Accommodations & Amenities

  • 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
Public Area
  • 100 Feet Long
  • 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


Travel from Auxerre to Chevroches on the Canal du Nivernais

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Welcome Aboard
Travel: Arrival to Auxerre
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met by a L’Art de Vivre crew member at the designated meeting point. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to L’Art de Vivre, moored in the town of Auxerre. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first gourmet dinner aboard.

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Pampered Grapes, An Iconic Wine
Travel: Auxerre to Vincelles
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Today's adventures begin with a lazy morning cruise. As the L’Art de Vivre glides along the canal, relax on deck with a cup of coffee, or enjoy a leisurely stroll or a gentle pedal on the towpath. In the afternoon, your Tour Guide chauffeurs you to the iconic vineyards of Chablis. Here, meet the viticulturists who expertly grow the pampered grapes from which this white wine is exclusively produced. Samples of the vineyard's vintages are of course offered! Then it’s back to the L’Art de Vivre for cocktail hour, followed by another gourmet dinner.

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Explore the Cobblestoned Streets of Auxerre
Travel: Vincelles to Mailly la Ville
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Today, your Tour Guide escorts you to the charming town of Auxerre. Located on the banks of the River Yonne, Auxerre was first settled by the Romans, and, as an affluent port city for the wine trade, boasts a Cathedral, an Abbey, and a Church. Known for intact Medieval buildings, this is the ideal place to stroll along cobblestoned streets, browse the boutiques, or enjoy a cafe in the town square. Return to the barge for an afternoon cruise, and socialize in the salon with a glass of locally produced wine before Chef presents tonight's dinner.

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Shop and Dine Locally
Travel: Mailly la Ville to Le Saussois
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboard, dinner ashore

Your Tour Guide escorts you on a morning visit to a local market in the village of Noyers. A study of modern life thriving within 15th century medieval architecture, residents are proud that Noyers has been officially designated as one of the prettiest towns in France. Taste locally made cheese, discover the old ramparts, and admire the intact half-timbered buildings. Return to the barge for an afternoon cruise, where the towpath beckons for a gentle pedal or a leisurely stroll. Dinner tonight is ashore at a charming bistro.

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The Inspiration for Pilgrims
Travel: Le Saussois to Coulanges
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning's excursion is to the hilltop town of Vézelay, one of Burgundy’s most beloved treasures. A vast view of the surrounding countryside awaits! Both the town and its 11th century Romanesque Basilica of St Magdalene are designated UNESCO World Heritage sites; Vézelay Abbey was also a starting point for pilgrims on the Way of St. James to Santiago de Compostela. After your tour, browse the village's shops and boutiques. Return to the barge for an afternoon cruise, and relax with drinks and dinner onboard.

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The Private Chateau of Bazoches
Travel: Coulanges to Chevroches
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Start the day with a tranquil traipse or a gentle pedal on the towpath during this morning's cruise. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to the Chateau of Bazoches, originally built in 1180 by Jean de Bazoches. Since 1675, it has been owned by many families and dynasties. Intriguing architecture abounds; the trapezoidal-shaped feudal castle comprises three round towers and a rectangular keep. Afterwards, your Tour Guide will return you to the barge for a festive cocktail hour and the Captain’s Dinner.

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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from Chevroches
Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions.

Gourmet Dining

  • Green Pea and Olive Salad with Ginger and Garlic
  • Sea Bass with Creamed Leeks and Tartar Sauce
  • Cheeses: Comté, Beaufort, Chaource
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas, and Biscuits
  • Wild Mushrooms in a Puff Pastry
  • Duck Breast in a Cassis Sauce
    Carrot Puree and Braised Endive
    Mixed Greens
  • Cheeses: Valencay, Epoisses, and Roquefort
  • Iced Hazelnut Mousse with Raspberry Coulis
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
  • 1 Dinner Ashore Inclusive of the Cruise Rate
  • Domaine Ferrari
  • Irancy ‘Les Palottes’
  • Coulanges la Vineuse
  • Hautes Cotes de Beaune
  • Pouilly Fuissé
  • Domaine Bouchard Père and Fils

Rates & Dates

Value Season
Regular Season
Private Cruise (for 8 guests)$35,000$40,000
Private Cruise (for 7 guests)$33,800$38,600
Private Cruise (up to 6 guests)$32,600$37,200
Double Cabin (Per Person, Double Occupancy)$4,690$5,390
Single-Occupancy Supplement$1,750$1,950

2019 Dates

Italic Dates = Value Season
Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

April7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-4
May5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
June2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-6
July7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-3
August4-10, 11-17, 18-24, 25-31
September1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-5
October6-12, 13-19, 20-26

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 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.
Not included in the rate
  • Airfare to and from France
  • cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

*All rates are quoted in U.S. Dollars unless otherwise noted.

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