The experience of European canal barging has evolved dramatically since the start of the tradition. In the mid-1980s, luxury barges with pools and Jacuzzis arrived. Since 2000, unique barge designs have included split or spiral staircases and demonstration kitchens. With the 2010 arrival of Savoir Vivre and its forward-thinking British owner, James Waggott, we now benefit from chic design and unheard of value on a barge that cruises one of the most splendid routes in Burgundy.
Here’s the idea: this barge comes with a captain and hostess to pilot and keep the barge tidy, and a superb guide who drives a spacious air conditioned vehicle for your daily sightseeing excursions. Instead of employing a chef, arguably one of the highest costs barge owners face outside of boat maintenance, guests on this brand new barge are driven every evening to an atmospheric auberge, or small local restaurant, normally off the tourist radar. Catered breakfasts and lunches are served in the barge’s stylish, contemporary salon. Here a help yourself kitchen unfolds behind the floor to ceiling solid cherry cabinetry, transforming the salon into a dining room with everything you might possibly need. Of course, all meals plus beer and wine are included. The four uniform cabins include comfortable, top quality appointments throughout with an attractive "urban Pottery Barn" styling, featuring sky blue and chocolate colors.
Savoir Vivre represents superb French canal barge cruises in Burgundy at about 50 percent of the normal cost, thanks to the adjustment in meal service combined with a “let’s help the caterer, pour your own wine refill” concept. This is a barge owner with vision who thinks outside the box. His exceptionally experienced crew (among the best in the business) delivers a revolutionary experience that Frontiers is happy to recommend.
Booked as: Charter only for up to 8 guests.
Meeting Point: Sunday afternoon at a central location in Dijon.
Photos Courtesy of: Savoir Vivre
A 5-minute video to show what a cruise aboard the Savoir Vivre is like.