Accommodating up to 8 passengers
Savoir Vivre is rated 4 star
Crew members : 3
Length 98′5″ ft (30 metres)
Width 16′5″ ft (5 metres)
Number of bicycles : 8
Up to 8 guests
Double cabins : 4
Dining ashore each evening
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Heverin and Every, USA; August 2018Hello Emma,Just want to Thank You for your assistance with our trip.Jackie, Graham, Brian and I had a great River Cruise.It was fun, delicious and enjoyable. We met two other couples from the west coast.The Captain and his staff were the best.Would recommend the cruise to anyone.Thank you again.Elizabeth Heverin
Barbara Sager, USA; October 2016
I had no preconceived notions about the barge. I saw the photos online and it looked okay for a week. It turned out to be better laid out and outfitted than I imagined.
The very best part of the boat are the people that came along with it - Richard, Marie and Laura. They were all very knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming.
I rate the boat 10++ In addition to the wonderful crew we never ran out of wonderful things to eat, drink and look at. Even the weather was 10++
The cruise was even better than expected. The scenery was lovely as we cruised; I could easily keep up walking with the barge; and the excursions were all very different, very local, and the people we met along the way were all gracious.
The specific route wasn't that much of a draw for me as wherever I went outside of Paris would have been new and different. What appealed to me was the opportunity to explore a new area, visit some local, mainly non-commercial venues and experience some different, local cuisine.
Hotels Afloat: Again, you are 10++. Everything was so well thought out, planned and implemented. I've been recommending you to all my friends!
Yes, Emma was very easy to reach and very responsive.
Can't think of anything to add. Well, if there's a way to offer samples of the meals ...
I will definitely book again with Hotels Afloat, Yes!
The trip was fantastic! And I do plan to post a comment on... not Facebook because I don't go there. What site would you suggest?
John Griffin, USA; October 2016
The barge was better than expected: Great bathroom facilities, despite compact size. Very nice public space for meals.
I rate the boat a 10
The Burgundy canal is delightfully placid, with beautiful scenery.
I heard about Hotels Afloat through a friend, and rate you a 9/10
Will book again!
Special kudos to Marie, Laura, and Richard who are all efficient, accommodating, and totally charming individuals.
Ri Regina, USA October 2016
This cruise was way beyond our wildest expectations. On the Savoir Vivre, the food, the wine, the excursions, the scenery, the relaxing cruising, the delightful restaurants, the warm croissants at breakfast, the lazy afternoons onboard, the energetic walks and biking on the towpath... all of it was absolutely perfect. Emma James made the booking, planning, and paying easy. Thus our pleasure with this cruise started even before we set foot on the barge. Many thanks, Emma!
The boat was ax expected... and more.
It was roomy, comfortable and stylish. Everything was up-to-date and spotlessly clean. The crew was the highlight, however. They went above and beyond to make our stay exceptional. Kudos to Richard, Laura, and Marie.
We rate it 10/10
The scenery (from Dijon to Escommes) was amazing. The lovely lock-keepers' cottages were a true surprise and delight, but the biggest surprise was how much we enjoyed the excursions, They were amazing!
The Savoir Vivre is a modern, efficient and purpose-built boat, which displays the traditional lines of a barge.
She is the ONLY barge offering a Dine-Around cruise.
Each day a continental breakfast will be served, while later a substantial lunch will be provided by a local chef using fresh, seasonal and authentically French ingredients.
Evening meals, to include your selection from the menu and half a bottle of wine per person, are taken in a variety of wonderful, carefully chosen restaurants where the food and service go beyond expectation.
Aboard the Savoir Vivre, up to date technology includes digitally controlled air-conditioning, instant hot water, power showers and electrically adjustable beds.
All areas of the ship are common areas.
If you prefer to be inside, the saloon offers the perfect setting to relax and watch the world drift by.
Outside, the two sun decks, which are a feature unique to the Savoir Vivre, ensure both a shady haven and a glorious suntrap throughout the day.
So much space makes certain that a quiet moment is always possible.
Each day, discover more of the beautiful Burgundy region with guided excursions to local points of interest in the dedicated minivan.
All entrance fees are included.
Alternatively, take one of the bikes and head off on your own adventure!
After a day's barging, you will be ready to sleep soundly!
Each of the four cabins can be arranged with a queen size bed, or twins.
Enjoy the adjustable beds, ample storage, digital climate control, fresh air fans, full-height mirrors and desks for writing your postcards or cruise diary.
All of the full-size windows are above water level making the cabins a delightful place to relax during the day.
The en-suite bathrooms contain wet-room showers with no steps, glass enclosures and heated towel rails, all of which add to your comfort.
We offer a relaxed holiday and take charge of everything including transfers from Dijon TGV railway station.
The Savoir Vivre offers a chic, fun and 'ever-so-slightly adventurous' barging experience unlike any other, and her unique Dine Around cruise has proved very popular.
So, if you have a free spirit, come and join us for the holiday of a lifetime.
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L’Auberge Gourmand, the "Greedy Inn" is in the village of Velar-sur-Ouch. Chef Christophe has mastered his cooking skills in resturants such as the Guy Savoy in Paris, Hotel Negresco in Nice and Restaurant Fredy Giradet in Switzerland. As the reputation of this restaurant is growing and has a very promising future we believe this is the “Savoir Vivre” time to visit.
LE BISTROT DES MOINES AT ABBAYE DE LA BUSSIERE
The once Cistercian abbey built in 1131 has been transformed into a luxury Relais et Chateau hotel. The Abbaye de la Bussiere is only a couple of hundred metres from the Canal and set in a magnificent park. This setting is perfect for our guests and a dining opportunity in the informal "Le Bistrot des Moines" will have fabulous results from the local ingredients and delicious classic Burgundy recipes.
RESTAURANT DE LA PORTE GUILLAUME IN THE HOTEL DU NORD
Located in the old city centre of Dijon, the Hotel du Nord serves up French fare with flair! The rich, comforting flavors of Burgundy cuisine are featured in such rich dishes such as butter-drizzled escargot, duck with mushroom soufflé and of course the classic Beef Bourguignon. Cheese fiends will adore the after-dinner menu with a dozen cheese selected from the local area including the very special creamy Epoisse.
LE SPULLER IN THE HOTEL DE SPULLER
Le Spuller is located in Sombernon, a village set high in the hills and over looks the forests and valleys of the Burgundy countryside towards Dijon and Beaune. The combination of setting, quality of cuisine, and exceptionally friendly service hits all the marks.
L’OREE DU BOIS
Chateauneuf-en-Auxois is one of France's most picturesque villages, set on the hill tops and overlooking the heart of Burgundy the canal. The sunsets light up the sky to offer stunning panoramas. Within the fortified walls the half-timbered L’Oree du Bois is a very special French “creperie.” With a large choice of authentic crepes from savory to sweet treats, each made with skill and attention using local ingredients there is a dish for you.
LE LASSEY AT CHATEAU DE SAINTE SABINE
Chateau de Sabine is a beautifully presented chateau-hotel with views across the Auxois plain and the high hills. The Michelin featured cuisine combines traditional dishes with a modern touch which adds a twist, full of flavor and stylish finesse. The exquisite presentation of dishes and quality service are enhanced by the elegant dining room décor.
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|Whole boat charter for 6||28600 EURO||26800 EURO||25000 EURO|
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|Whole boat charter for 7||33000 USD||31000 USD||29000 USD|
|Whole boat charter for 6||32000 USD||30000 USD||28000 USD|
|Price per person, based on double occupancy||4250 USD||4000 USD||3750 USD|
High season: Departures from 6th September to 27th September
Regular season: Departures from April 19th to August 30th; From October 4th to October 11th
Low season: Departures from March 29th to April 12th; From October 18th to October 25th