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Cruise on the Garonne And Dordogne Rivers In the Bordeaux Region in 2018 Aboard the Deluxe Hotel-Barge TANGO


BARGE CRUISES: SEVEN DAYS/SIX NIGHTS
NEW CRUISE IN BORDEAUX FOR 2018! The 8-passenger Tango will be cruising on the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers in the Bordeaux wine region in 2018. A barge cruise on Tango means relaxed luxury plus a chance for personal contact with a stimulating local culture. Each day will be a flowing experience of cruising for a few hours and sightseeing excursions in the air-conditioned minivan, visiting historic sites, shopping at open air markets, and enjoying wine tastings. While the barge cruises at a leisurely pace, take in the countryside from Tango's Provencal-tiled deck, sip on a glass of locally produced wine, and relax while the chef prepares your next delicious meal. An English-speaking crew of four pampers you the week long. We have cruised on the Tango on the Canal du Midi and enjoyed its outstanding cuisine and beautiful accommodations and look forward to visiting it on its new route in Bordeaux in 2018.

In 2018, soak in all the gourmet luxury, historic charms, and postcard-worthy scenery of the French countryside as you cruise the meandering waters of the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers in the fabled French wine region of Bordeaux. During your cruise week, a portion of each day is spent navigating aboard Tango, with the remainder of the day on a guided excursion ashore. Tango's experienced tour guide tailors the week's excursions to match your interests. Excursions and activities include wine-tasting, vineyard bike rides, picnics along the Atlantic coast, shopping, antiques, museums, farmers' markets, and even visits to see prehistoric cave paintings. A cruise on Tango offers an ever-changing scenery of vineyards, picturesque villages, ancient ruins, and spectacular views, with tranquil moorings for each evening.

Tango's large salon, with soft leather sofas, fully-stocked bar, and dining table, is the perfect space for relaxing, meeting for morning coffee and croissants, or enjoying after-dinner drinks and conversation. Large brass portholes and opening skylights throughout the vessel provide fresh circulating air and light. French art deco fixtures, and rich teak wall panelling recreate the atmosphere of a 1930's French passenger liner. There's even a piano, in case anyone feels like playing.

The Captain's cabin has its own entrance onto the main deck, and is exquisitely fitted with the original mahogany paneling and cabinets. It features a separate bedroom with king-size bed, dressing room and ensuite bath with a classic claw-foot tub. The Van Gogh cabin is at Tango's bow and can be made up with twin or queen beds. The ensuite bathroom features glazed lava vanity and sink and hand made Provençal tiles in sunny, warm colors. The Renoir and Cezanne Cabins sit opposite each other, on Tango's port and starboard with twin or queen beds and ensuite bathrooms with Provencal tiles.

Tango has ample space on deck to enjoy the outdoors. The main deck is the perfect spot to relax with a glass of wine while cruising, as you watch the countryside gliding by. There is a spa, as well, to melt your cares away while attaining a state of total relaxation. Lunch and dinner are served al fresco on the canopied dining terrace, where the peaceful surroundings provide the perfect atmosphere to enjoy the gourmet cuisine prepared by your on-board chef. Top-quality touring bicycles are available should you wish take a ride into the countryside.

Tango's on-board chef specializes in " cuisine de terroir, " using only the freshest locally sourced meats, seafood, fish, and produce prepared using traditional methods and recipes unique to the region. Cuisine served aboard Tango focuses on the rich culinary tradition of the Bordeaux area. A moderate climate provides sun ripened fruits, vegetables, olive oil and herbs, while the robust traditional fare of the Southwest offers foie gras, duck and tender lamb. A fantastic choice of fine cheeses and hand-selected wines of the Bordeaux region complete each meal. Tango's owner, Daniel Sak, graduate of the French National Cooking School in Beaune, Burgundy, designs all menus and oversees sourcing of ingredients, and selection of wines served onboard Tango. Tango's onboard chefs welcome passengers with a strong interest in cooking and are happy to share recipes, techniques and philosophy on fine dining.


Features

  • Number of Passengers: 8
  • Number of Cabins (all with private bath):4
  • Crew: 4
  • Air Conditioning and Central Heating:Yes
  • Salon: Light and spacious salon with skylight, comfortable sofas, piano and dining table seating eight.
  • Bar: Open bar
  • Deck: Two tiled sundecks - one for alfresco dining with dining table, chairs and large parasol and one for lounging with hot tub, lounge chairs and large parasols
  • Spa Tub: Yes
  • Cabin features: Four cabins: Large Van Gogh suite (190 sq ft), 2 smaller cabins (90 sq ft), with twin beds or queen bed and captain's cabin (196 sq ft) with separate entrance and king bed, all with ensuite bathroom with shower.
  • Vehicle for Transfers/Excursions: VW minibus seating 9.
  • Accessibility: Steps from deck to salon. No steps from salon to cabins.
  • Bicycles: 6 aluminum frame Scott mountain bicycles (3 mens, 3 womens)
  • Wi-Fi: Yes - limited in some areas



  • Tango's Deck Plan
    Tango's Deck Plan


    Dining Aboard The Tango 2018:
    SAMPLE MENU


    Cuisine served aboard Tango focuses on the rich culinary tradition of the Bordeaux area. A moderate climate provides sun ripened fruits, vegetables, olive oil and herbs, while the robust traditional fare of the Southwest offers foie gras, duck and tender lamb. A fantastic choice of fine cheeses and hand-selected wines of the Bordeaux region complete each meal. All of the meals prepared on board Tango are made with garden market produce bought daily, the best quality meats and poultry from area farms, and fresh Atlantic seafood and fish.

    BREAKFAST:
    Each morning risers are greeted by a smiling hostess serving freshly squeezed orange juice, warm freshly baked baguettes and croissants from the boulangerie, locally homemade jams, cereals, fresh fruit, yogurts, café au lait, decaf or regular coffee, teas, hot chocolate and eggs for protein breakfasts.

    LUNCH:
    Wonderful salads, soufflés, quiches, charcuterie, soups, barge-made fresh pasta, pizzas and tartes are prepared along with specialties from the farmer's markets such as the olive and cheese 'cakes'. The fish mongers provide seafood for paella, monk fish, mussel bourride and seafood spaghetti. Cheese platters complete the mid day feast and of course, the choice of chilled rosé, white and red wines.

    DINNER:
    Each evening an entrée featuring seasonal produce and local delicacies will be a light and delicious mise en appetit to enhance your appetite. Hearty and flavorful main courses, dressed up and served in fine style, either alfresco on deck or on candlelit tables, making each evening a slow-paced, romantic culinary delight. Desserts are composed of the great French classics, rich and divine.

    SAMPLE WINE LIST
    During your cruise you will have the occasion to visit some of the Chateau wine domaines of the vineyards that stretch as far as the eye can see. Each meal will introduce you to Bordeaux's fine red and white wines, each matched with the dishes prepared by your chef. You'll deguste selections of the Médoc, St-Estèphe, Pomerol, Pauillac, and Margaux appellations found within the Bordeaux region. There is also sparkling Cremant de Bordeaux, served as a chilled aperitif.


    Passenger Comments:


    Simply great. Best vacation ever. It could not have been better. The high points were the Tango....Carcassonne ....the visit to the winery and lunch there that day.
    B.G. DE, USA, August 2016

    The barge was beautiful and very well maintained. The crew were terrific and were always ready to help and be of service. The canal is amazing, beautiful scenery. Fun side trips. We had the best cabin on the Tango. It was the Van Gogh. I highly recommend it. All the excursions were fun and interesting. We especially liked the walled cities (Carcassonne) and the wine tasting where we fired the mussels.
    B.& D.M. NM, USA, May 2016

    Fantastic. The barge itself is unique, historically preserved with care by the owner/captain who takes prides in his craft. His crew of three plus additional support staff at some moorings were friendly, helpful and clearly long-time friends of the captain. The experience was homey with staff going out of their way to please. Daytrips were fun, historical, tailored tour interests. The day in the country at the old wine cellar with lunch in the garden was a highlight. After many trips to France, we have more of an understanding and appreciation for the country, people and values after this experience. the excursions were fun. Enthusiastic, charming guide who was fantastic at caring for us, especially some of our infirmities. More history next time. Carcasonne, Narbonne, etc. were fascinating. Hogh points were the time cruising on the water itself. Excursions, the historic villages, the day at the winery. Overall ambience, the crew. The wine. Getting to know the staff on more than a superficial level. We all say it is the trip of a lifetime. Great way to explore a small region of France, the Languedoc. Leisurely pace.
    C.K. MA, USA, May 2014

    Exceeded our already high expectations. Did not want to leave the barge to continue our trip:) We will barge again in the future but the standard set by Daniel on the Tango will be hard to meet. Daniel had made great wine selections for the season, our chef Steve was passionate, creative and outstanding. Seamlessly accommodated Dianne's vegetarian needs. Service was personal and delightful. Let us make ourselves at home.... outstanding. High points were the wine tasting with Xavier, visiting Daniel's new vineyard and spending one day on the barge by ourselves as the others went on an excursion... what a blissful day!
    M.B. & D.C, GA, USA, May 2014

    It exceeded our expectations. The barge itself was absolutely beautiful in every detail, and very comfortable. The captain (Daniel) was experienced and capable, and the chef (Tony) was excellent. Chris was an exceptionally knowledgeable and interesting tour guide, and kept things running smoothly. Angie and Helen were very professional, competent, warm, and lovely, and provided fabulous service in every respect. The excursions were fun, and were just enough to provide an interesting experience each day, while leaving plenty of time for relaxing. We also enjoyed biking along the canal, and sitting on board watching the scenery. We received very accurate and detailed information about the trip from Special Places Travel as well as reliable recommendations.
    M.D.& J.F., MD, USA, June 2013

    SAMPLE ITINERARY*
    Bordeaux
    Bordeaux Wine Country Discovery Cruise
    April 8-Oct. 28, 2018

    Cruising in Bordeaux for 2018! A cruise on Tango offers an ever-changing scenery of vineyards, picturesque villages, ancient ruins, and spectacular views, with tranquil moorings for each evening.

    Aboard the Tango
    Soak in all the gourmet luxury, historic charms, and postcard-worthy scenery of the French countryside as you cruise the meandering waters of the Garonne and Dordogne in the fabled French wine region of Bordeaux. During your cruise week, a portion of each day is spent navigating aboard Tango, with the remainder of the day on a guided excursion ashore. Tango's experienced tour guide tailors the week's excursions to match your interests. Follow the wine-focused itinerary described below, or opt for activities like golf, kayaking, hot-air ballooning, vineyard bike rides, shopping, antiques, airplane tours, and even visits to see prehistoric cave paintings during your enchanting week on the water.

    Sunday - Bordeaux
    Your tour guide picks you up from your pre-arranged meeting point in Bordeaux and brings you to Barge Tango, where you're welcomed aboard with a festive glass of champagne. An evening cruise and romantic evening mooring await, as you settle into your spacious and comfortably appointed cabin. Relax on deck over hors d'oeuvres, then sit down to a meal of modern French cuisine prepared by Tango's on board chef.

    La Cité du Vin
Museum in Bordeaux
    La Cité du Vin Museum

    Château
Margaux
    Château Margaux

    Arachon Bay
    Arachon Bay on the Atlantic Seacoast

    The largest sand dune in
Europe
    Dune du Pilat, the tallest sand dune in Europe

    Monday - Bordeaux City to Médoc
    Set off in the morning for a slow-paced and scenic cruise, mooring just outside Bordeaux's celebrated Cité du Vin. This unique cultural facility brings wine to life through immersive, sensory exhibits, all housed within an evocative modern architectural setting. The tour wraps up with a tasting in the elegant Belvedere room on the eighth floor, with a 360-degree view of the city and surrounding landscape. With your appetite whetted, head back to the barge to linger over lunch prepared from market-fresh, regional produce. Keep your camera handy for the afternoon's leisurely cruise to Médoc, where you'll hop off Tango for wine-tasting at the world-renowned Château Margaux, Return to Tango, admiring the beautiful châteaux along the route, and relax over dinner featuring fresh takes on classic French cuisine.

    Tuesday - Médoc to Blaye
    Leave the rolling hills of wine country behind for a trip to the sparkling Atlantic seaside and Arachon Bay. A motorboat whisks you out across the dazzling blue waters of the estuary for up-close views of working oyster farms and the striking Dune du Pilat, a massive mountain of sugar-white sand rising above the pines. Back onshore, you're treated to a "dejeuner sur l'herbe" as you enjoy the classic country pastime of picnicking, complete with a round of freshly shucked oysters. Head back to Tango for a cruise across the Gironde Estuary to the ancient village of Blaye, where your evening's mooring is just a stone's throw from the stone ramparts of the UNESCO-listed citadel. Dinner is served under the romantically lit canopy on deck.

    Wednesday - Blaye to Libourne
    In the morning, delve into the area's centuries' worth of history with a guided tour of Blaye. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this riverfront village features an impressive 17th-century citadel and fascinating military history. Scope out the architectural treasures in town, and venture out to the prehistoric caves of Pair-Non-Pair-undiscovered until 1881, this subterranean site contains engravings of animals that are among the oldest in the world. Back on the Tango, savor lunch as you cruise through the afternoon to Libourne. Moored at the foot of the town's 14th-century clock tower, evening brings a deck-side tasting of fine local Pomerol wines before you sit down to dinner.

    Thursday - Libourne to St. Émilion to Bourg

    Set off in the morning with Tango's chef for a stroll into Libourne for market day. Roam among stalls heaped with seasonal produce, local meats and cheeses, and gourmet specialties as you help to select items to take back to the barge for lunch. In the afternoon, make your way through the château-dotted countryside to the alluring medieval village of St. Émilion, whose picturesque charms are only matched by the quality of the wines produced here. Discover the wines cultivated in this magical hilltop town during a tasting, and then meet up with Tango as it cruises toward the fairytale village of Bourg, an idyllic setting to moor for dinner.

    Friday - Bourg to Bordeaux City
    Gain special insight into the wine making processes and techniques employed in Bordeaux with a visit to a cooperage, where traditional barrels are crafted from fragrant French oak. Watch artisans at work using centuries-old practices to form the barrels, and learn about the importance of everything from shape to materials in wine production. Return to Tango for lunch and a leisurely cruise to your final mooring in Bordeaux. Toast your time aboard Tango and end your week on a high note with a special festive dinner prepared by the chef.

    Saturday - Bordeaux
    Depart Barge at approx 10am. After breakfast the tour guide will take you to the pre-arranged departure point for the continuation of your journey.

    Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.



    Tango
    2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
    Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
    Apr 8 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Apr 15 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Apr 22 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Apr 29 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    May 6 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    May 13 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    May 20 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    May 27 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Jun 3 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Jun 10 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Jun 17 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Jun 24 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Jul 1 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Jul 8 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Jul 15 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
           
    Cruise Schedule* ... continued

    Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
    Jul 22 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Jul 29 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Aug 5 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Aug 12 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Aug 19 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Aug 26 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Sep 2 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Sep 9 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Sep 16 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Sep 23 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Sep 30 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Oct 7 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Oct 14 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Oct 21 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Oct 28 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular

    2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
    Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
    Apr 8 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Apr 15 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Apr 22 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Apr 29 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    May 6 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    May 13 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    May 20 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    May 27 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Jun 3 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Jun 10 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Jun 17 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Jun 24 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Jul 1 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Jul 8 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Jul 15 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
    Jul 22 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Jul 29 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Aug 5 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Aug 12 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Aug 19 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Aug 26 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Sep 2 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Sep 9 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Sep 16 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Sep 23 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Sep 30 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Oct 7 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Oct 14 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Oct 21 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular
    Oct 28 Bordeaux-Bordeaux Regular

    *Note: Cruise directions and sample itineraries may be in reverse and are subject to change and may depend on bookings and local navigation conditions. Alternate excursions of equal appeal are substituted when needed. For charter cruises special itineraries can be arranged.







    TANGO
    2018 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
    TYPE REGULAR
    Apr 8 thru Nov 3
    Cezanne cabin, per person, double occupancy
    $4,800
    Renoir cabin, per person, double occupancy
    $4,800
    Van Gogh cabin, per person, double occupancy
    $5,100
    Captain's Suite, per person, double occupancy
    $5,100
    Single Occupancy Supplement
    $1,500
    Charter for 4
    $20,800
    Charter for 6
    $30,000
    Charter for 8
    $39,600


    What's Included for 2017
    - 7 days and 6 nights on the barge in cabins with private baths
    - Transfers from Beziers to the barge and return
    - All meals beginning with dinner on Sunday, through breakfast on Saturday, including two meals at a local restaurant chosen by the captain (alcoholic beverages not included at the restaurant)
    - All wines on board with lunches and dinners
    - Open bar on board
    - All escorted side-excursions
    - Use of bicycles

    What's Included for 2018
    - 7 days and 6 nights on the barge in cabins with ensuite bathroom
    - Transfers from Bordeaux to the barge and return
    - All meals beginning with dinner on Sunday, through breakfast on Saturday
    - All wines with lunches and dinners on board
    - Open bar on board
    - All escorted side-excursions
    - Use of bicycles

    What's Not Included
    - Overseas air transportation to Paris and return
    - Air or train transfers from Paris to the cruise area and return
    - Suggested minimum 5% gratuity for the crew, to be paid to the captain in equivalent euros

    - Trip cancellation insurance


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