La vie en rose - burgundy

canal cruising in france

la vie en rose - burgundy

canal cruising in france

hotel barge in france

Food & Wine on board La Vie en Rose is a great opportunity for us to share
with you our « French Culture » deeply rooted in this « Pleasure of the Table ».

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la vie en rose - burgundy

Canal Barge in France

THE 6 PASSENGER BARGE la vie en rose

Built in 1930 in Holland, La Vie en Rose (formerly known as the Who Knows) was used for ferrying grain, stone, wood and other dry cargo in Europe. The barge was laid up in the centre of Paris for 17 years, where she was owned and lived by the famous American Actor Sterling Hayden. La Vie en Rose has three well appointed en-suite air conditionned cabins and two fabulous outside decks to take full advantage of the magnificent French scenery that slowly drifts by.

on board

itinerary - 6 nights along the « Canal du Centre » in southern Burgundy

SUNDAY - Saint-Julien-sur-Dheune

Guests are met at Le Creusot TGV railway station in the afternoon and taken by mini bus to La Vie en Rose, which is moored on the tranquil Canal du Centre in the pretty village of Saint-Julien-sur-Dheune. Champagne Welcome and dinner in the evening gives us the opportunity to chat about the coming weeks itinerary, while you gently unwind from your journey.

MONDAY - Saint-Julien-sur-Dheune to Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune

The day begins with a cruise to the village of Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune wich will be our mooring for the evening. After a lunch aboard La Vie en Rose, we visit by mini bus the famous « Château de Couches » known as the « Château de Marguerite de Bourgogne ». It is a magnificent XIIe Century fortress classified to the « Monument Historique » which presents all the differents phases of its building from end XIe up to XIXe. On the way back to La Vie en Rose, we will go through the charming 3 villages of « Maranges » and of course, a tasting !

TUESDAY - Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune to Santenay

We depart Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune for a leisurely cruise to the village of Santenay, which nestles amongst the famous vineyards and preserved landscape of the Southern Côte de Beaune. This morning we will take the « Route des Grands Crus » from Santenay up to the Village of Pommard with the famous French Car the « 2 CV ». The Captain will take you for lunch at the beautiful village of Pommard (local auberge) after which we depart for the visit of the wonderful Château de la Rochepot. This fairytale like chateau was restored after being ransacked during the revolution ans is now on of the finest example of chateau for the period. We return to La Vie en Rose for a restful evening and dinner on board.

WEDNESDAY - Santenay to Chagny

We start the day with a short cruise to the town of Chagny where we will moor for the evening. After a relaxing breakfast we depart for the historic town of Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy. Today is the market day and our visit will include the historic « Hospice de Beaune » and the Hotel Dieu, built in the XVe century. You will be invited for lunch to the restaurant « Le Conty » a wonderful dining place with a pleasant cellar atmosphere. We will dedicate the afternoon for a wine tasting at the famous Patriarche Cellars. These cellars are the longest in Burgundy, and the history of the wine merchant’s is one of the oldest. We return to La Vie en Rose through the vineyards for a restful evening and dinner on board.

THURSDAY - Chagny to Fragnes

This morning we continue with our cruise towards Fragnes, ideally situated to discover the « Côte Chalonnaise », where we will moor for the evening. In the south of the Côte de Beaune, the Côte Chalonnaise propose ruby-coloured red wine and delicate white wine of great renown coming from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay or Aligoté. After lunch taken on board, we have arranged a private tasting at the Château de Chamirey in Mercurey. The De Villard family owner of the Château, old acquaintance of the Captain family will give you a warm welcome. After the tasting you might also wish to enjoy a short drive to discover the magnificent views offered by this region. To continue this wonderful evening you will enjoy a gastronomic dinner at « Lameloise » the only Michelin 3 stars *** restaurant in Burgundy, icon of the French cuisine.

FRIDAY - Fragnes to Verdun-sur-le-Doubs

This morning we take a short car ride to the town of Chalon-sur-Saone (the birthplace of the photography). Chalon has a Cathedral with a lovely square surrounded by medieval buildings. A is it market day today, the square filled with fruit and vegetables stalls and the other streets littered with all sorts of market traders selling a plethora of goods. A real insight into french life. We return to La Vie en Rose for lunch and a leisurely cruise to the village of Verdun-sur-le-Doubs. This evening your farewell meal starts with cocktails and canapés on the deck overlooking the Saône river.

SATURDAY - Verdun-sur-le-Doubs

After a last breakfast, guests are taken by our private chauffeur to Le Creusot TGV railway station in good time to catch their train.

On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

  • cruise


    price per person

    single supplement

    6 passenger charter

    5 passenger charter

    4 passenger charter

  • 2018 season
    6 nights all inclusive

    3 June / 23 September 2018

    US$ 4600

    US$ 2200

    US$ 28000

    US$ 25000

    US$ 22000

Price for La Vie en Rose includes:

Cruise Rate Includes: • Seven days and six nights on the barge with use of 3 cabins and private bathrooms from 1600hrs Sunday until 0930hrs on the following Saturday. • Pick up and drop off at Le Creusot train station or at a pre-arranged hotel in or around. • Only one pick-up and drop off destination may chosen for the whole group. • All meals during the week • 3 meals taken ashore including a Michelin starred*** restaurant (wine not included). •All transports to and from restaurants where needed. • All wines and open bar aboard the barge. • All escorted excursions included in the program. • Use of six bicycles (helmets not included).

These rates do not include:
•Wine taken ashore at the restaurant at customers expense • Insurance • Personal expenses • Gratuities to the crew (between 7 and 10%).

To avoid currency exchange fees

• Australians can pay in Australian dollars by direct deposit or credit card. • New Zealanders can pay in New Zealand dollars by direct deposit or credit card. • US citizens will be charged in US dollars using credit card.


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Bon voyage!