At European Waterways, we have nearly five decades of experience guiding our clients on the best barge trips in France. All of our holidays are designed to show you the true beauty of the country.
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The Best French Barge Trip Destinations
Visit the Heart of the Barging Community in Burgundy
Beautiful Burgundy is considered to be at the very heart of the barging community, making it the perfect destination for your trip. Travel through quaint villages, see stunning scenery, and visit some of the wineries in the area as you take in the sights.
Explore History in Canal du Midi
For history fans, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better destination than Canal du Midi. The combination of antiquated villages and Roman fortifications will take you back to years gone by, with plenty of destinations to explore. Step into the past with a barge trip to Canal du Midi.
Dine in Style in Gascony
Enjoying delicious food is one of the best perks of any holiday, and Gascony has earned its reputation as a gastronomic wonderland. As the cultural heartland of garlic, duck confit, and foie gras, you can sample the most delicious food and drink excellent wine and brandy while there.
Take in the Wine Capital of the World in Bordeaux
Wine lovers will find that Bordeaux is an absolute must. As the wine capital of the world, you’ll take a barge trip through Bordeaux to some of the best vineyards in the country, sampling their offerings and getting a taste of what makes this the undisputed wine capital.
Discover the Beautiful Loire Valley
The Loire Valley is recognised as one of the most beautiful destinations in France to visit, with verdant landscapes and tranquil scenery to enjoy. You’ll feel totally at ease here, so if you are looking for the ultimate relaxing barge trips, Loire Valley France will not let you down.
Stunning Scenery and More in Champagne
As the name suggests, Champagne is the home of the sparkling vintage we all know and love. However, this isn’t all the area is known for. Your trip will take you to some of the best vineyards for a private tasting, with guided tours of the cathedrals and more.
Relax on a Garonne River Cruise
Discover the blended culture of Alsace & Lorraine today. Your barge trip will take you on a leisurely cruise of the area through the picturesque villages and stunning architecture. Its proximity to the German border means you’ll benefit from French and German culture and get a unique French barge trip experience.
The European Waterways team are here to help you find your dream destination in France. Contact our team today to talk about the different French barge trip destinations to choose from.
Explore Nearly 3,000 Miles of French Riverways and Canals
Your barge trip in France could take you anywhere. There are thousands of miles of canals and riverways to explore, so whether you choose to visit Burgundy or explore the stunning sights of the Loire Valley, you’ll find the perfect destination for you. With nine different destinations to choose from and nine countries across Europe to visit, you’ll find your barge trip unforgettable.
Hotel Barging With a Difference
Using the waterways of France to travel around will give you an unforgettable holiday experience. This unusual holiday will allow you to see the country in a completely different light, with daily excursions to some of the best vineyards and guided tours of historic monuments. You’ll enjoy the best food the region has to offer and be made to feel completely at ease on your luxury barge thanks to the welcoming and friendly staff and crew.
Why not get the family together, from grandparents to grandchildren, and charter a whole vessel for a family holiday that will be remembered always?
All of our vessels are well maintained and undergo refurbishment or redecoration every year. Your comfort is our priority.
All itineraries include the option of taking local tours and excursions to places of interest, be it a castle, market, museum or vineyard.
Unique, special and memorable are some of the words used to describe our wonderful holidays.
Leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life at home and slow down, unwind and relax aboard a luxury floating hotel.
Exemplary service is attentive without being intrusive. All crew speak English and are on hand to cater to your every need.
Food and wine are an integral part of the barging experience and you can expect exceptional quality of both.
Perfect for a big group of family or friends, we offer the option of chartering the whole boat, which then becomes a home from home.
Make the most of the towpaths and borrow one of the bikes onboard, which is another relaxing way to experience the surroundings.
Soak up a little local culture at one of the many markets along the way, which offers a great way to touch the cultural heart of a place.
Explore endless vineyards and working distilleries and indulge in the finer things in life on one of our wine or whiskey trips.
Luxury Hotel Barge Trips in France
Travel in style on a luxury hotel barge. Our barges can accommodate between 6 and 12 passengers, and our high standards mean that every barge offers comfortable rooms of various sizes to choose from.
La Belle Epoque is a luxury hotel barge that carries 12 passengers and sails the stunning Burgundy Canal in Northern Burgundy.
L’Impressionniste cruises the Burgundy Canal and takes in the vineyards of Southern Burgundy. It is a deluxe, 12-passenger vessel.
L’Art de Vivre is an exceptional vessel accommodating 8 passengers. It cruises the charming Canal du Nivernais and River Yonne in Burgundy.
Enchanté is an exceptional 8-passenger vessel that takes in the sun soaked vineyards of southwest France along the Canal du Midi.
Take a Themed Barge Holiday
Your French barge trip can be customised to suit your parties’ particular needs and interests. From winery tours and private tastings to daily excursions to some of the historic sites of the region, you’ll find exactly what you are looking for with European Waterways.