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European Canal Barge Cruises

'L'Art de Vivre' - Canal du Nivernais 2017

7 Days

Limited to 8 guests

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, stop in Chablis for a tasting at a renowned cellar and view the magnificent limestone cliffs at Le Saussois. Visit medieval villages with half-timbered houses and spectacular churches, including Romanesque Basilique Ste-Madeleine, famous as the starting point of the Crusades. Unique itineraries can be arranged for chartering parties with special interests, such as family, walking, golf or wine appreciation.
'L'Art de Vivre' - Canal du Nivernais Vessel

Vessel Information

100 feet long, 16.5 feet wide with air conditioning and central heating

Capacity for 8 with four double/twin suites. All have fully tiled en suite bathrooms with shower cubicles and offer shampoo, shower gel, hand soap and hair dryer

Salon offers a stereo system and collection of CDs

Sun deck is partially covered by two parasols for comfortable al fresco dining

8 touring bicycles provided

All meals and alcoholic beverages included

Deck Plan
Day 1

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

'L'Art de Vivre'
Meals: Dinner
Day 2

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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3

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 as the barge cruises to Mailly-la-Ville.

'L'Art de Vivre'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4

Visit the medieval village of Noyers, nestled in a loop of the Serein River, 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.

'L'Art de Vivre'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5

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.

'L'Art de Vivre'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6

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 Lionheart. Return to the barge for a farewell dinner to celebrate your journey this evening.

'L'Art de Vivre'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7

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

Meals: Breakfast

Route runs in reverse on alternate weeks and may differ on selected cruise dates.

Prices are in USD, per person and based on double occupancy unless noted as charter. Contact A&K for availability.

Journey Details

Minimum age (for Independent Bookings) is 12 years old.

Route runs in reverse on alternate weeks and may differ on selected cruise dates.

Reduced pricing available for Private Charters of 6-7 guests.

Cycling, family, tennis, walking and wine theme cruises available for Private Charters (supplements may apply).

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