Savoir Faire hotel barge

Cruising in Holland, Belguim & France
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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From 4200 USD per person

Charters from 33,600 USD

Specifications

Crew members : 6

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

Number of bicycles : 12

Accommodation

Up to 12 guests

Double cabins : 6

Also...

Central heating

Air-conditioning

Wifi

Piano

Savoir Faire photos and videos

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Testimonials for Savoir Faire

Georgia; USA:

This experience has been one I’ll never forget. You all have a special place in my heart. Thank you for treating the 10 of us so well. Your passion for what you do is very much appreciated


Tom & Mary; USA:

All the crew were incredible, food was out of this world, the service the best and everyone spectacular


Bob & Sandy; USA:

What an outstanding week. The experience, food and service amazing and our group could not have been happier with the time spent together. Thank you all


Weislers, USA:

Great friends + Great Captain and crew + Beautiful French countryside = Wonderful trip


Eric & Joann; USA:

Vive la France, Magnifique. Tres bon. To old friends, new friends and wine, wine, wine. Thank you all so much, crew and friends, for an experience that exceeded all our expectations


Dana & Randy; USA:

Merci, merci, merci. Thank you to our Captain Chris and crew for a wonderful, perfect trip. We did not know what to expect and this week far exceeded our dreams


Vicki Little, USA:

To our wonderful Captain and crew. You are all awesome and it’s been one of the most wonderful trips of my life. Thank you so much for the great food and your attention to our every need


Audrey & Georgie; USA:

Exquisite is an understatement - service, scenery, food … thank you. Wonderful adventure, great crew


Saly & George, Florida, USA:

Appreciate all the efforts by the crew to give us a relaxing and enjoyable vacation


Vidal; Barcelona, Spain:

Our third time on the Savoir Faire. We’ve enjoyed a wonderful time. Good friends, delicious food and lots of fun. Outstanding boat and Captain. Incredible crew


Berry, USA:

Kudos to all of you and the memorable barging experience. What great fun, friendship and excellence. You have set the bar so high. I cannot adequately express my appreciation


Mosley, USA:

I’m speechless. This was absolutely the best trip ever. Barging is the perfect way to enjoy our vacation with so much to see and all done at a wonderful pace. Chris and our crew presented an experience that I shall savor for a long, long time


Bray, USA:

The crew were entertaining, knowledgeable and competent. The food and service was exceptional -  5 stars each meal. The Captain Chris was extremely professional


Warren; USA:

Words cannot describe the experience we have had on this cruise from Bruges to Paris. The excellence of service was the best part and then the scenery that is Europe. We will keep the memories in our hearts forever


Mr Putman; USA:

To call the voyage perfect is not enough. Perfection has to include the crew and our Captain Chris. Thanks for all the kindness


Varga; Dakota, USA:

Thank you for a memorable week of cruising on a barge. The experience was everything we had hoped for


Marcus Moss, Australia:

Thank you all for a delightful experience. Your food and hospitality was excellent. Great fellow companions on board. It will be difficult to return to the real world

 


J Carney. June 2013:

The captain (Chris) and crew were wonderful - very friendly and helpful in all respects.
Accommodations were spacious and comfortably furnished.
The food was absolutely wonderful - Dan is a great chef (despite my misgivings about English cooking from trips decades ago).

Well selected land excursions - from châteaux to cathedrals to vineyards.

Interesting variety of activities along the route, both agricultural and industrial.


About the hotel barge

When you step aboard the luxurious hotel barge Savoir Faire, it's hard to believe that her origins go back to the 1930s!

With her unique interior and old-world charm comes stylish, comfortable and spacious accommodation for up to 12 guests.  
Aboard you will find 5 different areas to enjoy, ensuring peace and serenity throughout your stay.

From the piano bar where you can enjoy an entertaining evening among friends, to the saloon ideal for watching the world go by, to the dining area and bar where your barman will serve your favourite cocktail, you will certainly find your favourite place each day.  
The mahogany, teak and brass fittings coupled with antiques and fine art collected over many years, create a wonderful ambiance.

The Savoir Faire also has two superb sundecks from which to admire the magnificent views.  If you're feeling energetic, a crew member will be happy to place one of the bikes ashore for you so that you can explore further afield at your own pace.

After a wonderful day of cruising and excursions, it's time for bed.
Savoir Faire has six ensuite staterooms, which can all be configured with twins or a queen bed.   The air-conditioned cabins have good lighting and ample power sockets, both European 220v and US 110v.  

With 5 inviting itineraries to choose from, and exceptionally competitive rates, the Savoir Faire is the perfect choice for groups of 8-12 guests.

 

 

Plan of Savoir Faire

Plan of the hotel barge Savoir Faire

Savoir Faire cruise routes & itineraries

Cruising from Haarlem via Amsterdam to Haarlem: A true insight to Holland

Welcome aboard the Savoir Faire for a magical journey, in the true Holland: Working windmills, stunning tulip displays, the popular and vibrant city of Amsterdam, Delft, Gouda & Rotterdam await.
 
Haarlem to Leiden: Magnificent cruise past the lakes 
Sunday
You will be met by our guide at the designated pick-up point at 14h00, and escorted via private motor coach to the SAVOIR FAIRE's mooring in Haarlem for a Champagne reception and introduction to the crew.  Sit back and relax as we cruise via the lakes to Leiden, our mooring for the night.   Enjoy pre-dinner cocktails before you first delicious dinner on board.

Leiden to Delft: Keukenhof Flower Gardens
Monday
We begin cruising after breakfast, heading along the peaceful canals out of Lieden and through the oldest lock in Holland at Leidschendam.  After lunch,  we set off to see the largest display of tulips in the world at the Keukenhof Gardens.  In addition to tulips, there are also hyacinths and other beautiful bulbous plants to take your breath away.
We return to dinner on board in Delft.

Delft to Gouda: Royal Porcelain and the port of Rotterdam
Tuesday
More wonderful displays await us today, at the Delft Royal Porcelain Factory where we will see hand-pained ceramics.  After our walking tour of the factory, there is time to explore the cobbled streets of Delft before re-joining the barge for our afternoon cruise through Rotterdam and onto Gouda to our evening mooring. Dinner on board.
 
Gouda to Uithoorn: Gouda cheese and Famous stained-glass windows
Wednesday 
After breakfast, our guide will introduce you to the medieval streets of Gouda, and show you the most famous of all stained glass windows in Holland.   Gouda is a delightful town with a quaint main square and numerous enticing boutiques.   After lunch, sit back as we cruise past canalside towns to our evening mooring at Uithoorn. Diiner on board.
 
Uithoorn to Zaandam: Aalsmeer Flower auction & the windmills of Zaans Schans
Thursday 
A busy day awaits!  An optional pre-breakfast visit to the Aalsmeer Flower Auction where 17 million flowers are traded each day is a real eye-opener!  After breakfast on the barge, we continue our cruise along the meandering Amstel River into Amsterdam, and indeed into the very heart of this city with it's small canals and unique architecture taking us back to a bygone era.  The canals and streets are such that the locals are within arms length!    Next we join the far larger North Sea Canal towards Zaandam, where we moor up.  After lunch, its time to join our tour guide for a drive to Zaans Schans to see working windmills and the gentle art of clog making.  Dinner on board.

Zaandam to Haarlem: Frans Hals Museum and the beautiful town of Haarlem
Friday
Our final cruise takes us to Haarlem where in times past, you could have witnessed jousting in the main square.   This is an exceptionally beautiful town where we'll see a vast collection of the Old Masters in the famous Frans Hals Museum.
Take the time to enjoy the town and its many boutiques and friendly atmosphere.
Before dinner, enjoy the fantastic views from the panoramic deck of the Savoir Faire.
This evening, candle lit crystal and gleaming silverware create a stunning table for the Captain's Farewell Dinner.  Enjoy a sumptuous meal, wonderful wines and looking back over the week with your friends, savouring what will become  "Golden Memories to last a lifetime" in the words of our Captain Chris.
 
Haarlem to Amsterdam: A sad Au Revoir
Saturday
Enjoy a special hearty breakfast before bidding farewell to the SAVOIR FAIRE, her Captain and crew.  Bags are loaded by 9:30  for the  private transfer to the return point hotel in Amsterdam, arriving by approximately 11.00
 
Please note: This is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions

Cruise rates


Holland Tulip Cruise dates and rates

6 days / 7 nights

Accommodation Regular
Whole boat charter for 12 50400
Whole boat charter for 10 42000
Whole boat charter for 8 33600
Stateroom per person 4200
Single supplement 1200

All prices are in US dollars

Departure dates from 1st to 15th April 2018

Cruising from Haarlem, Holland to Bruges, Belgium

Welcome aboard the Savoir Faire for a very special leisurely tour, from the canals and cobbled streets of Haarlem, cruising through the Dutch countryside past immense fields of tulips and working windmills, on to Ghent and Bruges.  Prepare to be pampered!
 
Haarlem to Leiden: Magnificent cruise past the lakes 
Sunday
You will be met by our guide at the designated pick-up point at 14h00, and escorted via private motor coach to the SAVOIR FAIRE's mooring in Haarlem for a Champagne reception and introduction to the crew.  Sit back and relax as we cruise via the lakes to Leiden, or enjoy a tour with our guide through the centre of Haarlem.   Enjoy pre-dinner cocktails before you first delicious dinner on board.

Leiden to Delft: Keukenhof Flower Gardens
Monday
We begin cruising after breakfast, heading along the peaceful canals out of Lieden and through the oldest lock in Holland at Leidschendam.  After lunch,  we set off to see the largest display of tulips in the world at the Keukenhof Gardens.  In addition to tulips, there are also hyacinths and other beautiful bulbous plants to take your breath away.
We return to dinner on board in Delft.

Delft to Willemstad: Royal Porcelain and the port of Rotterdam and the Great Estuaries
Tuesday
More wonderful displays await us today, at the Delft Royal Porcelain Factory where we will see hand-pained ceramics this morning.We'll then continue our journey through Rotterdam across Holland's Diep which is part of the Dutch Estuaries and onward to Willemstad, a charming old fortified town. Don't miss the ancient windmill dykes, old church and 15th century arsenal.  Dinner on board.
 
Willemstad to Antwerp: Rubens & Diamonds
Wednesday 
Today we say goodbye to Holland, leaving at dawn to cross the boarder into Belgium and moor in Antwerp, diamond capital and home to the famous painter, Rubens.  We will visit his house before enjoying a walking tour of the  quarters of this beautiful Flemish city.  Dinner on board.
 
Antwerp to Ghent: Cathedral of Ghent and the "Mystic Lamb"
Thursday 
This morning, there is plenty of time to relax as we catch the early tide to cruise up the River Schelde.   After lunch, join our guide for a tour of Ghent to include the magnificent cathedral with the world-famous "Mystic Lamb" painting by the Van Eck brothers.  For those looking for some souvenirs, there are some fantastic boutiques.   Dinner on board.

Ghent to Bruges: The "Venice of the North"
Friday
No trip to this region would be complete without a visit to beautiful Bruges, known as the "Venice of the North".  We will begin cruising early in the morning so as to have an early lunch paving the way for a busy afternoon.  There are many museums to explore and shops selling exquisite, handmade lace.  You may like to take a boat trip along the small canals that meander through the town. 
Re-join the Savoir Faire in the late afternoon.
This evening, candle lit crystal and gleaming silverware create a stunning table for the Captain's Farewell Dinner.  Enjoy a sumptuous meal, wonderful wines and looking back over the week with your friends, savouring what will become  "Golden Memories to last a lifetime" in the words of our Captain Chris.
 
Departure: A sad Au Revoir
Saturday
Enjoy a special hearty breakfast before bidding farewell to the SAVOIR FAIRE, her Captain and crew.  Bags are loaded by 9:30  for the  private transfer to your designated destination in Bruges.
 
Please note: This is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions

Cruise rates


Holland - Belgium dates and rates

6 nights / 7 days

Accommodation Regular
Whole boat charter for 12 50400
Whole boat charter for 10 42000
Whole boat charter for 8 33600
Stateroom per person 4200
Single supplement 1200

All prices are in US dollars

One date only!  April 22nd - April 28th 2018

Cruise from Bruges to Paris

Savoir Faire is the only barge to offer such a unique cruise, taking in an array of culture and history.
From the UNESCO site of Bruges, the "Mystique Lamb" of Ghent, the Palace of Compiegne and a cruise through central Paris, this will be the journey of a lifetime!
 
Bruges: Magnificent cruise through Bruges
Sunday
You will be met by our guide at the designated pick-up point and escorted via private motor coach to the SAVOIR FAIRE's mooring in picturesque Bruges, the Venice of the north, for a Champagne and canape reception and introduction to the crew.   With its small canals and magnificent squares, Bruges is a real delight.  Our guide will organise a canal boat ride for a unique view of the architecture of the town.  Enjoy pre-dinner cocktails before you first delicious dinner on board.

Bruges to Ghent: Tour of Bruges
Monday
This morning we will take a walking tour of Bruges to discover its wonderful architecture and history.  We'll return to the Savoir Faire for lunch and our afternoon cruise to Ghent.  Dinner on board.

Ghent to Oudenaarde: The "Mystique Lamb"
Tuesday
After breakfast, our knowledgeable  tour guide will escort you into Ghent.  We'll visit the magnificent cathedral which houses the fabulous painting "The Mystic Lamb", painted by the Van Eck brothers.  There will be some free time to explore the local boutiques at your leisure. After lunch, we begin cruising on the River Schelde to Oudenaarde, our mooring for the night. Dinner on board
 
 
Oudenaarde to Tournai: The Bridge with Holes
Wednesday 
There's plenty of time to relax this morning as we cruise gently up the River Schelde past sleepy hamlets and beautiful rolling landscapes until our arrival at Tournai, an ancient town known for its famous 'Pont des Trous'.   Not to be missed 
is the ancient and fascinating clock tower on the wonderful square.  
Dinner aboard.
 
Tournai to Arleux: Cathedral of Ghent and the "Mystique Lamb"
Thursday 
Today we move further into France along the River through the town of Valenciennes and to the junction with the Canal du Nord.  Many barges pass through the little French village of Arleux on there way to the south of France. We'll take some time out to visit the town of Cambrai, home to the famous confectionary, the Betise de Cambrai sweet.  'Betise' means nonsense or mistake and legend goes that these sweets were invented by accident by the son of a confectionner named Afchain. They make a good gift!
Dinner on board.

Arleux to overnight mooring: Amiens Cathedral
Friday
A day of contrasts awaits!
This morning your Captain Chris will pilot Savoir Faire over the Vermandois Hills of Picardy through many deep locks and several tunnels on the Canal du Nord.  This is no mean feat, and the scenery is spectacular too!  The well-maintained towpath invites you to walk or cycle along through the rural landscape. 
After lunch, we leave the countryside behind to visit the town of Amiens to see one of the most impressive Gothic cathedrals in France, with towering spires and magnificent columns.
Dinner aboard.
 
Overnight mooring to Peronne: War Museum of Peronne
Saturday
After the climb yesterday, today we will drop down towards the Valley of the Somme, revealing landscapes not normally seen by tourists.  Again, there are great opportunities for cycling.
After lunch we will visit the war museum in Peronne.
Dinner aboard.
 
Peronne to Compiegne: The Royal Palace of Compiegne
Sunday
Our cruise today brings us to the Oise River valley.  We will moor in the busy waterside town of Compiegne.  There is much to see here including the Royal Palace, a huge town square and the train where the WWI Armistice was signed.
Dinner aboard.
 
Compiegne to Auvers sur Oise: Van Gogh
Monday
After breakfast, we continue our cruise through the beautiful Oise Valley.  We will moor in Auvers sur Oise, where Van Gogh took his inspiration to produce many of his last and most important paintings.  He stayed in a small room above the local café.   An afternoon walking tour may inspire you too!  We'll finish the tour at the cemetery where both Vincent Van Gogh and his brother are buried.
Dinner aboard.
 
Auvers sur Oise to Conflans: Monet Gardens of Giverny
Tuesday
We continue our arty theme today with a day excursion to Giverny, to visit the home and gardens of Claude Monet, the most famous of the Impressionist painters.  Stand by the Japanese bridge, gaze into the Lily pond and discover his many influences in the fascinating exhibition in the house.
We will lunch in a local auberge today.
The barge will be moored at Conflans this evening, at the junction of the River Seine and the Oise.  Many bargees retire here, and you will see numerous house barges alongside the quays.  Dinner aboard.
 
Conflans to Paris: Napoleon & Paris - all in one day!
Wednesday
We slip away from Conflans at dawn to cruise along the mighty River Seine to Bouvigal, where we'll visit the home of Napoleon at Malmaison, lavishly decorated by Josephine.   Lunch on board and then we continue our cruise to Paris, past the iconic Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame cathedral to moor in the heart of Paris.
This evening, the Captain's Dinner in such a romantic setting, provides the perfect time to look back over your time on board Savoir Faire.
 
Paris: A sad Au Revoir
Thursday
Enjoy a special hearty breakfast before bidding farewell to the SAVOIR FAIRE, her Captain and crew.  Bags are loaded after breakfast to transfer you to your drop off point in Paris.
 
Please note: This is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions

Cruise rates


Belguim - France: Bruges to Paris dates and rates

12 days / 11 nights

Accommodation Regular
Whole boat charter for 12 79200
Whole boat charter for 10 66000
Whole boat charter for 8 52800
Stateroom per person 6600
Single supplement 1800

All prices are in US dollars

Cruise date: April 29th 2018 - May 10th 2018 (Bruges - Paris)

Cruise date: October 14th 2018 - October 25th 2018 (Paris - Bruges)

Cruising from Paris to Auxerre

Paris : Exclusive Paris Cruise
Sunday
You will be met by our guide at the hotel in Paris at 15h45, and escorted via private motor coach to the SAVOIR FAIRE's mooring in the centre of Paris for a Champagne reception. Sit back and relax as we begin our exclusive cruise through the very heart of Paris passing the iconic Eiffel Tower, the Louvre art gallery and the towers of Notre Dame.   Enjoy pre-dinner cocktails  before you first delicious dinner on board.

Paris to Melun: The Palace of Fontainebleau
Monday
We begin cruising before breakfast, heading upstream to Melun.  After lunch, we set off to the renaissance UNESCO heritage site Palace of Fontainebleau, one of the most beautiful royal palaces in France, where the kings of France resided, from Francois I to Napoleon III.  Dating from the 12th century, the Palace and grounds are equally impressive.
We return to dinner on board in the thriving town of Melun.

Melun to Moret-sur-Loing: Vaux la Vicomte-setting of the film "Man with the Iron Mask"
Tuesday
After an early breakfast, we set out to Vaux la Vicomte, where the Hollywood film "Man with the Iron Mask" was made.  Explore the beautiful gardens at your own pace (golf carts are available for those not wishing or unable to walk).
We return to lunch before our afternoon cruise to Moret-sur-Loing, where the famous Impresionniste Sisley found much inspiration.
 
Moret sur Loing to Sens: The mighty Gothic cathedral of Sens
Wednesday 
We begin our cruise during breakfast through beautiful countryside towards the busy market town, Sens.  After lunch, you can enjoy a private walking tour of the Cathedral of St Stephen, the first of the Gothic cathedrals of France, and housing one of France's richest tresauries in France.  Dating from 1140AD, the building dominates the town square.  Afterwards, enjoy some free time to wander around the town at your leisure.  Dinner aboard.
 
Sens to Joigny: Wine tasting in Chablis
Thursday 
No visit to Burgundy would be complete without a trip to the famous vineyards! Our cruise this morning is the perfect opportunity for some gentle cycling, taking us to the upper reaches of the Yonne to the market town of Joigny.  Cameras at the ready as we step back in time in cobbled streets lined with timber-framed houses. After lunch, we will drive to Chablis, home to some of the greatest white wines in Burgundy.   Visiting a small, family owned vineyard, discover the secrets of wine making, tour the cellars and enjoy a comprehensive tasting. 
Return to the Savoir Faire in time for a stroll around Joigny's lamp lit streets before dinner on board.

Joigny to Auxerre: Cathedral of St Etienne & 15th century Clock Tower
Friday
Our final cruise takes us to Auxerre. Situated in the heart of the Chablis wine-growing region, Auxerre is known as the Cathedral city. Capital of the Yonne, the streets are ideally explored on foot.  Visit the Cathedral of St Etienne which dominates the skyline: This is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in France.  In the centre of town see the splended 15th century clock tower, in addition to ancient timbered buildings and some wonderful boutiques and terraced bars, ideal to stop & watch the world go by.
Before dinner, enjoy the fantistic view of the Cathedral from the panoramic deck of the Savoir Faire.
This evening, candle lit crystal and gleaming silverware create a stunning table for the Captain's Farewell Dinner.  Enjoy a sumptious meal, wonderful wines and looking back over the week with your friends, savouring what will become  "Golden Memories to last a lifetime" in the words of our Captain Chris.
 
Auxerre: A sad Au Revoir
Saturday
Enjoy a special hearty breakfast before bidding farewell to the SAVOIR FAIRE, her Captain and crew.  Bags are loaded by 9:30  for the  private transfer to the return point hotel in Paris, arriving by approximately midday.
 
Please note: This is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions
Dates 13th-19th May 2018: Paris - Auxerre
Dates 12th -18th August 2018: Auxerre- Paris

Cruise rates


Paris - Auxerre dates and rates

6 nights / 7 days

Accommodation Regular
Whole boat charter for 12 50400
Whole boat charter for 10 42000
Whole boat charter for 8 33600
Stateroom per person 4200
Single supplement 1200

Prices are shown in US dollars

Departure dates:

May 13th 2018 (Paris - Auxerre)

and August 12th 2018 (Auxerre - Paris)

Cruising from Moret-sur-Long to Auxerre: The Yonne & Chablis

From one of the greatest European Royal Palaces to one of the prettiest riverside towns of France
 
Paris to Moret-sur-Loing: Walking in the footsteps of the Impressioniste Sisley
Sunday
You will be met by our guide at the hotel in Paris at 2pm, and escorted via private motor coach to the SAVOIR FAIRE's mooring in Moret-sur-Loing for a Champagne reception. Take an afternoon stroll in this delightful town, made famous by the Impressionist painter Sisley.  Enjoy pre-dinner cocktails  before you first delicious dinner on board.

Moret-sur-Loing to Courlon: The Palace of Fontainebleau
Monday
After a wholesome breakfast, we set off to the renaissance UNESCO heritage site Palace of Fontainebleau, one of the most beautiful royal palaces in France, where the kings of France resided, from Francois I to Napoleon III.  Dating from the 12th century, the Palace and grounds are equally impressive.
After lunch on board, we begin our cruise along the final stretch of the River Seine before joining the peaceful, meandering River Yonne towards the small hamlet of Courlon where we moor up for the night.
Enjoy a gentle stroll or a game of Petanque before dinner.

Courlon to Sens: The mighty Gothic Cathedral at Sens
Tuesday
We begin our cruise during breakfast through beautiful countryside towards the busy market town, Sens.  After lunch, you can enjoy a private walking tour of the Cathedral of St Stephen, the first of the Gothic cathdrals of France, and housing one of France's richest tresaures...  Dating from 1140AD, the building dominates the town square.  We can also visit the 13th century synodal Palace, which has a good museum with exhibits including Gallo-Roman mosaics and works of art.

Sens to Villeneuve: Time to relax
Wednesday 
After the bustle of Sens, today is all about relaxing! After breakfast we cruise along tranquil waters to the town of Villeneuve.  Join our tour guide to visit the 700 year old town gate and the magnificent chuch of Notre Dame, build between the 12th and 16th centuries! Dinner on board.
 
Villeneuve to Joigny: Wine tasting in Chablis
Thursday 
No visit to Burgundy would be complete without a trip to the famous vineyards! Our cruise this morning is the perfect opportunity for some gentle cycling, taking us to the upper reaches of the Yonne to the market town of Joigny.  Cameras at the ready as we step back in time in cobbled streets lined with timber-framed houses. After lunch, we will drive to Chablis, home to some of the greatest white wines in Burgundy.   Visiting a small, family owned vineyard, discover the secrets of wine making, tour the cellars and enjoy a comprehensive tasting. 
Return to the Savoir Faire in time for a stroll around Joigny's lamp lit streets before dinner on board.

Joigny to Auxerre: One of the most beautiful riverside towns in France
Friday
Our final cruise takes us to Auxerre. Situated in the heart of the Chablis wine-growing region, Auxerre is known as the Cathedral city. Capital of the Yonne, the streets are ideally explored on foot.  Visit the Cathedral of St Etienne which dominates the skyline: This is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in France.  In the centre of town see the splended 15th century clock tower, in addition to ancient timbered buildings and some wonderful boutiques and terraced bars, ideal to stop & watch the world go by.
Before dinner, enjoy the fantistic view of the Cathedral from the panoramic deck of the Savoir Faire.
This evening, candle lit crystal and gleaming silverware create a stunning table for the Captain's Farewell Dinner.  Enjoy a sumptuous meal, wonderful wines and looking back over the week with your friends, savouring what will become  "Golden Memories to last a lifetime" in the words of our Captain Chris.
 
Auxerre to Paris: A sad Au Revoir
Saturday
Enjoy a special hearty breakfast before bidding farewell to the SAVOIR FAIRE, her Captain and crew.  Bags are loaded by 9:30  for the  private transfer to the return point hotel in Paris, arriving by approximately 11.30
 
 
Please note: This is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions.  On alternate weeks, the cruise is in the reverse direction.

Cruise rates


Burgundy: Moret-sur-Loing to Auxerre dates and rates

6 nights / 7 days

Accommodation Regular
Whole boat charter for 12 guests 50400
Whole boat charter for 10 guests 42000
Whole boat charter for 8 guests 33600
Double suite per person, based on double occupancy 4200
Single supplement 1200

Prices are shown in US dollars

Departure dates:

From May 20th 2018 to August 5th 2018

Cruising from Paris to Epernay: The Champagne

Paris : Exclusive Paris Cruise
Sunday
You will be met by our guide at the hotel in Paris at 15h45, and escorted via private motor coach to the SAVOIR FAIRE's mooring in the centre of Paris for a Champagne reception. Sit back and relax as we begin our exclusive cruise through the very heart of Paris passing the iconic Eiffel Tower, the Louvre art gallery and the towers of Notre Dame.   Enjoy pre-dinner cocktails  before you first delicious dinner on board.

Paris to Meaux: The Chateau of Meaux
Monday
This morning we say goodbye to Paris as we cruise along te River Marne.  After lunch, we set out to the magnificent chateau at Vaux la Vicomte, where the Hollywood film "Man with the Iron Mask" was made.  Explore the beautiful gardens at your own pace (golf carts are available for those not wishing or unable to walk).
We return to the Savoir Faire at Meaux, where there will be time for a stroll before dinner.

Meaux to La Ferte-sous-Jouarre: Cathedrals and cheese!
Tuesday
This morning we will take a walking tour of Meaux, home of the Brie de Meaux, a delightfully creamy cheese exported world-wide.   We will visit a local cheese producer, but also the classified, Gothic cathedral whose constuction began in 1175 and concluded in 1540!  
Our afternoon cruise brings us to La Ferte-sous-Jouarre, our overnight mooring.
Dinner aboard.
 
La Ferte-sous-Jouarre to Chateau Thierry: Champagne tasting and the WWI memorials
Wednesday 
In the heart of the Champagne region, we cruise towards Charly-sur-Marne, where we'll visit a family owned vineyard for a tour of the cellars and a tasting. After lunch, this afternoon's idyllic cruise takes us to the pretty town of Chateau Thierry with its original town walls providing a perfect promenade with breath-taking views over the Marne Valley, scene of American battles in WWI.  Nearby is the memorial built in 1929 to honour the American troops.  If of interest, the tour guide will provide an optional visit to Belleau Wood battlefield and the American cemetery.
Dinner aboard.
 
Château Thierry to Damery: Moët & Chandon
Thursday 
No visit to the Champagne region would be complete without a trip to this most prestigious of Champagne houses!  After our morning cruise through vine-covered hills, we will moor up in the small town of Damery, enjoy lunch and then set off for a private tasting at Moët & Chandon.
We'll end the afternoon with a stroll through the narrow and irregular streets of the Roman town of Epernay.
Dinner aboard.

Damery to Cumières: Dom Perignon & Reims Cathedral
Friday
Our final cruise takes us along the final stretch of the River Marne to Cumières. We can visit the outside of the Abbaye Saint Pierre d'Hautvilliers where the monk Dom Perignon first made Champagne, concluding our education on this much prized beverage.  After lunch on board, we continue in the footsteps of great men, visiting Reims Cathedral, where the Kings of France were crowned.
This evening, candle lit crystal and gleaming silverware create a stunning table for the Captain's Farewell Dinner.  Enjoy a sumptuous meal, wonderful wines and looking back over the week with your friends, savouring what will become  "Golden Memories to last a lifetime" in the words of our Captain Chris.
 
Cumières: A sad Au Revoir
Saturday
Enjoy a special hearty breakfast before bidding farewell to the SAVOIR FAIRE, her Captain and crew.  Bags are loaded by 9:30  for the  private transfer to the return point hotel in Paris, arriving by approximately midday.
 
Please note: This is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions.
On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.

Cruise rates


Paris to Epernay dates and rates

6 nights / 7 days

Accommodation Regular
Whole boat charter for 12 50400
Whole boat charter for 10 42000
Whole boat charter for 8 33600
Stateroom per person 4200
Single supplement 1200

Prices are shown in US dollars

Departure dates:

August 19th 2018 to October 13th 2018

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