Girl's Getaways across France & Italy!

With women travel groups ever increasing popularity, we’ve introduced “Girls’ Getaway” hotel barge charter options that offer a wide range of excursions, culinary experiences, shopping and health-conscious themes, such as yoga and walking.  They’re a unique way for female travelers to connect with relatives, friends and social groups and enjoy their favorite activities in some of the most attractive and exclusive regions of Europe. What could be better than an on deck yoga class as you cruise past the waterside châteaux of the Loire Valley or an art guide showing you Van Gogh’s favourite painting spots?

A Culinary Cruise

A culinary themed cruise can include private cooking demonstrations, truffle hunting and visits to local attractions such as an artisan chocolatier or a Mediterranean oyster farm.  Guests can take an educational tour of L’Oulibo, a factory that produces the purest extra virgin olive oil from the famous Lucques olive, one of the hardest from which to extract the oil.  They can also enjoy truffle hunts & gastronomic excursions to local food markets, accompanied by their on-board master chef who will incorporate their culinary finds into the evening menu. We do our utmost to ensure that these groups are fully immersed in the traditional and contemporary gastronomy of their chosen region.

Chef demonstration - barge holiday in France

Art & Adventure

Health-themed vacations are a popular option as our cruises offer plenty of opportunities to engage in “soft adventures”, such as walking on the gentle towpaths that run parallel to the canal, or starting the day with a morning yoga class on deck.  The 8-passenger L’Art de Vivre hotel barge offers Walking Cruises in Burgundy between Auxerre and Chevroches, with the cruises providing countless opportunities to take in the historic Burgundian countryside and medieval villages along the way.

For more creative groups, art themed cruises come with an expert “art guide” who shows guests around craft workshops and boutiques and suggests the best painting spots. The hotel barge itself is an ideal vantage point from which to experiment on canvas, and guests can paint on-board while enjoying a cocktail or chilled glass of champagne, though we wouldn’t advise overindulging on the absinthe!

Don't forget the wine...

For those who prefer sipping to stretching, a wine appreciation cruise ought to whet the whistle! The 8-passenger Rosa hotel barge transports guests through the sun soaked city of Saint-Émilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the most famous of the Bordeaux appellations. If an Italian Chianti is more your flavour then the 20-passenger La Bella Vita provides a slice of the good life on her Wine Appreciation Cruise through the Veneto region of Italy. Guests can taste world renowned vintages as they tour the sprawling Renaissance wine estates en route between the astonishing cities of Venice and Mantua, bellissimo!

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