Elisabeth- Moret-sur-Loing to Tanlay
Saturday: Paris to Moret-sur-Loing
Warm Welcome in Impressionist Painter Town
A member of our crew will meet you in the lobby of one Paris hotel of your choice and then chauffeur your party to Moret-sur-Loing. Estimated driving time is 90 minutes. You will be welcomed to Elisabeth, moored under the weeping willow trees which line the port of this beautiful village. Moret was the home of Impressionist painter Alfred Sisley and scenes that he painted can still be viewed. Owners Peter and Sheena Jenner will welcome you to Elisabeth. After the traditional Champagne reception, there is plenty of time to unpack and then explore in town or take a walk on the towpath. Dinner tonight is the first of many gourmet meals on board.
Sunday: Moret-sur-Loing to Sens
Fountainebleau, Home to French Royalty
We begin early in the morning for our all-day to cruise on the River Yonne to the next mooring at Sens. Watch riverside towns roll by from Elisabeth’s spacious deck or explore by bicycle. After lunch, your guide will take you to Fountainebleau, pictured below, an exquisite palace that was home to generations of French royalty and welcomed such personalities as Napoleon and Marie Antoinette. Stroll in the gardens, too. Then it is back to Elisabeth, now moored in Sens. Review the day’s adventures at dinner on board.
Monday: Sens to Joigny
The First Gothic Cathedral of France
Start the day with a walking tour of Sens, which has villages and streets from many eras. Most impressive is the Cathedral of Sens, which was the first Gothic-style Cathedral built in France. Feel free to meander through the shopping streets back to our mooring, from where we will continue to cruise the River Yonne to Joigny.
Tuesday: Joigny to Brienon-sur-Armancon
Winetasting in Chablis
This morning, we leave the river system behind and move onto the Canal de Bourgogne. Enjoy pastries bakes fresh from the village oven at breakfast, the perfect start to the day! Then its intimate cruising on France’s most beautiful canal. After lunch, it is time to taste wine! We’ll drive to Domaine Laroche, an ancient cellar in the Chablis region, for a tour and tasting of area vintages. We will also look at one of the oldest wine presses in Burgundy and drive through the gorgeous vineyards, pictured at right. Then it is back to our floating home-away-from home to taste even more Chablis wine at tonight’s dinner.
Wednesday: Brienon-sur-Armancon to Flogny-la-Chapelle
Cro Magnon Cave Paintings
Cruise this morning to the village of Flogny-la-Chapelle: Relax, walk or bicycle as incredible scenery floats by. After lunch comes the highlight of the week; Sheena’s tour of the Grottes D’Arcy sur Cure, where pre-historic man lived and painted some 38,000 years ago! Sheena is the only outside guide allowed in the Cave, and her tour is mesmerizing. Then it is back to Elisabeth for dinner on board.
Thursday: Joigny to Tanlay
One of France’s Most Enchanting Tanlay
This morning, your final cruise is to Tanlay. And the excursion is to one of the most adorable villages in France, Noyers-sur-Serein, pictured at right. Buildings from the 15th to the 18th century circle the square where you may peek into artisan shops. There might be time for a tasting of Tonnerrois wines, too. Then it is back to Elisabeth, where the chef will “pull out all the stops” for your Farewell Dinner!
Friday: Tanlay to Paris
A Sad Farewell
Depart at 9:00am for your chauffeured transfer back to either central Paris or Charles de Gaulle Airport, one departure choice for your entire party. Estimated time of arrival is noon. Please make all departure plans on the basis of this timing. We hope to see you again on Elisabeth!
Elisabeth- Clamecy to Lake Baye
July 27-Aug 2, 2013
Saturday: Paris to Clamecy
Welcome to an Old Logging Town!
We’ll meet you at 2:00pm at one Paris hotel of your choice and chauffeur you to barge Elisabeth moored at Clamecy, the old logging capital of the Canal du Nivernais perched high about the port. Estimated travel time is three and a half hours. Your hosts Peter and Sheena Jenner will greet you with the traditional Champagne welcome, after which there will be time to wander the cobblestoned streets of this lovely town. Enjoy the first of many gourmet dinners on board.
Sunday: Clamecy to Villiers-sur-Yonne
Medieval Building site!
Begin your cruise today, a journey which will take us deep into untouched rural France. The sleepy hamlets, grazing cattle, the woods and forests: All are typical of the scenery through this region which just oozes old fashioned charm! This morning, there is plenty of time to walk or bicycle on the towpath on the way to the picturesque mooring under willow trees at Villiers -sur -Yonne. This afternoon, take an excursion to the half-built fortified Medieval chateau at Guerdelon, a twenty five year project set up to demonstrate building methods from the 12th to 14th centuries. Meet the stone masons, blacksmiths and other craftsmen and watch them at work. Then return to Elisabeth for dinner on board.
Monday: Villiers-sur-Yonne to Monceau-le-Comte
Winetasting at Tannay, including the Famed Melon Wines
Cruise this morning under the first of many hand-operated wooden bridges, very unique to this ancient route. Elisabeth is possibly the only crewed barge to be plying this part of the canal, so you will feel very special. Moor at the charming village of Monceau-le-Comte. This afternoon, what about a winetasting?! You’ll visit the vineyards of Tanney to view wine production and sample their excellent Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Melon grape wines. Of course, on Elisabeth, you will also taste many wines right on board, and tonight’s dinner will be no exception!
Tuesday: Monceau-le-Comte to Chitry-les-Mines
Basilica at the Top of Vezelay - And Gorgeous Views, too!
Chitry-les-Mines gets its name from the silver mines worked here during the Renaissance. It’s 16th century chateau was used in World War II as the headquarters of the local Resistance group. With all of this history behind it, this is now a quiet village and makes a lovely mooring for us tonight. This afternoon, visit one of Burgundy’s most treasured hilltop settings, the walled town of Vezelay. Discover the treasured Basilica of St. Mary Magdalene and enjoy superb views over the countryside. There will be time to browse in the fashion and crafts shops lining the steep cobblestoned street leading up to the Basilica. Relive the days’ adventures at dinner on board.
Wednesday: Chitry-les-Mines to Sardy
Cruise Deeper into the "France Profonde"
The locks are ancient and the lock houses are covered in ivy as Elisabeth wends its way deeper into the countryside. Wake up to croissants purchased fresh from the village baker! There is ample time to explore by bicycle or on foot on the way to the mooring at Sardy. Or, just relax on deck: The choice is always yours. This afternoon, we will visit the Chateau de Bazoches, pictured below, home to Marechal Vauban, a member of the engineer corps of King Louis 14th and the designer of many fortifications. His family still occupies the chateau.
Thursday: Sardy to Lake Baye
Ascend an Incredible Flight of 16 Locks!
Today we begin with a passage through the flight of 16 locks leading to the summit of the Canal du Nivernais. The locks are sometimes less than 200 years apart! Alongside each lock is a pretty waterfall and some of the lock houses offer crafts for sale. Our final cruise takes Elisabeth through three tunnels to the mooring at Lake Baye. There is time to enjoy this mooring and to take a walk around the lake. The multi-course Captain’s Dinner ends your cruise in style.
Friday: Lake Bayeto Paris
A Sad Farewell
Depart at 9:00am for your chauffeured transfer back to Paris. Estimated arrival time is 1:00 pm. Please make all onward travel plans on the basis of this timing. Your party will be returned to one location either in central Paris or Charles de Gaulle Airport. We hope to see you back again Elisabeth!
Elisabeth- Briare to Moret-sur-Loing
August 17-23, 2013
Saturday: Paris to Briare
Our driver will meet you at 2:00 pm in the lobby of one Paris hotel of your choice. Drive to Elisabeth, moored in the town of Briare on the Canal du Briare. Estimated driving time is two hours. Construction on this canal began in 1604 (Later in the week you’ll see the original locks) and it’s incredible to realize it is still in use today! After the traditional champagne welcome, there is time to unpack and then take a walk or bicycle ride through the quiet countryside, returning to Elisabeth for the first of many gourmet dinners on board.
Sunday: Briare to Ouzouer-sur-Trezee
Taste the Wines of Sancerre
Depart this morning with your guide Sheena to the hilltop village of Sancerre, an ancient town built overlooking vineyards in every direction. Enjoy a private tasting of both red and white wines, distinctive and full of flavor. There will be time to explore in town before returning to the barge for lunch and your afternoon cruise. Elisabeth will float across the spectacular Pont Canal, a bridge which takes the Canal de Briare RIGHT OVER the River Loire! This elegant structure was designed by Eiffel of Tower fame, pictured below. Moor in the tiny hamlet of Ouzouer-sur-Trezee overnight.
Monday: Ouzouer-sur-Trezee to Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluse
Buy Faience Pottery at Gien
Breakfast every morning on pastries still warm from the oven of the village baker – they are too good! This morning, it’s time to visit Gien, an ancient town still well known for its faience (painted pottery with a French accent). Visit the factory and museum and then shop: Here is a great opportunity to buy gifts – or what about a special souvenir for yourself? Return to the barge for lunch and then cruise to the summit of the canal, starting downward to Rogny-Les-Sept-Ecluse, at which you will pass the old seven lock staircase built in 1604.
Tuesday: Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluse to Montbouy
Medieval Chateau Building Site
This morning’s cruise is from Rogny to Montbouy, one of the prettiest villages in the region. After lunch comes an incredible experience, a visit to Guedelon, a Medieval chateau being built by methods and tools of the 12th century. This is a twenty five year project, now in its 13th year. Then it is back to Elisabeth and time to take a walk before dinner.
Wednesday: Montbouy to Montargis
Chocolates, a Church and Adorable Views in Montargis
Another lazy morning cruise. Our mooring of Montargis is called the “Little Venice” of France. This delightful town is criss-crossed by canals, old mansions, and colorful flower boxes. Visit the famed Mazet Praline Shop for a tasting and then pop into the church to see incredible stained glass windows. Montargis is a typical town which time seems to have “forgot,” but with something interesting around every corner! Then it is back on board for dinner.
Thursday: Montargis to Moret-sur-Loing
Fountainebleau: Where the French Kings Lived
This morning’s cruise to Moret-sur-Loing is one of the most idyllic in all of France – step into another world and watch untouched scenery and enchanting canalside homes float by. Or take the opportunity to explore by bicycle or walk on the towpath. After lunch, it is time to visit the famed Chateau of Fountainebleau, pictured below, where room after ornate room testifies to the financial power of the French monarchy. Personalities such as Napoleon and Marie Antoinette left their mark. (If you have already visited Fountainebleau, your entire party can elect Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte as an alternate excursion. This incredible property was built by the finance minister of Louis 14th; whole villages were razed and thousands of workers utilized.) Return to Elisabeth in time for a Farewell Dinner at which Chef’s finest creations will be featured.
Friday: Drive Back to Paris
A Sad Farewell
You will depart at 9:00am for your return transfer back to one location in Paris OR one location at Charles de Gaulle Airport for the entire group. Estimated arrival in Paris is 10:30 – 11:00am. Estimated arrival at CDG is between 11:00 – 11:30 am. Please make all onward travel plans on the basis of this timing. We hope to see you again on the Elisabeth!
Elisabeth- Auxerre to Clamecy
Saturday: Paris to Auxerre
You will be met at 2:30pm at one Paris hotel of your choice and chauffeured to Elisabeth, moored right on the Quai in Auxerre. Estimated driving time is three hours. Once on board, meet your hosts Peter and Sheena Jenner, who will treat you to the traditional Champagne welcome. Now is the time to relax on deck and watch the sun set over this elegant town, which rises above the Quai. Enjoy the first of many gourmet dinners on board.
Sunday: Auxerre to Vincelles
Chablis Sparkling Wine!
Begin to cruise this morning onto the meltingly beautiful Canal du Nivernais. Relax on deck as canal side homes and villages float by, or take the bicycles out for a spin. The choice is always yours! After lunch on board, it is an easy drive to the Chablis wine region and the Caves de Bailly to taste the local sparkling wine. Then it’s on to the village of Coulanges for a tasting deep in an ancient cellar. The drives through the vines are spectacular! Back on board, taste some more wines of this region at dinner.
Monday: Vincelles to Accolay
The Basilica at Vezelay
Continue your cruise southward into the deep countryside. By now, you are enjoying the breakfast croissants, purchased warm from the village bakers en route! (Perhaps you are enjoying them too much!) After another relaxing morning and lunch on board, it is time for a cruise high point: Vezelay, a sublime walled village crowned at the top by the Romanesque Basilica of St. Mary Magdelene, pictured at right – not to mention outstanding views of the countryside spread out before you. Return to Elisabeth for another outstanding dinner on board.
Tuesday: Accolay to Mailly le Chateau
A Medieval Building Site
Here comes the most incredible scenery of the trip! Elisabeth passes beneath the dramatic cliffs of Le Saussois. If you’d like, climb to the top for a commanding view of the region. Our excursion this afternoon is to the half -built Chateau de Geurdelon, a 25 year project to build a Medieval chateau using methods and tools of the period. Meet the stone masons, blacksmiths and other craftsmen. Review the day’s events at dinner on board.
Wednesday: Mailly le Chateau to Lucy sur Yonne
Chateau of France's Master Military Architect
Drift ever southward on the Canal du Nivernais, as the days become even more relaxing. This is still the perfect place to walk or bicycle on the towpath. In the afternoon, it’s time to visit Chateau de Bazoches, pictured below, the home of French military architect Marechal Vauban. As a member of the engineer corps of King Louis 14th, he was responsible for over 160 fortifications, as well as ideas that revolutionized French warfare. Then it is back to Elisabeth for cocktails on deck before another fine dinner.
Thursday: Lucy sur Yonne to Clamecy
Cobblestoned Town, Perched High over the Canal
Our final cruise takes Elisabeth to Clamecy, an adorable cobblestoned town that looks done on the port. Take a peek into the Clamecy Museum, former mansion of a local Duke, or visit an arts and crafts gallery right on the Quai. Then it’s time for a second winetasting of vintages produced by the Melon de Bourgogne grape. These wines are known for excellent pairings with fish. Then it’s back to Elisabeth, where a multi-course Captain’s dinner ends your cruise in style.
Friday: Clamecy to Paris
A Sad Farewell
Depart at 9:00am for the drive back to Paris. Estimated arrival time is between noon and 1:00pm. We will chauffeur you to the one location of your groups’; choice, either central Paris or Charles de Gaulle Airport. We hope to see you again on Elisabeth!
Elisabeth - Tanlay to Auxerre
Saturday: Paris to Tanlay
A Warm Welcome Aboard
Our crew will meet you at 2:00pm in the lobby of one Paris hotel of your choice. It is about a two and a half hour drive to Tanlay, where Elisabeth stands ready o greet you. Peter and Sheena Jenner will welcome you aboard. Enjoy the Champagne reception and then there will be time to stroll in town or take a walk – before he first of many gourmet dinners on board.
Sunday Tanlay to Tonnerre
An Italian Renaissance Chateau in France!
This morning, breakfast on pastries still warm from the village baker, before slipping onto the Canal Bourgogne and your first cruise deep in the French countryside. Now is the time to sit on deck and watch gorgeous scenery slip by – or walk or bicycle on the towpath – the choice is always yours. After lunch, let’s visit the Chateau of Ancy-le-Franc, pictured at right, the only Italian Renaissance chateau in all of France, with beautifully restored frescos in every room and elegant antique furniture. For lovers of “atmosphere,” this chateau is a must! Return to the barge for dinner and conversation.
Monday Tonnerre to Flogny-la-Chapelle
Winetasting in Chablis
Today’s breakfast will feature pastries still warm from the village baker’s oven! Then it is more cruising, to your mooring at Flogny. Along the way, it is time to visit the one of the oldest cellars in Chablis for a tour and tasting of local vintages. Then drive through the amazingly beautiful Chablis vineyards, pictured at right, before returning for dinner on board.
Tuesday Flogny-la-Chapelle to Brienon-sur-Armancon
Joigny, a Riverside Town
Possessing beautiful old mansions, this is a lovely old town. A quiet day combining cruising, bicycling and gentle exploration!
Wednesday Brienon-sur-Armancon to Gurgy
Tour of Historic Auxerre, Home to Many Eras
Today, continue to cruise deep in the heart of Burgundy. This afternoon, visit Auxerre, a town with buildings from many eras, rising over a quay. Explore the church and find lovely scenes with each turn of the cobblestoned streets. Return to Elisabeth for dinner on board.
Thursday Gurgy to Auxerre
A Cave where Pre-Historic Man Lived – and Painted
Your final cruise takes Elisabeth to the mooring at Auxerre. This afternoon comes one of the high points of the entire trip: Sheena’s tour of the Grottes D’Arcy sur Cure, a 38,000 year old cave with incredible paintings. Sheena is the only outside guide allowed in the Cave, and her tour is mesmerizing. Then it is back to Elisabeth for the Farewell dinner, as the sun sets over Auxerre as a lovely backdrop. The chef has saved his best dishes for tonight!
Friday Auxerre to Paris
Depart at 9:00am and be driven to central Paris or to Charles de Gaulle Airport, one location for the entire group. Estimated arrival time is noon. Please make all onward travel plans on the basis of this timing. We hope to see you again on Elisabeth!
We have enjoyed our week with you beyond our wildest imaginations. We felt pampered and cared fpr like old friends. Each and every meal was a huge feast … and each excursion a wonderful adverture. You have a winning team on the Apres Tout and we will, with pleasure recommend this experience to our friends! We look forward to coming for another perfect week in the future.
What a wonderful boat Apres Tout and a fantastic crew! How can we thank you enough for a week of so much fun and memories that we will never forget. We will hope to join you all again soon, you are such great people; whom we will never forget!
Ted New York
FABULOUS – IN EVERY WAY
Wonderful – this is one of our best vacations ever – the crew of the Apres Tout are incredible
All of you went, above and beyond to give us the time of our life in luxury barging! All of you and the Apres tout far exceeded our expectations!! Your boat is beautiful, your service is exceptional and Caroline’s food is the best in France, hands down! Angie Louisiana
Avignon – Aigues-Mortes
Transfer from a defined picking point to Le Phénicien which is moored close to the Avignon ramparts. It is time for a little nap or a free visit of the city. Our first dinner on board gives an indication of the high standard of cuisine that will be served during the cruise and the accompanying wines have been specially chosen from top-notch local vineyards.
Monday – Pont Royal
Golf de Pont royal, 18 holes, PAR 72, 6303 m. Designed in 1992 by the great Severiano Ballesteros himself! www.golf-pontroyal.com
Then a first nice lunch cruise takes us closer to one of the best cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape where we have a guided visit followed by a wine tasting. This evening we sail to Villeneuve lès Avignon where we will stay overnight. The wines tasted in the morning are back on the table at dinner!
Tuesday – Grand Avignon
Golf Grand Avignon, 18 holes, PAR 72, 6046 m. Charming and quiet golf with bunkers and lakes. Uncommon covered practice area over water.
This afternoon, we get back to the barge and sail down to Vallabrègues a quiet and charming little port where it is good to rest, have a bike ride or play the pétanque under the plane trees.
Wednesday – Servanes
Golf de Servanes, 18 holes, PAR 72, 6121 m. Top ranking French golf and the unique experience of playing golf within Cezanne’s favorite landscapes.
Back to the barge we pass through the huge 36 feet high lock of Beaucaire and sail down to Arles, the open-air Museum of Provence.
Thursday – Nîmes Campagne
Golf de Nimes-Campagne, 18 holes, PAR 72, 6200 m. Since 1969, definitely one of the most beautiful private golf courses in France lately opened to green cards.
The most impressive navigation is for today heading for the Camargue! We cruise the Rhône river, the petit Rhône and the canal to reach the quiet and typical village of Gallician.
Friday – La Grande Motte
Golf de La Grande Motte, 18 holes, PAR 72, 6161 m. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Senior, this famous golf course meanders through The Camargue landscapes. Black bulls and pink flamingoes are not far.
Our final destination is Aigues-Mortes, a 14th century walled city rising from a flat landscape from which St Louis set sail on his Holly Crusades. The Camargue never fails to surprise and welcomes us for our farewell dinner!
After breakfast, morning departure to the defined transfer point.
This golf itinerary is not opened to beginners
Transfers from mooring places to golf courses last less than 45 minutes under normal traffic conditions.
In the unlikely event of a golf being not accessible (weather conditions, accident, maintenance, competition, etc.) we shall propose an alternate equivalent golf course as:
Golf d’Uzes - www.sunfrance.com/golf/
Golf des Baux de Provence - www.golfbauxdeprovence.com/anglais.htm
Golf Provence Country Club - www.provencecountryclub.com
Golf de Vacquerolles - www.sunfrance.com/golf/
Golf de Massane - www.sunfrance.com/golf/
Cruise circuit on even weeks, reverse itinerary on odd weeks.
Aigues-Mortes – Avignon
Your cruise itinerary day by day...bike cruise
Transfer from a defined pick up point to Le Phénicien which is moored in Aigues-Mortes. Free time to visit this 14th century walled city rising from a flat landscape from which St Louis set sail on his Holy Crusades.
Before dinner meet your cycling guide and get fitted to your bikes during an information meeting to go over the week ahead. Our first dinner on board gives an indication of the high standard of cuisine that will be served during the cruise with the accompanying wines specially chosen from top-notch local vineyards.
This morning we sail down to the Camargue as we head east on the Canal du Rhône à Sète that links the Petit Rhône with the étangs, those inland seas that nudge the Med to the south of Montpellier. We moor in Gallician, a quiet and typical village.
What would you say about a trip into the heart of the wild Camargue? There we reach one of the most prestigious manade, a typical ranch, where the gardians à cheval, the local authentic cow-boys, show us how they tend the herds of bulls on their superb white horses.
After a short transfer to Saintes Maries de la Mer, we start our ride back to the boat at Gallician by bike along small roads through rice fields dotted with wild birds, crossing the little Rhône river on a ferry boat. (50 km ; 31 mi)
The most impressive navigation is for today! We cruise the petit Rhône and the Rhône river.
We ride from Gallician this morning to discover the village and the Benedictine monastery in Saint-Gilles (12th century). The former abbey church was listed in 1998 among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as part of the Routes of Santiago de Compostela and its west portal is among the most beautiful of the great Romanesque portals. After we join back up with the boat at the Saint Gilles lock we cruise into the Roman city of Arles, the open-air museum of Provence.
Our guided visit in Arles this afternoon will delve deep into antiquity and, at the same time, unravel the joys and despair of Van Gogh who painted 300 canvases during his year here in 1888. (30 km ; 18.6 mi)
After some free time this morning to discover Arles’ large open air market we ride out from the boat through small picturesque villages on little traveled roads in an area where the olive tree reigns. Stop and taste olive oil on the way to visit the charming mediaeval village of Les Baux de Provence where we’ll enjoy our picnic lunch before heading back to Arles.
Afternoon sail up the Rhône river, we pass through the huge 36 feet high lock of Beaucaire, arriving at Vallabrègues, a quiet and charming little port where it is good to rest or play pétanque under centuries old plane trees. (50 km ; 31 mi)
Morning ride to the gigantic Roman aqueduct “Le Pont du Gard”, its recently refurbished site and its modern museum are waiting for you. There we will have a lovely picnic at the base of the aqueduct. Why not go for a swim? After this intriguing guided visit we head back to the barge.
Afternoon cruise to Villeneuve lès Avignon, a former residential city of the Popes where we will spend the night. (55 km ; 34.2 mi)
History and wines are our centers of interest today. Ride from the boat to the vineyards surrounding Châteauneuf-du-Pape, to one of the best cellars in the heart of the village where we have a guided visit followed by a wine tasting. Then we ride back to the boat that is now moored just outside of town. Cruise back down the Rhône during lunch to our final destination, Avignon the walled city of the Popes. There we take a guided tour to learn about the religious and artistic importance of the city’s prestigious past with the Popes Palace visit.
Great wines tasted in the morning are back on the table for our farewell dinner! (35 km ; 21.7 mi)
After breakfast, morning departure to the defined transfer point.
Wine tasting cruise - discover the secrets of wine tasting & wine making
Five outstanding excursions to discover the wine including the following program:
*Introduction to the selected “appellations” among the best in Provence
*Introduction to wine tasting
*Introduction to the wine making sciences and secrets
*6 vineries visited
*Farewell dinner with special animations about the wine
*A wine specialist takes care of you all over the cruise.
This program is not a simple assembling of guided tours, this is a full introduction to the world of wine: In each vinery we will point out a specific aspect of the wine culture (tasting, wine making, vine culture,…)
Transfer from a defined picking point to Le Phénicien which is moored close to the Avignon ramparts. Time for a little nap or a free visit of the town. Our first dinner on board gives an indication of the high standard of cuisine that will be served during the cruise and the accompanying wines have been specially chosen from top-notch local vineyards.
Prestige and tradition in Châteauneuf du Pape
Here the terroir is very special because of the rocks rolled by the Rhône river over the centuries that store the heat during daytime and release it back to the grapes at night. Vines were cultivated here since the XII century by the Templiers and the Popes raised this culture to the highest levels.
You will start this tour by a nice walk within the vineyards. You will then discover the 13 grapes varieties used in Châteuneuf du Pape and know some secrets of one of the best French wines. As well you will be introduced to the history and specificities of the various wines in Provence.
In one of the most famous vineries here the participants will then learn the basics of wine tasting around some typical wines of the appellation.
Your tongue and pallet will be charmed by the whites before the reds achieve to convince. Then a vertical tasting session of the red wines of the vinery is proposed: year 89, 95 and 2000 for instance.
This afternoon, we sail down to Vallabrègues, a quiet and charming little port where it is good to rest and play the pétanque. The wines tasted in the morning are back on the table at dinner.
The Magic of Les Baux de Provence
Today we stay with the wines of Provence in Les Baux de Provence, this medieval village is today a regional spot for biodynamic cultures. Our theme today is the vine culture. The natural site of Les Baux is well known as the most typical of Provence.
Through the Alpilles, this protected little mountains chain, the participants will be introduced to a very special culture method called “biodynamics” and the related wines.
Two vineries will be visited :
The first one is close to St Rémy de Provence in the appellation “Côteaux d’Aix”: Le Domaine D’Eole is a recent vinery but yet famous for its wonderful wines.
The second one that will close our tour today is a magical and inevitable vinery: Le Château Romanin welcomes you in its cathedral style cellar.
After lunch we cruise down to Arles. Thanks to its wealth of Roman and mediaeval monuments, many of which are classified world heritage sites by UNESCO, the city could be called an open-air museum.
Let’s discover the grapes varieties in the ”Pays d’Arles “
In a vinery where passion meets originality, le Mas de Rey, you will today learn more about the secrets of grapes varieties and wine making.
Since two generations, the Mazzoleni family tends to excellence. Today their vins de pays can be compared to many AOC.
Their secret? Simply their will to elaborate joyful, original, healthy and well structured wines. Whites, rosés and reds are recognizable at the first smell!
The personality of these wines rests on a very specific grapes varieties selection. Together with the traditional grenache, syrah, mourvèdre, merlot, cabernet-franc, can also be found here 4 new grapes varieties born from a close cooperation with INRA.
And so to the Camargue as we head west on the Canal du Rhône à Sète that links the Petit Rhône with the étangs, those inland seas that nudge the Med to the south of Montpellier. We moor in Bellegarde, a typical village proud of its bull fights traditions.
Back in old times…
Le Mas des Tourelles: located on an old archeological roman site from the 1st and 2nd centuries, this vinery shows the first worldwide reconstitution of a gallo-roman cellar at normal scale and actually used to make wine once a year. Here scientists work as well on the roman wine making techniques. Thanks to a roman wines tasting session you will learn about the very remote history of wine.
This afternoon we navigate on the canal down to Saint Gilles, a city famous in the middle age for its Christian pilgrimages.
Sea, wine and sun…
Our final destination is Aigues-Mortes, a 14th century walled city rising from a flat landscape. This was the port from which St Louis set sail on his Crusades and it welcomes us for our last day.
In the deep heart of the Camargue, such a unique and protected natural space in France where sea and land just make one, you will discover a very nice and particular wine: les vins de Pays des Sables du Golfe du Lion.
In the vinery Le Domaine de Jarras you will be introduced to rosés and whites as a splendid Chardonnay born between sea and marshes, next to the black bulls, white horses and pink flamingoes.
Aperitif and special evening « Provence in your glass » :
Back on board you will participate to an original and funny party where wine is your special guest! « la Provence dans le Verre ».
At dinner 4 typical wines of Provence will be introduced through games/tasting sessions (wines are selected for their typical features and famous reputation and in accordance with the meals served). Around Casino gambling games, each wine will be a subject for questions regarding its taste or generally speaking the wine culture.
The results are given at the end of the party around some liquors of Provence and each member of the winning team gets a bottle as a reward!
Surprise game: Then a question will be asked to all the participants who will play individually and the winner will get a Magnum of wine! Cheers!
After breakfast, morning departure to the defined transfer point.
Glossary: Appellation: generic name given to wine made in a same area - i.e. Côtes du Rhône, Châteauneuf du Pape.
AOC: stands for Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée: highest ranking in French wines. Defines a set of rules any producer has to comply with. AOC is mentioned on the label.
INRA: stands for Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique. National research center in agriculture, the heart of the French research in agriculture.
Terroir: a mix of geographical, historical, geological and weather conditions of the vineyards soil.
Avignon to Aigues-Mortes
Transfer from a defined pickup point to Le Phénicien moored close to the Avignon ramparts. It is time to settle in, make the place your home and enjoy a free visit of the city. Our first dinner on board will help you know whether you can compete with our French Chef! Accompanying wines have been specially chosen from top-notch local vineyards.
Our first cooking class will take place in one of the oldest and most prestigious properties in Avignon: La Mirande. Under the expert eye of the Chef Jean-Claude ALTMAYER you will make your first meal and have it for lunch. The best place to continue this first day is probably a famous cellar of Châteauneuf-du-Pape where we have a guided visit followed by a wine tasting. This evening we sail to Villeneuve lès Avignon where we will overnight.
This morning the gigantic Roman aqueduct “Le Pont du Gard”, its recently made-up site and its modern museum are waiting for you. After this intriguing guided visit we get back to the barge and sail down to Vallabrègues a quiet and charming little port where it is good to rest, have a bike ride or play the pétanque under the plane trees.
Today you have a very exiting appointment with the Chef Pascal VOLLE at the famous Provencal market in Saint Rémy! With your baskets full of sweet-smelling and colorful ingredients you will join The Domaine de Valmouriane for the second cooking class of your cruise. You will be able to evaluate your own performance at lunch as you will have the meals prepared in the morning.
Back to the barge we pass through the huge 36 feet high lock of Beaucaire and sail down to Arles, the open-air Museum of Provence.
Our last cooking class of the week will take place amongst the olive trees at Château Virant. There the owners the CHEYLAN family and the Chef Eric SAPET - former Chef at La Tour D’argent the famous 3 star Michelin guide restaurant in Paris – will reveal to you the secrets of olives and olive oil in the Provencal cuisine. The most impressive navigation is for today heading for the Camargue! We cruise the Rhône river, the petit Rhône and the canal to reach the quiet and typical village of Gallician.
For our last day of excursion, what would you say about a nice trip to visit the wild Camargue? There we reach a manade, a typical ranch, where the gardians à cheval, the local authentic cowboys, show us how they tend the herds of bulls on their superb white horses. Our final destination is Aigues-Mortes, a 14th century walled city rising from a flat landscape from which St Louis set sail on his Holly Crusades. The Camargue never fails to surprise and welcomes us for our farewell dinner!
After breakfast, morning departure to the defined transfer point.
Paned Foie Gras cooked with honey vinegar
Roasted apples with lavender honey
Back of sea bass with acacia honey
Roasted pineapple with heather honey and coconut ice cream
Theme HERBS DE PROVENCE
Basil soup (soupe au pistou)
Lamb in a crust of herbs
Small stuffed vegetables
Crème Brûlée with lavender
Theme OLIVE OIL
Tomatoes and eggplants with onions
Brousse cheese with olive oil
T-bone veal stuffed with Provencal vegetables
Panisse with black olives tapenade juice
Strawberry soup with balsamic vinegarBack to Theme Cruises >
Avignon to Aigue-Mortes
Transfer from a defined pick up point to Le Phenicien which is moored close to the Avignon ramparts. There is time for a little nap or a visit of the city. Our first dinner on board gives an indication of the high standard of cuisine that will be served during the cruise and the accompanying wines have been specially chosen from top-notch local vineyards.
History and wines are our centers of interest today. We first take a guided tour to learn about the religious and artistic importance of the city's prestigious past with a visit to the Palace of the Popes. Then a lunch cruise takes us closer to one of the best cellars of Chateauneuf-du-Pape where we have a guided visit followed by a wine tasting. This evening we sail to Villeneuve les Avignon where we will stay overnight. The wines tasted in the morning are back on the table at dinner!
This morning the gigantic Roman aqueduct 'Le Pont du Gard' with its recently made-up site and modern museum are awaiting you. After this intriguing guided visit we return to the barge and sail down to Vallabregues - a quiet and charming little port where it is good to rest, take a bike ride, or play petanque under the plane trees.
Spots of legend are many in the surroundings and after breakfast we will visit the charming medieval village of Les Baux de Provence and take some time to shop! Back onboard the barge we pass through the huge 36 foot high lock of Beaucaire and sail down to Arles, the open-air Museum of Provence.
Our guided visit in Arles this morning will delve deeply into antiquity and, at the same time, unravel the joys and despair of Van Gogh who painted 300 canvasses during his year here in 1888. The most impressive navigation is today as we head for for the Camargue! We cruise the Rhone river, the Petit Rhone, and the canal to reach the quiet and typical village of Gallician.
For our last day of excursion, what would you say about a nice trip to visit the wild Camargue? There we reach a 'manade', a typical ranch, where the 'gardiens a cheval', the local authentic cowboys, show us how they tend the herds of bulls on their superb white horses. Our final destination is Aigues-Mortes, a 14th century walled city rising from a flat landscape from which St. Louis set sail on his Holy Crusades. The Camargue never fails to surprise and welcomes us for our farewell dinner!
After breakfast, morning departure to the defined transfer point.
Note: This is a sample cruise itinerary and it may be subject to change.Back to Itineraries >
What Savoir Vivre's guests say...
“What a fabulous trip! Food, friends, fun and wine. One of the best and most memorable holidays in my life! Thanks to Richard, June and Francois.” August, 2011
“We had such a wonderful time reconnecting with LIFE – learning from the best at it! We shall return again and again. A Bientot!” June, 2011
“We all had a ball of a time... best holiday ever... we will definitely be back. You were all amazing, Richard your Personality generosity and company and of course your expert navigation was impeccable. June you are a perfect hostess always caring and full of fun. We loved you both.” August, 2011
“What can I say about the best vacation I have ever experienced – I can tell you the food was off the charts. Our guide was full of knowledge and the best story teller ever. When Francois added “you better be listening” it was well worth your time. June our most wonderful hostess made my day by providing me each morning with wonderful French bread and the best coffee. Thank you, thank you, thank you we greatly appreciated all you did for this wild group, so fun.” 2010
“Way beyond any of our expectations – great food,great wine, great company and great new friends. Thanks for the guidance and hospitality.”
“This was absolutely “The Best.” May, 2011
“A marvelous time to share on the barge – wines, absolutely marvelous food – touring with Francois and first mate June – would do this again but only after fasting for a month!”
“Amazing! I loved the barge, the towns, the wine, the food, the talks... Richard, you are the perfect dinner companion... I love escargot!” July, 2011
“I feel totally relaxed and spoiled! Loved the pace and the tours – great crew of Deb and Richard who were always so helpful – thanks you!!” May, 2011
“Thanks Richard and Debs – This trip exceeded all of my expectations – what else can I say.” May, 2011
“Thank you so much for a beautiful trip! Our crew were wonderful with the whole family from our 1½ and 11 year old to all of the adult gang! The barge was beautiful, the side trips very interesting and the food and wine incredible. Thank you so much flexibility and love! We will take many wonderful memories with us.”
Fleury-sur-Ouche to Escommes
Sunday: We'll Meet You in Dijon - Welcome Aboard!
Our captain will meet your party in late afternoon in Dijon - perhaps at the Rail Station (there are frequent TGV trains from Paris) or a local hotel. From there, you'll be chauffeured to Savoir Vivre at anchor in Fleury-sur-Ouche, a classic village nestled on the Canal de Bourgogne. There will be time to unpack and explore, helping you work up an appetite for your first on-shore dinner at a local, friendly and refined restaurant – “Auberge Les Gourmands”.
Monday: Fleury-sur-Ouche to Gissey - Wine, wine, wine!
This morning begin your cruise back in time through the unhurried and authentic Valley of the Ouche. You'll float past limestone cliffs, wooded hills and enchanting villages. The Savoir Vivre ties up above the lock in Gissey, stroll into this ancient and charming village. After lunch on board, (prepared by our private chef and delivered to the ship), we cruise for another hour and then enjoy the first of many excursions. You will be driven south to the famed Cote d'Or wine region. Your first visit today is to Chateau du Clos de Vougeot where wine was produced by Cistercian monks from the 12th century. Examine the ancient wine presses and learn more about winemaking and life in that long ago era. Then it's back to presentday pleasures at a winetasting which introduces this area's vintages. Return to Savoir Vivre. Later you'll be transferred to dinner at the lovely nearby restaurant of “O Petit Repere du Gout”.
Tuesday: Gissey to La Bussiere - Market Day in Dijon
After breakfast on board featuring village-baked pastries still warm from the oven, we head to Dijon to mingle with locals at the famed outdoor market.
There will be time to look around the well-preserved Medieval old town and shop - think mustard! Then it's back to Savoir Vivre for lunch and an afternoon cruise through gorgeous scenery to La Bussieresur-Ouche. Relax on board or explore by bicycle - let's meet up with our barge at the next lock! Explore the subtle charms of La Brussiere before preparing for dinner tonight at the highly regarded hilltop
restaurant “Ferme de Rolle”.
Wednesday: La Bussiere to Pont D'Ouche – Beautiful Beaune
Take a moment to reflect this morning as we cruise to Pont D'ouche. After lunch aboard, sightseeing takes center stage as you head to enchanting Beaune -
wine capital of the Cote d'Or. There's much to enjoy in Beaune; most important is the immaculately preserved Hospice de Beaune, a charity hospital built in the 15th century (and which treated patients until the early 20th century!). And there will be time to explore the shops or visit a cafe in the square. Return to the barge in late afternoon, then relax until we drive you to the nearby delight of “Le Spuller”, your
restaurant for this evening.
Thursday: Pont d’Ouche to La Repe - You've tasted wine, now it's time to taste cheese!
After a peaceful start to your day we visit Ferme de Poisset, an authentic cheesemaker. Yes, you'll learn and then you'll taste! After all, you are in France!
Return to Savoir Vivre and walk the towpath or bicycle into a nearby village - or just relax on board with a good book - as Savoir Vivre continues its journey on the historic Canal de Bourgogne to La Repe. Tonight you will dine at “L'Oree du Bois”, an authentic creperie (which are a French dining institution) located in the heart of Chateauneuf en Auxois. Before dinner enjoy a glass of wine at the stunning lookout point.
Friday: La Repe to Escommes - Hilltop Medieval Village
After breakfast, we return to the lovely Medieval village and chateau of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois perched high on a hill overlooking the canal. Explore on cobblestoned streets, peek into private gardens, and then tour the haunting chateau. Back to Savoir Vivre for lunch as we continue our cruise into the Valley of the Ouche. Your final on-shore dinner is at the 'straight out of Ratatouille', 'Chez
Camille' in the heart of nearby Arnay le Duc. Now is the time to share memories of your authentic encounters with the people, cuisine, wine and sights of Burgundy.
Saturday: Escommes to Dijon - A Sad Farewell!
Depart between 8 and 9 am for your chauffeured transfer back to Dijon. After your final breakfast on board, it will be hard to leave Savoir Vivre! There are mid-to-late morning TGV trains from Dijon back to Paris or perhaps you'll choose to rent a car for an onward journey. We hope to see you on Savoir Vivre again!
Note: This itinerary is a guide only and is subject to changes to accommodate public holidays, closures and guest preferences!Back to Itineraries >
Twitter Cruise Chat:
Q1: Have you ever heard of barging before? What comes to mind? #cruisechat
CruizeCast #CruiseChat A1 Have heard of barging, but am not sure of the differences from ferries.
VikingRiver A1 barge= to intrude? #cruisechat
CruiseBuzz @CruizeCast I think we are all in the same boat - sorry. #CruiseChat
CareVacations A1: Heard of #barging, but don't know much... anything... about it! TEACH ME! ;-D #cruisechat
BargeConnection A1:Big difference from ferries. Ferries are for transport and barging is a vacation #cruisechat
Only398 A1 Barging sounds like fun...depends on the destination and how many cool people are onboard! =) #CruiseChat
shipsandtrips A1: I have booked barges for clients a handful of times. The ones I've done have all been in France - very high end! #cruisechat
CruiseBuzz @BargeConnection Your company has been in business a long time. What motivated you to start a barge company? #CruiseChat
BargeConnection @Only398 A1: You can choose the cool people you'd like to barge with :) #cruisechat
SimonTravels A1: Heard of it, but not terribly familiar with it. #CruiseChat
LuxTravelAndrea A1. I've heard of barging, but I don't picture anything attractive. <sorry> #cruisechat
shipsandtrips A1: because they tend to be smaller vessels, it's great for families or groups of friends. Usually 6 to 12 rooms, right? #cruisechat
BargeConnection @CruiseBuzz What motivated us is PASSION for barging! True love of this vacation style :) #cruisechat
CruisesForLess A1: Is there a roof on the barge or are you exposed to the elements? #CruiseChat
BargeConnection A1: There are fully crewed hotel barges for full pampering or driver your own (similar to houseboats). #cruisechat
CruiseGiant A1: Never heard of it. Want to learn more! #CruiseChat
shipsandtrips A1: The ones I've done were all pre-planned itineraries with staff, but I think there are some self-skippered options, too. #cruisechat
VacationManager A1: It's a unique #cruise vacation option to avoid the "been there, done that blues" #CruiseChat
LuxTravelAndrea @CruiseBuzz Oh the barge - the destinations are wonderful, in my mind! #cruisechat
travelinjones A1: ever heard of barging ? What comes to mind? #cruisechat - scenic waterways of Burgandy; no, haven't experienced a barge trip
Q2: If you could ask any question about barging, what would you ask? #cruisechat
Only398 A2 Where do we start? What's the best way? What's a popular itinerary? #CruiseChat
BargeConnection A2: Yes, normally 6 to 12 is normal size. The larges barge is 22. #cruisechat
shipsandtrips A2: Where do I find the most contemporary, upscale barge accommodations? What river or country? #cruisechat
VikingRiver A2 What's the best way to barge? #cruisechat
CruizeCast #CruiseChat A2 What is included in the price? Is it cheaper or more expensive from cruising?
CareVacations A2: What is the BEST/most unique aspect to #barging that your "standard" #cruise doesn't offer? #cruisechat
BargeConnection @Only398 A2: France has many barge cruise options from Gourmet to Biking barges #cruisechat
LuxTravelAndrea A2. What are the cabins like? Is there a pool? #cruisechat
jkheaton @BargeConnection A houseboat does come to mind! A2 Where do they cruise? #cruisechat
HolaFernando A2: What is the most popular itinerary? #cruisechat @BargeConnection
BargeConnection @CruizeCast A2: All inclusive -- easier to list what's NOT included rather than what is - not enough tweet chars! ;) #cruisechat
VacationManager A2: How does Barge Cruising differ from River Cruising (ala @VikingRiver)? Just the size of the ship? #CruiseChat
shipsandtrips A2: my clients who have done barges have been upscale, well traveled, interested in wine/culinary/history/art. #cruisechat
BargeConnection @HolaFernando A2: Gourmet barge cruises; Chocolate & Wine ones are faves, too! :) #cruisechat
SimonTravels A2: Is barge cruising limited to Europe, or are options available elsewhere? #CruiseChat
BargeConnection A2: Yes, the self-drive barges you Captain yourself. It's great fun and no license required #cruisechat
BargeConnection A2: Most upscale barges cruise the small canals of France. --You visit villages instead of the big cities. #cruisechat
BargeConnection @SimonTravels A2: Most popular and more barges in Europe and especially France. #cruisechat
CruisesForLess A2: Is there a galley onboard or are meals prepared ashore? #CruiseChat
BargeConnection A2: Some of the more popular itineraries are in the Burgundy region and in Southern France on the Canal du Midi. #cruisechat
CruiseCoaches A2: Can you rent out of the barge for your own group?customize the shipboard life a bit? For a wedding or special event perhaps? #cruisechat
CruiseGiant A2: I want to go! Where do I sign up? #LOL #CruiseChat
BargeConnection @FreshCruiser A2: Yes, many families and groups of friends book together so they enjoy the adventure #cruisechat
BargeConnection A2: Self-Drive Barges are very fun. The come equipped with full kitchen and all bedding. You are the Captain and crew. #cruisechat
SpeclNeedsAtSea #cruisechat @bargeconnection A2: how long is a typical barge vacation?
Only398 @BargeConnection - are river cruises and barges similar? What are the differences? #CruiseChat
CruisesForLess How are the barges powered now? Still towed? #CruiseChat
BargeConnection @CruisesForLess A2: No all the barges have engines now. #cruisechat
CruiseBuzz @BargeConnection What does a repeat barge client look for after their couple of barge trips? #cruisechat
BargeConnection A2: Average barge cruise time: Hotel barge is 6 nights and self drive is full week (7nights) #cruisechat
CruiseBuzz @BargeConnection What is the minimum age for a barge cruise? This would be a good option for families? Right? #cruisechat
BargeConnection @CruiseBuzz We have many repeat clients. One group has cruised for with us for the last five years. #cruisechat
BargeConnection @CruiseBuzz You can charter a barge for just your family and then there is no age limit on a hotel barge. #cruisechat
shipsandtrips @BargeConnection is there a minimum age for self-skippered or full charter? #cruisechat
BargeConnection @shipsandtrips You can charter a barge for just your family and then there is no age limit on a hotel barge. #cruisechat
BargeConnection @shipsandtrips We have family itineraries that include excursions for kids and adults. #cruisechat
SpeclNeedsAtSea @bargeconnection who is your typical barge client? honeymooner? older? family? #cruisechat
BargeConnection @SpeclNeedsAtSea It's a MIX - Retired, Families, Friends and yes some honeymooners. #cruisechat
TravelinWheels I always wanted to barge cruise. How wheelchair accessible are they? #cruisechat
travelinjones How big, well-equipped are the kitchens? @BargeConnection #CruiseChat
Q3: Hotel Barging is when your hotel floats with you. What rivers do you float on? Why? #cruisechat
LuxTravelAndrea Yes, I think one of my dream trips is on a barge cruise in France! #cruisechat
Only398 A3 What rivers do barges float on @BargeConnection? #CruiseChat
CareVacations @BargeConnection I love the idea of visiting the villages! This is sounding better and better! #cruisechat
shipsandtrips I think you can pickup your self-skippered barge right in Paris and sail the Seine - is that right @BargeConnection ? #cruisechat
CruizeCast #CruiseChat A3 I'd love to go on the Danube.
SimonTravels A3: The great rivers of Europe, right? Seine, Danube, etc #CruiseChat
CruisesForLess A3: Most of Europe, I suspect #CruiseChat
CruiseBuzz @bargeconnection Do you see more Europeans on the barges or North Americans? #CruiseChat
VacationManager A3: Any barge cruise options in the US? #CruiseChat
BargeConnection @CruisesForLess A3: Very true w/France having the most barges #cruisechat
BargeConnection A3: They are easy to navigate. They only cruise 5 miles per hour. #cruisechat
BargeConnection A3: If you charter a hotel barge the itinerary can be completely catered to your group #cruisechat
BargeConnection A3: The cuisine on the hotel barges is magnificent. Gourmet chef onboard using only the freshest local ingredients. #cruisechat
CareVacations A3: How many days is the average barge #cruise? #cruisechat
BargeConnection @CareVacations A3: Hotel barge is 6 nights and self drive is full week (7nights) #cruisechat
Q4. Self Barging is when you and your group are captain and crew. Who would you take with you and why? #cruisechat
Only398 Can we speed? RT @CruiseBuzz: @BargeConnection What type of requirements do you have for those that want to self-drive a barge? #CruiseChat
BargeConnection A4: Yes, great food, great chocolate and of course fine wines. #cruisechat
SimonTravels A4: A fully qualified barge pilot, as you would NOT want me driving one of those #WouldNotEndWell #CruiseChat
BargeConnection A4: All the hotel barges have bikes onboard for you to use. There R towpaths along the canal, so it's gr8 for biking or walking. #cruisechat
CruizeCast #CruiseChat A4 I would take my husband, but this would be a good chance for a large meet of some sort.
BargeConnection @SimonTravels A4: The fun this is YOU CHOOSE ...pretty cool - go captain or have a captain - you're in charge :) #cruisechat
LuxTravelAndrea A4. @cruisebuzz of course, along with @AndiPerullo. Why - it would be awesome to cruise with both of you! #cruisechat
BargeConnection A4: No license rqd. Boats only go 5 miles/ hour. They give you a lesson upon arrival. In other words there are no requirements. #cruisechat
VacationManager A4: A local expert or two to share history and knowledge of the river and local areas #CruiseChat
CruiseGiant A4: I'd bring the whole #CruiseChat crew! Who wants to go? #CruiseChat
BargeConnection A4: The only two places you might want some experience is Italy, due to all the waterway traffic and Germany. #cruisechat
BargeConnection A4: Germany is the only location they request a Captain's license for the self drive barges. #cruisechat
shipsandtrips I think having a self skippered barge would be like renting a condo or apt - I'm not into cooking/cleaning on vacay #cruisechat
BargeConnection A4: If you don't want to drive yourself then a hotel barge is more your speed.. #cruisechat
BargeConnection A4: A hotel barge comes with Captain, Gourmet Chef, Stewardess and Guide/Driver. #cruisechat
BargeConnection A4: Not possible to speed. You meanderer along the canals and hop off to explore or cruise at your leisure. #cruisechat
BargeConnection A4: Average barge cruise time: Hotel barge is 6 nights and self drive is full week (7nights) #cruisechat
CareVacations A4: I don't care if it's a barge pilot, but I want someone ELSE to navigate the barge! #cruisechat
CruiseBuzz Here is the link to the popular places that @BargeConnection cruises http://bit.ly/oA5pP2 #cruisechat
BargeConnection @CareVacations a4: And, you can - that's the beauty - you can choose a hotel barge if that's what you like ;) #cruisechat
CruiseBuzz @BargeConnection Dazzle me with the best advice you would give a first-time barger? #cruisechat
BargeConnection @CruiseBuzz For Hotel Barges - I would suggest doing all your running around and exploring the bigger cities 1st #cruisechat
BargeConnection @CruiseBuzz then go aboard a hotel barge unpack and unwind. Once on a hotel barge you don't have to think about a thing. #cruisechat
PortholeCruise Anyone remember River Explorer (RiverBarge Excursions). I barged on the Mississippi before it went out of business. So relaxing. #cruisechat
BargeConnection @CruiseBuzz On a self drive there is no age limit. #cruisechat
Q5: What country do you think has the largest selection of barges and why? #cruisechat
CruiseBuzz It looks like France is a big barge country, no? Where else? #cruisechat
CruizeCast #CruiseChat A5 I would assume Germany. @BargeConnection
CruisesForLess A5: France, I've heard, but I don't know why... #CruiseChat
shipsandtrips A5: I'm guessing that the most barges are either fRANCE OR NETHERLANDS? #cruisechat
CruiseGiant A5: Germany seems likely, or Holland. #CruiseChat
SimonTravels A5: No idea. Going to guess Germany or France. #CruiseChat
HolaFernando A5: I'd say France, the Netherlands or Germany #cruisechat
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travelinjones Guessing The Netherlands -- all those canals? A5: What country has the largest selection of barges and why? #cruisechat
shipsandtrips Seems like Amsterdam would be great spot to be docked for a few days... #cruisechat
BargeConnection A5: France has the largest selection, because of their great canal system. #cruisechat
BargeConnection A5: They canals were used to transport goods to the local villages #cruisechat
BargeConnection A5: The towpaths along the canals were created by the horses that would pull the barges along #cruisechat
CruiseCoaches @CruiseBuzz A5: I would have to guess France! There are so many different small villages along the rivers in wine country.#cruisechat
HALcruises Q5: Our guess would be France, lots of rivers and canals there! #CruiseChat
CruiseBuzz @HALcruises France is the leader based on what I have learned so far today. #cruisechat
CareVacations A5: Maybe Italy? Because of all the waterways? #cruisechat
BargeConnection A5: France is the correct answer. We also have barges in England, Ireland,Scotland, Italy, Germany, Holland and Belgium. #cruisechat
VacationManager A5: How to choose? Avignon. Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux... could spend weeks exploring #CruiseChat
Q6. France has the largest selection of barges. What historic areas of France would are on your bucket list? #cruisechat
SimonTravels A6: Paris. And more Paris. #CruiseChat
CruizeCast #CruiseChat A6 Ummm most of it? Seriously, Loire, Provence, Normandy.. I want to see it all! @CruiseBuzz
BargeConnection A6: There is barging in Burgundy, Champagne, Alsace, Loire, Provence, Bordeaux and Canal du Midi #cruisechat
CareVacations A6: I have always wanted to visit #Provence... so romantic! #cruisechat
HolaFernando In France, it'd be interesting to go from the Atlantic to the Med in a barge... #cruisechat
LiverpoolCruise #cruisechat Are there any UK hotel barges?
CruisesForLess A6: So many options: Bordeaux and Touluse would top the list. Also Paris. #CruiseChat
travelinjones A6. the locations that David Elliot Cohen describes in Burgundy in "One Year Off' #cruisechat
CruiseGiant A6: Would stick to the Seine up north, Le Havre and Paris for the most part. #CruiseChat
HolaFernando Barge crossing France from Atlantic to Med, added to bucket list! :-) RT @CareVacations: That does sound fun! RT @HolaFernando #cruisechat
travelinjones @BargeConnection: Is there a difference between a "barge" and a "houseboat" in France? #cruiseChat
HALcruises Q6: Paris, Bordeaux, Normandy... our HAL ships love them all! #CruiseChat
CruiseBuzz @HALcruises When you think of European destination gems, what are your guests favorite cruising grounds? #cruisechat
Q7: Gourmet barge cruising is popular. Shop with the chef and watch them prep. Name a top chef you would like to barge with. #cruisechat
VacationManager A7: Jacques Pepin, for some real French specialties on the rivers of France #CruiseChat
CareVacations A7: Watching the chef is more my style... I would love Anthony Bourdain to cook for me! #cruisechat
SimonTravels A7: Emeril. #BAM! #CruiseChat
CruizeCast #CruiseChat A7 Gordon Ramsey. I just love him. Or Fabio Vivani. Or Bobby Flay. I could go on...
DiscCruisesUSA A7 @MVoltaggio! RT @CruiseBuzz Gourmet barge cruising is popular. Name a top chef you would like to barge with. #cruisechat
TravelinWheels @CareVacations Anthony Bourdain! Yes! Just watched his show on Sicily. Love him #cruisechat
BargeConnection A7: We have cooking cruises as well. Some of our hotel barges have demonstration kitchens just for teaching. #cruisechat
CruiseGiant A7: Guy Fieri. 'Cause he's entertaining! #CruiseChat
CruisesForLess A7: Kat Cora. 'Nuff Said! #CruiseChat!
HolaFernando A7: Lidia Bastianich in Italy! #cruisechat Have you watched her show on PBS?
shipsandtrips A7: I'd choose #Sacramento's own @michaeltuohy or the chef from @ellasac to barge with. They are amazing cooks! #cruisechat
CruiseBuzz A8. Foodie alert: I think I would cruise with Jacques , Rocco, or Anthony. #cruisechat
LuxTravelAndrea A8. Thomas Keller, Jose Andres, Bourdain of course. That would be an awesome barge trip! #cruisechat
shipsandtrips A7: Because I'm a #Sacramento girl, I'd look to my local fave chefs first! Maybe @devereschef would want to do #Ireland! #cruisechat
Q9: Which are you? Chocolate & Wine; Spring Tulips in Holland; adventure cruise. #CruiseChat
shipsandtrips A9. Do I even need to answer this? #cruisechat
CareVacations A9: Not a chocolate fan, but I'll take the wine and tulips! #cruisechat
CruiseBuzz A9. Wine. No contest. #cruisechat
SimonTravels A9: Spring Tulips in Holland. #CruiseChat
VacationManager A9: Chocolate & Wine #CruiseChat
BargeConnection A9: Fave Barge Cruise Themes: Chocolate & Wine; Spring Tulips in Holland; adventure cruise. #cruisechat
shipsandtrips A9: Clearly, wine and chocolate would be my preference. I thought you people knew this about me by now... #cruisechat
CruiseGiant A9: Adventure #Cruise #CruiseChat
VikingRiver A9 Choc + wine! #cruisechat
BargeConnection Mine, too - w/ a strong competition from Chocolate! RT @CruiseBuzz: A9. Wine. No contest. #cruisechat
CruisesForLess A9: Um, all of the above! Did you really have to ask? #CruiseChat
BargeConnection A9: The Wine and Chocolate Cruise in Burgundy is simply a delicious vacation. #cruisechat
LuxTravelAndrea A9. I love all of those, but I'm the first to admit I'm addicted to cruising! #cruisechat
girlgreener “@BargeConnection: A9: The Wine and Chocolate Cruise in Burgundy is simply a delicious vacation. #cruisechat” Sign me up!
CruiseCoaches A9: How about different adventures in the day, always with wine nights! #cruisechat
HALcruises A9. We would have to say "All of the Above" #CruiseChat
BargeConnection Springtime cruising in Holland Book early for next year, especially with the Olympics in London for 2012. #cruisechat
Béziers to Carcassonne
This is a sample itinerary for the cooking enthusiast who wishes to develop some culinary skills during their week on the water.
We can tailor this week, depending on what our passengers are interested to learn and their skill levels. They will also be taught basic knife skills, food handling and the importance of presentation of the dishes prepared.
Sunday – Béziers.
A champagne reception welcomes you on board and gives you a chance to meet the crew. During this first evening there is an opportunity to talk with the chef and discuss your cooking interests and you will discover what you will prepare during your week on board. Later that evening, enjoy your first dining experience on board.
Monday – Cruise to Capestang. Lunch preparation Quiche & Terrine .Tour Oppidum d’Enserune. Cooking lesson Tarte au Citron and Caramel sauce.
A morning cruise along the beautiful Canal du Midi to Capestang. The Canal is one of the most beautiful in France, with many locks, bridges and tunnels. This morning we start with our first cookery lesson in the well equipped kitchen of the Alouette, we are preparing lunch today and learning how to cook the classic French Quiche Lorriane and also a county style terrine, which is very popular in this area.
In the afternoon, visit Oppidum d’Enserune, a pre-Roman hill-top settlement and one of the most important archaeological sites in the region. The top of the hill affords a panoramic view of the pond of Montady drained in 1247 and transformed into a curious pattern of cultivation. Return to the barge, and continue with the cookery lessons, this afternoon we will prepare a wonderful lemon tart served with a drizzle of caramel sauce. Perfect for your dessert tonight on board.
Tuesday – Cruise to Le Somail. Prepare a Gazpacho summer soup. Visit Abbaye de Fontfroide. Lesson Rack of lamb and red wine and tarragon sauce.
Enjoy a relaxing breakfast as you take in the grandeur and beauty of the Canal du Midi, with its fine locks, buildings and aqueducts, scarcely changed from their completion over 300 years ago. During the morning, there will be chance to return to the kitchen and prepare a summer soup – an avocado and cherry tomato gazpacho which we present in a long tall glass for maximum effect! After lunch, visit l’Abbaye de Fontfroide, a Cistercian monastery founded in the 11th century. Now privately owned, the abbey has been lovingly restored with a well-kept garden and peaceful cloister.
On the way back to the boat, stop at Château Auris for a wine tasting. Tonight Rack of lamb is on the menu, this can be a tricky dish to cook correctly and we learn how to marinate and prepare this dish, also served with this is a rich sauce made with red wine and tarragon that goes wonderfully with this meat.
Wednesday – Visit Narbonne and the market. Cruise to Homps. Preparation of Bourride.
This morning, experience the wonderful covered market in Narbonne with the chef, help choose the ingredients for dinner tonight. The market is ablaze with colours, smells and sounds, it is a truly amazing sight. Narbonne is a lively Mediterranean city playing an important role as a wine-producing centre. The municipal, military and religious architecture, the river banks of the Robine and its shaded boulevards, all contribute to its charm. Enjoy lunch at a bistro just in front of the market, which specializes in local seafood fresh from the Mediterranean sea, just a few miles away.
Then return to the barge for an afternoon’s cruise to the port at Homps. Tonight, with the fish we purchased at the market we prepare the local delicacy – Bourride, this is a stunning dish made with fresh local vegetables and finished at the last minute with the addition of monkfish and mussels and served with a garlic mayonnaise.
Thursday –Visit Minerve. Cruise to Trebes. Mediterranean cooking lesson
After breakfast, visit Minerve, an old village on a limestone cliff, which dominates the vineyards below. Its now ruined castle was once a Cathar stronghold besieged and captured by Simon de Montfort. This village is full of history of days gone by. On the way back to the boat stop at Peyriac-Minervois for a wine tasting. Return to the barge for lunch and then enjoy the ever changing views from the comfort of the deck or perhaps walk or cycle along the tow path.
There is another cookery lesson planned this afternoon, using produce purchased from the market, we learn all about Mediterranean style cooking, with the emphasis on light fresh ingredients using olive oil, herbs and vegetables. Tonight we moor in the pretty town of Trebes.
Friday – Cruise to Carcassonne. Visit Carcassonne. Cassoulet lunch. Fresh Pasta making
Finish the week with a tour of Europe’s largest medieval fortress – Carcassonne. Explore the intricate fortifications of the two castellated walls, one inside the other, about a mile in circumference. The views from the battlements towards the Pyrenées are stunning. Visit the Cathedral remarkable for its stained glass rose windows, elegant Romanesque nave and Gothic transepts. Carcassonne is famous for the dish Casssolet, it is a casserole combining beans and sausages, we visit a restaurant in the old Cite and the chef explains how this dish is made and we stay here for lunch.
Mean while the chef is busy preparing for your final cookery lesson, homemade pasta. Pasta is an amazing dish, very easy to prepare and so versatile, we prepare a ravioli filled with some seafood, and then prepare a white wine reduction sauce, a scattering of baby vegetable and sprinkled with fresh dill. A perfect dish to finish the week with. There is a farewell gala dinner on board.
Saturday – Carcassonne.
After breakfast disembark and transfer to the local train station. (If you wish to make alternative transfer arrangements, please discuss your requirements at the time of booking.)
Hotel barges offer cabin bookings for singles, couples or you can charter an entire barge for your family and friends. One of the benefits to hotel barges is they offer an intimate atmosphere, so you have the chance to actually meet everyone aboard. Our hotel barges accommodate as few as two passengers and as many as twenty-two. Keep in mind when you charter a vessel we cater the itinerary to your specific interests. At The Barge Connection we know all the hotel barges, have been aboard and know the owners. We are here to help you find the perfect barge for your specific interests. So, please email or call with any questions. We are happy to assist in any way. We are passionate about what we do, let us show you why!
We have select barges that offer single cabins with no supplement - when available
If a single passenger books a double-bedded cabin there is normally a supplemental fee
Many of our standard cabins can be double or twin-bedded, but some are set Twins or Doubles. If you have any questions just let us know.
We have many hotel barges that offer suites, these cabins are normally larger in size, have more amenities
You can charter any of our barges if they do not already have cabin bookings in place. You can charter for small groups of two, four, six, eight, ten, twelve and more. When you charter a barge we can cater the itinenrary to your specific group requests. This is a wonderful way to travel with friends, family or just a charter a barge for the two of you...how romantic!
Children are welcome on all charter bookings. Many of our hotel barges offer family specific barge itineraries, which is fun for any age. If you want to book a cabin on a barge with children, please let us know. Many barges have a specific age requirement for cabin bookings.
Our star grading system helps you to match a hotel barge to your budget and expectations in terms of overall amenities, style, and comfort. The more stars a boat has, the more it has to offer! Excellent standards of customer service, wines and cuisine are provided – whatever the rating. All barges offer private en-suite facilities and bicycles.
• Barges have superior standards of comfort, space, décor and facilities onboard and feature latest technology
• Large cabins, equisite decor, and many have amenities such as pools, Jacuzzi’s, grand pianos, demonstration kitchens, internet access, TV/DVD
4 STAR– Luxury Quality & Stylish
• Luxury barges offer high standards of comfort and facilities
• Stylish Interior décor, soft furnishings, linen and equipment all to a very high standard
• Good size cabins, quality wines and many luxury amenities offered
3 STAR - Deluxe Design & Comfortable
• Deluxe style barges, similar to a quality boutiques in Paris, with stylish decor & ambiance
• Nice size cabins, similar to a high end B&B
• Barges offer good standards of comfort and décor
2 STAR - Classic Ambiance & Comfortable
• Classic barges with casual, but elegant decor, smaller cabins, but all en-suite and very comfortable
• High standard of local cuisine and wines
• Reasonably priced, but not lacking in any quality one expects from barging
Fleur de Lys
St Léger to Dijon
Sunday - Paris to Dijon.
Board the barge at Dijon's Port du Canal for your cruise through Burgundy. A champagne reception welcomes you on board and gives you a chance to meet the crew. Later that evening, experience your first dinner on board.
Monday - Cruise to Longecourt. Visit Clos de Vougeot.
This morning we leave the barge after breakfast to drive down the famous route des grands crus, passing through the celebrated villages of the Cote d`or. A stop in Vougeot allows us to visit the celebrated Clos de Vougeot vineyard and Chateau where the Cistercian monks first started making wine in the 12th century. The medieval chateau still contains the ancient presses and is now the headquarters of the renowned Burgundian wine society, the Confrerie de Chevaliers de Tastevin. Return to the barge outside Dijon for an afternoon cruise to the countryside village of Longecourt, with chances to walk or cycle alongside.
Tuesday - Visit Dijon. Cruise to St. Jean de Losne.
After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of Dijon including a visit to the market, the Grey Poupon mustard shop and the Ducal Palace, seat of the great medieval dukes of Burgundy. There will be some free time for shopping or perhaps, to sit in one of the numerous pavement cafés and simply just watch the world pass by. Return to the boat for lunch and an afternoon cruise to St. Jean de Losne, the barging capital of France. Take some time this evening or early tomorrow to stroll around the port and see the many working and pleasure barges.
Wednesday - Visit Beaune. Cruise to Chalon-sur-Saône.
Continue to cruise the peaceful valley of the River Saône downstream to Seurre. Today, lunch is taken at the Levernois estate next to Beaune. In the afternoon, discover Beaune, the capital of the wine region of Burgundy. Enjoy a visit to the famous Hôtel-Dieu, a magnificent 15th century charity hospital, and a private wine tasting. There is time to enjoy the charming shops and old streets of Beaune before returning to the barge in Chalon sur Saone, an important and attractive riverside town.
Thursday - Cruise to Rully. Visit Château de Germolles.
The barge cruises leaves the River Saône by clearing the lock to enter the Canal du Centre. Back in the canal environment you may disembark the barge at a lock, bicycle alongside or walk and keep up with the pace of the barge. After lunch, visit the Château de Germolles, the only remaining residence of the Dukes of Burgundy for a private tour with the owner. Tonight it is back to a countryside mooring in Rully.
Friday - Visit Couches and the Château de Marguerite de Bourgogne. Cruise to St. Léger.
A leisurely cruise takes us to St Léger, another quaint village along the Canal du Centre which is our final destination. Your guide takes you to the stunning 12th century Château de Marguerite de Bourgogne in Couches, for a tour of the magnificent buildings set amongst the vines and an insight into life in the middle ages. Meanwhile the chef is busy preparing your Farewell gala dinner on board.
Saturday - Dijon-Paris.
After breakfast disembark the barge for your onward travel arrangements.
Fleur de Lys
St Leger to Dijon
Sunday - Paris to Dijon.
You are met by the Afloat in France guide and transferred to the barge at St. Léger for your cruise through Burgundy. A champagne reception welcomes you on board and gives you a chance to meet the crew. Later that evening enjoy your first dining experience on board.
Monday – Cruise to Rully. Visit Château de la Rochepot or Le Cruesot Summer Bobsleigh.
A leisurely cruise on the Canal du Centre gives you a chance to savor the beauty of the French countryside, there are plenty of opportunities at the many locks to get off the barge and walk or cycle along the splendid tow path. Later, your guide takes you to La Rochepot for a tour of the beautifully restored 15th century castle with its stunning glazed tile roofs or alternatively visit the Summer Bobsleigh Park with it various runs and a pool. Return to the barge moored in Rully.
Tuesday - Cruise to Chalon-sur-Saône. Visit Givrey Outward Bound Park.
Relax on board while the barge cruises the final section of the Canal du Centre before entering the last and very deep lock into the River Saône just north of Chalon-sur-Saône. The scenery changes from the close proximity of the canal banks to the expanse of this beautiful river. This afternoon enjoy an action afternoon at the Accro Branche – an outward bound park, there are several different levels, so fun for all the family. Challenge your climbing skills, as you climb high in the tree tops. Once back to Chalon perhaps take a walk in to town and discover its quaint antique shops, stunning Cathedral square and half timbered buildings. There is free time to enjoy the fine shops, or perhaps just to sit in one of the numerous pavement cafes enjoying an ice cream.
Wednesday - Cruise to St Jean de Losne. Visit Beaune Horse riding in Brazey.
A somewhat different cruising experience today, through the lovely valley of the River Saône to the town of Verdun sur Doubs. We then visit the wonderful town of Beaune where we have lunch, and afterwards we visit the famous Hotel-Dieu, Hospice de Beaune. The town with its tiny centre, has hardly changed physically down the years, a circular boulevard runs round its former ramparts, many of which still stand. Within, there is a dense maze of narrow old streets. Tonight’s mooring is at St Jean de Losne, the barging capital of France, take some time to stroll around the ports and see the many working barges and house boats that are moored here. A short distance from St Jean is the village of Brazey, where the family can enjoy some wonderful horse riding, enjoy trekking through the country side on horse back following the canal path or through the plains of the Saone valley.
Thursday - Cruise to Longecourt. Visit Dole Water Park.
This morning the barge leaves the river and enters the Burgundy Canal. Enjoy the chance to walk or cycle along the towpath. After a wonderful lunch on board, we visit Dole, a pretty town with an interesting history. There is a fantastic water park located just outside the town and here we enjoy an afternoon in the water! There are various slides and pools for all ages. The barge in moored tonight near Longecourt.
Friday - Cruise to Dijon. Visit Dijon. Roller Skating. Jungle Kid or Grotte de Beze. Magician.
Today your guide takes you on a walking tour of Dijon to visit the market, Ducal Palace, the Grey Poupon mustard shop, and covered food market. There is a roller skating park and go karts for the more adventurous. Also there is ‘Jungle Kid’ for smaller children, a covered area for climbing and adventure. Or perhaps you would prefer to visit the Caves at Beze, for an underground ‘mini’ cruise on a rowing boat, through the caves. Tonight, the barge moors in the port of Dijon. We finish the week with entertainment from a magician before dinner, marvel at his tricks and be amazed by his skill! Meanwhile the chef is busy on board producing your Farewell gala dinner on board.
Saturday - Dijon to Paris.
After breakfast disembark and transfer for your onward arrangements.
Note: Itinerary travels in reverse direction on alternate weeks.
Amaryllis Classic Burgundy Cruise Itinerary
Lyon to St Jean
Board the barge moored in Lyon for your cruise up the River Saône and through Burgundy. A champagne reception welcomes you on board and gives you a chance to meet the crew. Later this evening enjoy your first dining experience on board.
Today's visit is to Lyon, the second city of France. Lyon is a cultural, historic, gastronomic, and commercial centre, little known outside of France. Dominating the city is the splendidly ornate Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourvière. The standard of Lyon's shopping facilities is renowned for its quality and includes many chic boutiques and a market hall devoted entirely to antiques. There is free time for shopping or perhaps just sit in one of the numerous pavement cafés and simply watch the world go by. After lunch relax on the top deck and watch the passing scenery of the river Saône. Tonight we are moored in the town of Montmerle which is set in the heart of the Beaujolais wine region.
Cruise this morning to Mâcon. Visit the Roche de Solutre, a picturesque site with a superb view of Mâcon, the River Saône and the vineyards. Stop along the route to enjoy a wine tasting in the village of Fuissé, where the vines grow right up to the village walls. The roads actually seem to get narrower, encroached by the vines planted as tightly as possible in every available space. The mooring this evening is Mâcon, a thriving market town bordering both the Mâconnais and the Beaujolais vineyards.
After breakfast, relax on board and savor the beauty of Burgundy and Beaujolais as you cruise the River Saône to Tournus. After a delicious lunch on board, we then take an extremely scenic drive to the magnificent Château de Cormatin, a 17th century renaissance style Chateau with elegant formal gardens.
This morning cruise to Chalon-sur-Saône before enjoying lunch off the barge in Beaune at the Loiseau des Vignes set in the centre of this charming town. This town is the capital of the wine region of Burgundy. We visit the famous Hôtel-Dieu, Hospice de Beaune, and afterwards you will have the chance to explore Joseph Drouhin's cellar, where the King of France and the Duke of Burgundy used to store some of their wines.
This morning you may take a walking tour of the pedestrian area of Chalon-sur-Saône. As it is market day you should enjoy the wonderful atmosphere in the cathedral square with stallholders busy selling their locally produced cheeses, pates and delicacies. Continue the cruise up the River Saône to St Jean de Losne. Why not take a take a stroll over to the port and see the many working and pleasure barges. Back on board the chef is preparing a feast for your farewell dinner.
After breakfast, disembark the barge for your onward travel arrangements.