What does a typical day on a barge cruise include?

A leisurely cruise . . . with a friendly crew to care for you

A barge cruise abounds in beautiful scenery, relaxation and activity, delicious meals, interesting people, new adventures and unexpected surprises. Imagine a typical day on board a charming floating home with a friendly crew to care for you. You wake up to the smell of freshly baked bread and croissants. The aroma of coffee pulls you from your bed, and you wander to the dining room where breakfast awaits you at your leisure. Then maybe a shower, or not, as the barge warms up the engine and casts off for a few hours of cruising through villages, vineyards, farms and oh-so-pretty countryside.

A bit of exercise . . . or not

A walk along the towpath or bike ride to a nearby village energizes you with exercise and fresh air. Or maybe you read a good book on deck and watch the world float by. With fascination, you watch the workings of the locks and marvel at the 300-year-old engineering feat that allowed cargo to be transported by barge from river to river and town to town.

Yummy lunches . . . and wine, of course!

Lunches vary with each barge and can be a beautifully presented plated lunch or buffet of fresh colorful salads, pates and cold meats accompanied by hot soup or entrée. A selection of regional cheeses is often served and a sweet treat may be included as well. Lunches are always accompanied by quality wines selected by the chef.

Interesting and diverse excursions . . . fun too!

Then it’s into the chauffeured van for your daily excursion. Maybe today you taste wine in an ancient cave where the family has made wine for generations. The entertaining guide regales you with history and stories of the local culture. Tomorrow it may be an open air market, a medieval village or an architectural wonder. The countryside abounds with historic and scenic sights.

Relaxation or a game of petanque . . .

Back on the barge, a nap may be in order before aperitifs on deck. Maybe a game of petanque on shore as the chef prepares a gourmet feast.

Delectable gourmet dining . . . and excellent wines!

The day is capped with a delectable dinner in the company of your fellow passengers. You wonder where the day went as you realize how relaxed and content you feel. Your comfy cabin welcomes you to dream of another fun day ahead.

Bon nuit, sweet dreams.

Saint Louis in Southwest France

Biking with Barge Luciole
Lunch aboard Apres Tout
Visiting Les Baux in Provence
Gourmet meals aboard