A gentle cruise on a hotel barge is the perfect way to discover the very soul of France, exploring its idyllic pastoral countryside and historical treasures, discovering unknown France experienced only from the intimate access a barge can offer. Far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life, hotel barge voyages allow you to travel in luxury without the strains of packing and unpacking all the while enjoying a blend of daily excursions and fascinating cruising.
Each day as your hotel barge moves sedately from one peaceful mooring to the next you can wander along the towpath getting on or off at one of the locks as you fancy. Walk through the grounds of ancient chateaux or stroll through a local market spotlighting devoted artisan producers. All small slices of French life often overlooked by travelers hurriedly moving from one town to another.
The hotel barges all carry bicycles for towpath riding and other shore excursions making the little villages and farms you discover more accessible as you cruise part of the adventure. Or do absolutely nothing other than absorbing the ever changing scenery from a comfortable deck chair on the sun deck. After a day of cruising and sightseeing your hotel barge moors up for the night ~ no worries, there's plenty of time for cocktails before dinner or maybe a relaxing soak in the deck spa before a gourmet dinner served with the best of wines of the area.
The classic traditions of French and International cuisine are an unforgettable highlight of our hotel barge cruises. Before you wake each morning, a crew member has visited the local patisserie to collect newly baked breads, buttery croissants and a variety of fresh pastries. Together with the aroma of fresh coffee brewing, the day has just begun and you may want to enjoy your breakfast on deck.
Luncheon, often enjoyed on the sun deck, will be a colourful arrangement of salads, pâtes, savoury quiches and of course, a selection of cheeses, all accompanied by an excellent choice of wines from the barge cellar.
Dinner is the culinary highlight of each day. Served by candlelight, each course is a delicious creation, complemented by fine wines. Your chef will use the freshest ingredients, bought from the wonderful local markets and pick herbs from the small on-board herb garden to produce wonderful regional and national dishes that are full of flavour.
The wine-growing region of Burgundy lies at the very heart of rural France with a rich and unique history.
The Midi - a land with a rich heritage - diverse Mediterranean landscapes, sun-drenched vineyards and Cathar fortresses.
Imagine a romantic hot air balloon flight in France. Floating majestically and effortlessly over the prettiest regions including Paris, Loire Valley, Provence, Burgundy, Auvergne. Hot air balloon flights can be enjoyed by everyone as there are no particular age or physical requirements. Take flight in the early hours just after dawn or later in the day just before sunset when the air is still and the light is perfect for drifting gently, gazing down at the countryside carpet below, including châteaux, medieval villages, and vineyards. Finishing up with the traditional Champagne "toast aux Aéronautes" at the landing