We have the perfect idea for a fun family vacation this summer. How about a barge cruise in France?! We can accommodate kids of all ages with activities that are fun for the whole family.
When you cruise on a hotel barge it quickly becomes "home away from home" with an added benefit-- all your meals and activities are arranged by the friendly crew. Daily excursions are catered to fit your family's interests, from specific children's activities to the many historical excursions Europe has to offer.
We have an eight passenger barge called the Savoir Vivre that is offering a great family charter rate this summer and has listed benefits to familis that cruise with them.
SAVOIR VIVRE SPECIAL OFFER: For families with children 16 and under we can offer a special charter rate of only $22,000.00 (normally $28,000.00). This for up to eight passengers and applies to all remaining weeks for 2013.
CREW - All of our crew are parents of young kids (ALL of them - even the chef!). They 'get' kids and are on-hand to help on an informed, understanding and enthusiastic level - they are not 'tolerated or accommodated' but enthusiastically welcomed.
KID STUFF ABOARD - We have a toy box and kids BMX aboard (inc kids helmets) etc and I'm currently selecting a remote control boat to take aboard this year - I'm thinking fire engine boat with WORKING water hose (kid? moi?!). At our Gissey mooring there's a BMX track 100 yards away. We have a full compliment of cot, high chair, car seats, baby bath etc aboard too.
DECOR - We have a 'soft' furnishing policy with no glass topped or hard cornered furnishings. Also everything is (relatively) "wipe clean and spill friendly" so parents are not on edge worrying about white carpets, hard cornered French style furnishings or stairs to block off. The beds are electric, the showers are step free and big so co-showering is easy.
ITINERARY - Laura (our guide) always has a list of options for what my nephews want to do if we want a kids focussed tour-day. Our entire crew are permanent residents of the area - Laura and Jo live in the Valley - so they have that local's knowledge. Things we can do (at cost) include Go-karting (available in Dijon with age restrictions), Bowling in Beaune or Dijon, Horse riding locally, Lac de Panthier for swimming/water-sports i.e. canoeing etc etc.
LUNCH DINING - Steve, our private chef, is BRITISH and has a young kid, so he can flex what he makes based on the guests requirements with a firm understanding of what will go down well with an understanding on what 'kids food' is to our guests.
EVENING DINING - Here's the Savoir Vivre's special twist! In the evening it is NO PROBLEM for a parent to miss dinner and stay aboard with the kids to decompress with familiar food, the open kitchen just there and a dvd in the player. They can create a just-like-home feeling at ease and without feeling responsible to the other guests as can so often happen. Similarly, older kids can hang out on the boat if they don't want to go out so the parents can have an 'adult night' and they can have an adult-free night (Richard stays on the boat during evening dining so there IS supervision). This daily opportunity is a great safety net which, when deployed, is a really nice option and, in practice, is pretty unique in barging.
Here is a list of all our barges that offer family cruises: | Anjodi | Amaryllis | Apres Tout | Athos | Clair de Lune | Enchante | Fleur de Lys | La Belle Epoque | L'Art de Vivre | L'Impressionniste | Magna Carta | Meanderer | Nymphea |Panache | Renaissance | Roi Soleil | Savoir Vivre | Scottish Highlander | Shannon Princess |
Europe with the kids, now that is a great vacation!