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Experience a new way of barging with the stylish eight passenger Savoir Vivre. Nightly meals ashore at local restaurants included in the price, which gives you an up close and personal experience of the local French Culture and fabulous cuisine. Nice size cabins with en-suite facilities for eight guests, TV in salon, sundeck and wonderful crew. This barge is smartly decorated and offers all the amenities one expects when barging but has a new twist with meals ashore.

Boat Details

Boat Size: 80 x 16.5 ft
Number of Cabins: 4
Crew: 3
Cruise Length: 6 nights
Departure Day: Sunday

Cabin Information

4 Queen/Twin Bedded Cabins
Note: All cabin sizes are approximate.

Boat Amenities

A/C
Bicycles
Sun Shade
DVD
Heater
Books & Games
Open Bar
Transfers
TV
WIFI
Computer with printer

Cabin Amenities

A/C
Hairdryers
Heating
Bathrobes

Pickup Location

1:00 PM, Central Location Paris

Note: Pickup locations may be TBD on charter bookings.

Dropoff Location

1:00 PM, Central Location Paris

Note: dropoff locations may be TBD on charter bookings.
Fleurey sur Ouche to Escommes
Sunday
Welcome Aboard!
You will be transferred from a central location in Paris. Enjoy a champagne welcome as you are introduced to your top crew for the week, pictured at right. There will be time to unpack and explore, helping you work up an appetite for your first on-shore dinner. Now is the time to begin your authentic your gastronomic journey with us, as we chauffeur you to the first on shore dinner venue of the week.  
 
Monday
Fleury-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche 
This morning begin 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. After lunch on board, enjoy the first of many excursions. Richard, your Captain now becomes a trusted guide who will introduce you to the sights and history of Burgundy. You will be driven south to the famed Cote d'Or wine region. First visit Chateau du Clos de Vougeot where wine was produced by Cistercian monks from the 12th century on. Examine the ancient wine presses and learn more wine-making and life in that long ago era. Then it's back to present-day pleasures at a winetasting which introduces area vintages. Return to Savoir Vivre. Later you'll be transferred to dinner to a charming nearby bistro.  
 
Tuesday
Gissey-sur-Ouche to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche 
After breakfast on board featuring village-baked pastries just warm from the oven, head back to Dijon to mingle with locals at the famed outdoor market. There will be time to look around the well-preserved Medieval town core and shop - think mustard! Then it's back to Savoir Vivre with lunch on board and an afternoon cruise through gorgeous scenery to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche. Relax on deck or explore by bicycle (see picture below) - let's meet the barge at the next lock! Explore the subtle charms of La Brussiere before being taken to tonight's dinner venue.
 
Wednesday
La Bussiere-sur-Ouche to Pont d'Ouche
Take a moment to reflect this morning as we cruise to Pont d'ouche. After lunch aboard, sightseeing takes center stage as you head to enchanting Beaune - wine capital of the Cote d'Or. There's much to enjoy in Beaune; most important is the immaculately preserved Hospice de Beaune, pictured below, 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 we drive you to another delughtful bistro.
 
Thursday
Pont d'Ouche to La Repe 
After a peaceful start to your day we visit Hautes Cote de Beaune, an authentic cheesemaker. Yes, you'll learn and then you'll taste! After all, you are in France! Return to Savoir Vivre and walk the towpath or bicycle into a nearby village - or just relax on deck with a good book - as Savoir Vivre continues its journey on the historic Canal de Bourgogne to La Repe. When you are ready, you will be chauffered to another local dining establishment.  
 
Friday
La Repe to Escommes
After breakfast on board, we 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. Return to Savoir Vivre for a drink on deck and then continue our cruise through the Valley of the Ouche to our final mooring in Escommes. Your final on-shore dinner is tonight, now is the time to share memories of your authentic encounters with the people, cuisine, wine and sights of Burgundy.
 
Saturday
Breakfast and Farewell
After your final breakfast on board you will be transferred to Paris. We hope that your cruise on Savoir Vivre has created memories to last a lifetime! Sightseeing and restaurant suggestions are based on availability and are subject to change. 

Here is a sample menu to give you an idea of the type of dining experiences you will enjoy (local restaurants).

We had a lot of fun selecting the restaurants for your cruise! The aim is to provide you with authentic locations which offer typical French cuisine and relaxed environments. Tourist traps and stuffy over-priced establishments are off the menu. Authentic, charismatic locations were our target and, if we might say so ourselves, we're proud of our selection. Better still, we have been welcomed by the local community for supporting these local independent establishments which are part of the fabric of rural French culture.

 

Starters

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Salad of scallops dressed with raspberry oil

Delices de Bourgogne ('Delights of Burgandy' - a decadent triple-cream cheese) with garlic infusion

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Aubespin salad - delicate baby leaves, smoked ham, Époisses de Bourgogne (a local famous cheese), nuts, apples

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Chicken Livers en Meurette (poached in red wine)

 

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Fish Courses

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Seared scallops in a saffron sauce

Salmon scented with Sorrel in puff pastry

Filet of Pike in a hollandaise sauce

Meat / Main Course

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'Plien Coeur' of Rump Steak  with morel mushroom sauce

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Duck filet with a 3 pepper sauce

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Medallions of chicken in a Crème de Menthe sauce

 

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Board of various authentic local and national cheeses

 

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Dessert

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Red Berry Charlotte

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Chocolate fondant with crème anglaise

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Frozen nougat with a red berry coulis

'Aubespin' crisp (a house specialty...!)

Sorbet Aux Senteurs Alcoolisees

 

2021 & 2022  RATES
ACCOMMODATION VALUE   REGULAR HIGH
Stateroom Per Person    $3,750 $4,000 $4,250 
Charter 6 Passenger  $28,000 $30,000 $32,000
Charter 7 Passenger $29,000 $31,000 $33,000
Charter 8 Passenger $30,000 $32,000 $34,000

Cruise cost includes

Six night accommodations, transfers to and from Paris, all meals, from dinner (including nightly dinners ashore) the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch and dinner onboard, open bar, transportation to and from dine -around in Burgundy restaurants, 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)

2021 CRUISING SCHEDULE
DEPARTURE DATE          ROUTE                                    RATE SEASON     
April 11 until April 24 Escommes - Fleurey-sur-Ouche Value
April 25 until Sept 4 Escommes - Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
Sept 5 until Oct 2 Escommes - Fleurey-sur-Ouche High
Oct 3 until Oct 16 Escommes - Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
October 17 until Oct 30 Escommes - Fleurey-sur-Ouche Value