Nivernais Canal & River

Enjoy a six night barge cruise along beautiful Canal du Nivernais, intertwined with the river Yonne it is a jewel in the crown of canal cruising and our most popular route. 

Constructed between 1784 and 1843 to transport firewood and products of the region to Paris. Renowned for its beauty and tranquillity, the canal passes through picturesque valleys, villages, historic towns, and vineyards.

6 night private barge cruise for up to four Passengers.

Included : 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 1 dinner aboard, tours, entrance fees, evening chauffeur service, and Paris transfers.

Not included : 5 Dinners ashore at local restaurants along our route. Add addition dinners aboard with our Cruise Builder.


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 (pop’ 4,500) 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, 

Evening dining : Hostellerie de le poste

A classic French restaurant hotel with relaxed surroundings and extensive wine list. 


We depart at 9am to descend onto the river Yonne, the morning cruise takes us past limestone cliffs and the 14c fortified farm Chartreuse-de-Bassville. After stopping for lunch we continue to our destination of the day, Lucy-sur-Yonne (pop’ 151) with 11c church with restored stained glass windows, and a mill pond nearby.

A guided afternoon tour takes us to Vezelay, an UNESCO world heritage site and fortified town with Romanesque Basilica dedicated to Mary Magdalene. Stroll the picturesque streets with many boutiques, art galleries, cafés, and restaurants.

Evening dining: Aboard the Randle 

Our very own gourmet chef Gael prepares a four course dinner from fresh local produce complimented with a selected premier-cru wine of the region.


At 9am and we set off along the meandering canal past hilltop villages past the magnificent white cliffs of Rochers-du-Saussois. After lunch we arrive at Mailly-la-Ville (pop’605) with pretty river mooring. 

Take an Afternoon guided tour to the limestone caves of the Grottes-de-Arcy. A fascinating cave system which runs for over 500m underground and contains many 28,000 year old Palaeolithic paintings representing Bears, Rhino, and Mammoth.

Evening dining : l'étape-des-Gourmets or Chateau Vault-de-Lugny 

Dine at the étape-des-gourmets for dinner with local flavour, or for a grand night out at the Chateau Vault-de-Lugny with evening chauffer service included.


Today is morning market at the village of Noyers-sur-Serein. A very picturesque fortified village with 15c timber framed buildings with intricate carvings, it is listed as one of the 156 prettiest villages of France, "Les Plus Beaux Villages de France". Home to many artists, a potter, a jeweller, 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 an afternoon cruise along the canal and river Yonne to the pretty Village of Accolay (pop’ 467)

Evening dining : Hostellerie-de-la-fontaine

A surprisingly good find and a short walk from our mooring with elegant under-croft restaurant or al fresco dining on balmy evenings.


9am we depart from our mooring and 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.

Evening Dining : Auberge-de-les-tilleuls

With riverside setting close to our mooring chef Alain Renaudin prepares gastronomic dishes from fresh local ingredients.


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.

Evening dining : La P’tite Beusaude

A small and charming restaurant where Jérôme and Sylvie Carpentier focus on traditional Burgundy cuisine.


After breakfast aboard we bid you á bientót for your
chauffeured transfer to your Paris hotel,
station, or airport.

Paris Transfers Included 

Whats included?
  • 22 metre (72ft) private riverboat with modern comforts and classic charm.
  • Mercedes V Class Avantgarde : Paris Transfers, Tours, and evening chauffeur service.
  • Crew of three; Captain and Owner, gourmet chef, and tour guide host.
  • Fine Dining with selected premier-cru wine whilst aboard.
  • Air conditioned and en-suite mahogany panelled cabins.
  • Private guided tours to vineyards, chateaux, castles, and places of interest.
  • Electric bicycles for exploring villages and towns.
  • Rowing launch for exploring the tranquil backwaters of the river Yonne
  • Wi-Fi, music system, and satellite TV/DVD
  • Evening restaurant chauffeur service included.
  • Options include Golf, Spa, Fly Fishing, Horse Riding, Ballooning, and Boating.
  • maximum four passengers.

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