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  • The Burgundy region in France hosts rolling hills covered with oak and maple forests as well as world renown vineyards, hearty cuisine and pastoral French countryside.
  • The Burgundy region of France offers a variety of cruises on either the Nivernais Canal or the Burgundy Canal.
  • Visit, with their painted shutters and doorways framed in roses.
  • Learn how the construction of the 155-mile Burgundy Canal, a masterpiece of pre-Industrial Revolution design, forever changed the social evolution of the Burgundy area in France.

The Burgundy region in France hosts rolling hills covered with oak and maple forests as well as world renown vineyards, hearty cuisine and pastoral French countryside. Visit the 15th century chateaus, medieval villages such as Chateauneuf en Auxois, go wine tasting in Meursault or stroll through the covered market of Dijon. Our barge trips in Burgundy take you through the heart of central/northeastern France at a leisurely pace in luxurious, comfortable style.

On the Nivernais canal there is continuous variety. We cruise through lands where Charolais cows graze by the water's edge. Stone-built villages invite you to visit, with their painted shutters and doorways framed in roses. Centuries-old locks mark the way, a contact with a life-style where hustle knows no place.

Learn how the construction of the 155-mile Burgundy Canal, a masterpiece of pre-Industrial Revolution design, forever changed the social evolution of the Burgundy area in France.

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Vineyards and Villages - France

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Best Vacation Ever! August 2017

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The Family Magic Trip down the lower Salmon River in August was AMAZING! The guides were awesome! So knowledgeable, funny, and resourceful. The food was better than most restaurants and my kids loved it (as did I)! The River Jester (Lily) was such a sweet yet stern and fun lady that kept the kids entertained and they loved her. They setup camp for us each day at these amazing beaches! I have never been rafting, and they were there to make it seem easy and doable! I loved that they taught us about the local history and environments. A stop at Spalding was awesome start to the trip! I enjoyed the paddle boats, inflatable kayaks, and the oar boats. I even became part of the swim team but it was a good experience having the guides there to ensure our safety. I loved cliff jumping, the short hikes, swimming the rapids, and swimming in the river with the kids. The time with friends and family was great. It was so relaxing and good to meet so many different people I feel that I can call my friends now. Best part was sleeping under the stars with my family hearing the rushing river next to us. The guides made the trip so personal and they were caring! Thanks so much Mark, Max, Connie, Jonas, Curtis, Lily, and Bethany! Absolutely recommend going on a trip with ROW and I plan to with my children again, it was worth every penny! Thanks Jason for helping plan the trip for me!
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A great way to get off the beaten path! January 2017

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ROW Adventures is a great way to get off the beaten path and experience our wonderful wilderness with a set of wonderful guides. I am not sure which was the best part of our 6 day trip on The River of No Return; the guides, the food, meeting new people, the river... But all seemed to fall into a wonderful rhythm that perfectly complimented each other. My family was very concerned that we even signed up for this type of vacation. It is one thing to go floating in the wild in your young, but quite different when you are many years down the road and suffer from chronic pain. For some reason, the cooler water if the river, time to give back to ur soul, the daily stops to visit the hot springs, the wonderful healthy great tasting food, and encouragement of our guides all seemed to bring back the youth of our younger days gone by. We smiled, giggled, shared great drink and laughed at the joke after joke. But most of all, it was the guides that made our trip as each day unfolded. Each guide brought back the youth of our soul through the morning stretches, the stories of past explorers, and the shared fishing tackle! Now my next wish is to embark on a new ROW adventure with my son so we can share a new chapter of complete happiness in our beautiful wilderness...Maybe Hells Canyon or their adventure that offers trail riding and fast river rafting! Either way, it is something for everyone no matter what your age!
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Love Row! January 2017

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Love all the people at Row. Professional and fun. They really give you a hands on experience. Can't wait to spend the summer again with next year!!!

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Well organized trip! January 2017

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They are well organized, served a great lunch and have guides that know the river and have a great sense of humor! Thanks Neil for a fun day!

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See you again! January 2017

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Had a blast last year on Snake River. Very professional and fun guides. The canyon was on fire and they just took this in stride and adjusted.See you July 30 for Middle Fork of Salmon.

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Day: 1

Meals: Dinner

the Nivernais CanalThe 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, the 13 - 15th Century Abbey and Parish Church. A Champagne reception welcomes our guests on board.

Day: 2

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

the Nivernais CanalThe barge cruise upriver leads us into beautiful pastoral countryside intermingled with sweeping reaches of the River Yonne. After lunch we arrive at the Crément making centre of Bailly. Here in 1972 local winemakers restored the fortunes of this ancient vineyard area with the production of sparkling Crémant de Bourgogne in what are now known as the Caves de Bailly. The picturesque villages of St Bris and Irancy, also devoted to wine, stand nearby.

Our visit in the afternoon is made to a wine cellar in the vicinity of Chablis, 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'.

Day: 3

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The barge cruise in the morning along the canal takes you towards the River Cure on the 'Vermenton Arm' and the village of Accolay. 

Our visit 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. Place St Nicholas, by the river, commemorates the patron saint of barge people. Nearby from the Place du Coche Eau, passengers once boarded packet-boats for Paris. 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 town's strategic position ensured a rich trading history and also saw Joan of Arc stop twice to pray in the Cathedral of St Étienne. Napoleon famously stayed in Auxerre during “the hundred days” following his return from exile on Elba, before heading north to Waterloo in 1815. The afternoon provides a good opportunity to visit the shops and take time to enjoy French provincial life.

Day: 4

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our visit in the morning from Accolay, takes us 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. One of our charter groups, with a passion for these rare wild flowers found 6 amongst the old grounds of the chateau, much to the great delight of Willem Adriaan de Bruyn, who leads the renovation of this gem of Burgundian heritage.

The barge cruise after lunch 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.

Day: 5

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our visit to Vézelay is in the morning, where the spectacular 12th Century Basilica dominates the town. The steep-sided hill town 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!).

The barge cruise in the afternoon to an evening mooring at Lucy-sur-Yonne passes 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. Do take a look at our video for a true idea.

Day: 6

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The barge 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 visit on the final afternoon 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.

Day: 7

Meals: Breakfast

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.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 55,000

Price Per Day:

$ 7,857 per day
  • Deposit Price: $ 500

Charter Rates

  • From $55,000 for the Whole Barge


7-Day Guided Barge Tour

  • Departures: Every Sunday April through October
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Ship Name

The Luciole

Ship Stats
  • 114 Feet Long
  • 14 Passengers
  • 6 Crew
  • 3 Double Cabins, 3 Twin Cabins, 2 Single Cabins
  • Saloon
  • Sun Deck
  • 12 Touring Bicycles
  • Air-Conditioned
  • Central Heating
Ship Description

A 100' beauty that carries up to 12-14. Meander down the Nivernais from Auxerre to Clamecy. wine-making centre of Bailly. Learn the secrets of French winemaking and visit Chablis and the historic town of Avallon and Vezelay, with its spectacular 12th Century Basilica. See the imposing Chateau of Bazoches and wrap up your tour in the medieval town of Clamecy.

In the saloon, wall to wall, low level picture windows allow uninterrupted views of the Burgundy countryside. Refreshments are freely available at all times from our open bar. Air-conditioning is installed throughout the Luciole and is Individually controlled in each cabin.

The cabins include three doubles, each of which can be converted into twins, three twin bedded cabins and two singles. Each has its own private shower and toilet facilities.

Our days balance cruising the glorious Nivernais Canal with a daily excursion in our accompanying bus. Burgundy is a tremendously historical and culturally rich region with chateaux, market towns and vineyards. Our expert on-board guide knows this region well and we know you will be enchanted by our corner of France and all it has to offer.

Cruise Route: Auxerre to Clemecy

Trip Includes
  • Meals mentioned in Itinerary
Trip Excludes
  • Personal Expense
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Personal Expenses
Meals Included:

6 Breakfast, 5 Lunches and 6 Dinner

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Start City
End City
Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation Policy:

If you find it necessary to cancel your trip, please notify us as soon as possible. If written cancellation is received by ROW (call to verify) before the final balance is due, you will be given a refund less the amount of deposit. Deposits are non-refundable. If cancellations are made on or after the final due date, no money will be refunded. You are welcome to find a replacement for yourself. Please understand that once you’ve signed up, we lose the right to sell your reserved spaces to other individuals or groups. Therefore, we regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies. For this reason we a strongly recommend you consider purchasing a travel protection plan.


Trip Protection Plan

We offer a comprehensive cancellation and trip protection plan through our office and recommend this coverage which protects your payments if you have to cancel for medical or other covered reasons.

Additional Information:

Please note: The cruising itinerary will be in the reverse direction, if the Luciole is moored in Clamecy at the start of the week. Our bus can make a small detour to collect passengers from Auxerre should they not wish to rendezvous with us in Paris.

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