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Barges In France, Barges in Europe: Special Offers on Hotel Barge Cruises
Last Update: July 21, 2015

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 2015 CABIN OFFERS, 2015 CHARTER 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 2015

2015 Season: Special Cabin Offers *
Barge NamePaxRegular PriceSale Price$ OffApplies to These Cruise WeeksSpecial ExpiresRemarks
ANJODI
WEBSITE
8$5,390
$4,690
$4,140
$3,440
$1,250
$1,250
Aug 9, 23 & 30August 17REGION: France: Canal du Midi: Prices listed are $1,250 off 'regular season' and 'value season' per person pricing, based on double occupancy, for specified cruise dates. Discount also applies to 'regular season'/'value season' pricing. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
ATHOS
WEBSITE
10$4,770$3,520$1,250Aug 9Aug 9REGION: France: Canal du Midi: Prices listed are $1,250 off 'regular 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.
CAPRICE
WEBSITE
21$3,490$2,617.50$872.50Aug 1-REGION: France: Burgundy: Prices listed are 25% off 'value season' cabin pricing for the specified 2015 cruise date. 25% discount also applies to pricing for small twin cabin and single in single cabin. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
CAPRICE
WEBSITE
21$3,290$2,632$658Oct 17-REGION: France: Burgundy: Prices listed are 20% off 'value season' cabin pricing and charter pricing for the specified 2015 cruise date. 20% discount also applies to pricing for small twin cabin and single in single cabin. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
CLAIR DE LUNE
WEBSITE
6$5,790
$5,150
$4,540
$3,900
$1,250
$1,250
Jul 26; Oct 4 & 25Aug 17REGION: France: Canal du Midi: Prices listed are $1,250 off 'regular season' and 'value season' per person pricing, based on double occupancy, for specified cruise dates. Discount also applies to 'regular season'/'value season' pricing. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
HIRONDELLE
WEBSITE
8$5,650$4,237.50$1,412.50All avail Jul & Aug cruise dates-REGION: France: Burgundy: Prices listed are 25% off 'regular' cabin pricing for selected cruise dates. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
LA BELLA VITA
WEBSITE
20$4,190
$3,790
$2,940
$2,540
$1,250
$1,250
Aug 9, 30; Sep 6 & 13Aug 17REGION: Italy: Venice: Prices listed are $1,250 off 'regular season' and 'value season' per person pricing, based on double occupancy, for specified cruise dates. NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT for Aug 9, 30, and Sep 6 cruise weeks. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
LA BELLE EPOQUE
WEBSITE
12$5,090
$5,890
$3,840
$4,640
$1,250
$1,250
Jul 26; Aug 9 & 30Aug 17REGION: France: Burgundy: Prices listed are $1,250 off 'regular season' and 'value season' per person pricing, based on double occupancy, for specified cruise dates. Discount also applies to 'regular season'/'value season' junior suite pricing. NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT for Aug 9 & 30 cruise weeks. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
LE PHENICIEN
WEBSITE
18$3,640$2,912$728Aug 9 - REGION: France: Provence: Prices listed are 20% off 'value season' cabin pricing for specified cruise date. Cannot be combined with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
MAGNA CARTA
WEBSITE
8$4,490$3,240$1,250Oct 18Aug 17REGION: England: Thames River Prices listed are $1,250 off 'value season' per person pricing, based on double occupancy, for specified cruise dates. Discount also applies to 'regular season'/'value season' junior suite pricing. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
NAPOLEON
WEBSITE
12$6,350$4762.50$1,587.50All avail Jul & Aug cruise dates-REGION: France: Provence: Prices listed are 25% off 'regular' cabin pricing for specified cruise dates. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
NYMPHEA
WEBSITE
6$4,475$3,225$1,250Aug 2Aug 2REGION: France: Loire Valley: Prices listed are $1,250 off 'regular 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.
RENAISSANCE
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8$7,690$6,440$1,250Aug 23Aug 17REGION: France: Burgundy & Loire Valley: Prices listed are $1,250 off 'regular' 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.
SAROCHE
WEBSITE
6$6,500$4,875$1,625Jul 26; Aug 30; Sep 6-REGION: France: Burgundy: Prices listed are 25% off 'Main season' cabin prices for individual cabin bookings for specified cruise weeks. Cannot combine with any other special offers. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
SAVOIR FAIRE
WEBSITE
12$4,975$3,725$1,250Aug 9Aug 9REGION: Holland, France & Belgium: Prices listed are $1,250 off '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.
TANGO
WEBSITE
8$5,500$5,225$275All 2015-REGION: France: Canal du Midi: Prices listed are 5% off Van Gogh and Captain's cabins pricing for cruises for all remaining 2015 cruise weeks. Discount also applies to Cezanne and Renoir cabins. SEE BELOW for information on charter discounts. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.


2015 Season: Special Charter Offers *
Barge NamePaxRegular PriceSale Price$ OffApplies to These Cruise WeeksSpecial ExpiresRemarks
ABSOLUUT2
WEBSITE
8$44,600
$39,000
$33,450
$33,450
$11,150
$5,550
Oct 4 & 25 - REGION: France: Burgundy: Prices listed are 25% off 8 passenger 'regular season' charter pricing for selected cruise dates. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
ANJODI
WEBSITE
8$35,000$25,000$10,000Oct 25Aug 17REGION: France: Canal du Midi: Prices listed are for $10,000 off 'value season' pricing for full 8 passenger charter price, for specified cruise dates. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
ATHOS
WEBSITE
10$47,650$35,150$12,500Jul 26; Aug 2, 16 & 23Aug 17REGION: France: Canal du Midi: Prices listed are for $12,500 off 'regular season' pricing for full 10 passenger charter price, for specified cruise dates. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
CAPRICE
WEBSITE
21$66,800$46,760$20,400Jul 25 & Aug 15 - REGION: France: Burgundy: Prices listed are 30% off 'regular season' charter pricing for 21 passengers. Discount also applies for 15-20 passenger charters for specified cruise dates. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
CAPRICE
WEBSITE
21$62,910$50,328$12,582Oct 17 - REGION: France: Burgundy: Prices listed are 20% off 'regular season' charter pricing for 21 passengers. Discount also applies for 15-20 passenger charters for specified cruise dates. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
CLAIR DE LUNE
WEBSITE
6$32,500
$29,000
$25,000
$21,500
$7,500Aug 2, 9 & 23Aug 17REGION: France: Canal du Midi: Prices listed are for $7,500 off 'regular season' and 'value season' pricing for full 6 passenger charter price, for specified cruise dates. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
EMMA
WEBSITE
6$30,000*$15,000*$15,000Aug 29-REGION: France: Canal du Midi: Prices listed are 50% off full charter for 6 pricing. Discount also applies to charters for 4 & 5 passengers. Valid only for new bookings. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
ENCHANTE
WEBSITE
8$44,500$34,500$10,000Oct 25Aug 17REGION: France: Canal du Midi: Prices listed are for $10,000 off 'value season' pricing for full 8 passenger charter price, for specified cruise dates. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
L'ART DE VIVRE
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8$33,000$23,000$10,000Jul 26; Aug 9; Oct 18 & 25Aug 17REGION: France: Burgundy: Prices listed are for $10,000 off 'value season' pricing for full 8 passenger charter price, for specified cruise dates. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
L'IMPRESSIONNISTE
WEBSITE
12$66,000
$57,000
$51,000
$42,000
$15,000
$15,000
Aug 23 & Oct 25Aug 17REGION: France: Burgundy: Prices listed are for $15,000 off 'regular season' and 'value season' pricing for full 12 passenger charter price, for specified cruise dates. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
LA BELLA VITA
WEBSITE
20$78,500$63,500$15,000Aug 23; Sep 20 & 27; Oct 11Aug 17REGION: Italy: Venice: Prices listed are for $15,000 off 'regular season' pricing for full 20 passenger charter price, for specified cruise dates. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
LA BELLE EPOQUE
WEBSITE
12$66,000
$57,000
$51,000
$42,000
$15,000
$15,000
Aug 23 & Oct 25Aug 17REGION: France: Burgundy: Prices listed are for $15,000 off 'regular season' and 'value season' pricing for full 12 passenger charter price, for specified cruise dates. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
LE PHENICIEN
WEBSITE
18$66,025
$74,270
$52,820
$59,416
$13,205
$14,854
Aug 16 - REGION: France: Provence: Prices listed are 20% off 'mid & regular season' charter pricing for a full charter for 18 passengers for specified cruise date. Discount also applies to charters of 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 passengers. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
MAGNA CARTA
WEBSITE
8$38,500
$33,200
$28,500
$23,200
$10,000
$10,000
Aug 2; Oct 11 & 25Aug 17REGION: England: Thames River Prices listed are for $10,000 off 'regular season' and 'value season' pricing for full 8 passenger charter price, for specified cruise dates. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
MEANDERER
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6$33,900$30,510$3,390Oct 4-REGION: France: Upper Loire: Prices listed are 10% off a full charter for 6 'regular season' pricing. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
MS ELISABETH
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8$40,000$36,000$4,000All avail 2015 cruises - REGION: Ile de France & Upper Loire: Prices listed are 10% off full charter for 8 'regular season' charter prices. Discount also applies to charters for 7 and up to 6 passengers for all remaining cruise dates. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
NYMPHEA
WEBSITE
6$25,500$18,000$7,500Jul 26Jul 26REGION: France: Loire Valley: Prices listed are $7,500 off full charter for 6 'regular season' charter pricing for specified cruise dates. Same flat price also applies to charters for 4 and 5 passengers. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
PANACHE
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12$66,000
$57,000
$51,000
$42,000
$15,000Jul 26; Aug 16, 23 & 30; Oct 18Aug 17REGION: France: Alsace: Prices listed are for $15,000 off 'regular season' and 'value season' pricing for full 12 passenger charter price, for specified cruise dates. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
ROI SOLEIL
WEBSITE
6$37,900$36,000$1,900Sep 27, Oct 11, 2015Sep 30REGION: France: Provence, Canal du Midi: Prices listed are $1,900 off on charter for 6 'main' season pricing for selected 2015 cruise dates if booked by September 30, 2015. 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$35,700
$31,200
$25,700
$21,200
$10,000
$10,000
Jul 26; Aug 2, 9, 30 & Oct 18Aug 17REGION: France: Bordeaux/Gascony: Prices listed are for $10,000 off 'regular season' and 'value season' pricing for full 8 passenger charter price, for specified cruise dates. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
SAVOIR FAIRE
WEBSITE
12$58,995
$55,600
$43,995
$40,600
$15,000Jul 26; Aug 2, 16 & 30Aug 17REGION: France, Holland: Prices listed are for $15,000 off 'regular season' and 'value season' pricing for full 12 passenger charter price, for specified cruise dates. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
SAVOIR VIVRE
WEBSITE
8$28,000
$30,000
$22,400
$24,000
$5,600
$6,000
all avail cruise dates-REGION: France: Burgundy Canal: Prices listed are 20% off full charter for 8 'value & regular season' charter prices. Discount also applies to charters for 6 passengers. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
SCOTTISH HIGHLANDER
WEBSITE
8$31,500$21,500$10,000Oct 18Aug 17REGION: Scotland: Caledonian Canal: Prices listed are for $10,000 off 'value season' pricing for full 8 passenger charter price, for specified cruise dates. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
TANGO
WEBSITE
8$42,400$40,280$2,120All 2015-REGION: France: Canal du Midi: Prices listed are 5% off charter for 8 pricing for all remaining 2015 cruise weeks. Discount also applies to charter for 6 passengers. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
WINE AND WATER
WEBSITE
6$25,700$20,560$5,140Sep 6 & 20; Oct 11, 18 & 25REGION: France: Burgundy Canal: Prices listed are 20% off all remaining available 2015 charters. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.


2016 Season: Special Charter Offers *
Barge NamePaxRegular PriceSale Price$ OffApplies to These Cruise WeeksSpecial ExpiresRemarks
CAPRICE
WEBSITE
21$66,800
$62,910
$53,440
$50,328
$13,360
$12,582
All 2016 charter weeksJuly 31, 2015REGION: France: Burgundy: Prices listed are 20% off 'regular' and 'value' season charter pricing for 21 passengers. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
ROI SOLEIL
WEBSITE
6$37,900
$33,000
$36,900
$32,000
$1,000
$1,000
All 2016 CruisesSep 30REGION: France: Provence, Canal du Midi: Early Bird Special Offer: Prices listed are $1,000 off on charter for 6 'main' and 'value' season pricing for all 2016 cruise dates if booked by September 30, 2015. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information


THEME CRUISES
ELISABETH: Chocolate and Wine Cruise! The 6-passenger hotel barge ELISABETH, cruising in Burgundy on the beautiful Canal de Bourgogne between Tanlay and Veneray les Laumes, is again offering its fabulous Elisabeth La Chocolat Cruise for Wine Lovers and Chocoholics. Highlights include:
• Lezinnes, and a visit to the beautiful renaissance, Ancy le Franc chateau.
• Wine tasting in Chablis and visit to the chocolaterie to hear the history of and taste the chocolate Pillars of Chablis.
• Ravierres for a visit to the caves of Grottes d'Arcy sur Cure, to see some of the oldest cave paintings in the world.
• To Montbard, and a tour of the Abbay de Fontenay, a UNESCO world heritage site
• Lunch in the village of Flavigny (where the movie "Chocolat" was made) and a walking tour of the village.
• In Alesia, see the site of the last great battle between the Romans and the Gaules. The Roman ruins and amphitheatre date back to 345BC.
• Special chocolate tastings, and demonstrations all through the week, with chocolate and wine pairings!
For full details Click here for Elisabeth's Chocolate and Wine Itinerary.
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.
MAGNA CARTA DOWNTON ABBEY VISIT
Magna Carta Downton Abbey Visit: An excursion to Highclere Castle, the setting for the television series Downtown Abbey, is included for selected 2015 cruises. Visit the MAGNA CARTA itinerary for more detail on the Highclere Castle visits and then contact us for specific dates and availability.
Call or email for more information.
HONEYMOON CRUISE Honeymoon Special! aboard ELISABETH. Book a honeymoon or a special wedding annniversary charter cruise for two and be pampered and looked after by a crew of three for your private cruise week. Imagine Wine and Chocolate and Romance. Red roses and champagne in the cabin as an extra treat! Take the whole barge for yourselves at USD$16,470 for early value season, April 4 through May 8, 2015 or regular season from May 9 through October 30, 2015. Spend time together away from the hustle and bustle of the real world. Relax and enjoy the privacy of your own intimate floating hotel. Let the crew of the Elisabeth do all the work and organization. Enjoy your special time together!
Call or email for more information or to book your Honeymoon Cruise!
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 2015:
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 2015. 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, starting at USD$4,975 per person aboard the 12-passenger Savoir Faire. (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 2015 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 102nd TOUR de FRANCE in July 2015 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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