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-France, Provence on Barge Napoleon-

Cruise Details:

  • Up to 12 guests
  • 129 Ft. Long
  • Rating: Ultra Deluxe
  • Charter & Cabin bookings
  • English Speaking Crew of 6
  • 12 Bicycles
  • Air Conditioned
  • Last Visited 2014

Cruise Rate Includes:

6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, transfers via First Class TGV train from Paris to the barge and return (Train tickets are booked for the specific first and last dates of your barge cruise and are non-changeable or refundable.), 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)


France, Provence on Barge Napoleon

Napoleon is one of five barges now wholly owned by Belmond (formerly known as Orient Express), operator of luxury travel experiences worldwide. The vessel is exquisitely decorated and maintained.

Napoleon is a interesting hybrid. It is both an intimate barge operated to the highest standards of the canal barge industry which nonetheless covers the kind of lengthy route (125 miles) associated with much larger and more impersonal cruise ships. The resulting experience is unique not just for the level of on-board pampering provided by top crew, pictured below, but also for the broad exposure to the personalities and sights in fabulous Provence between Tain l'Hermitage and Arles on the River Rhone.

The vessel is especially spacious. The third level sun deck alone provides 800 feet of recreational space. Recline on your deck chair - soak in the hot tub - enjoy an al fresco luncheon - with vistas of the Rhone River Valley spread out before you! This is relaxation in the highest style! Exquisite French-style furnishings and accent pieces define the supremely comfortable salon, while in the dining room is perhaps the most interesting decor in all of barging: colorful murals depicting the life of Napoleon Bonaparte as well as personalities associated with Provence. Deluxe amenities abound in the modern cabins (which are completely sound proof) and large immaculately tiled baths with full size shower.

Ellen said of her recent visit, "Our young, handsome guide Jonathan came from Quebec and is thus both bi-lingual and entirely at home with North American travelers. His explanations at sites which we had visited before - such as the Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard and the Pope's Palace in Avignon - made them come alive. We also enjoyed an intimate visit to an olive oil farm where the owner took us into the fields and a nice wine tasting."


Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2017 Value Season Rates

Whole Boat Charter of 8: € 47,144
Whole Boat Charter of 9: € 49,761
Whole Boat Charter of 10: € 52,370
Whole Boat Charter of 11: € 54,978
Whole Boat Charter of 12: € 57,588
Individuals: € 4,806 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: € 2,884

2017 value season dates
April 2 - 8 April 16 - 22 October 1 - 7 October 15 - 21
April 9 - 15 April 23 - 29 October 8 - 14 October 22 - 28
2017 regular season Rates

Whole Boat Charter of 8: € 58,932
Whole Boat Charter of 9: € 62,196
Whole Boat Charter of 10: € 65,459
Whole Boat Charter of 11: € 68,723
Whole Boat Charter of 12: € 71,986
Individuals: € 6,007 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: € 3,604

2017 regular season dates
April 30 - May 6 June 11 - 17 July 23 - 29 September 3 - 9
May 7 - 13 June 18 - 24 July 30 - August 5 September 10 - 16
May 14 - 20 June 25 - July 1 August 6 - 12 September 17 - 23
May 21 - 27 July 2 - 8 August 13 - 19 September 24 - 30
May 28 - June 3 July 9 - 15 August 20 - 26
June 4 - 10 July 16 - 22 August 27 - September 2
Barge Cruise

Napoleon Accommodations and Amenities

  • 129 Feet Long
  • One Upper Deck Cabin - 130 sq ft
  • One Queen or two twin beds
  • Beautiful tile bath with shower
  • Picture window in cabin
  • Five Lower Deck Cabins - 140 sq feet
  • One Queen or two twin bed
  • Beautiful tile bath with shower
  • Porthole windows in cabin and bathroom
  • Also in each cabin
  • DVD player
  • Desk
  • In the Public Areas
  • Extremely elegant salon & separate dining room with picture windows
  • On board computer with internet access, WIFI with limited availability
  • Bose iPod docking station in the salon
  • Exercise equipment
  • Deck
  • Large third story deck with canopy & dining table
  • Jacuzzi on deck
  • 12 bicycles
  • Go Sport Crossroad model mens and womens bikes
    • Ideal for road and towpath use, helmets provided
    • 21 Speeds, front suspension, water bottle holder









 

 

 




Napoleon Provence Barge Cruise Itinerary

Arles to Tain L'Hermitage On the River Rhone in Provence

Napoleon River Rhone barge cruise  Sunday: Paris to Arles
Welcome Aboard Cruise!
At 12 noon, you will be picked up in the lobby of your hotel by Paris Holt Welcome Service and be chauffeured to the Gare de Lyon Train Station.  Your cruise includes round trip First class train tickets from Paris to Arles. (Train tickets are booked for the specific first and last dates of your barge cruise and are non-changeable or refundable.) As you alight, a member of Napoléon crew will be on the platform and will chauffeur you to the barge moored at Vallebregeus. A champagne reception gives you a chance to meet the crew. A late afternoon cruise from Vallabrègues to Arles is your first taste of Rhône River cruising. After dinner, take a walking tour of Arles, famous for it's Roman ruins and also where Van Gogh spent much of 1888 and '89 painting.

Monday: Arles t
o Avignon
Olive Oil Tasting at a Family Owned Bastide
Today, visit a traditional 18th century "Provencal Bastide" in St. Rémy for an olive oil tasting. Lunch on-board. Relax during the afternoon cruise to Avignon and watch the scenery of the Rhône Valley drift by. Cruise past Le Pont St. Bénézet (the famous Pont d'Avignon) before mooring-up at the quay facing the gate to the walled city. Visit the Pont du Gard, part of the Roman aqueduct that transported spring water from Uzès to Nîmes. Return to the boat for drinks on the deck, followed by a wonderful dinner.

Tuesday: Avignon to St.-Etiennes-des-Sorts
Chateauneuf-du-Pape Winetasting
A walking tour introduces you to the walled city of Avignon, home of the Popes from 1309-77. A guided tour of the Palace of the Popes is followed by free time to enjoy some shopping or perhaps, to take a drink in a pavement café and watch the world go by. Return to the barge where lunch awaits and an afternoon cruise. Visit the world famous Châteauneuf du Pape, summer home of the popes from Avignon, for a wine tasting before continuing your cruise to the small village of St. Etienne des Sorts.


Wednesday: St.-Etiennes-des-Sorts to Viviers
Fantastic Roman Monuments
This morning your guide takes you on a tour of Orange, an important Roman city dating back to 100 BC. The historical town contains two of the finest Roman monuments in Europe. Lunch back on board and continue the cruise to the mooring at Viviers. This afternoon we pass through the lock of Bollene, one of the largest locks (Ecluse) in Europe with a drop of approximately 23 metres. There's time for a leisurely stroll around this charming medieval town.


Truffle farm excursion on River Rhone barge cruise Napoleon
Thursday: Viviers to La Voulte
Romantic Chateau and Truffle Farm
Today's visit is to the typical Provencal village of Nyons, set up high in the hills, to visit a working lavender distillery and tour an ancient XVIII century olive mill. Lunch is taken at a local restaurant in the very scenic village of Grignan, filled with small alley ways, famous for it's wild roses and with a medieval Château at the top of the town. In the afternoon, visit a truffle farm to learn all about the black diamond and taste this expensive and unusual mushroom. Rejoin the boat at La Pouzin, to continue the cruise to La Volte.

Friday: La Voulte to Tain/Tournon
Go to the Market with Your Chef!
This morning, the chef walks you over to discover a traditional French market in La Voulte where you have the chance to pick out some local produce to enjoy back on board during a leisurely lunch. During this part of the cruise the river valley is flanked by the vineyards of the Côte du Rhône and has a completely different perspective. Mooring in Tain or Tournon you are escorted to Mr. Ferraton's winery for your last dégustation. We enjoy a private tour and wine tasting just minutes from the boat. Meanwhile the chef is busy back on the boat preparing a Farewell gala dinner.

Saturday: Return to Paris
A Sad Farewell
In the morning after breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the Valence Train Station, and provided with First Class tickets to a late morning train back to the Paris Gare de Lyon Train Station. As you alight, a representative of Napoleon will be on the platform and will help you to the taxi line or to your pre-arranged private transfer. Estimated arrival time back to Paris is 2:00 pm.  Please make all onward travel plans on the basis of this timing. The services of the Napoleon end at the Gare de Lyon. We hope to welcome you back to another Belmond (formerly known as Orient Express) barge in the future!

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 and river cruises in Provence Or call us toll free at (800) 880-0071.


 Napoleon Sample Menus


Dinner
Sauteed Wild Mushrooms with  Cognac and Herbs
* * *
Sea Bass with a Saffron Sauce
Baby Carrots, Courgettes and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
* * *
Selection of Cheeses
Crackers and Breads
****

Tart Tatin with a Brandy Snap Basket
Masrcapone Ice Cream

* * * * *


Dinner
Cream of Asparagus Soup with Spring Onion Ribbons
* * *
Roast Fillet of Beef with a Red Wine and Tarragon Sauce
Potato Pancakes
Red Cabbage Casserole and
Sugar Snap Peas
* * *
Selection of Cheeses
Crackers and Breads
****
Chocolate Roulade filled with a Coffee Cream
Red Fruits
* * * * *


~ Vins Blanc~
Chablis
*
Meursault
Domaine Drouhin
*
St Romain
*
Sancerre
*
Pouilly Fumé 2004
Guy Saget
*
Saint Veran 2003
Cave de Prisse-Sologny-Verze
*
Montagny

*
Morey St Denis

Domaine Perroneau
*
St Aubin Chassagne 1er Cru

Chateau de Chassagne 
* * * * *
~ Vins Rouge ~
Chorey les Beaune
Domaine Drouhin
*
Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru
Chateau de Chassagne
*
Corton Grand Cru
Domaine Pernaud
*
Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru
Domaine Perroneau
*
Vosne Romanee
* * * * *
Rhone Valley wines specific to the region such as
Chateauneuf de Pape
Hermitage
St Joseph
will also be served.

Picture a Barge Cruise on Napoleon

 River cruise in Provence France on barge Napoleon














Napoleon Guest Book

"We loved the trip and would recommend it to others. We especially loved the crew! Tour Guide Joanne took us to interesting places. We really enjoyed the truffle, olive, and lavender farm visits. Overall the cuisine was very good, and the lunch at the hotel restaurant was over the top. Cabins were great. We are already entertaining similar experiences in other areas."

- Martha Davis, cruised June, 2016

"Our best vacation ever after over 100 international experiences. Crew ws fabulous across the board. Captain John made it all happen smoothly every day! Robert is an extraordinary Chef. The best cuisine week I've ever experienced -- 5 lbs later, he said! Tour Guide Joanne made every day's excursion a pleasure. Cabin was very nice --comfortable and clean, with a great shower. Barge Lady services were spot-on and very much appreciated. Let's do it again!"

- David Nussbaum, cruised June, 2016

 "Our cruise on the Napoleon will generate memories for a lifetime. The crew was warm, attentive, engaging, authentic, and generous. Cuisine was beyond amazing. Lovely presentation, well-portioned and flavorful (leading to satisfaction without stuffing), inventive, and varied. Excursions were a great variety of educational, playful, delicious (wine, truffles, chocolate), adventurous, historical, landscapes and villages, art and architecture. They were well-organized to 'move' us through the week with memorable experiences to stimulate all the senses, well-guided and informing, exercise to counter all the food and wine, with enough time to recoup during the cruising after lunch before heading out on another adventure. Cabins were very nice, comfortable, efficient, and well-appointed. Beds and linens terrific. Barge Lady services were very personal and attentive to all needs and expectations."

- Lasley Gober, cruised June, 2016

"Our time aboard the Napoleon was fantastic! The crew was very attentive and a joy to be around. One of the excursions, a wine tasting, was especially enjoyable. Cuisine was excellent, and the cabin was great. We loved it!"

- Helen Cullen, cruised May, 2016

"We had a fabulous time on the Napoleon. The crew was more than excellent, and the cabins were comfortable and well appointed. Only complaint...? Too much good food and wine! Thanks to the Barge Ladies for once again for arranging a great trip for our group."

- Pat Nesbitt, cruised May, 2016 (repeat Barge Lady guest)

 

 

 

Napoleon 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!

Top 5 Fun Things to do on a Barge Cruise in France
Barge Lady guests know how to have a great time on the French canals. Take a look and see The Barge Lady's Top 5 Fun things to do on your barge cruise.

 

+ - Overview

Cruise Details:

  • Up to 12 guests
  • 129 Ft. Long
  • Rating: Ultra Deluxe
  • Charter & Cabin bookings
  • English Speaking Crew of 6
  • 12 Bicycles
  • Air Conditioned
  • Last Visited 2014

Cruise Rate Includes:

6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, transfers via First Class TGV train from Paris to the barge and return (Train tickets are booked for the specific first and last dates of your barge cruise and are non-changeable or refundable.), 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)


France, Provence on Barge Napoleon

Napoleon is one of five barges now wholly owned by Belmond (formerly known as Orient Express), operator of luxury travel experiences worldwide. The vessel is exquisitely decorated and maintained.

Napoleon is a interesting hybrid. It is both an intimate barge operated to the highest standards of the canal barge industry which nonetheless covers the kind of lengthy route (125 miles) associated with much larger and more impersonal cruise ships. The resulting experience is unique not just for the level of on-board pampering provided by top crew, pictured below, but also for the broad exposure to the personalities and sights in fabulous Provence between Tain l'Hermitage and Arles on the River Rhone.

The vessel is especially spacious. The third level sun deck alone provides 800 feet of recreational space. Recline on your deck chair - soak in the hot tub - enjoy an al fresco luncheon - with vistas of the Rhone River Valley spread out before you! This is relaxation in the highest style! Exquisite French-style furnishings and accent pieces define the supremely comfortable salon, while in the dining room is perhaps the most interesting decor in all of barging: colorful murals depicting the life of Napoleon Bonaparte as well as personalities associated with Provence. Deluxe amenities abound in the modern cabins (which are completely sound proof) and large immaculately tiled baths with full size shower.

Ellen said of her recent visit, "Our young, handsome guide Jonathan came from Quebec and is thus both bi-lingual and entirely at home with North American travelers. His explanations at sites which we had visited before - such as the Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard and the Pope's Palace in Avignon - made them come alive. We also enjoyed an intimate visit to an olive oil farm where the owner took us into the fields and a nice wine tasting."


Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2017 Value Season Rates

Whole Boat Charter of 8: € 47,144
Whole Boat Charter of 9: € 49,761
Whole Boat Charter of 10: € 52,370
Whole Boat Charter of 11: € 54,978
Whole Boat Charter of 12: € 57,588
Individuals: € 4,806 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: € 2,884

2017 value season dates
April 2 - 8 April 16 - 22 October 1 - 7 October 15 - 21
April 9 - 15 April 23 - 29 October 8 - 14 October 22 - 28
2017 regular season Rates

Whole Boat Charter of 8: € 58,932
Whole Boat Charter of 9: € 62,196
Whole Boat Charter of 10: € 65,459
Whole Boat Charter of 11: € 68,723
Whole Boat Charter of 12: € 71,986
Individuals: € 6,007 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: € 3,604

2017 regular season dates
April 30 - May 6 June 11 - 17 July 23 - 29 September 3 - 9
May 7 - 13 June 18 - 24 July 30 - August 5 September 10 - 16
May 14 - 20 June 25 - July 1 August 6 - 12 September 17 - 23
May 21 - 27 July 2 - 8 August 13 - 19 September 24 - 30
May 28 - June 3 July 9 - 15 August 20 - 26
June 4 - 10 July 16 - 22 August 27 - September 2

Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise

Napoleon Accommodations and Amenities

  • 129 Feet Long
  • One Upper Deck Cabin - 130 sq ft
  • One Queen or two twin beds
  • Beautiful tile bath with shower
  • Picture window in cabin
  • Five Lower Deck Cabins - 140 sq feet
  • One Queen or two twin bed
  • Beautiful tile bath with shower
  • Porthole windows in cabin and bathroom
  • Also in each cabin
  • DVD player
  • Desk
  • In the Public Areas
  • Extremely elegant salon & separate dining room with picture windows
  • On board computer with internet access, WIFI with limited availability
  • Bose iPod docking station in the salon
  • Exercise equipment
  • Deck
  • Large third story deck with canopy & dining table
  • Jacuzzi on deck
  • 12 bicycles
  • Go Sport Crossroad model mens and womens bikes
    • Ideal for road and towpath use, helmets provided
    • 21 Speeds, front suspension, water bottle holder









 

 

 




Napoleon Provence Barge Cruise Itinerary

Arles to Tain L'Hermitage On the River Rhone in Provence

Napoleon River Rhone barge cruise  Sunday: Paris to Arles
Welcome Aboard Cruise!
At 12 noon, you will be picked up in the lobby of your hotel by Paris Holt Welcome Service and be chauffeured to the Gare de Lyon Train Station.  Your cruise includes round trip First class train tickets from Paris to Arles. (Train tickets are booked for the specific first and last dates of your barge cruise and are non-changeable or refundable.) As you alight, a member of Napoléon crew will be on the platform and will chauffeur you to the barge moored at Vallebregeus. A champagne reception gives you a chance to meet the crew. A late afternoon cruise from Vallabrègues to Arles is your first taste of Rhône River cruising. After dinner, take a walking tour of Arles, famous for it's Roman ruins and also where Van Gogh spent much of 1888 and '89 painting.

Monday: Arles t
o Avignon
Olive Oil Tasting at a Family Owned Bastide
Today, visit a traditional 18th century "Provencal Bastide" in St. Rémy for an olive oil tasting. Lunch on-board. Relax during the afternoon cruise to Avignon and watch the scenery of the Rhône Valley drift by. Cruise past Le Pont St. Bénézet (the famous Pont d'Avignon) before mooring-up at the quay facing the gate to the walled city. Visit the Pont du Gard, part of the Roman aqueduct that transported spring water from Uzès to Nîmes. Return to the boat for drinks on the deck, followed by a wonderful dinner.

Tuesday: Avignon to St.-Etiennes-des-Sorts
Chateauneuf-du-Pape Winetasting
A walking tour introduces you to the walled city of Avignon, home of the Popes from 1309-77. A guided tour of the Palace of the Popes is followed by free time to enjoy some shopping or perhaps, to take a drink in a pavement café and watch the world go by. Return to the barge where lunch awaits and an afternoon cruise. Visit the world famous Châteauneuf du Pape, summer home of the popes from Avignon, for a wine tasting before continuing your cruise to the small village of St. Etienne des Sorts.


Wednesday: St.-Etiennes-des-Sorts to Viviers
Fantastic Roman Monuments
This morning your guide takes you on a tour of Orange, an important Roman city dating back to 100 BC. The historical town contains two of the finest Roman monuments in Europe. Lunch back on board and continue the cruise to the mooring at Viviers. This afternoon we pass through the lock of Bollene, one of the largest locks (Ecluse) in Europe with a drop of approximately 23 metres. There's time for a leisurely stroll around this charming medieval town.


Truffle farm excursion on River Rhone barge cruise Napoleon
Thursday: Viviers to La Voulte
Romantic Chateau and Truffle Farm
Today's visit is to the typical Provencal village of Nyons, set up high in the hills, to visit a working lavender distillery and tour an ancient XVIII century olive mill. Lunch is taken at a local restaurant in the very scenic village of Grignan, filled with small alley ways, famous for it's wild roses and with a medieval Château at the top of the town. In the afternoon, visit a truffle farm to learn all about the black diamond and taste this expensive and unusual mushroom. Rejoin the boat at La Pouzin, to continue the cruise to La Volte.

Friday: La Voulte to Tain/Tournon
Go to the Market with Your Chef!
This morning, the chef walks you over to discover a traditional French market in La Voulte where you have the chance to pick out some local produce to enjoy back on board during a leisurely lunch. During this part of the cruise the river valley is flanked by the vineyards of the Côte du Rhône and has a completely different perspective. Mooring in Tain or Tournon you are escorted to Mr. Ferraton's winery for your last dégustation. We enjoy a private tour and wine tasting just minutes from the boat. Meanwhile the chef is busy back on the boat preparing a Farewell gala dinner.

Saturday: Return to Paris
A Sad Farewell
In the morning after breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the Valence Train Station, and provided with First Class tickets to a late morning train back to the Paris Gare de Lyon Train Station. As you alight, a representative of Napoleon will be on the platform and will help you to the taxi line or to your pre-arranged private transfer. Estimated arrival time back to Paris is 2:00 pm.  Please make all onward travel plans on the basis of this timing. The services of the Napoleon end at the Gare de Lyon. We hope to welcome you back to another Belmond (formerly known as Orient Express) barge in the future!

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 and river cruises in Provence Or call us toll free at (800) 880-0071.


+ - Menu

 Napoleon Sample Menus


Dinner
Sauteed Wild Mushrooms with  Cognac and Herbs
* * *
Sea Bass with a Saffron Sauce
Baby Carrots, Courgettes and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
* * *
Selection of Cheeses
Crackers and Breads
****

Tart Tatin with a Brandy Snap Basket
Masrcapone Ice Cream

* * * * *


Dinner
Cream of Asparagus Soup with Spring Onion Ribbons
* * *
Roast Fillet of Beef with a Red Wine and Tarragon Sauce
Potato Pancakes
Red Cabbage Casserole and
Sugar Snap Peas
* * *
Selection of Cheeses
Crackers and Breads
****
Chocolate Roulade filled with a Coffee Cream
Red Fruits
* * * * *


~ Vins Blanc~
Chablis
*
Meursault
Domaine Drouhin
*
St Romain
*
Sancerre
*
Pouilly Fumé 2004
Guy Saget
*
Saint Veran 2003
Cave de Prisse-Sologny-Verze
*
Montagny

*
Morey St Denis

Domaine Perroneau
*
St Aubin Chassagne 1er Cru

Chateau de Chassagne 
* * * * *
~ Vins Rouge ~
Chorey les Beaune
Domaine Drouhin
*
Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru
Chateau de Chassagne
*
Corton Grand Cru
Domaine Pernaud
*
Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru
Domaine Perroneau
*
Vosne Romanee
* * * * *
Rhone Valley wines specific to the region such as
Chateauneuf de Pape
Hermitage
St Joseph
will also be served.

Picture a Barge Cruise on Napoleon

 River cruise in Provence France on barge Napoleon














Napoleon Guest Book

"We loved the trip and would recommend it to others. We especially loved the crew! Tour Guide Joanne took us to interesting places. We really enjoyed the truffle, olive, and lavender farm visits. Overall the cuisine was very good, and the lunch at the hotel restaurant was over the top. Cabins were great. We are already entertaining similar experiences in other areas."

- Martha Davis, cruised June, 2016

"Our best vacation ever after over 100 international experiences. Crew ws fabulous across the board. Captain John made it all happen smoothly every day! Robert is an extraordinary Chef. The best cuisine week I've ever experienced -- 5 lbs later, he said! Tour Guide Joanne made every day's excursion a pleasure. Cabin was very nice --comfortable and clean, with a great shower. Barge Lady services were spot-on and very much appreciated. Let's do it again!"

- David Nussbaum, cruised June, 2016

 "Our cruise on the Napoleon will generate memories for a lifetime. The crew was warm, attentive, engaging, authentic, and generous. Cuisine was beyond amazing. Lovely presentation, well-portioned and flavorful (leading to satisfaction without stuffing), inventive, and varied. Excursions were a great variety of educational, playful, delicious (wine, truffles, chocolate), adventurous, historical, landscapes and villages, art and architecture. They were well-organized to 'move' us through the week with memorable experiences to stimulate all the senses, well-guided and informing, exercise to counter all the food and wine, with enough time to recoup during the cruising after lunch before heading out on another adventure. Cabins were very nice, comfortable, efficient, and well-appointed. Beds and linens terrific. Barge Lady services were very personal and attentive to all needs and expectations."

- Lasley Gober, cruised June, 2016

"Our time aboard the Napoleon was fantastic! The crew was very attentive and a joy to be around. One of the excursions, a wine tasting, was especially enjoyable. Cuisine was excellent, and the cabin was great. We loved it!"

- Helen Cullen, cruised May, 2016

"We had a fabulous time on the Napoleon. The crew was more than excellent, and the cabins were comfortable and well appointed. Only complaint...? Too much good food and wine! Thanks to the Barge Ladies for once again for arranging a great trip for our group."

- Pat Nesbitt, cruised May, 2016 (repeat Barge Lady guest)

 

 

 

+ - More!

Napoleon 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!

Top 5 Fun Things to do on a Barge Cruise in France
Barge Lady guests know how to have a great time on the French canals. Take a look and see The Barge Lady's Top 5 Fun things to do on your barge cruise.

 


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