Accommodations & Amenities

Cabins
  • 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

Itineraries

Travel from Auxerre to Chevroches on the Canal du Nivernais

Sunday
Private Chauffeured Transfer from Paris to the Bargesunday image
Private Chauffeured Transfer from Paris to the Barge
Travel: Paris 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.

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

This morning, begin your holiday with a cruise to the village of Vincelles. As the L’Art de Vivre glides along the canal, perhaps 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.

Tuesday
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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 city of Auxerre. Located on the banks of the River Yonne, this historic town was first settled by the Romans, and 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. Your Tour Guide returns you to the barge for an afternoon cruise to Mailly la Ville. Explore the towpath on foot or by bicycle, then enjoy drinks and dinner, completing the day.

Wednesday
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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 to 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 to Le Saussois, where the towpath beckons for a gentle pedal or a leisurely stroll. Dinner tonight is ashore at a charming bistro.

Thursday
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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 to Lucy-sur-Yonne. Relax with drinks and dinner onboard.

Friday
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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 as you cruise to the final mooring at the charming village of Clamency 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.

Saturday
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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer to Paris
Meals: Breakfast onboard

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

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

Gourmet Dining

Lunch
  • 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
Dinner
  • 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
Wine
  • Domaine Ferrari
  • Irancy ‘Les Palottes’
  • Coulanges la Vineuse
  • Hautes Cotes de Beaune
  • Pouilly Fuissé
  • Domaine Bouchard Père and Fils

Rates & Dates

Accomodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Cruise (up to 6 guests)$31,300$36,200
Private Cruise (for 7 guests)$32,400$37,500
Private Cruise (for 8 guests)$33,500$38,800
Double Cabin (Per Person, Double Occupancy)$4,490$5,250
Single-Occupancy Supplement$1,700$1,900

2018 Dates

Italic Dates = Value Season, Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season, Blue Bold Dates = High Season

Month
Days
April8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-4
May6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-2
June3-9, 10-16, 17-23, 24-30
July1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-3
August5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
September2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-5
October7-13, 14-20, 21-27

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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