French Hotel Barge SAVOIR VIVRE
Cruise the Canal de Bourgogne, Burgundy France
SAVOIR VIVRE explains their unique dining format
We say we are unique but you might be asking, how? It all comes down to the dining, ship layout and itinerary choices
Breakfasts are enjoyed in the traditional French way, lightly and unhurriedly. Normally we'll already be underway as you enjoy a continental breakfast while we glide through calm waters. A fresh coffee or orange juice on the foredeck on a balmy morning is 'up there' in terms of pleasant starts to the day.
For lunch, we operate differently than any other barges. We do not have an on board chef! Instead lunch is provided through the services of private chefs who meet us along our route. The principle being that, while we are a ship, we are not at sea! Our guests love this high quality, casual and lighter style of lunchtime eating. It perfectly compliments the setting and the quality is without compromise.Evening Restaurant Dining:
SAMPLE LUNCH MENUS
In the evening, instead of dining on Savoir Vivre, we are able to explore real French dining in real french restaurants. Our carefully selected restaurants offer a quality and variety of immersive dining experiences that are simply not possible when dining on board and eating food prepared by the same chef every evening.
The selection of restaurants is fixed. The aim is to provide you with authentic locations which offer typical French cuisine and relaxed environments. Tourist traps and stuffy over-priced establishments are off the menu. Authentic, charismatic locations were our target and, if we might say so ourselves, we're proud of our selection. Better still, we have been welcomed by the local community for supporting these local independent establishments which are part of the fabric of rural French culture. They have been carefully chosen to be both authentic (not overpriced tourist traps!) and representative of the cuisine and culture of the region. They're basically exactly what you should hope for when visiting Burgundy!
Dinners ashore will be included in the charter fee. We have a list of restaurants selected for 2014 as a guide, but due to a variety of circumstances, it could be different for your designated week.
If you wish to dine at different restaurants, please advise us at the time of booking. We will make reservations, subject to availability. Dining at a restaurant may be subject to a transportation surcharge, payable directly to the Captain, depending upon the distance from the mooring.
EXAMPLE OF DINNER RESTAURANT GUIDE FOR 2013
Open Refrigerator and Bar:
Savoir Vivre has a complimentary ‘open refrigerator’ for guests use 24 hours a day and includes snacks, local wine and beer, bottled water, and soft drinks. On the bar are whiskey, bourbon, vodka and gin. (We do not confirm specific brands, nor do we have the capability to special order.)
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