Floating appetites

Explore European Waterways Gourmand barge cruises.

17 March 2024


In August 2024, the promise of an exclusive culinary adventure twinkles on the horizon like a Michelin-star in the dim twilight.

European Waterways has put out a clarion call to the epicureans, the gourmands, and the simply peckish to embark on a gustatory odyssey through France’s serpentine canals aboard a floating palace of epicurean delight.

“Seasonal, locally produced ingredients,” chant the culinary wizards behind European Waterways, a mantra elevating their voyages to the realms of legend among those who worship at the altars of flavour and terroir.

These week-long crusades are meticulously crafted for the disciples of Dionysus and Demeter, blending sybaritic relaxation with gastronomic pilgrimages, vistas that seduce the lens, and a plunge into the marrow of local lore and culture.

For the solitary gourmand or the duo bent on unravelling the mysteries of Southern France’s palate, the Enchanté — a hotel barge with the capacity to embrace eight guests — is setting sail on the Canal du Midi come 11 August 2024.


This six-night escapade, previously the preserve of private charters, now unfurls its sails to cabin bookings, heralding a rare chance to feast upon the culinary jewels of the region.

Charting a course along the Canal du Midi, the journey promises encounters with the elusive truffle in Mas d’Antonin, an odyssey to the revered L’Oulibo for an olive oil press pilgrimage, a cheese odyssey at Combebelle goat farm, a foray into Narbonne’s bustling food market, and a vinous voyage in Minervois.

A French cooking class with a contemporary spin on classic fare and a narrative-rich tour of Carcassonne’s fortified citadel bookend this culinary conquest, climaxing with a captain’s farewell dinner that promises to be the stuff of legend.

This week-long immersion into the art of French cuisine, against a backdrop of picturesque landscapes, offers a sanctuary for the connoisseur to revel in the Canal du Midi’s gastronomic treasures.

A berth on Enchanté’s 11 August departure commands a tribute of €6,450 per epicurean, based on a duo sharing the journey.

For a congregation of twelve foodie friends or kin, L’Impressionniste stands ready to chart a course through Southern Burgundy’s culinary cosmos on two select weeks in the summer – 28 July and 4 August 2024.

This vessel’s itinerary is a mosaic of culinary expeditions – a perambulation through Dijon, a communion with the market’s bounty, a pilgrimage to Domaine Chanson in Beaune for a wine tasting and gourmet repast, a mustering at the Edward Fallot Moutarderie to pay homage to Dijon mustard, and a benediction of Burgundian cheese at Gaugry Fromagerie, all while the barge whispers through the waters of the Burgundy Canal. For a crew of twelve, this journey into Burgundy’s heart starts at €63,000.

European Waterways’ Culinary Cruises are not merely voyages; they are a tapestry of immersive food-centric excursions, hands-on French cooking revelations, and onboard cooking demonstrations that are nothing short of a culinary crusade.



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