La Vie en Rose barge cruise

Cruising on the Canal du Centre in the vineyards
The barge La Vie en Rose

Accommodating up to 6 passengers

View of the La Vie en Rose

La Vie en Rose is rated 4 star

  • Fully refitted in 2018
  • 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

Cruise information file for La Vie en Rose


Crew members : 3

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

Number of bicycles : 6


Up to 6 guests

Double cabins : 1

Twin cabins : 2


Central heating



Demonstration galley

La Vie en Rose photos and videos

Click on any photo to begin the slide show, with photos of the barge and cruise program

Testimonials for La Vie en Rose

Maryanne, Auckland NZ 2019

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!

Marcia; Kerikeri, New Zealand 2019

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.

Adrian, Auckland NZ 2019

We enjoyed Alex's captaining of the barge and the great vineyards, castles that he took us to. We appreciated Nicole's care, her cups of tea and wealth of knowledge of Burgundy. We loved Carls excellent meals due for some Michelin Stars !

Paul, New York USA

“We thank you for your kindness and warmth. You made us feel like family from the first day. Lots of laughter all the week long. France will now hold a special place in my heart because of you Capt. Alex...You are a true Gentleman and now a dear friend. Once again, Thank you and I hope we see other again soon.”

David, Washington DC 2019

Thank you all so very much for an absolutely marvellous week! Your hospitality, flexibility, understanding and company were wonderful! You shared with us this beautiful boat, country, wine, cheese, food and so much laughter! We are very fortunate to have been your guests and now friends. Merci beaucoup.

About the barge "La Vie en Rose"

La Vie en Rose barge cruises

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 begins 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 wonderful lunch, or the wheelhouse deck offering a unique view by the helm and with a permament sunshade.

Stepping inside, you'll find a welcoming sitting room. Benefitting from 8 windows, 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 Strerling 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 ambiance.

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.

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 a field, 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 wardobe complete with hanging space and shelving, while in the ensuite you will find a range of toiletries, soft towels, a hair dryer 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

Plan of La Vie en Rose

Plan of the hotel barge La Vie en Rose

La Vie en Rose cruise routes & itineraries

St Julien-sur-Dheune to Seurre

When cruising 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 know 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 take us through the 3 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 discovery.   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 huge 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 good 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

Cruise rates

St Leger sur Julien to Seurre dates and rates

May, July or August Freedom Cruise 10900 euro 11950 USD

The price is in euros, and includes

6 nights aboard
2 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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