Lauthentic France

Tango

5 STAR CLASS BARGE

BARGE CRUISE

8 PEOPLE

GARONNE & DORDOGNE RIVERS

Discover Tango
Tango, built in 1931, initially navigated on the canals of North Eastern France. In the 1950's she sailed south and was used to transport grain between the Atlantic and Mediterranean ports. At this time Tango was shortened to 100 feet, the maximum length barge that can navigate the Canal du Midi. When commercial barging ceased in the 1980's, Tango was retired in a small canal-side village. French born Tango Captain, Daniel Sak, had seen the barge abandoned as a child, when navigating with his mother. He always said it was the only barge he wanted to own. In the year 2000 that dream came true, when Daniel purchased Tango and lovingly converted her into a deluxe charter barge for up to eight guests.
Built in 1931, the barge transported grain on France’s waterways until commercial barging was replaced by trucking in the 1980s. Tango was retired in a canalside town when discovered by a 13-year-old Daniel Sak. Daniel fulfilled his dream, buying the former cargo barge and transforming it into a luxurious floating hotel.
Tango’s on-board chef uses only the freshest local produce and can cater meals to your specific dietary desires, while introducing you to the luscious cuisine of the Bordeauxl region. Tango’s owner, Franco-American Daniel Sak, is a graduate of the French National Cooking School in Burgundy. He designs all menus and oversees sourcing of ingredients. As proprietor of his own vineyard in Southern France, he is also a connoisseur of Bordeaux wines.
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TOUR GUIDE

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SPA TUB

OPEN BAR

PRIVATE CHEF

WIFI

Day 1

Your First Night Aboard

Our tour guide meets you at 4:00 pm at a pre-arranged meeting point in Bordeaux and brings you to Tango where you’ll be welcomed with a festive flute of Crémant de Bordeaux, and savory regional hors d’oeuvres. Get acquainted with the crew who will do their best to make every moment of your cruise a memorable one. Settle into your staterooms before a candlelit welcome aboard dinner.

Sunday

Day 2

La Cité du Vin

Set off for a scenic cruise to la Cité du Vin where immersive, sensory exhibits, housed in a captivating architectural complex, will triple your understanding of this region’s fabled wines. Celebrate your new expertise with a dégustation in the elegant Belvedere room on the 8th floor which offers a panoramic view of the city and the surrounding landscape. Head back to the barge for lunch, and sit back and admire the scenery as we cruise along the sparkling waters of the Gironde Estuary. Dinner onboard the barge.

Monday

Day 3

Touring the Médoc

This is the land of the wonderous wines created in the mythic terrains of Pauillac, Saint-Julien and Margaux. Your guide will lead you through these renowned vineyards, extensively classified and reclassified by oenophiles, making a special stop at the exceptionally picturesque Château Beychevelle in the Saint-Julien commune. Look forward to a full day of touring and tasting, pausing only for a delicious lunch in the midst of these world-famous vineyards. Return to the barge for an evening cruise and dinner onboard.

Wednesday

Day 4

A UNESCO-listed Citadelle in Blaye

The Marquis de Vauban designed the Citadelle de Blaye for Louis XIV in the 1639. You’ll have a guided tour of the site, followed by a visit to a lively street market. After lunch on the Tango, cruise past picturesque fishing huts and sumptuous mansions to your evening mooring in the delightful village of Libourne. You can stroll or cycle through the town before aperitifs and dinner on the barge.

Wednesday

Day 5

Saint-Emilion

Our air-conditioned minivan will whisk you past alluring chateaux to the medieval village of Saint-Emilion where wine-grapes have been cultivated since the Gallo-Roman era. Visit the 14th century Cloisters of the Collegiate Church and the shops before repairing to a noteworthy hillside domain for a tour of their wine-making facilities and a tasting. In the afternoon you will cruise towards the fairy-tale village of Bourg, once colonized by the Visigoths, and subsequently fortified under several royal reigns. Dinner onboard.

Thursday

Day 6

Return to Bordeaux

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before a guided walking tour of Bourg that will include the Gallo-Roman fountain, historic façades, the castle, antique shops, and a museum of horse-drawn carriages. After lunch on board, the Tango will cruise toward Bordeaux where, upon arrival, you’ll board a water-taxi to the center of this dynamic town to admire the Water Mirror reflecting pool, the 11th century Cathedral, the Neo-Classic 18th century Opera house and/or the city’s unlimited shopping opportunities. Farewell gala dinner onboard.

Friday

Day 7

Departure

After breakfast, the tour guide will accompany you to a pre-arranged departure point for the continuation of your journey.

Saturday

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