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
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Welcome Aboard
Travel: Arrival to Sancerre
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 delightful town of Sancerre. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first of many gourmet dinners onboard.

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

C’est la Vie begins her morning journey by languidly gliding along the canal. Relax on deck or explore the towpath with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. This afternoon, your Tour Guide chauffeures you to Sancerre, a Medieval town, that was once a fortress and is perched high over the River Loire’s vineyards. A private wine tasting then introduces local vintages, while revealing the refined world of spirit pairings and flavor profiles. Back onboard, aperitifs and cocktails await, preceding a sumptuous multi-course dinner.

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

This morning, the C’est la Vie crosses the River Loire via the Pont Canal, an aqueduct designed by Gustav Eiffel. Guests can explore the aqueduct by foot alongside the barge, or enjoy the scenery from front row seating on deck. Upon mooring, your Tour Guide escorts you to the 10th century Chateau 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 to freshen up before a special dinner ashore at the Michelin starred Auberge des Templiers.

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

Start the day with a visit to the of Gien, famous for its exquisite French tableware and handmade pottery. Your Tour Guide will accompany you to the Gien factory, where artists are perfecting their craft by creating and painting the tableware. Watch them in action, and then shop and stroll your way through this town brimming with authentic French life. After a thorough visit, an afternoon cruise awaits, and you will pass the remains of seven remarkable canal locks dating from the 16th century. Cocktails and dinner served onboard round out the day.

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

During this morning's lazy cruise, relax on deck and admire the bucolic scenery gently drifting by, or explore the towpath by bicycle or on foot. Upon mooring, you Tour Guide will chauffeur you to Chateau de la Bussiere, a romantic 12th century chateau originally built as a fortress. Inside is an extensive collection of art illustrating the theme of fishing, while outside we may encounter the Countess working in her expansive vegetable and flower gardens. Back onboard, enjoy cocktails and canapes before Chef presents tonight's gourmet dinner.

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

Enjoy one last leisurely bicycle ride or stroll along the towpath while C’est la Vie completes her final journey into the colorful town of Montargis. Characterized by the charming canals which cross the town, Montargis boasts 131 flower laden bridges, explaining why it is affectionately known the "Venice of the Gatinais". Visit a confectionery shop for pralines, which were first created here in the time of Louis XIII. Return to the barge and freshen up before tonight's celebratory Captain’s Dinner, ending your cruise in style.

Saturday
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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from Montargis
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

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

Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

Month
Days
August18-24, 25-31
September1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-5

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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