European Waterways
L'Art de Vivre 8 Passenger Luxury Barge
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L'Art de Vivre was built in England during World War One as a supply vessel to the allied troops of the Somme. She has been carefully transformed by skilled craftsmen into a floating celebration of the Burgundian "good life". The comfortable cabins have modern en suite facilities 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 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.

Deck Plan
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Cruise Highlights
Typical Cuisine
  • 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 town of Vezelay and its hilltop basilica
  • Visit elegant Chateau de Bazoches
  • Optional hot air ballooning
  • Excellent towpath for walking and cycling
  • "Biking Plus" option available
  • Regional Specialities
    Terrine de Pecheur facon Maison, Tourte Chaude d'Escargots a la Ciboulette, Filet de Rouget au Safron
  • Wine Cellar
    Domaine Ferrari, Irancy 'Les Palottes', Domaine Bouchard Pere & Fils, Pouilly Fuisse, Domaine Borgnat, Coulanges la Vineuse
  • Cheese Board
    Brie, Maroilles, Pont L'Eveque, St Marcellin