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C'Est La Vie







C'Est La Vie: Luxury Canal Cruise in France on the Canal de Bourgogne In Northern Burgundy and In The Upper Loire Cruise In France On The Canal de Bourgogne In Northern Burgundy and In The Upper Loire Aboard The Ultra Deluxe Hotel-Barge C'EST LA VIE


BARGE CRUISES: SEVEN DAYS/SIX NIGHTS
Special Places Travel Logo.  EMAIL: info@specialplacestravel.com or PHONE: 1-877-642-2743 (001.443.321.3614 outside US/Canada).The 8-passenger C'est la Vie invites you to join its owners, Olivier and Deb Megret, and crew as it cruises both in Northern Burgundy and in the Upper Loire. Starting life as a commercial barge in 1960 it transported goods across Holland, Belgium and France before being converted in Belgium to a very high standard in 2004. Olivier and Deborah purchased C'est La Vie after long and distinguished careers with other hotel barge companies. We have known Olivier and Deb since before they owned C'est la Vie and always enjoy our visits with them. We have stayed on board and thoroughly enjoyed their cuisine, wonderful wines and excursions and can attest to the fact that they always provide an outstanding barge cruise.

This luxury hotel barge is fully equipped with all the modern amenities. On the upper deck the lounge and dining areas are air-conditioned and numerous windows give you a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside. The outside sun deck with teak floor and furniture is the perfect spot to dine alfresco or relax under the sun canopy which gives shade to all the deck or can be adjusted for those who like the warmth of the summer sun. The wheel house offers passengers the chance to visit the captain and enjoy the cruise from a different perspective.

The Cherrywood-panelled walls and ceiling edged in black Ironwood give the four spacious staterooms a feeling of warmth, with three windows on each side, where light filters through at all times of the day. The staterooms are 220- 236 sq ft with a king size bed or two twin beds and an ensuite bathroom with shower and marble-topped vanity. It is one of the few barges with both 220 and 110 volt sockets.

From April through July it cruises on the centuries-old Burgundy Canal. The barge will moor in picturesque, medieval villages and meander through miles of magnificent countryside dotted with wineries and chateaux, where superb wines, bountiful regional cheeses and sumptuous foods are synonymous with the good life in this part of the country. The itinerary in Northern Burgundy developed by Captain Olivier includes visits to the Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay, the Renaissance Chateau of Ancy le Franc and the historic town of Auxerre. A drive through the vineyards to Chablis for a wine tasting will highlight the beauty of this well known area.

In August through October C'est la Vie will cruise on the Canal de Briare and Canal Lateral a La Loire. These canals in the Upper Loire region just west of Northern Burgundy are among the most beautiful in France. Your daily excursions will include a visit to the fortified town of Sancerre, where you will have a private wine tasting of this famous Sauvignon Blanc, as well as a visit to the Château of St Fargeau dating from the 10th century and the Château de la Bussiere, a prime example of a medieval fortress built in the 12th century.

Sit back and unwind as your cruise takes you into the peaceful and tranquil life that defines rural France. Walk, jog or bike on the various towpaths along the way or relax on the sun deck and soak up the rays and enjoy the ever-changing vistas. Explore the route on one of the bicycles provided on board as you breeze along the riverbank, or stroll through the picturesque villages along the towpath and meet up with the boat at the next lock.


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C'Est La Vie's Deck Plan


C'Est La Vie's Deck Plan


Dining Aboard The C'est La Vie:
SAMPLE MENU

A taste of the gourmet cuisine served aboard the C'est La Vie. DINNER


SAMPLE WINE MENU

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Passenger Comments:


I have been on and off boats my entire life and hold a 100 ton master mariner's license and can say with some authority that C'est La Vie is a magnificent vessel from its first-rate state of polish and maintenance to its fine compliment of machinery and systems. Quite truthfully, I was prepared to "rough it" a bit in the cabin and the head as my wife was apprehensive about those same issues. Our trip got off to a perfect start when she stepped aboard and noted that the main salon was lovely and then entered our cabin and realized the spacious cabin a large modern bath required no compromise for being on a boat. Happy wife: happy life.
M.B. NY USA Jun 2016

Best trip of my life--and I've traveled often. The meals and wines were unbelievable--couldn't have been better. The excursions were interesting and well researched and the cruise route [in Champagne] was beautiful.
L.P. MA USA Sep 2015

We were thrilled to be back on the C'est la Vie. The trip surpassed the first time we were on it two years ago. I believe the crew is better and more able to handle the tiniest details for each passenger. And they went out of their way to be sure we all got to where we needed to be on the day of our departure. The meals were extraordinary. Max is by far the best chef we have ever encountered.
A&C S. MA USA Sep 2015

This was a totally new area for me. I enjoyed the champagne region, beautiful countryside and World War I history. The highlights were the delicious champagne and wine, the excursions with Glenn, the excellent service we received from our kind staff and relaxing and having fun with good friends on such a beautiful barge.
S.J., CO, USA, September 2014

I can't even begin to decribe how wonderful it was. Impecable service, wonderful Chef, great crewman, Absolutely fabulous tours and knowledge from Glen. The ship was beautiful and immaculate. The service was above and beyond anything I would have expected. Glen, the tour guide is so passionate about the history that I was encouraged to read about it and learn more. perfect! I could go on forever but I would highly recomend this particular barge, crew and experience. Thank you!
KW., CA, USA, September 2014

The trip was Fabulous! Totally relaxing and enjoyable. The cabins were wonderfully large, very comfortable and extremely quiet and the service was perfect! The meals and wines were delicious, with very-well-selected wine pairings. Olivier has done a wonderful job of cellaring a variety of wines that showcase the best of the region and complement both the tours and the food. The excursions were lovely, and our guide was extremely informative, warm and courteous. His knowledge and insight made the sights come alive for us in ways they otherwise wouldn't have, and the books on board the barge were a nice complement to his talks.
R.A., TX, USA, October 2014

Excellent experience. Will be hard to find a better trip. The cabins were very comfortable, clean, quiet. The L'Occitane toiletries were a nice touch. Never without clean towels. Plenty of room for clothes and luggage. The meals and wines were excellent. Many choices and so good. Chef Joe was great, even made me extra coconut ice cream. The wines were wonderful and we liked the presentation of the wines and cheeses. Liked the small no. of passengers. Felt our treatment was more individualized. The largest ship I have been on is 500 passengers. Can't imagine being on a mega passenger ship. Liked all side trips etc. being in the price.
K.Y., CA, USA, June 2014

SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Burgundy: Canal de Bourgogne
Ravieres to St. Florentin, April 16 to July 23, 2017

Highlights: Chablis, Chateau of Ancy-le Franc, Noyers, Abbey of Fontenay, Auxerre.
Restaurant: Hostellerie-des-Clos


Sunday - Welcome to C'est la Vie. Paris to C'est la Vie moored in Ravieres.
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 Ravieres. 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 allows 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 as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Return to the C'est La Vie for dinner.

Tuesday - Sightseeing Chateau of Ancy le Franc. Cruise to Lezinnes
You can walk or be driven for this morning's visit to the gorgeous Renaissance Chateau of Ancy le Franc. Renowned for its 16th Century wall paintings and frescos, which are said to rival those of Fontainebleau, Ancy-le-Franc has been extensively and sensitively renovated. Return to C'est La Vie for lunch and an afternoon cruise to the small town of Lezinnes. You will be driven to the village of Chablis for your dinner ashore at the Hostellerie-des-Clos (www.hostellerie-des-clos.fr).

Wednesday - Sightseeing in Noyers with its local market. Cruise to Tanlay.
Morning 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 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 with poplar trees. This is a perfect moment to put on your walking shoes and explore the canal 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 vineyards which cover the hill sides for as far as the eye can see. Return to C'est la Vie for another gourmet dinner aboard.

Friday - Sightseeing in Auxerre. Cruise to St Florentin.
This morning's cruise will take us to the town of St Florentin, arriving 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 cafes reflecting on Napoleon, Joan of Arc or Charles VII who all passed through this elegant town. Return to C'est La Vie for the Captain's Dinner, which ends your cruise in style.

Saturday - Return to Paris.
After breakfast, you will be chauffeured back to Paris, arriving by about noon. We hope to see you again on the C'est la Vie!

Note: On alternate cruise weeks this cruise will operate in the reverse direction. Itineraries are subject to change.


SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Upper Loire: Canal de Briare, Canal Lateral la Loire
Sancerre to Montargis, August 6 to October 22, 2017

Highlights: Sancerre winery, Faiencerie of Gien, Château de St Fargeau, Montargis, Château de La Bussiere, Canal bridge of Briare, Local Restaurant

Sunday - Welcome to  the  C'est la Vie moored on the Canal Latéral a la Loire!               
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 to the C'est La Vie, 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. Cruise to Beaulieu
On our way, this morning we cruise to the village of Beaulieu.  After lunch we take a short drive through the vineyards to visit the fortified town of Sancerre. This hill top medieval site gives you panoramic views over the Loire river and of the neighboring vineyards of Pouilly Fumé.  The town of Chavignol (also famous for its goat cheese) is where you will have a private wine tasting of this famous Sauvignon Blanc. Return to the C'est la Vie for dinner.

Tuesday - Sightseeing Chateau de St Fargeau. Dinner ashore. Cruise to Ouzouer-sur-Trézée
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 famous aqueduct was designed by Gustave Eiffel and the construction of this canal bridge started in 1890. The Château of St Fargeau 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.  Dinner ashore at the 1-Star Michelin restaurant Auberge des Templiers

Wednesday - Sightseeing Faiencerie of Gien. Cruise to Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses.
From Ouzouer-sur-Trézée we drive to the town of Gien, the world famous center for French tableware.  After a visit to the pottery, take a walk through this market town and discover its remarkable history. There has been a settlement here on the banks of the Loire river 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 which was a major engineering feat for its time.  Dinner aboard the C'est la Vie.

Thursday - Sightseeing Château de La Bussiere. Cruise to Montbouy.
If you haven't already put on your walking shoes, now is the perfect time as we cruise to the village of Montbouy. After lunch you will be driven to the Château de La Bussiere; it is a prime example of a medieval fortress built in the 12th Century. It has been open to the public since 1962, when the Count Henri de Chasseval decided to exhibit his extensive collection of material and pieces of art from around the world about fishing. But it's not all about fishing; there are the grounds to visit with its 18th Century vegetabel garden and a pond with a 300-year-old Lebanon Cedar tree and much more.  We head back to the C'est La Vie with time to relax before dinner.

Friday - Sightseeing Montargis, Cruise to Montargis
Meandering along the canal, Montargis is our last port of call, with its 131 bridges, you can see why its nick name is "little Venice". After lunch take a stroll around and discover the feudal castle, the half timbered buildings, shops and cafes and perhaps buy some Pralines for which Montargis is famous.  The C'est la Vie awaits your return for the Captain's dinner, which ends your cruise in style.

Saturday - Return to Paris
After breakfast, you will be chauffeured back to Paris for the end of the morning. We look forward to your company again on the C'est la Vie! 

Note:  This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.  The cruise route is run in reverse on alternate weeks and can be different due to locale conditions. 




C'est la Vie
2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 16 Ravieres-St. Florentin Value
Apr 23 St. Florentin-Ravieres Value
Apr 30 Ravieres-St. Florentin Value
May 7 St. Florentin-Ravieres Value
May 14 Ravieres-St. Florentin Value
May 21 St. Florentin-Ravieres Regular
May 28 Ravieres-St. Florentin Regular
Jun 4 St. Florentin-Ravieres Regular
Jun 11 Ravieres-St. Florentin Regular
Jun 18 St. Florentin-Ravieres Regular
Jun 25 Ravieres-St. Florentin Regular
Jul 2 St. Florentin-Ravieres Regular
Jul 9 Ravieres-St. Florentin Value
Jul 16 St. Florentin-Ravieres Value
       
Cruise Schedule* ... continued

Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 23 Ravieres-St. Florentin Value
Jul 30 St. Florentin-Montargis Value
Aug 6 Montargis-Sancerre Value
Aug 13 Sancerre-Montargis Regular
Aug 20 Montargis-Sancerre Regular
Aug 27 Sancerre-Montargis Regular
Sep 3 Montargis-Sancerre Regular
Sep 10 Sancerre-Montargis Regular
Sep 17 Montargis-Sancerre Regular
Sep 24 Sancerre-Montargis Regular
Oct 1 Montargis-Sancerre Regular
Oct 8 Sancerre-Montargis Regular
Oct 15 Montargis-Sancerre Value
Oct 22 Sancerre-Montargis Value

2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 16 Ravieres-St. Florentin Value
Apr 23 St. Florentin-Ravieres Value
Apr 30 Ravieres-St. Florentin Value
May 7 St. Florentin-Ravieres Value
May 14 Ravieres-St. Florentin Value
May 21 St. Florentin-Ravieres Regular
May 28 Ravieres-St. Florentin Regular
Jun 4 St. Florentin-Ravieres Regular
Jun 11 Ravieres-St. Florentin Regular
Jun 18 St. Florentin-Ravieres Regular
Jun 25 Ravieres-St. Florentin Regular
Jul 2 St. Florentin-Ravieres Regular
Jul 9 Ravieres-St. Florentin Value
Jul 16 St. Florentin-Ravieres Value
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 23 Ravieres-St. Florentin Value
Jul 30 St. Florentin-Montargis Value
Aug 6 Montargis-Sancerre Value
Aug 13 Sancerre-Montargis Regular
Aug 20 Montargis-Sancerre Regular
Aug 27 Sancerre-Montargis Regular
Sep 3 Montargis-Sancerre Regular
Sep 10 Sancerre-Montargis Regular
Sep 17 Montargis-Sancerre Regular
Sep 24 Sancerre-Montargis Regular
Oct 1 Montargis-Sancerre Regular
Oct 8 Sancerre-Montargis Regular
Oct 15 Montargis-Sancerre Value
Oct 22 Sancerre-Montargis Value

*Note: Cruise directions and sample itineraries may be in reverse and are subject to change and may depend on bookings and local navigation conditions. Alternate excursions of equal appeal are substituted when needed. For charter cruises special itineraries can be arranged.


The C'Est La Vie's route through Burgundy, from St Florentin to Ravieres on the Canal de Bourgogne.

The C'Est La Vie's route through Burgundy, from St Florentin to Ravieres on the Canal de Bourgogne. For a more detailed look at the cruise route, view our map of the Canal de Bourgogne.

The C'est la Vie's route through the Upper Loire region, on the Canal de Briare and the Canal Lateral a la Loire, from Montargis to Sancerre.

The C'est la Vie's route through the Upper Loire region, on the Canal de Briare and the Canal Lateral a la Loire, from Montargis to Sancerre. For a more detailed look at the cruise route, view our map of the Canal de Briare and the Canal Lateral a la Loire.



C'EST LA VIE
2017 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
TYPE VALUE
Apr 16 thru May 20
Jul 9 thru Aug 12
Oct 15 thru Oct 28
REGULAR
May 21 thru Jul 8
Aug 13 thru Oct 14
Cabin (per person, double occupancy)
$6,690
$6,990
Single Occupancy Supplement
$3,690
$4,990
Charter for 6
$45,300
$51,900
Charter for 7
$47,300
$53,900
Charter for 8
$49,300
$55,900


What's Included

Full Board Cruise:
- 7 days and 6 nights on the barge in suites with private baths
- Transfers from Paris to the barge and return via private minibus; Geneva transfers possible for charter groups.
- All meals beginning with dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Saturday, including one dinner at a local restaurant
- All wines with lunches and dinners
- Open bar
- All escorted side-excursions (hot air ballooning, golf, etc. at additional cost)
- Use of bicycles

Half Board Cruise:
- 7 days and 6 nights on the barge in suites with private baths
- Transfers from Paris to the barge and return via private minibus; Geneva transfers possible for charter groups.
- All breakfasts, all lunches and two dinners on board Sunday and Friday through breakfast on Saturday. Transportation provided to and from selected restaurants.
- All wines with lunches and dinners
- Open bar
- All escorted side-excursions (hot air ballooning, golf, etc. at additional cost)
- Use of bicycles

What's Not Included

Full Board Cruise:
- Overseas air transportation to Paris or Geneva and return
- Suggested minimum 5% gratuity for the crew, to be given to the captain in equivalent euros
- Trip cancellation insurance

Half Board Cruise:
- Four dinners ashore at passenger's expense (transportation provided)
- Overseas air transportation to Paris or Geneva and return
- Suggested minimum 5% gratuity for the crew, to be given to the captain in equivalent euros
- Trip cancellation insurance




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