Saint Louis cruises deep in the heart of untouched France on a postcard-perfect route in the ancient area of Gascony.
Offering an inventive and distinguished cruise, the experience and expertise of her Irish team of owners/operators, Tour Guide Peter and Captain Wendy Carrington, shines at the forefront of the Saint Louis’ splendid barging experience. A lifelong gastronome, Peter continued to pursue his personal passion for culinary excellence while working in fashion retailing. It was at this job where he met Wendy, a fellow creative soul and enthusiastic epicurean, with an accomplished background in art and design. These two combine the classic components of canal cruising with a modern perspective toward regional cuisine, wine appreciation, and guided excursions.
Their commitment to relaxed lifestyles and everyday luxury is evidenced by the barge itself, as it has been recently redecorated by Wendy in a light and airy style. Soft color schemes of pale gray, rich cream, and dusty blues are united by gleaming wood accents, while the cabins provide soothing havens of quiet comfort and really fabulous bathrooms.
Extending to the onboard dining program, their innovative approach has been especially well received by discerning foodies. Locally sourcing the freshest meats and produce are the highest priorities, and guests are welcome to join the Chef for a behind-the-scenes look at gourmet recipe creation, what goes into selecting the best wines for each meal, and even informal French cooking demonstrations.
Wine pairings spotlight area vineyards with an emphasis on the iconic vintages of nearby Bordeaux, and guests on the vessel enjoy a signature visit to the famed wine town of St Emilion for a special tour and tasting at a private cellar. Further explorations of the region’s artisan treasures include visits to area attractions, explanations of local landmarks, and private spirit samplings. Craft cocktails are also an onboard specialty…here is an exclusive recipe for their signature drink!