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-France, Gascony on Barge Saint Louis-

Cruise Details:

  • Up to 6 guests
  • 96 Ft. Long
  • Rating: Deluxe
  • Charter & Cabin bookings
  • Hosts: Peter & Wendy Carrington 
    and Minnis McKee
  • English Speaking Crew of 4
  • 6 Bicycles
  • Air Conditioned
  • Last Visted 2015

Cruise Rate Includes:

6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, 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, transportation to the cruise route (we will assist you with this), cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)


Saint Louis

Saint Louis cruises deep in the heart of untouched France, on a route in the ancient area of Gascony. This is a land of fortified bastide villages, rolling hills, and beautiful landscapes. The local markets and festivals draw on the tradition of classic French lifestyle. As well, cuisine is classic and rich, emphasizing such local ingredients as foie gras, duck, Armagnac liqueur and walnuts. Many personalities are associated with the area, including the fictional Comte d’Artagan, immortalized by Alexandre Dumas as one of the Three Musketeers. Into this lovely area, Saint Louis has carved out a special route and style and has become a fabulous choice for guests who have done the more well-known regions and are looking for an experience deep in the French countryside.

Saint Louis is operated by the attractive and energetic team of Chef/Barge Manager Peter Carrington, Hostess and Sous -Chef Wendy Carrington (known aboard as the “canape queen”) and Captain-Guide Minnis McKee. Exceptionally for the French canals, this is an all-Irish team; one with deep experience in the hospitality industry and with many creative ideas with regard to food, wine, and activities. Here are some new programs as advised by Peter:

BICYCLING: -“We are developing cycle route for more adventurous cyclists and upgrading the bicycles. We envision having two or three prepared routes taking in interesting villages and allowing time to enjoy a café in one of the village squares.”

WINETASTING – “Wine is fantastic in this region; many new grape varieties to explore and visits to be made. Our impromptu ‘blind tastings’ comparing Bordeaux wines with these regional wines were a great success, providing great bonding between guests and crew and fun all around. We will be developing this into a feature to be offered for wine lovers who are up for the challenge”

SHARING RECIPES AND TIPS – “There has been a tremendous interest in our gastronomy including our very special canapes, (see pictures below) our table settings and the food-wine pairings. We intend to share recipes on board and also create a forum where our guests can access these recipes after their cruise and offer their own tips.”

Barge Lady Ellen visited Saint Louis in May, 2015. She fell in love with the adorable owners Peter, Wendy and Minnis, and was one of the first in the industry to see the brand new décor, designed by Wendy. We continue to recommend Saint Louis.


Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2017 Rates

Whole Boat Charter of 4: $25,500
Whole Boat Charter of 5: $28,800
Whole Boat Charter of 6: $29,900

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

Saint Louis Accommodations and Amenities

  • 96 Feet Long
  • Updated AC system to be installed in 2015
  • Three cabins with ensuite tiled shower bath
  • All 127 square feet
  • All with choice of one queen or two twin beds
  • Also in each cabin
  • Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries and beauty products
  • TV/DVD
  • Safe
  • In the Public Areas
  • Picture windows in salon, dining room
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • 6 Decathalon bicycles
  • Rock Ride model, all-terrain, 21 gears, front & back brakes
  • 3 men's bikes, 2 women's bikes, 1 small women's bike
  • Gel seats. Helmets and spare tires always carried.
  • 1 bike for children aged 4-8









 

 

ensuite bathrooms barge saint louis

Saint Louis Gascony - with a Bit of Bordeaux  Cruise Itinerary

Boe (Agen) to Meilhan ( towards Bordeaux) On the Canal a la Garonne

Combine cruising on a tree lined canal through the charming Gascony countryside with a day in St. Emilion, France’s top wine village. As we cruise along a waterway reminiscent of the Canal du Midi as it used to be, our focus will be on delivering a relaxed cruise with gastronomy of the region, fine wines and encountering local artisans, museums, and winemakers. Cruise on our newly re-decorated classic barge where you will be welcomed warmly.

Saturday: We’ll Meet You in Bordeaux!
Chauffeured Transfer to Saint Louis and Warm Welcome Aboard
The elegant city of Bordeaux makes an exciting beginning to your cruise. We’ll meet your group between 3 and 4:00 pm at one location of your choice: Local hotel, Bordeaux St. Jean Railroad Station or Bordeaux Merignac airport. From there, you’ll be chauffeured in our private minivan to the beginning of the cruise in the port of Boe, close to the city of Agen. Estimated driving time is two hours. You’ll be welcomed with a champagne reception and the first of many gourmet dinners on board.

Sunday: Boe to Serignac via Agen
The Water Lily Garden that Inspired Monet
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and relax as we set off on our first cruise to Agen and cross the magnificent aqueduct. Leaving the barge we drive to the famous Lily Gardens at Temple sur Lot in time for lunch, overlooking the lake. The gardens are considered the oldest and most prestigious water plant nursery in the world. Established in 1875 by botanist Joseph Bory Latour-Marliac, this magical place is today home to over 250 species of water lily! It was his hybrid water lilies that provided famous Impressionist painter Claude Monet with the inspiration for his Water Lily series. The garden is a wonderful place for a walk and will delight with its collections of tropical and hardy lotuses and water lilies, exotic greenhouse, rose garden, bamboo garden and natural pond crossed by a Japanese bridge! We return to the barge which will have moved on to our evening mooring in Serignac.

Monday Serignac to Buzet
Taste Armagnac and Enjoy our Idyllic Canal
After breakfast we depart to visit an Armagnac producer situated in a 12th Century Monastery and learn about the history of Armagnac, its production and enjoy a tasting. On our return to the barge we stop in the town of Nearac with a little time to explore this beautiful town and enjoy a coffee together. Return to the barge for lunch and a serene afternoon cruise to Buzet port, our evening mooring. Take in the natural beauty of the canal, or explore by bicycle or walk the excellent towpaths. Dinner on board in Buzet finishes this magical day.

Tuesday: Buzet to Villeton
Fascinating Local Product: Visit a Barrel Maker
Following another delicious breakfast, our visit today is to a 3rd generation barrel maker who provides barrels for wine producers around the world. You will learn about the fascinating complexities and manufacturing methods of this traditional craft and how the barrel affects the development of the wine. Afterwards, if time permits we visit the bastide town of Vianne and learn about the history of bastides and their part in the early social development of the area. [A bastide is a fortified town. They were built mainly in the south of France during the Middle Ages. Most bastides were built between 1229 and 1373.] After lunch on board we cruise to our overnight mooring in Villetons.

Wednesday: Villeton to Forques
Village of Mas d’Agenais – Rembrandt Painting and Fascinating World War II History
This morning we drive to Sauternes for a visit to this world renowned region famous for its sweet wines. We visit the Premier Grand Crus Chateau d’Arche where we will be guided through a short history of the development of Sauternes, its micro-climate and terroir. We see at first hand the production methods and enjoy a private tasting before departing back for lunch at Le Chope et le Pichet, a beautiful lock-side restaurant owned by our good friend Thierry.

Following lunch, join us back on board for a picturesque cruise to the small village of Mas d’Agenais where we explore the central square and its 12th Century church housing an original Rembrandt painting, Christ on the Cross. Located in German-occupied Vichy, France in World War II, villagers welcomed German speaking children evacuated from a town in German Alsace, and have sustained a relationship with the town and its inhabitants to this day. Returning to the barge we continue our relaxing journey to Forques where we moor for the evening. Again, take the chance to walk or explore by bicycle on your last afternoon cruise on the idyllic canal.

Thursday: Forques to Meilhan
Taste Wine in France’s Most Beautiful and Historic Wine Town: St.Emillon
We leave the barge around 9:30am for our day excursion to St Emilion, the home of some of the finest and most prestigious wine producers in the world and an incredible underground church carved out of the limestone hill upon which the town is built. Arrive around 10:30am and enjoy a coffee together in the central square prior to a guided visit to the church. After a little time to explore this historic village it’s time for lunch at one of the excellent local restaurants before we visit our wine distributor for a private tasting of Bordeaux and St Emilion wines. Guests will learn about terroir, the effect of soil, weather and the art of the winemaker. We leave the distributor with time to spare for shopping and browsing before returning to the barge for a short and final cruise to Meilhan Port for evening drinks and dinner on board.

Friday: Meilhan to Your Onward Destination in Bordeaux
A Sad Farewell
After a leisurely breakfast, depart at 10:00 am for your return transfer to Bordeaux. Estimated arrival time in Bordeaux is 11:00am. Please make all onward travel plans on the basis of this timing. We hope you have enjoyed your cruise on the Saint Louis, and we hope to see you again on the Canals of France!

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 Barge cruises in France, or call us toll free at (800) 880-0071.

Saint Louis Sample Menus

Chef Peter says: "How do we select the ingredients and create the menu? We take our lead from what the guests have told us they like/don't like, we see what is seasonal and available in the markets and we create around that. We love to discuss the food of the day with the guests each evening, I even have a small box now known as the Chef's Seat, upon which I sit while ingredients and methods are discussed with interested guests!”

Dinner
  Serano wrapped Figs, Roquefort and Baby Vine Tomatoes
Balsamic and Chilli Oil Dressing
Wine selection: “Ines” Fronton Cave
* * *
Filet de Cailles (Quail fillets) on a Spiced Fennel Chutney
This recipe passed on to me from a past chef at the French Embassy in London!
Wine selection: “Optimum” from Chateau Bellevue la Foret, 2008
* * *
Selection of Regional Cheeses
* * *
Croustade aux Poires, Parfum de Chocolat

(Pears baked in a filo pastry case with chocolate sauce infused with rosemary)
* * * * *

Lunch
Tarte aux Oignons et Quatre Epices with Artichoke Hearts
* * *
Filet de Boeuf (Blonde d'Aquitaine)
Bean Sprout Salad
Wine selection: “L’Esprit” Chateau Saint Louis, 2004
* * *
Coffee Panna Cotta
* * * * *

Dinner
Moules Mariniere
(Mussels in white wine with garlic and herbs)

Wine selection: Domaine Nigri, Jurancon region
* * *
Confit de Canard
Pickled Red Cabbage, Cauliflower Cream
Red Wine and Black Cherry Jus

Wine selection: “ Le Cedre” Chateau le Cedre, Cahor region
* * *
Selection of Regional Cheeses
* * *
Chocolate Fondants, Raspberry Coulis and Balsamic Glaze
* * * * *

Dinner
Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli with Lobster Bisque and Parmesan Shavings
Wine selection: “B.A. Ba” from the Brulhois cave
* * *
Roast Wild Atlantic Salmon, Pan Fried Gambas, Perfumed Rice
Pomegranate and Avocado Timbale
Buerre Blanc Sauce and Caviar Dressing
Wine selection: “Vieilles vignes blanc,” Domain du Moulin
* * *
Selection of Regional Cheeses
* * *
Lemon Souffle Custard with Seasonal Berries
* * * * *

Picture a Barge Cruise on Saint Louis

barge cruises in Gascony on Saint Louis

Saint Louis Guest Book

guest on saint louis barge bordeaux gascony france
"Fabulous food, fabulous wine, fabulous crew, fabulous itinerary, fabulous concept...we loved our time aboard the Saint Louis!"

Dr. Neil Sherman, cruised August, 2016

"It was a wonderful six days aboard the Saint Louis. Very peaceful, tranquil, and relaxing, while at the same time lots of fun. The crew of Peter, Wendy, and Minnis were absolutely wonderful! We could not have asked for a better team. The cuisine exceeded expectations. Peter did a fabulous job with every meal! Lunches and dinners were especially creative and delicious, and the wines were excellent as well. We enjoyed each of the excursions, with St. Emilion as the definite highlight. It's a beautiful town and the wine tasting was great! Cabins offered all needed features and amenities. Barge Lady services were helpful and pre-trip information was very good."

- Carol Young, cruised June, 2016

"Peter and Wendy Carrington and Minnis McKey could not have been better hosts! We all enjoyed them immensely and quickly developed a fun relationship with the three of them. Peter is a very talented and creative Chef and I can honestly say that we did not have a single meal that could have been better prepared and presented -– absolutely delicious! Minnis was a knowledgeable Tour Guide who adjusted well to our group’s personalities and kept us entertained on all of our excursions. So glad we chose a cruise on the Saint Louis to celebrate our anniversary."

- Blake Young, cruised June, 2016

"Dear Ellen, We had a marvelous time on our cruise on the Saint Louis. Peter, Wendy, and Minnis were most gracious hosts. The food was outstanding, every meal seemed to top the previous one. And the table and food arrangements were most elegant. Wendy is indeed an artist. The entire crew were there to make sure that we had every wish granted. When my friends at home ask me about the trip, my most frequent response is 'we were pampered'. Thank you for your timely and efficient handling of all of the necessary details."

-John Miller and Barb Keller, cruised September, 2014

“Our trip was fabulous! The food was sublime, the staff was lots of fun and very accommodating, the barge itself was very comfortable, and I loved that the Nespresso machine was there and ready to go before the crack of dawn so I could have coffee long before the rest of the group awakened. I am 'très mattinale' and like to have coffee while I do my email. Peter even had a little pitcher of milk for me accessible in the bar refrigerator! The canal still had many of its platane trees lining the banks, a pleasant surprise since so many of them have become diseased and have been removed.”

- Ron and Nancy Laferriere, cruised September, 2014

Saint Louis 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!

Floating Dinner Party Aboard Saint Louis
Step inside Chef Peter Carrington's “floating kitchen” for a look at his philosophy, mouth-watering menus and a recipe for Chocolate Mousse a la Saint Louis!

 

 

Barge Lady's How to Holidays: Convivial Cocktails
Barge Saint Louis Chef Peter Carrington shares his recipe for the "Saint Louis Sunset" - a colorful guest favorite cocktail with a little kick!

+ - Overview

Cruise Details:

  • Up to 6 guests
  • 96 Ft. Long
  • Rating: Deluxe
  • Charter & Cabin bookings
  • Hosts: Peter & Wendy Carrington 
    and Minnis McKee
  • English Speaking Crew of 4
  • 6 Bicycles
  • Air Conditioned
  • Last Visted 2015

Cruise Rate Includes:

6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, 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, transportation to the cruise route (we will assist you with this), cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)


Saint Louis

Saint Louis cruises deep in the heart of untouched France, on a route in the ancient area of Gascony. This is a land of fortified bastide villages, rolling hills, and beautiful landscapes. The local markets and festivals draw on the tradition of classic French lifestyle. As well, cuisine is classic and rich, emphasizing such local ingredients as foie gras, duck, Armagnac liqueur and walnuts. Many personalities are associated with the area, including the fictional Comte d’Artagan, immortalized by Alexandre Dumas as one of the Three Musketeers. Into this lovely area, Saint Louis has carved out a special route and style and has become a fabulous choice for guests who have done the more well-known regions and are looking for an experience deep in the French countryside.

Saint Louis is operated by the attractive and energetic team of Chef/Barge Manager Peter Carrington, Hostess and Sous -Chef Wendy Carrington (known aboard as the “canape queen”) and Captain-Guide Minnis McKee. Exceptionally for the French canals, this is an all-Irish team; one with deep experience in the hospitality industry and with many creative ideas with regard to food, wine, and activities. Here are some new programs as advised by Peter:

BICYCLING: -“We are developing cycle route for more adventurous cyclists and upgrading the bicycles. We envision having two or three prepared routes taking in interesting villages and allowing time to enjoy a café in one of the village squares.”

WINETASTING – “Wine is fantastic in this region; many new grape varieties to explore and visits to be made. Our impromptu ‘blind tastings’ comparing Bordeaux wines with these regional wines were a great success, providing great bonding between guests and crew and fun all around. We will be developing this into a feature to be offered for wine lovers who are up for the challenge”

SHARING RECIPES AND TIPS – “There has been a tremendous interest in our gastronomy including our very special canapes, (see pictures below) our table settings and the food-wine pairings. We intend to share recipes on board and also create a forum where our guests can access these recipes after their cruise and offer their own tips.”

Barge Lady Ellen visited Saint Louis in May, 2015. She fell in love with the adorable owners Peter, Wendy and Minnis, and was one of the first in the industry to see the brand new décor, designed by Wendy. We continue to recommend Saint Louis.


Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2017 Rates

Whole Boat Charter of 4: $25,500
Whole Boat Charter of 5: $28,800
Whole Boat Charter of 6: $29,900

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

Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise

Saint Louis Accommodations and Amenities

  • 96 Feet Long
  • Updated AC system to be installed in 2015
  • Three cabins with ensuite tiled shower bath
  • All 127 square feet
  • All with choice of one queen or two twin beds
  • Also in each cabin
  • Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries and beauty products
  • TV/DVD
  • Safe
  • In the Public Areas
  • Picture windows in salon, dining room
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • 6 Decathalon bicycles
  • Rock Ride model, all-terrain, 21 gears, front & back brakes
  • 3 men's bikes, 2 women's bikes, 1 small women's bike
  • Gel seats. Helmets and spare tires always carried.
  • 1 bike for children aged 4-8









 

 

ensuite bathrooms barge saint louis

Saint Louis Gascony - with a Bit of Bordeaux  Cruise Itinerary

Boe (Agen) to Meilhan ( towards Bordeaux) On the Canal a la Garonne

Combine cruising on a tree lined canal through the charming Gascony countryside with a day in St. Emilion, France’s top wine village. As we cruise along a waterway reminiscent of the Canal du Midi as it used to be, our focus will be on delivering a relaxed cruise with gastronomy of the region, fine wines and encountering local artisans, museums, and winemakers. Cruise on our newly re-decorated classic barge where you will be welcomed warmly.

Saturday: We’ll Meet You in Bordeaux!
Chauffeured Transfer to Saint Louis and Warm Welcome Aboard
The elegant city of Bordeaux makes an exciting beginning to your cruise. We’ll meet your group between 3 and 4:00 pm at one location of your choice: Local hotel, Bordeaux St. Jean Railroad Station or Bordeaux Merignac airport. From there, you’ll be chauffeured in our private minivan to the beginning of the cruise in the port of Boe, close to the city of Agen. Estimated driving time is two hours. You’ll be welcomed with a champagne reception and the first of many gourmet dinners on board.

Sunday: Boe to Serignac via Agen
The Water Lily Garden that Inspired Monet
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and relax as we set off on our first cruise to Agen and cross the magnificent aqueduct. Leaving the barge we drive to the famous Lily Gardens at Temple sur Lot in time for lunch, overlooking the lake. The gardens are considered the oldest and most prestigious water plant nursery in the world. Established in 1875 by botanist Joseph Bory Latour-Marliac, this magical place is today home to over 250 species of water lily! It was his hybrid water lilies that provided famous Impressionist painter Claude Monet with the inspiration for his Water Lily series. The garden is a wonderful place for a walk and will delight with its collections of tropical and hardy lotuses and water lilies, exotic greenhouse, rose garden, bamboo garden and natural pond crossed by a Japanese bridge! We return to the barge which will have moved on to our evening mooring in Serignac.

Monday Serignac to Buzet
Taste Armagnac and Enjoy our Idyllic Canal
After breakfast we depart to visit an Armagnac producer situated in a 12th Century Monastery and learn about the history of Armagnac, its production and enjoy a tasting. On our return to the barge we stop in the town of Nearac with a little time to explore this beautiful town and enjoy a coffee together. Return to the barge for lunch and a serene afternoon cruise to Buzet port, our evening mooring. Take in the natural beauty of the canal, or explore by bicycle or walk the excellent towpaths. Dinner on board in Buzet finishes this magical day.

Tuesday: Buzet to Villeton
Fascinating Local Product: Visit a Barrel Maker
Following another delicious breakfast, our visit today is to a 3rd generation barrel maker who provides barrels for wine producers around the world. You will learn about the fascinating complexities and manufacturing methods of this traditional craft and how the barrel affects the development of the wine. Afterwards, if time permits we visit the bastide town of Vianne and learn about the history of bastides and their part in the early social development of the area. [A bastide is a fortified town. They were built mainly in the south of France during the Middle Ages. Most bastides were built between 1229 and 1373.] After lunch on board we cruise to our overnight mooring in Villetons.

Wednesday: Villeton to Forques
Village of Mas d’Agenais – Rembrandt Painting and Fascinating World War II History
This morning we drive to Sauternes for a visit to this world renowned region famous for its sweet wines. We visit the Premier Grand Crus Chateau d’Arche where we will be guided through a short history of the development of Sauternes, its micro-climate and terroir. We see at first hand the production methods and enjoy a private tasting before departing back for lunch at Le Chope et le Pichet, a beautiful lock-side restaurant owned by our good friend Thierry.

Following lunch, join us back on board for a picturesque cruise to the small village of Mas d’Agenais where we explore the central square and its 12th Century church housing an original Rembrandt painting, Christ on the Cross. Located in German-occupied Vichy, France in World War II, villagers welcomed German speaking children evacuated from a town in German Alsace, and have sustained a relationship with the town and its inhabitants to this day. Returning to the barge we continue our relaxing journey to Forques where we moor for the evening. Again, take the chance to walk or explore by bicycle on your last afternoon cruise on the idyllic canal.

Thursday: Forques to Meilhan
Taste Wine in France’s Most Beautiful and Historic Wine Town: St.Emillon
We leave the barge around 9:30am for our day excursion to St Emilion, the home of some of the finest and most prestigious wine producers in the world and an incredible underground church carved out of the limestone hill upon which the town is built. Arrive around 10:30am and enjoy a coffee together in the central square prior to a guided visit to the church. After a little time to explore this historic village it’s time for lunch at one of the excellent local restaurants before we visit our wine distributor for a private tasting of Bordeaux and St Emilion wines. Guests will learn about terroir, the effect of soil, weather and the art of the winemaker. We leave the distributor with time to spare for shopping and browsing before returning to the barge for a short and final cruise to Meilhan Port for evening drinks and dinner on board.

Friday: Meilhan to Your Onward Destination in Bordeaux
A Sad Farewell
After a leisurely breakfast, depart at 10:00 am for your return transfer to Bordeaux. Estimated arrival time in Bordeaux is 11:00am. Please make all onward travel plans on the basis of this timing. We hope you have enjoyed your cruise on the Saint Louis, and we hope to see you again on the Canals of France!

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 Barge cruises in France, or call us toll free at (800) 880-0071.

+ - Menu

Saint Louis Sample Menus

Chef Peter says: "How do we select the ingredients and create the menu? We take our lead from what the guests have told us they like/don't like, we see what is seasonal and available in the markets and we create around that. We love to discuss the food of the day with the guests each evening, I even have a small box now known as the Chef's Seat, upon which I sit while ingredients and methods are discussed with interested guests!”

Dinner
  Serano wrapped Figs, Roquefort and Baby Vine Tomatoes
Balsamic and Chilli Oil Dressing
Wine selection: “Ines” Fronton Cave
* * *
Filet de Cailles (Quail fillets) on a Spiced Fennel Chutney
This recipe passed on to me from a past chef at the French Embassy in London!
Wine selection: “Optimum” from Chateau Bellevue la Foret, 2008
* * *
Selection of Regional Cheeses
* * *
Croustade aux Poires, Parfum de Chocolat

(Pears baked in a filo pastry case with chocolate sauce infused with rosemary)
* * * * *

Lunch
Tarte aux Oignons et Quatre Epices with Artichoke Hearts
* * *
Filet de Boeuf (Blonde d'Aquitaine)
Bean Sprout Salad
Wine selection: “L’Esprit” Chateau Saint Louis, 2004
* * *
Coffee Panna Cotta
* * * * *

Dinner
Moules Mariniere
(Mussels in white wine with garlic and herbs)

Wine selection: Domaine Nigri, Jurancon region
* * *
Confit de Canard
Pickled Red Cabbage, Cauliflower Cream
Red Wine and Black Cherry Jus

Wine selection: “ Le Cedre” Chateau le Cedre, Cahor region
* * *
Selection of Regional Cheeses
* * *
Chocolate Fondants, Raspberry Coulis and Balsamic Glaze
* * * * *

Dinner
Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli with Lobster Bisque and Parmesan Shavings
Wine selection: “B.A. Ba” from the Brulhois cave
* * *
Roast Wild Atlantic Salmon, Pan Fried Gambas, Perfumed Rice
Pomegranate and Avocado Timbale
Buerre Blanc Sauce and Caviar Dressing
Wine selection: “Vieilles vignes blanc,” Domain du Moulin
* * *
Selection of Regional Cheeses
* * *
Lemon Souffle Custard with Seasonal Berries
* * * * *

Picture a Barge Cruise on Saint Louis

barge cruises in Gascony on Saint Louis

Saint Louis Guest Book

guest on saint louis barge bordeaux gascony france
"Fabulous food, fabulous wine, fabulous crew, fabulous itinerary, fabulous concept...we loved our time aboard the Saint Louis!"

Dr. Neil Sherman, cruised August, 2016

"It was a wonderful six days aboard the Saint Louis. Very peaceful, tranquil, and relaxing, while at the same time lots of fun. The crew of Peter, Wendy, and Minnis were absolutely wonderful! We could not have asked for a better team. The cuisine exceeded expectations. Peter did a fabulous job with every meal! Lunches and dinners were especially creative and delicious, and the wines were excellent as well. We enjoyed each of the excursions, with St. Emilion as the definite highlight. It's a beautiful town and the wine tasting was great! Cabins offered all needed features and amenities. Barge Lady services were helpful and pre-trip information was very good."

- Carol Young, cruised June, 2016

"Peter and Wendy Carrington and Minnis McKey could not have been better hosts! We all enjoyed them immensely and quickly developed a fun relationship with the three of them. Peter is a very talented and creative Chef and I can honestly say that we did not have a single meal that could have been better prepared and presented -– absolutely delicious! Minnis was a knowledgeable Tour Guide who adjusted well to our group’s personalities and kept us entertained on all of our excursions. So glad we chose a cruise on the Saint Louis to celebrate our anniversary."

- Blake Young, cruised June, 2016

"Dear Ellen, We had a marvelous time on our cruise on the Saint Louis. Peter, Wendy, and Minnis were most gracious hosts. The food was outstanding, every meal seemed to top the previous one. And the table and food arrangements were most elegant. Wendy is indeed an artist. The entire crew were there to make sure that we had every wish granted. When my friends at home ask me about the trip, my most frequent response is 'we were pampered'. Thank you for your timely and efficient handling of all of the necessary details."

-John Miller and Barb Keller, cruised September, 2014

“Our trip was fabulous! The food was sublime, the staff was lots of fun and very accommodating, the barge itself was very comfortable, and I loved that the Nespresso machine was there and ready to go before the crack of dawn so I could have coffee long before the rest of the group awakened. I am 'très mattinale' and like to have coffee while I do my email. Peter even had a little pitcher of milk for me accessible in the bar refrigerator! The canal still had many of its platane trees lining the banks, a pleasant surprise since so many of them have become diseased and have been removed.”

- Ron and Nancy Laferriere, cruised September, 2014

+ - More!

Saint Louis 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!

Floating Dinner Party Aboard Saint Louis
Step inside Chef Peter Carrington's “floating kitchen” for a look at his philosophy, mouth-watering menus and a recipe for Chocolate Mousse a la Saint Louis!

 

 

Barge Lady's How to Holidays: Convivial Cocktails
Barge Saint Louis Chef Peter Carrington shares his recipe for the "Saint Louis Sunset" - a colorful guest favorite cocktail with a little kick!


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