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Gourmand discoveries with European waterways in France

Gourmand discoveries with European waterways in France

Enchante Canal du Midi lock

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Enchante Canal du Midi
Enchante Canal du Midi

Exclusive culinary adventures in France

This August 2024, the promise of an ‘exclusive’ culinary adventure twinkles on the horizon like a Michelin-star in the dim twilight. European Waterways have 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.

Canal du Midi with European Waterways

Enchante Canal du Midi saloon
Enchante Canal du Midi saloon

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 souls—is setting sail on the Canal du Midi come 11th 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.

Gastronomic treasures along the Canal du Midi

Truffle Hunting
Truffle Hunting

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 11th 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’, the L’Impressionniste stands ready to chart a course through Southern Burgundy’s culinary cosmos on two select weeks in the summer—28th July and 4th 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.

L'Oulibo
L’Oulibo

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.

Please visit www.europeanwaterways.com for information:
For Reservations Tel: +44(0) 1753 598555


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