Hotel Barge L’Art de Vivre

L’Art de Vivre is the oldest hotel barge in our fleet and was built in England during World War One as a supply vessel to the Allied troops battling in the Somme.

Today her life is a little less dramatic as she cruises one of France’s longest-established canals, the Canal du Nivernais in Burgundy. She is very much a traditional barge in style, with original wood and brass features that emphasise her heritage and create a warm and inviting interior atmosphere. The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en-suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.

Outside, there is a sun deck to relax on with a glass of wine as you glide through the pretty Burgundy countryside and a spa pool to soak in. You can explore the ever-present towpath on foot or on one of the barge’s bicycles, before re-joining the L’Art de Vivre at one of the locks up ahead.

This region of Burgundy with its charming villages and centuries-old history simply oozes charm and your cruise aboard L’Art de Vivre is a journey back in time along a magical waterway.

Cruise Highlights

Explore enchanting Auxerre and its magnificent cathedral

Private wine tasting at the prestigious Chablis house of Domaine Laroche, along with a cellar visit and private lunch

Excursion to the quarry of Aubigny, followed by a crémant wine tasting in the cellars of Bailly Lapierre

Visit the picturesque town of Vezelay and its hilltop basilica

Visit the elegant 12th Century Château de Bazoches

Optional hot air ballooning

Excellent towpath for walking and cycling

“Biking Plus” option available



8 persons

from 35,500.00€


Low Season
April, July and August
Peak Season
May, June, September and October
Charter 6 passengers
0.00€ 40,000.00€
Charter 7 passengers
0.00€ 41,500.00€
Charter 8 passengers
0.00€ 43,000.00€


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First Class
8 Passengers
4 Crew
100 Feet Long
4 Twin / Double Staterooms
Spa Pool
Air Conditioned / Centrally Heated
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