Savoir Vivre

8 passenger - Charming 3-Star

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Description

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." 

Loosely translated as “Knowing How to Live the Good Life”, the Savoir Vivre cruises through the gourmet center of the Cote d’Or, introducing guests to the iconic Burgundian traditions of food and wine through a deliciously distinctive dining program.

Specialized culinary experiences are offered daily, the most appealing of which is the vessel’s exclusive “Chef’s Tasting Tour”, at which all six dinners are taken on shore at nearby and authentic bistro restaurants. Ranging from a casual, but oh-so-French, creperie to the elegance of dining in a restored abbey, guests meet and greet the proprietors, owners, and Chefs who thrive at the forefront of France’s modern cuisine scene. 

Dinner menus include traditional Burgundian flavors, contemporary interpretations of classic French fare, as well as wine pairings selected to reflect the splendid vintages for which the region is lauded. Bountiful breakfasts and lavish lunches are catered onboard daily, freshly created by a top local Chef, and are formally served in the vessel’s dining area, furthering the Savoir Vivre’s exciting immersion into to the pleasures of French dining.

Guided excursions to artisan producers introduce gourmands to Burgundy’s many epicurean treasures, which include a special sampling at a small cheese boutique and a visit to lively market featuring regional produce and handcrafted specialties. Tours of local landmarks and area antiquities complete the extraordinary cultural discovery within the sightseeing program.

Back on board, guests relax with a glass of wine in the vessel’s comfortable salon, socialize with friends both old and new on the petite fore-deck, or explore the miles of manicured towpath with a gentle pedal or a leisurely stroll. Smartly appointed, the four cozy cabins offer plenty of clever storage, perfectly designed for the needs of casual travelers. The vessel’s attentive crew of three is personable and professional, creating a convivial atmosphere both on-board and ashore. Consistently noted as a guest favorite, the Good Life indeed awaits on the Savoir Vivre. 

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 2019

Charter Max. 8 pax.
$30,000. Value
$32,000 Regular
$34,000 High Season

Charter Max. 7 pax.
$29,000 Value
$31,000 Regular

Max. 6 pax.
$28,000. Value
$30,000. Regular

Individuals
$4,250 per person double occupancy High season
$4,000 per person double occupancy Regular season
$3,750 per person double occupancy Value season
Single Supplement: $2,000 Regular season
Single Supplement: $2,000 Regular season

2019 Sunday Departure Dates

Value Season
April 7-13, 14-20
October 13-19, 20-26

Regular Season
April 21-27, 28-4
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, 21-27, 28-3
August 4-10, 11-17, 18-24, 25-31
September 29-5
October 6-12

High Season
September 1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28


Sample Itinerary

Sunday

Fleury-sur-Ouch
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.

Monday

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

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.

 Dine around in Burgundy

Dine around in Burgundy

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

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.

Thursday

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.

 Enjoying time aboard

Enjoying time aboard

Friday

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.

 Biking on the towpath

Biking on the towpath

Saturday

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 on-board bicycles.

Not included

Airfare to and from France, transportation to the cruise route (we will assist you with this), cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)