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L'Art de Vivre

L'Art de Vivre

€3,850 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
  • Cabins
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€3,850 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
  • Cabins
  • Max Passengers
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Save up to €1,780 per couple
  • 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 bicyclesItinerary Itinerary Cruise between Auxerre and Chevroches.InclusionInclusion WiFi on boardActivityActivity Wine tasting sessions


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.


Cruise Highlights

    • 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 the 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



                  • Transfers by chauffeured minibus 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 4 crew members
                  • 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)
                  • Air-conditioned/centrally heated



                  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

                  Cabin Bookings

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


                  Charter Bookings

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

                  Approximate transfer duration between Paris & L'Art de Vivre is 2.5 hours.

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                  Dates & Prices 

                  Rates for 2019

                  20% off per cabin on May 26, June 16, July 14 & 28; August 25

                  Departure Dates Stateroom per person Single Supplement Book Before
                  May 19 4,450 Euros 1,650 Euros
                  May 26 3,560 Euros 1,650 Euros 24 June 2019
                  June 2, 9, 23, 30 4,450 Euros 1,650 Euros
                  June 16 3,560 Euros 1,650 Euros 24 June 2019
                  July 7 4,450 Euros 1,650 Euros
                  July 14 3,560 Euros 1,650 Euros 24 June 2019
                  July 21 3,850 Euros 1,450 Euros
                  July 28 3,080 Euros 1,450 Euros 24 June 2019
                  August 4, 11, 18 3,850 Euros 1,450 Euros
                  August 25 3,560 Euros 1,650 Euros 24 June 2019
                  September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 4,450 Euros 1,650 Euros
                  October 6, 13, 20 3,850 Euros 1,450 Euros

                  Charter (Whole Barge)

                  20% off per charter on July 7 & August 11

                  Departure Dates Charter 6 ppl Charter 7 ppl Charter 8 ppl Book Before
                  May 19, 26 30,800 Euros 31,800 Euros 32,800 Euros
                  June 2, 9 16, 12, 30 30,800 Euros 31,800 Euros 32,800 Euros
                  July 7 24,640 Euros 25,440 Euros 26,240 Euros 24 June 2019
                  July 14 30,800 Euros 31,800 Euros 32,800 Euros
                  July 21, 28 27,000 Euros 27,800 Euros 28,600 Euros
                  August 4, 18 27,000 Euros 27,800 Euros 28,600 Euros
                  August 11 21,600 Euros 22,240 Euros 22,880 Euros 24 June 2019
                  August 25 30,800 Euros 31,800 Euros 32,800 Euros
                  September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 30,800 Euros 31,800 Euros 32,800 Euros
                  October 6, 13, 20 27,000 Euros 27,800 Euros 28,600 Euros

                  Theme Cruise Supplement

                  Theme Available for Supplement
                  Cycling Charter 8 ppl 3,600 Euros per charter
                  Family Charter 8 ppl None
                  Golf Charter 8 ppl 500 Euros per golfer
                  Tennis Charter 8 ppl None
                  Walking Charter 8 ppl 2,750 Euros
                  Wine Appreciation Charter 8 ppl 4,000 Euros

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

                  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.

                  Golf cruises include four pre-booked and paid tee times and transfers to and from the golf clubs. Hire of clubs, caddy or buggy not included. *Only those golfing pay the supplement. A minimum of 4 passengers on a golf charter are required to play golf.

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

                  Walking cruises include daily walking with a professional walking guide.

                  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.

                  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.


                  Day 1, Sunday - Auxerre
                  You are met at a meeting point 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 - Auxerre to Vincelles
                  Your morning cruise starts early and takes us through some delightful locks and past vineyard-clad hillsides to our rural mooring at Vincelles. After lunch onboard, head to the caves of Arcy sur Cure, a complex of underground chambers carved by water from the limestone rock which are home to some of the oldest cave paintings known to man. Created 28000 years ago by their Palaeolithic inhabitants, these paintings depict mammoths, stags and other animals in remarkable clarity. Afterwards, visit the cellars of Bailly-Lapierre, also carved out of the rock, to taste some their sparkling Crémant de Bourgogne. Dinner on board.

                  Day 3, Tuesday - Vincelles to Mailly-la-Ville
                  Following an early breakfast, head to the medieval town of Auxerre to wander the morning produce market. Later, tour the centre of what was originally the capital of Lower Burgundy, with its lavish Renaissance houses, fine churches and particularly its magnificent cathedral situated close to the river. Then, return to the hotel barge for a cruise southward through rich pasturelands and past grazing Charolais cattle, to the sleepy village of Maillyla- 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 - Mailly-la-Ville to Le Saussois
                  This morning, after a leisurely breakfast, head to the celebrated wine village of Chablis. After viewing the vineyards, you make a private visit to the prestigious Domaine Laroche for a wine-tasting, followed by a tour of the 1000 years old Obédiencerie; originally part of the monastery of St. Martin, this is where the monks developed the craft of winemaking in the Middle Ages and to this day it remains the location for aging the wines. Lunch will be served by a private chef in the Domaine’s dining hall. Later in the afternoon, return to the barge to 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. Dinner onboard.

                  Day 5, Thursday - Le Saussois to Lucy-sur-Yonne
                  Our morning cruise is through the picturesque Yonne Valley to our mooring at Lucy-sur-Yonne. After lunch on board, 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. Dinner on board.

                  Day 6, Friday - Lucy-sur-Yonne to Chevroches
                  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, 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 - Chevroches
                  After breakfast, you are transferred to Paris**.

                  *This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.
                  **Other locations available for Private Charter bookings

                  FAMILY CRUISE

                  If you are a family with children, a bespoke itinerary is created and a maximum of 4 excursions from the Classic Cruise Itinerary is substituted with your preferred family activities.

                  The following activities can usually be arranged on-board directly with the barge Captain and included in your itinerary without any extra charge, unless otherwise stated:

                  Ten Pin Bowling (5 years+)
                  At the Leisure Centre in the town of Auxerre, with 20 lanes. Lightest ball weighs 3kg. Bowling shoes with socks are obligatory and can be hired from the complex starting from size 26 (UK Child size 8 – 8½, US Child size 9½). Discount offered for bowling & laser quest combination. Open every day except for Mondays.

                  Caves of Arcy-sur-Cure
                  A series of caves featuring remarkable parietal art (cave paintings), the second oldest presently known after those of the Chauvet cave being 28,000 years old. The paintings were discovered in 1990 under a thin layer of lime sediments which were hiding them from view. Unfortunately, some of these paintings were damaged due to regular high pressure cleaning of the walls of the cave from 1976 to 1990, but a great many have survived and are now on display to the public.

                  Laser Quest
                  At the Leisure Centre in the town of Auxerre. Four levels of difficulty are offered, with a maximum of 30 participants per game. Discount offered for bowling & laser quest combination. Open every day except for Mondays.

                  Ice Skating (3 years+)
                  Ice Skating rink close to Auxerre with availability to rent skates.

                  Chateau Guedelon – Medieval Castle Construction Project
                  A team of 50 master craftsmen are building a castle from scratch using only the materials and construction techniques available during the Middle Ages. The only construction of its type in the world, Chateau Guedelon is certainly a day trip for the whole family to enjoy!

                  An indoor mini-golf venue illuminated with black lights. Suitable for all ages. Reduced pricing available for children under 12 years.

                  Cardo Land
                  A unique park displaying 88 dinosaur sculptures and more than 800 dinosaur sound effects. Visit the park’s museum to see dinosaur fossils and bones. A cave painted with frescos recreated from Lascaux, Pech Merle and Font de Gaumme is also situated on site for the chance to discover life for prehistoric man through a sound and light show. Other activities for children such as clay modelling, charcoal painting, a sand pit/archaeological dig and face-painting can also be enjoyed.

                  La Fabuloserie – Atypical Art & Sculpture Museum
                  House and garden displaying more than 1,000 pieces of art and sculpture collected and created by the architect Alain Bourbonnais. The collection is described as being “l’art brut” – or “raw art” – and incorporates graffiti, naïve art and other styles which lie outside the academic traditions of fine art. Suitable for all ages.

                  Swimming Pool in the town of Auxerre, featuring 5 indoor pools and 3 outdoor pools. The indoor pools comprise of a 25m sport pool with 8 lanes and a play pool including a counter-current river, water cannon, massage jets and Jacuzzi. The outdoor pools include an Olympic sized pool (50m x 17.5m) and a similar play pool featuring a 48m high toboggan slide. Appropriate for all ages. Flotation aides are available upon request.

                  Tennis Courts alongside the River Yonne in Auxerre. Other activities include Squash and Badminton. Suitable for all ages.

                  Go Karting (Minimum height of 1.25m / 4ft 1)
                  Indoor Go-Karting course close to the town of Auxerre. Individual sessions are limited to 10 minutes per driver, whereas a Grand Prix-style race allows for up to 8 participants, and a timed lap of 12 minutes per driver, finishing with a final race lasting 15 minutes. (Supplement Payable).

                  Canoeing & Kayaking (Must be able to swim)
                  Allows for the chance to canoe and kayak on the River Cure, a tributary of the Yonne within the Morvan massif, a mountainous region in Central France. Two times are available, depending on the time slot allocated by the barge’s itinerary – 8 km (1 ½ – 2 hours) or 18 km (4 ½ – 5 hours). Available for all ages. Children less than 8 years old can be provided with a child-seat if necessary. (Supplement Payable).

                  Paint Balling (6 years+)
                  Paintballing venue on the banks of the River Cure in the Morvan Massif. Play with up to 500 pellets per player, or choose a game-mode, including camouflage and paint-grenades. Suitable for children as young as 6, thanks to the age-appropriate protective clothing. (Supplement Payable).

                  Trampoline Tree Nets (3 years+)
                  Set in the grounds of a lock-house on the Canal du Nivernais, the Ecluses des Dames, this adventure park features a series of trampoline nets secured to trees for the chance to jump high above the ground. Bike rental is also available, as are eating and drinking facilities. (Supplement Payable).

                  Tree Climbing at Go Ape (from 4 years)
                  Swing from the trees with this abseiling and climbing course set amidst the highest branches of the forest! (Supplement Payable)

                  Other activities* – shown below – can be arranged but, due to their nature, they should be booked directly by the client with the activity provider. These activities are:

                  Quad Biking
                  Set in the heart of Burgundy, the 400 square metre Morvan Adventure Ground is exceptionally good for wild quad biking. Several different courses are available depending on the time slot allocated by the barge’s itinerary. Check with the activity provider for more details. (Supplement Payable).

                  Horse Riding (3 years+)
                  Set within the Morvan Massif, a number of different equestrian activities are available – including “around the pony” (brushing and caressing ponies, walking discovery, games and an introduction to acrobatics) for children aged 3 – 6 years; Pony Trekking for children under 12; Horse Riding for those over 12. Please contact us for assistance as numerous durations are also offered – as well as the chance to ride under a full moon! (Supplement Payable).

                  Hot Air Ballooning/Gyrocopter (12 years+)
                  Discover the landscape of the Morvan Massif or the hills surrounding Chablis from a different perspective with a pre-set route in a gyrocopter, or wherever the wind takes you in a hot air balloon! (Supplement Payable).

                  Please contact us to discuss your specific requirements.

                  *Activities are payable by the client directly to the provider, whose individual terms and conditions apply.
                  All activities are subject to availability. Children’s bicycles, bicycle helmets, child car seats and high chairs and available without cost.

                  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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                  Opening Hours:
                  9am - 5.30pm Monday to Friday

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