HOTEL BARGES / APRES TOUT
We understand that certain guests enjoy vacations that blend their favourite
pastimes with the many delights of a cruise on the French canals. We therefore offer “special interest” packages where the emphasis is on your hobby and the same time guaranteeing that you get all the charm of your luxury hotel barge cruise. These “special” barge cruise vacations therefore include all the luxury features such as cruising, gastronomic dining, sightseeing & activities, not forgetting the relaxation!
They provide your with the latest “hybrid” road bikes and the logistical back-up during your cycling and luxury barge vacation. We propose 5 half-day cycling routes (approximately 35 to 50 kms ) which take you off the beaten track into the heart of the French countryside. You have the opportunity to picnic en-route and visit wineries and other places of interest. What better way to end the day than returning to private luxury board to relax and enjoy aperitifs before another gastronomic dinner!
Wine & Gastronomic Tours:
These tailor-made packages cater for wine a food enthusiast who wish to dedicate more of the vacation to their passion. They include visits to a number of different local wineries, commented vertical & horizontal tastings, a visit to a barrel maker’s, and an introduction to marrying wine to different dishes. A gastronomic meal in 3 star Michelin rated restaurant is also included in the package.
Food & Wine with Cooking Classes
These packages are designed for die-hard “foodies” and include a series of “hands-on” cooking demonstrations given by your private chef. You will also accompany the chef during a visits to local markets and assist in drawing up menus. A further cooking class will take place in a local gastronomic restaurant and you will learn about the art of matching wines to food. A meal in 3 star Michelin rated restaurant is included in the package.
There are some excellent golf courses close to the various cruise itineraries. You will be able to enjoy as many as 5 half day rounds of golf and still get the full benefit of your luxury barge cruise on the waterways. For those guests who don’t wish to participate we can suggest alternative activities sightseeing or they may like to quite simply relax aboard their private barge savoring the beauties of the French countryside! Guests are free to bring their own equipment however this is available for hire as well as golf carts on the all of the courses. Certain cruise itineraries run closer to the best courses than others and we recommend that clients contact us to discuss their requirements so that we can advise on the routes most suited to this activity.
Prices for 2013
Private charter for 6 passengers
Regular rate : 36 000 US dollars / 27 800 euros
- 7 days and 6 nights on the barge in staterooms with private baths
- Transfers from Paris to the barge and return via private minibus
- All meals beginning with dinner on Sunday, through breakfast on Saturday
- All wines with lunches and dinners
- Open bar
- All escorted side-excursions (hot air ballooning, golf, etc. at additional cost)
- Use of bicycles
Does not Include
- Overseas air transportation to Paris and return
- Suggested minimum 5% - 10% gratuity for the crew, to be given to the captain in equivalent euros