Accommodations & Amenities View Deck Plan

  • 100 ft long, with 6’5 ceiling height throughout
  • 4 cabins, all 100 sq ft, 6’5 ceiling height
  • Choice of a queen or two twin beds
  • Ensuite bathrooms with shower
Public Area
  • Limited storage space in cabins
  • Combined salon and dining area
  • Deck with umbrellas
  • Outdoor dining space and seating
Chauffeured Guided Sightseeing
Chauffeured Guided Sightseeing
Daily Housekeeping
Daily Housekeeping
WiFi (service fluctuates)
WiFi (service fluctuates)
Private Chef
Private Chef
Open Bar
Open Bar
Bicycles and Helmets
Bicycles and Helmets
Air Conditioning/Heating
Air Conditioning/Heating
Hair Dryer and Toiletries
Hair Dryer and Toiletries
Hot Tub on Deck
Hot Tub on Deck
Sound System
Sound System
220 volt outlets
220 volt outlets


Travel from Auxerre to Chevroches on the Canal du Nivernais

Bicycling Opportunities:
 (Bicycling is completely optional.)
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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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Paleolithic Treasures and Modern Pleasures
Travel: Auxerre to Vincelles
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

A morning cruise glides past charming villages and vineyard-clad hillsides. Explore the caves of Arcy sur Cure this afternoon. A complex of underground chambers carved by water from the limestone rock which are home to some of the oldest cave paintings known to man, these extraordinary images were created 28000 years ago by their Paleolithic inhabitants. Afterwards, visit the cellars of Bailly-Lapierre, also carved out of the rock, for a tasting of sparkling Crémant de Bourgogne. Return to the barge for drinks and dinner onboard.

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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 accompanies you to the 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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A Grape Time Was Had by All
Travel: Mailly la Ville to Le Saussois
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore

This morning, your Tour Guide escorts you to the celebrated wine village of Chablis. After viewing the vineyards, visit the prestigious Domaine Laroche for a winetasting, which is then followed by a tour of the monastery of St. Martin. Here is where monks developed the craft of winemaking in the Middle Ages and to this day it remains the location for aging the wines. After lunch ashore at the Domaine, an afternoon cruise is the perfect time to explore the towpath by bicycle or on foot. Cocktails and canapes precede dinner onboard.

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The Inspiration for Pilgrims
Travel: Le Saussois to Lucy-sur-Yonne
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Relax on deck during this morning's cruise. The excursion the afternoon is to the hilltop town of Vézelay, one of Burgundy’s most beloved treasures. A 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. Back onboard, Chef serves tonight's gourmet dinner.

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The Private Chateau of Bazoches
Travel: Lucy-sur-Yonne 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$35,500$41,000
Private Cruise for 7 guests$34,300$39,600
Private Cruise for 6 guests$33,100$38,200
Double Cabin (Per Person, Double Occupancy)$4,750$5,550
Single-Occupancy Supplement$1,750$2,000

2020 Dates

Italic Dates = Value Season
Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

April5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-2
May3-9, 10-16, 17-23, 24-30, 31-6
June7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-4
July5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
August2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-5
September6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-3
October4-10, 11-17, 18-24

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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