Barge Trips France
Discover the most stunning waterways on our luxury barge trips in France. With decades of experience, we have designed holidays that take in the very best of what this country has to offer.
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If you want to touch the very heart of the barging community, you need to visit Burgundy, the beautiful rural area known for its rolling hills, sleepy villages and, of course, its wonderful wines. For any wine connoisseurs looking for a holiday in France, barge trips in this central heartland are a dream come true. Sunkissed vines stretch for miles in every direction and cruising the different appellations offers plenty of opportunity for tasting.
Life in the south of the country is perfectly suited to leisurely barge trips. France’s Canal du Midi weaves its way through leafy waterways, taking in Roman fortifications and antiquated villages that seem almost stuck in a bygone era. The pace of life is slow here and, as you gently make your way through your trip, you’ll feel yourself unwinding and resetting in the serene, relaxed atmosphere that envelops every inch of this region.
The Canal des Deux Mers in Gascony, which passes through the region of L’Occitanie, is another wonderful place to explore on a barge trip. France’s very own artist’s palette, the colours that create the stunning landscapes of this region are simply magical. Brought to life by the floral scents from the orchards, L’Occitanie is a region that brings joy to all who visit.
Those with a special interest in culinary accolades will be treated to a truly wonderful gastronomic experience in Bordeaux. Food and wine go hand in hand in this country and a barge trip in France’s Bordeaux offers the opportunity to experience the finest of both.
Fairytale chateaux tower elegantly above the beautiful River Cher, while verdant landscapes roll out as far as the eye can see in the stunning Loire Valley. We are proud to be the only company offering a luxury hotel barge holiday along this waterway, which gently weaves its way through some of the most beautiful and tranquil scenery in the country. Travelling along this river allows you to take in the spectacular Renaissance architecture as well as the magnificent chateaux that you will have the chance to visit.
For a truly unique barge trip, France’s iconic Champagne region has all the ingredients. With vines striating the undulating hills, a bottle of this sparkling vintage is never far away. Despite being most well known for its prestigious viniculture, Champagne is a region famed for its elegant chateaux, intricate cathedrals and a history and culture definitely worthy of exploration. On our itineraries there is always plenty of opportunity to venture off independently or on excursions and guided tours.
In the east of the country, the Alsace & Lorraine region offers an itinerary with a different feel. In an area where French and German culture have come harmoniously together, you’ll have the chance to enjoy a leisurely cruise through picture postcard villages, past Romanesque architecture and Baroque style buildings, while indulging in fabulous white wines and some wonderful local food specialities. What more could you want?
Exploration on water is one of the best ways to get to know a country. France, with its 2700 miles of waterways that combine meandering rivers and 750 miles of canals, lends itself perfectly to discovery by way of a barge trip. France’s tourist trail is well trodden but travel by waterway and you’ll have the opportunity to cruise at a leisurely pace, escape the crowds and uncover plenty of out of the way spots that you wouldn’t otherwise see.
A barge trip in France will see you indulging in fine food, tasting exquisite wines and travelling through some of the country’s most beautiful scenery – and all from the comfort of your luxury floating hotel. Whether you choose to cruise the Briare Canal or the Nivernais, the Burgundy Canal or the Canal du Midi, you can look forward to a relaxing holiday like no other.
Travelling via waterways offers a wonderful introduction to the less discovered parts of this country, which begin to open up in a way that you can only imagine. Days are spent relaxing in the onboard spa pool or exploring local French life, whether that be on an excursion or guided tour. Evenings are all about the fabulous food, incredible wines and comfortable accommodation. An attentive crew is on hand to make sure you have everything you need, and in no time you will be unwinding and settling into the gentle pace of life that goes hand in hand with a barge trip in France.
All of our vessels are well maintained and undergo refurbishment or redecoration every year. Your comfort is our priority.
We can accommodate a wide range of interests on our themed cruises and these are a popular option for group or individual travel.
Why not get the family together, from grandparents to grandchildren, and charter a whole vessel for a family holiday that will be remembered always?
Leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life at home and slow down, unwind and relax aboard a luxury floating hotel.
Unique, special and memorable are some of the words used to describe our wonderful holidays.
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.
All itineraries include the option of taking local tours and excursions to places of interest, be it a castle, market, museum or vineyard.
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.
We are proud to present our 13 hotel barges that are all located in regions throughout France, from Alsace to the Midi. We have carefully selected each and every route and have plenty of choice to suit every discerning passenger. The vessels are all comfortable, and as they glide effortlessly through the endless waterways you can sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.
All of our barges are designed to accommodate between 6-12 passengers; some are owned by us and others belong to larger reputable hotel barge companies. The companies we work with match our exemplary standards and are as committed as we are in the service they provide.
L’Impressionniste cruises the Burgundy Canal and takes in the vineyards of Southern Burgundy. It is a deluxe, 12-passenger vessel.
Enchanté is an exceptional 8-passenger vessel that takes in the sun soaked vineyards of southwest France along the Canal du Midi.
L’Art de Vivre is an exceptional vessel accommodating 8 passengers. It cruises the charming Canal du Nivernais and River Yonne in Burgundy.
La Belle Epoque is a luxury hotel barge that carries 12 passengers and sails the stunning Burgundy Canal in Northern Burgundy.
Our range of themed charter cruises has been designed to appeal to all manner of interest groups. From golf and walking to wine appreciation themes, our selection is wide and varied.