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European Canal Barge Cruises

'C'est la Vie' - Canal de Briare & Canal Latéral à la Loire 2019

7 days from $7,495

Limited to 8 guests

Relax in oversized cabins on a cruise through the Upper Loire aboard lovely 'C'est la Vie.' Visit Sancerre for a private wine tasting of Sauvignon Blanc. Cross over the Loire River at Briare on the canal bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel. Visit Gien, famous for its tableware (faïence) . View the staircase of seven locks in Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses, tour Château de la Bussière, and cruise to Montargis, often called a "Little Venice."
'C'est la Vie' - Burgundy Canal Vessel

Vessel Information

128 feet long, 16 feet wide with air conditioning throughout

Capacity for 8 in 4 king/twin cabins, each outward facing with en suite bathroom

Salon with stereo system and assortment of CDs

Sun deck, partially covered by a retractable canopy for al fresco dining

Bicycles provided

Internet access (limited in some areas)

All meals and beverages (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) included

Deck Plan
Day 1

Meet in Paris and then drive to luxurious 'C’est la Vie,' moored in the hamlet of Les Fouchards, six miles from Sancerre. After a welcome reception and crew introductions, settle into your spacious cabin before a gourmet dinner on board.

'C'est la Vie'
Meals: Dinner
Day 2

Cruise to the village of Beaulieu this morning. After lunch on board, disembark for a short drive through local vineyards to visit to the fortified town of Sancerre, where you will enjoy a private wine tasting of the region's famous Sauvignon Blanc. Take in panoramic views over the Loire River and the neighboring vineyards of Pouilly Fumé from this medieval hilltop village.

'C'est la Vie'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3

Cruise to Ouzouer-sur-Trézée, crossing over the Loire River at Briare on the famous 19th-century canal bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel. Then visit Château de Saint-Fargeau. Dating from the 10th century, it was built by the Bishop of Auxerre and has undergone many additions and restorations over the centuries. Tonight, enjoy dinner ashore at one of the finest restaurants in the region.

'C'est la Vie'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4

Drive to the town of Gien, the world-famous center for French faïence (tableware). After an opportunity to look over its renowned pottery, walk through this market town and discover its remarkable history. After lunch on board, cruise to the town of Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses to see an amazing staircase of seven locks dating from the 16th-century reign of Henry IV.

'C'est la Vie'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5

Enjoy a leisurely cruise to Montbouy this morning. Then, visit Château de la Bussière with its works of art and wonderful gardens. Return to the barge with time to relax before dinner.

'C'est la Vie'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6

Cruise to Montargis today — with its many canals and 131 bridges, it is often called a "Little Venice." Take a stroll to discover the feudal castle and half-timbered buildings. Perhaps stop to enjoy one of the town's famous pralines. Return to the barge for a gala Captain's dinner tonight.

'C'est la Vie'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7:

After breakfast, transfer back to Paris, arriving in late morning.

Meals: Breakfast

Route runs in reverse on alternate weeks and may differ on selected cruise dates.
'C'est la Vie' also cruises in the Champagne region from Jun 30 to Aug 10 and in Burgundy from Apr 14 to Jun 22 & Oct 6-26. Contact A&K for details.

Alternate Routes:

Jun 23 - St-Florentin to Meaux

Aug 11 - Meaux to Montargis

Sep 29 - Montargis to St-Florentin

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2020 Travel | 2020 prices available on request. Please contact A&K for details.

Prices are in USD, per person and based on double occupancy unless noted as charter. Contact A&K for availability. 

  • Departing Every Sunday Between Aug 18 - Sep 28, 2019
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Journey Details

Minimum age: (for Independent Bookings) is 17 years old.

Independent Bookings available with a minimum of 2 booked cabins.

Reduced pricing available for Private Charters of 6-7 guests.

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