Hotel Barge ART DE VIVRE - Barging in France -

Barge Cruises on the Canal du Nivernais
Northern Burgundy, France
Between Auxerre and Chevroches

Welcome to Hotel Barge L'Art de Vivre

The French Hotel Barge l'Art de Vivre offers barge cruises on the Canal du Nivernais in Burgundy, France. She was built in England during World War One as a supply vessel to the Allied troops battling in the Somme. Later, after her time as a lumber carrier in Scotland, the eight-passenger L'Art de Vivre was carefully transformed by a team of skilled craftsmen into a floating celebration of the Burgundian "good life" for barging in France. Read more about L'Art de Vivre's history.

Barge l'Art de Vivre
French Hotel Barge L'ART DE VIVRE - Barging in France - Cruising Northern Burgundy, France

L'Art de Vivre is very much a traditional barge in style, with original wood and brass features that emphasize her heritage and create a warm and inviting interior atmosphere. The comfortable, compact cabins all have modern en-suite, private bathroom facilities and the delightful salon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.

There is a sun deck where you can relax with a glass of wine as you glide through the pretty Burgundy countryside and a relaxing spa pool to soak in. You can explore the towpath on foot or take one of the bicycles out along the towpath to discover nearby villages. You can rejoin the hotel barge at one of the locks up ahead.

Your crew of four comprises a Captain, Master Chef, Tour Guide and Hostess, all with a love of the Nivernais Canal and secure in the knowledge that their vessel represents "L'Art de Vivre" itself. The region simply oozes charm and the cruise is a journey back in time along a magical waterway.

L'Art de Vivre is also available for "Tandem Barge Cruises" with the 12-passenger La Belle Epoque for larger groups of up to 20 passengers.

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