Accommodations & Amenities

Cabins
  • 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

Itineraries

Travel from Sancerre to Montargis on the Canal de Briare

Sunday
Private Chauffeured Transfer from Paris to the Bargesunday image
Private Chauffeured Transfer from Paris to the Barge
Travel: Paris to Sancerre
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met at the designated meeting point by C’est la Vie crew. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored in the delightful town of Sancerre. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first of many gourmet dinners aboard.

Monday
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Sightseeing in Sancerre
Travel: Sancerre to Beaulieu
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

C’est la Vie begins her cruise journey languidly gliding along the canal. Relax on deck or explore the towpath with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. In the afternoon, your Tour Guide will chauffeur you to the vineyards of Sancerre, which produce a crisp and fragrant white wine. Sample and savor the region’s terroir at a private tour of a local cellar, and experience an immersion into the world of wine pairings and flavor profiles. Return to the C'est la Vie and freshen up before Chef presents another gourmet dinner.

Tuesday
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Architectural Adventures
Travel: Beaulieu to Ouzouer sur Trézée
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning’s cruise crosses over the Loire River at Briare on the “Pont Canal”, the famous aqueduct designed by Gustave Eiffel. Meander along the canal via bicycle or foot, or simply laze on deck with a cup of coffee or tea. Upon mooring, your Tour Guide escorts you to the 10th century Château of St Fargeau. Having undergone many additions and restorations, the chateau boasts six towers and has an unusual shape of a pentagon. Return to the barge, where cocktails and canapes precedes another gourmet dinner.

Wednesday
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Pearls of French Pottery
Travel: Ouzouer sur Trézée to Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboard, dinner ashore

This morning, the barge is carefully lifted (or lowered) through the “Seven Locks of Rogny”, a staircase of locks built in 1648, and an engineering marvel of its time. Upon mooring, your Tour Guide escorts you to the delightful town of Gien, famous for its French tableware and pottery. Shop and stroll your way through this charming town brimming with authentic French life. Tonight's dinner is very special, as it is taken ashore at a local auberge.

Thursday
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Discover One of France’s Palatial Chateaus
Travel: Rogny -les-Sept-Ecluses to Montbouy
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Start the day with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll on the towpath, or relax on deck as the barge gently cruises along the canal. In the afternoon, your Tour Guide will escort you to the Château of Sully. The château contains elaborate tapestries, paintings of Sully's ancestors and heirs, and seventeenth-century furnishings. Explore this fascinating example of a "château-fort", a true castle, built to control one of the few sites where the Loire can be forded. Return to the barge for cocktails and canapes before dinner.

Friday
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The Timeless Charm of a Delightful Village
Travel: Montbouy to Montargis
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Laze on deck during this morning's cruise, or enjoy one last gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. Your excursion today is to the town of Montargis, which reveals the timeless charm of the French countryside. Characterized by the canals which cross the town, there are 131 flower laden bridges, explaining why it is affectionately known the 'Venice of the Gatinais'. Visit a confectionery shop for pralines, which were created here in the time of Louis XIII. Return to the barge and freshen up for a celebratory Captain’s Dinner.

Saturday
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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer to Paris
Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured back to a designated drop off point in Paris.

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

Accomodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Cruise (up to 6 guests)$45,300$51,900
Private Cruise (for 7 guests)$47,300$53,900
Private Cruise (for 8 guests)$49,300$55,900
Double Cabin (Per Person, Double Occupancy)$6,690$6,990
Single-Occupancy Supplement$3,690$4,990

2017 Dates

Italic Dates = Value Season, Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season, Blue Bold Dates = High Season

Month
Days
August6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-2
September3-9, 10-16, 17-23, 24-30
October1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28

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.

Accomodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Cruise (up to 6 guests)$46,800$51,960
Private Cruise (for 7 guests)$49,000$53,900
Private Cruise (for 8 guests)$51,200$55,960
Double Cabin (Per Person, Double Occupancy)$6,695$6,995
Single-Occupancy Supplement$3,695$4,995

2018 Dates

Italic Dates = Value Season, Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season, Blue Bold Dates = High Season

Month
Days
July1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-3
August5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
September2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-5
October7-13, 14-20, 21-27

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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