Life in the Slow Lane: A Barge Cruise in France
Medieval hilltop villages, biking along towpaths, wine tastings, historic chateaux, and great food ---these are just some of the pleasures that make plying the ancient waterways of France in your own floating boutique hotel so special. Frontiers International Travel represents some 25 barges, each with its own special charms and itineraries on seven-day cruises. From now through September, Frontiers is offering a 25% discount on the following three barges. If you are thinking about a family trip, even one that includes three generations, you will find that a barge cruise is ideal, especially because the crews are so friendly, obliging, and prepared in every way to make your cruise a success.
The eight-passenger Renaissance cruises in the Sancerre region in Western Burgundy. The trip begins in Paris where a van picks you up and takes you to your new home and the first of many Champagne welcomes. The pleasures mount up daily: visits to family run vineyards and the ancient Chateau-Landon, a town once captured by Julius Caesar in 53 BC, and a dinner in a Michelin-starred restaurant.
La Belle Epoque carries 13-passengers, two barge captains, and cruises in central-eastern France. This is a great choice for oenophiles, history buffs, and bikers especially around the Chablis region. Guests on this cruise have one lunch ashore at a special restaurant and there's always time for a café and croissant in a village near the canal.
The Impressioniste is another 13-passenger barge, but its itinerary on the Ouche River is probably the most exciting, Highlights are the fabulously interesting city of Dijon where you can still see half-timbered houses dating from the 12th-15th century in the historic city center. You will also have private wine tasting visits with local hosts and ample time to roam around searching for local crafts and antiques. Equally fascinating is Beaune, the capital of Burgundy wines which has ancient wineries and even older wine cellars.
One of the great pleasures of barge cruising is that they are so stress-free. Unlike many organized trips, you won't ever feel cocooned, You can take off on a bike with a picnic and meet your captain at the end of the day. Or you can plan some special outing to buy wine which your captain can arrange for you. What appeals to most travelers is that they can be as active or as laid back as they wish while enjoying all the pleasure of rural France and life in the slow lane. Details concerning Frontiers International Travel at www.frontierstravel.com.