|from €3,250* per person||7 Days||March-October
Exertion level: 2
|Operator: European Waterways
8 people max
The 8 passenger L'Art de Vivre started
life as a Scottish munitions carrier and survived long enough to be
transformed by a team of skilled crafts-men into a floating celebration
of the Burgundian "good life". Her facilities include a sun deck, spa
pool and 8 bikes perfect for gentle tow path rides. The air conditioned
interior includes a comfortable saloon, dining room and an always open
Your air conditioned, en-suite cabin has either a twin or double
configuration at your request. The crew of four comprises Captain, Tour
guide, Master Chef and Housekeeper, all with a love for the region, and
all secure in the knowledge that their vessel represents L'Art de Vivre
Below you can find some of the highlights of the cruises we are
currently offering on L'Art de Vivre, along with some examples of the
cuisine and fine wines the master chef will present you with on board.
You can view the current itineraries and maps by clicking "L'Art de
Vivre Cruises" on the menu on the right where you will also find links
to the photo gallery, deck plan and cruise rates.
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Canal du Nivernais between Clamecy and Baye, France, Europe
- May accommodate certain types of disabilities. Contact the operator for more information.
Sunday, Day 1 Auxerre
Guests are met at Laroche Migennes
train station at 16:45, or Hotel Maxime in Auxerre at 17:15 if you are
staying there pre cruise. and transferred to the elegant L’Art de Vivre
in Auxerre, Burgundy. Following a Champagne Welcome, you are free to
explore the medieval town of Auxerre or take a stroll along the banks of
the River Yonne before returning for dinner aboard.
Monday, Day 2 Auxerre to Vincelles
Our morning cruise takes us past
vineyard-clad hillsides to our rural mooring at Vincelles. The afternoon
excursion is to Chablis, home of one of the most famous white wines in
the world. A tasting in one of the town’s aged cellars will introduce
you to some of the local Petit Chablis and Chablis wines. Dinner aboard.
Tuesday, Day 3 Vincelles to Mailly la Ville
After breakfast, our excursion is to
the medieval town of Auxerre. Originally the capital of Lower Burgundy,
the town prides itself on its fine churches and particularly its
magnificent cathedral. We then return to the barge for a cruise
southwards through rich pasturelands past grazing Charolais cattle to
the market town of Mailly la Ville. Dinner aboard.
Wednesday, Day 4 Mailly la Ville to Le Saussois
This morning, we visit the charming
14th century medieval village of Noyers, one of the most beautiful
villages in France, on an excursion through delightful countryside. In
the afternoon we cruise past the Saussois cliffs where an international
climbing centre creates a spectacular setting. There will also be the
opportunity to enjoy spectacular walks before returning for dinner
Thursday, Day 5 Le Saussois to Lucy sur Yonne
In the morning we enjoy an excursion to
the town of Vézelay, one of Burgundy’s most famous treasures with the
Romanesque Basilica of St Mary Magdalene, craft shops and fine views of
the surrounding countryside. Lunch ashore today at a wonderful auberge
Les Millesimes., followed by an afternoon cruise through the Yonne
valley to arrive at Lucy sur Yonne. Dinner aboard.
Friday, Day 6 Lucy sur Yonne to Clamecy
A morning cruise through beautiful
countryside then takes us to Clamecy. Take a short walk into Clamecy to
visit the town, the Collegiale de St Martin and also the Logging and
Barging Museum. The narrow streets lined with ancient buildings also
present an opportunity for shopping. In the afternoon, we visit the
Chateau of Bazoches, whose illustrious visitors included Richard the
Lionheart and which was later remodelled by Maréchal Vauban. Captain’s
Farewell Dinner aboard.
Saturday, Day 7 Clamecy to Auxerre
Disembark after breakfast and transfer either to Auxerre or Laroche Migennes train station by 10am.
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