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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
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 combine 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 with your tour guide in the air conditioned van used for all excursions. Visit the lively Dijon market with its regional produce, tour the 15th century charity hospital in Beaune and go wine tasting and take a tour of the Clos de Vougeot where wine was made in the 12th century.

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. There are two partially covered decks 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.


Features

  • Number of Passengers: 8
  • Number of Cabins (all with private bath): 4
  • Crew: 3 - Captain, tour guide and hostess.
  • Air Conditioning and Central Heating: Yes
  • Salon: Salon with sofa, lounge chairs, side tables that convert to dining table, hidden kitchen with Siemans appliances behind cabinet doors. Flat screen TV, internet access.
  • Bar: Open bar and guest refrigerator with drinks and snacks
  • Deck: Foredeck with overhang for shade, six seats with cushions and two loungers plus dining table. Wheelhouse and fantail for guest use, fantail with dining table and canopy
  • Spa Tub: No
  • Cabin Features: 4 cabins with twins or queen bed, 100 sq ft each with ensuite bathroom with shower.
  • Vehicle for Transfers/Excursions: 9-passenger minibus
  • Accessibility: Gangplank with rope handrail with one step to deck. Barge is all on one level except 3 steps to wheelhouse
  • Bicycles: 8 folding boulevard cruisers
  • Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch included; lunch buffet catered by top local chefs; dinner at selected restaurants included
  • Wi-Fi: No - limited internet access via on board laptop



  • Savoir Vivre's Deck Plan

    Savoir Vivre's Deck Plan


    Dining Aboard The Savoir Vivre

    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. Lunch
  • Tomato mozzarella and Basil pie
  • Roast quail, Celeriac with grain mustard, Tarragon and Olive Oil
  • "William" pear poached in cassis
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas, and Biscuits

  • Wine
  • Savigny-Les-Beaune
  • Montagny 1er Cru
  • Pouilly Fume
  • Maranges 1er Cru Volnay
  • Chassagne-Montrachet
  • Aloxe Corton 1er Cru



  • 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 2018

    Sunday: Meet in Dijon - Welcome Aboard
    In the afternoon, you will be met by a Savoir Vivre crew member at the designated meeting point in Dijon. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the Savoir Vivre, moored in the village of Fleurey-sur-Ouche. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you. The authentic gastronomic journey begins this evening, as you are chauffeured to your first onshore dinner.

    Monday: Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche - visit Clos de Vougeot
    Enjoy a tranquil walk or gentle bike ride on the towpath during the morning cruise to Gissey-sur-Ouche. After lunch your Tour Guide escorts you to Clos de Vougeot, where Cistercian monks made wine in the 12th century. The ancient Clos is now the headquarters of the revered wine society Chevaliers du Tastevin, who annually award special labels to the finest Côte d'Or vintages. Explore the preserved presses from which these iconic Burgundian wines were first produced; an informal sampling in the vineyards follows. Dinner is ashore at a local bistro.

    Tuesday: Gissey-sur-Ouche to La Bussière-sur-Ouche - Market day in Dijon
    The lively town of Dijon offers a pleasurable assault of the senses. "Les Halles," the covered food market, presents a panorama of colorful produce and aromatic pastries; jars of mustard are cheerfully displayed in boutiques; and public spaces are vibrant with greenery and scenery. Mingle with the locals as you shop, stroll, and sip your way through this charming city brimming with authentic French life. Your Tour Guide returns you to the barge for an afternoon cruise to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche. Another memorable dinner is served ashore.

    Wednesday: La Bussière-sur-Ouche to Pont d'Ouche - Visit a Local Cheesemaker

    Your Tour Guide introduces you to farm owner and goat expert Laure Plait. Her small herd of lively goats also extends a friendly welcome! Laure's gourmet food boutique is then opened for generous samplings of the handcrafted goat cheeses and boutique wines produced on her family's farm. Return to the Savoir Vivre for an afternoon cruise to Pont d'Ouche, providing the perfect time to enjoy a leisurely stroll or a gentle bike ride on the towpath. Your Captain chauffeurs you to another brasserie for tonight's dinner ashore.

    Thursday: Pont d'Ouche to La Repe - Visit a Medieval Castle

    Your Tour Guide escorts you to Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, a majestic village perched atop a hill overlooking the Canal. Châteauneuf's imposing position refers to its fascinating history as a 15th century fortress. A private tour of the Chateau reveals architectural details and timeworn relics which speak to the deprivations and decadence so prevalent in France's history. Upon returning to the Savoir Vivre, cruise through the Valley of the Ouche to La Repe, where a plethora of charming lockhouses abound. Tonight, enjoy another dinner ashore.

    Friday: La Repe to Escommes - Visit Beaune
    Begin the day with a final morning cruise to Escommes, exploring the flora and fauna of the towpath with a leisurely stroll or bike ride. After lunch, your Tour Guide chauffeurs you to the charming town of Beaune, the region's wine capital, for a guided visit to the Hospice de Beaune, an immaculately preserved Medieval hospital built in the 15th century. Afterwards, browse the boutiques, galleries, and cafes lining the pedestrian area, or enjoy a coffee in the town square. Tonight is special, as Captain Richard joins you for the Farewell Dinner ashore.

    Saturday: Transfer to Dijon - A Sad Farewell
    After breakfast you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point in Dijon.

    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 2018:

    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 (Châteauneuf-en-Auxois):
    Crêpes 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 Bussière: (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 Château de Sainte Sabine:
    This elegant mansion, built in an old monastery, offers panoramic and picturesque views of the medieval village of Châteauneuf en Auxois.  The Michelin-starred chef-driven cuisine features traditional dishes with a modern twist.



    Savoir Vivre
    2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
    Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
    Apr 1 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Value
    Apr 8 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Value
    Apr 15 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Value
    Apr 22 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Apr 29 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    May 6 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    May 13 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    May 20 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    May 27 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Jun 3 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Jun 10 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Jun 17 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Jun 24 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Jul 1 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Jul 8 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
           
    Cruise Schedule* ... continued

    Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
    Jul 15 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Jul 22 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Jul 29 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Aug 5 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Aug 12 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Aug 19 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Aug 26 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Sep 2 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Sep 9 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Sep 16 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Sep 23 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Sep 30 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Oct 7 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Oct 14 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Value
    Oct 21 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Value

    2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
    Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
    Apr 1 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Value
    Apr 8 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Value
    Apr 15 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Value
    Apr 22 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Apr 29 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    May 6 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    May 13 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    May 20 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    May 27 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Jun 3 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Jun 10 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Jun 17 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Jun 24 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Jul 1 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Jul 8 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
    Jul 15 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Jul 22 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Jul 29 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Aug 5 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Aug 12 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Aug 19 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Aug 26 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Sep 2 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Sep 9 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Sep 16 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Sep 23 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Sep 30 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
    Oct 7 Escommes-Fleurey-sur-Ouche Regular
    Oct 14 Fleurey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Value
    Oct 21 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.





    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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