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Savoir Vivre

Savoir Vivre

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US$3,750 Per Person

Premier Class

 

Savoir Vivre is a charming, 8-passenger hotel barge that cruises along the Burgundy Canal.

  • Country / Region
    France / Burgundy
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights
  • Cruise Code
    BTSAVO0517
  • Itinerary
    Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Escommes
  • Cabins
    4
  • Max Passengers
    8
From
US$3,750 Per Person

Premier Class

 

Savoir Vivre is a charming, 8-passenger hotel barge that cruises along the Burgundy Canal.

  • Country / Region
    France / Burgundy
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights
  • Cruise Code
    BTSAVO0517
  • Itinerary
    Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Escommes
  • Cabins
    4
  • Max Passengers
    8
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 deckTransportation Transportation Vehicle for transfers and excursions ActivityActivity Use of bicyclesActivityActivity Wine tasting sessions

Summary

The charming Savoir Vivre is an 8-passenger hotel barge that cruises along the canals of Burgundy. Enjoy the French life history and culture as you cruise along the canals and explore the villages, towns and landmarks of the region. Enjoy the best wines produced in the region.

 

Cruise Highlights

  • All-inclusive 6-night/7-day cruise
  • Daily excursions and entry fees to:
    • Historic Dijon, the Ducal Palace, Eglise Notre-Dame and Saint Benign Cathedral
    • Beaune, a medieval walled town and its famous Hôtel-Dieu (15th century hospices)
    • Clos de Vougeot, a wall-enclosed vineyard where Cistercian monks first started making wine in the 12th century
    • Château de Sainte Sabine for dinner
    • Ferme de Poisset, an authentic cheesemaker
    • Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, a 15th-century fortress
  • All gourmet meals and open-bar 24/7
  • Attentive service from 4 crew members
  • Cruise from April to October/Sunday departures
  • Short cruises available from 3 nights
  • Bookings available by the cabin. Alternatively, this barge may be fully chartered for the exclusive use of your group.

Cruise Cuisine

Breakfast - Enjoy a continental breakfast as you cruise along the beautiful canals of the region.


Lunch is provided through the services of private chefs who meet us along our route.


In the evening, instead of dining on the ship, explore real French dining in real french restaurants. Our carefully selected restaurants offer a quality and variety of immersive dining experiences that are simply not possible when dining on board and eating food prepared by the same chef every evening.

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Itinerary 

Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Escommes

Day 1, Sunday
The captain will meet your party in late afternoon in central Dijon at the Rail Station (there are frequent TGV trains from Paris) or local hotel. From there, you'll be chauffeured to Savoir Vivre moored in Fleurey-sur-Ouche, a classic village nestled on the Canal de Bourgogne. There will be time to unpack and explore, helping you work up an appetite for your first on-shore dinner at the local, friendly and refined restaurant, "Auberge Les Gourmands."

Day 2, Monday
In the morning, start your cruise back in time through the unhurried and authentic Valley of the Ouche. You'll float past limestone cliffs, wooded hills, and enchanting villages. As the Savoir Vivre ties up above the lock in Gissey, stroll along this ancient and charming village. After lunch on board (prepared by a private chef and delivered to the ship), you will cruise for another hour and enjoy the first of many excursions.

You will be driven south to the famed Cote d'Or wine region. Your first visit is to Chateau du Clos de Vougeot where wine was produced by Cistercian monks from the 12th century. Examine the ancient wine presses and learn more about winemaking and life in that long ago era. Then, it's back to present-day pleasures at a wine-tasting session that introduces area vintages. Return to Savoir Vivre. In the evening, you will visit Restaurant De La Porte Guillaume, located in the heart of Dijon. The rich, comforting flavors of Burgundian cuisine are at the forefront of this bistro’s regionally-inspired menu.

Day 3, Tuesday
After breakfast on board, featuring village-baked pastries still warm from the oven, you will head to Dijon to mingle with locals at the famed outdoor market. There will be time to look around the well-preserved Medieval old town and shop think mustard! Then, it's back to Savoir Vivre for lunch and an afternoon cruise through gorgeous scenery to La Bussieresur-Ouche. Relax on board or explore by bicycle. Meet up with the barge at the next lock.

Later, explore the exquisite Abbaye De La Bussiere and then enjoy dinner within this fabulous setting at the informal Le Bistrot des Moines.

Day 4, Wednesday
Take a moment to reflect in the morning as you cruise to Pont D'ouche. After lunch aboard, sightseeing takes center stage as you head to enchanting Beaune, the wine capital of the Cote d'Or. There's much to enjoy in Beaune; most important is the immaculately preserved Hospice de Beaune, a charity hospital built in the 15th century (and which treated patients until the early 20th century). There will be time to explore the shops or visit a cafe in the square. Return to the barge in late afternoon, then relax until the nearby delight of “Le Spuller”, your restaurant for the evening.

Day 5, Thursday
After a peaceful start to your day, visit Ferme de Poisset, an authentic cheese maker. Yes, you'll learn and then you'll taste! After all, you are in France! Return to Savoir Vivre. Walk the towpath or ride a bicycle into a nearby village, or just relax on board with a good book as Savoir Vivre continues its journey on the historic Canal de Bourgogne to La Repe. At night, you will dine at “L'Oree du Bois”, an authentic creperie (which is a French dining institution) located in the heart of Chateauneuf en Auxois. Before dinner, enjoy a glass of wine at the stunning lookout point.

Day 6, Friday
After breakfast, return to the lovely Medieval village and chateau of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, perched high on a hill overlooking the canal. Explore on cobblestoned streets, peek into private gardens, and then tour the haunting chateau. Step back to Savoir Vivre for lunch as you continue your cruise into the Valley of the Ouche. Dinner is at ‘Le Lassey' at Chateau de Sainte Sabine, an elegant mansion, built in an old monastery. The Michelin-starred chef-driven cuisine focuses on the region’s abundance of fresh local produce, products, and ingredients.

Day 7, Saturday
Depart between 8 and 9 am for your chauffeured transfer back to Dijon. After your final breakfast on board, it will be hard to leave Savoir Vivre! There are mid-to-late morning TGV trains from Dijon back to Paris or perhaps you'll choose to rent a car for an onward journey. 



Escommes to Fleurey-sur-Oche

Day 1, Sunday
The captain will meet your party in late afternoon in central Dijon - at the Rail Station (there are frequent TGV trains from Paris) or local hotel. From there, you'll be chauffeured to Savoir Vivre moored in Escommes, a tranquil port area marking the highest point of the the Canal de Bourgogne. There will be time to unpack and explore. Dinner is at ‘Le Lassey' located in ‘Chateau de Sainte Sabine. This elegant mansion was built in an old monastery. The Michelin-starred chef-driven cuisine focuses on the region’s abundance of fresh local produce, products, and ingredients.

Day 2, Monday
Start your morning with a cruise back in time through the unhurried and authentic Valley of the Ouche. The cruise involves a string of locks along a meandering tree lined section of the canal. The extraordinary Chateauneuf-en Auxois comes into view as you round the corner on the way to mooring at La Repe.

After lunch aboard, sightseeing takes center stage as you head to enchanting Beaune, the wine capital of the Cote d'Or. There's much to enjoy in Beaune; most important is the immaculately preserved Hospice de Beaune, a charity hospital built in the 15th century (and which treated patients until the early 20th century). There will be time to explore the shops or visit a cafe in the square. Return to the barge in late afternoon. Explore the exquisite Abbaye De La Bussiere and then enjoy dinner within a fabulous setting at the informal Le Bistrot des Moines.

Day 3, Tuesday
After breakfast on board, you will visit the lovely Medieval village and chateau of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, perched high on a hill overlooking the canal. Explore on cobblestoned streets, peek into private gardens, and then tour the haunting chateau. Then, it's back to Savoir Vivre for lunch as you cruise through gorgeous scenery to Pont d'Ouche, a canal port where all kinds of interesting boats can normally be found. Relax on board or explore by bicycle. Meet up with the barge at the next lock. When you are ready, you will drive to the nearby delight of “Le Spuller”, your restaurant for the evening.

Day 4, Wednesday
After a peaceful start to your day, visit Ferme de Poisset, an authentic cheese maker complete with goats. Spoil yourself with basic cheese-making lessons and tasting sessions while you are in France.

Return to Savoir Vivre. Walk the towpath or ride a bicycle into a nearby village, or just relax on board with a good book as Savoir Vivre continues its journey on the historic Canal de Bourgogne to La Bussiere. At night, you will dine at “L'Oree du Bois”, an authentic creperie (which is a French dining institution) located in the heart of Chateauneuf en Auxois. Before dinner, enjoy a glass of wine at the stunning lookout point.

Day 5, Thursday
As you enjoy breakfast on board, featuring village-baked pastries still warm from the oven, you will cruise through gorgeous scenery to Gissey-sur-Ouche. You will be driven south to the famed Cote d'Or wine region.

Your first visit of the day is to Chateau du Clos de Vougeot where wine was produced by Cistercian monks from the 12th century. Examine the ancient wine presses and learn more about winemaking and life in that long ago era. Then, it's back to present-day pleasures at a wine-tasting session that introduces area vintages. Return to Savoir Vivre. Later, you'll be transferred to dinner at the local, friendly and refined restaurant, “Auberge Les Gourmands”.

Day 6, Friday
After breakfast, you will head to Dijon to mingle with locals at the famed outdoor market. There will be time to look around the well-preserved Medieval old town and shop. Then, step back to Savoir Vivre for lunch and enjoy an afternoon cruise through gorgeous scenery to Fleury-surOuche. In the evening, you will visit Restaurant De La Porte Guillaume, located in the heart of Dijon. The rich, comforting flavors of Burgundian cuisine are at the forefront of this bistro’s regionally-inspired menu.

Day 7, Saturday
Depart between 8 and 9 am for your chauffeured transfer back to Dijon. After your final breakfast on board, it will be hard to leave Savoir Vivre! There are mid-to-late morning TGV trains from Dijon back to Paris or perhaps you'll choose to rent a car for an onward journey. 

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. The itinerary is in reverse direction on alternate weeks.

Barge Details 

Savoire Vivre Deck Plan

Savoir Vivre deck plan

  • 4 crew
  • 24 metres long
  • 4 en-suite cabins with electrically adjustable orthopaedic beds (10 sqm)
  • Air-conditioned
  • Centrally heated
  • 2 compact sundecks with table and chairs
  • 8 bicycles available on board
  • Library, laptop, TV, DVDs, CDs, flat screen TV and sound system
  • Wi-Fi (subject to local reception)
  • Air-conditioned minibus
Dates & Prices 

Rates for 2018

Departure Dates Cabin per person Charter 6 ppl Charter 7 ppl Charter 8 ppl
July 15, 22, 29 $3,750 USD $28,000 USD $29,000 USD $30,000 USD
August 5, 12, 19, 26 $3,750 USD $28,000 USD $29,000 USD $30,000 USD
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 $3,750 USD $28,000 USD $29,000 USD $30,000 USD
October 7 $3,750 USD $28,000 USD $29,000 USD $30,000 USD
October 14, 21 $3,500 USD $26,000 USD $27,000 USD $28,000 USD

Rates for 2019

Departure Dates Cabin per person Charter 6 ppl Charter 7 ppl Charter 8 ppl
March 31 $3,500 USD $26,000 USD $27,000 USD $28,000 USD
April 7, 14 $3,500 USD $26,000 USD $27,000 USD $28,000 USD
April 21, 28 $3,750 USD $28,000 USD $29,000 USD $30,000 USD
May 5, 12, 19, 26 $3,750 USD $28,000 USD $29,000 USD $30,000 USD
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 $3,750 USD $28,000 USD $29,000 USD $30,000 USD
July 7, 14, 21, 28 $3,750 USD $28,000 USD $29,000 USD $30,000 USD
August 4, 11, 18, 25 $3,750 USD $28,000 USD $29,000 USD $30,000 USD
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 $3,750 USD $28,000 USD $29,000 USD $30,000 USD
October 6 $3,750 USD $28,000 USD $29,000 USD $30,000 USD
October 13, 20 $3,500 USD $26,000 USD $27,000 USD $28,000 USD

The cruise fare includes the cost of six dinners off the barge and half a bottle of wine per person.

Terms & Conditions

Prices shown in US Dollar and will be converted in Australian Dollar (AUD) at time of payment using a daily ROE. An initial deposit of 30% of the total cruise fare for charter is payable at the time of booking. The balance must be paid within 100 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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