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La Vie en Rose

Cruising on the Canal du Centre in the vineyards

6 passengers

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La Vie en Rose highlights

  • Discover the Côte Challonaise and the Côte de Beaune
  • Professional galley: Prepare lunch or dinner
  • Dine out in local auberges & bistro
  • Cycling & walking
  • Minibus with chauffeur

A range of optional excursions

  • Chateaux: XII century Couches classified as a "monument historique"
  • Chateau de Rully
  • Visit the vineyards and enjoy tastings: Maranges, Santenay, Meursault, Mercurey, Rully & Gilly
  • Market days in Chalon-sur-Saone, Beaune & Chagny
  • Optional Hot-air ballooning

La Vie en Rose also offers

Half-board style

Full-board style

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  • From 10, 900 € per charter


  • Crew members : 3
  • Up to 6 guests
  • Double cabins : 1
  • Twin cabins : 2

Boat size

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


  • Central heating
  • Air-conditioning
  • Wifi
  • Demonstration galley
  • Bicycles : 6

Guests have said...

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... continue reading

Maryanne, Auckland NZ 2019

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About the barge "La Vie en Rose"

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La Vie en Rose is the perfect home from home for a relaxed gite-style holiday.

Spacious and welcoming, she can accommodate up to 6 guests in 3 well-appointed cabins.  Each day will begin with a delicious breakfast, on the house; after that, the day is yours to do as you please.

With two outside seating areas, you'll be spoilt for choice when you wish to relax. Either the front deck with table and chairs for dining and loungers for snoozing after a tasty lunch or the wheelhouse deck offering a unique view by the helm and with a permanent sunshade.

Stepping inside, you'll find a welcoming sitting room with eight windows, creating a beautiful space. The light here is perfect to either watch the world go by or enjoy time with the book that you've been meaning to read.
In the evening after dinner, you can enjoy a nightcap here, curled up in the comfy seating.  The subtle greys of the soft furnishings and references to Sterling Hayden, who lived aboard while the board was moored in Paris,  Josephine Baker,  the American born french entertainer, activist and resistance agent,  and Edith Piaf, after who's beautiful song the barge is now named, all add to the wonderful ambience.

A few steps from the sitting room take you down into the dining area, which overlooks the professional galley.  Here you are free to prepare lunch and dinner should you wish.  Again, the room is bathed in light.   Set the mood using the inhouse music system, enjoy a glass of wine and relax with your friends.
Wherever you spend your time board, additional air-conditioning units installed in 2020 guarantee the perfect temperature throughout the barge.

During your cruise, there will be time to explore the local villages and small towns along the way, by bicycle or foot.  Alternatively, for trips further afield, our 7-seater chauffeured minibus is available.

After a day cruising, exploring and dining, it's time for bed.  The ensuite cabins invite you to a good night's sleep: 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, while in the ensuite you will find a range of toiletries, soft towels, a hairdryer and slippers. 

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.

Be prepared to relax and fall in love!

"Quand il me prend dans ses bras
Il me parle tout bas
Je vois la vie en rose" 

Edith Piaf

La Vie en Rose deck and cabin plans

La Vie en Rose cruise route & itinerary

St Julien-sur-Dheune to Seurre, available in 2021

When chartering La Vie en Rose on a Home & Away basis, the barge will cruise each day.  You may either visit the local area at your own pace on foot or bike or go further afield in the chauffeured minibus.

We will meet you at Dijon, Chalon sur Saone or Le Creusot railway station and then chauffeur you to La Vie en Rose.
After your journey, we enjoy a drink together.  It's the perfect moment to relax while the crew welcomes you and for us to talk about the week ahead.
Local restaurants for dining

St Julien-sur-Dheune to St Leger-sur-Dheune
After a hearty breakfast, the adventure begins with a cruise to the village of St 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.
Optional excursion:
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 through the three villages of Marange for a wine tasting, of course!
Local restaurants for dining

St 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.  You can visit the vineyards on foot or by bike.
Optional excursion:
The Chateau de Rully, dating from the 12th-century.  A beautiful medieval fortress which has remained in the same family since its construction.
Local restaurants for dining

Santenay to Chagny
The day begins with a short cruise to Chagny, a small market town.
Optional excursion:
Visit Beaune with the colourful market and the 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.
Local restaurants for dining

Chagny to Fragnes
After our morning cruise to Fragnes, which is ideally situated for the discovery of the Cote Chalonnaise, we continue the wine and culinary exploration.   To the south of the Cote de Beaune, the Cote Chalonnaise produces ruby-coloured red wine and delicate white wine too, from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Aligote grapes.
Optional excursions: 
Bouzeran village, with wine tasting, if you wish
Taste the best 'jambon persilléé of Burgundy at Chatenoy le Royal.  The famous caterer Morey has won many awards over the years for this regional delicacy.
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
You may choose to begin the day with an optional excursion to nearby Chalon-sur-Saone, a fine 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, to see french life at it's best.
In the afternoon,  we leave the quiet Canal behind us to join the majestic River Saone for our final cruise to Seurre, a small town.
Local restaurants for dining

After a hearty breakfast to see you on your way, it's Au Revoir!
We will ensure that you are in good time for your return to Paris from Chalon-sur-Saone, Dijon or Le Creusot.
Au revoir et à bientôt!

Alex will be delighted to help you plan your excursions; there are many possibilities!

-Restaurants in Saint-Leger -  Santenay – Chagny

-Wine visit at Santenay

-Givry Market day

-Nolay Market and visit

-Louhans market day 

-Goat farming (cheese)

-Snail farming


The cruise will run in the opposite direction on certain weeks and is subject to change

La Vie en Rose rates

St Leger sur Julien to Seurre

May, July or August 2021 Freedom Cruise 10, 900 € 11, 950 USD

The price is in euros, and includes

Six nights aboard
Two crew for navigation and 1 for minibus, available at any time during the cruise 
Welcome pack: Hand soap, shower gel, shampoo, washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, washing detergent,
toilet tissue and cleaning material.
Fresh flowers, fruit bowl, fresh bread, tea, coffee milk, sugar, butter and jam
Bottled water and soft; A bottle of red and white wine. A bottle of rosé and crémant de Bourgogne

All linen and towels
Boat equipment use (Kitchen & laundry)
Breakfast each day
Fuel and port duty
6 Bicycles

Not included: Meals other than breakfast
Transport to and from the meeting point
Entry fees to excursions; wine tasting; personal purchases
Tips for the crew: We recommend 5%- 10% if all is to your satisfaction

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