La Vie en Rose  barge cruise

La Vie en Rose

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6 passengers 4 star rating

La Vie en Rose highlights

  • Visit the XII century 'Chateau de Couches' classified as a "monument historique"
  • Visit the XII century Chateau de Rully & wine tasting
  • 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
  • Dine out in Beaune

Cruise route & itinerary

La Vie en Rose also offers

Half-board cruises
Home & Away cruises

La Vie en Rose cruise file


  • 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
  • 4G onboard (subject to 4G coverage)
  • Bicycles : 6

Guests have said...

We thank you for your kindness and warmth. You made us feel like family from the first day. Lots of laughter all week long. France will now hold a special place in my heart because... continue reading

Paul, New York USA

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About La Vie en Rose barge cruises

Hotel barge La Vie en Rose

Added to our fleet just three years ago, La Vie en Rose has certainly earned her stripes with our guests!  Due to popular demand, we are now offering full-board cruises aboard, in addition to the half-board and Freedom cruises that have made La Vie en Rose so popular.
The barge has an exciting history. Constructed in 1930 as a working barge to carry cargo throughout Europe, she was later 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 and cruised the Burgundy Canal for several years.

Her new 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 and begin to relax.
With eight windows providing plenty of light, the light grey, bespoke modern furnishings combined with brass fittings invite you to disconnect from everyday life.  The references to Edith Piaf, Sterling Hayden and Josephine Baker all combine to create a wonderful ambience in this delightful sitting room, where 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 real heart of the barge, flooded by natural light, where the spacious saloon looks onto the demonstration galley, the perfect place to chat with the chef over a glass of wine while dinner is prepared. Carlene creates mouth-watering dishes throughout the week, using fresh local ingredients, and it's a joy to watch her at work.
The well-stocked bar is conveniently situated close by, and the iPod dock on hand to create just the right atmosphere whether during the aperitif, lunch or dinner.

One of the joys of cruising comes from the beautiful Burgundy countryside.
The top forward deck is exceptionally spacious and well furnished for alfresco dining, providing the ideal spot to enjoy the views.
Wherever you spend your time, additional air-conditioning units installed in 2020 guarantee the perfect temperature throughout the barge.

After a day exploring Burgundy and a fabulous dinner, you will be ready to retire and recharge your batteries.
La Vie en Rose has three comfortable 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, whether you join us in the Spring, Summer or Fall.
Each cabin has a wardrobe with hanging space and shelving, and an ensuite bathroom carefully planned with shelves and nooks, make-up/shaving mirrors above tiled washbasins, and fully-tiled shower cubicles with easy-glide doors and variable-flow showerheads.
Alex, your host, has thought of everything: Superior 'Biological Green tea & Citrus' toiletries produced in Italy, a hair-dryer, slippers and luxuriously soft towels!

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 cruise route & itinerary

Saint Julien-sur-Dheune to Seurre

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.
We return to La Vie en Rose to prepare for dinner ashore in Santenay

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
The day begins with a cruise to Chagny, a small market town.  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.
Beaune has many boutiques, so free time for shopping will be possible before we return 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.
This evening, we enjoy dinner ashore in a local auberge in either Chatenoy le Royal or Mercurey.

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 the inventor of photography, Niepces,   Chalon is a lively town and today is 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 its best.
We return to La Vie en Rose for lunch on board, followed by a change as we leave the quiet Canal behind us to join the majestic River Saone for our final cruise arriving at sunset in 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 aboard La Vie en Rose.

After a hearty breakfast to see you on your way, transfers to Seurre or Dijon railway station are provided in good time for your return to Paris.

Au revoir et à bientôt!


La Vie en Rose rates

Saint Julien-sur-Dheune to Seurre

2022 USD rates Classic Epicurean
Whole boat charter for 6 23, 908 USD 26, 008 USD
Whole boat charter for 5 21, 945 USD 23, 695 USD
Whole boat charter for 4 20, 212 USD 21, 612 USD
Whole boat charter for 2 17, 050 USD 17, 750 USD
Cabin per person* 4175 USD
2022 EURO rates Classic Epicurean
Whole boat charter for 6 22, 670 EURO 23, 580 EURO
Whole boat charter for 5 19, 910 EURO 21, 483 EURO
Whole boat charter for 4 18, 370 EURO 19, 594 EURO
Whole boat charter for 2 15, 510 EURO 16, 093 EURO
Cabin per person* 3756 EURO
2023 USD rates Classic Epicurean
Whole boat charter for 6 24, 625 USD 26, 788 USD
Whole boat charter for 5 22, 603 USD 24, 405 USD
Whole boat charter for 4 20, 818 USD 22, 260 USD
Whole boat charter for 2 17, 561 USD 18, 282 USD
Cabin per person* 4300 USD
2023 EURO rates
Whole boat charter for 6 22, 320 EURO 24, 287 EURO
Whole boat charter for 5 20, 507 EURO 22, 127 EURO
Whole boat charter for 4 20, 818 EURO 20, 181 EURO
Whole boat charter for 2 15, 975 EURO 16, 575 EURO
Cabin per person* 3868 EURO

* Price per person based on double occupancy; 2 cabins minimum required to confirm a cruise.
Sterling rates are available upon request, based on exchange rates at the time of booking

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)
Classic cruise:  All meals from dinner on day one to breakfast on the last day
Epicurean cruise:  All meals from dinner on day one to breakfast on the last day, including 5 gastronomic experiences ashore
All wines and open bar aboard
Escorted excursions included in the program
Use of 6 bicycles

Not included: 
Travel costs to the pick up/drop off point before and after the cruise
Travel and cancellation insurance

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