Accommodations & Amenities

  • Four cabins with ensuite shower bath
  • Three winows on each exterior side
  • 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
Public Area
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • Large windows in salon, dining room
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 and Chomano hand brakes
  • Adjustable seats/handlebars and locks
  • Selection of men’s and women’s bicycles


Travel from Ravieres to St. Florentin on the Canal de Bourgogne

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Welcome Aboard
Travel: Transfer to Ravieres
Meals: Dinner onboard

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

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Discover the Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay
Travel: Ravieres to Ancy le Franc
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

In the morning, a relaxing stroll or gentle pedal along the towpath is the perfect way to enjoy your first cruise. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to the exquisite World Heritage Unesco site of Abbaye de Fontenay, founded by St. Bernard in 1118. Representing a distinctive example of early Cistercian architecture, Fontenay offers an exceptional glimpse of a devoutly religious life, with its peaceful gardens, placid ponds, and stately structures. Cocktail hour and dinner await back onboard.

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The Art of Chateau Ancy le Franc
Travel: Ancy le Franc to Lezinnes
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboard, dinner ashore

This morning's guided excursion to the Renaissance chateau of Ancy le Franc is a highlight of the week's itinerary. Renowned for its 16th-century frescoes, which arguably rival those of Fontainebleau, Ancy le Franc has been sensitively renovated and restored. An afternoon cruise provides the perfect time to explore the towpath with a leisurely stroll or gentle pedal. Tonight, you will be driven to the town of Chablis for your dinner ashore at the charming restaurant Hostellerie des Clos.

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Market Day in a Medieval Village
Travel: Lezinnes to Tanlay
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Your Tour Guide accompanies you on a morning visit to a local market in the village of Noyers. A study of modern life thriving within 15th century medieval architecture, residents are proud that Noyers has been officially designated as one of the prettiest towns in France. Taste locally made cheese, discover the old ramparts, and admire the intact half-timbered houses. Your Tour Guide returns you to the barge for a lazy afternoon cruise. Laze on deck with a glass of wine from Captain Olivier's cellar and watch the scenery slip by. Cocktail hour precedes another gourmet dinner.

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Pampered Grapes, An Iconic Wine
Travel: Tanlay to Flogny la Chapelle
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

The day begins with a morning cruise, offering plenty of time to relax on deck, or explore the region's abundant natural beauty with a leisurely stroll or gentle pedal along the towpath. In the afternoon, your Tour Guide chauffeurs you to the iconic vineyards of Chablis. Here, meet the viticulturists who expertly grow the pampered grapes from which this white wine is exclusively produced. Samples of the vineyard's vintages are of course offered! Return to the C’est la Vie to relax before cocktail hour. Chef presents another gourmet dinner.

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Explore Historic Auxerre
Travel: Flogny la Chapelle to St. Florentin
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Start the day with a gentle morning cruise. In the afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to the lively town of Auxerre. Located on the banks of the River Yonne, this small city was first settled by the Romans, and boasts a Cathedral, an Abbey, and a Church; your Tour Guide introduces you to these structures of historical significance. Stroll along cobblestone streets, browse the boutiques, or enjoy a cafe in the town square. Your Tour Guide returns you to the barge to freshen up before tonight's final feast at the Captain's Dinner.

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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from St. Florentin
Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured 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

  • 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
  • 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
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Rates & Dates

Value Season
Regular Season
Private Cruise (up to 8 guests)$53,600$58,400
Private Cruise (up to 7 guests)$50,400$55,300
Private Cruise (up to 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

April14-20, 21-27, 28-4
May5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
June2-8, 9-15, 16-22
October6-12, 13-19, 20-26

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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