Love to hear from someone who has taken a barge trip

I am considering one of the RS barge programs in France this year. I would love to hear from someone who has barged in France (or elsewhere). I am almost ready to take the plunge and pay my deposit. The one issue for me is the significant single supplement on these programs (almost 40%), so I want to hear about the plusses and minuses of the experience. Would it be worth it at 40% more of the cost?

Would also be glad to hear from anyone else pondering a barge program.

  • Did you decide to try this trip? We did a barge trip maybe ten years ago from Lyon to Dijon. It was very interesting. It was a small group of about 21. We are doing the Alsace-Loraine barge trip in Mid May 2018.
  • In reply to ksmirish013053:

    I have signed up for the Alsace barge trip that starts in early September. I decided I wanted to try barging at least once (and with such a high supplement it may be just once) and take the opportunity to learn about an area of France I don't know a lot about.
  • In reply to GerryL:

    We are leaving on the May 15th trip. We surely enjoyed our barge trip years ago. It was the same small group type venture and we met so many lovely people.
  • In reply to ksmirish013053:

    I am solo on the April 30 2019 trip. Haven’t booked flights yet. Anyone going who might like to meet in Strasbourg a day or two early to see some sights?
  • In reply to ksmirish013053:

    How did you like your barge trip? I’m scheduled to go May 30 2019. Would you recommend going early and spending an extra day or two in Strasbourg? Thanks.
  • In reply to naneiben091502:

    We went one day early and it helped with the jet lag. You do see quite a bit of Strasbourg at the start of the trip, so maybe one extra day is plenty.
  • For anyone who is planning to or thinking about taking this trip -- or who has been on it and wants to revisit the experience -- here is a 16min video on YouTube that will give you a great feeling for what the scenery and cruising are like. This is not an RS trip -- in fact, it seems to be a German tour group -- but it was all very familiar (just in the opposite direction of my trip). Enjoy. See