La Vie en Rose  barge cruise

La Vie en Rose

Half-board barge cruises

Book now to save 25% on these fabulous dates

June 18th to June 24th: Mid-summers night, star-gazing and the world-famous Fete de la Musique
August 20th to August 26th: Relaxing Summer afternoons, long evenings, and so much more
September 10th to September 16th: A fabulous time to see the vineyards

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Cruise highlights

6 passengers
★★★★ 4 star rating

  • Visit the XII century 'Chateau de Couches' classified as a "monument historique"
  • Visit the XII century Chateau de Rully with its owner
  • Explore the Route de Grand Cru
  • Visit Beaune, including the XV century Hospice de Beaune
  • Wine tastings at the Patriarche cellars and the Chateau de Chamirey in Mercurey
  • Market day in Chalon-sur-Saone
  • 3 * Michelin dining at Lameloise (optional extra)

La Vie en Rose cruise route & itinerary

Saint Julien-sur-Dheune to Seurre
River Saône, Central Canal

La Vie en Rose cruise file


  • Charter from 16, 500 USD

Boat size

  • Length 103′3″ ft (31.46 metres)
  • Width 15′9″ ft (4.79 metres)


  • Crew members : 4
  • Up to 6 guests
  • Double cabins : 1
  • Twin cabins : 2


  • Central heating
  • Air-conditioning
  • Demonstration galley
  • WiFi access: 4G onboard (subject to 4G coverage)
  • Bicycles : 6


You were right, we had a phenomenal week with Alex, Arnot and Audrée this week on La Vie en Rose! Attention to detail but not stuffy, just like long-lost friends! The restaurants and activities he organized were top-notch and so much fun! Goats, cheese, wine tasting and pétanque, that is Burgundy at its best! I am so grateful to have found your website…serendipity!  Our friends, my sister and we thank you for making the arrangements, especially the Zoom, as it put us all at ease. We could not have asked for a better vacation!
Kind regards,
Darlene and Michel P
Darlene P; May 2022

We will not soon forget the week we spent on La Vie en Rose. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Merci encore!!!  Laurie and gang.

Laurie, October 2022

We have very much enjoyed our week of canal and river cruising on "La Vie en Rose". We had some fabulous food, cheese and wine and learnt a lot about the wine of the area and some history of Bourgogne! The rest of the time we relaxed soothed by the slow smooth feeling of the barge travelling along. Fantastique ! Merci Alex, Nicole and Carls!

Maryanne, Auckland NZ 2019

About La Vie en Rose barge cruises

Half-board barge La Vie en Rose

The barge, La Vie en Rose,  has a rich history. Built in 1930 as a working barge to carry cargo throughout Europe, La Vie en Rose was once owned by the famous actor Sterling Hayden, who lived aboard while the barge was in Paris for 17 years.
She was then lovingly converted in 2004 to a hotel barge, named Who Knows.

Her current owners spent many months refitting the barge, and she has a delightful, fresh feel reflected in her new name.

As you step aboard La Vie en Rose,  directly into the sitting room, you will be enchanted.
With eight windows providing plenty of light, the light grey, bespoke modern furnishings combined with brass fittings invite you to settle down to relax. The references to Edith Piaf, Sterling Hayden and Josephine Baker combine to create a pleasant ambience.
From this sitting room, you can watch the world go by during the day, or curl up with a book, or perhaps enjoy a nightcap, whatever makes your cruise ideal.

A few steps down from the sitting room takes you into the heart of the barge, where light floods the spacious saloon where a comfortable dining table overlooks the demonstration galley.   
Share a glass of wine with the experienced chef Carlene while she creates mouth-watering dishes throughout the week, using fresh local ingredients.
The well-stocked bar is conveniently situated close by, and the iPod dock on hand to create just the right atmosphere every day as you dine or relax.

Of course, one of the joys of cruising is being in the beautiful Burgundy countryside.
The top forward deck is exceptionally spacious and well furnished for alfresco dining but also for relaxing on teak loungers. In contrast, the wheelhouse deck has a permanent sunshade from which to share the Captain's view.
Additional air-conditioning units installed in 2020 guarantee the perfect temperature throughout the barge.

After a day exploring Burgundy with your friendly crew, and a fabulous dinner, you will be ready to retire for the night.
La Vie en Rose has three cabins, one of which is a double, the others in a twin configuration. The crisp white linens, air-conditioning/heating units and opening windows guarantee a comfortable night, whatever time of year you choose to cruise.
Each cabin has a wardrobe complete with hanging space and shelving. In the ensuite bathroom, there are shelves and alcoves with make-up/shaving mirrors above tiled washbasins, and fully-tiled shower cubicles with easy-glide doors and variable flow showerheads.
Superior 'Biological Green tea & Citrus' toiletries produced in Italy, a hair-dryer, slippers and luxuriously soft towels complete the picture.

Step aboard La Vie en Rose this season: Alex and his crew are looking forward to sharing their love of the area, food and wine with you.

La Vie en Rose deck and cabin plans

La Vie en Rose deck plan

La Vie en Rose cruise route & itinerary

Saint Julien-sur-Dheune to Seurre map

Saint Julien-sur-Dheune to Seurre

River Saône Central Canal


Saint Julien-sur-Dheune 
Guests are met at either the central train station at Le Creusot or a local hotel in the afternoon and driven in the air-conditioned bus to join La Vie en Rose, moored in the peaceful, pretty village of St Julien-sur Dheune on the Canal du Centre.
A Champagne welcome is the perfect moment to relax while the crew welcomes you.
This evening we will chat about the week to come while enjoying dinner on board.

Saint Julien-sur-Dheune to Saint Leger-sur-Dheune
After a hearty breakfast, the adventure begins with a cruise to the village of Saint Leger-sur-Dheune.  Take time to admire the views from the deck, or perhaps walk or cycle along to build up an appetite for lunch on board.
In the afternoon, the first step back in time awaits as we visit the famous Chateau de Couches.  This "monument historique" dates from the 12th-century and is known as the Chateau de Marguerite de Bourgogne,  who was the Queen of France, married to Louis X.   
The architecture of the chateau varies as the building was constructed between the end of the 11th century, with all work finally completed in the 19th century.
Our return journey takes us to the Mountain of 3 crosses where the splendid panorama will take your breath away, and through the villages of Marange.
This evening, you will dine in a local auberge serving regional dishes (not included in the cruise price)

Saint Leger-sur-Dheune to Santenay
Today begins with a leisurely cruise towards the village of Santenay, which will be our evening mooring.   This wine-producing village is part of the prestigious world-famous Southern Cote de Beaune.   Our excursion today takes us to Chamirey, a hamlet of Mercurey) for a meeting with a local winegrower Agnes, in the Domaine of Meix-Foulot, or with Laurent in the Domaine Michel Juillot, both old friends of the Captain and his wife so we are guaranteed a warm welcome!  A picnic awaits us in Mercurey, with a surprise!
After a delicious lunch,  we will visit Chamirey with its XII century church, and walk through the vineyards in our discovery of the Cote, before visiting an authentic goat farm to enjoy a cheese tasting.
We return to La Vie en Rose, our minds full of sights from the day, to a restful evening and dinner aboard.


Santenay to Chagny
 We will then take the Route de Grands Cru, direction Beaune.  Known as the wine capital of Burgundy,  the ancient town is a perfect setting for lunch.   After lunch, we will explore the fascinating 15th-century Hospice de Beaune.  In addition to the beautiful tiled roof, you will see the old hospital wards with 'tiny' beds by our modern standards, the relatively humble chapel, a pharmacy complete with medicines and the kitchens too, all of which are a testament to the hard lives lived within the walls of this charitable hospital. Lunch out (not included in the cruise price)
Beaune has many boutiques, so free time for shopping will be possible before we return to La Vie en Rose.
We will then return driving amid the vineyards to La Vie en Rose.  Enjoy a peaceful aperitif on the deck before dinner is served on board.


Chagny to Fragnes
After our morning cruise to Fragnes, we take lunch on board before our outing.  A private tour of the Chateau de Rully, set in the heart of the vineyards, awaits us, concluding with a wine tasting in the kitchen of the Chateau itself.
After the tasting, we may take a short drive to discover the magnificent views here: Cameras at the ready.
To round off this fabulous day, the Captain recommends you enjoy a gastronomic dinner at Lameloise, the only 3* rated restaurant in Burgundy. (not included in the cruise price)


Fragnes - Seurre
For our last full day together, we begin with an excursion to nearby Chalon-sur-Saone, an elegant market town dating from Roman times.  Birthplace of photography,  Chalon is a lively town, and today it's market day, with a variety of stalls selling local produce as well as a vast range of goods.  Take time to watch how the french do their shopping, admire the colours, the scents, the sing-song of the French language around you, so see french life at it's best.
We return to La Vie en Rose after lunch ashore (not included in the price), followed by a change as we leave the quiet Canal behind us to join the majestic River Saone for our final cruise to Seurre, a small town.
Our Captain's Farewell dinner begins with cocktails and canapes on the deck overlooking the river, a time to reminisce over the unforgettable week spent afloat aboard La Vie en Rose.

After an excellent breakfast to see you on your way, transfers to Le Creusot TGV railway station are provided in good time for your return to Paris.

Au revoir et à bientôt!


Saint Julien-sur-Dheune to Seurre rates

2023 USD rates
Whole boat charter for 6 24, 000 USD
Whole boat charter for 5 21, 500 USD
Whole boat charter for 4 19, 600 USD
Whole boat charter for 2-3 16, 500 USD

Prices include: 7 days/6 nights from 16h00 on day one to 09h30 on the last day with private use of 3 cabins
Round-trip transfers from Le Creusot TGV station or a pre-arranged local hotel (1 location per charter)
All meals taken aboard
Round-trip transport to restaurants where needed
All wines and open bar aboard
Escorted excursions included in the program
Use of 6 bicycles

Not included: 
Four meals taken ashore (1 lunch & 3 dinners): A selection of restaurants will be offered, guests are free to choose
Travel costs to the pick up/drop off point before and after the cruise
Travel and cancellation insurance

Availability for La Vie en Rose

Special offers and discounts

Book now to save 25% on these fabulous dates

June 18th to June 24th: Mid-summers night, star-gazing and the world-famous Fete de la Musique
August 20th to August 26th: Relaxing Summer afternoons, long evenings, and so much more
September 10th to September 16th: A fabulous time to see the vineyards

Contact us now to book your fabulous cruise

Contact us about the offers

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