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Sights & sounds on a barge cruise in France

Sights & sounds on a barge cruise in France

What is is actually like onboard a barge cruise in France? Well here are a few of the sights and sounds you can expect from a recent trip.

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Look a little closer

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

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

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

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

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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Highlights of the Champagne region

Highlights of the Champagne region

There is more to the Champagne region than just bubbly, here we mention a few highlights including several we visit on our barge cruises in France.

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Château de Fontainebleau

Château de Fontainebleau

France boasts a richness of fine architecture but even by these prestigious standards, Chateau de Fontainebleau is a sight to behold

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A welcome return to the water

A welcome return to the water

Last month we were delighted to welcome our first barge clients since restrictions were lifted. Here are a few highlights from the barge cruise.

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5 x charming towns & villages of France

5 x charming towns & villages of France

France boasts many reasons it remains a fixture on everyone’s travel list but the picturesque towns & villages are what give it a rich, historic charm.

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Light at the end of the canal

Light at the end of the canal

What an 18-months it has been. People have faced severe challenges but we are relieved to see light at the end of the canal.

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Burgundy Hotel Barge Cruise 2023

Burgundy Hotel Barge Cruise 2023

7 days, 6 nights. Highlights: Chablis, Château of Ancy-le Franc, Medieval town Noyers, Abbey of Fontenay, Auxerre.

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War memorials on a French barge cruise

War memorials on a French barge cruise

France welcomes many tourists specifically to visit WW1 and WW2 battlefields and memorials. Here are a few we visit on our barge cruises.

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5 x things to love about France

5 x things to love about France

France is a tourist favourite for good reason, whether you come for the food or open space, here are 5 x things to love about France.

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Enjoy one of our golf cruises in France

Enjoy one of our golf cruises in France

Our golf cruises in France are a great way enjoy the all that France has to offer while including 18-holes at some spectacular golf courses.

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Short & sweet barge cruises in France

Short & sweet barge cruises in France

Having flexible travel arrangements may certainly help 2021 trip planning so look at our short but sweet 3-night and 5-night barge cruises.

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French markets are a must-visit

French markets are a must-visit

Local markets are an integral part of French culture. Every town will have one at a certain time each week and they are well worth a visit.

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Christmas Message from Olivier & Deborah

Christmas Message from Olivier & Deborah

2021 will be a year of new beginnings and new voyages so until then we send our best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season.

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Highlights of the Loire

Highlights of the Loire

Our highlights of the Loire, a region we always enjoy visiting on our barge cruises in France. Including vineyards, desserts and more.

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Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

The Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte is a Baroque château southeast of Paris. A stop on two of our luxury barge cruises.

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Book before October 31st for a 10% discount

Book before October 31st for a 10% discount

Receive a 10% discount on any 5-night cruise or selected weeks on the full length 6-night cruises when booked before October 31st 2020.

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Aerial video from a barge cruise in France

Aerial video from a barge cruise in France

Enjoy this spectacular footage of the C’est La Vie Luxury Hotel Barge on a barge cruise in France crossing the pont-canal de Briare.

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5 x ingredients for a perfect barge cruise

5 x ingredients for a perfect barge cruise

Here are five key ingredients to a perfect barge cruise in France. Everything from your accommodation to the experienced crew.

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A taste of a barge cruise in France

A taste of a barge cruise in France

When joining the C’est La Vie Luxury Hotel Barge on a cruise in France, you’ll be putting your taste buds through their paces!

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A life on the water

A life on the water

The C’est La Vie Luxury Hotel Barge has a long and rich history. Here is the story of our beloved barge and it’s proud owners.

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Crémant du Bourgogne wine tasting

Crémant du Bourgogne wine tasting

‘Crémant du Bourgogne’ is an underappreciated series of French sparkling wines. Come enjoy wine tasting with us on the C’est La Vie.

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The unspoilt region of Burgundy

The unspoilt region of Burgundy

Burgundy is a place of relaxation, but also of beauty and culture. There is so much more to see and explore in this unspoilt region of France.

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Visit Paris on your Barge Cruise holiday

Visit Paris on your Barge Cruise holiday

On our barge cruises not only will you be able to enjoy the waterways of France, but you’ll also be able to indulge in all that Paris has to offer.

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Our statement on COVID-19

Our statement on COVID-19

Our statement on COVID-19

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Choosing a French 2021 Hotel Barge Cruise

Choosing a French 2021 Hotel Barge Cruise

We talk you through the highlights of each 2021 cruise route to help you choose your own French 2021 Hotel Barge Cruise!

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Fine dining onboard & onshore

Fine dining onboard & onshore

As well as the finest French wine and cuisine you’ll enjoy onboard the C’est La Vie Luxury Hotel Barge, we also make a stop at the finest restaurants.

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Hotel Barge Guest Blog

Hotel Barge Guest Blog

Here is a great guest blog from Howard and his party as they cruised our Champagne route on board the C’est La Vie Luxury Hotel Barge.

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Burgundy Barge Cruise Sights

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

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

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

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

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

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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