8 passenger - Charming 3-Star
Savoir Vivre is the inspired creation of young entrepreneur and adventurer James Waggott. He is the son of one of the principal partners of Prosperite, a popular and Ultra-Deluxe vessel based in Burgundy. Wonderful cruises aboard Prosperite have led James to create a new experience based on his most lasting impressions. As he says: "The memories you take away are about the good times spent together, the epic scenery, the quietly cultured and proud ways of rural France, the wine, the food, and of lazily cycling beside the ship as she quietly plies along."
The shift in emphasis begins with the barge itself. It is modern, chic, and flexible-to-use. Not a square foot is wasted - although everything one needs is available. The lounge converts to a dining room in minutes, while the kitchen is "hidden" until needed! The cabins are ingenious. Although not large, they are chic - and with lots of things done right, such as excellent storage, efficient reading lights, deluxe bedding and bathrobes hanging ready-to-use. There are two decks - again, designed for flexible use with a selection of recliners, chairs and pillows - Lounging is decidedly casual but comfortable.
Highlights include: Sightseeing is extensive but emphasizes the villages, the markets, and the wine and food producers. The high point is the half-day spent in Beaune. Tour the immaculately-preserved Medieval hospice and browse in the colorful pedestrian shopping street. Beaune is the wine capital of the Cote d'Or and is the best place from which to ship wine.
- Length: 80 feet
- 8 Passengers
- 6 crew
- 4 twin/double staterooms 110 Sq. Ft
- Fully air conditioned
- Central heat
- Two Decks
- 8 Dutch Cruiser bikes
- 2 air conditioned mini-buses for tours
Accommodations & Pricing 2018
Charter Max. 8 pax.
Charter Max. 7 pax.
Max. 6 pax.
$3,750 per person double occupancy Regular season
$3,500 per person double occupancy Value season
Single Supplement: $3,750 Regular season
Single Supplement: $3,500 Regular season
2018 Sunday Departure Dates
April 01, 08, 15
October 14, 21
April 22, 29
May 06, 13, 20, 27
June 03, 10, 17, 24
July 01, 08, 15, 22, 29
August 05, 12, 19, 26
September 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
Our captain will meet your party in late afternoon in Dijon - perhaps at the Rail Station (there are frequent TGV trains from Paris) or a local hotel. From there, you'll be chauffeured to Savoir Vivre.
Fleury-sur-Ouche is a classic village nestled on the Canal de Bourgogne. There will be time to unpack and explore, helping you work up an appetite for your first on-shore dinner at a local, friendly and refined restaurant – “Auberge Les Gourmands”.
Fleury-sur-Ouche to Gissey
This morning begin your cruise back in time through the unhurried and authentic Valley of the Ouche. You'll float past limestone cliffs, wooded hills and enchanting villages.
The Savoir Vivre ties up above the lock in Gissey, stroll into this ancient and charming village. After lunch on board, (prepared by our private chef and delivered to the ship), we cruise for another hour and then enjoy the first of many excursions.
You will be driven south to the famed Cote d'Or wine region. Your first visit today is to Chateau du Clos de Vougeot where wine was produced by Cistercian monks from the 12th century. Examine the ancient wine presses and learn more about winemaking and life in that long ago era. Then it's back to present day pleasures at a wine tasting which introduces this area's vintages. Return to Savoir Vivre. Later you'll be transferred to dinner at a lovely nearby restaurant.
Gissey to La Bussiere
After breakfast on board featuring village-baked pastries still warm from the oven, we head to Dijon to mingle with locals at the famed outdoor market. There will be time to look around the well-preserved Medieval old town and shop - think mustard! Then it's back to Savoir Vivre for lunch and an afternoon cruise through gorgeous scenery to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche.
Relax on board or explore by bicycle -let's meet up with our barge at the next lock! Explorethe subtle charms of La Brussiere before preparing for dinner tonight at the highly regarded hilltop restaurant “Ferme de Rolle”.
La Bussiere-sur-Ouche to Pont d'Ouche
Take a moment to reflect this morning as we cruise to Pont d'ouche. After lunch aboard, sightseeing takes center stage as you head to enchanting Beaune - wine capital of the Cote d'Or. There's much to enjoy in Beaune; most important is the immaculately preserved Hospice de Beaune, pictured below, a charity hospital built in the 15th century (and which treated patients until the early 20th century!). There will be time to explore the shops or visit a cafe in the square. Return to the barge in late afternoon, then relax until we drive you to another delightful bistro.
Pont d'Ouche to La Repe
After a peaceful start to your day we visit Ferme de Poisset, an authentic cheesemaker. Yes, you'll learn and then you'll taste! After all, you are in France!
Return to Savoir Vivre and walk the towpath or bicycle into a nearby village - or just relax on boardwith a good book - as Savoir Vivre continues its
journey on the historic Canal de Bourgogne to La Repe. Tonight you will dine at “L'Oree du Bois”, an authentic creperie (which are a French dining
institution) located in the heart of Chateauneuf en Auxois. Before dinner enjoy a glass of wine at the stunning lookout point.
La Repe to Escommes
After breakfast on board, we visit the lovely Medieval village and chateau of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois perched high on a hill overlooking the canal. Explore on cobblestoned streets, peek into private gardens, and then tour the haunting chateau. Return to Savoir Vivre for a drink on deck and then continue our cruise through the Valley of the Ouche to our final mooring in Escommes. Your final on-shore dinner is tonight. Now is the time to share memories of your authentic encounters with the people, cuisine, wine and sights of Burgundy.
Escommes to Dijon
At 9:00 am, you will be chauffeured to the Dijon Train for a departing morning train. Or perhaps you’ll pick up a rental car in Dijon and continue your adventure. We hope that your cruise on Savoir Vivre has created memories to last a lifetime!
This itinerary is a guide only and is subject to changes to
accommodate public holidays, closures and weather
Your Cruise Includes:
6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch & dinner, open bar, transportation to and from dine -around in Burgundy restaurants, daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.