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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
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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.

French hotel barge SAVOIR VIVRE Burgundy France


Broccoli and Smoked Salmon Tart

Roasted Loin of Pork stuffed with Caramalised Apples Onions
and Dijon Mustard (served cold)

Beetroot, Walnut and Strawberry Salad with a Raspberry Vinegar dressing

Classic Green Salad with everything green (cucumber, olives, capers, green pepper etc)

Grated Carrot and Coriander Salad

Platter of Local Cheeses
Ratatouille Tart

Poached Salmon with an Herb Crust

Cucumber with Crème Fraîche and Mint

Roasted Red Onion and Tomato Salad

Frisée with Roquefort Apple and Walnut and
a Walnut Dressing

Platter of Local Cheeses

Evening Restaurant Dining:

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.


Chez Camille
(Arnay le Duc)
This restaurant offers a French dining experience at its most tradiional roots. The building, décor, ambiance, proprietor, and menu all hark back to an era which so many restaurants around the world strive to emulate.
L'Auberge Gourmande
Located on a quiet street in this typical village and has two rooms with elegant décor, air conditioning, and a pleasant terrace outside.
A warm and friendly welcome awaits.
La Ferme de Rolle
(La Bussiere)
This is a very special restaurant in the countryside of Burgundy and the "Route des Grands Crus". The house specialty are the grills done on a huge, open fireplace. Enjoy the ham roasted over an open spit right in front of you. 
Le Spuller
Located in a village of approximately 800 residents, this  restaurant offers simple, elegant, tasteful cuisine, paired with a spectacular view of the valley below.
The food is of an excellent standard with charming staff and a menu which offers something for everybody.
L'Oree du Bois
(Chateauneuf en Auxois)
Rather than focus on traditional Burgundian cuisine, they have chosen to focus on another French culinary bastion, the 'crêperie'. Authentic crêperies offer a wide range of savoury (and sweet) crêpes each made with skill, care and attention, using locally-sourced ingredients.
Restaurant de l'Auxois
Hans Juchem, owner and head chef, has spent a lifetime specializing in French (and also some Italian) style cuisine. His style is a pleasant mix of traditional and modern where presentation counts but does not get in the way of the taste of his creations.

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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