French Country Waterways’ five luxury barges carry eight to 18 passengers and ply scenic routes in Burgundy, Alsace-Lorraine, Champagne and the Upper Loire Valley on six-night cruises. The cruises depart weekly from April through October and feature inclusive prices; a relaxed atmosphere; daily sightseeing excursions; and free time for sundeck relaxation, walking or bicycling along towpaths, village exploration, or optional hot-air ballooning.
Highlights include attentive service from a crew fluent in both English and French, open bar, wine tastings at every meal, and sumptuous meals both onboard and ashore. More than half the wines bear well-known labels from Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards, such as Gevrey-Chambertin, Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet, and dinners ashore are at Michelin-starred restaurants. Staterooms and suites have full- or king-size beds, generous storage space, individual air controls, and private baths. Thoughtful touches like fresh flowers, extra pillows and hair dryers are always included.