randle - Burgundy Nivernais

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randle - burgundy Nivernais

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Cruise with modern comforts and classic style aboard the Randle. Enjoy traditional boating
ambiance and classic style when you charter The Randle. Varnished wood, leather, and
polished brass, together with vintage propulsion combine to make a voyage to remember.

randle - burgundy Nivernais

Canal Barge in France

Randle as featured in February 2017 edition of Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine. Click here
Story by Wainwright Prize short-listed author Katharine Norbury and photography by River Thompson.

"the most splendidly pampered holiday we have ever had! Knowledgeable commentary from Tim, who clearly loves the place, great food and generosity from Gael, and formidable work behind the scenes by Stephan. thank you and every good wish"
Penny and David - September 2016

Anyone who likes boats will love Randle which was traditionally built and is beautifully maintained. Shiny Brass and varnished wood create a cozy typical classic nautical atmosphere inside. With only 2 cabins and a Captain who enjoys customising itinerary and excursions, it's the perfect private boat to cruise the narrow and scenic route from Auxerre to Moret-sur-Loing, the Impressionnist country. Enjoy gourmet cuisine for diner at selected restaurants along Randle's cruise route.




The Randle is an elegant riverboat with modern comforts and classic charm. It features open bar and a cellar with range of great regional wines. Cabins are wood paneled with en-suite. The boat is air conditioned for hot summers and centrally heated for cool late season evenings· A Cordon Bleu chef will prepare lunches and guests will be chauffeured to vineyards, chateaux, and other places of interest. Evening chauffeur service to the restaurant of your choice every night.

on board

itinerary - Auxerre to Moret-sur-Loing

SUNDAY - Clamecy

You chauffeured private car meets you at your Paris hotel, airport arrivals, or station. Usual pickup time 2pm for onward transfer to Auxerre (pop. 45,000). Welcome aboard the Randle with captain’s Champagne reception, and gougére pastries. Auxerre has been a prosperous town since roman times and is dominated by the 11-16c St Étienne cathedral built on the high ground overlooking the river. Although a bustling and modern town it maintains its 15c charm with timber framed buildings and cobbled streets, a great place for shopping or just people watching from one of the busy street-side cafés. Evening dining, there are many restaurants; here are two we like: - La P’tite Beusaude, a charming small restaurant where the focus is on traditional Burgundy cuisine. - L’Aspérule * Michelin. The cuisine like the deco of this small restaurant has a simplicity and lightness in presentation but delivers delightful and complex flavours.

MONDAY - Moret-sur-Loing to Joigny

A days cruising along the river Yonne, stopping for lunch at the pretty riverside village of Gurgy takes us to the town of Joigny (pop. 11,012). English Romanticist JMW Turner sketched here in 1820 and the town still remains much the same today. Joigny was fortified in the 10th Century and still retains its eastern ramparts and gate towers, cobbled streets and ancient buildings. For dining, two restaurants we like: La Cote Saint Jacques, *** Michelin with private mooring, a restaurant of the highest caliber Chef Jean-Michel Lorain offers the very best in French cuisine. Le Rive Gauche, run by Michelin Chef Jean-Michel’s Daughter, Catherine. Gourmet dining by the river.

TUESDAY - Joigny to Villenuve-sur-Yonne

Today we take a morning cruise to Villeneuve-sur-Yonne (pop. 5,200). Founded in 1163 by Louis VII. Phillip II Augustus held Parliament here in 1204, and the impressive fortified city gates still remain intact. Evening dining at the riverside La Lucarne-aux- Chouettes, once owned by well-known French actress and dancer, Leslie Caron.

WEDNESDAY - Villenuve-sur-Yonne to Sens

Today’s morning cruise takes us to Sens (pop. 26,600), with its mighty Gothic 12c cathedral St Etienne, the first of its kind in Europe. Enjoy a tour through this popular market town. Our overnight mooring is just five minutes from the town centre. Restaurant to choose: La Madeleine. To quote the chef Patrick Gauthier; “The kitchen starts in the morning at the market, these are the products that dictate the chefs’ recipes, plus a little love and a lot of passion.”

THURSDAY - Sens to Missy-sur-Yonne

Today we make a cruise to riverside village of Missy-sur-Yonne, Stopping on the way at Pont-sur-Yonne for lunch, it is close to where Napoleon was victorious against the Austrian army in 1814. Take an Afternoon tour to the ancient fortified and UNESCO listed town of Provins, or visit the nearby Champagne vineyards of the cóte de Sézanne Evening dining at the riverside Auberge des Cynes, close to our mooring

FRIDAY - Missy-sur-Yonne to Moret-sur-Loing

Today we cruise onto grand River Seine, for which takes us to our destination, Moret-sur-Loing. 19c English Impressionist Sisley painted from the banks of the river and it still remains a very charming and picturesque town. Take an afternoon tour to the nearby grand and ornate UNESCO listed chateau de Fontainebleau, country residence to the Kings and Queens of France for over seven centuries.

SATURDAY - Moret-sur-loing
After breakfast you are transferred by private car to Paris for your onward journey.

On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

  • cruise


    low season
    1 Apr to 4 May & 30 Sep to 27 Oct

    mid season
    6 to 26 May

    regular season
    27 May to 29 Sep

  • 2018 season
    6 nights

    full board / 1/2 board

    11255 / 9555 Euros

    The whole boat

    12555 / 10555 Euros

    The whole boat

    14155 / 12055 Euros

    the whole boat

  • 2018 season
    13 nights

    full board / 1/2 board

    22860 / 13155 Euros

    the whole boat

    26160 / 21855 Euros

    the whole boat

    28960 / 24515 Euros

    the whole boat

Price Randle includes:

Open bar and great regional wines at lunch time - 5 lunches prepared by a Cordon Bleu chef - Chauffeured tours by private car to vineyards, chateaux, and places of interest - 6 evenings dining out at selected restaurants (at guest' expense when 1/2 board) - 3G/GPRS Wi-Fi - Return Paris transfers.

Sample list of restaurants: click here

These rates do not include:
• Insurance • Personal expenses • Gratuities to the crew (between 7 and 10%)

To avoid currency exchange fees,
• Australians can pay in Australian dollars by direct deposit or credit card.
• New Zealanders can pay in New Zealand dollars by direct deposit or credit card.
• US citizens will be charged in US dollars using credit card.

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