Savoir Faire hotel barge

Cruising between Bruges and Antwerp
The barge Savoir Faire

Accommodating up to 12 passengers

View of the Savoir Faire

Savoir Faire is rated 4 out of 5

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Specifications

Crew members : 6

Boat size
Length 126′4″ ft (38.50 metres)
Width 16′7″ ft (5.05 metres)

Number of bicycles : 8

Accommodation

Up to 12 guests

Double cabins : 3

Twin cabins : 3

Also...

Central heating

Air-conditioning

Wifi

Piano

Savoir Faire photos and videos

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About the barge

The 12-passenger Savoir Faire was built in 1932 as a Belgian transport barge.
She was converted into a hotel barge in 1979 and was substantially refurbished for the beginning of the 2005 season but has undergone regular updates and improvements each season to provide very comfortable accommodation.
The air-conditioned interior is unique with five separate areas for passenger enjoyment, whether for a personal retreat, a gathering at the on board piano or all passengers together enjoying each others company.
The saloon, dining area, and bar are finished in mahogany, teak and brass and decorated with antiques and paintings collected over the years.
Two spacious sun decks offer magnificent views of the countryside and bikes are provided for those who wish to explore further.

Savoir Faire features six staterooms all of which are air conditioned and have en-suite facilities.
Each can be configured with two twin beds or with one queen bed.
All cabins offer good lighting, a large number of electrical outlets, and include 220v European standard and 110v U.S. standard power outlets.
Internet access is also available.

You will be attentively catered for by six English-speaking crew including the captain, deck hand, master chef, tour guide and two housekeepers.

The Savoir Faire cruises in Belguim and Holland, throughout the year.

Plan of Savoir Faire

Plan of the barge

Savoir Faire cruise routes & itineraries

Discovering Flanders

Bruges
Sunday
You will be met by our guide at a designated meeting point in Brussels, and transferred  by private bus to Savoir Faire, moored close to the city centre of Bruges. Known as the "Venice of the North", Bruges has an array of breath-taking squares and is laced with small canals, and justly deserves its UNESCO world-heritage status.
After our champagne reception, enjoy a guieded tour of the 'De Halve Maan' brewery famous for its Brugge Zot beer, before returning to the barge for an aperitif and the first of many wonderful dinners, prepared by our master chef.

Explore Bruges
Monday
After breakfast, we set off on a relaxed walking tour of Bruges to explore the many architectural wonders of this town. We have also arranged a canal boat cruise this morning through the center of Bruges. Lunch is to be enjoyed at a local café that specializes in Belgian food. After lunch you are free to explore the many architectural and cultural delights Bruges has to offer (with or without your guide – the choice is yours) as well as its’ many shops and boutiques. To round off the day we have a horse drawn carriage ride through town followed by aperatifs and dinner aboard.
Bruges is a city that will capture your heart. A couple of our suggestions are:
Particularly popular and therefore ideally visited early in the morning is the Belfry. Up 366 steps and 83 metres high, you are afforded beautiful panoramic views of the Bruges skyline. This is where the Bruges carillon is accommodated which, just like the other carillons in Belgium, was recognised by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage.
A visit to the Almshouses for a more peaceful experience. These charitable dwellings were built from the 14th century onwards. They were sometimes set up by the guilds to lodge their elderly members, and sometimes by widows or well-to-do burghers who wanted to ensure their place in heaven. In order to secure their spot, each set of almshouses had its own chapel, in which the inhabitants were morally obliged to offer prayers of thanks to heaven. Practically all of the almshouses have been carefully restored and modernised and offer cosy living to today’s elderly.
There’s so much to explore and experience in this magnificent city – it’s your Captains favorite.
Dinner aboard.

Bruges to Ghent cruise
Tuesday
This morning, after a leisurely breakfast, we begin our cruise towards Ghent. There is plenty of opportunity today to bike alongside the canal. We shall arrive at our mooring later in the afternoon so that you can enjoy a stroll along the river before dinner.

Explore Ghent
Wednesday
Today we have the opportunity to visit various attractions, some of our favorites we’ve listed below. We shall also enjoy lunch ashore.
Castle of the Count: ‘I’ll show them who’s boss’: that’s what Philip of Alsace had in mind. Therefore he had the imposing castle rebuilt (1180). Overlooking the city from its battlements high up on the keep, one can sense the feeling of wealth and power that the lord of the castle must have had.
St Bavo’s Cathedral: When Charles V was baptised there in 1500, the metamorphosis from a closed Romanesque church to a spacious Gothic one was fully underway. However, despite substantial financial support from the emperor, the cathedral still remained unfinished 58 years later. As a result, the funeral service for the deceased sovereign could not take place there. All that remains of the original Romanesque church is the crypt. St. Bavo’s Cathedral houses an impressive number of art treasures: the baroque high altar in white, black and red flamed marble, the rococo pulpit in oak, gilded wood and marble, a major work by Rubens, the ‘Calvary Triptych’, attributed to Joos van Wassenhove, alias Justus van Gent, tombs of the Ghent bishops, and much more. However, one work stands out head and shoulders above the rest: the world-famous Adoration of the Mystic Lamb painted by Hubert and Jan van Eyck around 1432. It’s the highlight of the Flemish Primitives and a milestone in art history. The Polyptych survived the Protestant Iconoclasm, fell into French hands under Napoleon and was requisitioned by Nazi Germany during the Second World War. But it has now been hanging peacefully for more than 50 years in the place where it belongs: St. Bavo’s Cathedral. Though admittedly, the ‘Just Judges’ panel, which was stolen in 1934, is still replaced by a reproduction.
Again a wealth of heritage and culture deserving of the full day spent in Ghent.
the first of many sumptuous dinners onboard.

Ghent to Antwerp criose
Thursday
Your cruise down the tidal Sea Schelde will take you past an ever changing landscape towards the port of Antwerp. This is about a 9 hour cruise, so for those of you wishing to be onboard for a shorter time we can arrange afternoon transport from the barge into Antwerp city. (Please note that we leave on the early tide). There’s so much to do and experience that any time spent in this wonderful city is worthwhile. Perhaps all you want to do is sit on a café terrace and watch the world go by. There’s nothing quite like soaking up the local atmosphere over a delicious Belgian beer (or two). Dinner on board.

Explore Antwerp
Friday
Today we explore this varied and vibrant city. We shall return to the barge for lunch and then continue our tour downtown in the afternoon. Some suggested visits are:

Reuben’s House: Antwerp is the city of diamonds, the port, fashion and... Rubens. Rubens is to Antwerp what Gaudi is to Barcelona. Or Warhol to New York. His art has defined the skyline and prestige of Antwerp. The Flemish Baroque master's role as a painter and diplomat, graphic artist, designer, collector, instructor and leading example means that Antwerp still bathes in the golden light of Rubens's genius today. The Rubens House is one of the most renowned artist's residences worldwide. The permanent collection contains a large number of works by the master himself and by his peers and contemporaries. These are the ten masterpieces that you cannot afford to miss. After you have visited the Rubens House, the master awaits you in the city: in museums and churches such as the stately Cathedral of Our Lady. Or in St. James's Church where Rubens is buried. One of his later works, Assumption of the Virgin Mary, hangs over the altar of the chapel where he is buried. 

The Cathedral is an iconic treasury, with an impressive collection of major art works, including a series of paintings by Rubens. Now, after twenty years, the seven-naved church has been restored to its former architectural glory. Fascinating features include Rubens’ ‘Elevation of the Cross’ and his ‘Descent from the Cross’. Any visit to Antwerp has to include a visit of this beautiful Cathedral.

The Town Hall is the beating heart of Antwerp politics. This impressive building is one of the eye-catchers in Grote Markt, along with the statue of Brabo. Antwerp’s town hall was included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1999. 

At the Diamond Pavilion you can discover why Antwerp is known as the world center for diamonds, and learn about the past and present players in the diamond trade and diamond industry. The pavilion presents the rich history, economic importance and other facets of this typical Antwerp activity. There is of course the opportunity to explore the Diamond District (leave your black Amex at home for this visit).

HopNstop - a hop-on/hop-off trolley. If you would like to see the highlights of Antwerp the quick and easy way, just get on the HopNstop shuttle City Tour, a hop on/hop off bus that starts and finishes on the Market Square. You can get on and off at the following HopNstop stops: Grote Markt, MAS/Red Star Line Museum, Centraal Station, Groenplaats/Meir and Het Zuid. It’s up to you where you get on or off to visit an attraction. You can simply catch the next one coming along. The round trip through Antwerp is about 55 minutes long. On board, you receive information via audio and video in a choice of five languages: Dutch, French, English, German and Spanish.

Did you know that Kieldrecht Lock is the largest lock in the world? It is 500 metres long, 68 metres wide and it contains three times the amount of steel it took to build the Eiffel Tower. Art in a lock? Only in Antwerp. The graffiti artist Cazn spent ten weeks working on a 300 metre mural which is submersed part of the time under water.

This evening the celebrations begin! Champagne toasts and canapes are followed by the Captains Dinner. Enjoy!

 

Antwerp - Departure
Saturday
Depart the SAVOIR FAIRE at 9:30 AM via private transfer to the designated drop off point.
 

Note: This is a sample itinerary and may run in reverse on your cruise week. The Captain reserves the right to adjust if deemed necessary.


Belgium Three Cities Cruise dates and rates

6 nights / 7 days

Accommodation Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 12 63000 55000
Whole boat charter for 11 57750 50985
Whole boat charter for 10 52500 46350
Whole boat charter for 9 47250 41715
Whole boat charter for 8 42000 37080
Double suite per person 5200 4635
Single supplement 2100 1800

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