Thursday, 06 June 2024 23:04

Slow paced famil in France

On the Innovative Travel / CroisiEurope barge famil On the Innovative Travel / CroisiEurope barge famil

CroisiEurope’s GSA, Innovative Travel’s Nicholas Bloom recently hosted a CroisiEurope small group boutique barge famil, up the Oise to Paris, with agents and a media representative.

The seven-day fully hosted programme aboard the MS Raymonde barge focused on castles and the landscape that inspired the Impressionist artists.

It was a slow paced and in-depth look at regional France and its traditions, historic sites and colourful culture.

Bloom says the programme was perfect for those keen to learn about the life of French bobility and its evolution, and the influences of the pre and post-Impressionist artists. Participants also enjoyed a bonanza of local cheese, wines and French cuisine by the onboard chef.

Sightseeing highlights were an evening visit to Noyon’s Notre Dame Cathedral; Compiegne, its chateau and gothic architecture; the Armistice Memorial; a lesson on how to properly make Chantilly Cream – with tasting; the Chateau de Chantilly and its gardens; the Auvers Sur Oise final resting place of Van Gogh; and an entry into Paris that included Napoleon’s country home and a tour of the waterways.

Agents on the famil included Carol Edward, Fortis Travel; Marie Leadbeater, Cruise World; David and Tony Franklin Ross, Eurolynx; and Cathy Moir, Travel Managers.