C'est La Vie Luxury Hotel Canal 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 Charter 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.

Barge Cruises in France


Burgundy Barge Cruise

Barge Cruises in France - Burgundy Barge Cruise

Ravières to St Florentin on the Burgundy canal cruise route. 7 days, 6 nights including stops at Chablis, Château of Ancy-le Franc, Medieval town Noyers, Abbey of Fontenay, Auxerre and the Hostellerie-des-Clos restaurant.

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Upper Loire Barge Cruise

Barge Cruises in France - Upper Loire Barge Cruise

Sancerre to Montargis, Briare Canal and Latéral to the Loire Canal. 7 days, 6 nights. Highlights: Sancerre winery, Faiencerie of Gien, Château of St Fargeau, Montargis, Château de la Bussière. Canal bridge of Briare the best restaurant of the region.

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Meaux to Montargis Barge Cruise

Barge Cruises in France - Meaux to Montargis Barge Cruise

Loing canal, Loing river, Seine river and Marne river. 7 days, 6 nights. Highlights: Chateau of Fontainebleau, Medieval town of Moret sur Loing, Chateau of Vaux le Vicomte , Barbizon, Verrerie of Soisy sur école plus a dedicated cheese visit.

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Upper Loire to Burgundy Barge Cruise

Barge Cruises in France - Upper Loire to Burgundy Barge Cruise

Canal du Loing, River Seine, Yonne & Burgundy canal. 7 days, 6 nights. Highlights: Chablis, Gothic Cathedral of Sens, Abbey of Pontigny, Dinner at the 2 star Michelin restaurant La Cote St Jacques, Medieval town of Moret Sur Loing, Fontainebleau

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Champagne Barge Cruise

Barge Cruises in France - Champagne Barge Cruise

Meaux to Chalon en Champagne. 7 days, 6 nights. Highlights: Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte,WW1 battlefield and cemetery of Belleau-wood and American monument, Moet & Chandon champagne house in Epernay and more.

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Saint Florentin to Meaux Barge Cruise

Barge Cruises in France - Saint Florentin to Meaux Barge Cruise

Burgundy canal, river Yonne, river Seine & river Marne cruise route. 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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Barge Cruise 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

C'est La Vie Blog


Burgundy Barge Cruise Sights

Places to Visit

Burgundy Barge Cruise Sights

Here are the some of the sights you’ll likely see on a Burgundy Barge Cruise on board the C’est La Vie Luxury Hotel Barge.

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Churches of Champagne

Places to Visit

Churches of Champagne

Working on a luxury hotel barge has given me insights into the beauty of the many different styles of the cathedrals and churches of Champagne.

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Barbizon School of Painters

Places to Visit

Barbizon School of Painters

We visit the Barbizon School of Painters on our Saint Florentin to Meaux Barge Cruise cruise route aboard the C’est La Vie Luxury Hotel Barge.

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Loire River Cruise

Inspiration

Loire River Cruise

Loire river cruises are a great way to explore this charming region of France. We have two luxury hotel barge cruise routes that take in the Loire.

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Luxury French River Cruises

Inspiration

Luxury French River Cruises

Luxury French river cruises are fast becoming the go-to option for travellers looking for an extra special holiday.

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Abbey of Fontenay

Places to Visit

Abbey of Fontenay

We visit the Abbey of Fontenay on our Burgundy cruise route. If you feel like joining us, we would love to welcome you on board our luxury hotel barge.

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