Sue Heine – Managing Director/Tour Director
Sue worked in the airline and travel industry for 14 years before creating Toujours France 23 years ago. Toujours France comes from an original concept, Sue’s philosophy being to provide a unique travel experience for discerning guests who are interested in discovering France & a select range of other countries in a more diverse, entertaining & personalised fashion than is experienced on larger group tours. In 2003, Sue began a long and fulfilling relationship with European Waterways and other independent barge owners to expand the company to include luxury hotel barge cruising. While still directing our small group tours, and creating new itineraries each year, Sue has travelled or inspected all of our barges and can therefore offer an exceptional insight into barge cruising and advice on the cruise that is right for you.
Due to Sue’s ongoing French connections and friendships, she is always familiar with current affairs and trends, so that Toujours France guests benefit from the most up-to-date local knowledge, from great shopping, “hidden” local restaurants, new attractions, museums and markets.
Sue lived and worked in Paris for 3 years and holds a Diploma in Advanced French with extra studies in Art and History. Her grand passion for France extends from history and art to cuisine, wine and local traditions.
“I am passionate about barging and rate it as one of the most enjoyable ways to see different regions in France. The barges carry such a special ambience that you settle in to immediately and enjoy the week from the first moment you step on board. One of the things that ‘make’ the cruise is the crew and their extraordinary knowledge of the region they operate in, and their focus on the guests and ensuring they have an exceptional holiday. It’s the little surprises like appearing on deck with a special pre-lunch aperitif, or diverting to a special place that is not necessarily on the itinerary, but turns out to be an amazing sight or experience, that just make my day. I also love the peace of walking or cycling on the towpath every day, and of course, the food and wine are always superb!”