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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Look a little closer

Guest Trips

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

Guest Trips

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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Château de Saint-Fargeau

Château de Saint-Fargeau

Château de Saint-Fargeau is packed with charm and character, providing a unique contrast to the more exuberant chateaux we visit on our barge cruises in France.

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Spring is on its way in France

Inspiration

Spring is on its way in France

After the long winter, and let’s face it a long couple of years, seeing the first signs of spring here in France is a welcome reminder what’s to come.

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Notable days on the French calendar

Culture

Notable days on the French calendar

France commemorates many different days and events each year. Some military, some religious but always with a strong commitment to honouring their history.

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Seasonal Greetings from the C’est La Vie

The Crew

Seasonal Greetings from the C’est La Vie

Olivier and I would like to thank all our clients from 2021, who braved the rules and regulations and made it over to France.

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