A barge holiday in France has got to be one of the most relaxing and gratifying ways to explore our continental neighbouring country. If you relish the idea of a luxury holiday that gives you the opportunity to travel at a leisurely pace, soak up the local culture, and indulge in wonderful food and great wine, then a barge holiday in France might be just what you’re looking for. |
France is one of the most famous countries in the world when it comes to producing wine, and the Bordeaux region in the south west epitomises all that is great about the vintages the country produces. Famous for its stunning landscapes, depth of history and cultural appeal, Bordeaux is a must-visit destination for any lover of French reds or whites.
Top Five Tasting Experiences in Bordeaux
St Emilion by Bike
The beautiful UNESCO-listed village of St Emillion oozes charm and one of the best ways to explore it (and the surrounding area) is on two wheels. Majestic chateaux, elegant cellars and well-tended vineyards are just waiting to be discovered and many offer comprehensive tastings and even lunch.
Chateaux of Margaux
For the connoisseur of French vintages, a tour of the Margaux appellation is a hugely rewarding experience. Well known for its highly sought after Grand Cru Classé, Chateau Margaux is a paradise for wine lovers. Let an expert guide take you on a journey and share with you the secrets of the region’s viniculture and the best way to taste its famous vintages.
Arcachon is simply stunning and if you get a chance to visit on your barge holiday in France, you definitely should. You can sample fresh oysters under the glorious Mediterranean sunshine while your glass of local white throws reflections of the stunning views in every direction. Go on a tour here and you’ll discover a different side to the Bordeaux vintages.
Medoc of Graves
Wine tasting in Medoc of Graves sees you visiting areas well known for their bold reds. The chateaux all the way along the Bordeaux left bank are open for tours and you’ll have the chance to meet the makers, ask questions and learn about the way the different vintages are made. There will be lots of nibbling on local specialities too.
Food and Wine Tours of Bordeaux
If you love your food as well as your wine, then why not take a tour in the city itself? French food holds huge prestige on the world stage, and if you are in Bordeaux you should make the most of it. Take a tour that includes food tasting as well and you’ll have the chance to sample everything from fresh breads to delicious chocolates and gourmet cheeses.
Booking a barge holiday in France is a great way to discover the tipples of Bordeaux and if you book with a specialist operator, the logistics are all organised for you. Many cruises include wine tasting but if you want to add on some more to your itinerary, the ones suggested above are a good place to start.
Author Plate Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK's most respected provider if you're looking for an all-inclusive, luxury barge holiday in France or other great destinations. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.
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