Many people have really hectic lifestyles these days, so a holiday when several generations of the same family, perhaps for a birthday celebration, can grab that rare opportunity to all be together is becoming more and more desirable.
That’s why we offer Family charter cruises on our hotel barges, with great activities for the children, but also plenty of time for the adults to relax, especially if they’re sipping a chilled glass of Chablis in the on-deck spa pool as they cruise gently along a meandering canal in France.
For example, during a cruise on the hotel barge Anjodi along the Canal du Midi, there are visits to the underground Limoussis Caves, the Meze Dinosaur Park, and medieval fortified Carcassonne where the youngsters can pretend to be gallant knights, while the grown-ups can enjoy wine tastings at local vineyards and explore the wonderful food market in Narbonne. Rick Stein certainly enjoyed it when we was on board Anjodi filming his French Odyssey TV series some years ago!
Another great destination for a Family cruise is the Canal du Nivernais in Burgundy, home to another of our hotel barges, L’Art de Vivre. Activities for the younger ones can include tree-climbing and kayaking at local adventure parks and visiting the Parc L’Auxois zoo, while the older members in the family can indulge in a private wine tasting in Chablis and a tour of the Renaissance Château d’Ancy le Franc.
Hotel barge charters are a wonderful way of spending special time together and there is something on offer for family members of all ages. A doting crew to look after you, delicious food prepared by your very own on-board chef, your own minibus to take you where you want to go and a different location every day without having to pack and unpack. It’s like having your own ‘private floating villa’!