- Julie and Mark Miller. September 2-8, 2017 - 09/28/17 21:23:51 :
Perfect in every way! Liz and Rene made us feel truly welcome from the very first. Liz is an amazing chef! The food was delicious, fresh, colorful, varied and never too heavy. We drank so many wonderful local wines it's hard to remember them all! Christophe drove us to the local sites and markets and talked about history with humor and a true passion for it. We enjoyed our side trips and learned a lot too. Daphne saw to our every need and kept us informed as to where the food, cheese and wine was from.....often a place we had just passed the day before. Her knowledge of the local wine and food was great! Cruising the canal was scenic and relaxing. You won't believe how much you can see from the barge.....mountains, old churches and quaint small towns, plus vineyards as far as you can see. We all enjoyed ourselves immensely and it went by way too quickly.
Do not hesitate to take this cruise! It is worth every cent! You will be pampered, but it feels more like you are visiting family. Imagine sitting in a comfortable chair on the deck, sipping a chilled ros'e and watching the gorgeous French countryside come to you. Yes, it's that good.
- George and Marilyn Gough - 09/29/16 20:40:30 :
This trip can only be described as a rare life experience where the guests are treated to a nearly one on one exposure to the canals and countryside of southern France in the company of a few friends. It was delivered under the guidance of a wonderful, professional and friendly crew who treated us like family but who also knew how to offer the perfect degree of privacy. Gourmet meals were prepared by the co-owner/ chef Liz who answered questions and also received her well earned compliments. Each meal was served by an elegant and knowledgeable waitress/sommelier, Eve, who introduced the wine selection along with a description of the meal. The cheese selection was introduced by Rosy along with a summary of the next day itinerary. The boat itself was a well maintained, charming canal boat with accommodations that were modern, clean, and very roomy and operated with constant care and safety by the friendly co-owner/skipper, Renee. The trip cost was high but was deemed excellent value given the density and intimacy of the experience.
The canal itself was often shaded under a bower of Plain trees, and offered a stunning, slow paced view of the surrounding country. We frequently drifted under bridges with little head room and occasionally into locks where we were impressed with the efficiency of lock operation. The days consisted of a split between scenic canal travel and trips to the surrounding areas that were led by our friendly and informative history expert Rosy to see historical sites, villages, markets, an olive processing plant and a winery. We were also able to observe the wine harvest that was underway in the fields alongside the canal and view the equipment and methods used. Tractors pulling trailers laden with grapes were a frequent presence along the canal and also on the streets of the villages. Each night we moored alongside the canal and at one point, next to a lovely village, were entertained by a cheerful group of elders telling stories and sharing quips with the crew. Overall, the trip was spectacular and will never be forgotten.
- Mickey and Will McKay - 09/28/16 00:37:19 :
We have just returned from a week on the hotel barge Emma. This has been such a fantastic trip; far exceeding our expectations! We were pampered royally by Rene, Liz, Rozy and Eve from the moment we arrived. The accommodations were lovely; spacious and comfortable. We were treated to delicious regional specialties: wines and cheeses, and to gourmet meals prepared by Liz. Our trips to towns and villages with the knowledgeable Rosy were delightful as well as informative. Eve, our charming hostess, took care of all our needs, and with such charm and grace. It was definitely a 5 star experience and will never be forgotten. Thank you Rene, Liz, Rosy and Eve.
- Claire-Maud Courtaigne - 06/11/16 17:18:26 :
Si vous avez envie de repos intelligent, sympathique et gastronomique n'hésitez pas une seconde, choisissez la péniche Emma qui circule sur le Canal du Midi, vous ne le regretter pas, parole de globe trotteuse hédoniste. J'y ai passé une semaine chaleureusement royale et je suis prête à recommencer sur un autre tronçon.
- Paul Schwarz - 05/30/16 05:24:45 :
Without the slightest sense of exaggeration, I can comfortably say the week on Emma was the best vacation my wife and I have ever experienced. With their warm and gracious manner, Rene, Liz, Amanda, and Rosy made us feel more like welcome friends than commercial customers. They were so solicitous of our interests, needs, and desires, we felt nestled in the lap of luxury. Springtime in the south of France on Emma is like riding through a postcard. Thanks so much for making the birthday celebration a memory of a lifetime!
- Pat & Ken Morgan - 05/10/16 17:01:37 :
Glorious lazy days enjoying fantastic food, interesting sites, gorgeous cruising under the care of charming and wonderful crew. What more could we ask for? A marvellous week od companionship and laughs that we will always remember.
- Lee & Dave Landers - 05/10/16 14:02:30 :
So many smiles
So much sunshine
So so so much fun. Thank you
- Carol & John - 05/10/16 13:59:48 :
You made this week one of the most enjoyable vacations that we have everhad. We booked Emma for the beautiful scenery, great food and comfortable accomodations, but we got so much more, a warm family of instant friends. The memories will linger for ever.
- Sally Gabler - 05/10/16 13:54:38 :
The week was like a dream " from the middle of nowhere to the middle of nowhere"The vinyards and villages, René piloted us to the most beautiful spots. The food and service and attention to detail was so wonderful. We let go and let you guide us. Magic.
- karla ambos - 05/10/16 13:47:19 :
This past week has been the trip of a lifetime. All of our expectations were exceeded beyond our wildest dreams. All of you made us feel a part of the family which only enhanced the experience. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.