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 canal and 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 2022


Burgundy & Ile-de-France Barge Cruise 2022

Barge Cruises in France - Burgundy & Ile-de-France Barge Cruise 2022

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 Hotel Barge Cruise 2022

Barge Cruises in France - Burgundy Hotel Barge Cruise 2022

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 2022

Barge Cruises in France - Champagne Barge Cruise 2022

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 2022

Barge Cruises in France - Hauts-de-France & Upper Loire Barge Cruise 2022

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 2022

Barge Cruises in France - Upper Loire Barge Cruise 2022

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


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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6-Night Barge Cruises in France 2023


Champagne Barge Cruise 2023

Barge Cruises in France - Champagne Barge Cruise 2023

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 2023

Barge Cruises in France - Hauts-de-France & Upper Loire Barge Cruise 2023

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 2023

Barge Cruises in France - Upper Loire Barge Cruise 2023

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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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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C'est La Vie Blog


Autumn on the Loire

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Autumn on the Loire

In the blink of an eye another peak summer season has passed but with plenty of still to look forward to with an autumn on the Loire.

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The city, the countryside or both?

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The city, the countryside or both?

City life, or countryside life is the dilemma, but on a C’est La Vie barge cruise why not enjoy both!

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A summer’s day on a barge cruise in France

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A summer’s day on a barge cruise in France

In this blog we share with you through our wonderful client photos what a summer’s day on a barge cruise in France might look like.

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Sights & sounds on a barge cruise in France

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Sights & sounds on a barge cruise in France

What is is actually like onboard a barge cruise in France? Well here are a few of the sights and sounds you can expect from a recent trip.

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Look a little closer

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Look a little closer

We have all seen the photos of grand French chateaux and rolling vineyards but there is a treasure of sights to be found if you pause and look close enough.

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Anchors aweigh for a new season on the water

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Anchors aweigh for a new season on the water

April 10th marked the start of our first charter of 2022 with a barge cruise in Burgundy. Here are a few photos and updates from the cruise.

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