Our week aboard the Meanderer included three generations with an age range from 11 to 89. To a person, the barge trip was the trip of a lifetime. A floating boutique hotel with extraordinary staff makes the journey through the Loire Valley exceptionally personalized and unique. It was a wonderful mix of cruising on the canals at a slow pace that gave us time to connect with each other and enjoy the beautiful countryside, and excursions to cultural visits that we prioritized. In addition to the activities, the gourmet multi-course meals and wine are served with exquisite attention to detail and sensitivity to the needs of their guests, and its unlikely we’ll ever eat as well again!
That said, it is the attentiveness of the staff, especially the owners Susan and George, that make this excursion so remarkable. Touring a chateau is one thing, but picking raspberries there, then delivering fresh jam at breakfast the next day is indicative of their level of service. Susan and George and the whole staff, not only attended to our needs, but also anticipated them, arranging a wheel chair for my elderly mother to cut down on the number of steps she had to take. This is the epitome of a first class experience and was an extraordinary way to spend a week and worth every penny.
We have recommended to numerous friends to take the trip of a lifetime on the Meanderer and look forward to returning ourselves.
A couple of summers ago 6 of us, including adult children, traveled on the Meanderer and it remains one our favorite trips of all time. Everything was amazing: the sights, the food, the service, the accommodations. What a wonderful family trip -- I would do it again!
Our adventure on the Meanderer was superlative in every way. The accommodations, gourmet cuisine , exquisite wine, cheese and extremely knowledgeable, attentive and engaging staff created a five star experience from the moment we were greeted in Paris until our goodbyes. The daily excursions are artfully arranged and chaperoned and the opportunity for bicycling in the French countryside and otherwise seeing it from a hot air balloon put an exclamation point out a gloriously rejuvenating experience. We must do this again!
Magic! The only word to describe 4 wonderful people. Susan, George, Sarah, Jono. This is the first holiday that has ever lived up to - and indeed exceeded - our expectations.
Kevin and I have never been so delighted or so pampered on a vacation. I will always be grateful for your thoughtfulness and kindness to me. The cruising, eating, drinking, discovering, laughing and sharing have been unforgettable. Thank you for everything!
When we met George and Susan, they told us they intended to make the “Meanderer” the best barge experience on the canal. They have definitely achieved their goal. This has been a delightful week that has far exceeded our expectations. Food - fantastic. Service - outstanding. Trips - interesting and informative.
What a wonderful trip - it was so much more than we could have ever dreamed of - our every need was anticipated. This trip far exceeded our expectations. The food was five star - every meal was special.
To say we died and went to heaven would be an understatement. We could only hope that heaven would be this wonderful. Not only did you make our anniversary a special day, you made each and every day special.