Unique luxury cruising and off-board dining in Burgundy

The clue is in the name – Savoir Vivre lives life to the full; she knows how to provide eight guests with a wonderful vacation that’s ‘chic, relaxed, fun, authentic and an ever-so-slightly adventurous gastronomic cruise experience’. She is purpose built for luxurious and stylish cruising.

Aboard Savoir Vivre discover the gorgeous Burgundy canal, its spectacular and charming scenery, and, uniquely, dine out every evening at a local restaurant for that real French cuisine experience.

At a Glance

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Hotel Barge Savoir Vivre :: Key Features

  • Premier Class (3*)
  • Canal de Bourgogne, Burgundy
  • Charter and cabin bookings, 6 nights, 7 days, April to October
  • 8 guests /  4 cabins with ensuite bathrooms
  • Air-conditioning and heating throughout
  • 6 lunches by visiting chef, 6 dinners off-board
  • 8 all-terrain bicycles
  • Hot-air ballooning and golfing as extras
  • Wifi (limited in some places)
  • Air-conditioned minibus for transfers and excursions

Hotel Barge Savoir Vivre: Cruise Highlights

  • Explore the major towns of the region, Dijon and Beaune
  • Visit local markets and pretty villages
  • Wine tastings and viticulture tours
  • Cheese making and tasting
  • Visit an ancient hilltop chateau
  • Dine out every evening in a different local auberge, bistro or restaurant
  • Relax on deck, or cycle or walk the towpath alongside Savoir Vivre

What’s included:
6 nights accommodation; transfers from Paris; all breakfasts and lunches aboard, and dinners off board, and drinks; daily excursions, tour guide and associated transport

Not included:
Travel to or within France to the barge; travel, medical and cancellation insurance; crew gratuities; ballooning and golf excursions

Your Host

Richard Megret, one of the famous Megret barging family, is renowned for a great sense of humour and lashings of charm. He has over 20 years’ experience in various roles, including chef, aboard some of the most prestigious hotel barges in France.

Guest comments:

“This trip has exceeded any of our expectations – we have been planning our “60th” birthday celebrations for a year and could have never imagined a more wonderful time! We have learned history, gourmet dining, wine label reading and tasting and much French on the ‘Cote de Barge’! Thank you once again for the trip of a lifetime.”

“Thank you, thank you. The poetry of the French language mesmerised us, we will constantly hear it call us back! The beauty and colour of the Bourgogne countryside enchanted us and filled our hearts and cameras. The ever-present gastronomical and alcoholic temptations constantly proved stronger than our will to resist and fortunately so because we were never disappointed. We expanded our horizons, our knowledge and our waistlines. The experience of Savoir Vivre will forever live fondly in our memories”

Hotel Barge Savoir Vivre: Cruises from Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Escommes in Burgundy

Day 1 Sunday – Arrival

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Meet your guide at the central Paris hotel at 1pm for private chauffeured transfer to barge Savoir Vivre, currently moored in the delightful village of Fleurey-sur-Ouche on the Canal de Bourgogne. Meet the crew over a Champagne welcome before settling in, freshening up and heading off for your first dinner at a carefully selected local restaurant.

Please note: charter parties may choose to be collected from Dijon at 4:00pm.

Day 2 Monday – Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Gissey-sur-Ouche

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Morning cruise through the Ouche valley, its hills and valleys studded with pretty villages. After lunch on board an excursion to the famed Cote d’Or wine region to taste and learn about some of the world’s finest vintages. Château du Clos de Vougeot wine was first produced by 12th century Cistercian monks and provides a fascinating venue to learn about Burgundy wines and taste these remarkable wines. Return to the barge and relax until dinner in a local bistro to experience authentic dining with local customers.

Day 3 Tuesday – Gissey-sur-Ouche to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche

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Today’s excursion is a guided tour of the city of Dijon, for centuries a regional capital and today offers a wealth of fascination; visit the famed central, covered, produce market, designed by Gustav Eiffel, and wander the streets of the medieval town centre. There’s also a chance to shop for its famous culinary product, Dijon mustard, in all its forms. After lunch on board and an afternoon cruise through gorgeous scenery to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche, a charming village to explore on foot or by bicycle before setting off out for dinner.

Day 4 Wednesday – La Bussiere-sur-Ouche to Pont d’Ouche

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After breakfast, a fascinating excursion into the Burgundy vineyards of Hautes Côtes de Beaune to meet goat-cheese maker, Laure Plait. Her ancestors began milking goats here around 4 centuries ago and the farm still provides produce for the local markets today. Discover how their many different cheeses are made and taste them, too. Then,after lunch on board Savoir Vivre, an afternoon cruise continuing along the pretty Ouche valley, with opportunities to walk or cycle before setting off for the evening’s dinner.

Day 5 Thursday – Pont d’Ouche to La Repe

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After breakfast on board, a visit to the medieval village of Châteauneuf-en-Auxois with its spectacular views over the countryside and the canal itself. Wander the cobbled streets of the town, tour the château and learn about the history of this area. Return to Savoir Vivre for lunch and then cruise on to the mooring for the night. Plenty of free time this afternoon to relax  on board, play pétanque or cycle the tow-path before dinner in the local restaurant.

Day 6 Friday – La Repe to Escommes

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Cruise on to Éscommes after breakfast, with time to enjoy the changing views as the canal meanders through the valley. After lunch on board, a guided tour of Beaune, the wine capital of the Cote d’Or, filled with historic wonders and the iconic coloured roof tiles of the region; visit the Hospice de Beaune, a charity hospital built in the 15th century, and the town’s ancient tannery buildings; and there’s time to shop and take refreshment at a street cafe. Return to the barge in the late afternoon for cocktails before the final Captain’s Dinner at a suitable restaurant.

Day 7 Saturday – Departure
After breakfast on board, depart at 09:00 for chauffeured transfer to Dijon and onward journey.

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This is a sample itinerary and subject to change and runs in the reverse direction on alternate weeks.

Hotel Barge Savoir Vivre cruises through the heart of Southern Burgundy, France

Barge Cruising – The Ouche Valley and Dijon

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Canal de Bourgogne (South-East)

The construction of the Canal de Bourgogne in eastern central France was completed in 1832 and follows the course of first the River Armancon and then the River Ouche. Located close to its summit, the pretty rural village of Vandenesse-en-Auxois marks the start of the southern reaches of one of France’s loveliest waterways, gliding through perhaps the most highly-regarded winemaking region in the country. The celebrated Burgundy Route des Vins offers arguably the best of French reds from the Cotes de Nuits to the Cote de Beaune and all stops in between.

The fairytale Chateau de Longecourt has a romantic moat and dreaming spires to enchant the eye, but it is the Ducal Palace in Dijon that provides the historical and architectural highlights of the area. Once the official residence of the Dukes of Burgundy, it now houses the Musee des Beaux Arts, one of the largest museums in France, which features masterpieces by the likes of Titian, Veronese, Brueghel, Rubens, the list goes on…In the 17th century Dijon was granted exclusive rights to produce mustard, a skill that locals have honed down the years and nowadays the famous Dijon mustard adds a piquant note to the cuisine for which the Burgundy region is so well known.
Look out for the distinctive glazed tiles that colour the roofscapes of so many of the region’s towns and villages: from the 12th century onwards these richly coloured tiles, arranged in intricate patterns, were intended to confer status on the owners of the houses that they graced.

Getting There
Hotel barges often collect and return guests to a pre-agreed Paris or Dijon hotel. The primary French international airport is at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and there is a European-flight airport at Dole. There are also TGV express train stations at Montbard, Dijon, near Dole and Le Cruesot (near Montchanin); and many other towns in the region have railway connections.

– [below] In the region: Vandenesse-en-Auxois, Canal de Bourgogne, Longecourt, Burgundy Route des Vins, Dijon –

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Hotel Barge Savoir Vivre: Details and Facilities

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  • Dimensions: 80ft x 16ft
  • Four cabins, 110 ft², with ensuite bathrooms
  • Orthopaedic queen-size or twin beds
  • Deluxe bedding and furnishings
  • Bathrooms have vanitory basin, toilet, full size wet-floor shower, heated towel rail, bath robes
  • Climate control and fresh-air fan
  • Picture window
  • Dressing table/desk and chair
  • Crew of 3: Captain, hostess and tour guide

Other items on board

  • ‘Hidden’ kitchen with Siemens appliances & cherry cabinets
  • Salon converts into the dining area for breakfasts and lunches
  • All main areas on one-level
  • Open refrigerator and bar
  • Flat-screen TV & DVD
  • Guest laptop with 3G Internet access (restricted in some areas)
  • Fore deck and smaller aft deck
  • Outdoor lounge chairs and sit-up chairs
  • 8 touring bicycles

Hotel Barge Savoir Vivre: Cuisine

Breakfasts are enjoyed in the traditional French way, lightly and unhurriedly – a continental breakfast while gliding through calm waters.
For lunch, there is no onboard chef, Instead, lunch is provided via the services of private chefs who meet Savoir Vivre en route. This provides high quality, casual and lighter style lunchtime eating.

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In the evening, explore real French dining in real french restaurants. Carefully selected restaurants offer quality and variety – simply not possible when dining on board with food prepared by the same chef every evening – including the very-ultra-deluxe bistro at the Abbaye de la Bussiere.


This style of dining – where every evening meal is provided at authentic French restaurants along the route – is unique to Savoir Vivre, and guests love it!

Hotel Barge Savoir Vivre – 2019 Rates  ➤ 2020 Rates

Charter and Cabin bookings
Sunday to Saturday

Low rate weeks:

Mar 31
April 7, 14
October 13, 20

6 guest charter: 28,000 USD
7 guest charter: 29,000 USD
8 guest charter: 30,000 USD

Per Cabin bookings
Double Cabin: 3,750 USD per person sharing a double cabin
Single occupancy supplement: 2,000 USD

Regular rate weeks:

April 21, 28
May 4, 11, 18, 25
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 29
July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4, 11, 18, 25
September 29
October 6

6 guest charter: 30,000 USD
7 guest charter: 31,000 USD
8 guest charter: 32,000 USD

Per Cabin bookings
Double Cabin: 4,000 USD per person sharing a double cabin
Single occupancy supplement: 2,400 USD

High rate weeks:

September 1, 8, 15, 22

8 guest charter: 34,000 USD

Hotel Barge Savoir Vivre – 2020 Rates

Charter and Cabin bookings
Sunday to Saturday

Low rate weeks:

March 29
April 5, 12
October 18, 25

6 guest charter: 28,000 USD
7 guest charter: 29,000 USD
8 guest charter: 30,000 USD

Per Cabin bookings
Double Cabin: 3,750 USD per person sharing a double cabin
Single occupancy supplement: 2,000 USD

Regular rate weeks:

April 19, 26
May 03, 10, 17, 24, 31
June 07, 14, 21, 28
July 05, 12, 19, 26
August 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
September 29
October 4, 11

6 guest charter: 30,000 USD
7 guest charter: 31,000 USD
8 guest charter: 32,000 USD

Per Cabin bookings
Double Cabin: 4,000 USD per person sharing a double cabin
Single occupancy supplement: 2,400 USD

High rate weeks:

September 1, 8, 15, 22

8 guest charter: 34,000 USD

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