Special Places Travel Barges In France:
Savoir Vivre







Savoir Vivre: Luxury Canal Cruise in France On The Canal de Bourgogne In Southern Burgundy Cruise In France On The Canal de Bourgogne In Southern Burgundy Aboard The First Class Hotel-Barge SAVOIR 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).Introduced in 2009, the 8-passenger Savoir Vivre offers a truly unique French dining experience by dining around town at local, authentic restaurants each and every evening. In selecting the restaurants for your cruise, the crew aims to provide you with authentic locations that offer typical French cuisine and relaxed, charming environments. Lunches aboard the barge are catered daily by top local Chefs with many years of experience in barge cruising. There is a complimentary " open refrigerator " for guests to enjoy 24 hours a day that includes soft drinks, wine, beer, spirits and snacks. There is also an efficiency kitchen, perfect for young families that may need to prepare a few small meals for the children. This innovative way of operating means that cruises aboard the Savoir Vivre combines a rich, historical and cultural dining experience at a great value since everything is included in one price.

Savoir Vivre cruises on one of France's most beautiful canals, the Canal du Bourgogne. When not enjoying the spectacular and charming scenery, you will explore hidden gems of French life, history and culture by way of air conditioned van that is used for all of our excursions.

Your crew is among some of the most experienced individuals in barging. Captain Richard Megret has been involved in barging his whole life, and brings his experience and inimitable humor to your barge experience. Your tour guide Laura, brings her love of history, passion for France and her experience on deluxe and ultra deluxe barges. Marie, your hostess will ensure that all of her guests are well taken care of. Together their fun, relaxed yet professional styles are entirely committed to keeping with the 'Savoir Vivre' way of life.

Savoir Vivre has all of the modern amenities, including air conditioning and an ensuite bathroom in each of her four twin or queen bedded cabins. The sumptuously coordinated and contemporary decor provides a sofa, a flat screen TV and internet access, arm chairs and side tables that convert into a dining table. Two partially covered decks and the wheelhouse provide a dining table and chairs for alfresco dining and loungers for relaxing and viewing the countryside.

We have visited the Savoir Vivre several times, most recently in April 2017, stayed on board and sampled the restaurants selected for dinner and the excursions. We have found the accommodations to be comfortable, the restaurants to be a good sampling of what the region has to offer and great personlized daily excursions.


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Savoir Vivre's Deck Plan

Savoir Vivre's Deck Plan



Dining Aboard The Savoir Vivre

These are the establishments along our route which we feel best capture the "Savoir Vivre" way of dining. Our goal is to avoid the more traditional measures of exuberant opulence and high prices in favor of more authentic, independently owned restaurants that reflect the splendor and charm of the region.

The aim is to provide you with authentic locations that offer typical French cuisine and relaxed environments. Tourist traps and stuffy over-priced establishments are off the menu. Suggestions for authentic and charming locations are our goal and we're proud of our selections. We have been applauded by the local community for supporting these local independent establishments which are part of the fabric of rural French culture. It's important to be clear that we receive no commission or 'kick backs' from these restaurants. Our goal is to provide you with elegant, authentic and interesting dining experiences. If this means the odd language barrier or gamble on a new dish, then go for it! It's all part of the fun.

SAMPLE LUNCH MENUS

The following sample menus are typical of the luncheon buffets served aboard the Savoir Vivre. Lunches are prepared off the barge by Master Chefs and catered elegantly for your enjoyment and pleasure.

A delightful luncheon dessert on board the Savoir Vivre. Menu 1
  • Broccoli and smoked salmon tart
  • Roasted loin of pork stuffed with caramelized apples onions and Dijon mustard (served cold)
  • Beetroot, walnut and strawberry salad with a raspberry vinegar dressing
  • Classic green salad with everything green (cucumber, olives, capers, green pepper etc)
  • Grated carrot and coriander salad
  • Plateau of local cheeses

  • Menu 2
  • Tomato mozzarella and basil pie
  • Roast quail
  • Celeriac with grain mustard, tarragon and olive oil
  • Potato salad
  • Salad "paysanne" (walnuts and smoked bacon with a balsamic vinegar dressing)
  • "William" pear poached in cassis

  • Menu 3
  • Ratatouille tart
  • Poached salmon with a herb crust
  • Cucumber with crème fraîche and mint
  • Roasted red onion and tomato salad
  • Frisée with Roquefort apple and walnut and a walnut dressing
  • Plateau of local cheeses



  • Passenger Comments:


    OUTSTANDING!!! Richard, Marie Anne and Laura were wonderful hosts, knowledgeable and fun to be with; always looking to make our experience the best possible. Barge accommodation excellent. Off-barge excursions were most enjoyable and informative. Really liked the sequence of daily activities - AM excursions, PM barging. Meals can not be improved upon - delicious!
    J&S.D., AZ, USA, September 2016

    The cruise was fabulous. I have already gone on Facebook and other sites to praise the trip. Laura, the guide was funny, well informed and catered to our every need. Each day was terrific. Really enjoyed all the sites that Laura took us to- so no real favourites. But I must say meeting Michael and his family, including his daughter and the goat farm was special. Richard and Marie were out of this world! Once again, funny, accommodating and very interesting. The food and wine were incredible and loved each of the dinner venues we visited. Would and have recommended to MANY friends.
    B.M., AZ, USA, June 2016

    We had a lovely time on the Savoir Vivre. We really enjoyed the many excursions and meals off the boat each night. The breakfasts and lunches on the boat were really good too. In fact there was an abundance of wonderful food and wine. The crew of 3, being Richard (skipper) and Marie (assistant) and Laura (travel guide) were a lot of fun and really made our stay very enjoyable.
    K.M., Australia, August 2016

    It was a unique trip, very interesting and certainly worth the price. Nothing about the experience was over promised and under delivered. It was exactly as advertised. The captain and crew were fabulous! They made the excursion fun and interesting. They were professional but were very friendly and accommodating. The crew made the trip very memorable for everyone. Breakfast and lunch on the barge with dinner ashore was the perfect way to provide meals. It was very nice to be able to enjoy dinner at different restaurants that had been selected by the crew. They had local knowledge and did a great job picking great places each night. The wine on board and in the restaurants was excellent. The meals were always very good but there was too much food for us older folks. We enjoyed walking the tow paths, taking photos of the magnificent scenery and meeting new people when we were off the boat. Everyone we met was friendly no matter what country they were from. We enjoyed the excursions but, more than anything, we enjoyed the crew. We missed them after we left the barge. It was also very nice to put our lives in someone else's hands for a week.
    B.& J. S., MD, USA, July 2014

    Absolutely one, if not the best, vacations I ever had. Barge was very nice. The crew was fantastic. The service was fantastic! The boat captain, Richard, was a joy. Very relaxed and accommodating and we enjoyed his company tremendously. Laura Aplin, who prepared our breakfast along with Richard, was one of the nicest and funniest people I have ever met. Her husband, Simon, was a fantastic tour guide. The crew is what made the trip so fantastic. Loved being able to get off and either walk or ride along the canal and visit any villages along the way. high points were Chateauneuf and it's village. The trip to the goat farm and cheese manufacturer. Loved meeting the artist Paul Day's wife and seeing his artwork and art studio. Loved touring Dijon and Beaune. Fantastic experience on a great barge with the best crew in one of the most scenic parts of France, enjoying the best food and wine there is. It doesn't get any better than that.
    J.C. KY, USA, June 2014

    SAMPLE ITINERARY*
    Burgundy: Canal de Bourgogne
    Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Escommes 2017

    Sunday: Meet in Dijon - Welcome Aboard - Meet your Crew!
    Your party will be met at the Dijon train station or your local Dijon hotel at 4pm and chauffeur you to Savoir Vivre moored in Fleurey-sur-Ouche, a classic village nestled on the Canal de Bourgogne.  Enjoy a champagne welcome as you are introduced to your crew for the week. There will be time to unpack and explore, helping you work up an appetite for your first on-shore dinner venue of the week.

    Monday: Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche - Wine, Wine, Wine!
    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 the barge in late afternoon, then relax until your visit to tonight’s bistro.

    Tuesday: Gissey-sur-Ouche to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche - Market day in Dijon
    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 - let's meet the barge at the next lock! Explore the subtle charms of La Bussiere before being taken to tonight's dinner venue.

    Wednesday: La Bussiere-sur-Ouche to Pont d'Ouche - Authentic Cheesemaker

    After another decadent breakfast of pastries, fruit, and cheeses, we visit Hautes Cotes de Beaune with a visit to a local goat farm and cheese maker. Farm owner and goat expert Laure Plait introduces you to her small herd of lively goats, and then escorts you to her gourmet boutique for tastings of the many types of small batch goat cheeses, also known as “chevre”. 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. Later you'll be escorted to dinner at a local venue.

    Thursday: Pont d'Ouche to La Repe - Hilltop Medieval Village

    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 the small hillside village on cobblestoned streets, peek into private gardens, and then tour the haunting chateau. Its fascinating history spans centuries of European history, both ancient and modern. Return to Savoir Vivre for a drink on deck and then continue your cruise through the Valley of the Ouche, where charming lockhouses and sweeping landscapes await. Once docked, perhaps enjoy a game of petanque with Captain Richard, or just relax in the cozy salon. Dinnertime means another delicious visit to a locally owned auberge.

    Friday: La Repe to Escommes - An Afternoon in Delightful Beaune
    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, the wine capital of the Cote d'Or. There's much to enjoy in Beaune; most important is the immaculately preserved Hospice de Beaune, pictured above, 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. Dinner time means another memorable meal off the barge, and Captain Richard will join you for the Farewell Dinner.

    Saturday: Escommes to Dijon - A Sad Farewell
    At 9:00 am, you will be chauffeured to the Dijon train station for a departing morning train.  Or perhaps you’ll pick up a rental car in Dijon and continue your adventure.  After your final breakfast on board, it will be hard to leave Savoir Vivre!  We hope that your cruise on Savoir Vivre has created memories to last a lifetime!

    Note: This cruise will be offered in the opposite direction on alternate weeks. Sightseeing and restaurant suggestions are based on availability and are subject to change.




    List of Restaurants 2017:

    L'Auberge Gourmande (Velars-sur-Ouche):
    Rural restaurants don't come much better than this quaint 2-room restaurant. Classically trained Chef Christophe shares his talent in his menu and unveils a culinary voyage through Burgundy.

    Hotel du Nord - Restaurant De La Porte Guillaume (Dijon):
    Located in the heart of Dijon, the rich, comforting flavors of Burgundian cuisine are at the forefront of this bistro's regionally-inspired menu, such as butter-drizzled escargot, duck with mushroom souffle, and, of course, Boeuf Bourguignon.

    Le Spuller (Sombernon):
    As is typically done in France, this quaint little restaurant is located within the Hotel Le Spuller. Its simple, elegant and tasteful cuisine is paired with spectacular views.

    L'Oree du Bois (Chateauneuf-en-Auxois):
    Crepes are a French national treasure. Whether you prefer a sweet or savory version, this simple but classic fare can be filled with just about anything you can imagine. Enjoy your meal overlooking this beautiful medieval village.

    Michelin Starred L'Abbaye de la Bussiere: (La Bussière-sur-Ouche)
    We visit their bistro where the food is excellent but without the more formal atmosphere of the restaurant. Fabulous experience!

    Le Lassey at Chateau de Sainte Sabine:
    This elegant mansion, built in an old monastery, offers panoramic and picturesque views of the medieval village of Chateauneuf en Auxois.  The Michelin-starred chef-driven cuisine features traditional dishes with a modern twist.



    Savoir Vivre
    2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
    Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
    Apr 2 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Value
    Apr 9 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Value
    Apr 16 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Value
    Apr 23 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Apr 30 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    May 7 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    May 14 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    May 21 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    May 28 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Jun 4 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Jun 11 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Jun 18 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Jun 25 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Jul 2 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Jul 9 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
           
    Cruise Schedule* ... continued

    Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
    Jul 16 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Jul 23 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Jul 30 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Aug 6 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Aug 13 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Aug 20 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Aug 27 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Sep 3 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Sep 10 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Sep 17 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Sep 24 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Oct 1 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Oct 8 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Oct 15 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Value
    Oct 22 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Value

    2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
    Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
    Apr 2 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Value
    Apr 9 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Value
    Apr 16 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Value
    Apr 23 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Apr 30 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    May 7 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    May 14 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    May 21 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    May 28 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Jun 4 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Jun 11 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Jun 18 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Jun 25 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Jul 2 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Jul 9 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
    Jul 16 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Jul 23 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Jul 30 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Aug 6 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Aug 13 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Aug 20 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Aug 27 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Sep 3 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Sep 10 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Sep 17 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Sep 24 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Oct 1 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Oct 8 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Oct 15 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Value
    Oct 22 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche 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 Savoir Vivre's route through Burgundy, on the Canal de Bourgogne, from Escommes to Fleurey-sur-Ouche.

    The Savoir Vivre's route through Burgundy, on the Canal de Bourgogne, from Escommes to Fleurey-sur-Ouche. For a more detailed look at the cruise route, view our map of the Canal de Bourgogne.



    SAVOIR VIVRE
    2017 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
    TYPE VALUE
    Apr 2 thru Apr 22
    Oct 15 thru Oct 28
    REGULAR
    Apr 23 thru Oct 14
    Cabin (per person, double occupancy)
    $3,500
    $3,750
    Single Occupancy Supplement
    $3,500
    $3,750
    Charter for 6
    $26,000
    $28,000
    Charter for 7
    $27,000
    $29,000
    Charter for 8
    $28,000
    $30,000


    SAVOIR VIVRE
    2018 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
    TYPE VALUE
    Apr 1 thru Apr 21
    Oct 14 thru Oct 27
    REGULAR
    Apr 22 thru Oct 13
    Cabin (per person, double occupancy)
    $3,500
    $3,750
    Single Occupancy Supplement
    $3,500
    $3,750
    Charter for 6
    $26,000
    $28,000
    Charter for 7
    $27,000
    $29,000
    Charter for 8
    $28,000
    $30,000


    What's Included
    - 7 days and 6 nights on the barge in cabin with private bathroom
    - Pickup and drop off at the Dijon TGV station for cabin bookings. Charter groups may be picked up at one location in Dijon
    - All meals beginning with dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Saturday, including six dinners at selected restaurants with half a bottle of wine per person
    - Transportation to and from our selected restaurants
    - Wines and open bar on board
    - Daily escorted side-excursions including entrance fees
    - Use of 8 bicycles

    What's Not Included
    - Overseas air transportation to Paris and return
    - Transportation from Paris to Dijon and return
    - Requests for specific brands of liquor
    - Optional excursions at extra cost such as hot air ballooning or golf
    - Suggested minimum 5% gratuity for the crew, to be given to the captain in equivalent euros for distribution to the crew




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