The word barge doesn’t really incite romance. However, barge cruises on the serene waterways in Europe, exude romance, enchantment, and passion, putting anyone in the mood for love! In honor of Valentine’s Day The Barge Lady has compiled a list of five of the most romantic experiences on a barge cruise. Perhaps it will put you in the mood to get your honey something extra special this Valentine’s Day. In comparison, chocolate and roses seem a bit trite.
1) A Champagne Tasting in Champagne
What could be more romantic than a champagne tasting…in CHAMPAGNE?! Aboard the Ultra Deluxe, 8-passenger C’est La Vie, the luckiest of lovers are treated to an mood-inducing visit to the famous Champagne town of Epernay. There they will enjoy a memorable private tour and tasting at the headquarters of Moet & Chandon, the most elite of champagne producers. Let the bubbly of love flow!
Romantic musing: Moet & Chandon owns more than 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) of vineyards, and annually produces approximately 26,000,000 bottles of champagne.
2) The Bouquet to End All Bouquets in Holland
Ladies love to receive flowers, but nothing compares to a walk through the world famous Keukenhof Gardens in Holland! Known as the garden of Europe, with more than 100 acres filled with over 7 million flowering bulbs, paramours on the Deluxe 12-passenger Panache will contentedly stroll through breathtaking waves of color on this unforgettably romantic excursion.
Romantic musing: Keukenhof is the most photographed garden in the world, so be sure to bring your camera to capture your happiest of smiles!
3) An Aphrodisiac like No Other – Chocolate & Wine!
Elisabeth’s “Chocolate and Wine Cruise” on France’s Burgundy canal offers an indulgent immersion into a private world of decadence perfect for the couple who adores gastronomy! Delightfully delicious events and activities await aboard this 6-passenger Deluxe vessel, including many chocolate tastings, dessert-making demonstrations, visit to vineyards, and nightly gourmet meals.
Romantic musing: Guests aboard the Elizabeth will visit Flavigny, the picturesque village where the film “Chocolat” was filmed.
4) Get Swept into an Italian Love Affair…
While dining at a private Italian villa! A swoon-worthy dinner ashore awaits guests aboard the First Class, 21-passenger La Bella Vita! This once-in-a lifetime meal is hosted by the owners at the beautiful 17th century Villa Ca’Zen, a private stately home by the majestic Po River where Lord Byron courted his (not-so) secret lover, the Countess Giuccioli, and wrote some of his best poetry. Perhaps you too will be inspired by this love story of yore!
Romantic musing: The inside of the Villa, the gardens, and cottages, located right next to the river, are a perfect setting to explore the sensual scenery and ambiance.
5) A Soulful Bagpipe Serenade in Scotland
Surrounded by spectacular mountains, scenery, and wildlife, the Caledonian Canal calls up a sense of time lost, but not forgotten. Set against the rambling moors of the Scottish coast, sweethearts are treated to a bagpipe serenade aboard the Deluxe, 8-passenger Scottish Highlander, stirring the senses and emotions with the evocative sound of Celtic history.
Romantic musing: According to Scottish tradition, if a bagpiper greets the bride first during her wedding, she is assured of a long and successful marriage.