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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 3950€ 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...

Thank you to Alex, Nicole and Carls for an excellent trip. It exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves French food, wine and culture and wants a relaxed barge holiday.

Marcia; Kerikeri, New Zealand 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, in May, July or August.

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 (optional extra in 2020, as standard in 2021).

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 routes & itineraries

For the 2020  season, we are pleased to be able to offer a relaxing itinerary on the Canal du Centre, in the heart of the Burgundy vineyards.
Choose our Bed & Breakfast option to enjoy the maximum freedom at the minimum cost of any hotel barge in this beautiful region.

To make the most of the day, breakfast will be served between 8 am and 10 am, before cruising in the morning, but late afternoon cruising is also possible should you wish.  If the weather is hot, this can be very pleasant towards the end of the afternoon.
At each mooring, the Captain will explain the various sites and visits within 10 to 20 minutes of the barge, and can collect your car should you wish to make use of it. 
Fancy discovering the local cuisine? Your hostess has a list of potential restaurants and bistro in the area: You will be spoilt for choice.

The following is a sample itinerary:

Sunday: Saint Leger-sur-Dheune
Arrival from 2pm.  The closest stations are Le Creusot, Chalon-sur-Saone and Dijon.
Saint Leger-sur-Dheune is a small town with a variety of shops.  We recommend bringing some provisions with you as shops are often closed on Sunday in rural France.
Close by is the beautiful Chateau de Couches, while the magnificent Chateau de Sully is 30 minutes by car.
For the romantics, we recommend driving to Mercurey and the Vallée des Vaux for an evening walk and a stunning sunset.
Dining:  Le Marchand at Saint Leger sur Dheune or the restaurants at the Hotel des Maures at Couches

Monday: Saint Leger-sur-Dheune to Santenay
2h30 hour cruising to Santenay
This afternoon, relax on the deck, play boules, enjoy a cycle ride, or perhaps catch up on some holiday reading
Dining: Le Terroir

Tuesday: Santenay
We will spend the day in this beautiful wine-growing village.  The vineyards are just 15 minutes walk from our mooring point.
Within the village, you can also visit the 12th-century church of Saint Jean-de-Narosse and a 15th-century windmill. 
Nearby, admire the beautiful exterior of the 14th-century Chateau of Philippe le Hardi (Phillip II of Burgundy).
For a magnificent panoramic view, we recommend taking a bike ride to "La Montagne des 3 Croix" above the village. 
If you are feeling lucky, you could try your hand in the Casino, or simply watch others while you dine in the restaurant there.    There is a rich source in Santenay.  Only towns with a natural source may operate a casino!
Dining: L'ouillette or  Le Terroir in Santenay; l'Auberge des Maranges in nearby Cheilly-les-Maranges

Wednesday: Santenay to Chagny
1h30 cruising 
Chagny is a small market town with a variety of shops, bars and restaurants, and a beautiful town square.
Numerous beautiful buildings in a wide variety of styles can be seen including the church of Saint Martin and the Château de Bellecroix.
We recommend a wine tasting in the Domaine de la Folie (producers of Rully 1er Cru de Bourgogne)  just 5 minutes by car from Chagny centre, in a beautiful setting
and a visit to the local snail farm at Fontaines, L'Escargot des Près, for an insight into this fascinating world. (10 minutes drive)
Dining: Why not treat yourselves to an unforgettable meal in the famous "Lameloise", the only 3*Michelin  restaurant in Burgundy

Thursday: Chagny to Remigny 
It's market day at Chagny. This morning brings the perfect opportunity to witness rural French life at its best.  In the town square, you will discover a wide variety of fresh, local produce from honey to vegetables and fruit, cheese, wine and more, so what better way to provision the kitchen for your lunch or dinner?  
1h45 cruising 
Our cruise brings us to Remigny, a small village renowned for its white and red wines.  You may like to enjoy more tastings!
Alternatively, hop in your car for 15 minutes to Mellecy, where you can visit the stunning Château de Germolles, dating from the 13th & 14th centuries, (home to the Dukes of Burgundy at that time) with its romantic gardens built in the English style of the 14th century.  
Dining: We recommend the Restaurant Le Mercurey (at Mercurey, 15 minutes by car)  or the  Restaurant Le Bouzeron (at Bouzeron, 8 minutes by car) 

Friday: Remigny to Saint Leger-sur-Dheune
2h30 cruising 
Take time to enjoy the view and savour your last hours of cruising. There will be time for walking cycling, relaxing and chatting about your week aboard.
For your final evening dining, we recommend the Restaurant L'auberge des Alouettes (at Châtenoy-le-Royal, 20 minutes by car) 

Samedi: Saint Leger-sur-Dheune
After breakfast, it is time to say goodbye.  Au revoir!


Saint Leger-sur-Dheune on the Canal du Centre rates and dates

Private charter for up to 6 guests, 6 nights 5400 €
Private charter for up to 6 guests, 3 nights 3950 €

The price is in euros, and includes

3 or 6 nights aboard, depending upon your chosen cruise
Two crew: Captain and Hostess
Private charter: Use of three ensuite cabins; bedding and towels
Six bikes
1.5 to 2.5 hours cruising per day
Post-cruise cleaning
The team can move your car from mooring to mooring if you wish so that you can use your car to visit the surrounding area
The barge will be moored within walking distance of a local restaurant each evening, whenever possible

Optional extras: Price available on request
7/9-place air-conditioned minibus
Hot-air balloon flight
Golfing at Chateau de Chailly ou Beane Levernois
Take-away menus delivered to the barge
Wine tasting

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

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

St Leger sur Julien to Seurre, in 2021 rates and dates

May, July or August 2021 Freedom Cruise 10900 euro 11950 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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