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All-inclusive Luxury HOTEL BARGE CANAL CRUISES in France and the beautiful waterways of Europe

Our Hotel Barge canal cruises in France gently introduce you to some of the finest sceneries, fascinating history and local culture – from the picturesque vineyards of Burgundy to the spectacular sun-drenched waterways of the South of France to the beautiful Alsace region to the serenity of the Loire Valley.

There are so many delightful waterways to be discovered – canals like the Briare, Nivernais, Burgundy and Canal du Midi in France; majestic rivers such as the Cher, Moselle, and more...

Enjoy the pampering, the food, the wine, the sightseeing, hospitality and lots more. Explore the very heart and soul of the country in a way that only a French barge river cruise vacation can offer.

A canal barge experience is a European holiday with casual elegance and comfort. As a specialist in incentive and group travel in France, we also provide comprehensive service for your creative incentive for your organisation or Family reunion. Specially tailored programs for family occasions or corporate groups are available on request - Wine, golf or gastronomic-themed cruises are available.

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The Hotel Barging Experience

A gentle cruise on a hotel barge is the perfect way to discover the very soul of Europe, exploring its wonderful countryside and historical treasures and meeting its many friendly, diverse people. Far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life, hotel barge voyages allow you to travel in luxury without the strains of packing and unpacking, whilst enjoying a balanced blend of daily excursions and fascinating cruising.

Themed Cruise options

We offer a wide selection of themed itineraries available for whole boat private charters, from child-friendly family itineraries to culinary to golf to cycling cruises through France. In addition to all of the themed cruises listed on this page and in our brochure, should a whole boat private charter inquire as to a theme they would like to explore, we will do our best to accommodate this wherever possible. Click here for more details or call us on 1300 302 623 to discuss your expectations.

Where we cruise in France

  • Burgundy, in France’s heartland, is one of the most popular cruising areas and is often referred to as the home of hotel barge holidays. France boasts some of the world’s finest wines and with around 60,000 acres of sunlit vines, a cruise in Burgundy is highly recommended if you are a wine enthusiast. Another popular destination for a France barge holiday is the sun-drenched Canal du Midi in the South of France. The pace of life is relaxed and lulls you into unwinding as you cruise this serene and shady tree-lined waterway inland past ancient villages and Roman fortifications.
  • Further west from the Midi is Gascony, another great region to cruise. The Canal des Deux Mers passes through the region of L’Occitanie – a veritable palette of colours and scents created by orchards and vineyards. Bordeaux wine country is another region visited on a European Waterways barge holiday. France is a country where good food and wine is a way of life, and Bordeaux perfectly exemplifies this culture.
  • The wonderful Loire Valley with its chateaux and scenery offers another great experience for a barge holiday. France can often be a timeless land of spectacular beauty and grace, and we are delighted to offer the only hotel barge navigating the heart of the Loire Valley, along the peaceful River Cher. The proximity of such a wealth of gorgeous Renaissance architecture makes a cruise along this waterway a unique travel experience.
  • The beautiful region of Champagne, east of Paris, has much to offer with vineyards spread across the rolling plains as far as the eye can see, and there will be plenty of opportunities to sample the sparkling wine to which the region has given its name. The area has a rich, history and during our barge holidays in France, we will visit a number of landmarks, chateaux and cathedrals. For something slightly different we offer cruises in Alsace-Lorraine, located on France’s eastern border. With its unique mix of French and German cultures, Baroque and Romanesque architecture, storybook villages, diverse culinary specialities and wonderful white wines, it truly is a great region for a hotel barge cruise.

Barge Cruise Inclusions

Each hotel barge cruise is for 6 nights and includes:

  • Comfortable accommodation in air-conditioned, en suite staterooms or suites
  • Gourmet meals prepared by the on-board chef, fine wines and an open bar
  • Daily escorted excursions in air-conditioned minibuses to places of interest and Private wine tastings
  • Local transfers e.g. to and from Paris
  • Bicycles and on most hotel barges, an on-deck spa pool
  • Attentive service from an experienced crew - Captain, chef, tour guide, and hosts/hostesses
  • Cruises in 9 countries on our fleet of 18 hotel barges that accommodate from 6 to 20 passengers
  • A wide selection of ‘themed’ cruises e.g. golf, walking, cycling, WW1 Commemorative, wine appreciation
  • Cruises for like-minded travellers on an individual cabin basis, or whole barge charters for families, friends & special interest groups

What we offer:

  • Cruises in 9 countries on our fleet of 18 hotel barges that accommodate from 6 to 24 passengers
  • A wide selection of ‘themed’ cruises e.g. golf, walking, cycling,
  • WW1 Commemorative, wine appreciation
  • Cruises for like-minded travellers on an individual cabin basis, or whole barge charters for families, friends & special interest groups

A canal barge experience is a European holiday with casual elegance and comfort.

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Reservations for 2022 and 2023 are open  

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An example of client's testimonial for hotel barge cruising in France

Bonjour Leila. 
We returned to Australia last week from our trip on Claire de Lune on the Canal du Midi from 10-16 April. I would like it noted that we had an absolutely wonderful time and thank you very much for all your assistance in achieving this perfect holiday for us.   The staff, led by Julian was magnificent in its support and its enthusiasm for what it was trying to achieve. Laetitia the chef was wonderful with her superb sense of smell and taste; Nicole was an excellent guide for us and had a great knowledge of cheeses; Vanessa was wonderfully helpful, efficient and friendly as hostess; and Julian as Captain and wine connoisseur, fantastic.  The week on the barge, where fortunately the weather was lovely, was the highlight of our 13-week holiday.
Are you also able to forward our thanks, it would be appreciated. We can highly recommend the trip and again, thank you for organising it for us.
Best wishes,
Michael and Brenda B 

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