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'L'Art de Vivre - Canal du Nivernais

Originally a British lumber carrier, 'L'Art de Vivre' was transformed into a floating celebration of the art of living in traditional Burgundian style. Cruise past hillsides dotted with vineyards. Visit medieval villages with half-timbered houses and age-old towns flaunting spectacular churches. Browse through craft shops lining ancient streets. Stop at a vineyard along the way to sample the local vintages.

Price displayed is per person, or in the case of Canal & River Cruising, could represent charter price for the cruise.




Meet in Paris for transfer to ‘L’Art de Vivre,’ moored at Auxerre. After a champagne welcome, enjoy a fine dinner.

'L'Art de Vivre'   |   Meals: D

Cruise past vineyard-clad hillsides to a rural mooring at Vincelles. After lunch, head to Chablis for a tasting of the local wine at a renowned cellar.

'L'Art de Vivre'   |   Meals: B L D

Return to Auxerre, the original capital of Lower Burgundy, to explore the medieval town center and fine churches. This afternoon, pass rich pasturelands with grazing Charolais cattle to Mailly-la-Ville.

'L'Art de Vivre'   |   Meals: B L D

Visit the medieval village of Noyers, nestled in a loop of the River Serein, with its picturesque half-timbered houses and cobbled streets. In the afternoon, cruise past the Saussois Cliffs, home to an international rock climbing center. Dinner is ashore this evening.

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Stop in Vézelay, one of Burgundy’s most famous towns, with its Romanesque Basilique Ste-Madeleine. There is time to browse in the craft shops before returning to the barge for lunch and a cruise to the evening mooring at Lucy-sur-Yonne.

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After breakfast, cruise through the beautiful countryside to Chevroches. In the afternoon, visit Château de Bazoches, home of Marquis de Vauban, one of the foremost military engineers of his age. The château’s illustrious list of visitors includes King Philippe-Auguste and Richard the Lionhearted. Return to the barge for a farewell dinner to celebrate your journey this evening.

'L'Art de Vivre'   |   Meals: B L D

Disembark after breakfast and transfer back to Paris, where your journey ends..

Meals: B

Canal Barge Cruising in Europe is a relaxed way of travel that is inherently flexible and subject to change. The above itinerary is an example of the places you may see and visit during your cruise; your actual itinerary may vary.

Cruise itinerary operates in reverse direction on alternate weeks.

Alternate Routes:
Jun 01 - Auxerre to Tanlay
Jun 08 - Tanlay to Venarey-les-Laumes
Jun 15 - Venarey-les-Laumes to Tanlay
Jun 22 - Tanlay to Auxerre

Dates & Prices

Price displayed is per person, or in the case of Canal & River Cruising, could represent charter price for the cruise.

For availability and reservations, call 800 554 7016.

Oct. 26, 2014 - Nov. 01, 2014 $4,290 Cabin Available