Established in 1974, we here at European Waterways will take you on a journey to discover the country in a new way. Book your stay on a luxury barge hotel with our French river cruises.
As Told by Our Guests...
The welcome we received and everything on board was perfect
Pauline Taplin, Hampshire, UK
This is a treasure that most people don’t know about
Denise Thorson , New Jersey, USA
Everbody should do this at least once in their life
Charles Baertl, Texas USA
For a very special occasion this is the place to be
John Thorson, New Jersey, USA
French River Cruise Experience
Our vessels gently introduce you to some of Europe’s finest scenery, fascinating history and local culture. Every European Waterways six-night French river cruise includes all gourmet meals, regional wines, an open bar, local transfers and the use of on board facilities such as bicycles to explore the towpaths, a sundeck to laze on, or a spa pool to relax in. We also offer daily escorted excursions “off the beaten track” to wineries, castles, markets or to see craftsmen at work.
With capacity for between 6 and 20 passengers, a private hotel barge charter is perfect for a multi generational getaway
All hotel barges in the fleet benefit from an annual refurbishment and this may vary from redecoration and refurnishing of the...
Every hotel barge cruise includes daily excursions to some fascinating local places of interest - châteaux, Cathar hilltop...
These experiences form the heart of a European Waterways cruise; spontaneous, unique adventures that just couldn't be had anywhere else
Far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life, hotel barge voyages allow you to travel in luxury without the strains of...
Crews are mainly British or French and they all speak English, so there is no need to worry about a language barrier when they are...
The classic traditions of French and International cuisine are an unforgettable highlight of your cruise. The onboard chefs are...
We can arrange a wide selection of themed charter cruises which will appeal to all types of interest groups, large or small...
Families or groups of friends can charter any of the hotel barges. You will have the whole vessel to yourselves and she becomes a...
We know that many of our passengers enjoy taking some exercise during their hotel barge cruise, so each vessel carries...
Even if you are not normally a lover of shopping, the vast array of fascinating shops and markets you can discover on one of our...
Many of our cruises are through some of the best wine- growing regions of France, such as Burgundy, Bordeaux...
Riverboat Cruises in France
Take a Classic Riverboat Cruise Through Burgundy
With rolling vineyards connected by stunning waterways, you will get the classic Burgundy river cruise experience. Some of the most renowned Burgundian vintners will host wine-tasting sessions for you, allowing you to make the best of your time in the region.
Enjoy a Culture Tour of the Loire Valley
A Loire Valley river cruise is ideal for anyone looking to immerse themselves in the rich culture of the area. You’ll find stunning views and historic castles to visit, with exclusive cruises along the River Cher.
Dine in Gascony
Gascony is known for its rich gastronomic traditions, making it perfect for food lovers. This wine-making paradise is also home to the oldest brandy in France and is considered to be a culinary heartland in the country.
Taste the Best Wine in France in Bordeaux
Bordeaux is the undisputed wine capital not only of France but the world. You can enjoy private wine tastings in the area, so take a Bordeaux river cruise to the best vineyards in the area and sample the most beautiful wines.
Book Your River Cruise in Saône
The Saône river cruise will take you along one of the most important water links in the country, which has proven throughout the years to be a popular boating experience. The river meets with many other rivers and canals, making it the ideal path to travel along if you want to explore France.
Sip in Champagne
When it comes to French river cruises, Champagne is the perfect destination. The region is truly one of the most beautiful and you’ll get the chance to visit some of the famous wineries in the area to sip champagne.
Relax on a Garonne River Cruise
Garonne is a truly stunning location to visit and is often bathed in sun, making a luxury barge the perfect way to soak up the rays. With Roman monuments to discover along the way, you can take a break from relaxing to explore the rich history of the area.
No matter what type of escape you are looking for, you’ll find the ideal river cruise in France with European Waterways. Contact our team today to discuss your needs and find your perfect holiday destination in France.
Choose Your French River Cruise Destination
Boasting almost 3,000 miles of canals and riverways to explore, you are sure to find the perfect destination for your holiday. Take in the history of the country, enjoy a wine tasting or two, or simply relax on a luxury river cruise. We have more destinations in France for you to choose from and other European destinations to explore, so book your trip today.
Book Your Hotel Barge
Here at European Waterways, we have 12 luxury barges to take you on a French river cruise. Capacities range from 6 to 12 people with cosy and comfortable cabins or premium suites to choose from. You’ll find that your hotel barge is a home away from home, allowing you to
Nymphea is a first class, 6 passenger hotel barge that cruises the River Cher in the heart of the Loire Valley
Rosa is a first class, 8 passenger hotel barge that cruises the Canal de Garonne in the Gascony and Bordeaux regions of southwest France
Athos is a first class 10 passenger hotel barge that cruises the historic Canal du Midi in southwest France
Finesse is an ultra deluxe, 8 passenger hotel barge that cruises the River Saône and Canal du Centre in Southern Burgundy
Choose Your Holiday Theme
Book the ultimate escape with themed river cruise holidays. Whatever it is that your group is interested in, from wine tasting and exploring to golfing and art, you’ll get the perfect river cruise in France for your dream escape.