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L’Art de Vivre - Burgundy Cruise

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Country
France
Travel Departs
Paris
Travel Ends
Paris
Travel Periods
27 Mar – 23 Oct 2022 | 26 Mar – 22 Oct 2023
Experience
Cultural, Food & Wine
Travel Style
Cruise
L’Art de Vivre is a first class, 8-passenger hotel barge that cruises the beautiful Canal du Nivernais which meanders along River Yonne, through the largely undiscovered region near the Morvan Hills, passing charming sleepy villages, tranquil pastoral scenery, and lush vineyards.

Highlights

Explore enchanting Auxerre and its magnificent cathedral

Private wine tasting at the prestigious Chablis house of Domaine Laroche, along with a cellar visit and private lunch

Excursion to the quarry of Aubigny, followed by a crémant wine tasting in the cellars of Bailly Lapierre

Visit the picturesque town of Vezelay and its hilltop basilica

Visit the elegant 12th Century Château de Bazoches

Excellent towpath for walking and cycling

L’Art de Vivre takes you across the gorgeous highlights of Burgundy on a week-long scenic cruise with ample chance to disembark for exciting shore excursions and wine tastings. Set along the fascinating Canal du Nivernais, your cruise is a magical journey back in time with the lush rolling hills, pastoral scenery, vineyards, grand chateaux and medieval villages creating a backdrop for your holiday.

L’Art de Vivre is a first class, 8-passenger hotel barge boasting orginal wood and brass design. The barge whisks you through the heart of rural France in comfort with its inviting interior, modern en suite facilities, charming saloon, sun deck, and spa pool. This holiday offers a Biking Plus option for guests who want to do more than just cycling along nearby towpaths. With this option, you will follow an interesting, but not too challenging route and explore the surrounding countryside and villages. Hot air ballooning is also a great add-on. The 1-hour balloon ride takes place in the early hours just after dawn or before sunset, when the air is still and the light is perfect for you to gaze down at the stunning countryside.

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Included

6 nights onboard at Hotel Barge L'Art de Vivre in a Stateroom
Crew of 4 (Captain, tour guide, chef and hostesses)
Transfers by an air-conditioned minivan
Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily prepared by your chef
Captains farewell dinner on your last night
Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
Excursions as per itinerary
Use of barge facilities

On-Board Facilities

  • Maximum of 8 passengers
  • 4 twin/double state rooms with en-suite facilities
  • 3 portholes in each cabin and 1 in each bathroom
  • Binoculars and bicycles
  • Air-conditioned / centrally heated
  • Spa pool (hot-tub)
  • Sun deck - Bimini (sun canopy)
  • Selection of CDs on-board
  • WiFi (Subject to local reception)

Day 1
Paris → Auxerre

You are met at our 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.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge L'Art de Vivre in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Dinner
Paris → Auxerre
L'Art de Vivre cruising past Auxerre Cathedral in France.
Day 2
Auxerre → Vincelles

Your morning cruise starts early and takes us through some delightful locks and past vineyard-clad hillsides to our rural mooring at Vincelles. Following lunch on board, we head to the quarry of Aubigny, a subterranean wonderland of stonework which is famous for the limestone used on buildings such as the Paris Opera House, here we explore this uniquely atmospheric underground space. Afterwards, we visit the cellars of Bailly-Lapierre, also carved out of the rock, to taste some their sparkling Crémant de Bourgogne. Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge L'Art de Vivre in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Auxerre → Vincelles
L'Art de Vivre cruising the gorgeous scenery of Burgundy region.
Day 3
Vincelles → Mailly-la-Ville

Following an early breakfast, we discover the medieval town of Auxerre. Later, we 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. We then return to the hotel barge for a cruise south wardt hrough rich pasture lands 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.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge L'Art de Vivre in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Vincelles → Mailly-la-Ville
The stunning Auxerre Cathedral.
Day 4
Mailly-la-Ville → Le Saussois

This morning, after a leisurely breakfast, head to the celebrated wine village of Chablis. After viewing the vineyards, we 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.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge L'Art de Vivre in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mailly-la-Ville → Le Saussois
Domaine Laroche
Day 5
Le Saussois → Lucy-sur-Yonne

Your 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.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge L'Art de Vivre in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Le Saussois → Lucy-sur-Yonne
Vézelay
Day 6
Lucy-sur-Yonne → Chevroches

A morning cruise through beautiful countryside takes us toour final mooring at the pretty canalside village of Chevroches, where we’ll 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. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon at leisure–perfect for a bicycle ride, or a walk along the towpaths before the Captain’s Farewell. Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge L'Art de Vivre in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lucy-sur-Yonne → Chevroches
The elegant Château de Bazoches built in the 12th century.
Day 7
Chevroches → Paris

After breakfast, you are transferred to Paris.

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
French
Local currency
EUR
Barge Cruising

This unique, all-inclusive experience allows you to admire the picturesque landscape of your destination, try some regional cuisine, explore the most beautiful cities and towns, visit local sights and monuments, learn history and tradition, meet friendly locals and much more. 

7 days
from AUD6,292
per person, twin share
France
Paris
Paris
Cultural, Food & Wine
Cruise
27 Mar – 23 Oct 2022 | 26 Mar – 22 Oct 2023

Optional Extras

Departure Dates and Pricing:

 

Excluded

  • International airfares and taxes
  • Domestic airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified in our holiday package
  • Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
  • Meals other than as specified in our holiday package
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
  • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package

Important notes

  • This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks, the cruise will be in the reverse direction.
  • Approximate transfer duration between Paris & L’Art de Vivre is 2.5 hours.
  • This barge is available for charter bookings and theme cruises. Contact us for more details.

Pick-up Point

  • Cabin bookings - The Hotel Westminster, Paris at 2:00 pm
  • Charter bookings - 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 Point

  • Cabin bookings - The Hotel Westminster by 12:00 noon
  • Charter bookings - One location of the group's choice in Paris by 12noon OR at a local TGV train station by 10:00 am

Booking / Payment Process

  • On our website the Barge Cruise prices are show in Euros
  • All payments will be made to us in Australian Dollars
  • The current exchange rate will be used at the time of deposit and balance
  • Our invoice will make this clear and our team is here to assist you

Supplier Booking Conditions Apply

Due to the boutique nature and limited capacity of this travel experience, under our Bookings Conditions this package classifies as “Booking Type 2 – Travel Experience where we act as agent only”. Your contract for the delivery of travel arrangements will be with the principal supplier and will be subject to their Booking Conditions. We will advise you prior to confirming your booking the full details and Booking Conditions of the principal supplier. Our responsibility to you where we sell travel arrangements as agent for the supplier is specified in the ‘Responsibility’ section of our Booking Conditions.

Blackout dates may apply during festive season.

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