Accommodations & Amenities

Cabins
  • Four cabins with ensuite shower bath
  • All with choice of one king or two twin beds
  • Suite 1 – 226 sq feet
  • Suite 2 – 226 sq feet
  • Suite 3 – 220 sq feet
  • Suite 4 – 236 sq feet
Also in Each Cabin
  • Cherry wood wardrobe
  • Hair dryer
  • 110 & 220 volt electrical outlets in cabin & bath
  • Two bathrobes
  • Three windows on each exterior side
Public Area
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • Comfortable salon and dining room
  • Large windows
Deck & Wheelhouse
  • 126 Feet Long
  • Spacious teak deck with lots of seating & awning if needed
  • Wheelhouse with comfortable guest seating
  • 8 B’Twin bicycles, 21 speed gears, hand brakes

Itineraries

Travel from Meaux to Sillery on the Marne River

Sunday
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Welcome Aboard
Travel: Arrival to Meaux
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the C'est la Vie at the designated meeting point. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored in the city of Meaux. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first of many gourmet dinners onboard.

Monday
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A Grand Chateau, a King’s Jealousy
Travel: Meaux to St. Jean-les-Deux-Jumeaux
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

A morning cruise begins the day. Relax on deck, or explore the towpath with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. This afternoon, a visit to the Chateau of Vaux le Vicomte reveals an enormous privately-owned property, festooned with grand gardens and harboring an intriguing history. Built by Nicholas Fouquet, finance minister to Louis XIV, the chateau's grandeur enraged the jealous King. Fouquet was jailed for the rest of his life, and the King built Versailles in retaliation! Return to the C’est la Vie for drinks and dinner.

Tuesday
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Military History Comes Alive
Travel: St. Jean-les-Deux-Jumeaux to Chateau Thierry
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning's lazy cruise drifts through a gorgeous landscape of villages, vineyards, pastures, and forests. Enjoy a cup of coffee on deck and watch the scenery slip by. This afternoon's excursion is to the nearby Belleau Wood, the scene of the second battle of the Marne in spring 1918, which ended the last German offensive of WWI. Overlooking Chateau Thierry is the massive French-American Friendship Monument and the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery. Return to the C'est la Vie where Chef is crafting another gourmet dinner.

Wednesday
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Bottoms Up!
Travel: Chateau Thierry to Damery
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner onboard

A morning cruise along the River Marne begins the day's many epicurean adventures. Bottoms up this afternoon! Your Tour Guide escorts you to the famed champagne producer Moet et Chandon in Epernay. Enjoy a tour and tasting at this iconic champagne producer. Next, visit Hautvillers, a charming village perched high over the expansive vineyards. Explore the unassuming church of monk Dom Perignon, who is credited for having "discovered" champagne. Cheers to Dom Perignon! Return to the barge for cocktail hour and tonight’s multi-course dinner.

Thursday
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Wine and Dine Your Way through Champagne
Travel: Damery to Tours sur Marne
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboard, dinner ashore

This morning, the C'est la Vie floats off the Marne River to continue her journey on the Canal Lateral a la Marne. This is the perfect time to explore the towpath's flora and fauna with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. This afternoon, meet and greet the local "champagnois" as your Tour Guide accompanies you to a family-owned vineyard nearby. A private tour of the property precedes a special tasting of their champagnes. Return to the barge and freshen up, as dinner is enjoyed ashore at the 3-star Michelin L’Assiette Champenoise. Bon appétit.

Friday
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Where French Royalty Was Crowned
Travel: Tours sur Marne to Sillery
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning's cruise through a flight of locks offers the final opportunity to enjoy a brisk walk or bicycle ride along the towpath. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to the Reims Cathedral. Explore the magnificent church where the Kings of France were crowned; Marc Chagall designed the stained glass installed in 1974 in the axis of the apse. Afterwards, stroll the streets of the pedestrian area, or enjoy a coffee in the town square. Tonight, canapes and cocktails precede the Captain’s Gala Dinner, ending your cruise in style!

Saturday
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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from Sillery
Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured back to the designated drop off point.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions.

Gourmet Dining

Lunch
  • New Roast Potatoes in Garlic olive oil and Rosemary
  • Tomatoes with Feta cheese and Olives
  • Smoked Chicken Salad with Kiwi, Blueberries, Grapefruit, Chives, Celery and Cucumber
  • Stuffed Gougere’s with Sundried Tomatoes and Mozzerella
  • Cheeses: Chaource and Lou Perac
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas and Biscuits
Dinner
  • Poached Quail Egg on a Confit of Vegetables and Basil Cream
  • Terrine of Foie gras in Port with Watermelon Chutney, Spiced Bread Mousse and Tomato Sorbet
  • Fillet of Young Lamb with Cooking Jus, Roasted Herb Polenta and Girolle Mushrooms
  • Cheeses: l’Ami du Chamberlin and Roquefort
  • Passion Fruit and Mango Macaroon
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
  • 1 Dinner Ashore Inclusive of the Cruise Rate
Wine
  • Beaune 1er Cru 2008 ‘les chouacheux’ domaine chantal lescure
  • Bourgogne Epineuil 2007
  • Santenay Maladiere 1er Cru 2007 domaine prieur brunet
  • Montagny 1er Cru 2008 domaine montuchot
  • Bourgogne Aligote 2007
  • Chablis 1er Cru 2007 ‘beauroy’ domaine geoffroy

Rates & Dates

Accommodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Cruise for 8 guests$53,600$58,400
Private Cruise for 7 guests$50,400$55,300
Private Cruise for 6 guests$47,400$52,200
Double Cabin (Per Person, Double Occupancy)$6,995$7,495
Single-Occupancy Supplement$3,695$4,995

2019 Dates

Italic Dates = Value Season
Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

Month
Days
June30-6
July7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-3
August4-10, 11-17

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath
  • chauffeured transfers from Paris to the barge & return
  • all meals – from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning
  • all wines with lunch & dinner
  • open bar
  • daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.
Not included in the rate
  • Airfare to and from France
  • cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

*All rates are quoted in U.S. Dollars unless otherwise noted.

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