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Burgundy on Art de Vivre

A 6-night luxury cruise along the Burgundy Canal, sailing through the wine region of Chablis to medieval towns and chateaux aboard Hotel Barge L'Art de Vivre, with transfers, excursions, open bar and meals prepared by a Master Chef all included

Hotel Barge Holiday
  • Auxerre
  • Chablis
  • Your hotel barge, Art de Vivre

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This delightful cruise, which runs in reverse on alternate weeks, departs from Auxerre. Winding her way through a landscape of vine-clad hills, L'Art de Vivre visits Vincelles, Mailly-la-Ville and Lucy-sur-Yonne.

Discover the quarry of Aubigny, a subterranean wonderland of stonework which is famous for the limestone used on buildings such as the Paris Opera House. Continue through rich pasturelands and past grazing Charolais cattle to the sleepy village of Mailly-la-Ville, a delight to explore. Enjoy a private visit to the prestigious Domaine Laroche for a wine-tasting in the village of Chablis, and take a stroll through the pilgrimage town of Vezelay.

L'Art de Vivre has a 24-hour bar, sun deck, spa pool, saloon and dining room, and 4 en suite cabins accommodating eight pampered guests. The on-board Tour Guide is on hand to help you make the best of your holiday, and the Master Chef creates delicious local fare, served up with a good selection of local wines. Bicycles are carried on board, so guests can explore at their leisure or follow the tow path.

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Burgundy Canal on Art de Vivre Itinerary

Day 1 - Auxerre (France)

Guests are met in Paris** and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the pretty L’Art de Vivre. 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 on board.

Day 2 - Vincelles

Our morning cruise starts early and takes us through some delightful locks and past vineyard-clad hillsides to our rural mooring at Vincelles. Following lunch on board, we head to the quarry of Aubigny, a subterranean wonderland of stonework which is famous for the limestone used on buildings such as the Paris Opera House, here we explore this uniquely atmospheric underground space. Afterwards, we visit the cellars of Bailly-Lapierre, also carved out of the rock, to taste some their sparkling Crémant de Bourgogne. Dinner on board.

Day 3 - Mailly la Ville

Following an early breakfast, we head to the medieval town of Auxerre to wander the morning produce market. Later, we tour the centre of what was originally the capital of Lower Burgundy, with its lavish Renaissance houses, fine churches and particularly its magnificent cathedral situated close to the river. We then return to the hotel barge for a cruise southward through rich pasturelands and past grazing Charolais cattle, to the sleepy village of Mailly-la-Ville. After your relaxed lunch on board, perhaps this is a good time to enjoy a walk or bicycle ride along the towpath. Dinner on board.

Day 4 - Le Saussois

This morning, after a leisurely breakfast, we head to the celebrated wine village of Chablis. After viewing the vineyards, we make a private visit to the prestigious Domaine Laroche for a wine-tasting, followed by a tour of the 1000 years old Obédiencerie; originally part of the monastery of St. Martin, this is where the monks developed the craft of winemaking in the Middle Ages and to this day it remains the location for aging the wines. Lunch will be served by a private chef in the Domaine’s dining hall. Later in the afternoon we return to the barge to cruise past the cliffs at Le Saussois, a stunning natural setting with an international climbing centre. There will also be the opportunity to enjoy delightful walks or bicycle rides along the towpath. Dinner onboard.

Day 5 - Lucy sur Yonne

Our morning cruise is through the picturesque Yonne Valley to our mooring at Lucy-sur-Yonne. After lunch on board, we enjoy an excursion to the pilgrimage 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. Dinner on board.

Day 6 - Chevroches

A morning cruise through beautiful countryside takes us to our final mooring at the pretty canalside village of Chevroches and again this is a perfect time for a walk or a bicycle ride. In the afternoon, we visit the elegant Château de Bazoches, built in the 12th century and whose illustrious visitors included Richard the Lionheart. The château was later remodelled by Maréchal Vauban and there are wonderful views from its elevated hillside setting. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 7 - Chevroches

After breakfast, guests are transferred to Paris**.

PLEASE NOTE: This itinerary runs in reverse on alternate weeks. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. **Other locations available for private Charter bookings

Price Includes

  • 6-nights accommodation on 8 passenger Hotel Barge L'Art de Vivre
  • All meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef
  • Open bar with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
  • All wines served throughout the cruise
  • Excursions and admittance fees as per itinerary
  • Use of barge facilities including bicycles and spa pool
  • Transfers to and from barge