L'Art de Vivre hotel barge

L'Art de Vivre hotel barge
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


  • Explore enchanting Auxerre and its magnificent cathedral
  • Wine tasting of Chablis and Petit Chablisin the cellars of a renowned Domaine
  • Tour Noyers-sur-Seine, one of the prettiest villages in Burgundy
  • Visit the hilltop Basilica of Vezelay
  • Visit Chateau de Bazoches
  • Optional hot-air ballooning
  • Excellent towpath for cycling and walking

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Cruise file for L'Art de Vivre

From 4490 USD per person

Charters from 31,300 USD


Crew members : 4

Boat size
Length 104′12″ ft (32 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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Testimonials for L'Art de Vivre

Jane Nee; October 2017

Dear Emma,

     I am now back home; but, wishing I was still in France on "L'Art de Vivre".    The trip was fabulous, from start to finish.    The crew took such good care of us; the food, the service, the fun---it was incredible.    I will be doing this again.   Thank you, so much, for your assistance in making this possible.
Denis Ives; June 2017

The boat was generally as expected.  By chance, we had only 4 passengers not 8, and that gave an unexpected feeling of space and comfort. In addition the service and work of the crew was great.
Boat rate = 7/10
Cruiseappreciate = The cruise from Chevroches to Auxerre on the Nivernais Canal went from calm and bucolic to concluding at a bigger town (Auxerre). That felt right. Interesting moorings and visits.

I rate Hotels Afloat an 8 out of 10: Attention to detail though would like more info about tours and visits on the site...
We may book again, depending upon locations, routes and costs.

About the barge "L'Art de Vivre"


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 hotel barge L'Art de Vivre

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.

Cruise rates

The River Yonne & Nivernais Canal dates and rates

Accommodation Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 8 38800 33500
Whole boat charter for 7 37500 32400
Whole boat charter for 6 36200 31300
Stateroom per person 5250 4490
Single supplement 1900 1700
Whole boat charter for 8 40000 35000
Whole boat charter for 7 38600 33800
Whole boat charter for 6 37200 32600
Stateroom per person 5390 4690
Single supplement 1950 1750
Prices are shown in US dollars
Sterling and euro prices available on request for non-US/Canadian citizens.
Wine appreciation charters 4750 USD supplement
Cycling charters 4250 USD supplement
Walking charters 3250 USD supplement
Golf charters: 600 USD supplement, per player
Tennis charters: No supplement
- Departure Dates -
Value April 1 to April 22
July 22 to August 19
October 7 to October 21
Regular April 29 to July 15 
August 26 to September 30


- Departure Dates 2019 -
Value April 7 to April 21
July 21 to August 18
October 6 to October 20
Regular April 28 to July 14 
August 25 to September 29

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