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Fully crewed barge cruises in France
Cruising on a luxury hotel barge is one of the most relaxing and interesting ways to explore the different fascinating regions of France. Barges of different sizes and styles operate in Burgundy, Alsace, the Canal du Midi, Loire Valley and Provence, just to name a few.
Our fully crewed, all-inclusive hotel barges cruise peaceful waterways not only throughout France, but also in Italy, England, Scotland, Holland and Germany – along canals, rivers, lakes, lagoons and lochs – a holiday that offers a view of “off the beaten track” locations from a unique perspective.
BUT… THERE IS MORE TO BARGING THAN JUST CRUISING ALONG A CANAL!
Fabulous wine and food are a highlight, as are fascinating excursions each day to local villages, chateaux, historic sites, markets and wine tastings. When you return to the barge, your dedicated, professional crew is ready to pamper you once more. On every barge your private on-board chef prepares delicious regional cuisine accompanied by excellent local wines which if weather permits, can often be enjoyed on the deck of the barge as you cruise along through idyllic country settings. And don't forget, one of the most delightful parts of your day will be to walk or ride along the towpath enjoying the rural scenery and exploring tiny un-touristed villages… and then when you've had enough, relax on deck with your cup of tea (or glass of wine!) and watch the world go by!
If you are thinking of a barge cruise, we are the only company operating that offers several different choices of holiday:
Two week full-escorted tours that incorporate a week on a barge and a week in hotel accommodation in a different region of France. See our two week tours for 2013 by clicking on this link: Tours that include barge cruises
Six nights/seven days fully crewed cruises that depart every Sunday, throughout a variety of different regions. All food, wine, other beverages including mixed drinks, excursions, entries and activities are included in the cruise price. There is a wide choice of barges, of differing categories from Standard to Deluxe.
You can book one or more cabins on any barge and departure date throughout the season. You may then wish to combine your cruise with a customised itinerary in another region, or an extended stay in Paris. We can help you organise an independent itinerary when it is booked in conjunction with a barge cruise, taking advantage of our excellent hotel, car hire and train travel rates all over France.
Prices vary according to each barge and season. We will send you a price list upon request, or you can see all current prices by clicking on this link to our dedicated barging website at www.frenchbarging.com.au
Our staff have cruised on and/or inspected all of our barges, and are extremely knowledgeable about the itineraries and regions that the barges cruise through. Please email us for advice on which barge/itinerary/region will best suit your expectations, and to send you a copy of the lovely full colour European Waterways brochure.
To see our full range of fully crewed hotel barges throughout France, CLICK ON THIS LINK: http://www.frenchbarging.com.au and it will take you to our dedicated barging website!
WHY NOT CONSIDER A WHOLE BARGE CHARTER FOR YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP OR CLUB?
This is a great opportunity for a group of friends or family to enjoy a unique holiday together – and the idea of an all-inclusive cruise is very attractive because by the time you get on board, you can just relax and enjoy the gourmet cuisine, unlimited 24 hour bar, exceptional local wines and some really fascinating excursions. On a charter you can make special requests for excursions/market days/visits that suit your particular interests. And of course plenty of time for walking, cycling, sitting on the deck watching the world go by…. whatever takes your fancy!
Families also find this a fabulous way to celebrate special anniversaries and birthdays, and again, your particular requests can be met by the crew to make it an exceptionally memorable holiday – children are well looked after and included too!
We offer special rates for group charters and can help you plan your pre and post-cruise accommodation and transfers to and from the barge.