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L'Art de Vivre

L'Art de Vivre hotel barge

8 passengers

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Charters: October 17th & 24th

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L'Art de Vivre highlights


  • Explore enchanting Auxerre and its magnificent cathedral
  • Wine tasting of Chablis and Petit Chablis in the cellars of a renowned Domaine
  • Visit the hilltop Basilica of Vezelay
  • Visit Chateau de Bazoches
  • Dinner ashore at the 5-Star Chateau de Vault de Lugny
  • Optional hot-air ballooning
  • Excellent towpath for cycling and walking
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Auxerre to Chevroches

L'Art de Vivre cruise file


  • From 4950 USD per person
  • Charters from 34,600 USD


  • Crew members : 4
  • Up to 8 guests
  • Double cabins : 4

Boat size

  • Length 104′12″ ft (32 metres)
  • Width 16′7″ ft (5.05 metres)


  • Central heating
  • Air-conditioning
  • Spa or pool
  • Wifi
  • CD player / iPod Dock
  • Bicycles : 8

Guests have said...

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... continue reading

Denis Ives; June 2017

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About the barge "L'Art de Vivre"

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A cruise aboard this stately ship will surely leave you with a taste for the finer side of life, which is precisely 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.

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L'Art de Vivre cruise route & itinerary

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

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Guests are met at the ideally positioned 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 Aubigny, to explore the fascinating quarry, an underground wonderland of stonework.
We'll then introduce you to some excellent wines in the cellars of Bailly-Lapierre where we enjoy a private tasting.
Dinner on board.

Vincelles to Mailly-la-Ville
After breakfast, our excursion is to the medieval town of Auxerre.
Formerly the capital of Lower Burgundy, the town prides itself on its beautiful churches and notably the magnificent cathedral situated close to the river. There are numerous lavish Renaissance houses here.
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 an excellent time to enjoy a walk or bicycle ride along the towpath.
Dinner on board.

Mailly-la-Ville to Le Saussois
This morning we head to Chablis to the prestigious cellars of Domaine Laroche for a private tasting, followed by a delicious gourmet lunch in the Domaine's beautiful dining hall.
In the afternoon, we cruise past the cliffs at Le Saussois, a stunning natural setting, with an international climbing centre.  Do the cliffs hide a hidden romantic sign? Can you spot it?
There will also be an opportunity to enjoy delightful walks or bicycle rides along the towpath before dinner ashore in the 5-star hotel Le Chateau de Vault-de-Lugny.  This secluded and romantic setting dates back almost 900 years!

Le Saussois to Lucy-sur-Yonne
In the morning, we continue our journey through the Yonne Valley to our mooring at Lucy-sur-Yonne. After lunch on board,  we enjoy an excursion to the fascinating pilgrimage town of Vezelay, one of Burgundy's most famous treasures.  Savour the light and atmosphere within the Romanesque Basilica of St Mary Magdalene, the perfect place for some quiet contemplation.  In the village, you'll discover craft shops and excellent views of the surrounding countryside.
Dinner aboard.

Lucy-sur-Yonne to Chevroches
After our busy afternoon, yesterday now is the time to relax and admire the scenery during our morning cruise through beautiful countryside to our final mooring at the pretty canalside village of Chevroches.
In the afternoon, we visit the elegant Chateau de Bazoches, built in the 12th century and known as an excellent example of a trapezoidal construction. Illustrious visitors to the chateau included Richard the Lionheart.
Marechal Vauban later remodelled the chateau, and there are beautiful views from its elevated hillside setting.
Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

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

L'Art de Vivre rates

Auxerre to Chevroches

USD rates 2022 for USA and CANADA residents Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 8 43, 000 UD 37, 000 USD
Whole boat charter for 7 41, 500 USD 35, 800 USD
Whole boat charter for 6 40, 000 USD 34, 600 USD
Stateroom per person 5, 790 USD 4, 950 USD
Single supplement 2, 100 USD 1, 850 USD
STERLING rates 2022 for UNITED KINGDOM residents Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 8 £29, 800 £25, 700
Whole boat charter for 7 £28, 800 £24, 900
Whole boat charter for 6 £27, 800 £24, 100
Stateroom per person £4, 050 £3, 450
Single supplement £1, 450 £1, 250
EURO rates 2022 ALL OTHER COUNTRIES Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 8 35, 500 € 30, 200 €
Whole boat charter for 7 34, 300 € 29, 400 €
Whole boat charter for 6 33, 100 € 28, 600 €
Stateroom per person 4, 750 € 4, 090 €
Single supplement 1,750 € 1, 500 €
USD rates 2021 for USA and CANADA residents Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 8 41000 USD 35500 USD
Whole boat charter for 7 39600 USD 34300 USD
Whole boat charter for 6 38200 USD 33100 USD
Stateroom per person 5550 USD 4750 USD
Single supplement 2000 USD 1750 USD
STERLING rates 2021 for UNITED KINGDOM residents Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 8 £28500 £24500
Whole boat charter for 7 £27600 £23800
Whole boat charter for 6 £26700 £23100
Stateroom per person £3890 £3290
Single supplement £1400 £1200
EURO rates 2021 ALL OTHER COUNTRIES Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 8 34500€ 29500€
Whole boat charter for 7 33400€ 28700€
Whole boat charter for 6 32300€ 27900€
Stateroom per person 4650€ 3990€
Single supplement 1700€ 1500€
Prices include: Local transfer between local meeting point and the hotel barge (approximate transfer duration 2hr30), a luxury 6-night cruise, all meals on board cartered for by the on-board Master Chef, an open barge 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non-alocoholic drinks, all wines served throughout the cruise; excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary, the services of 4 crew and use of the barge facilities, which include bicycles and spa pool.
Optional extras
Electric bikes : 1st bike: 600 USD / £440 / 500€ ; Additional bike : 300 USD / £220 / 250€
Wine Appreciation charters  5500 USD / £4000 / 4500€  supplement
Golf charters: 500 USD / £350 / 400€ supplement per player
Walking charter: 3500 USD / £2500 / 2850 € per charter
Culinary charter:  160 USD / £115 / 135€ per person supplement
Cycling charters: 4500 USD / £3250 / 3750€ supplement
Tennis charters: No supplement
- Departure Dates 2022 -
Value April 3 to April 24
July 17 to August 21
October 9 to October 23
Regular May 1 to July 10 
August 28 to October 2


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