On Board

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.

The Boat

Elisabeth is a traditional Dutch barge built in 1930, converted to a hotel barge in the 1980s and has been operating throughout Europe ever since. She is 29.6 metres long and 5 metres wide (97ft x 16.5ft ).

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 exclusive sun terrace or perhaps curl up to watch a romantic movie using our modern entertainment system.

The Guest Accommodation

Each of the three guest rooms can be arranged as either a double or twin room - all have private ensuite facilities with exclusive toiletries and air-conditioning.

The spacious air-conditioned saloon and bar provide a calm and peaceful environment to relax with a good book, a glass of local wine and a catch-up of your day with your fellow guests.

Alternatively, watch the world go by from the large, shaded terrace offering luxurious outdoor furnishings.

Carefully chosen antique and modern furniture create a special boutique hotel style and atmosphere.

Facilities include:

  • Tassimo hot drinks system
  • 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

The Owners

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

Lily is the friendliest member of the crew. She loves to sit on the roof making sure everything is ship shape.


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

  • Welcome aboard!


    Day 1 - Monday

    After being met at a pre-arranged meeting point in Paris 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 - Tuesday

    The first day of your study in relaxation begins with a leisurely breakfast of your choice. After this, your first cruise will be a gentle glide in to Lezinnes. After lunch 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 your only task is to relax and reflect on your experiences and enjoy another sumptuous dinner.

  • After dinner, you can relax and make the most of your unique and comfortable environment, taking in the sunset and wildlife, as everything else is looked after by your hosts.

  • Lezinnes to Ancy-le-Franc

    Day 3 - 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 the traditional food and drink 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 Ancy-le-Franc. Another evening of fine wine, delicious food and great company awaits you.

  • Ancy-le-Franc to Ravières

    Day 4 - Thursday

    This morning, you will discover the Renaissance delights of the Chateau d'Ancy-le-Franc.

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

  • Ravières to Montbard

    Day 5 - Friday

    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 Montbard. Cocktails, canapés and dinner on board.

  • Montbard to Venarey-les-Laumes

    Day 6 - Saturday

    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 Venarey-les-Laumes.

  • After today’s afternoon tour of the oldest preserved Cistercian abbey at Fontenay, we celebrate your time aboard Elisabeth with the Captain's Gala Dinner.

  • 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 chosen point in Paris.

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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 three course lunch and five course dinner every day during your stay.

A typical lunch;

A typical dinner;

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 please contact us to discuss your arrangements.

2019 Rate 2020 Rate
6 People - €23,500 6 People - €23,500
4 People - €21,500 4 People - €21,500

We accept payments by phone or 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 to and from Elisabeth
  • Your travel insurance
  • Meals or drinks 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.