Thursday, September 20, 2018

French Hotel Barge Enchante - Harvest Time

I love the Doctor Who reference!


"No, they're not Daleks! It's harvest time and half of these stainless steel tanks are now full of grapes picked these past few weeks. The whites will stay in there 3-4 months and the reds 8-12."
 — Barge Enchante at Chateau Saint Jacques d'Albas
September 16, 2018



About The French Hotel Barge Enchante


Enchante

Enchanté moored in Le Somail


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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Barge Finesse : Visit the Chateau de Germolles


Château de Germolles - Southern Burgundy



As one of the finest surviving examples of a Burgundian ducal residence, a visit to Château de Germolles is a popular excursion on French Hotel Barge Finesse's itinerary in Southern Burgundy. It’s a serene setting in which to learn more about the influential dukes who shaped Burgundy in the late medieval and early Renaissance periods.


Philip the Bold

The Valois Dukes of Burgundy – Philip the Bold, John the Fearless, Philip the Good and Charles the Bold – were thought to have ruled over the “Golden Age” of medieval Burgundy, when the groundwork was laid for both a cultural and an economic Renaissance in the region. Philip made the impressive Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy in Dijon his central seat, adding a vast ceremonial hall and kitchens where 30 chefs could prepare a banquet all at once.

In 1380 the Château de Germolles, described as “austere” at first, was offered by Philip to his wife, Margaret III of Flanders. The house would soon be turned into a refined and luxurious country retreat by the Duchess, boasting murals painted by the best artists from the Burgundian School.

Although the palace at Dijon retains very little of its architecture from this period, the house at Germolles is a wonderfully preserved example of the splendour of the ducal court on the eve of the Renaissance.


Visiting the Château



Heraldic frescos decorate the private apartments of Margaret’s country residence; the chapels and the Hall of Honour are also impressive late medieval statements, while the thirteenth-century storeroom gives you a glimpse into the effort it would have taken downstairs to maintain such a grand house. Tours are often conducted by the present-day owners of the property, who are able to share a great deal of the château’s history. History lovers aboard the hotel barge Finesse are always impressed and enlightened by this fascinating visit.


About The French Hotel Barge Finesse


Finesse


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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

French Hotel Barge Savoir Vivre - News


* NEWS FROM SAVOIR VIVRE *




The luxury crewed French Hotel Barge SAVOIR VIVRE offers both cabin cruises and private barge charters along the Canal de Bourgogne in the Burgundy region of France. They have just announced that beginning next season (2019), Savoir Vivre will be including transfers from Paris to Burgundy where the barge is moored.


  About The French Barge Savoir Vivre 



Savoir Vivre is 80 feet long, air conditioned (central heating, too), has 4 identical guest cabins which can be configured with a queen or two twin beds, each having ensuite private bathrooms, flat screen TV, DVD, iPod dock, internet where available, 8 bicycles, etc.

Savoir Vivre is a bit different to the other hotel barges that we represent as they do not have an onboard chef. Pastries for the continental breakfast are supplied by the local baker. Lunch is catered by professional chefs who meet up with the boat with their prepared meal. Dinners are off the boat in locally selected restaurants (included in charter fee).


Recent Comments

"On June 30th 2018 we disembarked from a wonderful week’s cruise on Burgundy’s Ouche Canal on the Savoir Vivre.  We had wended our way at breakneck speed (2 kilometers/hour) through the beautiful French countryside… enjoyed fantastic cuisine and local wines…  explored historic sites, wineries and farms… and quickly made friends with our amiable fellow travelers (four of whom we had never met before).

But the key to the success of this adventure was the crew of the Savoir Vivre, ably led by Captain Richard Mégret.

Richard navigated us through countless narrow locks, drove us on remote country roads leading to dinners in quaint local restaurants, and quietly solved a few minor mechanical crises (e.g., power failures).  He served as outstanding host, organizer, French ambassador, and friend.  His droll sense of humor immediately made us feel right at home right from the start. Richard could not have been more accommodating to our every need and request.

Laura was a superb tour director… incredibly knowledgeable about local history, wines and customs, and always radiating enthusiasm about her beloved Burgundy.   Justine was a wonderful young hostess who deftly created amazing breakfasts and lunches. She immediately won us over with her charming friendliness.

This trio of professionals turned out to be essential partners in making this trip so memorable."

John & Joan, July 11, 2018


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Monday, September 17, 2018

Luxury Hotel Barge Cruises - 2018 availability UPDATED September 19

 LUXURY HOTEL BARGE CRUISES
 * Open Dates For 2018 * 

UPDATED SEPTEMBER 19, 2018

Here's a list of open dates for private barge charters (all cabins open) and for cabin cruises (some cabins already booked). If you wish, we can inquire if a fully-open, private charter week can be opened up for a cabin cruise week.

Special offers may apply! 

French Hotel Barge Anjodi - Cruising the Canal du Midi

 FRANCE - Canal du Midi

ANJODI

ATHOS

EMMA

ENCHANTE


 FRANCE - Loire Valley

NYMPHEA


 FRANCE - Upper Loire / Western Burgundy

RENAISSANCE


 FRANCE - Bordeaux

ROSA


 FRANCE - Northern Burgundy

L'ART DE VIVRE

LA BELLE EPOQUE


 FRANCE - Southern Burgundy

FINESSE

GRAND CRU

L'IMPRESSIONNISTE

PROSPERITE

RENDEZ-VOUS

SAVOIR VIVRE


 FRANCE - Alsace-Lorraine

LA NOUVELLE ETOILE

PANACHE


 ENGLAND - Thames

MAGNA CARTA


 SCOTLAND - Highlands

SCOTTISH HIGHLANDER

SPIRIT OF SCOTLAND


 IRELAND - Shannon

SHANNON PRINCESS


 ITALY - Venice / Po Valley

LA BELLA VITA








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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Barging Visit To Chateau de Ratilly with Hotel Barge Renaissance

French Barge Renaissance: Visit the Chateau de Ratilly



The Château de Ratilly, located near the village of Treigny in the rolling countryside of the Loire Valley, rises up like a lost magical fortress. The 12th-century castle's ancient walls have stood witness for centuries with stories to tell of battles won and lost. Magnificiently preserved,  Château de Ratilly is now the home of inspiration and artistic creation. Take time to wander through its transformed workspace and you will discover some of France's greatest potters at work.


Jeanne Pierlot, a potter by trade who made her apprenticeship at St Amand-en-Puisaye at Eugene Lion, and her husband Norbert, an actor, took ownership of the Château de Ratilly in 1951. Seeing the great artistic potential of the space, they repurposed the château into a pottery workshop and artists' haven becoming one of the very first "Center of Private Contemporary Art". Every year, for more than fifty years, concerts, original shows and major visual arts exhibitions have served contemporary artists in the unique setting of the castle.

The Pierlot’s five children have continued their parent’s dedication to the Château and its new-found purpose.

A tour of the grand Château de Ratilly will give a unique insight into the creative process of artists at work. The atmosphere may seem somewhat understated for such a grand historic monument and yet that just adds to its charm and the buzz that can be felt of inspiration in action.

The French Hotel Barge Renaissance which cruises the waterways of the Upper Loire and Western Burgundy includes the Château de Ratilly in their standard, classic cruise itinerary.

About The French Hotel Barge Renaissance


Renaissance


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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Luxury Hotel Barge Cruises - 2018 availability UPDATED Aug 28th

 LUXURY HOTEL BARGE CRUISES
 * Open Dates For 2018 * 

UPDATED SEPTEMBER 19, 2018

Here's a list of open dates for private barge charters (all cabins open) and for cabin cruises (some cabins already booked). If you wish, we can inquire if a fully-open, private charter week can be opened up for a cabin cruise week.

Special offers may apply! 

French Hotel Barge Anjodi - Cruising the Canal du Midi

 FRANCE - Canal du Midi

ANJODI

ATHOS

EMMA

ENCHANTE


 FRANCE - Loire Valley

NYMPHEA


 FRANCE - Upper Loire / Western Burgundy

RENAISSANCE


 FRANCE - Bordeaux

ROSA


 FRANCE - Northern Burgundy

L'ART DE VIVRE

LA BELLE EPOQUE


 FRANCE - Southern Burgundy

FINESSE

GRAND CRU

L'IMPRESSIONNISTE

PROSPERITE

RENDEZ-VOUS

SAVOIR VIVRE


 FRANCE - Alsace-Lorraine

LA NOUVELLE ETOILE

PANACHE


 ENGLAND - Thames

MAGNA CARTA


 SCOTLAND - Highlands

SCOTTISH HIGHLANDER

SPIRIT OF SCOTLAND


 IRELAND - Shannon

SHANNON PRINCESS


 ITALY - Venice / Po Valley

LA BELLA VITA








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Sunday, August 05, 2018

Special Offers: Hotel Barges - UPDATED Aug 9th

We have updated the special offers on hotel barges. So, if you are looking for summer vacation ideas or for an ideal spot for a family reunion, we have the solution for you...

... a European barging cruise for groups ranging from 2 to 12 people. With 20% off charters and cabins on select departures for Summer and Autumn 2018, it's a good time to book a barge cruise!

We have also added early-bird discounts for the 2019 season.

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Luxury Hotel Barge Cruises - 2018 availability UPDATED

 LUXURY HOTEL BARGE CRUISES
 * Open Dates For 2018 * 

UPDATED AUGUST 5, 2018

Here's a list of open dates for private barge charters (all cabins open) and for cabin cruises (some cabins already booked). If you wish, we can inquire if a fully-open, private charter week can be opened up for a cabin cruise week.

Special offers may apply! 

French Hotel Barge Anjodi - Cruising the Canal du Midi

 FRANCE - Canal du Midi

ANJODI

ATHOS

EMMA

ENCHANTE


 FRANCE - Loire Valley

NYMPHEA


 FRANCE - Upper Loire / Western Burgundy

RENAISSANCE


 FRANCE - Bordeaux

ROSA


 FRANCE - Northern Burgundy

L'ART DE VIVRE

LA BELLE EPOQUE


 FRANCE - Southern Burgundy

FINESSE

GRAND CRU

L'IMPRESSIONNISTE

PROSPERITE

RENDEZ-VOUS

SAVOIR VIVRE


 FRANCE - Alsace-Lorraine

LA NOUVELLE ETOILE

PANACHE


 ENGLAND - Thames

MAGNA CARTA


 SCOTLAND - Highlands

SCOTTISH HIGHLANDER

SPIRIT OF SCOTLAND


 IRELAND - Shannon

SHANNON PRINCESS


 ITALY - Venice / Po Valley

LA BELLA VITA







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Saturday, August 04, 2018

News update from French Hotel Barge EMMA

French Hotel Barge Emma - Barging cruises on the Canal du Midi, France

Liz from the French Hotel Barge Emma wrote to us this week from the cool mountains of Les Cevennes where they are taking a short break.

  • Emma will no longer be offering the 8-night surf & turf package with the Chateau Tower at Ventenac as the owners, Jodi and Peter, have decided to sell it and are looking for a larger property.
  •  For those of you who remember Emma's tour guide Rosie, she has just had her first baby, a little boy called Charlie. Hostess Amanda will be back on Emma for the second half of the season.
  • Barge Emma already has bookings for 2019 barging cruises on the Canal du Midi in the south of  France.
  • We would like to remind you of the 20% discount for the remaining 3 weeks still available for the 2018 season (see details below). 


 - SPECIAL OFFER - 


  • 20% off: September 1-7, 2018

    • Notice that this is for SEPTEMBER, the prime barging month of the year.
    • Availability: One cabin booked & 2 cabins open.
    • Price: Now only $4400/person, double occupancy.
    • Cruise route: Carcassone to Beziers.


  • 20% off:  September 22-28, 2018

    • Notice again that this cruise is for SEPTEMBER, the most coveted month of the year for barging. 
    • Availability: No cabins booked so Emma is available for private charter or for a cabin week.
    • Price:  Private charter for 6 guests = $24,000 (SAVE $6000). Private charter for 5 guests =  $21,600. Private charter for 4 guests = $20,000. If cabin week, then $4400/person, double occupancy.
    • Cruise route: Toulouse to Carcassone.


  • 20% off: October 13-19, 2018.

    • This is for a week in October which is quite a pleasant time for barging. 
    • Availability: One cabin booked & 2 cabins open. 
    • Price: Now only $4400/person, double occupancy. 
    • Cruise route: Carcassone to Beziers.



About The French Hotel Barge Emma


Emma

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Barge Grand Cru Opens ANOTHER 2019 Cabin Week - Burgundy

French Hotel Barge Grand Cru - Cabin Weeks 2019

The French Hotel Barge Grand Cru has opened a second Cabin Cruise Week. They have one cabin open (3 booked) for the week of May  5-11, 2019. The price for this all-inclusive Burgundy cruise is $16,000/cabin ($8000/person, double occupancy).

French Hotel Barge Grand Cru - Burgundy, France

A couple of weeks ago we announced that Barge Grand Cru had two cabins open for the week of May 12-18, 2019. One cabin has been booked since then but there is still ONE cabin open. Same price:  $16,000/cabin ($8000/person, double occupancy).

2019 Cabin Weeks:
  • May 5-11, 2019 (one cabin open)
  • May 12-18, 2019 (one cabin open)

Want to book the entire barge?  No problem... Grand Cru has a good selection of weeks open for private charters.

We have a recent blog post which gives their availability for the remainder of 2018 which you can view here.




Hotel Barge Grand Cru
  • Route: Cruising Southern Burgundy, France on the Canal du Rhone au Rhin and Canal du Centre between St. Leger-sur-Dheune and Dole
  • Up to 8 guests
  • Private charters and the occasional Cabin Cruise Week
  • Itineraries: Standard classic, Golfing
  • See more: Online Brochure




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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Luxury Hotel Barge Cruises - 2018 availability

 LUXURY HOTEL BARGE CRUISES
 * Open Dates For 2018 * 


Here's a list of open dates for private barge charters (all cabins open) and for cabin cruises (some cabins already booked). If you wish, we can inquire if a fully-open, private charter week can be opened up for a cabin cruise week.

Special offers may apply! 



 FRANCE - Canal du Midi

ANJODI

ATHOS

EMMA

ENCHANTE


 FRANCE - Loire Valley

NYMPHEA
  • Private charters: July 29, Aug 19, Aug 26,
  • Cabin cruises: Aug 5, Aug 12, Sept 2, Sept 9, Sept 16, Sept 23, Sept 30
  • Click to view online brochure


 FRANCE - Upper Loire / Western Burgundy

RENAISSANCE


 FRANCE - Bordeaux

ROSA


 FRANCE - Northern Burgundy

L'ART DE VIVRE

LA BELLE EPOQUE


 FRANCE - Southern Burgundy

FINESSE

GRAND CRU

L'IMPRESSIONNISTE

PROSPERITE

RENDEZ-VOUS

SAVOIR VIVRE


 FRANCE - Alsace-Lorraine

LA NOUVELLE ETOILE

PANACHE


 ENGLAND - Thames

MAGNA CARTA


 SCOTLAND - Highlands

SCOTTISH HIGHLANDER

SPIRIT OF SCOTLAND


 IRELAND - Shannon

SHANNON PRINCESS


 ITALY - Venice / Po Valley

LA BELLA VITA
  • Private charters: July 29, Aug 12, Sept 23, Oct 7, Oct 14, Oct 28
  • Cabin cruises: Aug 5, Aug 19, Aug 19, Aug 26, Sept 2, Sept 9, Sept 30,
  • Click to view online brochure







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Friday, July 13, 2018

NEW -- 2019 Cabin Cruise Rates

This morning we updated our cabin cruise rates for the 2019 barging season. You can see it listed with our page links just under the blog header



or go there now by clicking this link...

View Cabin Cruise Prices For 2019 Season
CLICK HERE

This information will soon be live on our webpage: http://bargecharters.com/misc/rates-cabins.html




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