10 quintessentially French experiences

Medieval style Chateau Pierrefonds - an excursion option on 14 night barge cruise

Some of these might seem a bit cliché at first glance but bear with me – as a visitor each of these experiences offers an insight to French culture, history and way of life……..And best of all you can tick off all of these on your cruise with us. 1. Visit a market Of course […]

A spectacular evening at a chateau

Dinners enjoying al-fresco dinner overloooking the Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte - an excursion option on your barge cruise

An evening visit to the Chateau Vaux Le Vicomte is definitely one of Graeme’s favourite excursions, and although its around 90 minutes each way in the car (much further than we normally travel), all the guest’s we’ve taken have loved the experience. Built in the 1600’s, today Vaux-le-Vicomte is privately owned by the de Vogüe […]

Taking it slow at the Saturday morning market

The saturday morning market is Epernay is busy with locals, filling the glass and wrought iron market hall

Saturday is market day here so after a quick breakfast it’s straight off to the nearby town of Epernay. Held in a beautiful glazed hall, the market is 100% dedicated to fresh produce and you’ll find everything from fresh fruit and veg to oysters, homemade jams, whole skinned rabbits and fresh flowers. Oh and did […]

Excursion profile: Champagne Le Gallais

Barge cruise guests tasting champagne overlooking the vineyards on a n excursion

We love visiting Champagne Le Gallais – sampling their wines on the terrace overlooking the vines and the river valley below is just bliss! Charlotte Morgain Le Gallais creates her wines from 7 plots within the domaine that her family has owned for 5 generations. The focus here is on achieving fine, elegant champagnes through […]