L' Art de Vivre
12 passenger First Class
Come along on this fabulous cruise on the Lower Nivernais Canal and the Yonne River, one of the most lovely parts of Burgundy. L’ Art de Vivre is an 8 passenger barge outfitted to offer comfort and pure contentment for its passengers. With four twin or double staterooms and a spa-pool on the deck, you will feel pampered and indulged. A visit to beautiful Auxerre and its elegant clock tower and magnificent cathedral as well as to Noyers-sur-Serein, one of the most charming villages in all of Burgundy, will make this an unforgettable experience.
- Explore enchanting Auxerre and its magnificent cathedral
Private wine tasting of Chablis and Petit Chablis in the cellars of a renowned Domaine
- Tour Noyers-sur-Serein, one of the most beautiful villages in Burgundy
- Visit the picturesque town of Vezelay and its hilltop basilica
- Visit elegant Château de Bazoches
- Optional hot air ballooning
- Excellent towpath for walking and cycling
- “Biking Plus” option available
- Dinner at the 5 Star Château de Vault-de-Lugny
- Length: 100 feet
- 8 passengers
- 4 Crew
- 4 twin/double staterooms
- individual en suite
- Centrally Heated
- Air conditioned
- Heated Spa-pool
- 8 touring bikes
- 1 air-conditioned Mini-bus
Accommodations & Pricing 2019
State Room per person
Charter Max. 6 pax.
Charter Max. 7 pax.
Charter Max. 8 pax.
$40, 000. Regular
2019 Sunday Departures
April 7-13, 14-20, 21-27
July 21-27, 28-3
August 4-10, 11-17, 18-24
October 6-12, 13-19, 20-26
May 5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
June 2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-6
July 7-13, 14-20
September 1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-5
Guests are met at the **designated meeting point and transferred to the barge which is 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.
Auxerre to Vincelles
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 at family run winery, Jean-Marc Brocard, will introduce you to some of the local Petit Chablis and Chablis wines. Dinner on board.
Vincelles to Mailly la Ville
After breakfast, our excursion is to the medieval town of Auxerre. Originally the capital of Lower Burgundy, the town prides itself on its fine churches and particularly its magnificent cathedral. We then return to the hotel barge for a cruise southwards through rich pasturelands, past grazing Charolais cattle, to the town of Mailly-la-Ville. Dinner on board.
Mailly la Ville to Le Saussois
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 before dinner ashore at a local auberge.
Le Saussois to Lucy-sur-Yonne
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.
Lucy-sur-Yonne to Chevroches
A morning cruise through beautiful countryside then takes us to Chevroches. In the afternoon, we visit the Chateau of Bazoches, whose illustrious visitors included Richard the Lionheart and which was later remodeled by Maréchal Vauban. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the **designated drop off point. After breakfast, you will depart L’ Art de Vivre and be transferred to the La Roche Migennes train station at 10:00 am in time to catch the 10:24am train to Paris.
On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
** The pick-up time at the Hotel Westminster in Paris is 2pm. Other arrangements can be made with charters.
Your Cruise Includes:
Transfers between Paris and the hotel barge (the approximate transfer duration is 2hrs 30mins), a luxury 6 night cruise, all meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef, an open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, all wines served throughout the cruise, excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary, the services of 4 crew and use of barge facilities, which include bicycles and spa-pool