We say we are unique but you might be asking, how? It all comes down to the dining, ship, 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.
Evening Restaurant Dining:
For lunch, we operate differently
than any other hotel barge. 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.
SAMPLE LUNCH MENUS
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
Salmon with an Herb Crust
with Crème Fraîche and Mint
Onion and Tomato Salad
Roquefort Apple and Walnut and a Walnut Dressing
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. We now include the very-ultra-deluxe bistro at the Abbaye de la Bussière!
Dinners ashore will be included in the charter fee. We have a
list of restaurants selected for 2018 as a guide, but due to a variety
of circumstances, it could be different for your designated week.
EXAMPLE OF DINNER RESTAURANT GUIDE FOR 2018
Open Refrigerator and Bar:
Rural restaurants don't come much better than this quaint 2-room restaurant. Classically trained Chef Christophe shares his talent in his menu and unveils a culinary voyage through Burgundy.
Hotel du Nord - Restaurant De La Porte Guillaume
Located in the heart of Dijon, the rich, comforting flavors of Burgundian cuisine are at the forefront of this bistro's regionally-inspired menu, such as butter-drizzled escargot, duck with mushroom souffle, and, of course, Boeuf Bourguignon.
As is typically done in France, this quaint little restaurant is located within the Hotel Le Spuller. Its simple, elegant and tasteful cuisine is paired with spectacular views.
L'Orée du Bois
Crêpes are a French national treasure. Whether you prefer a sweet or savory version, this simple but classic fare can be filled with just about anything you can imagine. Enjoy your meal overlooking this beautiful medieval village.
Michelin-starred L'Abbaye de la Bussière
We visit their bistro where the food is excellent but without the more formal atmosphere of the restaurant. Fabulous experience!
Le Lassey at Château de Sainte Sabine
This elegant mansion, built in an old monastery, offers panoramic and picturesque views of the medieval village of Châteauneuf en Auxois. The Michelin-starred, chef-driven cuisine features traditional dishes with a modern twist.
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
On the bar are whiskey, bourbon, vodka and gin. (We do not confirm
specific brands, nor do we have the capability to special order.)
It's not how far nor how fast, it's the pleasure of the journey that keeps people coming back for more.
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