Hotel Barge

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The Barge

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 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.

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« The Right Wine with the Right Food »

« A Fabulous Wedding to Celebrate with You »

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 done 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 years this wine interest never stopped and it would be a pure pleasure to share this passion with you.

Captain Alex !



A little message from You, a great memory for Us

Francesca & Luc – Annecy France

La Vie en Rose vous emmene en decouvertes, en émotions… en douceur

Els & Walter – Colorado USA

Words cannot adequately describe the wonderful week we had aboard La Vie en Rose.

From the first to the last day we were treated like royalty and I can honestly say I have never had better meals in one week. The cooking was outstanding, the wines superb, the staff very attentive and for those trying to decide which barge cruise to take… La Vie en Rose is IT.

Thank you everyone, you have made this week and unforgettable one!

July 2021

Paul, New York – US

We thank you for your kindness and warmth. You made us feel like family from the first day. Lots of laughter all the week long. France will now hold a special place in my heart because of you Capt Alex…You are a true Gentleman and now a dear friend. Once again, Thank you and I hope we see other again soon.

22nd June 2019

Jean Pierre & Jacqueline, France

This « Inauguration Cruise » was fantastic, enjoyed the river cruise as a magic trip on the Canal du Centre, onboard this magnificent barge. You made us very comfortable, thank you for all your warmth and welcoming hospitlity. Fabulous Wines…!

August 2018

David, Washington DC – US

Thank you all so very much for an absolutely marvelous week !

Your hospitality ,flexibility, understanding and company were wonderful ! You shared with us this beautiful boat, country , wine, cheese, food and so much laughter ! We are very fortunate to have been your guests and now friends.

Merci beaucoup.

22nd  June 2019

Marcia , Kerikeri- New Zealand

Thank you to Alex, Nicole and Carls for an excellent trip. It exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves French food, wine and culture and wants a relaxed barge holiday.

                                                                                                                8th June 2019

Adrian, Auckland – New Zealand

We enjoyed Alex’s captaining of the barge and the great vineyards, castles that he took us to. We appreciated Nicole’s care, her cups of tea and wealth of knowledge of Burgundy.

We loved Carls excellent meals due for some Michelin Stars !

8th June 2019

Maryanne , Auckland – New Zealand

We have very much enjoyed our week of canal and river cruising on « La Vie en Rose ». We had some fabulous food, cheese and wine and learnt a lot about the wine of the area and some history of Bourgogne !

The rest of the time  we relaxed soothed by the slow smooth feeling of the barge travelling along.

Fantastique !  Merci Alex, Nicole and Carls  !

8th June 2019