Accommodating up to 6 passengers
La Vie en Rose is rated 4 star
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
4G onboard (subject to 4G coverage)
Click on any photo to begin the slide show, with photos of the barge and cruise program
Paul; USA 2019
On behalf of our security team, I would like to express our gratitude to Captain Arsie of Hotel Barge La Vie en Rose and his Crew. On June 16 through June 22, 2019, Capt. Arsie provided great assistance to our security detail while operational in France. The Captain and his Crew played a key role with planning, logistics and operations.
Captain Arsie and his Crew were professional, knowledgeable, and patient. Their ability to adapt and overcome the route changes and to amend to our unusual security requests was exceptional. Our mission was a success due to the assistance of Captain Arsie.
We appreciate all the support you provided our team for this mission and look forward to working with your company in the future.
- Best Regards,
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 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.
We were delighted to add Le Vie en Rose to our fleet in 2019, and she has proven very popular. 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 interesting history. She was built in 1930 as a working barge to carry cargo throughout Europe and 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 8 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 true 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.
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 alcoves, 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.
Guests are met at either the main 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.
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 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 through the 3 villages of Marange for a wine tasting, of course!
We return to La Vie en Rose for dinner aboard.
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. Our excursion today takes us along the Route des Grands Crus, from Santenay to Pommard, where you can admire the beautiful landscape and vineyards, which have served this region for hundreds of years.
After a delicious lunch on board, we will enjoy a private tour of the Chateau de Rully, a medieval fortress built in the 12th century, that has remained in the same family since then. The owner will be your guide, giving a unique view of his family history and a wine tasing in the old kitchen of the Chateau.
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 short cruise to Chagny, a small market town. After breakfast, we take the minibus for a trip to Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy and a place full of history and exceptional architecture. We'll begin at the colourful market which awakens the senses before moving on to 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.
It's time for lunch: We may have a surprise for you today.
The afternoon is the perfect time for wine tasting and today we visit the Patriarche Cellars, which are the longest cellars in Burgundy with the oldest history.
We will then return driving amid the vineyards 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, a village ideally situated for the discovery of the Cote Chalonnaise, we continue our wine and culinary adventure. 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.
Family connections come into play today as, after lunch on board, we join an old acquaintance of the Captain for a private wine tasting at the Chateau de Chamirey in Mercurey. The Devillard family have grown wine here for 4 generations and take pride in their beautiful domain. This promises to be a wonderful experience.
After the tasting, we may take a short drive to discover the magnificent views here: Cameras at the ready!
We return to La Vie en Rose to relax and enjoy dinner.
Fragnes - Seurre
For our last full day together, we begin with an excursion to nearby Chalon-Sur-Saone, a fine 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 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.
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 to 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 wonderful week spent afloat aboard La Vie en Rose.
After a good breakfast to see you on your way, transfers to Le Creusot TGV railway station are provided in good time for your return to Paris.
Au revoir et à bientôt!
|2020 USD rates|
|Whole boat charter for 6||23908 USD|
|Whole boat charter for 5||21945 USD|
|Whole boat charter for 4||20212 USD|
|Whole boat charter for 2||17050 USD|
|Cabin per person*||4175 USD|
|2020 EURO rates|
|Whole boat charter for 6||21670 EURO|
|Whole boat charter for 5||19910 EURO|
|Whole boat charter for 4||18370 EURO|
|Whole boat charter for 2||15510 EURO|
|Cabin per person*||3756 EURO|
* Price per person based on double occupancy; 2 cabins minimum required to confirm a cruise
Sterling rates 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)
All meals from dinner on day one to breakfast on the last day
All wines and open bar aboard
Escorted excursions included in the program
Use of 6 bicycles
Travel costs to the pick up/drop off point before and after the cruise
Travel and cancellation insurance