Savoir Faire

Cruising in Holland and France

in the Burgundy and Champagne regions...

Holland Cruise Route
Burgundy Cruise Route
Champagne Cruise Route

...plus the Somme region of France in 2017 only

Somme Cruise Route

The Savoir Faire is a luxurious hotel barge designed to provide spacious accommodation for up to 12 guests. Her old world charm and unique interior, with five different areas to enjoy, ensures both the serenity and space to make the most of your cruise. Whether relaxing on one of her three decks, playing the piano with your friends or gathering for cocktails in the cosy aft bar, you will never feel crowded.
The saloon, dining area and bar are finished in mahogany, teak and brass and decorated with antiques and artwork collected over the years. The top sun deck offers magnificent panoramic views of the countryside and bikes are provided for those who wish to explore further.
The Savoir Faire is fully air-conditioned and features six staterooms with en-suite facilities. Each can be configured with two twin beds or with one queen bed. All cabins offer good lighting, a large number of electrical outlets, and include 220v European standard and 110v U.S. standard power outlets. You will be attentively catered for by six English-speaking crew including the Captain, Deck Hand, Master Chef, Tour Guide and two Hostesses.

 

Prices and Dates

 
The Savoir Faire Barge
  • 128 FEET LONG
  • 12 GUESTS
  • 5 CREW
  • 6 DELUXE TWIN SUITES EACH WITH PRIVATE LUXURIOUS EN SUITE BATHROOM
  • 12 EXCELLENT TOURING BICYCLES
  • TWO SEPARATE LOUNGES IN MAHOGANY, TEAK AND BRASS
  • CENTRAL HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING
  • LIBRARY, PIANO AND STEREO
  • DINING ROOM BECOMES A DANCEFLOOR ON FESTIVE OCCASIONS!
INCLUSIONS:
  • Luxury minivan transfers to and from Paris
  • All food, drinks and wine served on board
PICK-UP:
  • Time and location is dependant upon route being cruised. Please contact us for details.
DROP-OFF:
  • Time and location is dependant upon route being cruised. Please contact us for details.


CRUISES START ON SUNDAY AND END ON THE FOLLOWING SATURDAY.
2017 PRICES (EURO) SOMME CRUISES CHAMPAGNE CRUISES
Individual Cabin Bookings (price per guest sharing a double or twin cabin) $4,060 $4,990
Charter for 8 to 12 guests $40,000 $50,000

2018 PRICES (EURO) 6 NIGHT CRUISES 11 NIGHT
2-COUNTRY CRUISES
Individual Cabin Bookings (price per guest sharing a double or twin cabin) $4,200 $6,600
Single cabin occupancy supplement $1,200 $1,800
Charter for 8 guests $33,600 $52,800
Charter for 10 guests $42,000 $66,000
Charter for 12 guests $50,400 $79,200

2017 Cruise Dates
APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT
16 - 22
Somme Cruise
Abbeville - Froissy (or reverse)
7 - 13
Somme Cruise
Abbeville - Froissy (or reverse)
4 - 10
Somme Cruise
Abbeville - Froissy (or reverse)
2 - 8
Champagne Cruise
Chateau Theirry - Reims (or reverse)
6 - 12
Champagne Cruise
Chateau Theirry - Reims (or reverse)
3 - 9
Champagne Cruise
Chateau Theirry - Reims (or reverse)
1 - 7
Champagne Cruise
Chateau Theirry - Reims (or reverse)
23 - 29
Somme Cruise
Abbeville - Froissy (or reverse)
14 - 20
Somme Cruise
Abbeville - Froissy (or reverse)
11 - 17
Somme Cruise
Abbeville - Froissy (or reverse)
9 - 15
Champagne Cruise
Chateau Theirry - Reims (or reverse)
13 - 19
Champagne Cruise
Chateau Theirry - Reims (or reverse)
10 - 16
Champagne Cruise
Chateau Theirry - Reims (or reverse)
8 - 14
Repositioning cruise...
St.Florentin - Montargis
30 - 6
Somme Cruise
Abbeville - Froissy (or reverse)
21 - 27
Somme Cruise
Abbeville - Froissy (or reverse)
18 - 24
Repositioning cruise...
St.Florentin - Montargis
16 - 22
Champagne Cruise
Chateau Theirry - Reims (or reverse)
20 - 26
Champagne Cruise
Chateau Theirry - Reims (or reverse)
17 - 23
Champagne Cruise
Chateau Theirry - Reims (or reverse)
15 - 21
Repositioning cruise...
St.Florentin - Montargis

Repositioning cruise...
St.Florentin - Montargis
28 - 3
Somme Cruise
Abbeville - Froissy (or reverse)
25 - 1
Champagne Cruise
Chateau Theirry - Reims (or reverse)
23 - 29
Champagne Cruise
Chateau Theirry - Reims (or reverse)
27 - 2
Champagne Cruise
Chateau Theirry - Reims (or reverse)
24 - 30
Champagne Cruise
Chateau Theirry - Reims (or reverse)
22 - 28
Repositioning cruise...
St.Florentin - Montargis

Repositioning cruise...
St.Florentin - Montargis

Repositioning cruise...
St.Florentin - Montargis

Repositioning cruise...
St.Florentin - Montargis
30 - 5
Champagne Cruise
Chateau Theirry - Reims (or reverse)

Repositioning cruise...
St.Florentin - Montargis

Repositioning cruise...
St.Florentin - Montargis
29 - 4
Repositioning cruise...
St.Florentin - Montargis

2018 Cruise Dates
APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT

Itinerary

Holland Tulip Cruise itinerary
(Haarlem to Haarlem)
Cruise route map

Sunday, Day
Haarlem to Leiden
You are met in Amsterdam and transferred to Savoir Faire, moored at Haarlem. Once aboard your Captain and host welcomes you with a champagne welcome and an introduction to your crew and hotel barge. We cruise to Leiden, where we moor overnight. This evening enjoy your first dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2
Leiden to Delft
After breakfast, enjoy a peaceful cruise along the canals out of Leiden and through the oldest lock in Holland at Leidschendam. After lunch, we drive to the world famous Keukenhof Gardens with the largest display of flowers in the world. Here you will see hundreds of varieties of tulips, hyacinths and other beautiful bulbous plants. Return to the hotel barge for a cruise into Delft.

Tuesday, Day 3
Delft to Gouda
After breakfast, we take a walking tour of the Delft Royal Porcelain Factory, where beautiful hand painted ceramics are still made. We then take a stroll around the cobbled streets of Delft before joining the hotel barge to begin your cruise through the busy port of Rotterdam and onto Gouda. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4
Gouda to Uithoorn
This morning your tour guide will escort you through the streets of medieval Gouda, where you will see the most famous of all stained glass windows in Holland. A leisurely stroll through town is a must, with its "Disneyesque" main square and small boutiques. After lunch we cruise through towns clinging to the canal sides to our overnight mooring at Uithoorn. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5
Uithoorn to Zaandam
Today we begin our cruise along the winding Amstel River into Amsterdam and then through the very heart of this enchanting city, where small canals and unique architecture take you back to a bygone era. You can literally reach out and touch the passers-by. Leaving Amsterdam we join the mighty North Sea Canal and head west towards our overnight mooring at Zaandam. After lunch your tour guide drives you to Zaans Schans with its clog maker and working windmills. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6
Zaandam to Haarlem
Our final cruise takes us to Haarlem, a town of exceptional beauty with its main square, once used for jousting and the famous Frans Hals Museum. There will be plenty of time to enjoy this wonderful place and to shop around its many boutiques. Tonight is the Captain Farewell Dinner.

Saturday, Day 7
Haarlem

We end the cruise with a hearty breakfast and a fond farewell from your crew and then transfer you back to Amsterdam.

PLEASE NOTE— This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change without notice. The cruise runs in the reverse direction on alternate weeks.

11 night 'Belgium to France cruise'
(Bruges to Paris or reverse)
Cruise route map

Sunday, Day 1
Bruges
You are met in Bruges for the transfer to the hotel barge, moored in the very picturesque town of Bruges. Lovingly referred to as the "Venice of the North", Bruges is laced with small canals and magnificent squares. Deserving of the UNESCO World Heritage Site award it has received, our guests are continually delighted by this gem. After a champagne welcome and some delicious canapes, your tour guide will arrange a canal boat ride, so you can see the architecture from a different perspective. Dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2
Bruges to Ghent
After a hearty breakfast, your tour guide will escort you on a walking tour of Bruges to explore the many architectural wonders of this town. We then return to the hotel barge for lunch, after which you will have time to explore and shop on your own - lace is a speciality of Bruges. Later we begin our afternoon cruise to Ghent. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3
Ghent to Oudenaarde
This morning your guide will escort you into Ghent. Our visit includes the magnificent cathedral with its fabulous painting 'The Mystic Lamb', painted by the Van Eck brothers. There's also an assortment of fantastic boutiques nearby. Upon returning to the hotel barge for lunch, we begin our cruise up the River Schelde to the town of Oudenaarde, where we will moor for the night. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4
Oudenaarde to Tournai
A gentle morning cruise further up the River Schelde will take us past sleepy hamlets and rolling landscapes to the ancient town of Tournai, with its famous 'Pont des Trous' (Bridge with holes). We shall also explore the wonderful square with its ancient and fascinating clock tower. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5
Tournai to Arleux
We continue along the River Schelde as it winds its way through the town of Valenciennes to the busy junction of Canal du Nord at the little French village of Arleux. This sleepy town is the meeting place of many of the barges setting south towards France. Along the way we will drive to the bustling town of Valenciennes to visit the Museum of Fine Arts. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6
Arleux to Cambrai
This morning we begin our climb over the Vermandois Hills of Picardie, through the many deep locks and several tunnels of the Canal du Nord, one of which is over 3 miles long. The scenery is spectacular, giving you the opportunity to see rural France at its best. Well maintained towpaths follow alongside the canal that allow for great walking and cycling. After lunch, we have a real treat in store with an excursion to Amiens, to visit what must be one of the greatest of all Gothic cathedrals in France, with its towering spires and magnificent columns. This is one of the "not to be missed" items on any visit to France. Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7
Cambrai to Peronne
After breakfast you can visit the war museum in Peronne. Return to the hotel barge and continue our journey along the Canal du Nord. There will be plenty of opportunities to walk or bike while the hotel barge travels from lock to lock. The cruise now continues along the Canal du Nord, as it drops down into the valley of the Somme River before climbing over another watershed. The landscape unfolds revealing a part of France tourists rarely see. Dinner on board.

Sunday, Day 8
Peronne to Compiegne
Today we will cruise down to the Oise River valley to moor in the busy riverside town of Compiegne, with its Royal Palace and huge square. There are many places to visit, including the train where the World War I Armistice was signed. Shops abound everywhere, giving you the opportunity to see how the local people live. Dinner on board.

Monday, Day 9
Compiegne to Auvers sur Oise
The Oise River Valley is truly beautiful. Our cruise today takes to Auvers sur Oise, where we moor for an opportunity to explore this charming Van Gogh scene. This is where he lived and painted many of his last and most important paintings and where he stayed in a small room above a local cafe. We will have an afternoon walk around the town and visit the cemetery, where Vincent and his brother are buried. Dinner on board

Tuesday, Day 10
Auvers-sur-Oise to Conflans
Today we are off on a day excursion to Giverny to visit the home and gardens of Claude Monet, probably the most famous of all the Impressionist painters. Your chef will prepare a delicious picnic lunch to be taken in the gardens of Giverny. During your walk you will see the famous 'Lily Pond' and the 'Japanese Bridge' that inspired so many of his paintings. We will moor for the night in Conflans, which is the junction of the Oise and Seine Rivers. It is here that many of the commercial skippers retire, thus the reason for so many vessels moored alongside the quays. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 11
Conflans to Bougival to Paris
In the morning we will cruise up the mighty River Seine to Bougival and visit Malmaison, the home of Napoleon. We will see its many lavishly decorated rooms furnished by Josephine. We will rejoin the Savoir Faire for an evening cruise through Paris, past the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral into the 'Port d'Arsenal' adjacent to the Bastille for a Farewell Captains Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 12
Paris
We end the cruise with a hearty breakfast and a fond farewell from your crew and then transfer you into Paris.

PLEASE NOTE— This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change without notice. The cruise runs in the reverse direction on alternate weeks.

Seine Cruise
Paris to Auxerre (or reverse)
Cruise route map

Sunday – Paris
Exclusive Paris Cruise
You are met at your designated meeting point in Paris and transferred to the Savoir Faire, moored in the center of Paris. Once aboard your Captain and host welcomes you with a Champagne reception and an introduction to your crew and hotel barge. We then begin your exclusive cruise through the heart of Paris past the Eiffel Tower, Louvre art gallery and the towering Notre Dame.This evening enjoy the first of many delicious dinners aboard.

Monday – Paris to Melun
Palace of Fontainebleau
We begin our cruise out of Paris before breakfast, heading upstream to Melun. After lunch your tour guide takes you to the Palace of Fontainebleau. It’s often referred to as the "House of Centuries" due to the fact that every French monarch from Francois I to Napolean III has left their mark upon this magnificent chateau. To walk through the splendor of the inner sanctuaries of noble kings and queens is to step back through time. We join the Savoir Faire at her mooring beside the thriving market town of Melun. Dinner aboard.

Tuesday – Melun to Moret-sur-Loing
Vaux la Vicomte – setting of the film “Man with the Iron Mask”
After an early breakfast we visit the Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte (as featured in the Hollywood film "Man in the Iron Mask). You will also have an opportunity to explore the beautiful gardens (golf carts are available for those who prefer not to walk). You then join the Savoir Faire to continue your cruise to Moret-sur-Loing, once a favourite haunt of the great Impressionist, Alfred Sisley.

Wednesday – Moret-sur-Loing to Sens
The mighty Gothic Cathedral of Sens
Before breakfast we start our cruise and join the River Yonne towards the bustling market town of Sens. Enjoy the beautiful countryside as you sip your first coffee of the day. After lunch your tour guide will escort you into Sens for a private guided tour of the Cathedral of St Stephen, the first of the great Gothic cathedrals of France. The beauty of the exterior dominates the main square of Sens. Begun in 1140 AD, this magnificent building houses one of the richest treasuries in France. Afterwards you are free to wander around town. Dinner aboard.

Thursday – Sens to Joigny
Chablis Cellar Visit and Wine Tasting
Todays cruise takes us along the upper reaches of the Yonne to the market town of Joigny, where cobbled streets and timbered-framed buildings take you back to a bygone era. This morning is the perfect opportunity to cycle alongside the ship as she glides gently by. After lunch we take a drive to Chablis, town to some of the greatest white wines in Burgundy. We have selected a small family vineyard for an intimate tour of their cellar and an insightful introduction to the secrets of this ancient art. A comprehensive wine tasting rounds off this fascinating visit. Dinner is served aboard after which you may enjoy a stroll around the lamp lit streets of Joigny..

Friday – Joigny to Auxerre
Cathedral of Saint-Etienne and 15th Century Clock Tower
Our final days cruising takes us to what is undoubtedly one of the prettiest riverside towns in France. Auxerre is the capital of Lower Burgundy and is situated in the heart of a wine growing area most famous for its Chablis wine. Its skyline is punctuated by church spires and its streets lined with timbered 16th century houses. You shall visit the Cathedral of Saint-Etienne dominating the skyline. Behind its apparent simplicity lies one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in France. The town's magnificent monuments, which include a splendid 15th Century clock tower, all bear witness to a remarkable historical past. The center, which is classified as a protected area, is best visited on foot. Upon your return, relax before dinner and enjoy the best view in town from the panoramic deck of the "Savoir Faire". Candlelit crystal and gleaming silverware add to the romantic ambience of what promises to be the first of many memorable evenings.

Saturday – departure
A Sad Farewell
Finally time to say farewell to the Savoir Faire and her Captain and crew, but not before a rather special breakfast. After all, we wouldn't want you leave hungry!! Bags are loaded by 9.30am and off we drive to your designated destination in Paris.

PLEASE NOTE— This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change without notice. The cruise runs in the reverse direction on alternate weeks.

Burgundy Cruise
Between Auxerre and Moret-sur-Loing (or reverse)
Cruise route map



The detailed cruise itinerary for this route is under preparation right now. Please check back later or contact Marie if you would like more details right away.







Champagne cruise itinerary
(Paris to Epernay or reverse)
Cruise route map


Sunday, Day 1
Paris
Guests are met in Paris and transferred to Savoir Faire moored at the Port d'Arsenal, in the heart of Paris. Your Captain welcomes you aboard and introduces you to the crew and then we enjoy an afternoon cruise through Paris. Your crew will serve champagne and canapes on deck as we cruise past the monuments and romantic bridges of this delightful city. Dinner on board..

Monday, Day 2
Paris to Meaux
A morning cruise out of Paris onto the River Marne. After lunch, you visit the magnificent Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte and its gardens, location of the film "The Man in the Iron Mask". Re-join the Savoir Faire in Meaux in time for a stroll along the river bank before dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3
Meaux to La Ferte
A morning tour of Meaux, the capital of Brie de Meaux, a delicious creamy cheese exported throughout the world. Here we visit the Cathedral and a local cheese supplier. We then cruise to La Ferte where we moor overnight. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4
La Ferte to Chateau Thierry
We are now in the heart of the Champagne region, as we cruise upstream to Charly-sur-Marne. We visit one of the small family vineyards, to taste their wonderful champagne and visit their cellars. Lunch is followed by an afternoon an idyllic cruise to Chateau Thierry, the scene of American battles in World War I. (Optional visit to Belleau Wood battlefield). Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5
Chateau Thierry to Damery
The River Marne winds its way through vine-covered hills dotted with small wine villages, to the delightful little town of Damery. After lunch we visit the vast cellars of Moet et Chandon for a private tasting, followed by a stroll around Epernay. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6
Damery to Cumieres
After breakfast, we cruise the last stretch of the River Marne before arriving at our mooring in Cumieres. Visit the outside of the Abbey of Hautvilliers where the monk Dom Perignon first made champagne. After lunch, we drive to the majestic Reims Cathedral, where the Kings of France were crowned. Cocktails on deck, surrounded by stunning scenery - what could be better! Captains Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7
Cumieres
After breakfast, transfer back to Paris.

PLEASE NOTE— This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change without notice. The cruise runs in the reverse direction on alternate weeks.

Client Quotes



Here are just a few of the wonderful things that past clients have had to say about their cruise on the Savoir Faire...

The feedback below came from a retired submarine Commander of the USN

“Dear Captain Chris,
What a magnificent holiday you provided us on Savoir Faire! We will long remember the superb treatment we received from you and your outstanding crew. Every detail was totally perfect and delightful. Certainly, every meal with all its complements was a very special treat. We have already found it difficult to describe to friends and relatives the very exceptional gourmet treatment we received. Jan and I are especially grateful for the caring consideration shown to us, especially with my handicap. Each crew member extended the utmost care and kindness, and I thank you all for that. The complete day-to-day itinerary was exceptional, and we cannot think of any way it could have been better. Each place we visited was absolutely fascinating. We tried to capture bits of it with our camera, but our mind's eye really must be the final portfolio. And the weather! Probably not from the hand of Savoir Faire, but it could not have been more perfect, and it certainly added to our delightful trip. We have tried to explain that "we planned it that way," but only get polite nods. I remain most impressed with Savoir Faire herself! Granted, she is an older vessel, but what a lovely barge she is indeed, elegant in every aspect, and certainly beautifully cared for. It was a special pleasure to enjoy such comfort and I will remain very much impressed with the skipper's skilful and amazing ship handling! Never a flaw. Thank you Captain and your delightful crew for a perfect voyage. Most sincerely, Jan and Bill Eddy”

And from a very distinguished international private charter group:

“Thank you for the perfect retreat - a time of fellowship, great food and guest hospitality.”
"All the adjectives seem inadequate to express the delight and pure pleasure of these days and nights with you. All of you were wonderful"
"As we mature we find ourselves valuing most 'generosity of spirit'. All of you, all six of you, exemplify and personify it. We thank you for everything, more than we can adequately express"
"In our hotels, we always strive to provide warm, friendly and unpretentious service so our guest can optimize their experience with us. You and your team have achieved what we dream of doing - finding the right platform and execution that has allowed us to enjoy our experience completely. Gracias por todo"

Food and Wine


Food on board the Savoir Faire is always a gourmet affair, as your personal barge chef ensures all your preferences are taken in to consideration, and constantly delights your taste buds!

Typical Starters...

Steak Tartare with Roquette Salad
Cream of Mussel and Saffron Soup
Oeuf en Meurette - poached egg in a Bourgignon sauce
Tartare of Salmon - capers and dill, topped with a fresh quail’s egg
Smoked Duck and Poached Pear Salad, with Blue Cheese dressing
Feuillete of roast avocado and Brie with a walnut dressed salad (vegetarian)

Typical Main Courses…

Poulet de Bresse a la Crème with Gratin Dauphinois
Fillet of Shark served in a Tarragon Butter Sauce
Braised Beef Fillet in Juniper Berry and Red Wine Jus
Rosette of Pork Filet with a Dijon Mustard Sauce and Gratin Dauphinois
Cumin Roasted Saddle of Lamb with a Caviar of Aubergines
Roasted Duck Breast with a Grillottes sauce, Duchess Potatoes
Tarragon Pancake filled with Spinach Mousse with a Roquefort Glaze (vegetarian)

Typical Desserts...

Tart Amandine with Crème Anglaise
Lemon Posset with Langue du chat biscuits
Homemade nougat glace with a fresh fruit coulis
Dark Chocolate Soufflé with a white chocolate sauce
Strawberry Meringue Roulade with a Summer Fruit Coulis
Paris Brest, with Crème Anglaise

SAMPLE MENU— Breakfast

A selection of village baked pastries and breads, fresh fruit, cereals, yoghurt, eggs cooked to order, juices, tea and coffee.


SAMPLE MENU— Lunch

An ever-changing buffet presentation featuring salads, quiches, patés, breads, fruit, cheeses and desserts.


SAMPLE MENU— Dinner

Fresh Foie Gras Grilled with Grapes in Red Wine Sauce

Rack of Lamb in a Herb and Pine Nut Crust, Panache of Fresh Vegetables, Rosemary Potatoes, Stuffed Zucchini Flowers

Warm Goats Cheese and Bleu d’Auvergne Cheese on Toast, Bed of Crispy Salad

Sticky Toffee Pudding with Crème Anglaise and Strawberries

Coffee, Tea, Chocolate and Digestifs Served in the Salon

Deckplan