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-France, Paris to Burgundy on Barge La Nouvelle Etoile-

Cruise Details:

  • Up to 8 guests
  • 128 Ft. Long
  • Rating: Ultra Deluxe
  • Charter & Cabin bookings
  • Hosts: Jan Meijer
  • English Speaking Crew of 5
  • Bicycles
  • Air Conditioned
  • Last Visited 2012

Cruise Rate Includes:

6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, chauffeured transfers from Paris to the barge & return, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch & dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.

Cruise Rate Does NOT Include

Airfare to and from France, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)


La Nouvelle Etoile

Cruise from Paris to Chablis aboard La Nouvelle Etoile.
Take a lazy cruise between the bustling streets of Paris to the deep Burgundy countryside - in ULTRA-Deluxe style on NOUVELLE ETOILE! You'll moor in such ancient towns as Sens, Joigny, and Auxerre: Very nice places to shop, stroll, and soak up the quaint atmosphere. Winetasting at Chablis and a tour of the royal chateau of Fountainebleau add interest. This is a beautiful and fascinating route.

Jan Meijer runs one of the most accomplished and congenial operations in barging - beginning with the vessel itself. NOUVELLE ETOILE boasts a long list of innovations: an elevator, a handicap access cabin, computers in every cabin (with e-mail and a navigational system that the passengers can access), an exercise room, a washer and dryer for the guests and sput poles that allow the barge to stop anywhere without tying up.

NOUVELLE ETOILE ("New Star") is the dream barge of Captain Meijer, who was born into a Dutch shipping familly - and thus knows more than the average barge captain about design and navigation. But not at the expense of elegance and comfort!

The spacious suites boast oversized showers, double sinks and rich interiors design. The salon-dining room is designed for socializing. Guests congregate at the gorgeous bar. There is lots of good seating - even a piano for those so inclined.

Jan Meijer runs a top operation - one defined by divine cuisine, the depth and breadth of the wine selection, and extremely literate sightseeing. 


Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2017 Value Season Rates

Whole Boat Charter: $57,000
Individuals: $7,475 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: $3,637

2017 Paris to Chablis value season Cruise Date
July 16 - 22 Auxerre to Paris

 

2017 paris to chablis Regular season rate

Whole-Boat Charter: $61,000
Individuals: $7,975 per person in a double occupancy cabin
Single Supplement: $3,887

2017 Paris to Chablis regular season Cruise Date
May 28 - June 3 Paris to Auxerre
Barge Cruise

La Nouvelle Etoile Accommodations and Amenities

  • 128 Feet Long
  • Four cabins with ensuite shower bath
  • All with choice of one queen or two twin beds
  • All over 200 square feet
  • One suite is wheelchair accessible
  • Also in each cabin
  • TV/Internet
  • Picture windows
  • Brand new touch-screen computer
  • Double sinks in bathroom
  • In the Public Areas
  • Elevator
  • Piano & large-screen satellite TV in salon
  • Washer/dryer for guest use
  • Exercise room with treadmill, home trainer bicycle, free weights & step
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • Elegant salon, dining room with picture windows
  • Deck
  • Sundeck with retractable canopy
  • Jacuzzi on deck
  • 8 Batavus Weekend bicycles
    8 speed gears and hand brakes, bell
    Adjustable seats/handlebars & front/back shock absorbers
    Four women's frame (48"), four men's frame (53")


















barge la nouvelle etoile bath

La Nouvelle Etoile "Paris to Chablis Cruise"

Paris to Auxerre


Sunday: Board in Paris
Private Paris Cruise!
Our driver will meet you in the lobby of your central Paris hotel at 3:30.  Transfer to the barge, moored in the heart of Paris for our traditional champagne welcome. We have the afternoon to relax and cruise past Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. We will moor that night in the Latin Quarter where you will enjoy your first gourmet dinner on board.

Monday: Paris to Samois sur Seine
Splendor of the French Kings at Fountainbleau
Scenic cruise out of Paris to Samois sur Seine. After lunch we will take an excursion to Chateau of Fontainebleau, pictured above. To walk through Fontainebleau is to walk through the history of France. Every royal family has added its own architectural signature. Go on the charming village of Moret, where the Impressionist Sisley painted, and then rejoin the barge for an evening cruise to Montereau.

Tuesday: Samois sur Seine to Montereau
Falconry Show!
A morning cruise on the upper part of the Seine to Montereau, where the smaller river the Yonne meets us. After lunch we will take a drive out to the Medieval town of Provins, also called the "City of Roses". Here we will watch the magnificent show of the birds of prey. Return to the barge moored in a beautiful country setting.

Wednesday: Montereau to Sens
Great Gothic Cathedral
A pleasant cruise along the beautiful river Yonne to the town of Sens, the oldest town in France. Visit the first great gothic cathedral, pictured above, a magnificent building that dominates the main square. Time to shop, visit the museum or stroll around the town.

Thursday: Sens to Joigny
Winetasting in the Burgundy Vineyards
Winding up on the Yonne River we reach the pretty riverside town of Joigny, pitured above. The beautiful narrow cobblestone streets stretching their way up to wonderful churches perched on top of the town takes you back to another era. In the afternoon we will take a drive out to Chablis. We select one of the small family operations for an intimate tour of their vineyards and cellar.

Friday: Joigny to Auxerre
Stroll and shop in a beautiful river town
Cruise along the upper reaches of the Yonne River to Auxerre, the most beautiful of all river towns whose skyline is punctuated by church spires and its streets lined with timbered 16th century houses. Time for shopping, visiting the old port or the 15th century clock tower. Farewell celebration on board enjoying your last elegant gourmet dinner.

Saturday: Return to Paris
A Sad Farewell
Depart at 9:00am for your chauffeured transfer back to central Paris or Charles de Gaulle Airport.  Estimated arrival time is 11:00am; at the airport, estimated arrival time is noon.  Please book your departure flight based on this basis.  Breakfast is your last on-board meal.  We hope to welcome you back to La Nouvelle Etoile again - maybe next time in Holland or Germany!

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions. The route will run in reverse on alternate weeks. Contact The Barge Lady for reservations and more information about Barging the canals and waterways of France Or call us toll free at (800) 880-0071.

La Nouvelle Etoile Sample Menus

Dinner
Hot Fig wrapped in Serrano Ham
Roquefort Sauce
* * *
Monkfish with Red Bell Peppers Sauce
Stuffed Zucchini Flowers
* * *
Cheese Platter
Morbier
Bresse bleu
Crottin de Chavignol
****
Merengue Tarte Strawberry Mousse
Kiwi Coulis
* * * * *

Dinner
Vegetable Stack with Balsamico Dressing
* * *
Filet of Duck with Orange Sauce

Vegetable Bouquet
* * *
Cheese Platter
Chaource
Bleu de Causses
Selles sur Cher
****
Chocolate Mousse
Homemade Stracalatella
Peppermint Ice Cream
(I had seconds-and licked the pan, too!)
* * * * *

Dinner
Homemade Pasta Tartufo with Truffle Sauce
(Heavenly!)
* * *
Filet of Lamb
Red Wine, Shalot and Garlic Sauce
Potatoes Anna
* * *
Cheese Platter
Camembert au Calvados
St. Agur
Ossau Iraty
****
Creme Brulee
* * * * *

~ Wines ~
Julianas '09 Burgundy, Domaine de Gry Sablon"
*
Sancerre '03 vin de Loire, Les Tuileres" Michel Redde
*
Florimont Riesling Grand cru '02, Alsace "Jean Maeffelin"
*
Pouilly fuisse '04 Burgundy, Dom. La Soufrandise "Clos Marie"
*
Chateaueuf du Pape '03 Rhone, "Nicolas Thienpont" Valley
*
Valpolicella '05 Italy, "Zenato Ripassa"
*
Chateauneuf du Pape (blanc)'04 Rhone, "Lazaret" Jerome Quiot" Valley
*
Chateau Margaux '02 Bordeaux, "Alter Ego"
*
Chablis 1er Cru '04 "Dom. Laroche", Burgundy"Les Fourchaumes"
*
Sauternes '04 Bordeaux, "Chateau Closiot"
*
Chassagne Montrachet '04, Cote de Beaune "Le Morgeot"

Picture a Barge Cruise on La Nouvelle Etoile

France cruises on  on barge La Nouvelle Etoile

La Nouvelle Etoile Guest Book

Guests on Alsace barge La Nouvelle Etoile in France

"My wife and I are back home with many happy memories of our cruise aboard La Nouvelle Etoile. As to the crew, we couldn't have been more pleased. We would have been quite happy to receive the same level of attention as we had on our prior trip; however this years experience even exceeded that. Captain Jan as always was the genial host, and this year the role of Hostess was given to Stephanie who was everything we could have asked for. And then there was our wonderful Renaissance man, Franck, who was our Tour Guide, chauffeur, and entertainer. Our Chef, Martin was new to us this year, but plied us with extraordinary meals three times a day. His cuisine was exceptional, and accompanied by excellent selections of wines and cheeses. Melinda, our Hostess, was also new to us but rounded out an excellent team who saw to our every wish with cheerfulness and professionalism.

Sightseeing opportunities were wonderful. Hard to pick the 'most' enjoyable one. Being a bit of a history buff, being in Chateaux Thierry as well as seeing the site of the German surrender in WWII in Reims were special for me. Also being a lover of all things technical, the visit to the small family vineyard, from which Jan has purchased his champagne for many years, afforded me an understanding of the magic that produces such a wonderful beverage. Then to end the trip with the cruise through Paris was really special. Our cabin on the barge was very familiar as we had cruised on La Nouvelle Etoile before. We were quite comfortable. The pre-trip information provided by the Barge Ladies was informative and helped us select our hotel in Paris prior to boarding the barge. We chose the Hotel Raphael and were very pleased with the whole experience there. In summary, the trip was everything we hoped for, and then some. Thanks for another wonderful experience."

- Carroll and Jimsie Hart, cruised July, 2016 (repeat Barge Lady guests)

"My cruise on La Nouvelle Etoile was simply perfect! Everything went smoothly. The boat was fantastic, the food incredible, Captain Jan and the crew delightful and accommodating, the tours fascinating. My favorite of the tours was the visit to the Nolet Distillery, where Ketel One is made. The Keukenhof Gardens, which was the one I most looked forward to, did not disappoint. Barge Lady Lori was most helpful in preparing for the trip. I am most appreciative of The Barge Lady's efforts. I will not hesitate to recommend you and the trip to friends."

- Diane Hockstader, cruised April, 2016

"We loved every minute! Our crew was excellent -- a big thank-you to Captain Jan, Diana, Chef Martin, and Tour Guide Franck! Cuisine was delicious and the wine was outstanding. We learned a lot about cheese as well. We enjoyed all excursions and sightseeing. The flowers along the canal and in each town were beautiful, and the Chateau de Fleville was most interesting. The Museum of Fine Arts in Nancy is a must-see! Our cabin was very well-appointed and comfortable, and we had everything we needed. Barge Lady services were excellent, and provided all documents and needed information about the cruise, hotels, and trains. All of our questions were answered before our journey started. Thank you!"

- Sarah Bear, cruised October, 2015

"Dear Ellen –- You, Jan, and Diana truly make dreams come true! On board, Jan and Diana create an incredible ambiance on the beautiful and elegant La Nouvelle Etoile. She is truly the 'Shining Star' among all barges -- the Polaris of all barge cruising. They sprinkled each experience, especially the evenings, with a little bit of that 'Dutch Magic' that goes way beyond the beautiful silverware, china, crystal, linens, music, flowers, lighting, and paneling. The food and beverage is top drawer, but it is their personal touch that makes the nightly dinners unforgettable. Jan and Diana have perfected the role of host and hostess to such a high level that to spend an evening meal in their lovely 'home' is a truly incomparable experience. You made our 25th Wedding Anniversary so very special and created a lifetime memory.Thank you for all the hard work including the train tickets and maps."

- Patrick and Mary Sanders, cruised October, 2015 (repeat Barge Lady guests)

"The crew all went out of their way to make our experience memorable. Cuisine was all well prepared, tasty, and the quantities not excessive. We loved the Chagal excursion. Cabins were clean, comfortable, and roomy. We have done three or four barge trips in the past. Certainly La Nouvelle Etoile is by far the best appointed barge I have had the opportunity to experience. Being part of a group of acquaintances enhances the experience and seems wise. The trip was very enjoyable and we are trying to figure out a way to set up an encore."

- Peter Sidell, cruised September, 2015

La Nouvelle Etoile Blog Posts, Recipes, Articles and Videos

Ask any Barge Lady, and she’ll tell you: when it comes to travel, more is better! Explore below for more of everything we love – videos, articles, blog posts, recipes and MORE!

The 8 Passenger Luxury Hotel Barge La Nouvelle Etoile from Hotel Barging on Vimeo.

Cruising in Champagne on Ultra Deluxe La Nouvelle Etoile
Join Ellen, The Barge Lady and her husband Monsieur le Barge Lady for a day by day journal of their unforgettable cruise aboard La Nouvelle Etoile!

 

 

+ - Overview

Cruise Details:

  • Up to 8 guests
  • 128 Ft. Long
  • Rating: Ultra Deluxe
  • Charter & Cabin bookings
  • Hosts: Jan Meijer
  • English Speaking Crew of 5
  • Bicycles
  • Air Conditioned
  • Last Visited 2012

Cruise Rate Includes:

6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, chauffeured transfers from Paris to the barge & return, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch & dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.

Cruise Rate Does NOT Include

Airfare to and from France, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)


La Nouvelle Etoile

Cruise from Paris to Chablis aboard La Nouvelle Etoile.
Take a lazy cruise between the bustling streets of Paris to the deep Burgundy countryside - in ULTRA-Deluxe style on NOUVELLE ETOILE! You'll moor in such ancient towns as Sens, Joigny, and Auxerre: Very nice places to shop, stroll, and soak up the quaint atmosphere. Winetasting at Chablis and a tour of the royal chateau of Fountainebleau add interest. This is a beautiful and fascinating route.

Jan Meijer runs one of the most accomplished and congenial operations in barging - beginning with the vessel itself. NOUVELLE ETOILE boasts a long list of innovations: an elevator, a handicap access cabin, computers in every cabin (with e-mail and a navigational system that the passengers can access), an exercise room, a washer and dryer for the guests and sput poles that allow the barge to stop anywhere without tying up.

NOUVELLE ETOILE ("New Star") is the dream barge of Captain Meijer, who was born into a Dutch shipping familly - and thus knows more than the average barge captain about design and navigation. But not at the expense of elegance and comfort!

The spacious suites boast oversized showers, double sinks and rich interiors design. The salon-dining room is designed for socializing. Guests congregate at the gorgeous bar. There is lots of good seating - even a piano for those so inclined.

Jan Meijer runs a top operation - one defined by divine cuisine, the depth and breadth of the wine selection, and extremely literate sightseeing. 


Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2017 Value Season Rates

Whole Boat Charter: $57,000
Individuals: $7,475 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: $3,637

2017 Paris to Chablis value season Cruise Date
July 16 - 22 Auxerre to Paris

 

2017 paris to chablis Regular season rate

Whole-Boat Charter: $61,000
Individuals: $7,975 per person in a double occupancy cabin
Single Supplement: $3,887

2017 Paris to Chablis regular season Cruise Date
May 28 - June 3 Paris to Auxerre

Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise

La Nouvelle Etoile Accommodations and Amenities

  • 128 Feet Long
  • Four cabins with ensuite shower bath
  • All with choice of one queen or two twin beds
  • All over 200 square feet
  • One suite is wheelchair accessible
  • Also in each cabin
  • TV/Internet
  • Picture windows
  • Brand new touch-screen computer
  • Double sinks in bathroom
  • In the Public Areas
  • Elevator
  • Piano & large-screen satellite TV in salon
  • Washer/dryer for guest use
  • Exercise room with treadmill, home trainer bicycle, free weights & step
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • Elegant salon, dining room with picture windows
  • Deck
  • Sundeck with retractable canopy
  • Jacuzzi on deck
  • 8 Batavus Weekend bicycles
    8 speed gears and hand brakes, bell
    Adjustable seats/handlebars & front/back shock absorbers
    Four women's frame (48"), four men's frame (53")


















barge la nouvelle etoile bath

La Nouvelle Etoile "Paris to Chablis Cruise"

Paris to Auxerre


Sunday: Board in Paris
Private Paris Cruise!
Our driver will meet you in the lobby of your central Paris hotel at 3:30.  Transfer to the barge, moored in the heart of Paris for our traditional champagne welcome. We have the afternoon to relax and cruise past Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. We will moor that night in the Latin Quarter where you will enjoy your first gourmet dinner on board.

Monday: Paris to Samois sur Seine
Splendor of the French Kings at Fountainbleau
Scenic cruise out of Paris to Samois sur Seine. After lunch we will take an excursion to Chateau of Fontainebleau, pictured above. To walk through Fontainebleau is to walk through the history of France. Every royal family has added its own architectural signature. Go on the charming village of Moret, where the Impressionist Sisley painted, and then rejoin the barge for an evening cruise to Montereau.

Tuesday: Samois sur Seine to Montereau
Falconry Show!
A morning cruise on the upper part of the Seine to Montereau, where the smaller river the Yonne meets us. After lunch we will take a drive out to the Medieval town of Provins, also called the "City of Roses". Here we will watch the magnificent show of the birds of prey. Return to the barge moored in a beautiful country setting.

Wednesday: Montereau to Sens
Great Gothic Cathedral
A pleasant cruise along the beautiful river Yonne to the town of Sens, the oldest town in France. Visit the first great gothic cathedral, pictured above, a magnificent building that dominates the main square. Time to shop, visit the museum or stroll around the town.

Thursday: Sens to Joigny
Winetasting in the Burgundy Vineyards
Winding up on the Yonne River we reach the pretty riverside town of Joigny, pitured above. The beautiful narrow cobblestone streets stretching their way up to wonderful churches perched on top of the town takes you back to another era. In the afternoon we will take a drive out to Chablis. We select one of the small family operations for an intimate tour of their vineyards and cellar.

Friday: Joigny to Auxerre
Stroll and shop in a beautiful river town
Cruise along the upper reaches of the Yonne River to Auxerre, the most beautiful of all river towns whose skyline is punctuated by church spires and its streets lined with timbered 16th century houses. Time for shopping, visiting the old port or the 15th century clock tower. Farewell celebration on board enjoying your last elegant gourmet dinner.

Saturday: Return to Paris
A Sad Farewell
Depart at 9:00am for your chauffeured transfer back to central Paris or Charles de Gaulle Airport.  Estimated arrival time is 11:00am; at the airport, estimated arrival time is noon.  Please book your departure flight based on this basis.  Breakfast is your last on-board meal.  We hope to welcome you back to La Nouvelle Etoile again - maybe next time in Holland or Germany!

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions. The route will run in reverse on alternate weeks. Contact The Barge Lady for reservations and more information about Barging the canals and waterways of France Or call us toll free at (800) 880-0071.

+ - Menu

La Nouvelle Etoile Sample Menus

Dinner
Hot Fig wrapped in Serrano Ham
Roquefort Sauce
* * *
Monkfish with Red Bell Peppers Sauce
Stuffed Zucchini Flowers
* * *
Cheese Platter
Morbier
Bresse bleu
Crottin de Chavignol
****
Merengue Tarte Strawberry Mousse
Kiwi Coulis
* * * * *

Dinner
Vegetable Stack with Balsamico Dressing
* * *
Filet of Duck with Orange Sauce

Vegetable Bouquet
* * *
Cheese Platter
Chaource
Bleu de Causses
Selles sur Cher
****
Chocolate Mousse
Homemade Stracalatella
Peppermint Ice Cream
(I had seconds-and licked the pan, too!)
* * * * *

Dinner
Homemade Pasta Tartufo with Truffle Sauce
(Heavenly!)
* * *
Filet of Lamb
Red Wine, Shalot and Garlic Sauce
Potatoes Anna
* * *
Cheese Platter
Camembert au Calvados
St. Agur
Ossau Iraty
****
Creme Brulee
* * * * *

~ Wines ~
Julianas '09 Burgundy, Domaine de Gry Sablon"
*
Sancerre '03 vin de Loire, Les Tuileres" Michel Redde
*
Florimont Riesling Grand cru '02, Alsace "Jean Maeffelin"
*
Pouilly fuisse '04 Burgundy, Dom. La Soufrandise "Clos Marie"
*
Chateaueuf du Pape '03 Rhone, "Nicolas Thienpont" Valley
*
Valpolicella '05 Italy, "Zenato Ripassa"
*
Chateauneuf du Pape (blanc)'04 Rhone, "Lazaret" Jerome Quiot" Valley
*
Chateau Margaux '02 Bordeaux, "Alter Ego"
*
Chablis 1er Cru '04 "Dom. Laroche", Burgundy"Les Fourchaumes"
*
Sauternes '04 Bordeaux, "Chateau Closiot"
*
Chassagne Montrachet '04, Cote de Beaune "Le Morgeot"

Picture a Barge Cruise on La Nouvelle Etoile

France cruises on  on barge La Nouvelle Etoile

La Nouvelle Etoile Guest Book

Guests on Alsace barge La Nouvelle Etoile in France

"My wife and I are back home with many happy memories of our cruise aboard La Nouvelle Etoile. As to the crew, we couldn't have been more pleased. We would have been quite happy to receive the same level of attention as we had on our prior trip; however this years experience even exceeded that. Captain Jan as always was the genial host, and this year the role of Hostess was given to Stephanie who was everything we could have asked for. And then there was our wonderful Renaissance man, Franck, who was our Tour Guide, chauffeur, and entertainer. Our Chef, Martin was new to us this year, but plied us with extraordinary meals three times a day. His cuisine was exceptional, and accompanied by excellent selections of wines and cheeses. Melinda, our Hostess, was also new to us but rounded out an excellent team who saw to our every wish with cheerfulness and professionalism.

Sightseeing opportunities were wonderful. Hard to pick the 'most' enjoyable one. Being a bit of a history buff, being in Chateaux Thierry as well as seeing the site of the German surrender in WWII in Reims were special for me. Also being a lover of all things technical, the visit to the small family vineyard, from which Jan has purchased his champagne for many years, afforded me an understanding of the magic that produces such a wonderful beverage. Then to end the trip with the cruise through Paris was really special. Our cabin on the barge was very familiar as we had cruised on La Nouvelle Etoile before. We were quite comfortable. The pre-trip information provided by the Barge Ladies was informative and helped us select our hotel in Paris prior to boarding the barge. We chose the Hotel Raphael and were very pleased with the whole experience there. In summary, the trip was everything we hoped for, and then some. Thanks for another wonderful experience."

- Carroll and Jimsie Hart, cruised July, 2016 (repeat Barge Lady guests)

"My cruise on La Nouvelle Etoile was simply perfect! Everything went smoothly. The boat was fantastic, the food incredible, Captain Jan and the crew delightful and accommodating, the tours fascinating. My favorite of the tours was the visit to the Nolet Distillery, where Ketel One is made. The Keukenhof Gardens, which was the one I most looked forward to, did not disappoint. Barge Lady Lori was most helpful in preparing for the trip. I am most appreciative of The Barge Lady's efforts. I will not hesitate to recommend you and the trip to friends."

- Diane Hockstader, cruised April, 2016

"We loved every minute! Our crew was excellent -- a big thank-you to Captain Jan, Diana, Chef Martin, and Tour Guide Franck! Cuisine was delicious and the wine was outstanding. We learned a lot about cheese as well. We enjoyed all excursions and sightseeing. The flowers along the canal and in each town were beautiful, and the Chateau de Fleville was most interesting. The Museum of Fine Arts in Nancy is a must-see! Our cabin was very well-appointed and comfortable, and we had everything we needed. Barge Lady services were excellent, and provided all documents and needed information about the cruise, hotels, and trains. All of our questions were answered before our journey started. Thank you!"

- Sarah Bear, cruised October, 2015

"Dear Ellen –- You, Jan, and Diana truly make dreams come true! On board, Jan and Diana create an incredible ambiance on the beautiful and elegant La Nouvelle Etoile. She is truly the 'Shining Star' among all barges -- the Polaris of all barge cruising. They sprinkled each experience, especially the evenings, with a little bit of that 'Dutch Magic' that goes way beyond the beautiful silverware, china, crystal, linens, music, flowers, lighting, and paneling. The food and beverage is top drawer, but it is their personal touch that makes the nightly dinners unforgettable. Jan and Diana have perfected the role of host and hostess to such a high level that to spend an evening meal in their lovely 'home' is a truly incomparable experience. You made our 25th Wedding Anniversary so very special and created a lifetime memory.Thank you for all the hard work including the train tickets and maps."

- Patrick and Mary Sanders, cruised October, 2015 (repeat Barge Lady guests)

"The crew all went out of their way to make our experience memorable. Cuisine was all well prepared, tasty, and the quantities not excessive. We loved the Chagal excursion. Cabins were clean, comfortable, and roomy. We have done three or four barge trips in the past. Certainly La Nouvelle Etoile is by far the best appointed barge I have had the opportunity to experience. Being part of a group of acquaintances enhances the experience and seems wise. The trip was very enjoyable and we are trying to figure out a way to set up an encore."

- Peter Sidell, cruised September, 2015

+ - More!

La Nouvelle Etoile Blog Posts, Recipes, Articles and Videos

Ask any Barge Lady, and she’ll tell you: when it comes to travel, more is better! Explore below for more of everything we love – videos, articles, blog posts, recipes and MORE!

The 8 Passenger Luxury Hotel Barge La Nouvelle Etoile from Hotel Barging on Vimeo.

Cruising in Champagne on Ultra Deluxe La Nouvelle Etoile
Join Ellen, The Barge Lady and her husband Monsieur le Barge Lady for a day by day journal of their unforgettable cruise aboard La Nouvelle Etoile!

 

 


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