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 2024


Champagne Barge Cruise 2024

Barge Cruises in France - Champagne Barge Cruise 2024

Highlights: WW1 battlefield and cemetery of Belleau-wood and American monument, Boizel champagne house in Epernay, Haultevilliers – village of monk Dom Perignon and more.

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Hauts-de-France & Upper Loire Barge Cruise 2024

Barge Cruises in France - Hauts-de-France & Upper Loire Barge Cruise 2024

Highlights: WW1 Museum in Meaux, Chateau of Vaux le Vicomte, Medieval town of Moret sur Loing, Chateau of Fontainebleau, Montargis and more.

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Upper Loire Barge Cruise 2024

Barge Cruises in France - Upper Loire Barge Cruise 2024

Highlights: Sancerre winery, Faiencerie of Gien, Château of St Fargeau, Montargis, Château of La Bussière. Canal bridge of Briare 1 star Michelin Restaurant “Auberge les Templiers.”

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6-Night Barge Cruises in France 2025


Champagne Barge Cruise 2025

Barge Cruises in France - Champagne Barge Cruise 2025

Highlights: WW1 battlefield and cemetery of Belleau-wood and American monument, Boizel champagne house in Epernay, Haultevilliers – village of monk Dom Perignon and more.

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Hauts-de-France & Upper Loire Barge Cruise 2025

Barge Cruises in France - Hauts-de-France & Upper Loire Barge Cruise 2025

Highlights: WW1 Museum in Meaux, Chateau of Vaux le Vicomte, Medieval town of Moret sur Loing, Chateau of Fontainebleau, Montargis and more.

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Upper Loire Barge Cruise 2025

Barge Cruises in France - Upper Loire Barge Cruise 2025

Highlights: Sancerre winery, Faiencerie of Gien, Château of St Fargeau, Montargis, Château of La Bussière. Canal bridge of Briare 1 star Michelin Restaurant “Auberge les Templiers.”

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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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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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Avoid the Summer Olympics Rush with a Spring or Autumn Cruise

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Avoid the Summer Olympics Rush with a Spring or Autumn Cruise

Explore the serene beauty of France beyond summer with a spring or autumn cruise on C’est La Vie, avoid the Olympics rush and enjoy luxury at off-season prices.

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Looking ahead to 2024 on the C’est La Vie

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Looking ahead to 2024 on the C’est La Vie

Experience the luxurious C’est La Vie Hotel Barge, meticulously prepared for 2024 voyages. A perfect Christmas gift offering scenic French waterway cruises.

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Discover Montargis with the C’est La Vie

Places to Visit

Discover Montargis with the C’est La Vie

As part of our Upper Loire barge cruise, we visit the charming village of Montargis, here is what to expect.

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“Auberge les Templiers” Restaurant

Places to Visit

“Auberge les Templiers” Restaurant

Discover the heart of French culinary artistry at Auberge des Templiers, a Michelin-starred gem on our Upper Loire Barge Cruise.

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Five reasons to book a barge cruise for 2024

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Five reasons to book a barge cruise for 2024

We all know about the French scenery, fine dining and historic chateaux but here are five underappreciated reasons to book a barge cruise in 2024

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The history of Les Sept Écluses

Places to Visit

The history of Les Sept Écluses

Explore Les Sept Écluses’ historical significance: 7 locks in Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses, a key part of the canal history of France.

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