(ban ve vant') Fr
n. a sociable person who has refined tastes,
especially in Travel and Dining
We are FULL SERVICE BOUTIQUE TRAVEL CONSULTANTS specializing in creating and planning custom river cruses & culinary adventures; along with group cruises and tours exclusively for discerning adults with a love of travel and food.
We have spent the last decade helping people realize their vacation dreams and bringing people together on unforgettable river cruises, and we want to do the same for you.
We give very careful attention to every detail of your itinerary as if you were family, because, to us, you are.
We have cruised on more than 14 European River Cruises (that's more than 3 months on the Rivers), and have spent more than 350 days cruising the oceans.
We have led multiple river cruise groups through the great wine regions of France and Germany and have helped over one hundred guests sail on all the major rivers in Europe: the Danube, Rhine, Rhone, Seine, Saone, Douro, Dordogne & Garonne, Main and Moselle, and even the Chobe River in Botswana and the Irrawaddy in Myanmar.
We are Master Cruise Counselors certified by Cruise Lines Int'l Assn.; Certified AmaWaterways, Avalon and Viking Cruise Specialists and Certified Travel Associates and Luxury Travel Specialists by the Travel Institute.
Our personal travel experiences, our planning expertise, our careful attention to detail, our trusted relationships and wide-reaching industry connections combined with access to the largest network of suppliers allows us to deliver a high-end customer experience from start to finish.
But what we love most is helping people just like you plan the most extraordinary travel. I think fate brought you here to our website… and one should never fight fate. Give in to it and let it take you on a wondrous journey, just like the one we'll help you plan.
Immerse in the local culture of some of the most unique cities in Europe. Explore every corner and savor each local dish. At the end of the day, change the perspective and enjoy the breathtaking views from the comfort of your river cruise cabin, while sipping your favorite local wine.
River cruises are a memorable and stress-free way to explore the world in comfort and style. These unforgettable journeys offer magnificent scenery, fabulous cuisine, immersive tours of enchanting destinations, active adventures, and a wide array of enriching experiences.
River cruise ships are like small floating boutique hotels sailing on the world’s most beautiful waterways. This highly-inclusive type of sailing focuses on the destinations, with plenty of time at each port of call. Unpack once and relax as spectacular new views, storybook villages, towns, and cities arrive each day.
You will travel in style and comfort through major European cities and quaint villages. All your tours and activities will be included, along with gourmet dining and locally sourced wine and beer included with your meals.
River Cruising is simply the most relaxing and enjoyable way to visit multiple countries while only unpacking once.
Culinary Adventures are not limited to savoring gourmet food created by toque-wearing chefs at Michelin-starred restaurants. They are about unique, authentic and memorable experiences when you travel. They are a way to get to know a city through your taste buds. They are the delicious stories each destination has to tell.
Imagine following a Chef through the market and then learning to make Paella in Barcelona, or teasing your taste buds as you learn the art of wine making in Bordeaux. Maybe you want to learn how to make the perfect Beef Bourguignon in the same French culinary school that taught Julia Child? Maybe you’ve dreamed of a pub crawl through Ireland or truffle hunting in Provence? Or perhaps making pasta in Italy or Mango Sticky Rice in Bangkok? Whether it’s a food tour, cooking class, sitting down to dinner with a local resident or dining in a Michelin three-starred restaurant, the possibilities are endless and only limited by your imagination.
Begin your tour in the City of Lights. Meander through Monet's Gardens. Visit Normandy's WWII Landing Beaches. Explore the best of Brittany.
Wining, dining and driving your way through the French Countryside and Germany.
Experience all the Amalfi Coast has to offer - Sightseeing, hiking, cruising, cooking, eating & drinking. Visit Amalfi, the Path of the Lemons, Positano, Sorrento, Pompeii and the Isle of Capri on this 10 day Highlights of Amalfi Coast tour.
The Birth of Bon Vivant Voyages
Holly Serokos and her husband Joe started their first Travel Agency, Burnt Store Travel, because of their love of travel and how much they enjoyed planning trips for themselves and their friends.
Applying the dedication and attention to detail she perfected during a 30-year career on Wall Street, she dove right in and began making other peoples’ travel dreams a reality. Holly soon realized that in travel, just like on Wall Street, you need to focus rather than generalize. But it wasn’t until her first river cruise, AmaWaterways’ Colors of Provence, that Holly discovered a new-found passion in River Cruising. Although not her first trip to Europe, or even to the South of France, there was something magical about watching the countryside float by from the sundeck of a river cruise ship. It was relaxing, educational and convivial — and she was hooked! Cruising down the Rhone River under the warm French sunshine, she realized that the delights of River Cruising were something she wanted to share with everyone. River Cruising was simply the most enjoyable and relaxing way to visit multiple countries and enjoy ever-changing views, while only unpacking once.
Holly’s love of River Cruising led her to develop her niche.
But it is her culinary background as a graduate of the French Culinary Institute and her love of all things food and wine which led her to create Bon Vivant Voyages, a division of Burnt Store Travel. With Bon Vivant Voyages, she combines her two passions— Amazing Cruises and Culinary Adventures. Holly understands that her clients want not only to visit a destination, they want to experience it. By combining her personal travel experiences, her planning expertise, her access to the largest network of suppliers and listening to her clients wishes, she is able to turn their dreams into a reality.
Our mission is SIMPLE:
At Bon Vivant Voyages, we love River Cruising and we love Culinary Travel. We think everyone should experience the magic of cruising the great rivers of Europe, visiting multiple countries and enjoying all the different outstanding cuisines at least once in their lives.
Our Mission is SIMPLE, we love to travel and we love to help our clients travel. Our penchant for travel is extraordinary and our commitment to exceptional service is unshakable.
Travel is our passion, and you are our priority. We have adopted three phases for the travel experience –
We not only want to help you visit your dream destination, but we hope we can spark a desire to visit exciting new places, as well.