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A very good friend showed me Great Train Journey brochure there were eight adults in our party. We travelled from St Pancras to Paris then transferred to Raymonde Barge in Joigny. No tour of Paris other than driving through the centre of ... Read More
A very good friend showed me Great Train Journey brochure there were eight adults in our party. We travelled from St Pancras to Paris then transferred to Raymonde Barge in Joigny. No tour of Paris other than driving through the centre of the city. Transfer from Paris to Joigny was unacceptable bus too small very cramped and journey to Joigny is over two hours so very disappointed...not a good start to an expensive holiday and we anticipated that we would travel in comfort. Both embarkation &disembarkation was efficient and smooth thanks too the professional crew on Raymonde Barge. The crew on Raymonde were very welcoming helpful and nothing throughout our stay was too much trouble. The Barge Raymonde had been recently exquisitely renovated the lounge was comfortable clean and spacious. The cabins were Small but thoughtfully designed storage was excellent beds were very comfortable shower efficient sumptuous clean towels daily very clean and attention to detail. Air condition not brilliant cabins sometimes got extremely hot. Dining on Raymonde was an awesome experience the presentation and content divine the cuisine was first class our chef explained our courses prior to lunch and supper daily breakfast was buffet style with fresh produce daily Silvi our waitress was always on hand but discreet with excellent knowledge of wine. Laurie team leader introduced daily new French cheeses to our palette.. Dining on the Raymonde was fabulous and memorable. Laurie who was overall encharge of the crew ensured entertainment and activities were there when and if we wanted. There was great crew participation and fun with all our activities and entertainment from riding the Raymonde bikes alone the towpath to playing boules to charades wonderful fun and laughter. Thank you Laurie Silvi Alan Nikki MoMo and Silvi you guys are simply the best. Service in a word excellent 5 Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We booked this cruise through great rail journeys. We had originally booked to go through champagne region, but a couple of weeks before they contacted us and said we couldn't go because of lock maintenance. We were offered a ... Read More
We booked this cruise through great rail journeys. We had originally booked to go through champagne region, but a couple of weeks before they contacted us and said we couldn't go because of lock maintenance. We were offered a refund, a later date or an alternative route. After much conferring, we chose the alternative route, which embarked at Joigny. When we received our itinerary we noticed that they were sending us on a dog leg route, quite pointlessly sending us on another train after the Eurostar, and then a long coach ride. After this was pointed out, it was changed, and we had a two hour trip on an extremely uncomfortable mini bus. Not the greatest start! We were a party of eight, and we discovered that the rest had cancelled. The barge has the capacity for 24, so we were more than delighted to have it to ourselves. When we arrived we were warmly welcomed by a crew of six, all of which were absolutely fantastic. They were Laurie, Sylvie, another Sylvie, Nicky, Mohammed, and Alain the captain. Nothing was too much trouble, the food was excellent, all the excursions were brilliant, with knowlegeable guides, and the barge was superb. We enjoyed cycling along the tow paths. We spent our last day seeing Paris, and moored under the Eiffel Tower. Champagne in the hot tub is recommended. So do book this fabulous trip, but do it direct with croisi Europe. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
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