L'Art de Vivre barge cruise

L'Art de Vivre

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L'Art de Vivre hotel barge

Cruise highlights

8 passengers
★★★★ 4 star rating


  • 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
  • Lunch ashore at the Domaine Laroche
  • Optional hot-air ballooning
  • Excellent towpath for cycling and walking

L'Art de Vivre cruise route & itinerary

Auxerre to Chevroches
Nivernais & River Yonne

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Auxerre to Chevroches cruise ↓

L'Art de Vivre cruise file


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

Boat size

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


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


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

Guests have awarded ★★★★ stars

Guests comments

5 stars for the boat and for Hotels Afloat!  Superb.  We will definitely book again and have recommended you
Thank you very much for arranging the best trip we've ever taken!
Richard B, September 2021

5 stars for the barge, destination, Hotels Afloat booking service and the overall Hotels Afloat experience.

Our boat was beautifully kept and every member of the crew went above and beyond to make our trip perfect.

G Duncan ; USA; September 2019

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.
Jane Nee; October 2017
The only reason I am not likely to do this again is because there are too many places to go and things to do in the world. But this was a first class trip of a lifetime and I would highly recommend it!
AVOLIO ★★★★★

About L'Art de Vivre barge cruises

Luxury 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 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.

L'Art de Vivre deck and cabin plans

L'Art de Vivre deck plan

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L'Art de Vivre cruise route & itinerary

Auxerre to Chevroches map

Auxerre to Chevroches

Nivernais & River Yonne
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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 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.

Auxerre to Chevroches rates

2024 USD, for American and Canadian residents Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 8 49, 000 USD 42, 500 USD
Whole boat charter for 7 47, 300 USD 41, 000 USD
Whole boat charter for 6 45, 600 USD 39, 500 USD
Stateroom per person 6, 590 USD 5, 690 USD
Single supplement 2, 400 USD 2, 100 USD
2023 USD, for American and Canadian residents Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 8 45, 000 USD 39, 000 USD
Whole boat charter for 7 43, 400 USD 37, 600 USD
Whole boat charter for 6 41, 800 USD 36, 200 USD
Stateroom per person 6, 090 USD 5, 250 USD
Single supplement 2, 200 USD 1, 900 USD
2023 STERLING rates for UNITED KINGDOM residents Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 8 £32, 500 £28, 000
Whole boat charter for 7 £31, 300 £27, 000
Whole boat charter for 6 £30, 100 £26, 000
Stateroom per person £4, 390 £3, 790
Single supplement £1, 600 £1, 400
2023 EURO rates ALL OTHER COUNTRIES Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 8 38, 500 € 33, 000 €
Whole boat charter for 7 37, 100 € 31, 800 €
Whole boat charter for 6 35, 700 € 30, 600€
Stateroom per person 5, 150 € 4, 450 €
Single supplement 1, 900 € 1, 700 €
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 catered for by the on-board Master Chef, an open barge 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic 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 2023 -
Value April 9 to April 23
July 16 to August 20
October 8 to October 22
Regular April 30 to July 9 
August 27 to October 1

These are sample itineraries, on alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction.

Availability for L'Art de Vivre

The dates indicated as "Available" may be booked on a charter or cabin basis.

Special offers and discounts

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20% off charter: October 29th, 2023
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