Upper Loire Barge Cruise 2025

Upper Loire Barge Cruise 2025


Montargis – Chatillon Sir Loire
Briare Canal and Latéral to the Loire Canal.

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.”


Paris stop on the Burgundy Cruise Route

Welcome to C’est la Vie!

You will be met in Paris by our driver at 3.00 pm, for charter groups your party will be met at one hotel of your choice.

For individual cabin bookings, pick up and drop off is at the hotel Madison 143 Boulevard St Germain 75006 Paris.

After the traditional champagne welcome from the Captain and crew, there is time to unpack and take a stroll, before enjoying the first of many gourmet dinners on board.


Château de La Bussiere on Upper Loire Hotel Barge Cruise

Sightseeing: Chateau of La Bussiere

Cruise to Montcresson

After your first breakfast of locally baked croissants and other pastries, now is the perfect time to put on your walking shoes and stroll on the tow path alongside the C’est La Vie as we cruise to the village of Montcresson.

After lunch you will be driven to the Château of La Bussiere, it is a prime example of a medieval fortress built in the 12th Century. Open to the public since 1962, when the Count Henri de Chasseval decided to exhibit his extensive collection of material and pieces of art from around the world about fishing, but it’s not all about fishing, there are the grounds to visit with its 18th Century vegetable garden and a pond with a 300-year-old Lebanon Cedar tree standing close by and much more.

Dinner ashore at the “Auberge les Templiers.”


Montargis on the Upper Loire Hotel Barge Cruise

Sightseeing: Montargis

Cruise to Chatillon Coligny

Before we start our afternoon cruise to Chatillon Coligny, we take a short ride back to Montargis for a tour of this fine town, with its 131 bridges, you can see why its nick name is “little Venice”. With many buildings from 15th & 16th centuries, you will never be short of interesting architecture which will catch your eye. Discover the feudal castle, the half-timbered buildings, shops and cafes. Perhaps buying some Pralines for which Montargis is famous.

Lunch is waiting for your return, before we cast off and start our next part of our journey.

Dinner on board.


Gien, France on our Upper Loire Hotel Barge cruise

Sightseeing: Faiencerie of Gien

Cruise to Rogny les Sept Ecluse

The town of Gien, famous the world over for its splendid tableware is where we are headed this morning, after a visit to the pottery, take a walk through this market town and discover its remarkable history, built on the banks of the Loire River, there has been a settlement here since Romans times.

Returning to the C’est La Vie for lunch and an afternoon’s cruise, the 7 old locks of Rogny les Sept Ecluses, are a sight to behold, dating back to the reign of Henry IV, it was a major feat of engineering for its time.

Dinner aboard.


Château of St Fargeau on the Upper Loire Hotel Barge cruise route

Sightseeing: Château of St Fargeau

Cruise to Ouzouer sur Trézée

As we pass the 7 old locks of Rogny there is a photo opportunity to get the perfect shot of this majestic sight. As we cruise to the summit of this hill using the 6 new locks, you can walk along the boat on the towpath and then sit and enjoy lunch as we cruise a 5km stretch before we start the descent to arrive at the town of Ouzouer sur Trézée.

The Château of St Fargeau is this afternoon’s destination, dating from the 10th century; it was built by the bishop of Auxerre and has undergone many additions and restorations over the years.

Returning on board in time for cocktails and dinner.


Sancerre on the Upper Loire Hotel Barge Cruise Route

Sightseeing: Sancerre

Cruise to Chatillon sur Loire

Our final cruise takes us to the town of Chatillon sur Loire. After a buffet lunch we will take a short drive through the vineyards to visit the fortified town of Sancerre. This hilltop medieval site gives you panoramic views over the Loire River and of the neighbouring vineyards of Pouilly Fumé. Take a stroll around the town before you taste some of this exceptional wine, made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape.

The C’est La Vie awaits your return for the Captains dinner, which ends your cruise in style.


Return to Paris

Return to Paris

After breakfast, at 9.30 you will be chauffeured back to Paris for the end of the morning.

We look forward to your company again on the “C’est la Vie”!


The Upper Loire hotel barge cruise route is run in reverse on alternate weeks and can be different due to locale conditions.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

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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 […]


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 […]

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