L'Art de Vivre hotel barge

L'Art de Vivre hotel barge

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The barge L'Art de Vivre

Accommodating up to 8 passengers

View of the L'Art de Vivre

L'Art de Vivre is rated 4 out of 5

Cruise file for L'Art de Vivre


Crew members : 4

Boat size
Length 104′12″ ft (32.00 metres)
Width 16′7″ ft (5.05 metres)

Number of bicycles : 8


Up to 8 guests

Double cabins : 4


Central heating


Spa or pool


CD player / iPod Dock

L'Art de Vivre photos and videos

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About the barge


A cruise aboard this stately ship will surely leave you with a taste for the finer side of life, which is exactly what L'Art de Vivre personifies.
The barge comprises four suites which can be configured as twins or doubles, each with modern en-suite facilities.
You may choose to relax by using our bikes or by lounging on the sun deck or in the Jacuzzi. You may even take a hot air balloon flight to view the surrounding area (an optional extra on this cruise).

L'Art de Vivre has quite a history! The barge was originally built in England during WWI to act as a supply vessel to allied troops of the Somme.

Plan of L'Art de Vivre

Plan of the barge

L'Art de Vivre cruise routes & itineraries

Cruising between Auxerre and Chevroches on the River Yonne and Nivernais Canal in Burgundy

Guests are met at the Hotel Westminster in Paris and transferred by private, chauffeured minibus to the pretty LArt de Vivre.
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.

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 aged cellars in the town will introduce you to some of the local Petit Chablis and Chablis wines.
Dinner on board.

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 the magnificent cathedral situated close to the river.
We then return to the hotel barge for a cruise southwards through rich pastures, 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.

Mailly la Ville to Le Saussois
This morning we visit the charming 14th century medieval village of Noyers sur Surein, one of the most beautiful villages of 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 an opportunity to enjoy delightful walks or bicycle rides along the towpath before dinner ashore at a local restaurant.

Le Saussois to Lucy-sur-Yonne
In the morning we enjoy an excursion to the pilgrimage town of Vezeley, one of Burgundys 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 lArt de Vivre, enjoy an afternoon cruise through the picturesque Yonne valley to arrive at Lucy-sur-Yonne.
Dinner aboard.

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 the perfect time for a walk or bicycle ride.
In the afternoon, we visit the elegant Chateau de Bazoches, built in the 12th century, and whose illustrious visitors included Richard the Lionheart.
The chateau was later remodelled by Marechal Vauban and there are wonderful views from its elevated hillside setting.
Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

After breakfast, guests are transferred to the Hotel Westminster in Paris.

The River Yonne & Nivernais Canal dates and rates

Accommodation Regular Value
Charter 8 passengers whole boat 38800 33500
Charter 7 passengers whole boat 37500 32400
Charter 6 passengers whole boat 36200 31300
Stateroom per person 5250 4490
Single supplement 1900 1700
Prices are shown in US dollars
Sterling and euro prices available on request for non US/Canadian citizens .
Cycling cruise and walking cruise 3000 USD/2500 USD supplement per charter
- Departure Dates -
Value April 9 to April 23
July 23 to August 20
October 8 to October 22
Regular April 30 to July 16
August 27 to October 1

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