L’Art de Vivre started life as a Scottish lumber carrier and has been carefully transformed by skilled craftsmen into a floating celebration of the Burgundian “good life”. The recently refitted cabins have modern en suite bathrooms and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.
There is a sun deck to relax on with a glass of wine as you glide through the pretty Burgundy countryside, a relaxing spa pool and, of course, bicycles for exploring along the towpath before rejoining the hotel barge at one of the locks up ahead.
Your crew of four comprises a Captain, Master Chef, Tour Guide and Hostess, all with a love of the Nivernais Canal and secure in the knowledge that their vessel represents “L’Art de Vivre” itself. The region simply oozes charm and the cruise is a journey back in time along a magical waterway.
L'Art de Vivre is also available for 'Tandem Cruises' with the 12 passenger La Belle Epoque for larger groups of up to 20 passengers.
Explore enchanting Auxerre and its magnificent cathedral
Wine tasting of Chablis and Petit Chablis in the cellars of a renowned Domaine
Tour Noyers-sur-Serein, one of the most beautiful villages in Burgundy
Visit the picturesque village of Vezelay and its hilltop basilica
Visit elegant Château de Bazoches
Optional hot air ballooning
Excellent towpath for walking and cycling
Terrine de Pêcheur façon Maison, Tourte Chaude d'Escargots à la Ciboulette, Filet de Rouget au Safron
Domaine Ferrari, Irancy ‘Les Palottes’; Domaine Bouchard Père & Fils, Pouilly Fuissé; Domaine Borgnat, Coulanges la Vineuse
Brie, Maroilles, Pont L'Eveque, St Marcellin
From 2012, for this barge, we will be offering a chauffeured transfer service to and from a designated hotel in central Paris.