Wine Cruise - Imagine yourself journeying off on a Barge Cruise, where you enjoy the company of a renowned sommelier, teaching you about the area’s wineries and vineyards, then expertly pairing those wines with top of the line cuisines. You could end up sipping a gorgeous Bordeaux wine while leisurely strolling along the banks of the Garonne river in the wine’s namesake region. Or perhaps you may enjoy a crisp Sancerre in the Upper Loire region, expertly paired with the wide variety of available local cuisine on a guided excursion. Wine-themed, barge vacations may be the perfect getaway for you. Countries such as France typically serve as destinations for travelers going on European Barge Cruises, wishing to expand their knowledge of wine, while visiting some of the world’s most renowned vineyards and absorbing stately European history and architecture.
During wine barge holidays, travelers can expect a vast array of experiences all depending on which countries and barges chosen. Most cruises will plan activities that are mostly, but not completely wine centric. Sommelier led tours of wineries and vineyards are sure to be featured but travelers may also be treated to local attractions, shops and world renowned restaurants. History and architecture will almost certainly be highlighted while in historic areas. Actual experiences by wine enthusiasts will vary considerably from barges and regions, or just based on the specific wine itinerary.
As an example here are highlights from the Apres Tout Wine Lover’s Cruise:
This very special wine-lover’s cruise includes:
- Unique “ wine and war “ visit of the Hospice de Beaune followed by a private tasting in the Drouhin family cellars
- Drive through the hallowed Côte de Nuits vineyards at the wheel of a World War 11 jeep
- Wine tasting including Grand Cru wines (Clos de Vougeot, Latricières-Chambertin) and lunch with a wine-maker in Gevrey-Chambertin
- Special visit to the wine college of Beaune to learn all about the age-old art of barrel making and explication of the wine-maker’s tasks in the vineyard
- Guided tour of the 12th century former Cistercian wine chateau of Clos de Vougeot
- Lunch in Puligny-Montrachet with tasting of Grand Cru white wines [Batard-Montrachet and Corton-Charlemagne]
- Driving tour of the famous villages of the Côte de Beaune (Meursault, Chassagne-Montrachet, Pommard, Volnay)
On your barge holiday you will discover what wine is right for your palette. No longer will you survey a wine list at that new restaurant and be totally lost. Gain the knowledge to comfortable pair the best choices for your evening’s cuisine. You will learn about the different grape varietals, and pick up on appropriate verbiage to enjoy the full body of the wine. From appearance, to nose, to palate, you’ll finally be comfortable ordering something other than a Cabernet Sauvignon.
Not familiar with the concept of barge trips? It involves a renovated former cargo barge, converted into a passenger vessel, that typically carries around a dozen or so passengers. Onboard, you will travel the smaller waterways and canals and enjoy the company of your fellow passengers, the scenario of the countryside, the exquisite food and wine, along with whatever themed activities are planned. Day trips will be planned off barge.
You can charter your own barge and travel with friends and family or choose from one of the many pre-planned itineraries and make new friends. You’ll find your traveling hotel barge permits you to pack and unpack only once, yet you will still get to see the history that Europe has to offer while enjoying the vineyards and wineries that line the barge cruise routes. Enjoy the sampling of local wines, revisit the paths of ancient monarchs in centuries old castles, or just relax and enjoy the tranquility of the quaint towns and villages. Your next canal barge cruise will provide a bicycle onboard so you can go out and enjoy the local area on your own at each stop.
Let us help you choose the right itinerary based on your desires. We’ll make sure you have the best barge cruise holiday possible, so much so that you’ll want to do it again next year, next month, or even next week.