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European Canal Barge Cruises

'C'est la Vie' - Canal de Briare & Canal Latéral à la Loire 2020


7 days from $6,995

Limited to 8 guests

Relax in oversized cabins aboard lovely 'C'est la Vie' while you explore the Upper Loire. 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 faïence (glazed pottery). View the staircase of seven locks in Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses and tour Château de la Bussière as you cruise to the "Little Venice" of Montargis.
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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
SUNDAY

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
MONDAY

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
TUESDAY

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
WEDNESDAY

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
THURSDAY

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
FRIDAY

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
SATURDAY

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.

Book a 2021 cruise at 2020 pricing when you reserve by May 31, 2020. 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 23 - Oct 11, 2020
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Cabin Class
    Cabin
    Price
    $7,495
    Single Supplement
    $4,995
    Cabin Class
    Private Charters
    Price
    $58,400
    Single Supplement
    N/A
    How many people are travelling in your group?
  • Departing Every Sunday Between Oct 18 - 25, 2020
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Cabin Class
    Cabin
    Price
    $6,995
    Single Supplement
    $3,695
    Cabin Class
    Private Charters
    Price
    $53,600
    Single Supplement
    N/A
    How many people are travelling in your group?
Journey Details

Minimum age for Individual Travel is 17 years.

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

'C'est la Vie' also cruises in Burgundy from Apr 12 to Jun 07 and in the Champagne region from Jun 21 to Aug 9. Contact A&K for details.  


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