Luxury Hotel Barge Cruises

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

Cruise Only - Package Possible
6 nights

  • Your hotel barge, Art de Vivre
  • Auxerre Cathedral
  • the Burgundy Canal

Call us on 01756 706512 (+44 1756 706512) to discuss this holiday

Save 20% per charter! Applies to 26 Aug and 21 Oct 2018 departures. Prices shown include discount. Subject to availability. Book by 14 Sep 2018

Burgundy on Art de Vivre Special Offer

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 Chablis, Mailly la Ville and Lucy-sur-Yonne.

The town of Chablis has produced wine since around 1854, the perfect place for a connoisseur tasting in one of its ancient cellars. Sailing through fertile pastureland, step ashore and travel to the medieval village of Noyers-sur-Surein to see its half-timbered houses. Discover the Romanesque Basilica of St Mary Magdalene in the charming town of Vezelay, before cruising through breathtaking countryside to Chevroches.

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.

EW876 Operated by


Burgundy Canal on Art de Vivre Itinerary

Day 1 - Auxerre (France)

Guests are met at the Hotel Westminster 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 takes us through some delightful locks and 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 on board.

Day 3 - 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 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 southwards 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, we visit the charming 14th century medieval market village of Noyers-sur-Surein, one of the most beautiful villages in France, on an excursion through delightful countryside. In the afternoon we 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, before dinner ashore at a local restaurant.

Day 5 - Lucy sur Yonne

In the morning we enjoy an excursion to the pilgrimage town of Vezelay, one of Burgundy’s most famous treasures with the Romanesque Basilica of St Mary Magdalene, craft shops and fine views of the surrounding countryside. After lunch back on board L’Art de Vivre, an afternoon cruise through the picturesque Yonne Valley to arrive at Lucy-sur-Yonne. 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 the Hotel Westminster in Paris.

PLEASE NOTE: This itinerary runs in reverse on alternate weeks. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

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