elisabeth - burgundy

canal cruising in france

hotel barge holidays in france

canal cruising in france

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What clients have to say:

"John and I had a wonderful time on our trip with you! Your elegantly appointed barge was cozy and comfy; the food and wine were delicious, as were its choices; the scenery and weather were ideal; and of course, we loved being with our group and with the two of you and Glenn. We have no complaints or suggestions! Again, many thanks for your hospitality and excellent good cheer!"- Marsha & John

"We're just getting back to reality, after our week with you in Burgundy. It was a perfect vacation aboard Elisabeth. The food, the wines, the decor, the comfortable cabins and gathering spaces ,the excursions and above all your constant caring for our well being all added up to a week we'll never forget. It was wonderful to meet both of you (and Glen, an exceptional and knowledgeable guide). Now we have wonderful memories to share with family and friends. - Betsy & George

Elisabeth - burgundy

Canal Barge in France

Welcome aboard Elisabeth, l'Esprit du Bonheur...


Elisabeth is an historic hotel barge on the Canal de Bourgogne offering unique, luxury bed and breakfast and all-inclusive cruising holidays. Recently updated, she has been specifically designed for comfort, tranquillity and privacy whilst boasting a spacious and light environment with modern hotel facilities. All three guest rooms provide air-conditioned, private ensuite facilities with access to the saloon, bar with tea and coffee making facilities and dining area. During your stay we provide unrivalled personal service from our dedicated and experienced crew. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the canal from the comfortable, shaded terrace.

on board

burgundy - nivernais cruise

accolay to chevroches on canal du Nivernais
April to October

Day 1 - accolay

Welcome aboard! After being met at a pre-arranged meeting point and transferred to Elisabeth, you will enjoy a champagne welcome with your captain and crew. After settling in to your guest rooms, you will enjoy your first dinner onboard introducing you to the wonderful local cuisine and wines of Burgundy.

Day 2 - Accolay to Mailly la Ville

The first day of your study in relaxation begins with a leisurely breakfast of your choice. After breakfast your excursions begin. The first is to Chablis! Visit the old town surrounded by its 17,000 acres of Chardonnay vines. Taste the different classifications at prestigious wineries. On your return to Elisabeth lunch will be served. This afternoon, your first cruise will be a gentle glide along the Canal du Nivernais to Mailly la Ville. You can look forward to relaxing, reflecting on your experiences of the day and enjoying another fabulous dinner. After dinner, you can make the most of your unique and comfortable surroundings, taking in the sunset and wildlife, as everything else is looked after by your hosts.

Day 3 - Mailly la Ville to Le Saussois

After breakfast, we will take you to one of the prettiest villages in France. Famous for its beautiful narrow streets, medieval buildings as well as its wonderful artisanal shops offering an array of locally made products, Noyers will not disappoint.

Day 4 - Le Saussois to Chatel Censoir

This morning, you will discover the wonderful city of Auxerre. Situated on the banks of the Yonne, your tour guide will tell the story of the city through its array of impressive buildings. On our return to Elisabeth, lunch will be served. The afternoon is spent onboard relaxing during the cruise to Chatel Censoir. Another evening of fine wine, delicious food and great company awaits you.

Day 5 - Chatel Censoir to Pousseaux

Today, we tour the caves of the Grottes d'Arcy-sur-Cure. Carved out of the limestone landscape by subterranean river systems this fascinating cavern features some of the oldest cave paintings in Europe. We return to Elisabeth for lunch and for our leisurely cruise to our next destination of Pousseaux. Cocktails, canapés and dinner on board.

Day 6 - Pousseaux to Chevroches

This morning, why not enjoy a walk or a cycle along the towpath; passing picturesque countryside through which Elisabeth cruises on her way to our final destination of Chevroches. Today's tour takes us to the town of Vezelay. One of the must see UNESCO listed sites found in Burgundy. The town is crowned by its 12th century basilica from where St.Bernard of Clairvaux delivered his rousing speech before the 2nd crusade of 1147. This evening we celebrate your time aboard Elisabeth with the Captain's Gala Dinner.

Day 7 - Departure

After breakfast, sadly it's time to say goodbye - à la prochaine fois!". Your private transfer will drop you back to your chosen point in Paris.

Please note that the itinerary can be in the opposite direction.

  • 2020 - 2021

    all inclusive charter

    4 person charter

    5 person charter

    6 person charter

  • 7 day / 6 night Cruise
    all inclusive

    April - October

    20000 Euros

    22000 Euros

    24000 Euros

  • Price for elisabeth includes:

    • Bar • TV • Bluetooth sound system • Movie library • Extensive book library • Neal's Yard toiletries • Bath robes & fluffy towels • Hair dryers • Laptop sized safe • Mountain bikes • Wireless internet throughout

    These rates do not include:
    • Insurance • Personal expenses • Gratuities to the crew (between 7 and 10%)

    To avoid currency exchange fees,
    • Australians can pay in Australian dollars by direct deposit or credit card. • New Zealanders can pay in New Zealand dollars by direct deposit or credit card. • US citizens will be charged in US dollars using credit card.


    Bon voyage!