"It was an absolutely fabulous trip from Day 1! The entire crew couldn't have been more enthusiastic,helpful or just plain fun! A great week! - Bob and Jane Long
"The crew was very attentive and warm. The accommodations were excellent. The food was very, very good! The planned tours reflected the region and provided a real "picture" of the area. We relaxed, we laughed, we enjoyed each other and felt quite at home. Highly recommend this barge, the region and the vacation. I would rate this as one of our best vacations!
- Cym Lowell and Dale Justice
"An 11 on a 10 scale - the best service I have experienced in years of travel"
- Joseph and Barbara Ross
"From start to finish, a top drawer experience. We were warmly welcomed, pampered as much as we desired and always made to feel like Prosperite was our home, full of familiar comforts. The staff was instantly responsive to our needs and even to our barely expressed wishes. This was the best, most relaxing vacation we've ever had! - Robert and Jean Krapf
The cabin was better than some 5 star hotels we've stayed in. Luxurious describes it. They even had a heated towel rack and cleaned our bathroom 2 or 3 times a day. I took a long, hot bubble bath while cruising down the canals!
Outstanding! We really felt that we were special people, even royalty! Everyone tried their very best to please us. On the first morning I felt like a bit of cheese from the previous night's dinner for breakfast. From then on, there were morning cheeses out just for me without my asking.
Incredible! Never have we been so consistently surprised at taste, presentation, and variety. The staff was consummately informed about the origins of the food, cheeses, and wines and shared information about such in an authoritative, yet "unstuffy" and friendly manner. The wines were very impressive and perfectly matched with the food for each meal----4 course lunches and dinners (sometimes 5) and 3 new cheeses at each along with 2 new wines at each.
Captain Spencer Hayes not only took us to the most interesting places, but he also gave us time to wander around the little villages and towns. We were grateful for his wealth of historical facts which he shared with aplomb and humor. We even spent a morning with an 85 year-old Contessa who inherited a winery that she still operates. We toured her cellars as we learned about a vintner's life. We drank her wine, ate her pate and cheese puffs, and intently listened to her stories about growing-up in Nuits St. George, surviving the war years with German soldiers on the property, her loves, even some of her jewelry. We saw how the powerful lived in castles and how the religious orders lived in medieval abbeys, and even saw 900 year old presses. Amazing!
It is my understanding (and I have read) that the route we took was the most beautiful area that can been seen from any canal. We were not disappointed. It WAS beautiful!
It exceeded our expectations.
Meeting and spending the morning with Madame Contessa and touring the most historic Abby in
all of Burgundy.
We had one misty, cool morning, but only
God could have helped that.
Only that I should have gone on a diet before the trip. The food was irresistible.
I only wish it would have been longer. The week flew by us. The day we had to leave, I wanted to chain myself to the barge. When a member of the crew said to me, "Sorry you have to leave, it is a beautiful day today," I responded, "I'm not sorry---because I'm not leaving!" I said goodbye to my husband who then proceeded to usher me down the gangplank. "Do you think, Captain, that if I fall and break a leg that I can stay?" Oh well, all good things do come to an end, don't they? We have our memories and many photos.