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Bike and Barge Cruises in the Upper Loire

March 25th, 2014

Do you hear the word “cruise” and imagine endless buffets, infinite vistas of ocean water, and wonder if there are more exciting ways to spend a vacation? Are you the type that needs to be active in order to feel alive? If so, then you don’t need to avoid a cruise—you just need to find the right kind of cruise. With the most active of our barge theme cruises, you have the chance to explore the French countryside from the seat of a bicycle, and enjoy as much activity as you desire.

Experience France with bike and barge vacations

Barge Meanderer Bike and Barge Cruise for FamiliesMeanderer Bike and Barge Cruises for Avid BikersOn barge Meanderer, Captain George, an avid biker, has designed a series of biking options for each full day of your cruise.

If you are also an avid, conditioned biker, he has created 55-85+ mile tours of medium elevation through a succession of scenic towns scattered across the French countryside. If you’re a weekend biking enthusiast, he has a lighter-elevation set of tours which cover 25-45 miles per day and also take you through picturesque villages adjacent to the Briare Canal. Casual biking along the canal and through small villages is also available.

Sightseeing options for passengers of varied interests

Barge Meanderer on Briare Canal Aqueduct, Upper Loire

The Briare Canal Aqueduct designed by Gustave Eiffel

One of the great things about combining biking and barging is that you might want to travel with someone who likes time to relax as well as be active. Meanderer takes this into account as well, providing easier biking options along the canal itself for those who want to get off the boat in a more leisurely way. Biking and/or sightseeing – the choice is yours. There are daily tours of fascinating sites, such as the beautiful palace of Fontainebleau, home to generations of French royalty.

Visit Chateau de Fontainebleau with Barge Meanderer

Chateau de Fontainebleau, home of French kings and Napoleon

Or enjoy the ever-changing French countryside, like the 7 locks at Rogny. Built in the late 16th Century, these seven locks (now inactive) are at the point of division of waters between the Loire and the Seine. It is the first work of this type built in France and now classified as an “Historic Monument”.

Seven locks of Rogny on the Briare Canal

The 7 ancient locks of Rogny

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, whether biking or relaxing on the elegant teak deck of your barging home-away-from-home, you will find the opportunity to sip a glass of French wine and dine on gourmet meals freshly-prepared with local ingredients to be the perfect ending for an active day of biking and cruising.

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Other Theme Cruises – golf, food and wine, family cruises and more

If you’re ready to enjoy this perfect blend of luxury and activity, contact us today to make your reservations.

Beth Hanson
Barge Cruise Specialist since 1988


Barge and Burgundy Wine Connoisseurs Cruise

March 19th, 2014

Do you love tasting a new wine? Do you subscribe to Food and Wine or Wine Enthusiast and savor the pairings and posturings about the greatest new find or old world vintage rediscovered? If so, then you are the perfect passenger for one of our Burgundy Wine Connoisseurs Cruise on the barge Apres Tout.

Learn about French wines on barge cruise excursions

Chateau de Clos du Vougeot

Chateau de Clos du Vougeot

Imagine being able to get authoritative answers to all the wine questions that cross your mind as you peruse the pages of those magazines, or try to detect the differences between two vintages. Savor the opportunity to experience French gourmet food and local wine pairings. Enjoy touring Grand Cru vineyards and tasting their wines—and even enjoy lunch with a maker of Grand Cru wines! All of this is included in this fabulous wine-themed cruise. From the Kir Royale of Dijon to the “wine and war” tour in the Burgundian capital of Beaune, your cruise week will be filled with a number of unforgettable tastes, smells and sounds of France.

Fine wines and gourmet dining on board the barge Apres Tout

Happy guests on board the barge Apres Tout

Gourmet dining and fine wines are an intricate part of barge cruising.

And then there’s the excitement of cruising the Burgundy Canal! Aboard the deluxe barge Apres Tout, you will observe the beautiful countryside and scenic villages along the Burgundy Canal from the elegant teak sundeck of your barge. With central air conditioning and heat, generous suites with ensuite bathrooms, a library and a hot tub on board, this luxurious home away from home has all the amenities you could desire, from heated towel racks to bicycles for getting closer to the idyllic countryside. The demonstration kitchen gives you the chance to ask even more questions about both wine pairings and cooking with wine.

So whether you have memorized the list of Burgundy Grand Crus or need some help understanding the difference between a Grand Cru and Premier Cru, this cruise is the ultimate chance to answer all your questions, tantalize your taste buds with unforgettable vintages and even ship your favorite wines home so you can host a tasting of your own for your friends or local wine club.

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See all our wine cruises and other theme cruises available.

To book this unique Burgundy Wine Connoisseurs Cruise, contact us today.

Beth Hanson
Barge Cruise Specialist since 1988