La Vie en Rose
6 passenger First Class
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 in by the famous American Actor Sterling Hayden.
La Vie en Rose has three well appointed en-suite air conditioned cabins and two fabulous outside decks to take full advantage of the magnificent French scenery that slowly drifts by.
The focus of the cruise is on the French culture including its wines, food and history. Captain Alexandre Arsié writes: “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 “. You will discover an authentic French Cuisine cooked exclusively with fresh and seasonal ingredients. The wine selection has been carefully chosen within a large variety of Bourgogne to serve perfectly the dish. I discovered Burgundy 30 years ago when I met my wife originating from Mercurey, famous vineyard of the ”Côte Chalonnaise”, and my passion for the wine started from that time. Since then this wine interest has continued and it would be a pure pleasure to share this passion with you.”We are pleased that Chef Carlene Pattison who has been cooking on hotel barges since 2004 is joining our team for 2019. She has built an excellent reputation on several barges in different regions
Discovering the Cote Chalonaise wines with a Premier cru selection on-board.
Visits to Chateau de La Rochepot and Chateau de Couches. A Visit to Beaune and the Patriarche Cellar
And a visit to the Chalon sur Saone market and St Vincent Cathedral. Prestige wine tasting at the Chateau de Chamirey. Cooking lessons on-board to share wonderful local recipes with Guests.
Our Itinerary is open and flexible at Guests choice (many other sites possible : Clos Vougeot, Dijon, Fontenay Abbey…) We want to make this cruise special for you and will try to incorporate your wishes on your special week.
Special offer for 2019 season :
The “Premier Cru Cruise” for wine lovers. Only Premier Cru onboard, la Vie en Rose will introduce her Guests to a selection of Premier Crus of the Côte Chalonnaise and the Côte de Beaune as well ( Pommard, Meursault, Volnay, Mercurey, Givry, Rully…)
Length: 103 feet
3 twin/double cabins
6 tour bikes
air conditioned mini-bus
Accommodations & Pricing 2019
Charter Max. 4 pax.
Charter Max. 5 pax.
Charter Max. 6 pax.
For a reservation, a 20% non-refundable deposit is required, with the balance to be paid at least 90 days prior to the cruise date. Clients are strongly recommended to take out Insurance (including cruise cancellation insurance at the time of booking) for themselves and their belongings.
2019 Sunday Departure Dates
May 5 - 11
May 12 - 18
May 19 - 25 Option
May 26 - June 1
June 2-8 BOOKED
June 9 - 15
June 16 - 22
June 23 - 29
June 30 - July 6
July 7 - 13
July 14 - 20
July 21 - 27
July 28 - Aug 3
Aug 11 - 17 BOOKED
Aug 18 - 24
Aug 25 - 31 OPTION
Sept 1 - 7
Sept 22 - 28
Sept 29 - Oct 5
Oct 6 - 12
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.
Saint-Julien-sur-Dheune to Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune
The day begins with a cruise to the village of Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune which 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 different 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).
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 wonderful Chateau de Sully, considered as “the most beautiful Renaissance Courtyard in France”. We return to La Vie en Rose for a restful evening and dinner on board.
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..
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 star *** restaurant in Burgundy, icon of the French cuisine
Fragnes to Seurre
This morning we take a short 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.
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.
Your Cruise Includes:
Seven days and six nights on the barge with use of 3 cabins and private bathrooms from 4:00 pm Sunday until 9:30 am 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 on-board. (there will be 2 lunches and two dinners taken ashore at the guest’s expense)
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)
4 Meals (2 lunches and 2 dinners) taken ashore at a restaurant 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.
Travel and Cancellation insurance