Cruise the French canals and rivers aboard the luxury hotel barge Colibri. Colibri offers unchallenged luxury and comfort on one of the most beautiful barges cruising the canals of Europe today.The deluxe accommodation offers elegance and comfort whilst maintaining a relaxed atmosphere for up to four guests.

The delicious cuisine, sumptuous wines and high level of service go together to make the most wonderful barge cruise vacation.

Colibri is privately owned and operated which means we can tailor cruises and excursions to suit your interests and ideals to make your stay on board the holiday of a lifetime.

Come aboard and be indulged and pampered, it is our pleasure for you to thoroughly enjoy your cruise and vacation exploring the impressive canals of France.


6 Nights 7 Days Available on request Auxerre, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
What we'll give. What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • The full board cruise includes accommodation for 5 nights, breakfast, lunch and dinner each day whilst on board.
  • The half board cruise includes accommodation for 5 nights, breakfast, lunch and the first evening's dinner aboard. 
  • Specially selected wines are provided with meals and there is a well appointed bar, chauffeured and guided excursions, use of bicycles, and transfers between the Colibri and the nominated meeting place.

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Airfares and transport to the nominated meeting place
  • Personal holiday / travel insurance
  • Use of the telephone
  • Special excursions and activities not discussed at time of booking.
What makes this tour special
  • Maximum of four guests
  • All inclusive cruises
  • Two spacious staterooms
  • Walk around twin / king-size beds
  • Ensuite modern bathrooms
  • Opening windows throughout
  • Daily guided excursions
  • Large sundeck (60m2)
  • Teak lounging chairs
  • Separate teak dining table and chairs
  • Air-conditioning / Central heating
  • Largest wine collection aboard
  • Four bicycles
  • Owner / operator

Nivernais cruise 

Guest will be met by Captain Earl at noon, from the pre-arranged pick up point and transferred to Colibri. Warm welcome aboard, followed by your first lunch aboard. After lunch, our cruise will start, leaving our rural canal side mooring in the Upper reaches of the Yonne valley near the town of Corbigny. From here we will start our decent through this green and beautiful landscape towards Auxerre. This is a lovely cruise winding through the countryside and passing thorough ancient lift bridges as we go. This evenings mooring is in a village setting on the edge of the picturesque Yonne River. A good chance to take a stroll and stretch your legs before your wonderful dinner aboard.

This morning’s excursion will be to the Château de Bazoches that became Home to the Marquis de Vauban in 1675, and is still in the hands of his descendants today. Vauban was the famous military strategist to Louis XIV, who improved several structures on the Canal du Midi, such as the "L'épanchoir de l'Argent-Double" and is famous for his many fortresses. After lunch on board, we will continue our cruise heading toward the town of Clamecy, with its timber framed buildings and cobbled streets, once the home of a thriving timber industry. This is a truly fabulous sector of navigation as here we start to switch between stretches of the Yonne River and stretches of canal.

Vézelay and the magnificent Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene will be our visit today. Vézelay is a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the starting points for pilgrims on the route to Santiago de Compostela. The hill top town of Vézelay is lovely to wander around and has some interesting shops and art galleries to peruse. This afternoons cruise, will be mostly canal cruising today, with the river flowing nearby. A rural village mooring is the setting for this evening.

Today is market day in the charming 14th century medieval market village of Noyers-sur-serein. This beautiful river side village becomes a riot of colours with market stalls offering fresh local vegetables and fruits, and local cheeses and farm produce. The village shops and market also offer clothes and local hand crafts, leather bags, pottery, and other fun bits and pieces to catch your interest. Returning to Colibri for a sumptuous lunch and a relaxing afternoon of cruising. As Colibri cruise the canal, sit on deck and soak up the sun, walk or cycle along the towpath diverting to explore the villages along the way. We cruise past the cliffs of the Rochers du Saussois, switching between river and canal to our peaceful evening mooring in Mailly le Château.

This morning’s visit is to the village of Chablis which gives its name to one of the most famous French white wines. We will have an in-depth look at what makes this white wine one of the most recognisable in the world, and of course allow our taste buds to have the last word as we sample all four of the AOC denominations, including the Grand Cru. These wines will also grace your table during the week, as we drift along the canal. Our cruise this afternoon takes us to our evening mooring of Accolay, a side branch of the canal where the River Cure joins the Yonne.

After a leisurely breakfast, depart Colibri, Earl will take you to our agreed drop of point to continue your travels.

This is a sample itinerary, and we would be delighted to customise our itinerary to enhance your cruise and visits.

Pickup point
Auxerre, France View on Map