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Burgundy Cruise (L'Art de Vivre)

France is where the idea of luxury barge cruises first started, due in no small part to the myriad of waterways which cross not only its scenic countryside, but also many of its historic towns and cities. And while a Burgundy barge cruise may not be one of the best known holiday options for visitors to France, those who do discover hotel barging in Burgundy are sure not to be disappointed.

In fact, taking a Burgundy barge cruise down one of the region’s canals is a truly wonderful experience. The area boasts some of the world’s finest wines with around 60,000 acres of sunlit vines and arguably the prettiest canals in France. The waterways wind through the heart of the territory’s renowned vineyards, medieval towns, elegant châteaux, magnificent cathedrals, picturesque villages and wonderful local markets. En route, barging in Burgundy guarantees our clients a wealth of sightseeing opportunities.

This is a region with a vast variety of cheeses, in all shapes, sizes and colours, strong in character or mild and fresh and all can be enjoyed with full-bodied red Burgundies, or perhaps with lighter white Chablis wines. The Burgundian gastronomic tradition is rich and diverse and a sedate Burgundy barge cruise along one of its delightful waterways will allow you to indulge along the way in good food and wine: two of life’s essential pleasures.

Please Note: Biking, Family, Golf, Tennis, Walking, Wine Appreciation Theme Departures Available. Please contact us for more details.

On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.

07 April, 2019 to 13 April, 2019 Make a booking request for Burgundy Cruise (L'Art de Vivre), departing on 07 April, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Stateroom £ 4225 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
Stateroom Sole £ 5799 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
14 April, 2019 to 20 April, 2019 Make a booking request for Burgundy Cruise (L'Art de Vivre), departing on 14 April, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Stateroom £ 4225 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
Stateroom Sole £ 5799 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
21 April, 2019 to 27 April, 2019 Make a booking request for Burgundy Cruise (L'Art de Vivre), departing on 21 April, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Stateroom £ 4225 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
Stateroom Sole £ 5799 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
28 April, 2019 to 04 May, 2019 Make a booking request for Burgundy Cruise (L'Art de Vivre), departing on 28 April, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Stateroom £ 4855 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
Stateroom Sole £ 6609 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
05 May, 2019 to 11 May, 2019 Make a booking request for Burgundy Cruise (L'Art de Vivre), departing on 05 May, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Stateroom £ 4855 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
Stateroom Sole £ 6609 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
12 May, 2019 to 18 May, 2019 Make a booking request for Burgundy Cruise (L'Art de Vivre), departing on 12 May, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Stateroom £ 4855 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
Stateroom Sole £ 6609 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
19 May, 2019 to 25 May, 2019 Make a booking request for Burgundy Cruise (L'Art de Vivre), departing on 19 May, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Stateroom £ 4855 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
Stateroom Sole £ 6609 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
26 May, 2019 to 01 June, 2019 Make a booking request for Burgundy Cruise (L'Art de Vivre), departing on 26 May, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Stateroom £ 4855 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
Stateroom Sole £ 6609 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
02 June, 2019 to 08 June, 2019 Make a booking request for Burgundy Cruise (L'Art de Vivre), departing on 02 June, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Stateroom £ 4855 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
Stateroom Sole £ 6609 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
09 June, 2019 to 15 June, 2019 Make a booking request for Burgundy Cruise (L'Art de Vivre), departing on 09 June, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Stateroom £ 4855 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
Stateroom Sole £ 6609 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
16 June, 2019 to 22 June, 2019 Make a booking request for Burgundy Cruise (L'Art de Vivre), departing on 16 June, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Stateroom £ 4855 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
Stateroom Sole £ 6609 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
23 June, 2019 to 29 June, 2019 Make a booking request for Burgundy Cruise (L'Art de Vivre), departing on 23 June, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Stateroom £ 4855 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
Stateroom Sole £ 6609 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
30 June, 2019 to 06 July, 2019 Make a booking request for Burgundy Cruise (L'Art de Vivre), departing on 30 June, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Stateroom £ 4855 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
Stateroom Sole £ 6609 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
07 July, 2019 to 13 July, 2019 Make a booking request for Burgundy Cruise (L'Art de Vivre), departing on 07 July, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Stateroom £ 4855 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
Stateroom Sole £ 6609 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
14 July, 2019 to 20 July, 2019 Make a booking request for Burgundy Cruise (L'Art de Vivre), departing on 14 July, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Stateroom £ 4855 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
Stateroom Sole £ 6609 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
27 July, 2019 to 27 July, 2019 Make a booking request for Burgundy Cruise (L'Art de Vivre), departing on 27 July, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Stateroom £ 4225 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
Stateroom Sole £ 5799 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
28 July, 2019 to 03 August, 2019 Make a booking request for Burgundy Cruise (L'Art de Vivre), departing on 28 July, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Stateroom £ 4225 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
Stateroom Sole £ 5799 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
04 August, 2019 to 10 August, 2019 Make a booking request for Burgundy Cruise (L'Art de Vivre), departing on 04 August, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Stateroom £ 4225 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
Stateroom Sole £ 5799 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
11 August, 2019 to 17 August, 2019 Make a booking request for Burgundy Cruise (L'Art de Vivre), departing on 11 August, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Stateroom £ 4225 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
Stateroom Sole £ 5799 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
18 August, 2019 to 24 August, 2019 Make a booking request for Burgundy Cruise (L'Art de Vivre), departing on 18 August, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Stateroom £ 4225 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
Stateroom Sole £ 5799 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
25 August, 2019 to 31 August, 2019 Make a booking request for Burgundy Cruise (L'Art de Vivre), departing on 25 August, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Stateroom £ 4855 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
Stateroom Sole £ 6609 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
01 September, 2019 to 07 September, 2019 Make a booking request for Burgundy Cruise (L'Art de Vivre), departing on 01 September, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Stateroom £ 4855 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
Stateroom Sole £ 6609 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
08 September, 2019 to 14 September, 2019 Make a booking request for Burgundy Cruise (L'Art de Vivre), departing on 08 September, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Stateroom £ 4855 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
Stateroom Sole £ 6609 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
15 September, 2019 to 21 September, 2019 Make a booking request for Burgundy Cruise (L'Art de Vivre), departing on 15 September, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Stateroom £ 4855 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
Stateroom Sole £ 6609 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
22 September, 2019 to 28 September, 2019 Make a booking request for Burgundy Cruise (L'Art de Vivre), departing on 22 September, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Stateroom £ 4855 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
Stateroom Sole £ 6609 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
29 September, 2019 to 05 October, 2019 Make a booking request for Burgundy Cruise (L'Art de Vivre), departing on 29 September, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Stateroom £ 4855 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
Stateroom Sole £ 6609 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
06 October, 2019 to 12 October, 2019 Make a booking request for Burgundy Cruise (L'Art de Vivre), departing on 06 October, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Stateroom £ 4225 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
Stateroom Sole £ 5799 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
13 October, 2019 to 19 October, 2019 Make a booking request for Burgundy Cruise (L'Art de Vivre), departing on 13 October, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Stateroom £ 4225 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
Stateroom Sole £ 5799 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
20 October, 2019 to 26 October, 2019 Make a booking request for Burgundy Cruise (L'Art de Vivre), departing on 20 October, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Stateroom £ 4225 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo
Stateroom Sole £ 5799 GBP pp
The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
view cabin photo

Burgundy Cruise (L'Art de Vivre) itinerary:

show reverse itinerary
Day 1 Auxerre
Guests 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.
Day 2 Auxerre to Vincelles
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 Vincelles to Mailly-la-Ville
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 Mailly-la-Ville to Le Saussois
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 a somewhat spectacular dinner. We will dine ashore at Le Château de Vault-de-Lugny, a secluded and romantic 5 star Hotel with a history that dates back almost nine hundred years. On the menu you will find dishes such as Burgundy Truffle – hand-picked from the plantation housed somewhere amidst the 40 hectares of land, or Charolais Beef – some of the finest red meat in the entirety of Europe.
Day 5 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, we 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 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, 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 Chevroches
After breakfast, guests are transferred to Paris.
Please Note:
This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

Burgundy Cruise (L'Art de Vivre) reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
After breakfast, guests are transferred to Paris.
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.
Our morning cruise is through the picturesque Yonne Valley to our mooring at Lucy-sur-Yonne. After lunch on board, we 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.
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 a somewhat spectacular dinner. We will dine ashore at Le Château de Vault-de-Lugny, a secluded and romantic 5 star Hotel with a history that dates back almost nine hundred years. On the menu you will find dishes such as Burgundy Truffle – hand-picked from the plantation housed somewhere amidst the 40 hectares of land, or Charolais Beef – some of the finest red meat in the entirety of Europe.
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.
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.
Guests 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.
* = Indicative
Map for Burgundy Cruise (L'Art de Vivre)

L'Art de Vivre

Vessel Type: Hotel Barge / River Boat

Length: 100 feet / 30.48 meters

Passenger Capacity: 8

L’Art de Vivre is the oldest hotel barge in our fleet and was built in England during World War One as a supply vessel to the Allied troops battling in the Somme.

Today her life is a little less dramatic as she cruises one of France’s longest-established canals, the Canal du Nivernais.

She is very much a traditional barge in style, with original wood and brass features that emphasise her heritage and create a warm and inviting interior atmosphere. The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.

Outside, there is a sun deck to relax on with a glass of wine as you glide through the pretty Burgundy countryside and a spa pool to soak in. You can explore the ever-present towpath on foot or on one of the barge’s bicycles towpath, before rejoining the L’Art de Vivre at one of the locks up ahead.

• 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 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
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