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Every year, I take 10 to 20 club members on a fun journey to France. I rent a medium size barge with a crew and we go explore a new area. During our week trip, we visit villages, historic sites, food and wine producers. We play petanque in the evening and enjoy local food and wine prepared by a Paul Bocuse trained chef. Join Me next year!

After years of friends and customers asking me to go to France together, I decided, pourquoi pas! There are so many amazing places to visit and so little time! Every year is a different location. The group size varies from 10 to 20 people. The emphasis is on excellent food, wine, and out of the beaten path visits and experiences. Vive la France!

May 28 - June 3

Barge Trip to Alsace 

From Strasbourg to Lagarde, embark on an authentic and traditional cruise in the heart of Alsace and Moselle. You will cruise on the Marne-Rhine Canal where you will discover a colorful heritage and monuments that reflect its history through exciting tours. Explore the Hops Trail, the Haut Barr and Lutzelbourg castles or the Chagall trail and be astonished by the richness of this captivating cruise.

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July 9 - July 15

Barge Trip to Burgundy

From Dijon to Port-sur-Saône, cruise on the majestic Burgundy canal where charming cities and stories await you. Go back in time through our guided tours and discover Dijon, former capital of the Dukes of Burgundy, or the unparalleled elegance of the Château de Champlitte. Take a breath of fresh air and immerse yourself in arts, traditions and architectural gems through this journey across Burgundy all the way to the Haute-Saône.

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UPCOMING TRIP

Alsace

May 28 - June 3

From Strasbourg to Lagarde, embark on an authentic and traditional cruise in the heart of Alsace and Moselle. You will cruise on the Marne-Rhine Canal where you will discover a colorful heritage and monuments that reflect its history through exciting tours. Explore the Hops Trail, the Haut Barr and Lutzelbourg castles or the Chagall trail and be astonished by the richness of this captivating cruise.

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Day 1

STRASBOURG

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Tonight we'll enjoy dinner followed by a panoramic boat tour of Strasbourg. 

Day 2

STRASBOURG - WALTENHEIM

We’ll spend the morning cruising. In the afternoon, join us for an excursion to the lush region of Kochersberg and a visit to the Maison du Kochersberg museum and the Villa Meteor. In the evening, we’ll enjoy tarte flambée, a local specialty, at a restaurant in Waltenheim.

Day 3

WALTENHEIM - SAVERNE

This morning will be spent cruising towards Saverne. Enjoy this bucolic journey passing the towns of Schwindratzheim, nestled on a hillside, and Hochfelden, a typical local village. During the morning, feel free to stroll or bike on the paved trails alongside the canal. In the afternoon, join us on a tour of the Château du Haut-Barr, nicknamed "The Eye of Alsace", where you will discover a splendid view over the Alsatian plains.

Day 4

SAVERNE - LUTZELBOURG

We'll set out on a guided tour of Saverne. Virtually unknown by the usual tourist routes, the city offers a wide range of places to discover. We'll return on board and cruise towards Lutzelbourg. The canal winds through the Vosges Mountains before joining the Lorraine region. Late in the afternoon, we suggest you to set off on foot to marvel at Lutzelbourg Castle.

Day 5

LUTZELBOURG

Arzviller Inclined Plane - XOUAXANGE We'll set off for an excursion to the Arzviller inclined plane. Along the way, we will stop at the crystal glassworks near the inclined plane. We'll learn about this time-tested tradition, and watch crystal blowing and cutting demonstrations. The boat will cruise through the Artzviller inclined plane - an incredible experience. A fabulous structure, this transverse system boat "elevator” is one-of-a-kind in Europe. The inclined plane replaces 17 successive locks over 2.5 miles that once needed a full day to navigate.

Day 6

XOUAXANGE - LAGARDE

This morning will be spent cruising towards Lagarde, passing through the Réchicourt lock, one of the largest in France, before continuing our journey through the lakes. In the afternoon, join us on a visit of Sarrebourg that will take us on the Chagall trail. Tonight is our gala evening and dinner.

UPCOMING TRIP

Burgundy

July 9 - 15

From Dijon to Port-sur-Saône, cruise on the majestic Burgundy canal where charming cities and stories await you. Go back in time through our guided tours and discover Dijon, former capital of the Dukes of Burgundy, or the unparalleled elegance of the Château de Champlitte. Take a breath of fresh air and immerse yourself in arts, traditions and architectural gems through this journey across Burgundy all the way to the Haute-Saône.

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Day 1

DIJON

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. in Dijon. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner.

Day 2

DIJON - LONGECOURT-EN-PLAINE

Join us for a guided tour of Dijon. We'll discover the former capital of the Valois Dukes of Burgundy, the Palace of the Dukes, and the Estates of Burgundy in the Parliament district, passing by the Notre Dame church and meandering through the medieval streets. The afternoon will be spent cruising towards Longecourt-en-Plaine. You can use the bicycles available on board (1) to ride alongside the boat on the canal's bicycle path. We'll arrive in Longecourt-en-Plaine in the evening.

Day 3

LONGECOURT EN PLAINE - AUXONNE

Join us on an excursion along the Grands Crus wine route. The touristic Grands Crus wine route passes through villages and the finest and most prestigious of the Burgundy vineyards. We'll stop along the way for a wine-tasting* session. We'll return on board and start sailing towards Auxonne. You will also have the opportunity to bike along the banks of the Doubs River by following the Green Way (1). We'll arrive in Auxonne in the evening.

Day 4

AUXONNE - GRAY

We'll spend the whole day cruising towards Gray. You can spend some time walking or biking along the canal's banks. We'll arrive in Gray at the end of the afternoon.Fort those that do not want to spend the day on the boat, I will offer an add on to go visit Beaune and a few producers that I LOVE!

Day 5

GRAY - RAY-SUR-SAÔNE

Join us on a guided tour of Gray. We'll discover the wonderful treasures of the town as we meander through its streets. We'll return on board and start cruising towards Ray-sur-Saône. You can use one of the onboard bicycles and enjoy a ride along the Green Way (1). Feel free to bike alongside the boat and come and go as you please, returning on board at any time. We'll arrive in Ray-sur-Saône early in the evening.

Day 6

RAY-SUR-SAÔNE- PORT SUR SAÔNE

Join us on a visit to the medieval castle in Champlitte which has been a listed historical monument since 1909 and hosts the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions. We'll start sailing towards Port-sur-Saône. From the boat, you can admire the lush, green landscapes as well as the impressive castle of Ray-sur-Saone as we cruise by. Tonight is our gala evening.

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Since we moved to the wine country in 2019, my husband went wine tasting in many places, we selected about 5 wineries to become members. But Picayune is my gem. Starting with the service, Jene Marie and Carly are the most friendly host we've enconter, cozy place, great wine, live music on Fridays. It can't be better than that!

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Very personable and friendly. The owner is the winemaker, so she can explain everything and loves talking about her wine. One of the best female winemakers in the nation!

Tammie L.

My husband and I tasted wine here. Beautiful tasting room with lots of Native American arts and crafts. The host was friendly. Picayune honors the Priority Wine pass, fyi, check it out if you're not familiar. We bought the 2015 Padlock, a merlot, at a reasonable price!

Linda H

Our afternoon at Picayune was wonderfully informative and relaxing, tasting four of Picayune's outstanding wines. Claire's experience and expertise were evident in her choices and the wines are an outstanding value. We were very happy to learn all that we did and to support a woman owned business. On the main street in Calistoga...stop in if you are in town!

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