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-France, Northern Burgundy on Barge L'Art De Vivre-

Cruise Details:

  • Up to 8 guests
  • 100 Ft. Long
  • Rating: First Class
  • Charter & Cabin bookings
  • English Speaking Crew of 4
  • 8 Bicycles
  • Air Conditioned
  • Last Visited 2014

Cruise Rate Includes:

6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, chauffeured transfers from Paris to the barge & return, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch & dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.

Cruise Rate Does NOT Include

Airfare to and from France, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)


L'Art De Vivre

Ellen said: “We last visited L’Art de Vivre in 2014 and came away very enthusiastic about this barge. We found L'Art de Vivre moored deep in the countryside near an ancient stone bridge. This "floating country inn" style vessel fits very well into such idyllic scenery. The deck is large and boasts blue-striped chairs and a hot tub, while inside the skylit lounge is French in feel, with comfortable couches, soft color scheme, delicate wallpaper and a beautiful area rug.

Another change takes L'Art de Vivre northward to a stimulating itinerary on the Canal du Nivernais between Auxerre and Chevroches. This is one of the most scenic cruise routes in all of barging - floating past lovely towns, pastures; weeping willow trees line the shore and country cottages come into view often. The excursions are many and varied - something different every day, including winetasting at Chablis, an historic chateau, a basilica and shopping in cobblestoned towns.

L'Art de Vivre offers very good value for its price.Think about chartering this barge for your party of eight!


Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2017 Value Season Rates

Whole-Boat Charter for 6: $31,300
Whole-Boat Charter for 7: $32,400
Whole-Boat Charter for 8: $33,500
Individuals: $4,490 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: $1,700

2017 Value Season dates
April 9 - 15 July 23 - 29 August 13 - 19 October 15 - 21
April 16 - 22 July 30 - August 5 August 20 - 26 October 22 - 28
April 23 - 29 August 6 - 12 October 8 - 14

 

2017 regular Season rates

Whole-Boat Charter for 6: $36,200
Whole-Boat Charter for 7: $37,500
Whole-Boat Charter for 8: $38,800
Individuals: $5,250 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: $1,900

2017 regular Season dates
April 30 - May 6 June 4 - 10 July 9 - 15 September 10 - 16
May 7 - 13 June 11 - 17 July 16 - 22 September 17 - 23
May 14 - 20 June 18 - 24 August 27 - September 2 September 24 - 30
May 21 - 27 June 25 - July 1 September 3 - 9 October 1 - 7
May 28 - June 3 July 2 - 8
Barge Cruise

L'Art de Vivre Accommodations and Amenities

  • 100 Feet Long
  • Four identical cabins: 121 sq ft
  • All with choice of one queen or two twin beds
  • Bathrooms are elegantly 
    tiled with full-size shower
  • Hair dryer in bathroom
  • In the Public Areas
  • Attractive barge with a "Floating 
     Country Inn" look and skylit salon/dining 
      area with large windows.
  • Spa pool on deck
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • 8 bicycles









 



L'Art De Vivre Burgundy Barge Cruise Itinerary

Auxerre to Chevroches on the Canal du Nivernais


Sunday: Paris to Auxerre

Welcome Aboard!
In the afternoon, you will be met at the designated meeting point, and chauffeured to L’Art de Vivre, moored in Auxerre. 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.

Monday: Auxerre to Vincelles
Taste Wine in Chablis
Our morning cruise takes us 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. .

Tuesday: Vincelles to Mailly la Ville

A Gorgeous Medieval Town
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 barge for lunch and a cruise southwards through rich pasturelands and past grazing Charolais cattle to the town of Mailly la Ville. Perhaps this is a good time to enjoy a walk or bicycle ride along the towpath? Dinner on board.

Wednesday: Mailly la Ville to Le Saussois
Cruise Past Spectacular Scenery
This morning, we visit the charming 14th century medieval market village of Noyers one of the most beautiful villages in France, on an excursion through delightful countryside. In the afternoon we cruise past the Saussois cliffs where an international climbing centre creates a spectacular setting. There will also be the opportunity to enjoy spectacular walks or a bicycle ride before dinner ashore tonight.

Thursday:
Le Saussois to Coulanges
Historic Basilica
In the morning we enjoy an excursion to the 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. Lunch on board followed by an afternoon cruise through the Yonne Valley to arrive at Lucy-sur-Yonne. Dinner on board.

Friday: Coulanges to Chevroches
Chateau of Bazoches
A morning cruise through beautiful countryside then takes us to our final mooring at the pretty canal side village of Chevroches. In the afternoon, we visit the Chateau of Bazoches, built in the 12th Century and whose illustrious visitors included Richard the Lionheart. The chateau was later remodelled by Maréchal Vauban and there are wonderful views from its elevated hillside setting. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday: Chevroches to Paris
A Sad Farewell
L'Art de Vivre will be moored in Chevroches. Depart after breakfast for your chauffeured transfer back to the designated meeting point. Estimated arrival time into Paris is noon to 12:30 pm. Breakfast is your last on-board meal.


Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local
conditions. The route will run in reverse on alternate weeks. Contact The Barge Lady for reservations and more information about Barge cruises in Burgundy Or call us toll free at (800) 880-0071.

L'Art De Vivre Sample Menus

Lunch
Green Pea and Olive Salad with Ginger and Garlic
* * *
Chilled Bean Sprouts with Red Peppers and Soy Sauce
* * *
Curried Shrimp and Rice Salad
* * *
Grilled Turkey Salad with
Hearts of Palm and Toasted Pine Nuts
* * * * *

Dinner
Wild Mushrooms in a Puff Pastry
* * *
Duck Breast in a Cassis Sauce
Carrot Puree and Braised Endive
Mixed Greens
* * *
Cheeses
Gaperon
Buchons de Chevre
* * *
Iced Hazelnut Mousse
with Raspberry Coulis
* * * * *

~ Regional Wines ~
Sancerre
Chablis
Cote de Nuits
Hautes Cotes de Beaune

Picture a Barge Cruise on L'Art de Vivre

go barging in france on L'Art de Vivre

L'Art de Vivre Guest Book

guests on deck burgundy barge L'Art de Vivre

"Our time aboard the L'Art de Vivre couldn't have been more excellent. The crew were fabulous / amazing. All were very personable, friendly, upbeat, and extremely accommodating. They did everything they could to make this a wonderful experience. Tour Guide Melissa did an excellent job of keeping us informed of what we were doing, seeing, learning about. Everything we saw, the towns and sights we visited, were worthwhile. The jazz duo provided by Captain Fabrice was an exceptional treat! Very much appreciated.

There aren't words that would be appropriate enough to describe the cuisine, except perhaps 'decadent'!!! The care and attention to the food, the pairing of wines, the cheese...THE CHEESE...and the attention to detail was remarkable. Chef Jim worked at least 26 hours a day! Everything was fabulous and beautifully presented. Cabin accommodations were excellent. Beds and pillows were extremely comfortable and the room was much roomier than we had anticipated or imagined.

Barge Lady services were on the mark. Always responsive to questions. Pre-trip information was terrific. We felt very well informed vis-a-vis arrangements and there were no surprises (bad surprises). Timing of everything was perfect. There was no confusion at all about anything relating to what we would be doing or seeing or how the week was planned out. The crew kept us well informed each day. A quality experience in all ways."

- Jim and Sandy Corry, cruised September, 2016

"Our time on the L'Art de Vivre was fantastic! The crew was amazing! Captain Fabrice told us about our route, the boat, and the nearby villages, and points of interest. He even let passengers steer the barge! Hostess Cat kept our glasses full and the cabins tidy. Melissa, who was both the Deck Hand and Tour Guide, shared her knowledge of French history and culture, provided us with interesting tours, and accompanied us on our one meal off the barge. She was always willing to help out with language translation and made sure we could find what we needed in the local villages.

Chef Jim is outstanding. The meals really made this trip enjoyable. Each meal was amazing -- Jim is super talented. I tried and enjoyed several things that I normally do not enjoy such as duck, lamb, and scallops. I think these were the best meals I have ever eaten. Cat shared with us some great wines and cheeses at each meal. I was expecting something good, but they surpassed my expectations and delivered an outstanding experience.

The cabin was clean and comfortable. The crew stowed our luggage after we unpacked. There is limited storage space, so the recommendation to not pack too much is well worth heedng.  There was enough information about how to dress and what to expect at meals that I felt prepared. Recommendations for comfortable footwear were spot on.

I appreciated the quick responses from the Barge Lady while booking our trip, and the reminders about booking hotels before and after the trip. We stayed a the Hotel Louvre Saint Anne before the barge trip started, and the Hotel de L'Empereur after our trip. Both hotels were clean and comfortable with friendly front desk staff. The Barge Lady website has so much helpful information. I felt very comfortable purchasing our trip, in part because of the detailed and organized information on your website. Thank you!"

- Patti Fetz and Eric Agner, cruised June, 2016

"The cruise on the L' Art de Vivre far exceeded our expectations in large part because of the outstanding crew. Fabrice, the Pilot, was incredibly welcoming from the minute he picked us up in the van in Paris. He was informative and knowledgeable about all aspects of the barge. Hostess Kat did everything. She was encyclopedic as she introduced us to the wines and the cheeses of France. She also maintained the tidiness of the barge to an impeccably high standard. She baffled us on a daily basis with her ability to sneak below deck to clean our quarters without us even knowing she was gone. Kat interacted with all of in an easy going friendly manner and her laugh is wonderful! Ollie, the Chef, turned mealtime into a world class show. We literally applauded several times when he produced exquisite sizzling meals that looked great, smelled wonderful, and tasted otherworldly. His ability to create unique versions of traditional French dishes was a joy to behold. Tour Guide Yolanda used an unassuming style to introduce us to the area she calls home. Her gusto for getting things done was inspiring. She was prompt but relaxed in a way that added tremendously to the trip. Many thanks to The Barge Lady for helping us arrange our time on the L'Art de Vivre. I look forward to another barge cruise in the near future!"

- Bert Sandell, cruised September, 2015

"The L'Art de Vivre far exceeded our expectations because of the outstanding crew and gourmet food! The crew could not have been better. They were attentive, informative, and fun. Can't say enough good things about them. The cuisine was fabulous. The chef had a background in high end chalet and hotel cooking, and his dishes were excellent and also not overly heavy. It really turned out to be a gourmet dining cruise! We were really overwhelmed by how good the food, wine, cheese, and service was. The daily excursions were all interesting in their own way. We went places we probably would not have had it not been for the cruise. The cabin had very comfortable beds, and the bathroom and shower were surprisingly roomy. It was always kept neat and clean, and maintained at least three times a day. Barge Lady services were excellent, and all information was received on a very timely basis. We had a fabulous time!"

- Greg and Mary Beth Byrne, cruised June, 2015

"Both Ruthanne and I have very positive experiences with all aspects of the barge trip, starting with your own customer/detail package, through every aspect of the barge trip itself. Our hosts were pleasant, accommodating, and thoroughly very nice folks. I would give this barge trip an unqualified positive recommendation to anybody interested. We were particularly impressed with Chef Jim, who prepared from scratch daily the most wonderful meals. He was assisted by Lizzie, who, at the age of 22, really knew her wines, and was learning more every season. Captain Paul was a natural historian, and we both loved his presentations of some very, very, old cathedrals, basilicas, churches, as well as his detailed knowledge of the area, especially Chablis wine production."

- Bruce and Ruthane Hamline, cruised June 2014

L'Arte de Vivre Blog Posts, Recipes, Articles and Videos

Ask any Barge Lady, and she’ll tell you: when it comes to travel, more is better! Explore below for more of everything we love – videos, articles, blog posts, recipes and MORE!

 

Top 5 Fun Things to do on a Barge Cruise in France
Barge Lady guests know how to have a great time on the French canals. Take a look and see The Barge Lady's Top 5 Fun things to do on your barge cruise.

 

European Waterways Brass Visits the Barge Lady in Chicago
The Barge Ladies are always delighted to welcome our colleagues from European Waterways, a company which owns six barges in France, including Northern Burgundy barge L'Arte de Vivre.

 

+ - Overview

Cruise Details:

  • Up to 8 guests
  • 100 Ft. Long
  • Rating: First Class
  • Charter & Cabin bookings
  • English Speaking Crew of 4
  • 8 Bicycles
  • Air Conditioned
  • Last Visited 2014

Cruise Rate Includes:

6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, chauffeured transfers from Paris to the barge & return, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch & dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.

Cruise Rate Does NOT Include

Airfare to and from France, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)


L'Art De Vivre

Ellen said: “We last visited L’Art de Vivre in 2014 and came away very enthusiastic about this barge. We found L'Art de Vivre moored deep in the countryside near an ancient stone bridge. This "floating country inn" style vessel fits very well into such idyllic scenery. The deck is large and boasts blue-striped chairs and a hot tub, while inside the skylit lounge is French in feel, with comfortable couches, soft color scheme, delicate wallpaper and a beautiful area rug.

Another change takes L'Art de Vivre northward to a stimulating itinerary on the Canal du Nivernais between Auxerre and Chevroches. This is one of the most scenic cruise routes in all of barging - floating past lovely towns, pastures; weeping willow trees line the shore and country cottages come into view often. The excursions are many and varied - something different every day, including winetasting at Chablis, an historic chateau, a basilica and shopping in cobblestoned towns.

L'Art de Vivre offers very good value for its price.Think about chartering this barge for your party of eight!


Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2017 Value Season Rates

Whole-Boat Charter for 6: $31,300
Whole-Boat Charter for 7: $32,400
Whole-Boat Charter for 8: $33,500
Individuals: $4,490 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: $1,700

2017 Value Season dates
April 9 - 15 July 23 - 29 August 13 - 19 October 15 - 21
April 16 - 22 July 30 - August 5 August 20 - 26 October 22 - 28
April 23 - 29 August 6 - 12 October 8 - 14

 

2017 regular Season rates

Whole-Boat Charter for 6: $36,200
Whole-Boat Charter for 7: $37,500
Whole-Boat Charter for 8: $38,800
Individuals: $5,250 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: $1,900

2017 regular Season dates
April 30 - May 6 June 4 - 10 July 9 - 15 September 10 - 16
May 7 - 13 June 11 - 17 July 16 - 22 September 17 - 23
May 14 - 20 June 18 - 24 August 27 - September 2 September 24 - 30
May 21 - 27 June 25 - July 1 September 3 - 9 October 1 - 7
May 28 - June 3 July 2 - 8

Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise

L'Art de Vivre Accommodations and Amenities

  • 100 Feet Long
  • Four identical cabins: 121 sq ft
  • All with choice of one queen or two twin beds
  • Bathrooms are elegantly 
    tiled with full-size shower
  • Hair dryer in bathroom
  • In the Public Areas
  • Attractive barge with a "Floating 
     Country Inn" look and skylit salon/dining 
      area with large windows.
  • Spa pool on deck
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • 8 bicycles









 



L'Art De Vivre Burgundy Barge Cruise Itinerary

Auxerre to Chevroches on the Canal du Nivernais


Sunday: Paris to Auxerre

Welcome Aboard!
In the afternoon, you will be met at the designated meeting point, and chauffeured to L’Art de Vivre, moored in Auxerre. 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.

Monday: Auxerre to Vincelles
Taste Wine in Chablis
Our morning cruise takes us 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. .

Tuesday: Vincelles to Mailly la Ville

A Gorgeous Medieval Town
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 barge for lunch and a cruise southwards through rich pasturelands and past grazing Charolais cattle to the town of Mailly la Ville. Perhaps this is a good time to enjoy a walk or bicycle ride along the towpath? Dinner on board.

Wednesday: Mailly la Ville to Le Saussois
Cruise Past Spectacular Scenery
This morning, we visit the charming 14th century medieval market village of Noyers one of the most beautiful villages in France, on an excursion through delightful countryside. In the afternoon we cruise past the Saussois cliffs where an international climbing centre creates a spectacular setting. There will also be the opportunity to enjoy spectacular walks or a bicycle ride before dinner ashore tonight.

Thursday:
Le Saussois to Coulanges
Historic Basilica
In the morning we enjoy an excursion to the 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. Lunch on board followed by an afternoon cruise through the Yonne Valley to arrive at Lucy-sur-Yonne. Dinner on board.

Friday: Coulanges to Chevroches
Chateau of Bazoches
A morning cruise through beautiful countryside then takes us to our final mooring at the pretty canal side village of Chevroches. In the afternoon, we visit the Chateau of Bazoches, built in the 12th Century and whose illustrious visitors included Richard the Lionheart. The chateau was later remodelled by Maréchal Vauban and there are wonderful views from its elevated hillside setting. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday: Chevroches to Paris
A Sad Farewell
L'Art de Vivre will be moored in Chevroches. Depart after breakfast for your chauffeured transfer back to the designated meeting point. Estimated arrival time into Paris is noon to 12:30 pm. Breakfast is your last on-board meal.


Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local
conditions. The route will run in reverse on alternate weeks. Contact The Barge Lady for reservations and more information about Barge cruises in Burgundy Or call us toll free at (800) 880-0071.

+ - Menu

L'Art De Vivre Sample Menus

Lunch
Green Pea and Olive Salad with Ginger and Garlic
* * *
Chilled Bean Sprouts with Red Peppers and Soy Sauce
* * *
Curried Shrimp and Rice Salad
* * *
Grilled Turkey Salad with
Hearts of Palm and Toasted Pine Nuts
* * * * *

Dinner
Wild Mushrooms in a Puff Pastry
* * *
Duck Breast in a Cassis Sauce
Carrot Puree and Braised Endive
Mixed Greens
* * *
Cheeses
Gaperon
Buchons de Chevre
* * *
Iced Hazelnut Mousse
with Raspberry Coulis
* * * * *

~ Regional Wines ~
Sancerre
Chablis
Cote de Nuits
Hautes Cotes de Beaune

Picture a Barge Cruise on L'Art de Vivre

go barging in france on L'Art de Vivre

L'Art de Vivre Guest Book

guests on deck burgundy barge L'Art de Vivre

"Our time aboard the L'Art de Vivre couldn't have been more excellent. The crew were fabulous / amazing. All were very personable, friendly, upbeat, and extremely accommodating. They did everything they could to make this a wonderful experience. Tour Guide Melissa did an excellent job of keeping us informed of what we were doing, seeing, learning about. Everything we saw, the towns and sights we visited, were worthwhile. The jazz duo provided by Captain Fabrice was an exceptional treat! Very much appreciated.

There aren't words that would be appropriate enough to describe the cuisine, except perhaps 'decadent'!!! The care and attention to the food, the pairing of wines, the cheese...THE CHEESE...and the attention to detail was remarkable. Chef Jim worked at least 26 hours a day! Everything was fabulous and beautifully presented. Cabin accommodations were excellent. Beds and pillows were extremely comfortable and the room was much roomier than we had anticipated or imagined.

Barge Lady services were on the mark. Always responsive to questions. Pre-trip information was terrific. We felt very well informed vis-a-vis arrangements and there were no surprises (bad surprises). Timing of everything was perfect. There was no confusion at all about anything relating to what we would be doing or seeing or how the week was planned out. The crew kept us well informed each day. A quality experience in all ways."

- Jim and Sandy Corry, cruised September, 2016

"Our time on the L'Art de Vivre was fantastic! The crew was amazing! Captain Fabrice told us about our route, the boat, and the nearby villages, and points of interest. He even let passengers steer the barge! Hostess Cat kept our glasses full and the cabins tidy. Melissa, who was both the Deck Hand and Tour Guide, shared her knowledge of French history and culture, provided us with interesting tours, and accompanied us on our one meal off the barge. She was always willing to help out with language translation and made sure we could find what we needed in the local villages.

Chef Jim is outstanding. The meals really made this trip enjoyable. Each meal was amazing -- Jim is super talented. I tried and enjoyed several things that I normally do not enjoy such as duck, lamb, and scallops. I think these were the best meals I have ever eaten. Cat shared with us some great wines and cheeses at each meal. I was expecting something good, but they surpassed my expectations and delivered an outstanding experience.

The cabin was clean and comfortable. The crew stowed our luggage after we unpacked. There is limited storage space, so the recommendation to not pack too much is well worth heedng.  There was enough information about how to dress and what to expect at meals that I felt prepared. Recommendations for comfortable footwear were spot on.

I appreciated the quick responses from the Barge Lady while booking our trip, and the reminders about booking hotels before and after the trip. We stayed a the Hotel Louvre Saint Anne before the barge trip started, and the Hotel de L'Empereur after our trip. Both hotels were clean and comfortable with friendly front desk staff. The Barge Lady website has so much helpful information. I felt very comfortable purchasing our trip, in part because of the detailed and organized information on your website. Thank you!"

- Patti Fetz and Eric Agner, cruised June, 2016

"The cruise on the L' Art de Vivre far exceeded our expectations in large part because of the outstanding crew. Fabrice, the Pilot, was incredibly welcoming from the minute he picked us up in the van in Paris. He was informative and knowledgeable about all aspects of the barge. Hostess Kat did everything. She was encyclopedic as she introduced us to the wines and the cheeses of France. She also maintained the tidiness of the barge to an impeccably high standard. She baffled us on a daily basis with her ability to sneak below deck to clean our quarters without us even knowing she was gone. Kat interacted with all of in an easy going friendly manner and her laugh is wonderful! Ollie, the Chef, turned mealtime into a world class show. We literally applauded several times when he produced exquisite sizzling meals that looked great, smelled wonderful, and tasted otherworldly. His ability to create unique versions of traditional French dishes was a joy to behold. Tour Guide Yolanda used an unassuming style to introduce us to the area she calls home. Her gusto for getting things done was inspiring. She was prompt but relaxed in a way that added tremendously to the trip. Many thanks to The Barge Lady for helping us arrange our time on the L'Art de Vivre. I look forward to another barge cruise in the near future!"

- Bert Sandell, cruised September, 2015

"The L'Art de Vivre far exceeded our expectations because of the outstanding crew and gourmet food! The crew could not have been better. They were attentive, informative, and fun. Can't say enough good things about them. The cuisine was fabulous. The chef had a background in high end chalet and hotel cooking, and his dishes were excellent and also not overly heavy. It really turned out to be a gourmet dining cruise! We were really overwhelmed by how good the food, wine, cheese, and service was. The daily excursions were all interesting in their own way. We went places we probably would not have had it not been for the cruise. The cabin had very comfortable beds, and the bathroom and shower were surprisingly roomy. It was always kept neat and clean, and maintained at least three times a day. Barge Lady services were excellent, and all information was received on a very timely basis. We had a fabulous time!"

- Greg and Mary Beth Byrne, cruised June, 2015

"Both Ruthanne and I have very positive experiences with all aspects of the barge trip, starting with your own customer/detail package, through every aspect of the barge trip itself. Our hosts were pleasant, accommodating, and thoroughly very nice folks. I would give this barge trip an unqualified positive recommendation to anybody interested. We were particularly impressed with Chef Jim, who prepared from scratch daily the most wonderful meals. He was assisted by Lizzie, who, at the age of 22, really knew her wines, and was learning more every season. Captain Paul was a natural historian, and we both loved his presentations of some very, very, old cathedrals, basilicas, churches, as well as his detailed knowledge of the area, especially Chablis wine production."

- Bruce and Ruthane Hamline, cruised June 2014

+ - More!

L'Arte de Vivre Blog Posts, Recipes, Articles and Videos

Ask any Barge Lady, and she’ll tell you: when it comes to travel, more is better! Explore below for more of everything we love – videos, articles, blog posts, recipes and MORE!

 

Top 5 Fun Things to do on a Barge Cruise in France
Barge Lady guests know how to have a great time on the French canals. Take a look and see The Barge Lady's Top 5 Fun things to do on your barge cruise.

 

European Waterways Brass Visits the Barge Lady in Chicago
The Barge Ladies are always delighted to welcome our colleagues from European Waterways, a company which owns six barges in France, including Northern Burgundy barge L'Arte de Vivre.

 


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