This week, I’ve been recapping our barge voyage on European Waterways’ Panache. Our adventure took six guests in what is basically a floating luxury hotel through beautiful French countryside in Alsace and Lorraine.
One aspect of the experience that I appreciated was the ability to step off the barge at any of the many locks to walk, jog or bicycle.
Bicycles, in excellent condition, were provided at no additional cost, and there were days when we rode nearly 30 kilometers (about 20 miles). Others walked between the locks or sat out on the sun deck as the French countryside passed by.
When it came time to rest, I enjoyed the included guided tours. Our 34-year-old driver and guide, a (former) East German named Florian, was always there to pick us up in a modern and air-conditioned Mercedes Benz van. We did tours at least once each day, ranging from wine tastings to museum visits.
I’ll be writing more about our barge adventure this week, so please stay tuned. Questions about barge cruising? Ask in the comments section below this post.