Savoir Vivre

8 passenger - Charming 3-Star

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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.

General Information

  • 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
  • WiFi

Accommodations & Pricing 2018

Charter Max. 8 pax.
$28,000. Value
$30,000 Regular

Charter Max. 7 pax.
$27,000 Value
$29,000 Regular

Max. 6 pax.
$26,000. Value
$28,000. Regular

$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

Value Season
April 01, 08, 15
October 14, 21

Regular Season
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
October 7

Sample Itinerary


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 here, relax as you are chauffeured to the Savoir Vivre, moored in the village of Fleurey-sur-Ouche. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you. The authentic gastronomic journey begins this evening, as you are chauffeured to your first onshore dinner.


Fleury-sur-Ouche to Gissey
Meals: Breakfast & lunch on board, dinner ashor

Enjoy a tranquil traipse or gentle pedal on the towpath during a lazy and lovely morning cruise. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to Clos de Vougeot, where Cistercian monks made wine in the 12th century. The ancient Clos is now the headquarters of the revered wine society Chevaliers du Tastevin, who annually award special labels to the finest Cote d’Or vintages. Explore the preserved presses from which these iconic Burgundian wines were first produced; an informal sampling in the vineyards follows. Dinner is ashore at a local bistro.


Gissey to La Bussiere sur Ouch
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboard, dinner ashore

The lively town of Dijon offers a pleasurable assault of the senses. "Les Halles”, the covered food market, presents a panorama of colorful produce and aromatic pastries; jars of mustard are cheerfully displayed in boutiques; and public spaces are vibrant with greenery and scenery. Mingle with the locals as you shop, stroll, and sip your way through this charming city brimming with authentic French life. Your Tour Guide returns you to the barge for an afternoon cruise. Freshen up a bit in anticipation of another memorable dinner served ashore.


 Hospices de Beaune

Hospices de Beaune


La Bussiere-sur-Ouche to Pont d'Ouche
Meals: Breakfast & lunch on board, dinner ashore

Your Tour Guide introduces you to farm owner and goat expert Laure Plait. Her small herd of lively goats also extends a friendly welcome! Laure's gourmet food boutique is then opened for generous samplings of the handcrafted goat cheeses and boutique wines produced on her family's farm. Return to the Savoir Vivre for an afternoon cruise, providing the perfect time to enjoy a leisurely stroll or a gentle pedal on the towpath. Your Captain chauffeurs you to another brasserie for tonight's dinner ashore.

 Vineyards de Vougeot

Vineyards de Vougeot


Pont d'Ouche to La Repe
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboard, dinner ashore

Your Tour Guide escorts you to Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, a majestic village perched atop a hill overlooking the Canal. Chateauneuf's imposing position refers to its fascinating history as a 15th century fortress. A private tour of the Chateau reveals architectural details and timeworn relics which speak to the deprivations and decadence so prevalent in France’s history. Upon returning to the Savoir Vivre, cruise through the Valley of the Ouche, where a plethora of charming lockhouses abound. Tonight, enjoy another dinner ashore.


La Repe to Escommes
Meals: Breakfast & lunch on board, dinner ashore
Begin the day with a final morning cruise to Escommes, and explore the flora and fauna of the towpath with a leisurely stroll or gentle pedal. Your Tour Guide chauffeurs you to the charming town of Beaune, the region's wine capital, for a guided visit to the Hospice de Beaune, an immaculately preserved Medieval hospital built in the 15th century. Afterwards, browse the boutiques, galleries, and cafes lining the pedestrian area, or enjoy a coffee in the town square. Tonight is special, as Captain Richard joins you for the Farewell Dinner ashore.


Escommes to Dijon
After breakfast, 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.