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L'Art de Vivre

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Max Passengers: 8
Ship Type: River Cruise Ship
Operated by: European Waterways

The eight-passenger L’Art de Vivre is the oldest hotel barge in the European Waterways fleet. Built in England during WWI as a supply vessel to Allied troops battling in Somme, the 100-foot historic ship now sails smoother waters on Canal du Nivernais in Burgundy, France.
Converted into a hotel barge in 1998, she is traditional and timeless in style, with original wood and brass features to pay homage to her storied heritage. At the same time, the L’Art de Vivre cabins have been lovingly updated to suit modern travelers, while common areas feature contemporary amenities like a spa pool and a cozy saloon.
Step back in time aboard the classic vessel as she effortlessly cruises on one of the longest-established canals in France.

Plug/ Voltage type Onboard: Standard French 2 pin plugs

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L'art de Vivre Cabin
Main Deck
100 sq. ft. including modern en suite facilities. Each room has twin or double beds, wardrobe, small table and a private bathroom with shower


L'Art de Vivre, Deck Plan


The L’Art de Vivre barge offers four Staterooms featuring either twin or double beds for two guests. With a private bathroom, a wardrobe, and a small table, each well-appointed room is comfortable and fully equipped for week-long trips to quiet waterways and remote tourist spots in France. Other features include portholes and hairdryers.   
Find our L’Art de Vivre deck plan and better understand the ship’s cabin orientations.


Sun Deck: Head to the ship’s sun deck for the best views of the L’Art de Vivre cruise. Loungers offer a comfortable spot to watch the enchanting French countryside pass by, while a six-person Spa Pool is perfect for a soothing soak while sightseeing.  
Saloon: Inside, the light-filled saloon is a well-loved hangout spot among passengers seeking drinks and good conversation. A pleasant combination of traditional furnishings and modern leather accents make this an inviting space from morning to evening.
Dining: Every meal aboard this European Waterways cruise features classic favorites and regional specialties. Wine and a cheese board are also served.
The L’Art de Vivre hotel barge is fully air-conditioned. A four-person crew is onboard to ensure a relaxing and smooth-sailing journey for guests.

L’Art de Vivre Cruise Itinerary

 L’Art de Vivre cruises the Canal du Nivernais, a serene and secluded waterway in France. The week-long Burgundy cruise takes passengers to treasures of the region, from the magnificent riverside cathedral of Auxerre to idyllic French villages. Private charters of the tour are also available.

The Canal du Nivernais cruise treats guests to a variety of shore excursions, including wine tasting, hikes, and guided tours of historic churches and sites. L’Art de Vivre carries bicycles for guests interested in cycling on towpaths. An optional hot air balloon ride is also available.

L’Art de Vivre Information

  • Length: 100 feet
  • Passengers: 8
  • Crew: 4

About European Waterways

With more than 40 years of experience, European Waterways is known for developing exceptional barge cruises in Europe’s most beloved waterways. Sail to beautiful lands across the continent, from castles in Scotland and Holland’s gardens to quaint towns in England and the vineyards of France.
The European Waterways fleet consists of hotel barges especially fitted for these journeys, including La Nouvelle Etoile, Shannon Princess, La Bella Vita, and Spirit of Scotland, among others. Each vessel can carry up to 20 passengers, making each European barge cruise intimate and personalized.  All ships and systems undergo regular maintenance and refurbishment to maintain the company’s remarkably high standards of safety and comfort.

L'Art de Vivre Reviews

The peaceful nature of the L’Art de Vivre hotel barge cruise suited passengers who experienced tours aboard the vessel. A good number of guests raved about the food served on the ship, while others highlighted the clean, well-maintained cabins.
Ask our Adventure Life travel experts for cruise recommendations, ship comparisons, or general advice on upcoming tours in or beyond Europe.


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