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L'Art de Vivre

L'Art de Vivre

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€3,850 Per Person

Premier Class

 

The charming L’Art de Vivre was built in 1917 in England. It was converted into a luxury hotel barge in 1975. She cruises along the Canal du Nivernais from Auxerre to Chevorches.

  • Country / Region
    France / Burgundy
  • Cruise Code
    BTLDV0816
  • Cabins
    4
  • Max Passengers
    8
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€3,850 Per Person

Premier Class

 

The charming L’Art de Vivre was built in 1917 in England. It was converted into a luxury hotel barge in 1975. She cruises along the Canal du Nivernais from Auxerre to Chevorches.

  • Country / Region
    France / Burgundy
  • Cruise Code
    BTLDV0816
  • Cabins
    4
  • Max Passengers
    8
Save Now
Save up to €1,780 per couple
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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 bicyclesItinerary Itinerary Cruise between Auxerre and Chevroches.InclusionInclusion WiFi on boardActivityActivity Wine tasting sessions

Summary

L’Art de Vivre is a French expression which means “the art of living”. The barge represents the French “L’Art de Vivre” itself. Relax on board as she cruises along the scenic Canal du Nivernais past the lovely Burgundy countryside.

 

L’Art de Vivre features four, comfortable cabins with en-suite facilities, saloon or dining room, sun deck with spa pool and loungers. Bicycles are also available for exploring the canal’s towpath.

 

Cruise Highlights

  • All-inclusive 6-night/7-day cruise
  • Daily excursions and entry fees to
    • Auxerre, medieval town, and its magnificent cathedral
    • Noyers-sur-Serein, classed as one of the ‘most beautiful villages of France’
    • Vezelay town and its hilltop basilica
    • Château de Bazoches, home to the Marquis de Vauban
    • Local Chablis and Petit Chablis winery for wine tasting
    • Optional: hot air balloon tour
  • All gourmet meals and open-bar 24/7
  • Attentive service from 4 crew members
  • Transfers between Paris and L’ Art de Vivre
  • Cruise from April to October, Sunday departures
  • Bookings available by the cabin. Alternatively, this barge may be fully chartered for the exclusive use of your group.



NEW FOR 2020

Electronic bikes are available for pre-order:

  • First bike - 500 Euros per week
  • Additional bikes - 250 Euros per week



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.

Cruise 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

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Itinerary 

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

Barge Details 

L'Art de Vivre Deck Plan

L'Art de Vivre deck plan

  • 4 crew
  • 31 metres long
  • 4 twin/double en suite cabins (10 sqm)
  • Air-conditioned
  • Centrally heated
  • Sundeck with spa pool
  • 8 bicycles available on board
  • Telescope, CD Player, iPod dock, library, games
  • Wi-Fi (subject to local reception)
  • Air-conditioned minibus
Dates & Prices 

Rates for 2019

20% off per cabin on August 25. 10% off per cabin on September 8 & 29; October 13.

Departure Dates Stateroom per person Single Supplement Book Before
August 11, 18 3,850 Euros 1,450 Euros
August 25 3,560 Euros 1,650 Euros 13 September 2019
September 1, 15, 22 4,450 Euros 1,650 Euros
September 8, 29 4,005 Euros 1,650 Euros 13 September 2019
October 6, 20, 27 3,850 Euros 1,450 Euros
October 13 3,464 Euros 1,450 Euros 13 September 2019

Charter (Whole Barge)

20% off per charter on October 27

Departure Dates Charter 6 ppl Charter 7 ppl Charter 8 ppl Book Before
August 11, 18 27,000 Euros 27,800 Euros 28,600 Euros
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
October 27 21,600 Euros 22,240 Euros 22,880 Euros 13 September 2019

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

Rates for 2020

Departure Dates Stateroom per person Single Supplement
April 5, 12, 19 3,990 Euros 1,500 Euros
April 26 4,650 Euros 1,700 Euros
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 4,650 Euros 1,700 Euros
June 7, 14, 21, 28 4,650 Euros 1,700 Euros
July 5, 12 4,650 Euros 1,700 Euros
July 19, 26 3,990 Euros 1,500 Euros
August 2, 9, 16, 23 3,990 Euros 1,500 Euros
August 30 4,650 Euros 1,700 Euros
September 6, 13, 20, 27 4,650 Euros 1,700 Euros
October 4, 11, 18, 25 3,990 Euros 1,500 Euros

Charter (Whole Barge)

10% off per charter on April 5, 12, 19 & 26. Book by September 13, 2019.

Departure Dates Charter 6 ppl Charter 7 ppl Charter 8 ppl
April 5, 12, 19 27,900 Euros 28,700 Euros 29,500 Euros
April 26 32,300 Euros 33,400 Euros 34,500 Euros
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 32,300 Euros 33,400 Euros 34,500 Euros
June 7, 14, 21, 28 32,300 Euros 33,400 Euros 34,500 Euros
July 5, 12 32,300 Euros 33,400 Euros 34,500 Euros
July 19, 26 27,900 Euros 28,700 Euros 29,500 Euros
August 2, 9, 16, 23 27,900 Euros 28,700 Euros 29,500 Euros
August 30 32,300 Euros 33,400 Euros 34,500 Euros
September 6, 13, 20, 27 32,300 Euros 33,400 Euros 34,500 Euros
October 4, 11, 18, 25 27,900 Euros 28,700 Euros 29,500 Euros

Theme Cruise Supplement

Theme Available for Supplement
Cycling Charter 8 ppl 3,750 Euros per charter
Family Charter 8 ppl None
Golf Charter 8 ppl 400 Euros per golfer
Tennis Charter 8 ppl None
Walking Charter 8 ppl 2,850 Euros
Wine Appreciation Charter 8 ppl 4,500 Euros

E-BIKES NOW AVAILABLE

For 2020, e-bikes are available for pre-order:

  • First bike - 500 Euros per week
  • Additional bikes - 250 Euros per week

*Cannot be combined with any other special offers.

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.

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