Value
Oct 28 Auxerre-Clamecy Value
Nov 4 Clamecy-Auxerre Value

2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Mar 11 Clamecy-Auxerre Value
Mar 18 Auxerre-Clamecy Value
Mar 25 Clamecy-Auxerre Value
Apr 1 Auxerre-Clamecy Value
Apr 8 Clamecy-Auxerre Value
Apr 15 Auxerre-Clamecy Value
Apr 22 Clamecy-Auxerre Mid
Apr 29 Auxerre-Clamecy Mid
May 6 Clamecy-Auxerre Mid
May 13 Auxerre-Clamecy Mid
May 20 Clamecy-Auxerre High
May 27 Auxerre-Clamecy High
Jun 3 Clamecy-Auxerre High
Jun 10 Auxerre-Clamecy High
Jun 17 Clamecy-Auxerre High
Jun 24 Auxerre-Clamecy High
Jul 1 Clamecy-Auxerre High
Jul 8 Auxerre-Clamecy High
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 15 Clamecy-Auxerre High
Jul 22 Auxerre-Clamecy High
Jul 29 Clamecy-Auxerre High
Aug 5 Auxerre-Clamecy High
Aug 12 Clamecy-Auxerre High
Aug 19 Auxerre-Clamecy High
Aug 26 Clamecy-Auxerre High
Sep 2 Auxerre-Clamecy High
Sep 9 Clamecy-Auxerre High
Sep 16 Auxerre-Clamecy High
Sep 23 Clamecy-Auxerre High
Sep 30 Auxerre-Clamecy Value
Oct 7 Clamecy-Auxerre Value
Oct 14 Auxerre-Clamecy Value
Oct 21 Clamecy-Auxerre Value
Oct 28 Auxerre-Clamecy Value
Nov 4 Clamecy-Auxerre 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.





RANDLE
2018 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
TYPE VALUE
Apr 1 thru Apr 21
Sep 30 thru Nov 3
MID
Apr 22 thru May 19
HIGH
May 20 thru Sep 29
Charter for 4
$13,495
$15,195
$16,885
Half Board Charter for 4
$11,550
$12,840
$14,465




What's Included

Full Board Cruise:
- 7 days and 6 nights on the barge in cabin with ensuite bathroom
- Transfers from Paris to the barge and return
- All meals beginning with dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Saturday, including four dinners (wine at extra cost) at selected restaurants. One dinner at Château Vault de Lugny included
- Wines with lunch and dinner on board and open bar with Burgundy wine, beer and spirits
- Daily escorted side-excursions including entrance fees (hot air ballooning at extra cost)
- Use of 4 bicycles


 Half Board Cruise:
- 7 days and 6 nights on the barge in a cabin with ensuite bathroom
- Transfers from Paris to the barge and return
- All breakfasts and lunches on board. Transportation provided to and from selected restaurants for dinner. One dinner on board included
- Wines with lunch on board and open bar with Burgundy wine, beer and spirits
- Daily escorted side-excursions including entrance fees (hot air ballooning at extra cost)
- Use of 4 bicycles

What's Not Included

Full Board Cruise:
- Overseas air transportation to Paris and return
- Wine and other alcoholic beverages at restaurants
- Suggested minimum 5% gratuity for the crew, to be given to the captain in equivalent euros
- Trip cancellation insurance


Half Board Cruise:
- Overseas air transportation to Paris and return
- Dinner at selected restaurants at passenger's expense (transportation provided)
- Suggested minimum 5% gratuity for the crew, to be given to the captain in equivalent euros
- Trip cancellation insurance






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