From Lunch with a Countess, to a Visit to an Oyster Farm, Luxury hotel barge guests Enjoy Exclusive ‘Meet and Greet’ Opportunities
Our New Excursions for 2018
Château de Commarin
Among the unique experiences for guests aboard the 12-passenger L’Impressionniste hotel barge, which cruises France’s renowned wine-making region of Burgundy, is a private tour of the moat-encircled Château de Commarin, accompanied by none other than Count Bertrand de Vogue, the current resident and 26th generation of the de Vogue family to maintain continuous residence since the 13th century. Count de Vogue will offer insight into the Château’s fascinating history, after which guests will explore the Château’s regal interior, stables and surrounding gardens.
Le Maison Alexandre Bonnet
Alternatively, the champagne flows freely for guests aboard La Belle Epoque, a deluxe 12-passenger hotel barge whose wood-paneled saloon and hand-built seating attest to its elegance. Among the cruise’s various excursions is a private tasting at the Alexandre Bonnet Champagne House in Les Riceys, an off-the-beaten path and unspoiled part of the Champagne region that still retains its authenticity and charm.
Following a tasting of an array of champagnes, guests will take a short drive to Château de Rice-Bas, famed for its 12th century vaulted cellars, where they are treated to an authentic glimpse of family life in a rural château. More notably, they will enjoy a champagne aperitif and gourmet meal with the Baroness herself in either her private salon, or the distinctive vaulted medieval kitchen.
Camargue Cuisine & Nature
For nature lovers and foodies, a one-of-a-kind experience is offered on the October 28th departure of the 8-passenger Anjodi hotel barge. A “founding member” of the European Waterways’ fleet, the vessel is also a true celebrity, having starred in a popular culinary television series hosted by famed British chef Rick Stein. In addition to visiting a local oyster farm, guests will visit the Camargue National Park, renowned for its wild horses, pink flamingos and lush green wetlands. They will enjoy authentic Camargue cuisine at a local restaurant in Aigues Mortes, as well as tour the Palais des Papes – the Palace of the Popes. One of the largest medieval fortresses and a former home to visiting Popes, it is today a World Heritage Site and testament to the powerful influence of Western Christianity in the 14th century.