Pick up in Strasbourg at either the train station, your hotel or an apartment and transfer to the Saroche where the crew will welcome you “a-barge” with champagne. Time to settle in before your fist meal aboard Saroche.
Morning cruise to Dettwiller passing pastoral landscapes, lunch on board and then Jason will take you wine tasting in the afternoon to the Grand Cru fields of Traenheim. Traenheim is a charming little village of 500 people, owing its fame to its vines, which produce the grapes for excellent Grand Cru wines. The exceptional quality of these wines derives from the distinctive sub-soils of the Altenberg and the microclimate which gives it decidedly more hours of sun per year than the Alsace average.
Return to the barge for evening cocktails and dinner on board.
This morning Jason will drive you through the vineyards to the town of Colmar, The town is situated on the Alsatian wine route and considers itself to be the "capital of Alsatian wine" (capitale des vins d'Alsace). The city is renowned for its well-preserved old town, its numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums, along with its markets and today is market day!
Follow Jason through the market picking up local produce and then have ample time to wander the old town before Jason takes you out into the vineyards for a picnic lunch.
In the afternoon your sommelier Jason will take you wine tasting in one of the most famous houses in the Alsace before returning to Saroche for dinner on board.
This morning’s cruise takes us into the heart of the Zorn Valley to the charming town of Lutzelbourg.
This picturesque village at the junction of five valleys, whose origin can be traced back to the 12th century, has a welcoming quality that makes it one of the loveliest parts of the Vosges. After lunch Jason will drive you through the forest to the village of Wingen sur Moder to the Rene Lalique Glass Museum. René Jules Lalique was a French glass designer known for his creations of glass art, perfume bottles and vases in both the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles.
Return to Saroche to freshen up as Jason hosts you tonight for dinner in a traditional local Alsatian restaurant.
Today we set sail in the morning and cruise up a few locks to the world famous incline plane lock at Arzviller.
This impressive feat of engineering travels the barge 145 metres up the side of the hill and eliminates 17 locks in the process. From here we cruise through the countryside, passing two tunnels, to the village of Nidervillier our final destination for the week.
After lunch Jason will take you to the town of Sarrebourg to visit the Chapel of the Cordeliers, famous for its Marc Chagall windows. An early modernist, Marc Chagall was associated with several major artistic styles and created works in virtually every artistic format but is best known for his stained glass windows.
After breakfast, depart
for Chateau de
Beynac, one of the
chateaus in the area.
The Middle Ages
perched on top of a
dominating the town
and the north bank of
the Dordogne River.
Step back in time as
you learn the story of the Chateau through the ages, admiring the
authentic atmosphere retained within the extensive walls.
Return to the chateau for lunch followed by relaxing afternoon by
the pool while our attentive staff look after your every need.
Continue your relaxation with a glass of fine wine before embarking
on another gastronomic journey during your evening meal.
This morning, depart for a truffle
hunting visit at a local truffle
farm, where the secrets of this
highly prized and fabulously
expensive fungus are revealed
The farmer looks for seasonal
truffles, almost under your feet,
while Lino, the dog, is always
the first to find the truffle.
Stop for lunch at a local truffle restaurant, where you will enjoy a
truffle themed menu, tasting 50g of truffles per person!
One of the best ways to learn about not only Périgord truffles, but
all 40 varieties, is at The Ecomusée de la Truffe in Sorges. It’s a
museum entirely dedicated to the truffle. The museum opened here
in France’s Capital of the Truffle in 1982 and the only of its kind in
the world. It’s recently been completely renovated with all new and
interactive exhibitions that take you on a journey of discovering the
natural cultivation of the truffle, as well as it’s culinary history and
association with wealth and the finest things in life.
Return to the Chateau for cocktails and a wonderful evening meal.
Enjoy a relaxing morning at the Chateau, before enjoying a
wonderful lunch prepared by your private chef.
This afternoon you will embark on a gastronomic journey as you
visit a walnut farm and learn the process of the famous trade within
the area, along with tasting various walnut products along the way.
Continue to a foie gras farm, where you will meet the geese and
see the process of creating this gourmet delicacy - and of course,
tasting some along the way!
Return to the Chateau for another memorable meal with your
After breakfast we visit
two of the best preserved
medieval towns in the
area: Sarlat & Domme.
Sarlat, north of the
Dordogne river, was once
the capital of Perigord. A
picturesque tangle of
alleyways and secret squares make up this beautiful medieval town.
Continue to Domme, south of the river, classified as one of the most
beautiful villages of France.
Still one of the area’s best preserved Bastides, Domme retains most
of its 13th-century ramparts and three original gateways. The
imposing cliff-top position is best appreciated from esplanade du
Belvédère and the adjacent promenade de la Barre, which offer
panoramic views across the valley.
Enjoy a wonderful lunch at a Michelin starred restaurant in the heart
of Sarlat, before returning to the Chateau for a relaxing afternoon.
This evening, enjoy an in-house wine tasting, sampling some of the
wonderful wines the region has to offer, before continuing to another
gourmet dining experience.
This morning you will accompany the chef to a local farmer’s market.
Choose some local delicacies and ingredients before returning to the Chateau for a cooking demonstration with your chef, before dining on our creations during a delightful "al fresco" lunch.
Spend your final afternoon relaxing in the sunshine, before
challenging your companions and staff to a game of plantonque!
As the afternoon draws to a close, enjoy evening cocktails on the
terrace before your chef prepares your final evening’s memorable