We offer a wide selection of themed itineraries available for whole boat private charters, from child friendly family itineraries to art cruises through France and Italy.
In addition to all of the themed cruises listed on this page and in our brochure, should a whole boat private charter enquire as to a theme they would like to explore, we will do our best to accommodate this wherever possible.
Choose from one of our many themed charter cruises...
Wine Appreciation Cruises
Are available in a number of regions in France. On our wine charters you will be taken directly to the vineyards for private tastings where our wine expert will explain the grapes, cultivation methods and history at some of the “off the beaten track” vineyards.
You will be tasting fine Burgundies such as Nuits St-Georges, Santenay and Vosne Romanée, often premier or grand cru vintages that your knowledgeable guide has chosen with care.
Wine Appreciation Cruises (continued)
In the Loire Valley we will introduce you to crisp Vouvray and Touraine wines, nurtured for centuries by their Chateau-owning families, or further south you can enjoy the lighter, fruitier wines of Provence and the Languedoc-Roussillon. In Alsace there are the crisp white wines to be found on the Route des Grands Crus. Often your guide will buy wine on the tour for you to enjoy later in the day on board.
And for lovers of fine whisky, we have even created our own Malt Whisky Trail in Scotland.
The beauty of hotel barging and walking is that two of the most relaxing holidays possible are merged to give you the best of both worlds. Throughout the season walkers can enjoy some easy hiking – perhaps along the Great Glen Way in Scotland, the landscapes of Ireland, or in picturesque Burgundy in the Autumn when the colours of the countryside are at their finest.
Scotland, Ireland, England and France all have great golf courses such as Royal Dornoch, Wentworth, Sunningdale, Lahinch and Galway Bay which should be enough to inspire any keen golfer. Tee times can be arranged so that you have time to play a memorable round of golf and still return to your hotel barge to enjoy a relaxing cruise with superb food and wine.
Tandem Barge Cruises
These are perfect for larger groups – perhaps a group of friends, or a large family spanning multiple generations, a wine club, a party of golfers, or a company incentive group – who require more cabins than a single vessel can provide.
Planned in advance, on certain cruise routes, we can position two hotel barges together, allowing as many as 20 passengers to cruise in tandem. This is great fun as there is plenty of opportunity to sample the cuisine of different chefs, host cocktail parties and enjoy all sorts of activities while still cruising sedately along together.
Other Charter Ideas
Other theme cruises can also be arranged with special itineraries, from Art Cruises in the Midi, to Flower Show Cruises on the Royal River Thames in England and Opera Cruises in Italy.