Savoir Faire

The Savoir Faire was converted into an elegant three-decked hotel barge. Carrying just 12 passengers and built on the largest hull that can cruise the waterways, the "Savoir Faire" was substantially refurbished at the beginning of the 2005 season, offering very high standards of excellence in cuisine, accommodations and service.

 
Savoir Faire hotel barge

The 12-passenger Savoir Faire was built as a transport barge in the Belgian estuaries in 1932.

Converted into the elegant three-decked hotel barge in 1979, she carries just 12 passengers and was built on the largest hull that can cruise the waterways.

Captain and owner Chris Bennett has extensive experience on the waterways of France. Chris, and his a crew of four, take pride in customizing your cruise week to your desires.

The Savoir Faire features six staterooms. Each can be configured with two twin beds or with one queen bed.

The salon, dining area, and bar are finished in mahogany, teak and brass, decorated with antiques and paintings collected over the years, and with new original works of art.

The main lounge has a panoramic view, comfortable custom-made furniture, upright piano, game table, and library.

Adjacent to the lounge is an elegant dining room, large enough to double as a dance floor on festive evenings, and a writing desk in its own quiet corner.

To the aft is a cozy cocktail lounge, a favorite meeting place for aperitifs or quiet conversations, with stereo and CD player. Outside there are two spacious decks -- a fore deck that opens directly from the main lounge, and an elevated observation deck offering a magnificent view of the passing countryside.

Savoir Faire's master chef selects only the freshest ingredients and the finest regional wines for lunch and dinner. All meals are served in Savoir Faire's elegant mahogany panelled dining room with the finest crystal, Wedgewood china and Christofle silver.

She continues to maintain the very high standard of excellence in cuisine, accommodations and service that she has been known for.

Savoir Faire bar Savoir Faire salon

At A Glance

Upper Loire
  •  Up to 12 passengers, Classic Traditional

  • From USD$4,200 per person      
  • Region: Upper Loire & Champagne / Holland  Region
  • Access: Paris TGV Station / Airport (France Itinerary) or Amsterdam TGV Station / Airport (Holland Itinerary)

  • Start City: Paris (France Itinerary) or Amsterdam (Holland Itinerary)

  • End City: Paris (France Itinerary) or Amsterdam (Holland Itinerary)

  • Cruise Highlights:

    France Itinerary – In the summer months (June, July & August) Savoir Faire offers a romantic voyage in the Upper Loire & Western Burgundy.
    The Champagne Cruise (September/October) explores the magnificent Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte and includes private samplings of Moet & Chandon champagne.

    Holland Itinerary – The Holland Tulip Cruise displays Holland at its best – windmills, Delft porcelain, tulips at Keukenhof plus a cruise through the heart of Amsterdam.

 


 

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