6-8 Passenger

Countries

France Regions

Sleeps
8
Cabins
4
Crew
4
From $4,490 per person

Follow Us

  • Phone Contact

    888-550-8580

  • Phone Contact

    530-274-0764

  • Mail Contact Email Us
  • Connection Contact

    Barge Connection,
    2036 Nevada City Hwy #311
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

Featured Item
  • 4 P1cl20pid36cj1ianma6knejhn8

  • 7 P1cl20ptmkb8k1dpp4ro19vmkc6b

  • 5 P1cl20ppna16vv13b91rg5ppgg3q9

  • 6 P1cl20prcsjj949ndfoglqouka

  • 11 P1cl20q6pv1rpdq22e1g1io7ct4f

  • 9 P1cl20q2d19e116c710ta11t36k9d

  • 12 P1cl20q9aj1vh7t0k1u0nq7r1obgg

  • 8 P1cl20q0i31f2e1fen1v8g1gdd197fc

  • 10 P1cl20q51b1qeo1srv1d5l12nf13l4e

  • 3 P1cl20pginqjt1ue31cl119lh1j1k7

  • 0 P1cl20p9vcd0r1rai1fnk1n45drc4

  • 13 P1cl20qb1b1gmk1i7a58h63dljah

  • 14 P1cl20qd2k18n61sba3k0s1io05i

  • 15 P1cl20qfb61nqerg0dcmpac1lnhj

  • 16 P1cl20qh1q1sgh1jk01o0sea7ijck

  • 17 P1cl20qjlv1jotddard918n19ifl

  • 18 P1cl20ql9d1i1varp1te8uru15csm

  • 17 P1dbg3snkb8o2jpav8glgl1d6e4

  • 18 P1dbg428jm1b6q1b8313jc1q7b15nk6

  • 4 P1cl20pid36cj1ianma6knejhn8

  • 7 P1cl20ptmkb8k1dpp4ro19vmkc6b

  • 5 P1cl20ppna16vv13b91rg5ppgg3q9

  • 6 P1cl20prcsjj949ndfoglqouka

  • 11 P1cl20q6pv1rpdq22e1g1io7ct4f

  • 9 P1cl20q2d19e116c710ta11t36k9d

  • 12 P1cl20q9aj1vh7t0k1u0nq7r1obgg

  • 8 P1cl20q0i31f2e1fen1v8g1gdd197fc

  • 10 P1cl20q51b1qeo1srv1d5l12nf13l4e

  • 3 P1cl20pginqjt1ue31cl119lh1j1k7

  • 0 P1cl20p9vcd0r1rai1fnk1n45drc4

  • 13 P1cl20qb1b1gmk1i7a58h63dljah

  • 14 P1cl20qd2k18n61sba3k0s1io05i

  • 15 P1cl20qfb61nqerg0dcmpac1lnhj

  • 16 P1cl20qh1q1sgh1jk01o0sea7ijck

  • 17 P1cl20qjlv1jotddard918n19ifl

  • 18 P1cl20ql9d1i1varp1te8uru15csm

  • 17 P1dbg3snkb8o2jpav8glgl1d6e4

  • 18 P1dbg428jm1b6q1b8313jc1q7b15nk6

Special Offer

20% off Charters - for July 7; Aug 11

20% off Cabin Bookings - for May 26; June 16; July 14 & 28;  Aug 25

  • Offers apply to bookings made by June 24, 2019
  • New bookings only
Print Boat Info

L’Art de Vivre started life as a Scottish munitions carrier and survived long enough to be transformed by a team of skilled craftsmen into a floating celebration of the Burgundian “good life”. This beautiful barge had a complete facelift, now all cabins can be twin or doubles as you wish accommodating eight very comfortably. Your crew of four comprise of Captain, Tour Guide, Master Chef and Hostess, all with a love for the Nivernais canal and all secure in the knowledge that their vessel represents L’Art de Vivre itself.

Boat Details

Boat Size: 100 x 16.6 ft
Number of Cabins: 4
Crew: 4
Cruise Length: 6 nights
Departure Day: Sunday

Cabin Information

Merlot Cabin
  • Twin or Double
  • 100 sq ft
Sauvignon Cabin
  • Twin or Double
  • 100 sq ft
Chardonnay Cabin
  • Twin or Double
  • 100 sq ft
Pinot Noir Cabin
  • Twin or Double
  • 100 sq ft
Note: All cabin sizes are approximate.

Boat Amenities

A/C
Bicycles
Jacuzzi
Books & Games
Open Bar
Transfers
WIFI
Music System

Cabin Amenities

Hairdryers
Bathrobes
Opening Portholes

Pickup Locations

2:00 PM, Westminster Hotel Paris

2:00 PM, Central Location Paris - Charter Only

Note: Pickup locations may be TBD on charter bookings.

Dropoff Locations

12:00 PM, Westminster Hotel Paris

12:00 PM, Central Location Paris - Charter Only

Note: dropoff locations may be TBD on charter bookings.
Auxerre to Chevroches
Sunday
Welcome Aboard!
Guests are met at the designated meeting point in Paris and transferred to the barge moored in Auxerre. 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.
 
Monday
Auxerre to Vincelles
Our morning cruise takes us 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 at family run winery, Jean-Marc Brocard will introduce you to some of the local Petit Chablis and Chablis wines. Dinner on board.
 
Tuesday
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 fine churches and particularly its magnificent cathedral. We then return to the hotel barge for a cruise southwards through rich pasturelands past grazing Charolais cattle to the town of Mailly-la-Ville. Dinner on board.
 
Wednesday
Mailly-la-Ville to Le Saussois
This morning, we visit the charming 14th century medieval market village of Noyers, one of the most beautiful villages in France, on an excursion through delightful countryside. In the afternoon we cruise past the Saussois cliffs where an international climbing centre creates a spectacular setting. There will also be the opportunity to enjoy spectacular walks before dinner ashore at a local auberge.
 
Thursday
Le Saussois to Lucy-sur-Yonne
In the morning we enjoy an excursion to the 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. Lunch on board followed by an afternoon cruise through the Yonne Valley to arrive at Lucy-sur-Yonne. Dinner on board.
 
Friday
Lucy-sur-Yonne to Chevroches
A morning cruise through beautiful countryside then takes us to Chevroches. In the afternoon, we visit the Chateau of Bazoches, whose illustrious visitors included Richard the Lionheart and which was later remodelled by Maréchal Vauban. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
 
Saturday
Breakfast and Farewell
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the designated drop off point in Paris. 
Auxerre to Chevroches
Sunday
Welcome Aboard!
Guests are met at the designated meeting point and transferred to the barge moored in Auxerre, Burgundy. Following a Champagne Welcome, you are free to explore the mediaeval town of Auxerre or take a stroll along the banks of the River Yonne before returning for dinner on board.
 
Monday
Auxerre to Vincelles
This morning cyclists head off through the cherry orchards up to Vallan, Escamps and Chastenay. Enjoy a cooling break while visiting the subterranean caverns at Taingy, from which the famous Burgundian limestone was extracted to build monuments such as the Pantheon and la Madeleine in Paris, and even the first water tower in Chicago! Buffet Lunch. Return to the barge via Molesmes and Charentenay with optional wine tasting chez Mr.Bon, in the hamlet of Migé. Dinner on board.
 
Tuesday
Vincelles to Mailly la Ville
Our itinerary today takes cyclists up though the narrow streets of Irancy, the latest wine village to be awarded its own appellation-controlée. Continue on a narrow track straight up through the vineyards and plunge down to St Bris where a short break is spent in the 12th C. cellars of Mr.Bersan. Cross country on the ‘Grande Randonnée track 13’ follows with buffet lunch/barbecue in the grounds of a 17th C watermill. An afternoon cycle circuit takes in Accolay, and Fontenay sous Fouronnes before rejoining the barge at Bazarnes for a short evening cruise to Mailly la Ville. Dinner on board.
 
Wednesday
Mailly la Ville to Le Saussois
As the barge leaves Mailly la Ville, cyclists disembark at the first lock and follow the GR 13 along the banks of the River Cure through Bessy and Arcy sur Cure. An old Roman road leads back over the hill down to Pregilbert where L’Art de Vivre is mooring up-lunch ashore. Afternoon cycling to Mailly le Chateau and The Rochers du Saussois, with perhaps a stop at the 14thC tower, studio of local artist M.Rose, before rejoining the barge at Le Saussois. Dinner on board.
 
Thursday
Le Saussois to Lucy sur Yonne
As the L’Art de Vivre slips its mooring, this morning’s ride traverses the Bois d’Arcy and climbs to one of Burgundy’s most picturesque hilltop settings, Vezelay. After discovering the world famous Romanesque Basilica of St. Mary Magdalene, a swoop downhill takes us through St. Père sous Vezelay to meet our chef, setting up a buffet luncheon on the banks of the R.Cure, alongside the mediaeval bridge at Pierre Perthuis. Our afternoon ride is through Fontenay and the forest of Chauffour-Ferrières to the village of Lucy sur Yonne where the barge is moored for the night. Dinner on board.
 
Friday
Lucy sur Yonne to Chevroches
A morning cruise through beautiful countryside then takes us to Chevroches. Later we cycle to Dornecy through the Fôret de Champôrnot. We enjoy a buffet lunch somewhere in the greenery, and then back to the barge, along the towpath, moored at Chevroche. Captains Farewell Dinner on board.
 
Saturday
Breakfast and Farewell
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the designated drop off point.
Chevroches to Auxerre
Sunday
Welcome Aboard!
Guests are met at the designated meeting point and transferred to the barge moored in Chevroches. The Captain and crew welcome you aboard with a glass of Champagne. Dinner on board.
 
Monday
Clamecy to Lucy sur Yonne
This morning we leave Chevroches and enjoy a gentle cruise to Clamecy. We depart the barge and visit the Le Château de Bazoches-du-Morvan, whose illustrious visitors included Richard the Lionheart and which was later renovated Maréchal Vauban. Alternatively we can visit Chateau Guedelon. A team of fifty people have taken on an extraordinary feat to build a castle using the very same techniques and materials used in the Middle Ages. Work on the site began in 1997 and is scheduled to take 25 years to complete. Guédelon offers a unique opportunity to witness the different stages of a castle's construction. Let yourself be transported from the present day, back to the sights and sounds of a 13th century construction site. Lunch on board and then we continue our cruise to Dinner aboard Lucy sur Yonne with wonderful cycling and walking opportunities. Dinner on board.
 
Tuesday
Lucy sur Yonne to Le Saussois
This morning we visit the 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. There is also an opportunity for the whole family to enjoy canoeing or rafting on the River Cure. Alternatively, for the very young, we can visit Cardoland where the sculptor, Cardo, has created this wonderful prehistoric world of life size dinosaurs. It has a museum, caves, exhibition and prehistoric play area. We then cruise to the renowned Saussois cliffs with their international climbing centre and then on to Le Saussois. There is ample opportunity for walking and cycling today. Dinner on board.
 
Wednesday
Le Saussois to Mailly la Ville
We start the day with a visit to the caves of Arcy sur Cure. The site of Arcy sur Cure, a major one for the medium and late Palaeolithic age in northern France, is located between Auxerre and Avallon. It includes a set of caves dug out by the Cure River into a coral massif that emerged at the end of the secondary era. Then we tour the charming mediaeval village of Noyers sur Surein on market day, one of the most beautiful villages in France. After lunch we cruise to the sleepy village of Mailly la Ville, through delightful countryside. Dinner ashore tonight at a local auberge
 
Thursday
Mailly la Ville to Vincelles
This morning’s cruise takes us through some delightful locks and past vineyard-clad hillside to Vincelles. The afternoon excursion is to St Bris with its extraordinary network of subterranean mediaeval passages. A wine tasting in Chablis introduces us to outstanding Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines. If you prefer we can arrange a trip to the adventure park at Loisirs en Morvan in Saint Pere. You can choose quad biking (12+), potholing (10+) or Pony riding (3+) (Payment is made on the day by clients, directly to the operator) Dinner on board.
 
Friday
Vincelles to Auxerre
This morning we take in the rustic beauty of vineyard-clad slopes as we cruise to Auxerre. In Auxerre visit the cathedral of St Etienne and wander the streets lined with half-timbered houses. Shopping opportunities abound in Auxerre. There is a choice of other excursions either swimming or “Go Ape” tree climbing. A sumptuous Captain's Farewell Dinner completes the day.
 
Saturday
Breakfast and Farewell
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the designated drop off point.
Chevroches to Axuerre
Sunday
Welcome Aboard!
Guests are met at the designated meeting point and transferred to the barge moored in Chevroches. The Captain and crew welcome you aboard with a glass of Champagne. Time for a walk or cycle ride before dinner on board.
 
Monday
Chevroches to Lucy sur Yonne
Tennis this morning at Coulange Sur Yonne (2 tarmac courts). In the afternoon we depart the barge and visit the Le Château de Bazoches-du-Morvan, whose illustrious visitors included Richard the Lionheart and which was later renovated Maréchal Vauban. We continue our cruise to Lucy sur Yonne with wonderful cycling and walking
 
Tuesday
Lucy sur Yonne to Le Saussois
In the morning we cruise past the Saussois cliffs where an international climbing centre creates a spectacular setting to Lucy sur Yonne. During the morning we play tennis at Chatel Censoir (2 tarmac courts). Lunch out at a local auberge. In the afternoon we visit the Chateau of Bazoches, home of Maréchal Vauban, whose illustrious visitors included Richard the Lionheart. Dinner on board.
 
Wednesday
Le Saussois to Mailly la Ville
We take a morning cruise southwards to Le Saussois. During the morning we play tennis in Vermenton (2 tarmac courts). In the afternoon we enjoy an excursion to 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.
 
Thursday
Mailly la Ville to Vincelles
Tennis during the morning in Vincelles (2 tarmac courts). Late morning we cruise through rich pasturelands and past grazing Charolais cattle and past dramatic steep cliffs to the market town of Mailly la Ville. During the afternoon we visit the town of Auxerre allows us to discover the medieval town centre. Originally the capital of Lower Burgundy, Auxerre prides itself on a collection of fine churches. Dinner on board.
 
Friday
Vincelles to Auxerre
Our morning cruise takes us past vineyard-clad hillside to Vincelles where we moor in rural bliss. During this morning tennis in Auxerre on Roland Garros Red Dirt Court (3 courts available) which of course is only found in France. The afternoon excursion is to St Bris with its extraordinary network of medieval passages beneath the town. A wine tasting introduces you to the outstanding Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the 12th century cellars of Monsieur Bersan. A sumptuous Captain's Farewell Dinner completes the day.
 
Saturday
Breakfast and Farewell
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the designated drop off point.
Auxerre to Chevroches
Sunday
Welcome Aboard!
Guests are met at the designated meeting point and transferred to the barge moored in Auxerre. 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.
 
Monday
Auxerre to Bailly
After cruising out of Auxerre we leave the barge to walk through farmland to the village of Vaux. Continuing along the river we arrive at La Coeur Barrée where we meet the barge for lunch. In the afternoon we tour the Chablis vineyards ending at St Bris. Here we see the intricate network of medieval passages beneath the village before tasting the outstanding wines of the region in the 12th century cellars of Monsieur Bersan, the region’s foremost producer.  Dinner on board.
 
Tuesday
Bailly to Accolay
From Vincelottes we wander through the Auxerrois vineyards with superb views of the Yonne valley below us. En route to the ancient town of Cravant Donjon we pass through the picturesque village of Irancy, home of many well known wines. Our afternoon excursion is to the glorious gothic cathedral of Auxerre. Afterwards there is time to meander through the mediaeval streets at leisure before returning to our mooring in Accolay. In the evening we dine in a local restaurant that is well known for its Burgundian specialities and the standard of its cuisine. 
 
Wednesday
Accolay to Mailly la Ville
From Accolay we walk the wooded valley of the River Cure, passing the ruins of Regny Abbey before a gentle traverse back to the Yonne at the tiny hamlet of Sere where we rejoin the barge. In the afternoon we visit Noyers sur Serein, one of the most beautiful villages in Burgundy.
 
Thursday
Mailly la Ville to Lucy sur Yonne
From Mailly we leave the Yonne to walk through open fields to Merry sur Yonne. En route we stand on top of the dramatic Roches du Saussois, cliffs that tower dramatically 200 feet above the river. After lunch we visit the ancient Chateau de Bazoches, home of Sebastien Vauban, the Frenchman who revolutionised siege warfare in the late 17th century. Dinner on board.
 
Friday
Lucy sur Yonne to Chevroches
This morning we visit Vezelay with its stunning romanesque Basilica, the scene of the “calling” of the Second Crusade in 1146, and its fine speciality shops. In the afternoon we walk along the canal into Chevroches. Aboard for our final evening, the Captain hosts our Farewell Dinner on board.
 
Saturday
Breakfast and Farewell
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the designated drop off point.
Auxerre to Chevroches
Sunday
Welcome Aboard!
Guests are met at the designated meeting point in Paris and transferred to the barge moored in Chevroches. The Captain and crew welcome you aboard with a glass of Champagne. Time for a walk or cycle ride before dinner on board.
 
Monday
Chevroches to Lucy sur Yonne
We depart the barge and visit the Le Château de Bazoches-du-Morvan, whose illustrious visitors included Richard the Lionheart and which was later renovated Maréchal Vauban. Lunch on board and then we continue our cruise to Lucy sur Yonne with wonderful cycling and walking opportunities. Dinner on board.
 
Tuesday
Lucy sur Yonne to Le Saussois
An early start after breakfast for the drive to Beaune arriving late morning for a tasting in the Grand Cru vineyards at Puligny Montrachet which include Philippe Chavy or Philippe Duvernay (Chassagne). Lunch in the centre of Beaune followed by a visit to the famous Hotel Dieu. Afternoon drive north through the Cote de Nuits vineyards passing Romanée Conti and Clos Vougeot. Dinner on board.
 
Wednesday
Le Saussois to Mailly la Ville
In the early afternoon we arrive at our mooring in the pretty village of Chatel Censoir. From here we enjoy an excursion to 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 while sipping a glass of wine from the ancient monastic vineyard. We cruise past the prehistoric coral reefs, which now form the spectacular cliffs at Mailly le Chateau and Le Saussois, a favourite rendezvous for rock climbers. Dinner on board.
 
Thursday
Mailly la Ville to Vincelles
Morning cruise past gently rolling hills and vineyards interspersed with cherry orchards. Charolais cattle glance up as we pass them grazing in the lush fields alongside the river. Cruise through lunch. At St Pallaye our wine guide takes us over the nearby hills to the legendary vineyards surrounding the world famous town of Chablis. A tour of the Grand Cru vineyards is followed by an exclusive visit to a state of the art winery, either Domaine Laroche or Domaine William Fevre. The afternoon is completed with an extensive wine tasting including rare Premier and Grand cru wines from the 1980s. Dinner on board.
 
Friday
Vincelles to Auxerre
This morning we take in the rustic beauty of vineyard-clad slopes as we cruise to Auxerre. After lunch, accompanied by our wine guide, we drive to St Bris with its extraordinary network of medieval passages beneath the town. Following a tour of the Bersan family’s 12th century cellars we taste the unique selection of wines made in this little known Burgundian village. Captain Farewell Dinner on board.
 
Saturday
Breakfast and Farewell
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the designated drop off point in Paris. 

SAMPLE MENU

Filet de Rouget au Safran

Terrine de Pêcheur façon Maison

Tourte Chaude d’Escargots à la Ciboulette

***

CHEESES

Brie

Maroilles

Pont l’Eveque

St. Marcellin

***

WINES

Sancerre

Chablis

Côte de Nuits

Hautes Côtes de Beaune

 

2019 RATES
ACCOMMODATION VALUE REGULAR
Stateroom Per Person $4,690 $5,390
Single Supplement  $1,750 $1,950
Charter 6 Passenger $32,600 $37, 200
Charter 7 Passenger $33,800 $38,600
Charter 8 Passenger $35,000 $40,000

 

2020 RATES
ACCOMMODATION VALUE REGULAR
Stateroom Per Person $4,690 $5,390
Single Supplement  $1,750 $1,950
Charter 6 Passenger $32,600 $37, 200
Charter 7 Passenger $33,800 $38,600
Charter 8 Passenger $35,000 $40,000

 

2020 DEPARTURE DATES
April 5-11, 12-18, 19-25 VALUE
April 26-2 REGULAR
May 3-9, 10-16, 17-23, 24-30, 31-6 REGULAR
June 7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-4 REGULAR
July 5-11, 12-18 REGULAR
July 19-25, 26-01 VALUE
August 2-8, 9-15, 16-22 VALUE
August 23-29, 30-05 REGULAR
Sept 6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-03 REGULAR
Oct 4-10, 11-17, 18-24, 25-31 VALUE

Cruise cost includes

Six night accommodations, chauffeured transfers from Paris to the barge and return, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch and dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of bicycles

Cruise cost does not include

Airfare to and from your destination, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

 

2019 CRUISING SCHEDULE
DEPARTURE DATE   ROUTE RATE SEASON
April 7, 14, 21 Between Chevroches & Auxerre Value
April 28 Between Chevroches & Auxerre Regular 
May 5, 12, 19, 26 Between Chevroches & Auxerre Regular 
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Between Chevroches & Auxerre Regular
July 7, 14 Between Chevroches & Auxerre Regular 
July 21, 28 Between Chevroches & Auxerre Value 
August 4, 11, 18 Between Chevroches & Auxerre Value
August 25 Between Chevroches & Auxerre Regular 
Sept 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Between Chevroches & Auxerre Regular 
Oct 6, 13, 20 Between Chevroches & Auxerre Value