4* Class Barge
4 Cabins with 3 Crew
Price per person twin share from: A$ 5,450 in low season to $6,050 for high season
SAVOIR VIVRE BARGE
Loosely translated as “Knowing How to Live the Good Life”, the Savoir Vivre cruises through the gourmet center of the Cote d’Or, introducing guests to the iconic Burgundian traditions of food and wine through a deliciously distinctive dining program.
- Four cabins with ensuite tiled shower bath
- All with choice of one queen or two twin beds
- All 110 square feet
ALSO IN EACH CABIN
- Deluxe bedding
- Reading Lamps
- Dressing table/chair
- 6’6″ – 7′ ceiling height
- “Hidden” kitchen with Seimens appliances & cherry cabinets
- Open refrigerator and bar
- Flat-screen TV & DVD
- Laptop with 3G Internet access
- 80 Feet Long
- 2 decks, fore and aft
- Lounge chairs and sit-up chairs
- 8 Dutch cruiser bicycles
SUNDAY - Welcome Aboard
Travel: Arrival to Fleurey-sur-Ouche
Meals: Dinner ashore
In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Savoir Vivre at the designated meeting point. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the Savoir Vivre, moored in the village of Fleurey-sur-Ouche. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you. The authentic gastronomic journey begins this evening, as you are chauffeured to your first onshore dinner.
MONDAY - The Pleasures of Wine from Past to Present
Enjoy a tranquil traipse or gentle pedal on the towpath during a lazy and lovely morning cruise. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to Clos de Vougeot, where Cistercian monks made wine in the 12th century. The ancient Clos is now the headquarters of the revered wine society Chevaliers du Tastevin, who annually award special labels to the finest Cote d’Or vintages. Explore the preserved presses from which these iconic Burgundian wines were first produced; an informal sampling in the vineyards follows. Dinner is ashore at a local bistro.
TUESDAY - Destination Dijon
The lively town of Dijon offers a pleasurable assault of the senses. "Les Halles”, the covered food market, presents a panorama of colorful produce and aromatic pastries; jars of mustard are cheerfully displayed in boutiques; and public spaces are vibrant with greenery and scenery. Mingle with the locals as you shop, stroll, and sip your way through this charming city brimming with authentic French life. Your Tour Guide returns you to the barge for an afternoon cruise. Freshen up a bit in anticipation of another memorable dinner served ashore.
WEDNESDAY - Meet and Greet a Local Cheesemaker
Your Tour Guide introduces you to farm owner and goat expert Laure Plait. Her small herd of lively goats also extends a friendly welcome! Laure's gourmet food boutique is then opened for generous samplings of the handcrafted goat cheeses and boutique wines produced on her family's farm. Return to the Savoir Vivre for an afternoon cruise, providing the perfect time to enjoy a leisurely stroll or a gentle pedal on the towpath. Your Captain chauffeurs you to another brasserie for tonight's dinner ashore.
THURSDAY - Explore a Magnificent Medieval Castle
Your Tour Guide escorts you to Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, a majestic village perched atop a hill overlooking the Canal. Chateauneuf's imposing position refers to its fascinating history as a 15th century fortress. A private tour of the Chateau reveals architectural details and timeworn relics which speak to the deprivations and decadence so prevalent in France’s history. Upon returning to the Savoir Vivre, cruise through the Valley of the Ouche, where a plethora of charming lockhouses abound. Tonight, enjoy another dinner ashore.
FRIDAY - The Best of Burgundy in Beaune
Begin the day with a final morning cruise to Escommes, and explore the flora and fauna of the towpath with a leisurely stroll or gentle pedal. Your Tour Guide chauffeurs you to the charming town of Beaune, the region's wine capital, for a guided visit to the Hospice de Beaune, an immaculately preserved Medieval hospital built in the 15th century. Afterwards, browse the boutiques, galleries, and cafes lining the pedestrian area, or enjoy a coffee in the town square. Tonight is special, as Captain Richard joins you for the Farewell Dinner ashore.
SATURDAY - A Sad Farewell
After breakfast, you will be chauffeured back to the designated drop off point.
Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions.