La vie en rose - burgundy

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New barge, new route & unique
"FREEDOM cruise"

To offer a cruising opportunity to all, Alexandre welcomes B&B and full board passengers alike. In both cases,
guests will enjoy the privilege to cruise and stay on board La Vie en Rose for 7 days . Independent travellers
will select the "Freedom Cruise" while others looking to be pampered will choose the "Luxury Cruise".

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 been entirely refurbished in 2018. She offers 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

  • 2020 - 2021
    cruise description


    2 passenger charter

    4 passenger charter

    5 passenger charter

    6 passenger charter

  • great value 6 night
    freedom cruise

    april to october

    10700 Euros
    (the whole boat)
    2 to 6 persons

  • 6 night all inclusive
    luxury cruise

    april to october

    15510 Euros

    18370 Euros

    19910 Euros

    21670 Euros

  • 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.

    La Vie en Rose all inclusive cruise from 4361 Euros / person

    Explore Burgundy at a leisurely pace on board La Vie en Rose with Alexandre, your Captain at the helm. An opportunity to experience the French Culture. Burgundy is famous for its outstanding wines and its fabulous food. Enjoy!


    • 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 taken onboard.
    • 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).

    not included:
    • 4 Meals taken ashore at the restaurant (lunch or dinner) at customers expense. A selection of restaurants is proposed, guests are free to choose. • Travel costs to and from the agreed meeting point before and after the cruise. • Insurance • Personal expenses • Gratuities to the crew (between 7 and 10%).

    La Vie en Rose freedom CRUISE from 1783 Euros / person

    The Freedom Cruise has been set-up for people who wish to stay independent with an appropriate support for service and transport. As a self-catering cruise package, the cruise does not include meals (just breakfast) or any guided excursions. The guests are free to use all the barge’s equipment with our help and support.

    • Seven days and six nights B&B on the barge with use of 3 cabins and private bathrooms from 1600hrs Sunday until 0930hrs on the following Saturday.
    • Bed linen & towels provided.
    • End of the stay cleaning (no daily cleaning)
    • Pick up and drop off at Le Creusot train station or at a pre-arranged location.
    • Welcome aperitif
    • Breakfast buffet.
    • Use of six bicycles (helmets not included).
    • 9 seater air conditioned minibus with driver at disposal.
    • Welcome pack : Fresh flowers, fruit bowl, fresh bread, tea, coffee milk, sugar, butter and jam Bottled water and soft. A bottle of red and white wine. A bottle of rosé and crémant de Bourgogne.
    • Information pack: villages markets and shops along the route, available excursions nearby and a list of recommended restaurants with phone numbers and prices.
    • Handy pack : Hand soap, shower gel, shampoo, washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, washing detergent, toilet tissue and cleaning material.

    not included:
    • Meals (except breakfast). • Guided excursions • Insurance.


    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 ! We will finish this first day in a local auberge to discover the regional cooking (not included).

    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 . Today for lunch, you will discover « Le Cellier Volnaysien » (not included) a restaurant very appreciated by local people, then we depart for the visit of the Chateau de Rully, considered as “the most beautiful Renaissance Courtyard in France”. 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 (with a private guide) « Hospice de Beaune » and the Hotel Dieu, built in the XVe century. For lunch we propose the restaurant « Le Conty » (not included) 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 Devillard 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 dinner taken ashore (not included) in a local auberge or, if you wish a « Gatronomic Experience », you might appreciate « Lameloise » the only Michelin 3 stars *** restaurant in Burgundy, icon of the French cuisine.

    FRIDAY - Fragnes to Seurre

    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 Seurre. This evening your farewell meal starts with cocktails and canapés on the deck overlooking the Saône river.

    SATURDAY - Seurre

    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.


    Bon voyage!