Hotel Barge France | C'est La Vie Luxury Hotel Barge

C'est La Vie is a fully crewed, luxury hotel barge offering barge cruises in France. Including river cruises through Burgundy, the Loire and Champagne

The Hotel Barge


The C'est La Vie is a luxury hotel barge which offers you high quality wines, food and hospitality from its experienced captain and crew. Starting life as a commercial barge in 1960 it transported goods across Holland, Belgium and France before being converted in Belgium to a very high standard in 2004.

So as one of the newest luxury hotel barges it is fully equipped with all modern amenities. On the upper deck the lounge and dining areas are air-conditioned and numerous windows give you a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside.

6-Night Barge Cruises in France


Burgundy & Ile-de-France Barge Cruise 2021

Barge Cruises in France - Burgundy & Ile-de-France Barge Cruise 2021

7 days, 6 nights. Highlights: Chateau of Vaux le Vicomte, Sens 1st Gothic Cathedral, Barbizon, Caves of Bailly Lapierre. Restaurant: La Cote St Jacques in Joigny (2 stars Michelin).

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Burgundy Barge Cruise 2021

Barge Cruises in France - Burgundy Barge Cruise 2021

7 days, 6 nights. Highlights: Chablis, Château of Ancy-le Franc, Medieval town Noyers, Abbey of Fontenay, Auxerre. Restaurant : Hostellerie-des-Clos at Chablis.

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Champagne Barge Cruise 2021

Barge Cruises in France - Champagne Barge Cruise 2021

Château Thierry to Reims on the Champagne canal cruise route. 7 days, 6 nights including stops at Belleau-wood, Moet & Chandon champagne house and Haultevilliers.

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Hauts-de-France & Upper Loire Barge Cruise 2021

Barge Cruises in France - Hauts-de-France & Upper Loire Barge Cruise 2021

7 days, 6 nights Hauts-de-France & Upper Loire Hotel Barge Cruise including vistirs to a WW1 Museum in Meaux, Chateau of Vaux le Vicomte, Medieval town of Moret sur Loing, Barbizon, Verrerie of Soisy sur Ecole and Chateau of Fontainebleau.

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Upper Loire Barge Cruise 2021

Barge Cruises in France - Upper Loire Barge Cruise 2021

7 days, 6 nights Upper Loire Hotel Barge Cruise including stops at a Sancerre winery, Faiencerie of Gien, Château of St Fargeau, Montargis, Château of La Bussière and Canal bridge of Briare.

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5-Night Barge Cruises in France


Burgundy 5-night Barge Cruise

Barge Cruises in France - Burgundy 5-night Barge Cruise

Highlights: Chablis, Château of Ancy-le Franc, Noyers and Abbey of Fontenay. Additional tours can be arranged.

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Champagne 5-night Barge Cruise

Barge Cruises in France - Champagne 5-night Barge Cruise

Highlights: cemetery of Belleauwood, Haultevilliers, La Chocolatier « Thibaut » in Pierry, Champagne visit to a small family run winery and Ployez Jacquemart.

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Upper Loire 5-night Barge Cruise

Barge Cruises in France - Upper Loire 5-night Barge Cruise

Highlights: Montargis, Faiencerie of Gien, Château of St Fargeau, Canal bridge of Briare and Sancerre winery. Additional tours can be arranged.

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3-Night Barge Cruises in France


Hotel Barge Guest Comments


The whole crew were top notch

We had a wonderful, relaxing time on the barge. The whole crew were top notch, friendly and professional. The food, wine & cheese were outstanding; we also enjoyed the company of our fellow travellers. This was the 2nd barge trip for us, in totally different parts of France, C’est La Vie and the Marne itinerary […]

~ M&G M, VA USA

C’est La Vie est extraordinaire

In my North Carolina French – C’est La Vie est extraordinaire. The food, wine, accommodations, service, excursions and ambience were all superb and easily exceeded our lofty expectations. Olivier, Deb, Tom, Adam, Alix & Heloise seemed to anticipate our every need or desire, for drinks, food, this & that – and all with such warmth […]

~ B&S H, WA

Laughter to remember

A wonderful week, great accommodations, special food, friends and laughter to remember until the next time, thanks to the crew for making our visit special.

~ L&G B, NC USA

We will be back

Merci, Merci, Merci! We cannot thank you enough for sharing the Marne River and its canal with us. Your gracious hospitality, friendship & efficient staff, (Heloise, Alix) Adam’s culinary skills & talent, Tom’s cruising skill & pride in caring for the C’est La Vie! Deb & Olivier you both are wonderful hosts and it’s obvious […]

~ M & E W NC, USA

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Château de Fontainebleau

Places to Visit

Château de Fontainebleau

France boasts a richness of fine architecture but even by these prestigious standards, Chateau de Fontainebleau is a sight to behold

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A welcome return to the water

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A welcome return to the water

Last month we were delighted to welcome our first barge clients since restrictions were lifted. Here are a few highlights from the barge cruise.

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5 x charming towns & villages of France

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5 x charming towns & villages of France

France boasts many reasons it remains a fixture on everyone’s travel list but the picturesque towns & villages are what give it a rich, historic charm.

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Light at the end of the canal

The Crew

Light at the end of the canal

What an 18-months it has been. People have faced severe challenges but we are relieved to see light at the end of the canal.

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War memorials on a French barge cruise

Places to Visit

War memorials on a French barge cruise

France welcomes many tourists specifically to visit WW1 and WW2 battlefields and memorials. Here are a few we visit on our barge cruises.

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5 x things to love about France

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5 x things to love about France

France is a tourist favourite for good reason, whether you come for the food or open space, here are 5 x things to love about France.

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