Luxury Barge l'Art de Vivre - Burgundy
On April 11, 2014
  • Total Passengers :8
  • No of Cabins : 4

L’Art de Vivre started life as a Scottish lumber carrier and has been carefully transformed by skilled craftsmen into a floating celebration of the Burgundian “good life”. Ref.: BBAVEW

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Aboard L'Art de Vivre, there is a sun deck to relax on with a glass of wine as you glide through the pretty Burgundy countryside, a relaxing spa pool and, of course, bicycles for exploring along the towpath before rejoining the hotel barge at one of the locks up ahead.


L'Art de Vivre offers four reconfigured cabins, each one between 100 - 110 sq ft that also includes newly tiled en-suite bathrooms. Each cabin can be configured with two twin beds or a queen bed.

This is a region with a vast variety of cheeses, in all shapes, sizes and colours, strong in character or mild and fresh and all can be enjoyed with full-bodied red Burgundies, or perhaps with lighter white Chablis wines. Burgundy’s gastronomic tradition is certainly rich and diverse and a sedate cruise on a hotel barge along one of its delightful waterways will allow you to indulge in good food and wine, two of the real pleasures in life.


Your crew of four comprises a Captain, Master Chef, Tour Guide and Hostess, all with a love of the Nivernais Canal and secure in the knowledge that their vessel represents “L’Art de Vivre” itself. The region simply oozes charm and the cruise is a journey back in time along a magical waterway.
L'Art de Vivre cruises the lower Nivernais and the Yonne Valley between Chevroches and the medieval town of Auxerre. The region simply oozes charm and the cruise is a journey back in time along a magical waterway. The Upper Nivernais remains an undiscovered region, well off the beaten track on the edge of the Morvan hills. The sleepy hamlets, white grazing Charolais cattle, woods and forests are typical of the scenery the barge cruises through. The Canal du Nivernais region is where time seems to have stood still for over two hundred years. The hand-swung bridges are a delight and we pass old logging sites which are now almost a forgotten memory for the local people. Luxury barging is a rarity that is welcomed by all, and every journey is made into a great event that is shared and enjoyed by everyone.


Sunday, Day 1 AUXERRE

Guests are met at the designated meeting point in Paris and transferred to the pretty L’Art de Vivre. Following a Champagne Welcome, you are free to explore the medieval town of Auxerre or take a stroll along the banks of the River Yonne before returning for dinner on board.


Our morning cruise takes us through some delightful locks and past vineyard-clad hillsides to our rural mooring at Vincelles. The afternoon excursion is to Chablis, home of one of the most famous white wines in the world. A tasting in one of the town’s aged cellars will introduce you to some of the local Petit Chablis and Chablis wines. Dinner on board.


After breakfast, our excursion is to the medieval town of Auxerre. Originally the capital of Lower Burgundy, the town prides itself on its lavish Renaissance houses, fine churches and particularly its magnificent cathedral situated close to the river. We then return to the hotel barge for a cruise southwards through rich pasturelands and past grazing Charolais cattle to the town of Mailly-la-Ville. After your relaxed lunch on board, perhaps this is a good time to enjoy a walk or bicycle ride along the towpath. Dinner on board.


This morning, we visit the charming 14th century medieval market village of Noyers-sur-Surein, one of the most beautiful villages in France, on an excursion through delightful countryside. In the afternoon we cruise past the cliffs at Le Saussois, a stunning natural setting, with an international climbing centre. There will also be the opportunity to enjoy delightful walks or bicycle rides along the towpath, before dinner ashore at a local restaurant.


In the morning we enjoy an excursion to the pilgrimage town of Vézelay, one of Burgundy’s most famous treasures with the Romanesque Basilica of St Mary Magdalene, craft shops and fine views of the surrounding countryside. After lunch on board L’Art de Vivre, an afternoon cruise through the picturesque Yonne Valley to arrive at Lucy-sur-Yonne. Dinner on board.


A morning cruise through beautiful countryside takes us to the pretty canalside village of Chevroches and again this is a perfect time for a walk or a bicycle ride. In the afternoon, we visit the Château de Bazoches, whose illustrious visitors included Richard the Lionheart. The château was later remodelled by Maréchal Vauban. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 CHEVROCHES

After breakfast, disembark L'Art de Vivre and transfer to the designated drop off point in Paris.

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

The cruise cost includes:

6 nights accommodation in an air-conditioned, en-suite cabin

All gourmet meals, wines, all-day open bar, soft drinks etc

Daily excursions by chauffeured, air-conditioned mini-bus

Use of all barge facilities  e.g. bicycles, spa pool

Local transfers e.g. to and from Paris

Services of a professional, experienced crewa