The word “barge” doesn’t really incite romance.
However, the serene waterways crisscrossing the countryside of Europe exude romance, enchantment, and passion, putting anyone in the mood for love!
In honor of the many weddings, honeymoons, and anniversaries celebrated on Europe’s petite rivers and antique canals, the Barge Ladies have curated a collection of barging’s five most romantic experiences.
Et voila, mon amour…
1) A Champagne Tasting in Champagne
What could be more romantic than a French champagne tasting…in CHAMPAGNE?! Aboard the 5-star, 8 guest 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 annually produces approximately 26,000,000 bottles of award-winning sparkling wine. Bottoms up!
2) The Bouquet to End All Bouquets in Holland
Ladies love to receive flowers, but nothing compares to a stroll 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 4-star, 12 guest Panache will contentedly traipse through breathtaking waves of color on this unforgettably romantic excursion.
Romantic musing: The Keukenhof is the most photographed garden in the world, so be sure to bring your camera to capture the happiest of smiles!
3) An Aphrodisiac like No Other – Chocolate & Wine!
Very few substances on Earth are as emotionally evocative as chocolate and wine! On the 4-star, 6 guest Saroche, guests are treated to many epicurean experiences, including the pleasures of Burgundian wine and French chocolate. Delightfully delicious events and activities await both onboard and ashore, including dessert-making demonstrations (chocolate fondant, anyone?), private visits to boutique vineyards, and multi-course gourmet meals.
Romantic musing: Guests on the Saroche will visit the Dijon market, where they can shop for artisanal French chocolate!
4) Get Swept into an Italian Love Affair…
…while dining at a private Italian villa! A swoon-worthy dinner ashore awaits guests aboard the 3-star, 20 guest 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 there wrote some of his best poetry. Perhaps you too will be inspired by this love story of yore!
Romantic musing: The Villa’s grounds, located next to the River Po, are the perfect setting to explore Italy’s 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 wild beauty of the Scottish Highlands, sweethearts are treated to a bagpipe serenade aboard the 4-star, 12 guest Spirit of Scotland, stirring the senses and emotions with the evocative sound of Celtic history.
Romantic musing: Highland tradition says that a Scottish bride enjoys a long and successful marriage if a bagpiper sees her first on her wedding day.