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randle - burgundy Nivernais

Canal Barge in France

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Anyone who likes boats will love Randle which was traditionally built and is beautifully maintained. Shiny Brass and varnished wood create a cozy typical classic nautical atmosphere inside. With only 2 cabins and a Captain who enjoys customising itinerary and excursions, it's the perfect private boat for an intimate cruise. The "dine around" option will allow you to enjoy gourmet cuisine for diner at selected restaurants along Randle's cruise route.



The Randle is an elegant riverboat with modern comforts and classic charm. It features open bar and a cellar with range of great regional wines. Cabins are wood paneled with en-suite. The boat is air conditioned for hot summers and centrally heated for cool late season evenings· A Cordon Bleu chef will prepare lunches and guests will be chauffeured to vineyards, chateaux, and other places of interest. Evening chauffeur service to the restaurant of your choice every night.

on board

regular itinerary - Chevroches to Auxerre

SUNDAY - chevroches

2pm Paris rendezvous for a 2 1/2 hour private transfer to the Randle moored at the picturesque village of Chevroches. Enjoy a welcome aboard with Champagne canapés. Visit nearby Clamecy, an old town nestled in rolling landscape of the Nievre region from where the Nivernais canal gets its name. Take a walk through the meandering cobbled streets to the magnificent 16c church St Martin. Clamecy was the seat of the bishop of Bethlehem for 600 years and a centre of logging for 400.

"Sunday Evening's Gourmet Delight"
"2 Pieces Cuisine" Michelin Recommended Located in a charming 15th building on cobbled pedestrian street . The refined cuisine offered by chef Francois will seduce your taste buds and allow you to spend a pleasant moment.

MONDAY - Chevroches to Lucy-sur-Yonne

The morning cruise takes us past limestone cliffs and the 14c fortified farm Chartreuse-de-Bassville. After stopping for lunch we continue to Lucy-sur-Yonne featuring an 11c church. A guided afternoon tour takes us to Vezelay, an UNESCO world heritage site. Stroll the picturesque streets with many boutiques, art galleries, cafés, and restaurants.

Evening's Romantic Randle
Your personal gourmet chef Gael Robertson will prepare a delicious gourmet dinner aboard, paired with Premier-Cru Burgundy wine. Whether a romantic dinner for two, or when friends unite, you will have an evening of dining pleasure to remember.

TUESDAY - Lucy-sur-Yonne to Mailly-le-chateau

We set off along the meandering canal past the magnificent white cliffs of Rochers-du-Saussois. After lunch we arrive at Mailly-la-Ville. Take an Afternoon guided tour to the limestone caves of the Grottes-de-Arcy. A fascinating cave containing many 28,000 year old Palaeolithic paintings representing Bears, Rhino, and Mammoth.

"Chateau Vault-de-Lugny, Michelin Starred*"
In the majestic setting of a chateau castle an elegant menu awaits, chef Franco Bowanee pays tribute to the produce of the beautiful garden of the estate, adding some exotic touches, such a remarkable menu has been awarded the Michelin Star.

WEDNESDAY - Mailly-le-chateau to Accolay

Today is morning market at the village of Noyers-sur-Serein listed as one of the 156 prettiest villages of France. Home to many artists, a potter, a jeweller, and a leather maker. Stroll the cobbled streets and market stalls. After lunch aboard the Randle, afternoon cruise along the canal and river Yonne to the pretty Village of Accolay.

"Burgundy Country Charm: Hostellerie de la Fontaine"
The cuisine of Alain Pohu, head chef for more than 20 years, is Bourguignonne and Gastronomic, and in respect of seasonal products. The dining room is a 17th century undercroft, intimate and warm, of typical Burgundy charm.

THURSDAY - Accolay to Vincelles

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 above. We take an afternoon tour to the wine villages of Irancy, Chitry, and Chablis. View the famous Chablis grand-cru vineyards and take a wine tasting in the town.

"Auberge Les Tilleuls, Michelin Recommended."
At the edge of the river Yonne flamboyant chef Alain Renaudin puts together the right products to concoct tasty traditional cuisine presented on the charming terrace with a excellent choice of Burgundy wine.

FRIDAY - Vincelles to Auxerre

Today and we are river cruising along the Yonne with open vistas past pretty riverside villages. 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 buildings and cobbled streets, a great place for shopping or just people watching from one of the busy street side cafés.

"Friday's Dinner, la P'tite Beusaude"
Chef Jerome Carpentier offers traditional cuisine with local Burgundy . The waitresses are dressed with the traditional dresses of the Morvan. Let yourself embark on a gourmet trip at the "P'tite Beursaude"

SATURDAY - paris
After breakfast you are transferred by private car to Paris for your onward journey.

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

  • cruise
    2020 - 2021


    short cruise
    3 nights

    regular cruise
    6 nights

    All inclusive cruise
    6 nights - full board

  • Value season

    "dine around"
    1 -18 April / 11 - 30 oct

    US$ 8330

    The whole boat

    US$ 12589

    The whole boat

    US$ 14339

    The whole boat

  • regular season

    "dine around"
    19 APR - 16 May

    US$ 9360

    The whole boat

    US$ 13995

    The whole boat

    US$ 15747

    The whole boat

  • High season

    "dine around"
    17 MAY - 10 oct

    US$ 10388

    the whole boat

    US$ 15766

    the whole boat

    US$ 17516

    The whole boat

Price Randle includes:

Open bar and great regional wines at lunch time - 6 breakfasts - 5 lunches, 1 dinner prepared by a Cordon Bleu chef - Chauffeured tours by private car to vineyards, chateaux, and places of interest - evening chauffeur service included - 3G/GPRS Wi-Fi - Return Paris transfers.

These rates do not include:
• Insurance • Personal expenses • 5 evenings dining out at selected restaurants • 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.

Tim, the captain of the Randle considers Burgundy as an exceptional place for wine & food lovers.
Rather than keeping his guests every night onboard, he chose to schedule "dine out" places
along the way. Clients love it. You will too!

from Chevroches to Auxerre, bon appétit !

Sunday restaurant "2 Pieces Cuisine"
Located in a pedestrian street, close to the Canal du Nivernais and the famous collegiate church of the town center, this charming restaurant has the pleasure of welcoming you to its 15th century residence with a magical decor. The refined French cuisine offered by the Chef, will seduce your taste buds and allow you to spend a pleasant moment.

Monday, Dinner aboard the Randle
Your personal gourmet chef Gael Robertson prepares a delicious four course dinner aboard the Randle, paired with premier wine of the region. whether a romantic diner for two, or when friends unite, you will have an evening of dining pleasure to remember.

Tuesday, Chateau Vault de Lugny, Michelin Starred
A majestic setting - including a room in the old kitchens of the castle! - for an elegant menu; the chef pays tribute to the vegetables of the beautiful garden of the estate, and noble products in general, with some exotic touches ... The menu of Burgundy is remarkable and has been awarded a Michelin star.

Wednesday, Hostellerie de la Fontaine
Take a gourmet break at the Hostellerie de la Fontaine, in the heart of Accolay, at the edge of the Canal. The cuisine of Chef Alain Pohu, at the station for more than 20 years, is Bourguignonne and Gastronomic, in respect of seasonal products. The dining room is located in a 17th century cave, intimate and warm, of typical Burgundy charm.

Thursday, Auberge Les Tilleuls
Bucolic break at the edge of the Yonne. Here, the chef puts on the right products and concocts tasty traditional cuisine or more current recipes. Riverside Terrace and a good choice of Burgundy wine.

Friday, la P'tite Beusaude
Jerome Carpentier offers traditional cuisine with local Burgundy products, to continue in the authenticity of the restaurant, the waitresses are dressed with the traditional dresses of the Morvan! In a pretty little country house decor with exposed beams and a charming blue window dressed in green plants and a small terrace, let yourself embark on a gourmet trip to the "P'Tite Beursaude" in Auxerre.

Bon appetit!


Slow Travel at its Best
"My husband and I chartered this 4 passenger DELUXE barge which travels in Burgundy. We had never traveled this way before. We had no idea. We put ourselves in the hands of The Randle with Tim (owner and Capt) along with Gael a cordon bleu trained chef for a glorious, relaxed week of slow travel. Passing thru numerous locks provided entertainment between idyllic countryside scenery. Gael made lunches and breakfasts to order. Daily when we'd tie up, off we went on foot/via mercedes with Stuart to visit villages/chateau/shop. Wine tastings. Food was outstanding as was the burgundy wines and various. A/C in luxurious (by barge standards) staterooms, fine linens, ample hot water for showers and the like. The Randle was the most handsome barge on the canals. To use a car metaphor. If The Randle was a Bentley, the other barges we saw were Winnebago's. Booked 2 WEEKS in 2020." Judy & Mark cruised with us summer 2019

Idyllic, highly personalized way to see rural France
Magnificent week with Capn. Tim, Chef Gael, and "transportation co-ordinator' Stu aboard the Randle. We explored towns we'd never heard of, many unchanged for hundreds of years, and saw a France we'd never have been able to on our own--in the company of highly knowledgeable local residents(the above-mentioned English expats). Chef Gael was happy to accommodate my vegetarian husband, and introduced us to some of the best cheeses we ever tasted. And, of course, being in Chablis,the wines weren't too shabby either. Highly recommended.
Liz & Greg cruised in summer 2019

An incredible week on the Randle
My wife and I spent an incredible week on the Randle. We had the whole boat to ourselves because her friends bailed out at the last minute but I have no doubt that had they been there the experience would have been just as enjoyable. Captain Tim, chef Gale and deck hand Stewart were delightful and met our every need. Between our starting point ,Clamecy , and ending point ,Auxerre, we passed through almost 40 locks. Our path weaved in and out of the Nivernais canal and Yvonne river through the beautiful Burgundy countryside. After a continental breakfast, most mornings were spent chugging to the next mooring- Gale ( who was trained at the Paris Cordon Bleu) provided an incredible lunch very day and a 5 star dinner on our second night. Most afternoons were spent on an excursion ( Noyers medieval village, cave painting tour and Roman ruins were highlights) and evenings at local restaurants. We have traveled widely and I can honestly say that I have never enjoyed a more pleasurable experience. Thanks to Tim, Gale and Stuart we will very fond memories of our trip and recommend it highly to others!" Micheal & Sandra cruised in autumn 2018

a dream holiday
"My husband was a bit sceptical when I booked 3 days on the Randle, a wonderful, luxury barge which was to take the two of us along the Nivernais canal. It took about 10 seconds on board to turn him around. From the welcome aboard bottle of Mumm champagne, to the glorious meals prepared by Gael, to the beautiful green aspects of Burgundy along the canal, the trip was utter perfection. Tim the captain is charming, and designed the trip to suit us and what we wanted to see and do. With first mate Stuart, there was a seamless process getting the car to spots where a tour of vineyards etc could take place. Our cabin was very comfortable, and air-conditioning meant that the hot weather we encountered was not a problem. A blissful 3 days. I can't wait to do it again." Anne & Ralph cruised in summer 2017

happy cruise !


Bon voyage!