Luxury barge cruise vacations on the French hotel barge SAVOIR VIVRE. Discover the beauty of Burgundy as you glide through the countryside of Bourgogne, France French Hotel Barge SAVOIR VIVRE Canal de Bourgogne Burgundy France ParadiseConnections.com
French Hotel Barge SAVOIR VIVRE
Cruise the Canal de Bourgogne, Burgundy France

Savoir Vivre is a new (commissioned in 2009) and purpose-built barge which is a modern, stylish, and flexible design.  Not a square foot is wasted, although everything one needs is available. 

The salon converts to a dining room in minutes, while the kitchen is "hidden" until needed! 

The guest cabins, while not large, are sensible with lots of things done right, such as excellent storage, efficient reading lights, deluxe bedding and bathrobes hanging ready-to-use.

Outside there are two decks; again, designed for flexible use with a selection of recliners, chairs and pillows. Lounging is decidedly casual but comfortable.

  • 80 feet long / 16 feet wide
  • Four identical, 100 sq ft cabins that can be configured as queen or twins. Deluxe bedding, ample storage, excellent reading lamps, bathrobes, and dressing table/chair
  • Tiled bath with full-size shower
  • Ceiling height from 6'6" to 7 feet
  • "Hidden" Kitchen with Siemans appliances behind cherry wood cabinets.
  • "Open refrigerator and bar" with snacks, local wines and beer, House brands of whiskey, bourbon, gin, vodka, bottled water, and soft drinks
  • Two outside decks, fore and aft with lounge chairs and "sit-up" chairs. The aft deck is fully shaded.
  • Oak flooring in salon.
  • Carpet in hall and cabins.
  • Air conditioning & central heating throughout
  • Flat-screen TV - DVD
  • Laptop with internet access (where available)
  • Eight single-gear "Boulevard Cruiser" bicycles
  • Air conditioned minivan

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  • She is a modern, efficient, purpose built ship specifically designed to cater for eight sophisticated, comfort seeking travellers.
  • She is also equipped with modern hotel-like amenities such as digitally controlled air conditioning, coordinated decor & lighting and hot water circulation (providing instant hot water) and powerful showers.
  • The ENTIRE ship is for guest use. We prefer not to have 'back stage' areas nor a formalized 'master-servant' feel on our cruises. It is your ship and your crew are there to help you, simple as that.  
Bedrooms & Bathrooms:

Each of Savoir Vivre's four cabins boast:
  • Full convertability from twin to queen beds.
  • Electronically adjustable beds, orthopaedic memory foam mattresses, sumptuous decor, ample storage, digital climate control, fresh air fans, full height mirrors and a desk & chair.
  • Bathrooms with heated towel rails, heated mirrors, zero step wet floor showers with custom glass enclosures and storage.
  • Full size windows! This is because the bedrooms are all above water.
  • During the day the bedrooms are a lovely place to relax - 'everyone gets a great view and a lazy boy!' a recent guest joked.
Salon, Dining, Kitchen and Foredeck:

Savoir Vivre takes a innovative approach to her layout which makes her exceptionally space efficient and pleasant to be on. For example:
  • Her salon open out onto the foredeck by means of unique quad opening front doors which gives a wonderful open plan inside/outside space.
  • One wall of the salon conceals a beautiful solid cherry wood kitchen with Siemens/Miele appliances. When not it use it is covered to give the appearance of wood panelling. Guests are at liberty to help themselves to anything, anytime!'
  • When dining, our private chefs freshly prepare our food on shore (hence no space wasting commercial galley is necessary).
  • The salon area converts in moments to a wonderful dining space. This means that a dedicated dining room doesn't lay wasted when not in use. With the front of the ship opened up onto to the foredeck, well, lets just say there are few places nicer to enjoy lunch.

The Savoir Vivre is designed to be as accessible as possible to those who are less mobile. This includes some significant and unique innovations!

  • Her unique V-Shaped hull means that we can always moor directly next to the canal side. As such our gangway is the shortest of any barge.
  • Her uniquely low foredeck means the ship is uniquely safe to get onto and off of in locks as you simply step off the ship when the ship is stationary and before the lock is operated.
  • Once aboard (two steps) all main areas of the ship are on one level. There are no steps whatsoever including the showers which have a wet floor design. NOTE: There are three treads up to the wheelhouse and aft deck which must be managed at one mooring.
  • The electrically adjustable beds means that sitting up is a button-push.
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