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self drive canal boats

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endless strikes in France

The French railway strike is going on, upsetting visitors and French people alike. Not that all trains stop, but so many are not going! That shouldn't stop you from visiting Paris, but your planning might have to be revised. Unless you chose to go barging for 3 to 7 days! Then you won't even be aware of strikes. The hotel barges have their own comfortable minibus to take you around and the cruise includes private pick-up. With exceptional discount on this year, it's the right moment to fall for a luxury dream vacation.

The hotel barge Johanna is sailing soon to Champagne where she will be offering classic 7 day cruises and 4 day cruises from US$ 2550. A fabulous opportunity to test hotel-barging while sipping Champagne at a very good price. All is included, accommodation, cruise, wine, Champagne and … chocolate!
Johanna will reach Champagne mid-July. If you can’t wait you could hop on board in June and cruise from Bruges to Paris for 150 Euros / night, full board! You won’t be visiting chateaux and vineyards along the way, but you will be navigating all day discovering hidden part of France.
A rare opportunity! Contact us

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magic atmosphere on French canals

I was the Captain of my own barge for 10 years before deciding to share my passion with you and create this website. I doubt you will find a better canal boat expert in Australia or New Zealand. I visited many boats during year. A couple of hotel barge owners have retired but some new ones joined us. We also opened a new section "Cruise Holidays in France" to cater for some great value passenger ships cruising in France. You have now the choice: convenient and fun self-drive canal boats, luxury crewed hotel barges, beautifully maintained vintage motor yachts and conventional passenger ships. Call now & let us know when you wish to go.


penichette Cast off at the helm of your self drive canal boat and take a leisurely cruise at your own pace, along the canals and rivers, among the most beautiful in Europe or unwind and take a leisurely luxury hotel barge and meander the inland waterways of France. See life pass you by on canals, rivers and lakes. Life will unfold before you whilst you relax and the company of like-minded passengers. We look forward to welcoming you on board.


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