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L'Art de Vivre







L'Art de Vivre: Luxury Canal Cruises in France On The Canal du Nivernais In Northern Burgundy Cruise In France On The Canal du Nivernais In Northern Burgundy Aboard The First Class Hotel-Barge L'ART DE VIVRE.


BARGE CRUISES: SEVEN DAYS/SIX NIGHTS
Special Places Travel Logo.  EMAIL: info@specialplacestravel.com or PHONE: 1-877-642-2743 (001.443.321.3614 outside US/Canada).The 8-passenger L'Art de Vivre was built in England during World War One as a munitions carrier and was transformed into a hotel barge in 1998. There are four identical cabins 108 sq ft each, which may be configured with a queen bed or two twins, and all include an ensuite bathroom. The barge has a comfortable salon with dining table and a sundeck with jacuzzi and lounge chairs. Your crew of four comprises a Captain, tour guide, master Chef and hostess, who each share a love for the Nivernais canal.

L'Art de Vivre cruises the lower Nivernais and the Yonne Valley between Chevroches and the medieval town of Auxerre. The region simply oozes charm and the cruise is a journey back in time along a magical waterway. The Upper Nivernais remains an undiscovered region, well off the beaten track on the edge of the Morvan hills. The sleepy hamlets, white grazing Charolais cattle, woods and forests are typical of the scenery the barge cruises through. The Canal du Nivernais region is where time seems to have stood still for over two hundred years. The hand-swung bridges are a delight and we pass old logging sites which are now almost a forgotten memory for the local people. Luxury barging is a rarity that is welcomed by all, and every journey is made into a great event that is shared and enjoyed by everyone.

We have visited L'Art de Vivre many times over the years and think it provides an excellent cruise on the beautiful and secluded Canal du Nivernais in Northern Burgundy.

Highlights include:

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L'Art de Vivre: Deck Plan
L'Art de Vivre's Deck Plan



Dining Aboard L'Art de Vivre:
SAMPLE MENU


A taste of the gourmet cuisine served aboard the L'Art de Vivre. BREAKFAST
LUNCH
DINNER
DESSERTS
SAMPLE WINE LIST
Domaine Ferrari, Irancy 'Les Palottes'; Domaine Bouchard Père & Fils; Pouilly Fuissé; Domaine Borgnat; Coulanges la Vineuse

Passenger Comments:


The overall experience was excellent, especially the service, meals and excusions. The high points were the experience, the crew, the scenery.
G.P., FL, USA, July 2014

The service was outstanding. I can't say enough about the crew. They all contributed to my enjoyment of the cruise. They weren't intrusive but were always there to help when needed. The meals and wines were even better than we expected. We enjoyed them all. The dinner out was also good. The excursions were interesting. The wine tasting in Chablis was good, and the historical visits to Auxerre, Vezalay and the Chateau Bazoches interesting. We really liked becoming familiar with rural France, both through the excursions and the barge route. We left with a good feel for the area.
D.H., WA, USA, September 2013

It was a spectacular week! The barge route was beautiful, the crew was wonderful, the food beyond belief, the wines excellent and the tours fun and informative. Our trip was beyond our expectations!
D.A., TX, USA, April 2012

Overall the trip was excellent, we loved the barge, the places it visited and especially the staff. This trip will always be a good one, but this was SUPER good!
B & B A., KS, USA, April 2012


SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Burgundy: Canal du Nivernais
Auxerre to Chevroches 2017

Sunday - Auxerre
Guests are met at the designated 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 this wonderful 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 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.

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 lavish Renaissance houses, fine churches and particularly a magnificent cathedral situated close to the river. We then return to the hotel barge for our cruise southwards through rich pasture-lands 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.

Wednesday - 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 center. There will also be the opportunity to enjoy delightful walks or bicycle rides along the towpath before dinner ashore at a local restaurant.

Thursday - Le Saussois to Lucy-sur-Yonne
In the morning 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. After lunch back on board L'Art de Vivre, an afternoon cruise through the picturesque Yonne Valley to arrive at Lucy-sur-Yonne. Dinner on board.

Friday - 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 remodeled by Maréchal Vauban and there are wonderful views from its elevated hillside setting. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday - Chevroches
After breakfast, guests are transfered to the designated drop off point in Paris.

Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.


SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Burgundy: Canal du Nivernais
Auxerre to Chevroches
Cycling Charter

Sunday - Auxerre
Guests are met at the designated meeting point in Paris 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 century 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 14th century 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 River 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. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday - Chevroches
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the designated drop off point in Paris.

Note: On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.



L'Art de Vivre
2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 9 Auxerre-Chevroches Value
Apr 16 Chevroches-Auxerre Value
Apr 23 Auxerre-Chevroches Value
Apr 30 Chevroches-Auxerre Regular
May 7 Auxerre-Chevroches Regular
May 14 Chevroches-Auxerre Regular
May 21 Auxerre-Chevroches Regular
May 28 Chevroches-Auxerre Regular
Jun 4 Auxerre-Chevroches Regular
Jun 11 Chevroches-Auxerre Regular
Jun 18 Auxerre-Chevroches Regular
Jun 25 Chevroches-Auxerre Regular
Jul 2 Auxerre-Chevroches Regular
Jul 9 Chevroches-Auxerre Regular
Jul 16 Auxerre-Chevroches Regular
       
Cruise Schedule* ... continued

Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 23 Chevroches-Auxerre Value
Jul 30 Auxerre-Chevroches Value
Aug 6 Chevroches-Auxerre Value
Aug 13 Auxerre-Chevroches Value
Aug 20 Chevroches-Auxerre Value
Aug 27 Auxerre-Chevroches Regular
Sep 3 Chevroches-Auxerre Regular
Sep 10 Auxerre-Chevroches Regular
Sep 17 Chevroches-Auxerre Regular
Sep 24 Auxerre-Chevroches Regular
Oct 1 Chevroches-Auxerre Regular
Oct 8 Auxerre-Chevroches Value
Oct 15 Chevroches-Auxerre Value
Oct 22 Auxerre-Chevroches Value

2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 9 Auxerre-Chevroches Value
Apr 16 Chevroches-Auxerre Value
Apr 23 Auxerre-Chevroches Value
Apr 30 Chevroches-Auxerre Regular
May 7 Auxerre-Chevroches Regular
May 14 Chevroches-Auxerre Regular
May 21 Auxerre-Chevroches Regular
May 28 Chevroches-Auxerre Regular
Jun 4 Auxerre-Chevroches Regular
Jun 11 Chevroches-Auxerre Regular
Jun 18 Auxerre-Chevroches Regular
Jun 25 Chevroches-Auxerre Regular
Jul 2 Auxerre-Chevroches Regular
Jul 9 Chevroches-Auxerre Regular
Jul 16 Auxerre-Chevroches Regular
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 23 Chevroches-Auxerre Value
Jul 30 Auxerre-Chevroches Value
Aug 6 Chevroches-Auxerre Value
Aug 13 Auxerre-Chevroches Value
Aug 20 Chevroches-Auxerre Value
Aug 27 Auxerre-Chevroches Regular
Sep 3 Chevroches-Auxerre Regular
Sep 10 Auxerre-Chevroches Regular
Sep 17 Chevroches-Auxerre Regular
Sep 24 Auxerre-Chevroches Regular
Oct 1 Chevroches-Auxerre Regular
Oct 8 Auxerre-Chevroches Value
Oct 15 Chevroches-Auxerre Value
Oct 22 Auxerre-Chevroches Value

*Note: Cruise directions and sample itineraries may be in reverse and are subject to change and may depend on bookings and local navigation conditions. Alternate excursions of equal appeal are substituted when needed. For charter cruises special itineraries can be arranged.


The L'Art de ViVre's route through Northern Burgundy, from Auxerre to Chevroches on the Canal du Nivernais.
The L'Art de ViVre's route through Northern Burgundy, from Auxerre to Chevroches on the Canal du Nivernais. For a more detailed look at the cruise route, view our map of the Canal du Nivernais.



L'ART DE VIVRE
2017 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
TYPE VALUE
Apr 9 thru Apr 29
Jul 23 thru Aug 26
Oct 8 thru Oct 28
REGULAR
Apr 30 thru Jul 22
Aug 27 thru Oct 7
Stateroom (per person, double occupancy)
$4,490
$5,250
Single Occupancy Supplement
$1,700
$1,900
Charter for 6
$31,300
$36,200
Charter for 7
$32,400
$37,500
Charter for 8
$33,500
$38,800
Cycling Charter Supplement for up to 8
$3,700
$3,700
Walking Charter Supplement for 6-8
$2,800
$2,800
Wine Cruise Charter Supplement
$4,000
$4,000


Walking cruises include daily walking with a professional Walking Guide.

Cycling cruise includes daily cycling with a professional Cycling Guide and an
upgrade of bicycle for duration of your cruise.

Wine cruise includes a comprehensive and customisable wine itinerary, an upgrade of all wines served
on board to include more Premier and Grand Cru wines and the services of a professional Wine Guide.


What's Included
- 7 days and 6 nights on the barge, all cabins with private bath
- Transfers from Paris to the barge and return
- All meals beginning with dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Saturday, including one lunch at a local restaurant
- All wines with lunches and dinners
- Open bar
- All escorted side-excursions (hot air ballooning, golf, etc. at additional cost)
- Use of bicycles

What's Not Included
- Overseas air transportation to Paris and return
- Suggested 5-7% gratuity for the crew, to be paid in equivalent Euros to the captain




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