C'est La Vie
Burgundy and Champagne Regions of France
Cruise in the Northern Burgundy Region
Enjoy yourself as we cruise through the centuries-old canals and history-rich waterways of rural France, mooring at picturesque medieval villages and meandering through miles of magnificent countryside spotted with wineries and chateaux. Enjoy, also, the superb wines, bountiful regional cheeses and sumptuous foods that are synonymous with the good life in France and beyond.
Immerse yourself in the magnificent beauty of France's countryside and enjoy the relaxed but luxurious surroundings of The Cest le Vie. Sit back and unwind as we cruise into the peace and tranquility of rural France with its ever-changing vistas. Walk or jog or bike on the various paths along the way.
Relax on the sun deck and soak up the passing vistas. Explore by bicycle on the riverbank, or roam the picturesque villages beside your route. Stroll along the towpath and meet the boat at the next lock. After dinner, amble around the nearby village. Maybe watch a traditional regional sport.
* Cabins: king bed or 2 twin beds - 220 - 236 sq ft
* Private bath with roomy shower
* 110 and 220 volt power in all suites
* Writing desk in each suite
* 8 Passengers
* 4 - 5 Crew members
* Surround sound Stereo, CD
* Bicycles on board
* Air conditioning / Central Heating
* Handicap Access - NO
Good for walking and cycling, beautiful gardens area.
Ravières to St Florentin
Highlights: Chablis, Château of Ancy-le Franc, Noyers,
Abbey of Fontenay, Auxerre
Restaurant : Hostellerie des Clos in Chablis
Sunday: Welcome to C’est la Vie!
Paris to the 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 RavièresA 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 will allow 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 on the Unesco World Heritage site.
Returning to the “C’est La Vie” for dinner.
Tuesday: Sightseeing at the Chateau of Ancy le Franc Cruise to Lezinnes
Dinner at Hostellerie des Clos in Chablis
You can walk or be driven for this mornings visit to the gorgeous Renaissance chateau of Ancy le Franc. Renowned for its 16th-century wall paintings and frescos (which are said to rival Fontainebleau), Ancy-le-Franc has been extensively and sensitively renovated.
Return to the “C’est La Vie” for lunch and an afternoon cruise to the small town of Lézinnes from where you will be driven to the village of Chablis for your dinner ashore at the Hostellerie des Clos
Wednesday: Sightseeing in Noyers with its local Market. Cruise to Tanley
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 centuriesalong the banks of the river Serein.
Drive back to the “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 by poplar trees, a perfect moment to put on your walking shoes and explore the towpath and small villages along the way.
Thursday: Sightseeing Chablis Cruise to Flogny la Chappelle
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 vine yards which cover the hill sides for as far as the eye can see.
Returning to the “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 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 cafés reflecting on Napoleon, Joan of Arc or Charles VII who all passed through this elegant town.
Return to the “C’est La Vie” for the Captain’s Dinner, which ends your cruise in style.
Saturday: Return to Paris
After breakfast, you’ll be chauffeured back to Paris for the end of the morning.
We hope to see you again on the C’est la Vie!
Please note that the cruise itinerary alternates direction each week.
Meaux to Chalon en Champagne
Highlights: Château of Vaux-le-Vicomte, WWI battlefield, cemetery of Belleau-Wood & American monument, Moët & Chandon champagne house in Epernay, Haultevilliers- village of monk Dom Perignon, Champagne visit to small family-run vineyard, Reims and its Gothic Cathedral. Restaurant: Les Crayères in Reims (2 Michelin Stars)
Sunday - Welcome to C'est La Vie - Paris to the C'est La Vie Moored in Meaux - Welcome Aboard!
You'll be met at 3:00pm in the lobby of your Paris hotel and chauffeured to the C'est La Vie at anchor in the village of Meaux. After the traditional champagne welcome from Captain Oliver Mégret and the crew, there is time to unpack and take a stroll around town before enjoying the first of many gourmet dinners on board.
Monday - Sightseeing Château of Vaux-le-Vicomte - Cruise to St. Jean-les-Deux-Jumeaux
Begin the day with our breakfast buffet featuring village-baked pastries just warm from the oven! Then relax on deck while cruising on the River Marne to St. Jean-les-Doux-Jumeaux. C'est La Vie floats through heavily-wooded countryside. Adorable villages hug the shore and patient fisherman wave as we pass. After lunch (served on deck weather permitting) we'll visit the Château of Vaux-le-Vicomte, an enormous privately-owned property with grand gardens and an intriguing history. Built by Nicholas Fouquet, Finance Minister to Louis XIV, the château became a lightening rod for the jealous king. Fouquet landed in jail for the rest of his life and the king built Versailles in retaliation! Could Fouquet have been the man in the iron mask? Some people certainly think so! Return to the C'est La Vie for dinner aboard.
Tuesday - Sightseeing WWI Battlelfield and Cemetery of Belleau Wood - Cruise to Château Thierry
After another delicious breakfast, cruise to Château Thierry through a gorgeous landscape of villages, vineyards, pastures and forests. Nestled into the champagne-producing slopes, this ancient town is associated with the Frankish king Charles Martel whose castle here was built in the 8th century and Joan of Arc, who entered through the town gates in 1421. Afternoon excursion to nearby World War I sites. Belleau Wood was the scene of the second battle of the Marne in spring 1918, which ended the last German offensive of World War I. The cost was 8,000 American troops killed, missing or wounded. Overlooking Château Thierry is the massive French-American Friendship Monument and the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery. Back on board for your gourmet dinner.
Wednesday - Sightseeing Épernay and Moët & Chandon - Dinner at the Les Crayeres in Reims (2 Michelin stars) - Cruise to Damery
Morning cruise on the River Marne, through scenery that could have been painted by the Impressionists. Vineyards, fields and farmhouses cling to distant hills, while villages and gardens line the river. After lunch take a short drive to visit famed champagne producer Moët & Chandon in Épernay. This elite company was founded in 1743 by Claude Moët and was characterized from the beginning by international markets and such high-level contacts as Madame Pompadour and Napoleon. Now it dominates Épernay with a complex of historic buildings and a billion bottles of bubbly stored in 18 miles of tunnels! We'll tour and then taste! Next visit Hautvillers, a pretty champagne village perched high over the vineyards. Tour the unassuming church of monk Dom Perignon, credited with inventing the champagne producing process. We return to the C'est La Vie in plenty of time to prepare for your dinner ashore at the 2-star Michelin restaurant Les Crayeres.
Thursday - Sightseeing, Family champagne domaine - Cruise to Tours sur Marne
This morning's cruise we leave the River Marne for the Canal Lateral a la Marne, a perfect time to put your walking shoes on or ride a bicycle along the towpath and catch the C'est la Vie at the next lock. After lunch, driving through vineyards as far as the eye can see, we will pay a visit to a small family run vineyard, for the second of your champagne tasting experiences. Back to the C'est La Vie moored in Tour Sur Marne for drinks and dinner.
Friday - Sightseeing, Reims with the Cathedral - Cruise to Chalon en Champagne
Cruise this morning to Chalon en Champagne. There is time to walk or bicycle on the towpath as C'est La Vie winds its way along the canal. After lunch, we drive to Reims, an important city from Roman times onwards. Visit the great Reims Cathedral, which is even larger than Notre Dame in Paris and where the many of the French kings were crowned. Visit the Archbishop's palace which has been turned into a museum and step back in time. Walk along the pedestrian streets in this vibrant city, or have coffee in many of the sidewalk cafes and watch the world go by. Head back to the 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. We hope to see you again on the C'est La Vie!
Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. It runs in reverse on alternate weeks.
|C'est la Vie|
|Accommodations||Rate Type||Rate Amount|
|Suite per person||Value||6995|
|Charter 8 passengers wholeboat||Value||53600|
|Charter 6 passengers wholeboat||Value||47400|
|Suite per person||Regular||7495|
|Charter 8 passengers wholeboat||Regular||58400|
|Charter 7 passengers wholeboat||Regular||55300|
|Charter 6 passengers wholeboat||Regular||52200|
|Charter 7 passengers wholeboat||Value||50400|
|Departure Dates (Sunday)||Rate Type||Route|
|May 19,26, Jun 2, 9, 16,23,30||Regular||Burgundy region between Ravieres and St Florentin|
|Oct 13||Value||Burgundy region between Ravieres and St Florentin|
|Apr 14,21,28 May 5,12||Value||Burgundy region betweenand St Florentin and Ravieres|
|Jul 7 21||Value||Sillery- Meaux|
|Jul 14, 28||Value||Meaux-Sillery|
|Oct 20||Value||Burgundy region between St Florentin and Ravieres|
|Sep 29||Regular||Burgundy region between Montargis-St florentin|
|Aug , 25 Sep 8, 22||Regular||Burgundy region between Sancerre and Montargis|
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