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-Saroche Cruises in Champagne, France-

Cruise Details:

  • Up to 6 guests
  • 128 Ft. Long
  • Rating: Deluxe
  • Charter & Cabin Bookings
  • Hosts: Jason Ashcroft & Dawn Coles
  • English Speaking Crew of 4
  • 6 Bicycles
  • Air Conditioned
  • Last Visited 2015

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)


Saroche Cruises in Champagne, France

Captain Ashcroft and Chef Dawn Coles have long been one of our favorite “barging couples.” We have gotten to know them very well with their first barge, the Who Knows, which they operated successfully in Champagne and Burgundy for many years. As personalities, they complement each other perfectly and to the great benefit of their guests. As professionals, they bring a quality background in the hotel restaurant and barging industries. Dawn is a trained chef with a hotel and catering degree. Jason, also a chef with a deep knowledge of wine, trained at the prestigious Ecole de Hotelerie in Switzerland and has worked at the Connaught in London and Bar au Lac in Zurich.

Now they have purchased Saroche, a Deluxe-rated six passenger vessel which is a perfect fit for their talent and ambition. Saroche offers space and modern amenities, with its unique split level salon and dining area; large cabins with lovely tiled baths; and deck with hot tub. They plan to operate Saroche on a familiar and successful schedule: the Champagne region in the spring and early summer, and then transition to Burgundy for late summer and fall. Champagne, which lies immediately east of Paris and within easy driving distance, is an area we know well. In addition to champagne tasting and World War I and II sites, the scenery is absolutely gorgeous, including vineyards lining the canal in many places.

Jason will continue his role as captain and guide. As a guide, Jason brings to the forefront his interest in history and winemaking. For instance, to prepare for showing the World War I trenches, Jason has read extensively from original sources about that war, including letters from soldiers who served. He has put together a tasting itinerary from both commercial and family-owned champagne houses. Dawn will continue as chef and now has the fabulous and well-equipped Saroche kitchen to showcase her refined and delicious cuisine. We always look forward to dining with Dawn! Check out our floating dinner party blog featuring a dinner Dawn recently created for us - as well as a recipe for Dawn's delicious baked souffle. Jason and Dawn will be assisted by two in crew.

Jason, Dawn, Saroche and Champagne: It’s a great “cocktail” that we know our Barge Lady guests will enjoy!


Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2017 Low Season Rates in Champagne

Whole-Boat Charter for 4: $26,000
Whole-Boat Charter for 6: $32,000

2017 low season dates in champagnE
May 14 - 20 June 11 - 17 July 9 - 15
May 21 - 27 June 18 - 24 July 16 - 22
May 28 - June 3* June 25 - July 1
June 4 - 10 July 2 - 8

*May 28 - June 3 sailing has open cabins at $5,500 per person, double occupancy

Barge Cruise

Barge Saroche Accommodations and Amenities

  • 128 Feet Long
  • Three cabins all 190 sq ft
  • Ensuite bath with large walk-in shower
  • Choice of one Queen or two twin beds
  • Also in each cabin
  • Opening windows
  • Individually controlled air conditioning
  • 6 bicycles
    12 speed Gitane bicycles
  • In the Public Areas
  • Opening panoramic windows
  • Skylight
  • Split level lounge and dining area
  • Wood burning fireplace
  • Satellite TV, video and DVD player
  • Stereo/CD player
  • On Deck
  • Spacious deck with shaded area
  • Hot tub








 

 

 

Saroche Champagne Cruise Itinerary

Vandieres to Beaumont sur Vesle On the Marne River and Canal Lateral a la Marne

Full Board Champagne and Chocolate Cruise

Champagne holds a world of mystery. With the mere word "Champagne" images of luxury and wealth spring to mind, let us cruise you through this magical part of France and indulge you in the drink of Kings and Queens and enjoy it at its best, celebrating with friends!

Sunday: Paris to Vandieres via Chauffeured Transfer
Start Your Saroche Cruise in Style!
Your chauffeur driven minivan will meet your party at 3:00 pm in the lobby of one Paris hotel of your choice and drive you to Saroche, moored in Vandieres on the Marne River. Estimated driving time is one and a half to two hours. There you will meet your hosts Captain Jason Ashcroft and Chef Dawn Coles. Enjoy a champagne reception on deck with introductions to the crew followed by time to settle into your stateroom before Dawn serves your first gourmet dinner on board Saroche.

Monday: Vandieres to Cummiers
Tour a Historic Chateau, Then Cruise Through the Vineyards
After breakfast Jason will take you to the chateau of Conde en Brie, pictured above. This 16th century hunting lodge has hosted Kings, Queens and all variety of characters. Jason will guide you on a private visit through this wonderful building and if the owner is in house, Jason will introduce you and perhaps a glass or two of champagne may be drunk with the Count?

We return to Saroche for a lazy lunch with 360° views of the glorious Champagne vineyards before setting sail and heading up stream towards Cummiers. The Marne River gently meanders through the Marne Valley - covered on both sides in vineyards, steeped in history and surrounded by serene French countryside. All this can be admired from the deck. We moor in the shadow of the Abbey of Hautvillers, with time for a gentle stroll along the towpath before Jason introduces you to "bubbles du jour" and another of Dawn’s fabulous meals on board.

Tuesday: Cummiers to Tour-sur-Marne
Make and Taste Artisanal Chocolates!
After breakfast Jason will drive you through Epernay to visit chocolatier Thibaut. Spend the morning creating artisanal chocolate with the master chocolate maker, famous as the last chocolatier to make the alcohol filled chocolate champagne cork. This is a rare and exciting chance to get up close to one of the world’s favorite foods! Return to the Saroche where Dawn will present another fabulous lunch.

After lunch we set sail for Tour-sur-Marne, moving on to the Canal Lateral a la Marne, and passing by vineyards owned by many famous Champagne houses like Mumm, Philiponat, Moët & Chandon and Heidesek to name but a few. There will be plenty of opportunity to walk and cycle along the well- paved towpath, as Saroche slowly ascends the valley toward our mooring in the village of Tour. Jason will introduce another "bubbles du jour" before dinner on board.

Wednesday: Moored in Tour-sur-Marne
Reims Cathedral and lunch at Les Crayeres in the Jardin Brasserie
We leave the Saroche this morning to head into the historic city of Reims. Our first stop is the Eisenhower War Rooms, an important yet little-known museum where the first treaty to end the Second World War was signed. Then visit the famous cathedral of Reims, where the kings and queens of France were crowned. Having survived the revolution and two world wars it is a testament to the resilience of the people of Reims, with its amazing nave and dazzling stained glass windows. The cathedral is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There will be time to shop before lunch in the Jardin Brasserie at Domaine Les Crayeres. Enjoy the garden at this most magnificent Relais and Chateau property, once home to the Pommery family and now one of the best small hotels in the world.

Leaving Reims behind we drive back to Saroche. We’ll stop off in Bouzy for a small private tour and tasting before returning to the barge in time for a dip in the jacuzzi and a light dinner served on deck.

Thursday: Tour-sur-Marne to Mont-du-Billy
Private Champagne Tour and Taste
After a lazy breakfast, we’ll drive to Meruil-sur-Ay, home to many famous champagne makers, but none more so than Billecart Salmon, one of the last remaining independent large champagne houses. Tour and taste!

Returning to Saroche for more of Dawn’s creations will leave you well suited to a relaxing afternoon on the deck or walking by the barge as we climb eight locks to the summit pound, eventually mooring in a serene location under shade trees. As we cruise, “ aspiring chefs” can join Dawn in the kitchen as she prepares her famous pates and terrines and discusses menus and techniques. After “bubbles du jour” another delightful dinner awaits!

Friday: Mont-du-Billy to Beaumont-sur-Vesle
Walk in World War I Trenches
This morning we set sail and head along the canal to the tunnel at Mont-du-Billy, Jason will prepare the barge to go through the tunnel, a marvel of 18th-century French engineering that allowed commercial traffic from Paris to enter the heart of Reims and thus connected Paris and Reims. Having passed the tunnel we continue our lazy cruise down the canal to Beaumont-sur-Vesle.

After lunch Jason will drive you to the World War 1 trenches at the Mains de Massiges, an archeological dig that is as authentic and sobering as it is mysterious. These trenches were discovered by a Parisian archeological student and are the newest discovery involving Champagne’s history in that war. A walking tour of real trenches is a reminder of the other reason Champagne is world famous.

Return to the barge in time to get freshened up before Captain’s Dinner. Tonight Jason is your host, starting with “bubbles du jour” and cocktails on the deck before Dawn wows you with a very special farewell dinner. Reminisce about your memorable week aboard Saroche!

Saturday
A Sad Farewell
After breakfast your chauffeur driven minibus will depart at 9:30 am for your return transfer back to Paris, Estimated driving time is an hour and a half. Please make all onward travel plans on the basis of this timing. We hope to see you back on Saroche, maybe next time in Burgundy!

Picture a Barge Cruise in Champagne on Saroche

Saroche Sample Menus

We were delighted to be lunching on deck with Dawn, Jason, and a party of friends and family. Dawn served one of the most refined and delicious meals we've ever had. Dawn explained that her mother was a professional chef; she grew up cooking alongside. "Mum didn't use cookbooks. She had natural talent and just tasted and altered," said Dawn.  The talk turned to wine. Jason loves wine and can offer a special tasting of 17 wines! We were happy to be at Jason and Dawn's table - and hope to return soon for more delicious cuisine and spirited conversation.

Lunch
Gazpacho with Vegetable and Crayfish Timbale
* * *
Cheese Platter
Luperac, Goat's Milk Cheese
Cantal, Cow's Milk Cheese
Roquefort Papillon, Ewe's Milk Cheese
* * *
Baked Peach with Honey Marscapone and Raspberry Coulis
* * * * *

Dinner
Roasted Red Peppers with Tapenade
* * *
Roasted leg of French Lamb studded with Garlic and Rosemary
served with
Gratine Dauphinoise, Port Jus and Seasonal Vegetables
* * *
Cheese Platter
Delice de Pommard
Regal du Bougogne
Camembert
Chevre
****
Chocolate Fondant with Cream Anglaise
* * * * *
~ Wine ~
1999 Santany ler cru, Domain Bachey legros

* * * * *

Lunch
Quiche Lorraine
* * *
Salad of Tomato, Mozzarella, Fresh Basil and Olive Oil
* * *
Crayfish Taboule
* * *
Red Fruits of the Forest marinated in Creme de Cassis Creme Fraiche
* * * * *
~ Wine ~
Chilled Dry Reisling

* * * * *

Dinner
Oysters on the Half Shell
* * *
Barbequed Cote du Beouf with
Ratatoullie of Vegetables and Jacket Potatoes
* * *
Cheese Platter
Brie de Meaux
L'ami di Chambertaine
Morbier
Epoisse
****
Creme Brulee
* * * * *
~ Wine ~
White Montagny ler cru, 2002

* * * * *

Saroche Guest Book

"Highly recommended. The crew was knowledgeable, hospitable, and very professional, and their knowledge of wine, food, Champagne, region and war history was uniformly outstanding. The sightseeing of the military history areas was a major moment for me, and the winery tours were excellent. Chef Dawn's cuisine was great and varied. We especially enjoyed her appetizers! Cabins were very nice and spacious. Working with the Barge Ladies was straightforward and easy."

- Paul Rusnock, cruised June, 2016

"A great barge with an even greater crew! All we expected and more. Everything about our barge experience was enjoyable and memorable. Captain Jason is a natural, offering just right amount of local information without being too intrusive. Chef Dawn never prepared a bad meal but rather kept variety, tastefulness, and wine pairing at maximum deliciousness. The fresh bakery goods and breads were wonderful. Jason's wine knowledge and selections coupled with Dawn's excellent food could not have been better. Jason's nightly 'bubbles du jour' was a daily highlight. We enjoyed meeting local champagnois, seeing the countryside, and visiting World War I and II historical sights. Tour Guide John and Hostess Alisa were always attentive and helpful. Cabins were clean, comfortable, well-lighted, and attractive. The pre-trip information provided by the Barge Ladies was very good. Our trip was truly memorable. We already want to cruise again with Jason and Dawn!"

- Sue and John Allen Chalk, cruised May, 2016

         Captain Jason and Chef Dawn earned raves on their first barge, the Who Knows.

We know that guests on the Saroche will be just as happy!

"We had a wonderful week on the Who Knows barge, thanks to the extraordinary Jason and Dawn. As you well know, the food was fabulous (both on the barge and off), we enjoyed outstanding visits to Burgundy towns and wine tastings with Jason and, of course, everything was kept immaculately clean. We learned that we will be among the last groups of guests with Jason and Dawn on Who Knows -- we even passed their new hotel barge on the canal. Our trip on the Burgundy Canal was a week we will long remember!! We greatly appreciate your help in making our vacation such a success!!! I will not hesitate to recommend the Barge Lady for anyone who is interested in barge cruising."

- Meryle Melnicoff, cruised September, 2015

barge guests bicycling in burgundy france

 

"Our experience on Who Knows was the trip of a lifetime! Jason and Dawn are the quintessential hosts, and they could not have been better. Everything was perfect -– the food, the wine, the excursions, the ambiance. With Dawn’s cooking, we felt like we were eating in a gourmet restaurant every meal. Each excursion was thoughtfully planned and flawlessly executed. Jason’s knowledge of the background for each excursion was tremendous added value. There was nothing to like least –it was all wonderful. The services of The Barge Lady were very good with friendly service -- very prompt and accommodating. Really, we think Barge Lady is fabulous and have already recommended you to a number of friends and folks we met while traveling."

- Kathleen Farrell, cruised September, 2014

 

 

Saroche 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!

 

Savory Lunch Aboard Sarche + Quiche Lorraine Recipe
Barge Lady's Kelly visits with delightful duo Captain Jason and Chef Dawn of Saroche for a memorable meal on the Burgundy Canal and Chef Dawn's delish Quiche Lorraine recipe.

 

Canal Barging: The Cruise Experience You’ve Been Missing Out On
Wendy Perrin, Billie Cohen

+ - Overview

Cruise Details:

  • Up to 6 guests
  • 128 Ft. Long
  • Rating: Deluxe
  • Charter & Cabin Bookings
  • Hosts: Jason Ashcroft & Dawn Coles
  • English Speaking Crew of 4
  • 6 Bicycles
  • Air Conditioned
  • Last Visited 2015

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)


Saroche Cruises in Champagne, France

Captain Ashcroft and Chef Dawn Coles have long been one of our favorite “barging couples.” We have gotten to know them very well with their first barge, the Who Knows, which they operated successfully in Champagne and Burgundy for many years. As personalities, they complement each other perfectly and to the great benefit of their guests. As professionals, they bring a quality background in the hotel restaurant and barging industries. Dawn is a trained chef with a hotel and catering degree. Jason, also a chef with a deep knowledge of wine, trained at the prestigious Ecole de Hotelerie in Switzerland and has worked at the Connaught in London and Bar au Lac in Zurich.

Now they have purchased Saroche, a Deluxe-rated six passenger vessel which is a perfect fit for their talent and ambition. Saroche offers space and modern amenities, with its unique split level salon and dining area; large cabins with lovely tiled baths; and deck with hot tub. They plan to operate Saroche on a familiar and successful schedule: the Champagne region in the spring and early summer, and then transition to Burgundy for late summer and fall. Champagne, which lies immediately east of Paris and within easy driving distance, is an area we know well. In addition to champagne tasting and World War I and II sites, the scenery is absolutely gorgeous, including vineyards lining the canal in many places.

Jason will continue his role as captain and guide. As a guide, Jason brings to the forefront his interest in history and winemaking. For instance, to prepare for showing the World War I trenches, Jason has read extensively from original sources about that war, including letters from soldiers who served. He has put together a tasting itinerary from both commercial and family-owned champagne houses. Dawn will continue as chef and now has the fabulous and well-equipped Saroche kitchen to showcase her refined and delicious cuisine. We always look forward to dining with Dawn! Check out our floating dinner party blog featuring a dinner Dawn recently created for us - as well as a recipe for Dawn's delicious baked souffle. Jason and Dawn will be assisted by two in crew.

Jason, Dawn, Saroche and Champagne: It’s a great “cocktail” that we know our Barge Lady guests will enjoy!


Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2017 Low Season Rates in Champagne

Whole-Boat Charter for 4: $26,000
Whole-Boat Charter for 6: $32,000

2017 low season dates in champagnE
May 14 - 20 June 11 - 17 July 9 - 15
May 21 - 27 June 18 - 24 July 16 - 22
May 28 - June 3* June 25 - July 1
June 4 - 10 July 2 - 8

*May 28 - June 3 sailing has open cabins at $5,500 per person, double occupancy

Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise

Barge Saroche Accommodations and Amenities

  • 128 Feet Long
  • Three cabins all 190 sq ft
  • Ensuite bath with large walk-in shower
  • Choice of one Queen or two twin beds
  • Also in each cabin
  • Opening windows
  • Individually controlled air conditioning
  • 6 bicycles
    12 speed Gitane bicycles
  • In the Public Areas
  • Opening panoramic windows
  • Skylight
  • Split level lounge and dining area
  • Wood burning fireplace
  • Satellite TV, video and DVD player
  • Stereo/CD player
  • On Deck
  • Spacious deck with shaded area
  • Hot tub








 

 

 

Saroche Champagne Cruise Itinerary

Vandieres to Beaumont sur Vesle On the Marne River and Canal Lateral a la Marne

Full Board Champagne and Chocolate Cruise

Champagne holds a world of mystery. With the mere word "Champagne" images of luxury and wealth spring to mind, let us cruise you through this magical part of France and indulge you in the drink of Kings and Queens and enjoy it at its best, celebrating with friends!

Sunday: Paris to Vandieres via Chauffeured Transfer
Start Your Saroche Cruise in Style!
Your chauffeur driven minivan will meet your party at 3:00 pm in the lobby of one Paris hotel of your choice and drive you to Saroche, moored in Vandieres on the Marne River. Estimated driving time is one and a half to two hours. There you will meet your hosts Captain Jason Ashcroft and Chef Dawn Coles. Enjoy a champagne reception on deck with introductions to the crew followed by time to settle into your stateroom before Dawn serves your first gourmet dinner on board Saroche.

Monday: Vandieres to Cummiers
Tour a Historic Chateau, Then Cruise Through the Vineyards
After breakfast Jason will take you to the chateau of Conde en Brie, pictured above. This 16th century hunting lodge has hosted Kings, Queens and all variety of characters. Jason will guide you on a private visit through this wonderful building and if the owner is in house, Jason will introduce you and perhaps a glass or two of champagne may be drunk with the Count?

We return to Saroche for a lazy lunch with 360° views of the glorious Champagne vineyards before setting sail and heading up stream towards Cummiers. The Marne River gently meanders through the Marne Valley - covered on both sides in vineyards, steeped in history and surrounded by serene French countryside. All this can be admired from the deck. We moor in the shadow of the Abbey of Hautvillers, with time for a gentle stroll along the towpath before Jason introduces you to "bubbles du jour" and another of Dawn’s fabulous meals on board.

Tuesday: Cummiers to Tour-sur-Marne
Make and Taste Artisanal Chocolates!
After breakfast Jason will drive you through Epernay to visit chocolatier Thibaut. Spend the morning creating artisanal chocolate with the master chocolate maker, famous as the last chocolatier to make the alcohol filled chocolate champagne cork. This is a rare and exciting chance to get up close to one of the world’s favorite foods! Return to the Saroche where Dawn will present another fabulous lunch.

After lunch we set sail for Tour-sur-Marne, moving on to the Canal Lateral a la Marne, and passing by vineyards owned by many famous Champagne houses like Mumm, Philiponat, Moët & Chandon and Heidesek to name but a few. There will be plenty of opportunity to walk and cycle along the well- paved towpath, as Saroche slowly ascends the valley toward our mooring in the village of Tour. Jason will introduce another "bubbles du jour" before dinner on board.

Wednesday: Moored in Tour-sur-Marne
Reims Cathedral and lunch at Les Crayeres in the Jardin Brasserie
We leave the Saroche this morning to head into the historic city of Reims. Our first stop is the Eisenhower War Rooms, an important yet little-known museum where the first treaty to end the Second World War was signed. Then visit the famous cathedral of Reims, where the kings and queens of France were crowned. Having survived the revolution and two world wars it is a testament to the resilience of the people of Reims, with its amazing nave and dazzling stained glass windows. The cathedral is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There will be time to shop before lunch in the Jardin Brasserie at Domaine Les Crayeres. Enjoy the garden at this most magnificent Relais and Chateau property, once home to the Pommery family and now one of the best small hotels in the world.

Leaving Reims behind we drive back to Saroche. We’ll stop off in Bouzy for a small private tour and tasting before returning to the barge in time for a dip in the jacuzzi and a light dinner served on deck.

Thursday: Tour-sur-Marne to Mont-du-Billy
Private Champagne Tour and Taste
After a lazy breakfast, we’ll drive to Meruil-sur-Ay, home to many famous champagne makers, but none more so than Billecart Salmon, one of the last remaining independent large champagne houses. Tour and taste!

Returning to Saroche for more of Dawn’s creations will leave you well suited to a relaxing afternoon on the deck or walking by the barge as we climb eight locks to the summit pound, eventually mooring in a serene location under shade trees. As we cruise, “ aspiring chefs” can join Dawn in the kitchen as she prepares her famous pates and terrines and discusses menus and techniques. After “bubbles du jour” another delightful dinner awaits!

Friday: Mont-du-Billy to Beaumont-sur-Vesle
Walk in World War I Trenches
This morning we set sail and head along the canal to the tunnel at Mont-du-Billy, Jason will prepare the barge to go through the tunnel, a marvel of 18th-century French engineering that allowed commercial traffic from Paris to enter the heart of Reims and thus connected Paris and Reims. Having passed the tunnel we continue our lazy cruise down the canal to Beaumont-sur-Vesle.

After lunch Jason will drive you to the World War 1 trenches at the Mains de Massiges, an archeological dig that is as authentic and sobering as it is mysterious. These trenches were discovered by a Parisian archeological student and are the newest discovery involving Champagne’s history in that war. A walking tour of real trenches is a reminder of the other reason Champagne is world famous.

Return to the barge in time to get freshened up before Captain’s Dinner. Tonight Jason is your host, starting with “bubbles du jour” and cocktails on the deck before Dawn wows you with a very special farewell dinner. Reminisce about your memorable week aboard Saroche!

Saturday
A Sad Farewell
After breakfast your chauffeur driven minibus will depart at 9:30 am for your return transfer back to Paris, Estimated driving time is an hour and a half. Please make all onward travel plans on the basis of this timing. We hope to see you back on Saroche, maybe next time in Burgundy!

Picture a Barge Cruise in Champagne on Saroche

+ - Menu

Saroche Sample Menus

We were delighted to be lunching on deck with Dawn, Jason, and a party of friends and family. Dawn served one of the most refined and delicious meals we've ever had. Dawn explained that her mother was a professional chef; she grew up cooking alongside. "Mum didn't use cookbooks. She had natural talent and just tasted and altered," said Dawn.  The talk turned to wine. Jason loves wine and can offer a special tasting of 17 wines! We were happy to be at Jason and Dawn's table - and hope to return soon for more delicious cuisine and spirited conversation.

Lunch
Gazpacho with Vegetable and Crayfish Timbale
* * *
Cheese Platter
Luperac, Goat's Milk Cheese
Cantal, Cow's Milk Cheese
Roquefort Papillon, Ewe's Milk Cheese
* * *
Baked Peach with Honey Marscapone and Raspberry Coulis
* * * * *

Dinner
Roasted Red Peppers with Tapenade
* * *
Roasted leg of French Lamb studded with Garlic and Rosemary
served with
Gratine Dauphinoise, Port Jus and Seasonal Vegetables
* * *
Cheese Platter
Delice de Pommard
Regal du Bougogne
Camembert
Chevre
****
Chocolate Fondant with Cream Anglaise
* * * * *
~ Wine ~
1999 Santany ler cru, Domain Bachey legros

* * * * *

Lunch
Quiche Lorraine
* * *
Salad of Tomato, Mozzarella, Fresh Basil and Olive Oil
* * *
Crayfish Taboule
* * *
Red Fruits of the Forest marinated in Creme de Cassis Creme Fraiche
* * * * *
~ Wine ~
Chilled Dry Reisling

* * * * *

Dinner
Oysters on the Half Shell
* * *
Barbequed Cote du Beouf with
Ratatoullie of Vegetables and Jacket Potatoes
* * *
Cheese Platter
Brie de Meaux
L'ami di Chambertaine
Morbier
Epoisse
****
Creme Brulee
* * * * *
~ Wine ~
White Montagny ler cru, 2002

* * * * *

Saroche Guest Book

"Highly recommended. The crew was knowledgeable, hospitable, and very professional, and their knowledge of wine, food, Champagne, region and war history was uniformly outstanding. The sightseeing of the military history areas was a major moment for me, and the winery tours were excellent. Chef Dawn's cuisine was great and varied. We especially enjoyed her appetizers! Cabins were very nice and spacious. Working with the Barge Ladies was straightforward and easy."

- Paul Rusnock, cruised June, 2016

"A great barge with an even greater crew! All we expected and more. Everything about our barge experience was enjoyable and memorable. Captain Jason is a natural, offering just right amount of local information without being too intrusive. Chef Dawn never prepared a bad meal but rather kept variety, tastefulness, and wine pairing at maximum deliciousness. The fresh bakery goods and breads were wonderful. Jason's wine knowledge and selections coupled with Dawn's excellent food could not have been better. Jason's nightly 'bubbles du jour' was a daily highlight. We enjoyed meeting local champagnois, seeing the countryside, and visiting World War I and II historical sights. Tour Guide John and Hostess Alisa were always attentive and helpful. Cabins were clean, comfortable, well-lighted, and attractive. The pre-trip information provided by the Barge Ladies was very good. Our trip was truly memorable. We already want to cruise again with Jason and Dawn!"

- Sue and John Allen Chalk, cruised May, 2016

         Captain Jason and Chef Dawn earned raves on their first barge, the Who Knows.

We know that guests on the Saroche will be just as happy!

"We had a wonderful week on the Who Knows barge, thanks to the extraordinary Jason and Dawn. As you well know, the food was fabulous (both on the barge and off), we enjoyed outstanding visits to Burgundy towns and wine tastings with Jason and, of course, everything was kept immaculately clean. We learned that we will be among the last groups of guests with Jason and Dawn on Who Knows -- we even passed their new hotel barge on the canal. Our trip on the Burgundy Canal was a week we will long remember!! We greatly appreciate your help in making our vacation such a success!!! I will not hesitate to recommend the Barge Lady for anyone who is interested in barge cruising."

- Meryle Melnicoff, cruised September, 2015

barge guests bicycling in burgundy france

 

"Our experience on Who Knows was the trip of a lifetime! Jason and Dawn are the quintessential hosts, and they could not have been better. Everything was perfect -– the food, the wine, the excursions, the ambiance. With Dawn’s cooking, we felt like we were eating in a gourmet restaurant every meal. Each excursion was thoughtfully planned and flawlessly executed. Jason’s knowledge of the background for each excursion was tremendous added value. There was nothing to like least –it was all wonderful. The services of The Barge Lady were very good with friendly service -- very prompt and accommodating. Really, we think Barge Lady is fabulous and have already recommended you to a number of friends and folks we met while traveling."

- Kathleen Farrell, cruised September, 2014

 

 

+ - More!

Saroche 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!

 

Savory Lunch Aboard Sarche + Quiche Lorraine Recipe
Barge Lady's Kelly visits with delightful duo Captain Jason and Chef Dawn of Saroche for a memorable meal on the Burgundy Canal and Chef Dawn's delish Quiche Lorraine recipe.

 

Canal Barging: The Cruise Experience You’ve Been Missing Out On
Wendy Perrin, Billie Cohen


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