A few words of introduction from the proud owners of Meanderer, George and Susan Kovalick.
In a sense, we have been preparing our whole lives for the Meanderer experience. We've both spent our entire professional lives in the service, lodging, and hospitality industries, with a focus on luxury experiences and first-class travel. We appreciate the difference between the very good and the great, and understand that the best high-end experience is always natural and transparent. You typically don't notice the effort that went into it.
Both of us come from Europe; Susan grew up in England, and from there enjoyed a career in senior client-service positions with major luxury brands like Chanel and Bally.
George grew up in France; he has been in the travel industry handling high end corporate and private travel as well as major events and corporate planning. He has years of first-hand experience from the client side of what discerning travelers want, need, and expect. He and Susan have a track record of delivering these results consistently.
Two other factors that make a Meanderer experience stand out. First comes the cuisine. Susan and George have also owned an upscale restaurant which has consistently garnered rave reviews. We will apply our knowledge and experience to ensuring that the culinary experience on Meanderer is of the same caliber as its other services.
Second are the activities and knowledge of the area. Susan and George are true world travelers and avid about fitness. They will work personally to ensure that each and every guest does as much—or as little!—as he or she wishes. This can range from organizing an appropriate bike or running trail, to a personalized tour of local vineyards, chateaux, special shopping opportunities, or simply unique photo opportunities.
We are capable navigational hands as well—we have owned and enjoyed a 48 ft. sailboat for over 20 years in the coastal waters of the US Northeast. We both speak fluent French and know France well. We are avid exercise participants enjoying tennis, biking, hiking, camping and, in general, being active. We share a love for the arts, food and wine, and enjoy sharing those experiences with others.
Meanderer has a crew of six and we know that selecting the right staff is an important part of creating wonderful vacations. Our crew is hand-picked for their personalities and then trained to provide service to our exacting standards.
Our goal is to build on our background of service excellence and continue to improve and add to the wonderful features of Meanderer to assure its ranking as one of the top barge experiences in France.
We look forward to welcoming you aboard!
With warm personal regards,
Susan and George Kovalick
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to the lovely owners and crew of the Meanderer.
This, without doubt, is the most relaxing, enjoyable and luxurious way to travel through France.
Our chefs serve up a great French Culinary Experience
Martin's passion for food is evident in every way. Whether you are talking to him or sampling his food, his passion, care and attention to every detail is apparent. His background is varied—from 5-star hotels, to private catering, to restaurants. He is always happy to share recipes and loves to entertain guests in the kitchen. We are thrilled to have him as part of our team this season.
Merci, merci, merci for such a wonderful week!
All six of you made us feel like honoured pampered guests.
The daily excursions were fun and informative.
We saw France in ways we never expected.
Aisling makes sure your barging holidays exceed your expectations
We cannot believe our good fortune to have Aisling return to the Meanderer, this time with her husband, Declan. Her experience, aside from knowing Meanderer inside and out, ranges from managing a boutique hotel, a restaurant, and an exclusive chalet in the French alps. She is an incredible team member and a joy to be around. Our guests love her attentiveness and ability to anticipate their every need. She and her husband, both originally from Ireland, have lived in France for three years.
A spectacular trip. Beautiful boat, great people, incredible food and wine.
Everyone welcomed us to your home and made us feel like family.
Many thanks for all the special touches and your hospitality.
We have known Declan for several years and are delighted to have him join us along with his lovely wife, Aisling. His experience is perfect for his multi-faceted role on board Meanderer. He has managed restaurants, boutique hotels, an exclusive chalet in the French alps and an RV business. He understands the service industry from "soup to nuts!" Need something? Call Declan, he can do it all! He is a huge fan of music and sports, loves to travel and has a passion for all things French.
The scenery, the camaraderie, the cuisine and the wine were more than special.
Susan and George have built a wonderful team and we were the beneficiaries of their hard work and passion.
You all have created another important chapter in our life’s journey.
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