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L'Art de Vivre

L'Art de Vivre

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€3,690 Per Person

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The 8-passenger L'Art de Vivre is a floating celebration of the Burgundian "good life". The barge started as a Scottish munitions carrier and was transformed by a team of skilled crafts-men.

  • Country / Region
    France / Burgundy
  • Itinerary
    Auxerre to Chevroches
  • Cabins
    4
  • Max Passengers
    8
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Up to €1,740 per couple*
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From
€3,690 Per Person

Premier Class

 

The 8-passenger L'Art de Vivre is a floating celebration of the Burgundian "good life". The barge started as a Scottish munitions carrier and was transformed by a team of skilled crafts-men.

  • Country / Region
    France / Burgundy
  • Itinerary
    Auxerre to Chevroches
  • Cabins
    4
  • Max Passengers
    8
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Up to €1,740 per couple*
ENQUIRE ABOUT THIS CRUISE
Description 
  • Cruise Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation Cabin accommodation (twin or double bed) with en-suite bathroomActivityActivity Excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary MealsMeals All meals included - authentic French cuisine and regional specialities plus a selection of fine winesDrinksDrinks Open bar with alcoholic and non alcoholic drinksInclusionInclusion Sun deck with spa poolTransportation Transportation Vehicle for transfers and excursions ActivityActivity Use of bicyclesBonusBonus Each cabin booked receives a free signed copy of French Odyssey by Rick Stein.Itinerary Itinerary Cruise between Auxerre and Chevroches.InclusionInclusion WiFi on boardActivityActivity Wine tasting sessions

Summary

The L’Art de Vivre facilities include a sun deck, spa pool and 8 bikes perfect for gentle tow path rides. The air conditioned interior includes a comfortable saloon, dining room and an always open inclusive bar. Other facilities include a small library, a collection of board games, boules, Hi-fi system with CD player, guest iPods.

 

L'Art de Vivre has a 9-seater Mercedes (including) Sprinter used for transfers and excursions.

 

Each stateroom has a stylish en-suite bathroom with hair dryer, shower, wash basin and WC. The crew includes a captain, master chef, tour leader and hostess. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available on board for guests bringing their own appliances. Connectivity can be limited in remote locations.

 

Receive a free signed copy of French Odyssey, one per cabin booked.

 

Cruise Highlights

  • Tour Auxerre and its beautiful cathedral
  • Wine tasting of Chablis and Petit Chablis
  • Explore Noyers-sur-Serein, one of the most beautiful village in France
  • Visit Vézelay and its famous basilica, Vézelay Abbey
  • Visit Château de Bazoches
  • Optional: Hot Air Balloon

 

Inclusions

  • Transfers by chauffeured Mercedes mini bus between Paris and the hotel barge
  • Luxury 6 night cruise
  • All meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef
  • 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
  • Services of 6 crew
  • Use of barge facilities, which includes bicycles and spa pool
  • Library of books and maps 
  • Board games 
  • Boules 
  • Hi-Fi system with CD player with selection of CDs
  • Nordic walking sticks (on request)

 

Cuisine

Regional Specialities
Terrine de Pêcheur façon Maison; Tourte Chaude d'Escargots à la Ciboulette; Filet de Rouget au Safron


Wine Cellar

Terrine de Pêcheur façon Maison; Tourte Chaude d'Escargots à la Ciboulette; Filet de Rouget au Safron


Cheese Board

Brie; Maroilles; Pont L'Eveque; St Marcellin

 

Pick-up & Drop-off Points

Approximate transfer duration between Paris & L’Art de Vivre = 2.5 hours

 

For cabin bookings:

  • Pick-up point: The Hotel Westminster, Paris at 2pm
  • Drop-off point:  The Hotel Westminster, Paris at 12:00 noon

 

For charter bookings:

  • Pick-up point: One location of the groups choice in Paris at 2:00 pm OR a TGV train station close to the barge after 4:00 pm
  • Drop-off point: One location of the groups choice in Paris by 12:00 noon OR at a local TGV train station by 10:00 am

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Dates & Prices 

Rates for 2018

20% off per cabin on June 24, July 22 & August 12

Departure Dates Stateroom per person Single Supplement Book Before
May 27 4,350 Euros 1,600 Euros
June 3, 10, 17 4,350 Euros 1,600 Euros
June 24 3,480 Euros 1,600 Euros 25 June 2018
July 1, 8, 15 4,350 Euros 1,600 Euros
July 22 2,952 Euros 1,400 Euros 25 June 2018
July 29 3,690 Euros 1,400 Euros
August 5, 19 3,690 Euros 1,400 Euros
August 12 2,952 Euros 1,400 Euros 25 June 2018
August 26 4,350 Euros 1,600 Euros
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 4,350 Euros 1,600 Euros
October 7, 14, 21 3,690 Euros 1,400 Euros

Charter (Whole Barge)

20% off per charter on June 17 & 24, July 8 & August 26

Departure Dates Charter 6 ppl Charter 7 ppl Charter 8 ppl Book Before
May 27 30,200 Euros 31,100 Euros 32,000 Euros
June 3, 10 30,200 Euros 31,100 Euros 32,000 Euros
June 17, 24 24,160 Euros 24,880 Euros 25,600 Euros 25 June 2018
July 1, 15 30,200 Euros 31,100 Euros 32,000 Euros
July 8 24,160 Euros 24,880 Euros 25,600 Euros 25 June 0218
July 22, 29 25,900 Euros 26,700 Euros 27,500 Euros
August 5, 12, 19 25,900 Euros 26,700 Euros 27,500 Euros
August 26 24,160 Euros 24,880 Euros 25,600 Euros 25 June 2018
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 30,200 Euros 31,100 Euros 32,000 Euros
October 7, 14, 21 25,900 Euros 26,700 Euros 27,500 Euros

Theme Cruise Supplement

Theme Region Available for Supplement per charter
Wine Appreciation Burgundy Charter up to 8 ppl 3,500 Euros
Cycling Burgundy Charter up to 8 ppl 3,300 Euros
Walking Burgundy Charter up to 8 ppl 2,500 Euros
Family Burgundy Charter up to 8 or 20 ppl None
Tennis Burgundy Charter up to 8 ppl None

Wine appreciation cruises for charter groups include a comprehensive wine itinerary with additional winery visits, private tastings and the services of a professional
wine guide. Also includes an upgrade of the wine list to include additional premier and grand cru wines.

Cycling cruises include daily cycling with a professional cycling guide and an upgrade of bicycle.

Walking cruises include daily walking with a professional walking guide.

Family cruises include a tailor-made itinerary taking into consideration the ages and interests of all those in the group. Baby and child equipment can be provided at no extra cost including children’s bikes, car seats, cots, high chairs etc. Children under 18 years receive a discount on many vessels.

Tennis cruises include pre-booked and paid courts and transfers to and from the tennis clubs.

Terms & Conditions

Prices shown in Euros and will be converted in Australian Dollar (AUD) at time of payment using a daily ROE. An initial deposit of €800 is payable at the time of booking. The balance must be paid within 90 days as per our terms and conditions and as specified in our confirmation invoice, which will be despatched when the booking form has been processed. Cancellation policy applies to all bookings.

Itinerary 

Day 1, Sunday
Guests are met at the Hotel Westminster in Paris and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the pretty L’Art de Vivre. 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. 

Day, 2 Monday
Our morning cruise takes us through some delightful locks and 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 in one of the town’s aged cellars will introduce you to some of the local Petit Chablis and Chablis wines. Dinner on board.

Day 3, Tuesday
After breakfast, our excursion is to the medieval town of Auxerre. Originally the capital of Lower Burgundy, the town prides itself on its lavish Renaissance houses, fine churches and particularly its magnificent cathedral situated close to the river. We then return to the hotel barge for a cruise southwards through rich pasturelands and past grazing Charolais cattle to the sleepy village of Mailly-la-Ville. After your relaxed lunch on board, perhaps this is a good time to enjoy a walk or bicycle ride along the towpath. Dinner on board.

Day 4, Wednesday
This morning, we visit the charming 14th century medieval market village of Noyers-sur-Surein, one of the most beautiful villages in France, on an excursion through delightful countryside. In the afternoon we cruise past the cliffs at Le Saussois, a stunning natural setting with an international climbing centre. There will also be the opportunity to enjoy delightful walks or bicycle rides along the towpath, before dinner ashore at a local restaurant.

Day 5, Thursday
In the morning, enjoy an excursion to the pilgrimage 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. After lunch back on board L’Art de Vivre, an afternoon cruise through the picturesque Yonne Valley to arrive at Lucy-sur-Yonne. Dinner on board.

Day 6, Friday
A morning cruise through beautiful countryside takes us to our final mooring at the pretty canalside village of Chevroches and again this is a perfect time for a walk or a bicycle ride. In the afternoon, we visit the elegant Château de Bazoches, built in the 12th century and whose illustrious visitors included Richard the Lionheart. The château was later remodelled by Maréchal Vauban and there are wonderful views from its elevated hillside setting. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 7, Saturday
After breakfast, guests are transferred to the Hotel Westminster in Paris.
 



Family Cruise Itinerary

Day 1, Sunday
Guests are met at the designated meeting point and transferred to the barge moored in Auxerre. Following a Champagne Welcome, you are free to explore the medieval town of Auxerre by bicycle or on foot or along the banks of the River Yonne or a game of boules, before returning for dinner on board.

Day 2, Monday
Our morning cruise takes us past vineyard-clad hillsides to our rural mooring at Vincelles. The afternoon there is a choice of excursions either swimming, “Go Ape” tree climbing or an excursion to Chablis, home of one of the most famous white wines in the world. A tasting in one of the town’s aged cellars will introduce you to some of the local Petit Chablis and Chablis wines. Dinner on board.

Day 3, Tuesday
After breakfast, we can enjoy an excursion is to the mediaeval town of Auxerre. Originally the capital of Lower Burgundy, the town prides itself on its fine churches and particularly its magnificent cathedral. Alternatively we can visit the adventure park at Loisirs en Morvan in Saint Pere. Here you have a choice of activities. Quad Biking (12+) Potholing (10+) or Pony Riding (3+) (these are optional excursions and payment must be made directly by clients to the operator on the day) We then return to the barge for a cruise southwards through rich pasturelands past grazing Charolais cattle to the town of Mailly la Ville. Dinner on board.

Day 4, Wednesday
This morning we visit the caves this morning of Arcy sur Cure. The site of Arcy sur Cure, a major one for the medium and late Palaeolithic age in northern France, is located between Auxerre and Avallon. It includes a set of caves dug out by the Cure River into a coral massif that emerged at the end of the secondary era. We then visit the charming 14th century mediaeval 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.

Day 5, Thursday
In the morning, 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. Alternatively all ages will enjoy a canoeing trip or rafting on the River Cure near Vezelay. For the very young we can visit Cardoland where the sculptor, Cardo, has created this wonderful prehistoric world of life size dinosaurs. It has a museum, caves, exhibition and prehistoric play area. Lunch on board followed by an afternoon cruise through the Yonne valley to arrive at Lucy sur Yonne. Dinner on board.

Day 6, Friday
A morning cruise through beautiful countryside then takes us to Chevroches. In the afternoon, we visit either Chateau of Bazoches, whose illustrious visitors included Richard the Lionheart and which was later remodelled by Maréchal Vauban, or Chateau Guedelon, a team of fifty people have taken on an extraordinary feat to build a castle using the very same techniques and materials used in the Middle Ages. Work on the site began in 1997 and is scheduled to take 25 years to complete. Guédelon offers a unique opportunity to witness the different stages of a castle's construction with each phase being of interest in its own right. Let yourself be transported from the present day, back to the sights and sounds of a 13th century construction site. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 7, Saturday
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the designated drop off point.

Note: Family themed cruises are charter only. This sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction. Various pick up and drop off points are avaiable for charter groups.

Cruise Details 

L'Art de Vivre Deck Plan

L'Art de Vivre deck plan

  • 100 feet long
  • 8 passengers
  • 4 crew
  • 4 twin/double state rooms with en-suite facilities
  • Air-conditioned
  • Centrally Heated
  • CD player/iPod dock
  • Sun deck with spa pool
  • 8 touring bikes/1 tandem on request
  • Air-conditioned minibus
  • WiFi (Subject to local reception)

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