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Barges In France, Barges in Europe: Special Offers on Hotel Barge Cruises
Last Update: June 3, 2016

Special Offers for Barges in France (... and England, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Germany, and Italy, too!)

Contact us for personal assistance in selecting the hotel barge that best matches your interests, needs, and price. You can rely on our eighteen years of experience and frequent visits aboard all of the barges in France and the rest of Europe to give you honest answers to all of your questions, and to guide you to the experience of a lifetime. Note: Prices quoted and payable in US Dollars. Sale prices and special offers apply to new bookings only. "Cabin" special offers are based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.


* NOTE: All offers below are subject to availability and apply to new bookings only.   Check individual barge websites for dates of "Value" and "Regular" Seasons.   For charter offers, prices quoted apply to full boat charters; lower rates may be available for charters with fewer passengers so call or email us for specific prices, guidance, and recommendations for the best fit to your particular situation.

Offers are grouped, below, by 2016 CABIN OFFERS and 2016 CHARTER OFFERS
See also THEME CRUISES (notes below the Special Offers section for charters and cabins)
See also TULIP CRUISES in HOLLAND in Spring 2016

2016 Season: Special Cabin Offers *
Barge NamePaxRegular PriceSale Price$ OffApplies to These Cruise WeeksSpecial ExpiresRemarks
ANJODI
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8$5,390
$4,690
$4,140
$3,440
$1,250
$1,250
Jun 5, Jun 12, Jul 10, Jul 17, Jul 31Jun 20REGION: France: Canal du Midi: $2,500 off per cabin ($1,250 per person, double occupancy) for June 5 & 12, July 10, 17 & 31, 2016 cruise weeks. Cannot combine with any other special offers. Valid for new bookings only. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
ART DE VIVRE
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8$5,150
$4,450
$3,900
$3,200
$1,250
$1,250
Jun 26 & Jul 31Jun 20REGION: France: Burgundy: $2,500 Discount Per Cabin. Prices listed are $1,250 off 'regular season' and 'value season' per person pricing, based on double occupancy, for specified cruise dates. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
ATHOS
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10$4,770$3,520$1,250
$1,250
June 5, 26 & July 24Jun 20REGION: France: Canal du Midi: $2,500 off per cabin ($1,250 off per person, double occupancy) for June 5, June 26, July 24, 2016 cruise weeks. Cannot combine with any other special offers. Valid for new bookings only. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
C'EST LA VIE
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8$6,990
$6,690
$5,941.50
$5,686.50
$1,048.50
$1,003.50
All 2016 weeks - REGION: France: Upper Loire: 15% off all cabin bookings for remaining available regular and value season cruise weeks in 2016, subject to a minimum booking of two cabins. (NOTE: for charters, 20% off applies to all remaining available charter weeks in 2016.) Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
CLAIR DE LUNE
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6$5,790
$5,150
$4,540
$3,900
$1,250
$1,250
Jul 3, 31 & Aug 14Jun 20REGION: France: Canal du Midi: $2,500 off per cabin ($1,250 per person, double occupancy) for July 3 & 31, Aug 14, 2016 cruise weeks. Cannot combine with any other special offers. Valid for new bookings only. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
EMMA
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6$5,500$4,635$515June 4, 11, 18 & 25 - REGION: France: Canal du Midi: 20% off cabin and charter reservations for the cruise weeks of June 4, June 11, June 18 and June 25. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
ENCHANTE
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8$6,750$5,500$1,250Jun 12, July 24 & 31Jun 20REGION: France: Canal du Midi: $2,500 off per cabin ($1,250 per person, double occupancy) for June 12, July 24 & 31 cruise weeks. Cannot combine with any other special offers. Valid for new bookings only. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
FINESSE
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8$7,250$6,000$1,250June 12June 20REGION: France: Southern Burgundy: $2,500 off per cabin ($1,250 per person, double occupancy) for the June 12, 2016 cruise week. Cannot combine with any other special offers. Valid for new bookings only. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
FINESSE
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8$7,250
$6,290
$6,625
$5,665
$625
$625
Jul 17 & 24June 20REGION: France: Southern Burgundy: $1,250 off per cabin ($625 per person, double occupancy) for July 17 & 24 cruise weeks. Cannot combine with any other special offers. Valid for new bookings only. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
LA BELLA VITA
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20$4,190
$3,790
$2,940
$2,540
$1,250
$1,250
Jun 19, Aug 21 & 28Jun 20REGION: Italy: Venice: $2,500 off for cabin reservations for June 19, Aug 21 & 28, 2016 cruise week. Cannot combine with any other special offers. Valid for new bookings only. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
LA BELLE EPOQUE
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12$5,890
$5,090
$4,640
$3,840
$1,250
$1,250
Jul 17 & 24Jun 20REGION: France: Burgundy: $2,500 off per cabin ($1,250 per person, double occupancy) for July 17 & 24, 2016 cruise weeks. Cannot combine with any other special offers. Valid for new bookings only. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
LA BELLE EPOQUE
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12$5,090$4,465$625Aug 21Jun 20REGION: France: Burgundy: $1,250 off per cabin ($625 per person, double occupancy) for the cruise week of Aug 21, 2016. Cannot combine with any other special offers. Valid for new bookings only. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
HIRONDELLE
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8$5,650
$4,500
$4,237.50
$3,375
$1,412.50
$1,125
May-October 2016 weeksJune 15REGION: France: Burgundy: Prices listed are for 25% off 'regular season' and 'value season' per-person pricing on the basis of double occupancy, for bookings with four passengers/two cabins only, for entire 2016 season. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
IMPRESSIONNISTE
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12$5,890
$5,090
$4,640
$3,840
$1,250
$1,250
July 17 & 31Jun 20REGION: France: Burgundy: $2,500 off per cabin ($1,250 per person, double occupancy) for July 17 & 31 2016 cruise weeks. Cannot combine with any other special offers. Valid for new bookings only. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
IMPRESSIONNISTE
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12$5,890
$5,090
$5,265
$4,465
$625
$625
Aug 14 & 28Jun 20REGION: France: Burgundy: $1,250 off per cabin ($625 per person, double occupancy) for Aug 14 & 28, 2016 cruise weeks. Cannot combine with any other special offers. Valid for new bookings only. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
MAGNA CARTA
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8$5,250$4,000$1,250June 12 & July 24Jun 20REGION: England: Thames River $2,500 off per cabin ($1,250 per person, double occupancy) for June 12, & July 24, 2016 cruise week. Cannot combine with any other special offers. Valid for new bookings only. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
MIRAGE
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6$4,800$4,320$480Aug 28 - REGION: France: Canal du Midi 10% off remaining available cabins for August 28, 2016. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
PANACHE
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12$6,090
$5,250
$4,840
$4,000
$1,250
$1,250
June 19, 26 & July 3 & 10Jun 20REGION: Holland; Paris/Picardy & Alsace Lorraine: $2,500 off per cabin ($1,250 per person, double occupancy) for June 19 & 26, July 3 & 10, 2016 cruise weeks. Cannot combine with any other special offers. Valid for new bookings only. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
PANACHE
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12$6,090$5,465$625August 28Jun 20REGION: Holland; Paris/Picardy & Alsace Lorraine: $1,250 off per cabin ($625.00 per person, double occupancy) for August 28, 2016 cruise week. Cannot combine with any other special offers. Valid for new bookings only. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
RENAISSANCE
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8$6,650$6,025$625Jul 24 & 31, Aug 7 & 14Jun 20REGION: France: Upper Loire: $1,250 off per cabin ($625 per person, double occupancy) July 24 & 31, Aug 7 & 14, 2016 cruise week. Cannot combine with any other special offers. Valid for new bookings only. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
ROSA
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8$4,950
$4,350
$3,700
$3,100
$1,250
$1,250
Jul 17, 24 & August 7Jun 20REGION: France: Gascony: $2,500 off per cabin ($1,250 per person double occupancy) for July 17 & 24, Aug 7 cruise weeks. Cannot combine with any other special offers. Valid for new bookings only. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.


2016 Season: Special Charter Offers *
Barge NamePaxRegular PriceSale Price$ OffApplies to These Cruise WeeksSpecial ExpiresRemarks
ALOUETTE
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4$30,000
$24,000
$25,500
$20,400
$4,500
$3,600
June, July, August, September & OctoberJune 15REGION: France: Canal du Midi: Prices listed are for 15% off 'regular season' and 'value season' pricing for full 4 passenger charter price, for specified cruise dates. 15% discount also applies to charter rates for 3 and 2 passengers. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
ANJODI
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8$40,000
$35,000
$32,000
$27,000
$8,000
$8,000
Jun 26, Jul 3, Aug 14, Aug 21, Aug 28Jun 20REGION: France: Canal du Midi: $8,000 off for full 8-passenger charter bookings for June 26, July 3, Aug 14, 21, & 28, 2016 cruise weeks. Cannot combine with any other special offers. Valid for new bookings only. To take advantage of this special offer, charters for fewer than 8 passengers may be booked at the sale price for full charter for 8. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
ART DE VIVRE
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8$38,000
$33,000
$30,000
$25,000
$8,000
$8,000
July 3, 10, Aug 7 & 14, Sep 11, Oct 2Jun 20REGION: France: Burgundy: $8,000 off for full 8-passenger charter reservations for July 3, 10, Aug 7 & 14, Sep 11, Oct 2, 2016 cruise weeks. Cannot combine with any other special offers. Valid for new bookings only. To take advantage of this special offer, charters for fewer than 8 passengers may be booked at the sale price for full charter for 8. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
CAROLINE
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6$23,940$20,300$3,640All 2016 Cruise WeeksOct 23REGION: France: Canal du Midi: Prices listed are approximately 15% off 'regular season' pricing for full 6 passenger charter price. Discount also applies to charter for 5, 4, 3 and 2 passenger rates. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
C'EST LA VIE
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8$55,900
$49,300
$44,720
$39,440
$11,180
$9,860
All 2016 cruise weeks - REGION: France: Upper Loire: 20% off all charter bookings for remaining available charter cruise weeks of 2016. Prices shown are based on full charter for 8 cruises; discount also applies to charter rates for less than 8 passengers, as well as to half-board charters. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
CLAIR DE LUNE
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6$32,500
$29,000
$26,500
$23,000
$6,000
$6,000
June 26, July 24, Aug 7, 21, 28, Sep 4, 18 & Oct 9Jun 20REGION: France: Canal du Midi: $6,000 off for full 6-passenger charter reservations for June 26, July 24, Aug 7, 21 & 28, Sep 4 & 18, Oct 9 cruise weeks. Cannot combine with any other special offers. Valid for new bookings only. Discounted 6-passenger charter price also applies to charters for 4 and 5 passengers. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
EMMA
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6$30,000$24,000$6,000June 11, 18 & 25 - REGION: France: Canal du Midi: 20% off cabin and charter reservations for the cruise weeks of June 11, 18 and June 25. Discount also applies to charters for 5 and 4 passengers. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
ENCHANTE
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8$51,000
$44,500
$43,000
$36,500
$8,000
$8,000
Aug 7, 14, Oct 9 & 23Jun 20REGION: France: Canal du Midi: $8,000 off full 8-passenger charter price: $8,000 off for full 8-passenger charter bookings for Aug 7 & 14, Oct 9 & 23, 2016 cruise weeks. Cannot combine with any other special offers. Valid for new bookings only. To take advantage of this special offer, charters for fewer than 8 passengers may be booked at the sale price for full charter for 8 Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
FINESSE
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8$54,000
$47,000
$46,000
$39,000
$8,000
$8,000
June 19, July 3, August 7, 14 & 28 and October 2.Jun 20REGION: France: Burgundy: $8,000 off for full 8-passenger charter bookings for June 19, July 3, Aug 7, 14 & 28, Oct 2, 2016 cruise weeks. Cannot combine with any other special offers. Valid for new bookings only. To take advantage of this special offer, charters for fewer than 8 passengers may be booked at the sale price for full charter for 8. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
HIRONDELLE
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8$45,500
$36,500
$38,675
$31,025
$6,825
$5,475
June, July, August, September & OctoberJune 15REGION: France: Burgundy: Prices listed are for 15% off 'regular season' and 'value season' pricing for full 8 passenger charter price, for specified cruise dates. 15% discount also applies to charter rates for 7 and 6 passengers. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
LA BELLA VITA
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20$78,500
$70,500
$66,500
$58,500
$12,000
$12,000
Jun 12, 19, Jun 26, Jul 10, 24, Aug 7, 14, 21, 28, Sep 4, 11, 18, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30Jun 20REGION: Italy: Venice: $12,000 off for full 20-passenger charter reservations for all available June through October cruise weeks. Cannot combine with any other special offers. Valid for new bookings only. Discounted charter for 20 price also applies to charters for 12 through 18 passengers. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
LA BELLE EPOQUE
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12$66,000$54,000$12,000Aug 28Jun 20REGION: France: Burgundy: $12,000 off for full 12-passenger charter reservations for Aug 28 cruise week. Cannot combine with any other special offers. Valid for new bookings only. To take advantage of this special offer, charters for fewer than 12 passengers may be booked at the sale price for full charter for 12 Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
MAGNA CARTA
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8$38,500
$33,200
$30,500
$25,200
$8,000
$8,000
Sep 25, Oct 2 & 16Jun 20REGION: England: Thames River: $8,000 off for full 8-passenger charter bookings for Sep 25 & Oct 2 & 16, 2016 cruise weeks. Cannot combine with any other special offers. Valid for new bookings only. To take advantage of this special offer, charters for fewer than 8 passengers may be booked at the sale price for full charter for 8 Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
MEANDERER
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6$34,900
$32,150
$27,920
$25,720
$6,980
$6,430
May 8 - Oct 9 - REGION: France: Upper Loire: Prices listed are 20% off the 6-passenger charter price for all remaining available charter weeks from May 8 through October 9, regular season and value season. 20% off offer also applies to charter rates for less than 6 passengers. New bookings ONLY. Cannot be combined with any other promotions.Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
MEANDERER
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6$34,900$24,430$10,470August 28 & October 2 - REGION: France: Upper Loire: Prices listed are 30% off the 6-passenger charter price.30% off offer also applies to charter rates for less than 6 passengers. New bookings ONLY. Cannot be combined with any other promotions.Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
MIRAGE
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6$28,000$26,600$1,400All 2016 weeks - REGION: France: Canal du Midi 5% off all remaining available six-night charter cruise weeks in 2016. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
MS ELISABETH
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6$40,000$35,200$4,800All Available 2016 Cruise WeeksAll seasonREGION: France: Upper Loire, Also can cruise on Belgium itinerary: All 2016 season bookings now offered at approximately 12% off the regular season charter for 8 rate. Similar discount also applies to charter for 9, charter for 7 and charter 6 passenger rates. Special Offer remains in effect for the full 2016 season until further notice. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
NYMPHEA
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8$25,500$22,950$2,550July 10, 17 & 24Jun 20REGION: France: Loire Valley: Prices listed are 10% off per charter for the July 10, 17 & 24 cruise weeks. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
PANACHE
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12$66,000
$57,000
$54,000
$45,000
$12,000
$12,000
July 24, 31, August 7, 14 & 21Jun 20REGION: France: Alsace: $12,000 off for full 12-passenger charter bookings for July 24 & 31, Aug 7, 14 & 21, 2016 cruise weeks. Cannot combine with any other special offers. Valid for new bookings only. Discounted charter for 12 price also applies to charters for 8, 9, 10, and 11 passengers. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
PROSPERITE
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8$60,000
$54,000
$45,000
$40,500
$15,000Select 2016 Charters-REGION: France: Burgundy: 25% off per charter for all remaining available 2016 charter cruise weeks through the end of August. Prices listed are for 'regular season' & 'value season' pricing for full 8 passenger charters. Cannot be combined with other offers; for new bookings only. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
RENAISSANCE
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8$57,200
$49,500
$49,200
$41,500
$8,000
$8,000
June 26, July 3, Aug 21 & Sep 4Jun 20REGION: France: Upper Loire: Prices listed are $8,000 off for full 8-passenger charter bookings for June 26, July 3, Aug 21, Sep 4, 2016 cruise weeks. Cannot combine with any other special offers. Valid for new bookings only. To take advantage of this special offer, charters for fewer than 8 passengers may be booked at the sale price for full charter for 8Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
RENDEZ-VOUS
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6$30,000$22,500$7,500Select 2016 charters-REGION: France: Burgundy: 25% off per charter for all remaining available 2016 charter cruise weeks through the end of August. Cannot be combined with other offers; for new bookings only. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
ROI SOLEIL
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6$37,900
$33,000
$36,000
$31,350
$1,900
$1,650
Select 2016 CruisesJune 30REGION: France: Provence, Canal du Midi: Special Offer: Prices listed are approximately 5% off on charter for 6 'main' and 'value' season pricing for June 26 and July 3, August 21, 28 and October 2, 2016 cruise dates if booked by June 30, 2016. Special offer also applies to charter for up to 4 passengers as well, 'main' and 'value' season. Please contact for availability and 4-passenger pricing. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information
ROSA
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8$37,200
$32,500
$29,200
$24,500
$8,000
$8,000>
Jun 19, Jul 3, 31, August 14 & 21Jun 20REGION: France: Bordeaux/Gascony: $8,000 off for full 8-passenger charter bookings for June 19, July 3 & 31, Aug 14 & 21, Sep 18 & 25, Oct 2, 2016 cruise weeks. Cannot combine with any other special offers. Valid for new bookings only. To take advantage of this special offer, charters for fewer than 8 passengers may be booked at the sale price for full charter for 8. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
WINE & WATER
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6$25,000$22,500$2,500Jul 31 & Aug 7 - REGION: France: Burgundy 10% off the charter cruise weeks of July 31 and August 7, 2016. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.


THEME CRUISES
LUCIOLE ACTIVITY CRUISE
Luciole Activity Cruise: For those interested in chartering a hotel barge with more fun activities, the LUCIOLE is offering the option of tree walking, horse riding, cave climbing and kayaking along with their regular visits. Note: A surcharge of $2,000 is added to the usual charter price for this Adventure Barge Cruise. See the Luciole sample itinerary and call or email for further details.
Call or email for more information.
WINE ACADEMY:
Burgundy Wine Classes & Cruising!
Interested in learning more about some of Burgundy's most famous wines? The Wine Academy includes an immersive program of talks to inspire the exploration of Burgundy and its most precious asset. Wine master and resident expert, Pascal Wagner, leads the Wine Academy and is often referred to as a walking encyclopedia of oenology. Pascal has over 30 years of experience and grew up footsteps from the special Grand Cru vines of the region. The Wine Academy is available for charters or for a minimum of 4 passengers aboard the 8-passenger ultra deluxe barge AMARYLLIS and the 6-passenger ultra deluxe barge FLEUR DE LYS. Call or email for details.
HANDS-ON CUISINE CRUISE:
Cooking Classes & Cruising
Interested in a HANDS-ON CUISINE CRUISE? Charter Parties: Enjoy Regional Cooking Classes & Cruise: The ultra-deluxe 4-passenger ALOUETTE, and the deluxe 18-passenger LE PHENICIEN offer private hands-on lessons and then the chance to enjoy your carefully prepared sumptuous meals and desserts! Cruise routes for this special program include the Canal du Midi and Provence. (Cuisine class supplement may apply.) Or, just looking to sit back and watch your chef? Then consider this gorgeous selection of barges, each equipped with demonstration kitchens: ROI SOLEIL, PROSPERITE, RENAISSANCE, and ENCHANTE. Call or email for details.
SPRINGTIME IN HOLLAND 2017:
The TULIP and GARDEN CRUISE OF A LIFETIME!
Springtime display of tulips at the Keukenhof Gardens Tulip Cruises in Holland: If you've not experienced the Keukenhof in Holland in the Springtime, with hundreds of thousands of tulips, there is still availability on Tulip Cruises from mid March to mid May in 2017. Please call or email us soon to check on availability! Select from the following luxury hotel barges:
Don't miss the amazing display of thousands of tulips at Keukenhof, the Aalsmeer flower market with up to a million flowers auctioned daily, up-close-and-personal encounters with the art works of the Dutch masters, the town of Gouda and cheesemakers, and the classic artistry of Delft's pottery works where porcelain is still handmade and painted. Priceless memories! Prices vary by barge. (Prices are higher for later April/May cruise weeks on some barges.) Prices include Amsterdam transfers, all meals, guided excursions, wines with meals, and bar drinks. Call or email now to book your 2016 Tulip Cruise.
ACTIVE CRUISES:
Cycling Cruises
Golf Cruises
Runners Cruises
Tennis Cruises
Tour de France Cruises
Walking Cruises
With your luxury hotel floating along with you, combine your interest in walking, golf, cycling or running with a barge cruise. If you are casually interested in these activities, nearly all barges can accommodate you during the course of a regular cruise week. If you would like to have cycling, golf, or the 103rd TOUR de FRANCE in July 2016 to be a major focus of your cruise, you can join in on a cruise week that is organized specifically for this or you can gather friends with similar interests and charter a barge to customize the week to match your interests exactly. Call or email for details
  • CYCLING CRUISES can include casual cycling along the towpath and into villages (nearly all canal cruises offer this as part of their regular itineraries), or serious daily cycling (e.g., 25-50 miles each day) with or without a cycle tour guide -- this kind of cycle cruise is specially arranged, and typically provides rented bicycles that match your individual size and preferences. See our bike-and-barge website, http://www.BargeCycle.com for more detailed information about bike-and-barge cruises.

  • GOLF CRUISES can include as many as three or four golf days at local courses along the cruise route, with separate excursions for non-golfers -- these are specially arranged golf cruise weeks. The golf cruise aboard the 10-passenger Shannon Princess in Ireland includes golf at three of Europe's best Golf Courses, The K Club in Kildare, the Adare Manor Golf Course in Limerick, and the Lahinch Golf Course on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, plus one local course, the Glasson Golf Course. You can also choose to play golf on your own during most any cruise week aboard any barge, by arrangement with the crew. For more information, please visit the golf itinerary aboard the Shannon Princess.

  • TENNIS CRUISES include several days of tennis at world class courts, sightseeing and luxury dining and cruising. Play on the red clay "Roland Garros" style courts in France, with a cruise in the Northern Burgundy region, aboard the 8-passenger L'Art de Vivre, in Auxerre, Vermenton, Chatel Censoir and Coulange Sur Yonne. A tennis cruise in England aboard the 8-passenger Magna Carta will include the opportunity to play on a few of Englands most exclusive lawn and grass courts. Enjoy a match with your party at the private Lensbury Club in Teddington, the Runnymeade Hotel, the Windsor Lawn Tennis Club and the private club at Royal Berkshire.

  • TOUR de FRANCE stages include routes that are on or very close to the cruise routes of several barges. If you're interested in planning a barge cruise around the stages in the TOUR de FRANCE, contact us soon, and we'll be happy to match you up with a barge cruising on or near one of the stages. Contact us for further details.

  • WALKING CRUISES are organized to absorb the most that the particular cruise region has to offer. Spend your week ambling through historic villages and slowly unfolding scenic vistas of hilltop castles, ancient vineyards and verdant pastures. In the company of a professional walking guide saunter along the region's scenic pathways, as you are provided just the right balance of exploration and exertion combined with relaxation. The Belle Epoque, the L'Art de Vivre and the Magna Carta, all have organized walking tours, with a professional guide to lead the way.




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MOST BARGE CRUISES ARE ALL INCLUSIVE: Unless noted, all canal and river cruises are seven days and six nights. The majority start their cruise on Saturday or Sunday afternoon. The all-inclusive trip price includes all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), alcoholic beverages, transfers, and excursions, except where noted. Most French barge cruises in Burgundy include transfer from and to Paris in their price (some even on the TGV train), whereas barges in the Canal du Midi, for example, typically don't include transfers from Paris. In Ireland, Scotland, England, Holland, Belgium, Germany, and Italy, prices usually include transfers from and to the major gateway airport or hotel or train station. "Value season" is typically early April and end of October, and July and August for some barges; "regular season" is all the remaining months. Call or email.
MORE ABOUT BARGES and SPECIAL OFFERS:

This edition of our specials page highlights offers for this year's and next year's cruise seasons and provides additional suggestions for special cruises -- including Spring Tulip Cruises in Holland, a fabulous cruise in Burgundy for chocolate and wine lovers, and cruises for runners, walkers, cyclists, golfers, antique-hunters, as well as cruises with emphasis on special interests, including garden cruises, archaeology, history, etc. If you've never cruised aboard a hotel barge, now is the time to discover why hotel barges are the best kept secret in travel!

If you've ever thought about cruising the canals of France (or waterways in England, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Germany, and Italy) and being pampered like you've never imagined -- call toll-free from US/Canada at 1-877-642-2743, or email us at info@SpecialPlacesTravel.com to discuss "the best kept secret in travel" -- a vacation experience like no other! (Outside US/Canada, call 001.443.321.3614 or email.) We suggest you call early because many of the most popular weeks are already sold out on some barges -- but there are still many openings. So if you are considering cruising this year or next, contact us soon!

All special price offers apply only to new bookings, and are subject to availability. Unless otherwise noted, all prices are in US Dollars. For a full description of each hotel barge listed on this page, click on the barge name.

Are you thinking of planning a family reunion, high school or college reunion, family celebration of a special anniversary or birthday? We will work with you to make the most memorable lifetime event for groups of 2 to 21. Do you have at least ten people who MIGHT go, but the group may expand to more, where you would like flexibility to eventually accommodate, 14, 16, even 18 total passengers? If so, call or email us soon, and we will work with you to create the most perfect imaginable reunion or family/group celebration for anytime in the cruise season (typically end of March through first week in November, though a shorter season applies to some barges). Group sizes from 2 to 21!

Hotel barging offers something for everyone:

  • Garden Tours/Tulip Cruises, especially springtime in Holland with visits to Keukenhof!
  • Barge Cruises for Walkers -- featuring casual or vigorous walking programs
  • Golf and Tennis Cruises -- the most memorable golf or tennis cruise you'll ever experience.
  • Running and Cycling Cruises -- create your own runners or cycling barge week, or join a formal cycle tour. Cycling can be as vigorous or as easy as you want -- and there are a lot of possibilities. Call or email to help decide. For details, see
    http://www.bargecycle.com: Cycle Tour Ideas: Barges in France and elsewhere in Europe
  • Gourmet cuisine showcase weeks -- All barges provide exceptional dining experiences from on-board chefs, and some barges offer restaurant touring as well. Special gourmet cruise weeks on some barges raise the gourmet emphasis to an even higher level. Special cooking classes can also be hosted on some barges either for on-board demonstrations, or visiting local chefs in local chateaus or restaurants. Call or email to set up your Gourmet Cruise week.
  • Wine connoisseurs go barging! -- All the hotel barges in France and elsewhere in Europe feature excellent wines through the cruise week, and most offer visits to wineries. A few barges offer special wine cruises with premier cru and grand cru tastings and winery visits. Call or email for information.
  • Antique hunters cruise weeks -- A few barges offer special antique cruise weeks with outstanding opportunities to discover a wide range of antique items, led by a veteran antique shopper. Call or email to arrange!
If you're considering a cruise for this year or next, call or email us now and we'll work with you to help you make the best choice for what will be one of the greatest vacation weeks you are likely to have ever experienced!

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