Welcome...

... aboard Elisabeth, "The Spirit of Happiness"...

Elisabeth is a beautiful hotel barge on the Canal du Nivernais and the Canal de Bourgogne offering unique, luxury, all-inclusive, fully customisable cruising holidays. Redesigned in 2018 and 2019, Hotel Barge Elisabeth 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 en suite facilities with access to the saloon, bar with tea and coffee making facilities and dining area. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the canals and rivers of France and allow our dedicated and experienced crew to provide you with unrivalled personal service.

Thank you very much for your gracious hospitality, amazing cuisine, gorgeous accommodation and lots of smiles! 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. We loved being with you and having Glen as our guide!
John & Marsha
To David and Matthew (and Lily), the voyage on Elisabeth exceeded all our expectations and we’ll store this experience in our memories. We're just getting back to reality here in Baltimore 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) I appreciate your helping hands throughout the week. I am on the mend. Our journey home was uneventful and now we have the memories to share with family and friends.
Betsy & George
You couldn’t have been more kind, thoughtful, and solicitous to our every anticipated need and desire. I am particularly grateful for your adaptations to our varied infirmities. You were helpful without condescending and cheerful right up to that 5 AM wake up call on our day of departure. A large part of enjoying such an intimate group comes from the good nature of the hosts. Your ability to share in our fun, while working so hard to provide us all the accoutrements to the barge experience, contributed greatly to our vacation. Thank you. I loved the emphasis on local, from the cheese, to the creme fraiche, to the fruits and vegetables, to the pastries, and of course, to the wines. You really did make every effort to give Burgundy its due. We’ll bore our friends for weeks about the week we have spent with you. You have made us all very happy. Thanks for everything!
Mimi & Bill
This was our second trip with this team. Every aspect of the trip from arrival to departure was carefully thought out. Accommodations were extremely comfortable and meals were superb. Looking forward to another trip in the future.
Lee & Bill
Thoroughly enjoyed our time on board the barge mainly because of the two guys running it. David and Matthew obviously delight in what they do. This is a very special experience. A slow pace of relaxing indulgence! Made to feel at home whilst being served outstanding food and drinks as the world slowly paces by.
Nikki & Simon

Your Barge

Elisabeth is an elegant Dutch barge built in 1930 and is one of the last remaining luxemotor hotel barges to retain her sweeping lines. She was thoughtfully converted from a cargo carrying barge to a deluxe floating hotel in the 1980s and has been delighting guests ever since. At 29.6 metres long and 5.05 metres wide (97ft x 16.5ft ) Elisabeth offers queen sized bed chambers and an in-room laptop safe big enough for all of your modern crown jewels (or diamonds and tiaras)!

We expect all our guests to treat Elisabeth as their home from home during their stay. Relax in the large, comfortable sofas with a cocktail from the bar, read a book from the library on the sun terrace or perhaps curl up to watch a romantic movie using our entertainment system.

Guest Accommodation

Each of the three spacious guest suites can be arranged as either a walk-around queen or, if preferred, a generous twin room - all have private en suite facilities with luxurious toiletries and fully adjustable air-conditioning.

We pride ourselves on sourcing only the very best linens for our guests; nothing says indulgence like superior quality bed linens, hand picked pillows and a perfectly balanced mattress. Enjoy the best night’s sleep the waterways of France have to offer.

Antique and modern furniture create a special boutique hotel style and atmosphere. The generous and tastefully decorated air-conditioned saloon and bar provide a calm and peaceful environment to relax with a good book, a glass of carefully selected wine or perhaps share the day’s inspiring sights, sounds and tastes with your fellow bargees. Do you want to play that special song? Ask Alexa or you can connect your phone or tablet to one of the Bose Bluetooth speakers.

The tranquil shaded terrace offers panoramic views of the bucolic Bugundy countryside. Settle back, unwind and watch the world go by from the sumptuous outdoor furnishings – the onboard crew are always at hand to spoil you and indulge your every whim!

Facilities include:

  • 3 spacious en suite queen or twin suites
  • Luxurious toiletries
  • Bath robes & fluffy towels
  • Hairdryers
  • Laptop sized in-room safes
  • Open bar including cocktails made to order
  • Climate controlled wine cellar
  • TV with movie library and accessibility to all streaming services
  • Bose Bluetooth speakers
  • Amazon Echo in each public space
  • Extensive book library
  • Delightful sun terrace and covered wheelhouse
  • Wonderfully comfortable outdoor furniture
  • Bicycles and helmets for each guest
  • Wireless internet throughout

The Owners

The experienced owners, David and Matthew and their crew will endeavour to look after your every need and offer you a personalised, unrivalled service.

David has spent many years in the hospitality industry, more than 15 years travelling the world for work and has run a successful hotel barge on the River Thames, UK. All of his business experience has honed his customer service skills and refined his ideas of luxury travel, so that he is now delighted to be able to offer his own discerning levels of service and his innate sense of style to the guests of Hotel Barge Elisabeth.

Matthew, an internationally renowned musician and passionate foodie, is now bringing his perfectionism and attention to detail to the cuisine of Elisabeth. His dedication to flavour and locally sourced ingredients, coupled with his artistic flair, ensures a “standing ovation” after every meal.

Lily is the friendliest member of the crew. She loves to sit at the bow watching the crew handle the ropes; making sure everything is ship shape.



Cruising

Your time on board Elisabeth will help you redefine “relaxation”.

Cruising the Nivernais Canal

  • Welcome aboard!

    VERMENTON to ACCOLAY

    Day 1 - Sunday

    After being met at a pre-arranged meeting point and transferred to Elisabeth, you will enjoy a champagne welcome with your captain and crew. A very short cruise takes us to the small village of Accolay. 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.

  • ACCOLAY to MAILLY-LA-VILLE

    Day 2 - Monday

    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 Accolay. 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.

  • MAILLY-LA-VILLE to LE SAUSSOIS

    Day 3 - Tuesday

    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 your return, you will be served another delicious lunch. The afternoon is spent onboard relaxing during the cruise to Le Saussois. Dinner on board.

  • LE SAUSSOIR to CHATEL CENSOIR

    Day 4 - Wednesday

    After an early breakfast, we will take you to one of the prettiest villages in France. Today you will be able to take in the sights, sounds and smells of a traditional market in the beautiful medieval village of Noyers. You will get to sample more of the wonderful local produce the Burgundy region has to offer. Perhaps try out your French and haggle with a stall holder or two for some ingredients of today’s lunch?!

  • 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.

  • CHATEL CENSOIR to POUSSEAUX

    Day 5 - Thursday

    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.

  • POUSSEAUX to CHEVROCHES

    Day 6 - Friday

    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 afternoon, 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. This evening we celebrate your time aboard Elisabeth with the Captain's Gala Dinner.

  • CHEVROCHES

    Day 7 - Saturday

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

  • An
    Unforgetable
    Journey

If you have any specific requests for your time with us then please let us know in advance and we will endeavour to arrange it for you.

Cruising the Burgundy Canal

  • Welcome aboard!

    TANLAY

    Day 1 - Sunday

    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.

  • TANLAY to LEZINNES

    Day 2 - Monday

    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 the Champagne region! You will be visiting the unique houses of Southern Champagne with opportunities to stock-up your cellars! On your return to Elisabeth lunch will be served. This afternoon our first cruise will be a gentle glide in to Lezinnes. You can look forward to relaxing and reflecting on your experiences of the day and enjoying another sumptuous 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.

  • LEZINNES to ANCY-LE-FRANC

    Day 3 - Tuesday

    This morning's relaxing cruise is to Ancy-le-Franc. After lunch, a short stroll takes us to discover the Renaissance delights of the 16th Century Chateau d'Ancy-le-Franc with a private guided tour. Another evening of fine wine, delicious food and great company awaits you.

  • ANCY-LE-FRANC to RAVIERES

    Day 4 - Wednesday

    After an early breakfast, we will take you to one of the prettiest villages in France. Today you will be able to take in the sights, sounds and smells of a traditional French market in the beautiful medieval village of Noyers. You will get to sample more of the wonderful local produce the Burgundy region has to offer. Perhaps try out your French and haggle with a stall holder or two for some ingredients of today’s lunch? On your return, you will be served another delicious lunch. The afternoon is spent onboard relaxing during the cruise to Ravières. Dinner on board.

  • RAVIERES to BUFFON

    Day 5 - Thursday

    Today, we tour the vineyards and town of Chablis soaking up the atmosphere of this famous town and taste some excellent samples of this celebrated wine. We return to Elisabeth for lunch. Then all you have to do is sit back and enjoy a leisurely cruise to our next destination of Buffon where we moor next to the 18th Century forge. Cocktails, canapés and dinner on board

  • BUFFON to MONTBARD

    Day 6 - Friday

    After a leisurely morning, why not enjoy a walk or a cycle along the towpath; passing picturesque villages through which Elisabeth cruises on her way to our final destination of Montbard.

  • This afternoon's tour of the oldest preserved Cistercian abbey and UNESCO World Heritage Site at Fontenay. Tonight we celebrate your time aboard Elisabeth with the Gala Dinner hosted by your Captain.

  • Departure

    Day 7 - Sunday

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

  • An
    Unforgetable
    Journey

If you have any specific requests for your time with us then please let us know in advance and we will endeavour to arrange it for you.

A two week cruise of the Nivernais Canal, Yonne River and Burgundy Canal

  • Welcome aboard!

    MAILLY LA VILLE

    Day 1 - Sunday

    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 a short evening cruise to Mailly la Ville and settling in to your guest rooms, you will enjoy your first dinner onboard introducing you to the wonderful local cuisine and wines of Burgundy.

  • MAILLY LA VILLE to ACCOLAY

    Day 2 - Monday

    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 Bazoches! The original castle was built in 1180. Following various changes of ownership in the next five centuries it was bought and extensively upgraged by Vauban, a military engineer who had the favour of Louis XIV in 1675. On our way back to Elisabeth we have the opportunity to do a tour and tasting at the Caves de Bailly – a producer of some fabulous fizz! Lunch will be served on our return to Elisabeth.

  • This afternoon, your first cruise will be a gentle glide along the Canal du Nivernais to Accolay. 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.

  • ACCOLAY to VINCELLES

    Day 3 - Tuesday

    This morning, you will discover the wonderful town of Vezélay. one of the must-see UNESCO listed sites found in Burgundy. The town is crowned by a 12th century basilica from where St.Bernard of Clairvaux delivered his rousing speech before the 2nd crusade of 1147. On your return, you will be served another delicious lunch. The afternoon is spent onboard relaxing during the cruise to Vincelles. Dinner on board.

  • VINCELLES to AUXERRE

    Day 4 - Wednesday

    This morning’s relaxing cruise is to Auxerre. After lunch on board, we tour the town of Auxerre. Formerly the capital of Lower Burgundy and strategically situated on the banks of the Yonne, your tour guide will tell the story of the city through its array of impressive buildings. Dinner this evening will be ashore. Your hosts will help with selection of the restaurant and, if necessary, chauffeur you there and back.

  • AUXERRE to GURGY

    Day 5 - Thursday

    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.

  • We return to Elisabeth for lunch and for our leisurely cruise to our next destination of Gurgy. Here we join in with local people ashore for a wine and cheese tasting (un apero ! ) before dinner on board.

  • GURGY to MIGENNES

    Day 6 - Friday

    Today's morning cruise takes us to Migennes. Following lunch on board our tour takes us to 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. Another delicious dinner served on board.

  • MIGENNES to BRIENON SUR ARMANCON

    Day 7 - Saturday

    After breakfast, we take a trip in to Champagne country! You will experience a private tour and tasting at two Champagne houses. Lunch will be ashore. On our return to Elisabeth we will cruise to Brienon sur Armançon followed by dinner on board.

  • BRIENON SUR ARMANCON to SAINT FLORENTIN

    Day 8 - Sunday

    After breakfast, you will have the chance to take in the sights, sounds and smells of a traditional French market with a visit the famous market in Chablis! Here you can watch artisans making some of the best boudin noir you will ever taste, marvel at the beautiful displays of fruits and vegetables, and taste local cheese and meats. Dare you try the local speciality of andouillette?! After this we will visit one of the most prestigious wine makers in Chablis to learn about and taste their wonderful wines. On your return to Elisabeth lunch will be served. This afternoon, our cruise continues to Saint Florentin.

  • This afternoon, your first cruise will be a gentle glide along the Canal du Nivernais to Accolay. 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.

  • SAINT FLORENTIN – FLOGNEY LA CHAPELLE

    Day 9 - Monday

    This morning, you will visit a local cheese maker; you will be walked through the whole process and be able to taste their delicious cheeses. Another fine lunch awaits you on Elisabeth. This afternoon we cruise to Flogney la Chapelle. Why not explore this lovely rural village before dinner on board?

  • FLOGNEY LA CHAPELLE to TONNERRE

    Day 10 - Tuesday

    Following another delicious breakfast on board we make our way to the Abbaye de Fontenay; the oldest preserved Cistercian abbey and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • TONNERRE to TANLAY

    Day 11 - Wednesday

    This morning, you will visit the town of Tonnerre. Step in the footsteps of the Romans, discover the secrets of the Chavalier d’Eon, explore the Hotel Dieu de Tonnerre and who was Marguerite de Bourgogne-Tonnerre? Once back on Elisabeth, you will be served another delicious lunch. The afternoon we cruise to Tanlay. Why not explore this lovely rural village before dinner on board?

  • TANLAY to LEZINNES

    Day 12 - Thursday

    Today we will tour the beautiful 16th Century chateau at Tanlay. A chateau that has remained in the same family since 1705. You will see the wonderful gallery painted in Trompe-l'œil as well as gaining an understanding of the history of the wars of religion in France whilst seeing a 16th Century fresco in the Tour de la Ligue. This afternoon’s cruise is to Lezinnes.

  • LEZINNES to ANCY-LE-FRANC

    Day 13 - Friday

    This morning we continue our cruise through the beautiful Burgundian countryside to our final destination of Ancy-le-Franc. After lunch you tour guide will take you to the Chateau d’Ancy le Franc – a short stroll away from our mooring. The chateau has one of the largest collections of Renaissance murals. Step in the footsteps of Louis XIV whilst exploring this beautiful jewel of Burgundy.

  • This evening we celebrate your time aboard Elisabeth with the Captain's Gala Dinner.

  • Departure

    Day 14 - Saturday

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

  • An
    Unforgetable
    Journey

If you have any specific requests for your time with us then please let us know in advance and we will endeavour to arrange it for you.

Food & Drink

Our food philosophy is to provide fresh, regional and seasonal food. We have been introduced to some incredible local producers in our search for the very best ingredients available in the region.

Our experienced chef creates a bespoke menu based on the availability of the freshest produce and your dietary requirements. You will be served a two course lunch and five course dinner every day during your stay.

A typical lunch;

  • Smoked trout, apple, fennel, broad bean, frisée and pomegranate salad
  • A selection of local cheeses or dessert

A typical dinner;

  • Amuse-bouche of a wild mushroom tartine
  • Herb tea infused snails with lardons and peas
  • Poached chicken breast with morel mushrooms, truffle and cream reduction
  • A selection of local cheeses
  • Freshly made Earl Grey madeleines with goats milk ice cream

We have specifically selected local wines to complement your food and are happy to provide other wines upon request. We also have a range of beers, spirits and soft drinks available on board. All of these drinks, as well as teas and coffees are included in your stay.

If you have any specific food or drink requirements or special requests please let us know in advance.


Rates & Booking

Should you wish to book your bespoke luxury cruise or are interested in our tailorable six night half-board cruise then please contact us to discuss your arrangements.

2021 Rate 6 night charter 13 night charter
6 Passengers USD 29,000 (24,000 EUR) USD 63,000 (52,000 EUR)
5 Passengers USD 26,700 (22,000 EUR) USD 57,800 (47,700 EUR)
4 Passengers USD 24,300 (20,000 EUR) USD 52,700 (43,500 EUR)
Per cabin (two people) USD 9,700 (8,000 EUR) USD 21,000 (17,350 EUR)
Per cabin (one person) USD 7,300 (6,000 EUR) USD 15,750 (13,000 EUR)
2022 Rate 6 night charter 13 night charter
6 Passengers USD 30,300 (25,000 EUR) USD 65,500 (54,000 EUR)
5 Passengers USD 27,900 (23,000 EUR) USD 60,300 (49,800 EUR)
4 Passengers USD 25,500 (21,000 EUR) USD 55,200 (45,500 EUR)
Per cabin (two people) USD 10,000 (8,300 EUR) USD 21,800 (18,000 EUR)
Per cabin (one person) USD 7,600 (6,250 EUR) USD 16,400 (13,550 EUR)

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

The full charter prices quoted above include;

  • Private whole boat charter of 30m (100ft) traditional Dutch barge with a modern boutique hotel interior.
  • 6 or 13 nights’ accommodation as booked in three air-conditioned cabins with private ensuite bathrooms. Each cabin can be configured as a queen bed or twin beds.
  • Private transfers from Paris, Lyon, or Geneva (elsewhere by arrangement)
  • Crew of 4; Captain, chef, tour guide and host.
  • All meals including specially selected and matched wines.
  • Open bar
  • Private guided tours of local area (vineyards, chateaux and other historically interesting places). All tours are customisable to fit with your interests.
  • Sufficient bicycles for all passengers to explore the local area.
  • Wi-Fi throughout, movie library, Amazon Echos in passenger areas.
  • Extensive library, games compendium.

We accept payments by credit card or by direct bank transfer. Please call on +33(0)6 01 42 95 68 or email us at info@hotelbargeelisabeth.com for more details.

The price does not include:

  • Your travel insurance.
  • Meals, drinks or other items purchased ashore.
  • Specifically requested additional products and services.

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Contact Us

Please email us on info@hotelbargeelisabeth.com or call us on +33(0)6 01 42 95 68 - alternatively complete the form below to send us a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Friends & Suppliers

Cheeses and Dairy products – FROMAGERIE LES BONS GARÇONS, 4 Rue des Forges, 58800 Corbigny

Foie Gras and other Duck products - FOIE GRAS RABUAT ET FILS, 2 Rue de la Fontaine - Cidex 401 89144 Méré - https://www.foiegras-rabuat.fr/

Bakers -

  • L'UNIVERS GOURMAND, 19 Grande rue Basse, 89430 TANLAY - http://lunivers-gourmand.fr
  • BURIOT GRÉGORY, 15 Rue de l'Abreuvoir, 89290 Vincelles
  • BOULANGERIE MEIGNEN, 2 Rue des Promenades, 58500 Clamecy
  • ROY SÉBASTIEN, 4 Rue du Petit Marché, 58500 Clamecy
  • DUCHON, 4 Rue du Colonel Rozanoff, 89660 Châtel-Censoir
  • BOULAND GUILLAUME, 27 Rue du Gén de Gaulle, 89270 Vermenton

Butcher and Charcutier – PICOCHE, 1 Grande rue Basse, 89430 Tanlay

Fresh and smoked trout - FERME AQUACOLE DE CRISENON, Lieu-Dit Crisenon, 89460 PREGILBERT