This plush, 12-passenger hotel barge, operated by American-owned French Country Waterways, takes guests along the serene canals of Burgundy, with plenty of deep dives into wine country. Once a commercial barge, the vessel was reimagined in 2005 as a floating country inn of sorts, with 18th-century-inspired French provincial decor and warm wood paneling in the salon and dining room. Outside, there's a canopied sun deck, while the six staterooms are located below deck and served by an attentive staff of six.
What We Love
Free-Flowing Wine: This is Burgundy after all, so expect an itinerary that makes ample time for wine-tasting excursions at notable châteaux and cellars in the Côte d'Or wine region. Back on board, both lunch and dinner come paired with a complimentary selection of fine French wines.
Canal-Side Cycling: Set out to explore the local countryside on two wheels via the onboard fleet of bikes. With the slow speed of the barge, it's a breeze to rejoin the ship after some independent adventuring.
Best Known For
Culinary Indulgence: French Country Waterways takes food as seriously as the French do, and guests can enjoy French meals three times daily (including lavish four-course dinners), featuring regional specialties prepared with fresh ingredients from local markets, and, yes, plenty of cheese. Plus, each voyage includes a dinner ashore at a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Generous Inclusions: The cruise fare includes an open bar onboard, ground transfers from Paris, and daily guided excursions throughout Burgundy.
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Who It's Best For
Sophisticated Couples: Adrienne tends to carry mostly well-traveled, well-to-do American or Canadian couples, aged 50 and up.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Close Quarters: With only 12 passengers, you'll be brushing shoulders with fellow guests during meals and on excursions. This isn't a vacation where you can come and go unnoticed and do your own thing, so it's not right for you if you prefer the anonymity of a large city or ship.
Elissa Garay is a Brooklyn-based contributor to ShermansCruise who also writes for Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure.
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Adrienne at a Glance
- Line: French Country Waterways
- Number of Passengers: 12
- Ship Size: Small
- Launch Date: 2005