L'ART DE VIVRE
French Hotel Barge L' ART DE VIVRE
Nivernais Canal, Burgundy France
Amenities, Accommodations, Layout
The 8-passenger L'ART DE VIVRE started life as a
Scottish lumber carrier and has been transformed
by a team of skilled craftsmen into a floating celebration of the
Burgundian "good life". Your crew of four comprise Captain, Tour guide,
Master Chef and Hostess, all with a love for the Nivernais canal and
all secure in the knowledge that their vessel represents L'Art de Vivre
Each guest cabin has closet space, hairdryer, safe, individual controlled air conditioning and central heat, and 220-Volt electricity with 2-pin, French-style oulets. Cabin height: floor to ceiling, 6ft 5” (1.97m)
Note the measurements above are approximate
BEDS: As singles they are all 2ft 6” x 6ft 3” (76cm wide x 190cm) or as a double bed they are 5ft 4” x 6ft 3” (152cm x 190cm)
BATHROOMS: All bathrooms have fully tiled walls and floor. Each has a shower cubicle measuring 90cmx80cm, W.C. and a wash basin. Each bathroom is supplied with: washing gel, hand soap, shampoo, towels, robes and slippers.
ELECTRICITY: 220 volt electricity (French two-pin plugs). The barge is wired for 220 and 240 volts but not 110 volts. It is suggested that you bring an adapter for your particular appliance, which corresponds to the standard French. If you wish to use an electrical appliance on board, please ask one of the crew when you arrive on board to ensure that it is suitable to the barge’s electrical system. We cannot be held responsible for unforeseen voltage fluctuations which sometimes occur when swapping from one voltage system to another.
SALOON/DINING ROOM DIMENSIONS & DESCRIPTION
CORRIDOR: 2ft8” wide, 24ft4” long, 6ft9” high (80cm wide, 7.30m long, 2.02m)
CYCLING & WALKING
Passengers are welcome to walk or cycle using the on board bicycles as often as they like. Most people choose to disembark the barge at a lock and then visit local villages and then return to the canal and meet the barge a little further along. The barge travels very slowly and therefore “catch up” will not be a problem.
HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES
Once on board the Captain can arrange this directly with the hot air balloon company. Flights last about 1 hour and are weather dependent. The cost is approximately 180-230 Euros per person and this should be paid directly to the balloon company on the day of the flight and they do accept credit cards. Please linform Paradise Connections in advance if you are interested in ballooning.
EXCURSIONS BY MINIBUS
9-seater (including driver) long wheelbase, air conditioned VW Caravelle minibus.
FOR THOSE NOT WISHING TO ATTEND EXCURSIONS
You are welcome to stay behind on the barge if you would like. You can use the bikes, go for a walk or just sit on the shaded sundeck or in the spa pool with a glass or wine.
Wine Appreciation, Walking, Cycling, Tennis and Family cruise itineraries are available for charter groups, please visit the ITINERARIES page for more details. Special interest cruises often have a supplement which can be found on the RATES page. Contact Paradise Connections for more details.
COMPUTER AND TELEPHONE FACILITIES
Wi-Fi is available on board for passengers to connect to the internet if they bring their own appliances. This is subject to availability in more remote locations. There are no passenger telephones on board L’Art de Vivre.
PASSENGERS WITH MOBILITY RESTRICTIONS
L’Art de Vivre has a boarding ramp to deck level from the bank of the canal with two handrails. There are then 4 steps from the deck down to the saloon without handrails that may be a little tricky and another 4 steps down to the cabins from the saloon. Wheelchairs can be hired locally from a pharmacy and the cost is about €100 for 1 week’s hire. If you would like to hire a wheelchair so that it is available on your arrival, please notify us well in advance. The hire charge should be paid directly to the barge captain on arrival.
Our barges have a strict non-smoking policy. Smokers are asked not to smoke inside the barge as this may give offence to your shipmates. Smoking is categorically not permitted in the cabins for safety reasons. If you would like to smoke you are requested to smoke outside on deck or on the tow path, away from fellow passengers.
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