Cheers to tasty bubbles and sumptuous bon-bons! Introducing the Champagne and Chocolate experience aboard the barge Johanna.
Welcome aboard the Champagne & Chocolate experience, a delightful culinary cruise, exclusive to the barge Johanna! Daily chocolate tastings and champagne samplings are offered, immersing guests into the region’s culinary bounty. Two gourmet dinners ashore inclusive of the cruise fare, coupled with the Johanna’s cultural discovery, offer casual travelers one of the best values in barging today.
Owner-operators Captain Kris and Chef Patsie Rotsaert offer their guests a delightfully cosmopolitan experience, fueled by their ongoing multi-lingual conversation, effortlessly traversing between English, French, and Dutch, as both of them are Belgian. A maritime engineer by trade, Captain Kris pilots the Johanna with pride, and Patsie’s light and fresh cuisine is influenced by her training as an Olympic gymnast.
Patsie’s savory menus emphasize seafood and produce, while her Belgian chocolate desserts and Champagne pairings are inspired and exquisite. Her special chocolate coffees, often enjoyed while lounging on the Johanna’s deck, are always a crowd-pleaser! Two dinners are enjoyed ashore, and are included in the cruise fare; Kris and Patsie will recommend local bistros, and provide transport to and from the dining venues.
Johanna’s three cabins boast ample built-in storage space, and are cheerfully decorated with pops of color, while the vessel’s salon and dining area is tastefully decorated in neutrals, offering comfortable seating and an abundance of natural light. On the flower adorned deck, guests can laze under the canopy while watching the bucolic scenery pass by.
Excursions to visit the historic treasures and and military monuments of the Champagne region complete the daily sightseeing. In between enjoying tasty bubbles and delectable bon bons, guests can always explore the towpath on foot or by bicycle and wander into pastoral villages along the route, or play with the two other permanent crew members onboard the Johanna, Babou and Cotenoir, the barge cats.
Last visited in 2016