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The barges on this website carry from 4 to 24 passengers. Most were working cargo barges (peniche, in French), but have now been been transformed into elegant floating hotels.

IMAGINE ... an intimate and tranquil oasis of calm, joie-de-vivre, celebration of life, friendships, cuisines, and wines ... a barge cruise through the beautiful countryside, walking along the canal towpath, biking into a village ... private excursions ... passengers call it "the best vacation of their lives."

Barge Cruise Dates and Length: Hotel barge cruises are typically seven days and six nights, from early April to late October. Most start on a Saturday or Sunday. A few barge cruises are offered as a half week charter cruise. The 6-passenger deluxe barge Apres Tout barge cruise in France on the Burgundy Canal
6-passenger deluxe barge Apres Tout offers canal barge cruises in France on the Burgundy Canal

Hotel Barge Cruise Cost: Barge cruise prices apply to the 2017 barge cruise season. Please contact us for 2018 barge cruises and prices. You can charter a river or canal barge cruise for friends or family or book individual cabins on most barges. Charters are a fantastic way to celebrate special occasions, and can be tailored to your interests. All rates listed are in US Dollars (a few exceptions) and range from just under $4,000 to $8,000 or more per person, based on double occupancy, and equivalent pro-rata prices per person when chartering a barge cruise. For single occupancy there is usually a single supplement.

Hotel Barge Category: Categories relate primarily to the size of the cabins, with "Ultra Deluxe" offering the most spacious cabins (up to 300 square feet) and highest level of elegance and amenities, "Deluxe" barges have cabins up to 200 square feet and "First Class" barges have cabins closer to 100 square feet.

What's included and not included: Barge cruises are typically ALL-INCLUSIVE: your cabin with ensuite bathroom, all meals, wines, open bar, WiFi, daily escorted side excursions and transfers from a major city to the barge and return. A few barge cruises are half-board with some meals not included. Not included: Overseas airfare, suggested crew gratuity, and trip insurance.


-- Outstanding cuisine and carefully selected wines and cheeses accompany meals aboard the barge cruise.
-- Beauty and tranquility of the canals and rivers, with the chance to bike and walk along the canal or waterway.
-- Pampering and attention from enthusiastic barge cruise crewmembers, and the luxury of having them provide personal, guided tours of special places along the way. The 6-passenger deluxe barge Saint Louis cruises in Southwest France near Bordeaux
6-passenger deluxe barge Saint Louis cruises in Southwest France near Bordeaux

As one of our passengers said about her barge cruise on the Saint Louis this year:
"I've run out of adjectives to describe our week on the Saint Louis. I mean, they're all there -- wonderful, fun, amazing, delicious, surprising, jolly, hysterical (in the good sense), funny, heartwarming, extraordinary, etc. and they all apply, but none of them captures any more than a tiny aspect of the magic that is Saint Louis."


We are a small, family-run business. We have been aboard all of the barges in France (and other countries), and arranging luxury hotel barge cruises is our only business, since 1997. We serve travelers throughout the world who search for a unique travel experience that combines exquisite cuisine, exclusive wine tastings, intimate excursions, biking and walking, and pampered relaxation into a magical week that is the perfect stage for celebrating a special birthday or anniversary, a family adventure, or simply to savor 'joie de vivre'!

To make sure we have the most current information and to share our first-hand experience with you, we visit barges in France and the rest of Europe every year. Our long-standing relationships with each barge owner provide us with the background to help you select the best canal cruise or river cruise for the vacation of a lifetime. Based in Edgewater, Maryland, USA, we provide you with expert personal attention and detailed answers to your questions 7 days a week. With our many years of experience aboard Barges in France and Barges in Europe, (Division of Special Places Travel) is a leading, trusted source you can rely on. In addition to helping you select the barge and cruise area that's best for you, we also provide detailed recommendations on hotels, itineraries, things to do, and how to get to your cruise destination.

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Last Update: January 20, 2017