hotel barge holidays in france
luxury cruises on French canals
barges by region
Champagne - Alsace
bubbles & architecture
The Champagne region stretches along the beautiful River Marne to the city of Epernay, home to renowned champagne houses as Moet & Chandon and Veuve Cliquot. Vineyards spread across undulating plains as far as the eye can see. In Alsace Lorraine, the unique blend of French and German cultures is evident. Baroque, Gothic and Romanesque architecture stands against the rolling vineyards and fairytale castles.
Nivernais - Burgundy
dramatic nivernais canal
The Nivernais Canal is both beautiful and dramatic, rated by experienced barge travellers as one of the finest cruise routes in Europe. Embracing both river and man-made canal, the Nivernais preserves the character of 150 years ago. You cruise through lands where Charolaise cows graze by the water's edge. Centuries-old locks mark the way. You can ride a bike or stroll along the old towing path.
history & wine
Burgundy is the most famous barging region in France, steeped in picturesque villages, Gothic churches, Renaissance Chateaux and hillsides of patchwork vineyards. Since Roman times, the Art of Living, "Art de Vivre", is encapsulated in Burgundy with history, gastronomic delights and fine wines. Explore quaint towns such as Clamecy, the famous palace in Dijon, the castle of Chateauneuf or Vezelay with its hilltop basilica St Mary Magdelain.
provence & canal du midi
between shade and sun
Breathe in the relaxation and warmth and light of The Mediterranean, as you navigate along the 300 year old Canal du Midi, meandering inland, lined with plane trees and cruise under superb arched bridges, linking ancient villages, miles of vineyards and Roman fortifications. Visit the walled city of Carcassonne, the most intact medieval fortified city in the world.
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