The Diner's Nivernais Cruise - Six Nights

Enjoy the epicurean lifestyle as you cruise through the beautiful bucolic Burgundy countryside from restaurant to restaurant. France is renowned for its cuisine and here in our corner of Burgundy we have a choice of some very wonderful dining establishments, dine at cosy bistros and aboard, the choice is yours, evening chauffeur service is included for your dining pleasure.

Rolling wooded hills, green pastures and tranquil evening moorings are the features of this beautiful Burgundy cruise along the upper Nivernais Canal. 

Includes two dinners aboard however dining at delightful restaurants ashore is additional to cost. Offers true flexibility, dine Michelin style or cosy Bistro, as you like, and experience the best of French restaurant dining at your own pace.

6 nights whole boat charter for up to four passengers.

Sunday - Paris Rendezvous

At 2pm the captain greets you at our agreed Paris meeting point, hotel, station or airport arrivals lounge for a private transfer to the Randle waiting on the picturesque lake Baye, enjoy a Champagne welcome aboard, meet the crew and settle in.

Champagne Welcome Aboard

Enjoy a stroll around the lake with its sparkling waters, sailing boats and fishermen, all set in a region of outstanding natural beauty and national park of the Morvan. 

Evening Dining Aboard the Randle

Chef Gael prepares a gourmet dinner from fresh local and seasonal produce.

Salmon marinated with Beetroot & Dill
Parma wrapped Pork Fillet stuffed with Sage & Shallots
Fraisier Cake

Paired with a fine premier-cru from the Chablis vineyards.

Monday - Three Tunnels 

Chef Gael arrives with fresh croissants and prepares a delicious continental breakfast as we commence our cruise by passing through three tunnels set deep in a stone walled ravine like the entrance to an ancient lost city,

We then descend the engineering marvel of sixteen consecutive locks, stopping for lunch along the way, to arrive to our tranquil evening mooring at Sardy.

George Washington

Our afternoon tour takes us to the Château de Chastellux, home to François Jean de Beauvoir, Marquis de Chastellux, a military strategist and close friend to George Washington who helped him defeat the British at the Battle of Yorktown in 1781. 

Evening dining : Hotel de l'Europe.

The old coaching inn set in the town centre offers traditional Burgundy cuisine in relaxed surroundings.

Tuesday - Silver Mines 

Today our morning cruise takes us to the canal side village Chitry-les-Mines, named after silver mines worked here during the Renaissance. 

14th Century Fortified Chateau 

Take an afternoon tour to the 14c fortified chateau in the village, with its splendid interior and its fascinating history which includes serving as a German command post in WWII whilst simultaneously hiding British airmen smuggled there by the French Resistance.

Evening dining at Les Deux Ponts

Set in a mix of the old and the new, classic and modern, countrified and urban. Chef Phillip cooks according to the seasons and gladly welcome you to the shade of the old chestnut tree or in the restaurant next to the fire. 

Wednesday - Drawbridges 

This morning’s cruise takes us along the meandering canal and under three drawbridges to arrive at the small farming community of Dirol. 

Chateau de Bazoches

Take an afternoon tour to Chateau-de-Bazoches, built on Roman foundations and dating from 12c it was home to the military engineer Marquis de Vauban. Considered one the of the greatest military engineers of all time he was responsible for the fortification of over 160 places, towns and ports in France during the reign of King Louis XIV. 12 of the forts are now world heritage sites and his influence remained for many decades after his death.

Evening dining at Auberge-de-Centre

Set in the centre of the pretty village of Monceaux-le-Comte, Ron and Katrina prepare classic french dishes in a restaurant with such retro style ambiance that could be the perfect setting for a classic French film noir.

Thursday - White Horses

Cruising past bucolic meadows with herds of white charolais cattle and horses we arrive at the small canal side village of Asnois, with nearby watermill. 

Wine Tasting 1568

The afternoon tour is to nearby village of Tannay to les caves
tannaysiennes built in 1568 by Claude de La Porte, sample their excellent Pinot Noir red, and Chardonnay & Melon white wines.

Evening dining aboard the Randle
Chef Gael prepares a gourmet dinner from fresh local & seasonal produce.

Gambas Flambées au Cognac
Tournedos of Beef with Parsley & walnut pesto
Profiteroles au Chocolat

Paired with another delicious Pinot Noir of the region, Savigny-les-Beaune from the captain's cellar.

Friday - Historic Clamecy

Today the meandering canal-du-Nivernais takes us to the old town of Clamecy.

Bishop of Bethlehem

Before dinner enjoy an evening stroll around historic Clamecy, nestled in the rolling landscape of the Nievre region from where the Nivernais Canal gets its name. Wander through the meandering cobbled streets with ornate timbered houses to the magnificent 16c church St Martin. Clamecy was also the seat of the bishop of Bethlehem for six hundred years before the revolution.

Evening dining at Hostellerie de le Poste

The town's old staging inn where once the postal carriage arrived and passengers rested dined. Chef Denis Guenot prepares revisited regional cuisine, young, inventive, and adapted to the rhythm of the seasons. Enjoy accompanied by excellent Burgundy wines.

Saturday - A Sad Farewell

After a delicious breakfast aboard we bid you au revoir for your private transfer to your Paris hotel, station, or airport departure lounge.

Vegetarian and Vegan Options

Suggested menus only, please enquire about our vegetarian and vegan cruises. All food allergies and preferences are catered for, it is our chef's pleasure to cook to your exact requirements.

Unwind aboard your private charter péniche with fine wine and gourmet cuisine, #luxury, #wellness #tranquillity.

Paris Transfers Included

The suggested itinerary above can be tailored to your exact requirements and focused on your subjects of interest.

Evening dining options are as your choosing

Please contact us for any queries you may have.

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.

6 night private diners cruise for up to four Passengers.
Included : 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 2 dinners aboard, tours, entrance fees, evening chauffeur service, and Paris transfers.

Not included : 4 Dinners ashore at local restaurants along our route. Add additional dinners aboard with our Cruise Builder.

Whole Boat Charter Before April 18 and after Oct 11 April 19 to May 16 May 17 to Oct 10
Six Night in Euros 
€ 10,901.00, 4 passengers

€ 8,784.00, 2 passengers
€ 12,682.00, 4 passengers

€ 9,403.00, 2 passengers
€ 13,570.00, 4 passengers

€ 10,800.00, 2 passengers

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