Dijon, France – An opulent, floating food lover’s dream, the fully crewed, Ultra Deluxe 8 passenger canal barge Prosperite (see photo #1) offers cooking demonstrations, the chance to shop with the chef in colorful food markets, and top wine tasting in the nearby Cote’d’Or wine region.  “While the chance to wander into small villages and to explore the area’s cultural treasures remains strong, our guests want in-depth exposure to the cuisine, cheeses and wines of France,” explains Ellen Sack, The Barge Lady, an American based broker of French canal barge vacations.


Prosperite guests can gather around the open kitchen and watch the master chef demonstrate techniques for homemade pastas and desserts (see photo #2).  The multi-course meals feature moderate portions of “Continental Cuisine” showcasing local ingredients (see photo #3).  Guests have compared the results to having a private Michelin-starred chef.  Accompanying wines are local in origin and feature vintages that are not exported, thus exposing passengers to brand new tastings.  24 wines and 36 cheeses are introduced and explained during the cruise.


Wine enthusiasts will appreciate an introduction to the Cote d’Or wine region, including a visit to Chateau de Clos de Vougeot, a 12th century winery built by Cistercian monks (see photo #4).  Guests can explore the ancient wine presses and soak in the ambiance of this enchanting chateau surrounded by vineyards.  Other highlights include daily chauffeured and guided excursions to historic churches, medieval towns and charming villages.




Prosperite is a luxurious vessel that boasts four identical 270 square foot double occupancy cabins with en-suite bathrooms (see photo #5).  The spacious salon is contemporary in style, while the sun deck features a hot tub.  The 2013 season begins March 31st and ends October 26th, and guests depart from Paris every Sunday and are returned to Paris the following Saturday.  The charter price for a 6 night cruise ranges from $45,900 to $55,900 and includes: a crew of 6, transfers to and from Paris in a Mercedes Benz vehicle, gourmet cuisine on-board, one dinner on shore at a Michelin-starred restaurant, wine with meals, open bar, daily chauffeured and guided sightseeing, and use of on-board facilities such as bicycles.


The Barge Lady, Ellen Sack, has been a broker of European canal barge vacations since 1985.  Sack represents 45 vessels in France, England, Ireland, Holland, Germany, and Scotland.  Discover why barging is better with The Barge Lady.



Caroline Sack Klein