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 2023


Champagne Barge Cruise 2023

Barge Cruises in France - Champagne Barge Cruise 2023

7 days, 6 nights Champagne Hotel Barge Cruise for 2021 including visits to WW1 battlefield and cemetery of Belleau-wood and American monument, Boizel Champagne house and more.

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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 and more.

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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 visits to a Sancerre winery, Faiencerie of Gien, Château of St Fargeau, Montargis, Château of La Bussière and Canal bridge of Briare and more.

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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 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” and more.

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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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Boizel Champagne House

Places to Visit

Boizel Champagne House

In a change for 2023 we visit the Boizel Champagne house in Epernay as part of our Champagne barge cruise on board the C’est La Vie.

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A Christmas message for 2022

The Crew

A Christmas message for 2022

The crew of the C’est La Vie, would like to wish all our passengers from 2022 and those who will join us in 2023 a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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A visit to Belleau Wood & Château-Thierry

Places to Visit

A visit to Belleau Wood & Château-Thierry

The most poignant stops on our barge cruises in France are the visits to the WW1 battlefield and memorial plus the Château-Thierry American monument.

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Faïencerie de Gien, the town and the pottery

Places to Visit

Faïencerie de Gien, the town and the pottery

On our Upper Loire barge cruise we visit the famous tableware factory of the ‘Faïencerie de Gien’ as well as stroll the market town who plays host to it.

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Autumn on the Loire

Inspiration

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?

Inspiration

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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