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8
Cabins
4
Crew
6
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Print Boat Info

Cruise along the tranquil waterways of Burgundy aboard the beautiful C'est la Vie. The experienced Captain and crew are eager to show you the French wonders of this renowned region. Sit back and relax on the sundeck as the countryside changes in front of your eyes or take a bike ride through the villages for your own adventure. The large king-bedded cabins and lovely salon with picture windows makes this eight passenger barge a true delight in comfort and a vacation of a lifetime!

Boat Details

Boat Size: 128 x 16 ft
Number of Cabins: 4
Crew: 6
Cruise Length: 6 nights
Departure Day: Sunday

Cabin Information

Suite 1
  • Twin or King
  • 226 sq ft
Suite 2
  • Twin or King
  • 226 sq ft
Suite 3
  • Twin or King
  • 220 sq ft
Suite 4
  • Twin or King
  • 236 sq ft
Note: All cabin sizes are approximate.

Boat Amenities

A/C
Bicycles
Sun Shade
Multiple Regions
Books & Games
Open Bar
Transfers
WIFI

Cabin Amenities

A/C
Hairdryers

Pickup Locations

3:00 PM, Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile

3:00 PM, Paris Hotel of Your Choice - Charter Only

Note: Pickup locations may be TBD on charter bookings.

Dropoff Location

12:00 PM, Central Location Paris

Note: dropoff locations may be TBD on charter bookings.

Boat Diagram

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Ravieres to St Florentin
Sunday
Welcome Aboard!
Paris to the "C'est la Vie" moored in Ravières
Your party will be met in Paris at 3pm by our driver and driven to the "C'est la Vie" which is moored in the town of Ravières. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first gourmet dinner aboard.
 
Monday
Sightseeing Abbey of Fontenay - Cruise to Ancy le Franc
Morning cruise to the village of Ancy le Franc, which will allow you time to walk off breakfast of locally baked croissants and other pastries. After a buffet lunch you will be driven to the Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay founded by St Bernard. Dating back to the 12th Century it is listed on the Unesco World Heritage site.
Returning to the "C'est La Vie" for dinner.
 
Tuesday
Sightseeing Chateau of Ancy la Franc - Cruise to Lézinnes: Dinner ashore at Hostellerie des Clos. 
You can walk or be driven for this mornings 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-Franc has been extensively and sensitively renovated. Return to the "C'est La Vie" for lunch and an afternoon cruise to Lézinnes from where you will be driven to the village of Chablis for your dinner ashore at the charming restaurant Hostellerie des Clos.
 
Wednesday
Sightseeing Noyers with its local market - Cruise to Tanlay.
Local markets in the French countrysideMorning visit to the medieval town of Noyers. Where you can walk through the cobbled streets enjoying the local market and discover the old ramparts and half timbered buildings from the 15th/16th centuries along the banks of the river Serein. Drive back to the "C'est La Vie" through fields of wheat and grazing animals for lunch and an afternoon cruise on the Burgundy Canal to Tanlay now lined by poplar trees, a perfect moment to put on your walking shoes and explore the towpath and small villages along the way. Dinner aboard.
 
Thursday
Sightseeing Chablis - Cruise to Flogny la chapelle
We take a morning cruise and pass through the old town of Tonnerre with buildings from many eras, including Roman and Medieval, before our afternoon visit to the town of Chablis, where you can taste some of the famous white wines of this region in one of their local cellars and enjoy a drive through vine yards which cover the hill sides for as far as the eye can see. Returning to the "C'est la Vie for another gourment dinner aboard
 
Friday
Sightseeing in Auxerre - Cruise to St Florentin
The historical town of Auxerre in BurgundyThis morning's cruise will take us to the town of St Florentin by early afternoon. After lunch drive to the town of Auxerre. On the banks of the river Yonne this historic town, first settled by the Romans boasts a Cathedral, an Abbey and a Church. With buildings dating back to medieval times this is the ideal place to stroll along its narrow streets and window shop or just sit and relax with a coffee in one of its many cafés reflecting on Napoleon, Joan of Arc or Charles VII who all passed through this elegant town. Return to the "C'est La Vie" for the Captain's Dinner, which ends your cruise in style.
 
Saturday
Breakfast and Farewell
After breakfast, you'll be chauffeured back to Paris for the end of the morning. We hope to see you again on the "C'est la Vie"!
Chateau-Thierry to Maizy
Sunday
Welcome Aboard!
Welcome to C'est la Vie! Paris to the C'Est la Vie moored in Chateau -Thierry
Your party will be met in Paris at 3pm by our driver and driven to the C'est la Vie which is moored in the town of Chateau - Thierry. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first gourmet dinner aboard.
 
Monday
Sightseeing WW1 Battlefield and cemetery of Belleau-Wood. Cruise to Cumières.
From Chateau -Thierry drive to the impressive American monument on hill 204 that dominates the hillside above the town and which commemorates the actions of American divisions that fought here in 1918, then follow the line of defensive positions taken up by the US 2nd division during the German spring offensive. Arrive at Belleau Wood where the US Marines fought their first offensive engagement of the conflict, before paying our respects at the beautifully maintained cemetery and chapel. Return to the C'est la Vie for lunch and afternoon cruise on the picturesque River Marne passing charming villages and in the distance the great statue of pope Urban II and the chateau of La Veuve Clicquot.  Dinner aboard the C'est la Vie.
 
Tuesday
Sightseeing, Epernay, Champagne tasting.  Cruise to Condé sur Marne 
Morning cruise leaving the River Marne for the Marne canal, a perfect moment to put on your walking shoes and explore the towpath and small villages along the way. Afternoon visit to the famous Champagne town of Epernay with a private tour and tasting at the headquarters of Moet & Chandon with its 18 miles of cellars where it is said that 30 million bottles are stored! This elite company was founded in 1793 and was characterized from the beginning by international markets with such high-level contacts as Madame Pompadour and Napoleon. Learn about the monk Dom Perrignon and visit his church perched high above the Marne valley at Hautvillers. Dinner aboard the C'est La Vie.
 
Wednesday
Sightseeing, Museum of the Surrender. Cruise to Silery. Dinner at les Crayères.
Morning visit to the museum of the surrender situated in the suburbs of Reims, the building served as General Eisenhower's S.H.A.E.F headquarters and war room, it was here that the German surrender was accepted from General Jodl on the 7th May 1945. A pleasant afternoon cruise through a flight of locks with a good opportunity to walk or cycle.  In the evening take the short drive into Reims and the Michelin rated restaurant "Les Crayeres" situated in the Grand mansion built by Madame Pommery. 
 
Thursday
Sightseeing, Reims, Gothic Cathedral & Museum. Cruise to Courcy.
We take a morning cruise and pass through the city of Reims to the village of Courcy. Return by mini bus to Reims, the capital of Champagne. The city with its Gallo-Roman origins was severely damaged by German bombardment from the heights to the north and become a symbol for the martyrdom of France during WW 1, its reconstruction, especially of its Gothic Cathedral, which was the site of coronation for many of France's kings, would come to represent recovery and reconciliation. The city now offers a wonderful blend of history and culture with sidewalk cafés and sophisticated shops, as well as a fine arts museum. Also tour the museum situated in the old arch-bishop's residence, the Palais de Tau. Then back to the C'est la Vie for cocktails and dinner.
 
Friday
Sightseeing, The Chemin des Dames. Cruise to Maizy.
This morning's cruise takes us to the town of Maizy. Plenty of time to enjoy the sun deck or put on your walking shoes to discover the sights from the towpath.  After lunch take a drive along the picturesque Picardy countryside and the infamous Chemin des Dames (ladies way) paved during the reign of Louis XV in order to ease the journey of his daughters, but now recognised as being the site of some of France’s fiercest battles of WWI. It was here that trench warfare began 100 years ago and from which a stalemate ensued from 1914 -1917. Return to the C'est La Vie for the Captain's dinner which ends your cruise in style.
 
Saturday
Breakfast and Farewell
After breakfast, you'll be chauffeured back to Paris for the end of the morning. We hope to see you again on the C'est la Vie!
Upper Loire - Sancerre to Montargis
Sunday
Welcome Aboard!
Your party will be met in Paris at 3pm 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, and after introductions to the crew, you have time to settle into your spacious cabins before your first gourmet dinner aboard.
 
Monday
Sightseeing in Sancerre
On our way, this morning we cruise to the village of Beaulieu, after lunch we take a short drive through the vineyards to visit to the fortified town of Sancerre, where you will have a private wine tasting of this famous Sauvignon Blanc. This hill top medieval site gives you panoramic views over the Loire River and of the neighbouring vineyards of Pouilly Fumé. Return to the “C’est la Vie” for dinner.
 
Tuesday
Sightseeing Chateau of St Fargeau
This morning’s cruise takes us to the town of Ouzouer sur Trézée, crossing over the Loire River at Briare on the “Pont Canal”, this aqueduct was designed by Gustave Eiffel, construction of the canal bridge started in 1890. The Château of St Fargeau, pictured above, 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. Returning on board in time for cocktails and dinner.
 
Wednesday
Sightseeing Faiencerie of Gien, Dinner ashore
From Ouzouer sur Trézée we drive to the town of Gien, the world famous centre for French table ware. 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. Here you will see 7 remarkable old locks, (hence its name Sept Ecluses) dating back to the reign of Henry IV, it was a major feat of engineering for its time. Tonight we dine ashore at a local restaurant.
 
Thursday
Sightseeing Château of Sully sur Loire
Today we cruise to the village of Montbouy. After lunch you will be driven to the Château of Sully, it is a prime example of a medieval fortress built by the river Loire, from the latter part of the 14th Century with such royal visitors as Queen Anne of Austria (Louis XIV mother) and Cardinal Mazarin, it deserves its place in history. We head back to the C’est La Vie with time to relax before dinner.
 
Friday
Sightseeing in Montargis
Meandering along the canal, Montargis is our last port of call, with its 131 bridges, you can see why it is nick named “little Venice”. After lunch take a stroll around 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
Breakfast and Farewell
After breakfast, you'll be chauffeured back to Paris for the end of the morning. We hope to see you again on the C'est la Vie!

SAMPLE MENU

Breakfast:

The buffet includes fresh breads, croissants and pastries purchased everyday from the local boulangerie. Also you can choose from cereals, yogurts, fresh fruit, cheeses & cold meats. Regular and decafe coffee/tea and juices. Eggs are available upon request.

 

Lunch:

The lunch buffet consists of a choice of salads, quiches, pates, dishes or soup are served in inclement weather. With a selection of regional cheeses and wines.

 

Dinner:

Your dinner consists of a full four course meal including appetizer, entree, cheese and dessert. Accompanying wines are served, followed by coffee and liqueurs.

 

Captain's Dinner:

Dinner is on board.  The Captain will have dinner with the passengers unless otherwise determined.

 

Meals Ashore:

Dinner ahore included at Hostellerie des Clos

 

2019 RATES
ACCOMMODATION VALUE REGULAR
Stateroom Per Person $6,995 $7,495
Single Supplement $3,695 $4,995
Charter 6 Passenger $47,400 $52,200
Charter 7 Passenger $50,400 $55,300
Charter 8 Passenger $53,600 $58,400

 

2020 RATES
ACCOMMODATION VALUE REGULAR
Stateroom Per Person $6,995 $7,495
Single Supplement $3,695 $4,995
Charter 6 Passenger $47,400 $52,200
Charter 7 Passenger $50,400 $55,300
Charter 8 Passenger $53,600 $58,400

 

2020 DEPARTURE DATES
April 12-18, 19-25, 26-2 VALUE
May 3-9, 10-16 VALUE
May 17-23, 24-30, 31-6 REGULAR
June 7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-4 REGULAR
July 5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-01 VALUE
August 2-8, 9-15 VALUE
August 16-22, 23-29, 30-05 REGULAR
Sept 6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-03 REGULAR
Oct 4-10, 11-17 REGULAR
Oct 18-24, 25-31 VALUE

Cruise cost includes

Six night accommodations, chauffeured transfers from Paris to the barge and return, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch and dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of bicycles

Cruise cost does not include

Airfare to and from your destination, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

 

2019 CRUISING SCHEDULE
DEPARTURE  ROUTE SEASON
April 14, 21, 28 Ravieres & St. Florentin Value
May 5 Ravieres & St. Florentin Value
May 19, 26 Ravieres & St. Florentin  Regular
June 2, 9, 16  St. Florentin & Ravieres  Regular
June 30 Meaux & Sillery Regular
July 7, 14, 21, 28 Meaux & Sillery Value
Aug 4 Meaux & Sillery Value
Aug 11 Meaux & Montargis Regular
Aug 18, 25 Montargis & Sancerre Regular
Sept 22 Montargis & Sancerre Regular 
Sept 29 Montargis & St. Florentin Regular 
Oct 6 Ravieres & St. Florentin Regular
Oct 13, 20 Ravieres & St. Florentin Value