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Why we like it
- The barge has accommodation for 12 guests across 1 Junior Suite with twin or double bed, 1 Junior Suite with double bed, 2 staterooms with twin or double bed and 2 staterooms with twin beds.
- All are air-conditioned with en suite bathrooms
- A comprehensive programme of excursions and visits that are a blend of cultural, historical and general interest, which compliments time spent drifting lazily along the waterways
- The saloon and dining room have comfortable sofas, books and music, and an always open, inclusive bar
- A heated sunken spa pool is located on the spacious sun deck
- Fabulous cuisine is provided by the barge's own Master Chef from sumptuous breakfast to a delicious buffet or picnic ending in a four or five course dinner each evening
- Please note that children under the age of 12 years are not accepted unless it is a charter booking or a special family departure
- The barge carries 10 touring bikes
Take to the bicycles on board and explore hidden routes of France.
A first-class service: finding a suitable cruise to fit my parameters; managing to extend the time during which the offer would remain open so as to give me more time to discuss the trip with my travelling companion; and finally making all the train and hotel bookings to make the whole holiday as trouble free as possible. I cannot speak too highly of the way in which everything been conducted.
- BH, London
The 12 passenger L'Impressionniste began life as a cargo barge in Holland, before being transformed into the powerful canal and river cruiser she is today. She has a light and airy interior reminiscent of the turn of the century era and is decorated with a selection of prints, fabrics and wall colourings.
Your Captain leads a crew of six, comprising Master Chef, Tour guide, Housekeepers and Deckhand as she cruises through Burgundy - visiting Dijon, famed for its mustard, and Ducal Palace. Wine connoisseurs will delight in visits on the Route des Grands Crus and gastronomes will enjoy lunch at the Abbaye de la Bussiere
Best time to be there
Sunworshippers head to the beaches from June to September. The climate is mainly temperate with the south enjoying hot summers and mild winters.
Bordeaux, Geneva, Marseilles and Paris (British Airways), Nice and Lyon (British Airways or bmi)
Paris and Avignon (Eurostar)
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