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C'est La Vie

Cruising on the Burgundy Canal, and in the Loire Valley

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C'est La Vie highlights

Highlights

  • Visit UNESCO world heritage site, the 12th-century Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay
  • Explore the Renaissance chateau at Ancy le Franc
  • Explore the 17th-century chateau of Lantenay
  • Timbered 15th and 16th-century houses, cobbled streets and market in Noyers
  • Wine tasting in Chablis
  • Timbered 15th and 16th-century houses, cobbled streets and market in Noyers
  • Visit the cathedral city of Auxerre: Renaissance houses, 15th-century clock tower and boutiques

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Prices

  • From 6995 USD per person
  • Charters from 47,400 USD

Specifications

  • Crew members : 6
  • Up to 8 guests
  • Suites : 4

Boat size

  • Length 126′4″ ft (38.5 metres)
  • Width 16′7″ ft (5.05 metres)

Also

  • Central heating
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bicycles : 8

About the barge "C'est La Vie"

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Welcome to a wine lovers' paradise!

The C'est la Vie has an extraordinary wine cellar, which is probably the largest of any hotel barge in Burgundy. Each season, the most excellent wines are served on board, only when they are at their very best. Details are available upon request. C'est la Vie is a delightful and amazingly spacious barge that has been decorated and maintained to the highest standards. Olivier and Deborah are charming and are equally enthusiastic about their barge and their guests.

Every effort is made to ensure that guests are completely comfortable. Transfers can be arranged from airports, hotels or stations within a 4-hour radius (e.g. Paris, Lyon or Geneva). C'est la Vie has been designed to be a floating home, offering space, natural light and comfort. The barge is both centrally heated and fully air-conditioned throughout, with individual cabin controls.

The cabins are exceptionally spacious, from 220 to 230 sq.ft with double aspect windows, a choice of king or twin beds, ample storage space and luxurious en-suite bathrooms with complimentary bathrobes.

The boat's design is such that all cabins are full width, with no corridor passing the door, thus ensuring peace and privacy for every guest.

The public areas are designed for socializing and include a welcoming saloon, adjoining dining room and bar, and an excellent sun deck with a retractable awning for shade or protection, whatever the season.

  • Wi-Fi
  • Touring bikes

C'est La Vie deck and cabin plans

C'est La Vie cruise routes & itineraries

Ravieres to Saint Florentin in the north of Burgundy

Sunday: Paris to Ravieres
Welcome aboard!
Your party will be met in Paris at 3 pm by our driver and chauffeured to the Cest la Vie moored in the town of Ravieres.
A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first of many gourmet dinners aboard.

Monday: Ravieres to Ancy le Franc
Cistercian Abbey
Enjoy a morning cruise to the village of Ancy le Franc, which will allow you time to walk off a breakfast of locally baked croissant and other pastries.
After a buffet lunch, you will be chauffeured to the 12th century Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay founded by St Bernard.
After visiting this Unesco World Heritage site, you will return to the "C'est la Vie" for dinner.

Tuesday: Ancy le Franc to Lezinnes
Gorgeous Renaissance Chateau + Dinner at Le Pot d'Etain
You can walk or be chauffeured for this morning's visit to the gorgeous Renaissance chateau of Ancy le Franc.
Renowned for its 16th-century wall paintings and frescos (which are said to rival Fontainebleau, Ancy le France has been extensively and sensitively restored.
Return to the barge for lunch and an afternoon cruise to the small town of Lezinnes.
From here you can be chauffeured to the village of L'Isle sur Serein for your dinner ashore at the family-run restaurant of 'Le Pot d'Etain.

Wednesday: Lezinnes to Tanlay
Charming Medieval Village
This morning you will visit the medieval village of Noyers.
Wander the cobbled streets, enjoy the local markets or discover the old ramparts and half-timbered buildings from the 15th/16th centuries along the river Serein.
Drive back to the "Cest la Vie" through fields of wheat and grazing animals in time for lunch and an afternoon cruise to Tanlay.
Now is the perfect moment to put on your walking shoes and explore the towpath and small villages along the way.
Enjoy dinner aboard.

Thursday: Tanlay to Flogny la Chapelle
Winetasting in Chablis
We take a morning cruise and pass through the old town of Tonnerre with Roman and Medieval buildings.
After lunch, visit the town of Chablis, where you can taste some of the famous white wines of the region in a local cellar and enjoy a drive through the vineyards.
Return to the "C'est la Vie" for another gourmet dinner on board.

Friday: Flogny le Chapelle to St Florentin
Explore historic Auxerre
This morning's cruise will take us to the town of St Florentin by early afternoon.
After lunch, you will visit Auxerre, located on the banks of the River Yonne.
Auxerre was first settled by the Romans and boasts architectural jewels such as the ornately painted 15th century Clock Tower, soaring Gothic cathedrals and an abundance of Renaissance houses bordering tree-lined squares.
Napoleon, Joan of Arc and Charles VII all passed through this elegant town.
Auxerre is the ideal place to stroll along its narrow streets, window shop or just sit and relax with a coffee in one of its many cafes.
Return to the "C'est la Vie" for the Captain's Dinner, which ends your cruise in style.

Saturday: St Florentin to Paris
A sad farewell
After breakfast, you will be chauffeured back to Paris for the end of the morning.
Estimated arrival time in Paris is approximately noon.
We hope to see you again on the "C'est la Vie".

Montargis to Les Fouchards in the Loire Valley

Sunday: Paris to Les Fouchards 

Welcome aboard!
Your party will be met in Paris at 3 pm by our driver and driven to the C'est La Vie moored in the hamlet of Les Fouchards situated 6 miles from Sancerre, and close to Cosne sur Loire, which is just the other side of the Loire river.
With a glass of champagne to welcome you to the C'est La Vie, and after introductions to the crew, you have time to settle into your spacious cabins before your first gourmet dinner aboard.

Monday: Les Fouchards to Bealieu
On our way, this morning we cruise to the village of Beaulieu.
After lunch, we take a short drive through the vineyards to visit the fortified town of Sancerre, where you will have a private wine tasting of this famous Sauvignon Blanc.
This medieval hilltop site gives you panoramic views over the Loire river and of the neighbouring vineyards of Pouilly Fume.
We return to the "C'est la Vie" for dinner.

Tuesday: Bealieu to Ouzouer sur Trezee
This morning's cruise takes us to the town of Ouzouer sur Trezee, crossing over the Loire river at Briare on the Pont Canal, this aqueduct designed by Gustave Eiffel.
The construction of this canal bridge started in 1890.
The Chateau of St Fargeau is this afternoon's destination, dating from the 10th century.
It was built by the bishop of Auxerre and has undergone many additions and restorations over the following years.
Back on board, it's time for cocktails and dinner.

Wednesday: Ouzouer sur Trezee to Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses
From Ouzouer sur Trezee we drive to the town of Gien, the world-famous centre for French tableware.
After a visit to the pottery, take a walk through this market town and discover its remarkable history: On the banks of the Loire river, there has been a settlement here since Romans times.
Back on board for lunch and an afternoon cruise to the town of Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses, there you will see seven remarkable old locks, (hence its name Sept Ecluses) dating back to the reign of Henry IV, it was a significant feat of engineering for its time.
Tonight we dine ashore at a local restaurant.

Thursday: Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses to Montbouy
If you haven't already put on your walking shoes, now is the perfect time as we cruise to the village of Montbouy.
After lunch we will visit the 12th-century medieval fortress, Chateau of La Bussiere, open since 1962, this houses an extensive collection of fine art based on fishing, the leading passion of the Count Henri de Chasseval.
The grounds include an 18th-century vegetable garden and a pond with a Lebanon cedar tree which is more than 300 years old.
We head back to the C'est La Vie with time to relax before dinner.

Friday: Montbouy to Montargis
Meandering along the canal, Montargis is our last port of call, with its 131 bridges, you can see why its nickname is Little Venice.
After lunch, take a stroll and discover the feudal castle, the half-timbered buildings, shops and cafes, perhaps buying some Pralines, for which Montargis is famous.
The C'est La Vie awaits your return for the Captains dinner, which ends your cruise in style.

Saturday: Return to Paris
After breakfast, you will be chauffeured back to Paris for the end of the morning. We look forward to your company again aboard the C'est la Vie!

C'est La Vie rates

Ravieres to Saint Florentin

Accommodation 2023 Value Regular 5-night charter
Whole boat charter for 8 53, 600 USD 58, 400 USD 46, 600 USD
Whole boat charter for 7 50, 400 USD 55, 300 USD 45, 150 USD
Whole boat charter for 6 47, 400 USD 52, 200 USD 43, 800 USD
Per person, based on double occupancy 6, 995 USD 7, 495 USD
Single supplement 3, 695 USD 4, 995 USD

Departure dates 2022:
Value dates: April 10 - May 15

Departure dates 2023:
Value dates: April 9 - April 30
Regular dates: May 7 & May 14

Montargis & Sancerre

Accommodation 2021 & 2022 Value Regular 5-night charter 2021-2022
Whole boat charter for 8 53, 600 USD 58, 400 USD 46, 600 USD
Whole boat charter for 7 50, 400 USD 55, 300 USD 45, 150 USD
Whole boat charter for 6 47, 400 USD 52, 200 USD 43, 800 USD
Suite per person, based on double occupancy 6995 USD 7495 USD
Single supplement 3695 USD 4995 USD
Accommodation 2023 Value Regular 5-night charter
Whole boat charter for 8 53, 600 USD 58, 400 USD 46, 600 USD
Whole boat charter for 7 50, 400 USD 55, 300 USD 45, 150 USD
Whole boat charter for 6 47, 400 USD 52, 200 USD 43, 800 USD
Suite per person, based on double occupancy 6, 995 USD 7, 495 USD
Single supplement 3, 695 USD 4, 995 USD

Departure Dates 2021:
Value dates: August 15; October 24 & 31
Regular dates: August 22  - October 17

Departure dates 2022:
Value dates: August 14; October 23 & 30
Regular dates: August 21  - October 16

Departure dates 2023:
Value dates: August 13; October 22 & 29
Regular dates: August 20  - October 15

C'est La Vie availability

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