Are you looking for an unforgettable luxury barge cruise experience in France? Look no further, European Waterways offers the best luxury barge holidays at the most amazing locations across Europe. We promise to offer a wonderfully unique alternative to see one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
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Where we Cruise in France
Nestled right at the heart of this beautiful country is Burgundy, a region often regarded as the place to go for the perfect French barge cruise. Famous for its wonderful wines, as you cruise through the region past acres and acres of sun-kissed vines, you will have the opportunity to stop and taste the delectable vintages at some of the most prestigious vineyards along the way. Besides Burgundy, the Canal du Midi is renowned for its fabulous options for a barge cruise.
France’s sun-drenched waterway right in the south of the country winds along shady canals, bordered by trees that sway in the gentle breeze, while passing charming old villages and the remains of many interesting Roman buildings. The pace of life is easy-going and you will soon find yourself unwinding into the relaxed way of life that is par for the course on our barge cruises in France.
Heading west from the Midi is the charming region of Gascony, which is another idyll, perfect for a barge cruise. France’s Canal des Deux Mers winds through L’Occitanie, famous for its watercolour scenery, its beautiful orchards and endless vineyards, while Bordeaux is yet another wine paradise ideal for exploring by water. Good food and wine go hand in hand on all of our barge cruise in France.
The chateaux of the Loire Valley offer the perfect backdrop to a French barge cruise. The vessel that tours the very essence of the Loire Valley along the River Cher is the only one of its kind in this region and we are proud to offer you a uniquely charming way to explore this magnificent land that oozes grace and incredible natural charm around every corner. Complementing the scenery are the fine examples of Renaissance architecture that add to the whole unique experience in this region.
Of course Champagne, lying east of the capital city of Paris, has fabulous barging opportunities in abundance. Your French barge cruise in this region will see you winding your way through bountiful vineyards, passing rolling hills, and making detours to wineries that offer you the chance to taste the fruits of these famous lands. It is not just the delicious sparkling wine that has made this region famous though, and on a cruise through this historical area, you will encounter chateaux, cathedrals and other monumental landmarks.
For those looking for something completely unique, we present some wonderful cruises in Alsace & Lorraine, which is on the eastern border of France. The distinct fusion of French and German culture is reflected in every element of community life here and as you gently cruise the canal you will find yourself visiting quaint villages, marvelling at fine Baroque and Romanesque architecture, and dining on regional specialities accompanied by the famous white wines of the region.
France is a huge country with over 2700 miles of stunning waterways, with all of the rivers linked up by a 750-mile network of glorious canals and decorated with spectacular French countryside. There truly is an endless opportunity to explore the water. Our French barge cruises navigate through the breathtaking canals of Briare, Nivernais, Burgundy, Canal du Midi, and other towns and cities rich in French culture.
As well as these stunning locations we also offer cruises to some of the other iconic and beautiful locations that the country has to offer.
The country’s capital, also known as ‘The city of lights’ is by far the most popular tourist destination in the country. It’s undeniable charm, culture, and history make it a must-visit when in France. The wonderful city has a huge number of restaurants and beautiful architecture for you to enjoy as you walk the picturesque Parisian streets.
A number of our barge cruises navigate through the magical waterways of the capital. There is no better way to see the city as you pass the most iconic locations such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame on your way around the city.
For centuries the region of Picardy has been at the heart of Europe. The Vast farmlands have throughout history brought prosperity as well as conflict to the stunning region. This can be seen in the region’s history of gothic art and architecture. Amongst its stunning architecture are six glorious cathedrals, and stunning chateaux.
The battlefields of the region have truly left their mark on the landscape with memorials, cemeteries, and preserved features still visible today and you will get the chance to explore them all as you walk the towpaths. Each year in late spring Hotel Barge La Nouvelle Etoile cruises the fascinating region between Paris and Belgium.
The Hotel Barging Experience
There are so many options for barge cruises in France and whatever your choice of destination, the country will open its doors and reveal itself in ways you would never imagine. Local excursions allow you the chance to explore on foot and experience rural French life, while on board you will be indulged in wonderful food, fabulous vintages, and very comfortable accommodation. The crew is, of course, on hand to take care of your every need while on your French barge cruise, so you can just sit back, enjoy the experience and unwind at the gentle pace of daily life on board.
With capacity for between 6 and 20 passengers, a private hotel barge charter is perfect for a multi generational getaway
All hotel barges in the fleet benefit from an annual refurbishment and this may vary from redecoration and refurnishing of the...
Every hotel barge cruise includes daily excursions to some fascinating local places of interest - châteaux, Cathar hilltop...
These experiences form the heart of a European Waterways cruise; spontaneous, unique adventures that just couldn't be had anywhere else
Far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life, hotel barge voyages allow you to travel in luxury without the strains of...
Crews are mainly British or French and they all speak English, so there is no need to worry about a language barrier when they are...
The classic traditions of French and International cuisine are an unforgettable highlight of your cruise. The onboard chefs are...
We can arrange a wide selection of themed charter cruises which will appeal to all types of interest groups, large or small...
Families or groups of friends can charter any of the hotel barges. You will have the whole vessel to yourselves and she becomes a...
We know that many of our passengers enjoy taking some exercise during their hotel barge cruise, so each vessel carries...
Even if you are not normally a lover of shopping, the vast array of fascinating shops and markets you can discover on one of our...
Many of our cruises are through some of the best wine- growing regions of France, such as Burgundy, Bordeaux...
Our Exclusive Collection of Hotel Barges
We have 13 hotel barges, which can accommodate between 6 and 12 passengers, spanning regions from Alsace to the Midi. The cruise route of each of our barge cruises in France has been specially selected by us, so no matter where or when you cruise, we are sure to have the barge cruise for you.
We offer 12 different luxurious vessels which have been hand designed with the highest-quality finishes and furnishings to provide the perfect home away from home for our guests. You will be met with a champagne welcome and smiling faces from our fantastic crew that will be there to meet your every need during your holiday.
On board all of our vessels you will glide serenely along waterways that pass through magnificent countryside. You will also experience a number of the country’s fine wines and gourmet cuisines freshly prepared and cooked by your very own onboard private chef.
Kir Royale is a ultra deluxe, 8 passenger hotel barge that cruises the renowned Champagne region of France
La Belle Epoque is a deluxe, 12 passenger hotel barge that cruises the picturesque Burgundy Canal in Northern Burgundy
Finesse is an ultra deluxe, 8 passenger hotel barge that cruises the River Saône and Canal du Centre in Southern Burgundy
L’Impressionniste is a deluxe, 12 passenger hotel barge that cruises the Burgundy Canal in the wine region of Southern Burgundy
Themed Barge Cruises in France
If you embark on a private charter then we can arrange a wide selection of themed charter cruises which will appeal to all types of interest groups, large or small, including golf, walking and wine appreciation-themed cruises.