Call Special Places Travel 1-877-64-BARGE (1-877-642-2743)
Outside US: 001.443.321.3614, email: info@specialplacestravel.com

Barges In France, Barges in Europe: Special Offers on Hotel Barge Cruises
Last Update: December 19, 2014

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

Contact us for personal assistance in selecting the hotel barge that best matches your interests, needs, and price. You can rely on our fifteen 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, and 2015 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$4,690$4,221$469Apr 19Jan 9, 2015REGION: France: Canal du Midi: Prices listed are 10% off per person for 'value season' cabin pricing for specified 2015 cruise dates. A 10% charter discount is also available for same date, please see below for more information. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
ANJODI
WEBSITE
8$4,690$4,221$469Mar 29, Apr 5, 12Apr 11, 2015REGION: France: Canal du Midi: Prices listed are 10% off per person for 'value season' cabin pricing for specified 2015 cruise dates. A 10% charter discount is also available for this barge, please see below for more information. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
CAPRICE
WEBSITE
21$3,490$2,617.50$872.50Apr 18, & June 27Jan 15, 2015REGION: France: Burgundy: Prices listed are 25% off 'regular season' cabin pricing for specified 2015 cruise dates. 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$5,150$4,635$515Mar 29, Apr 12Apr 11, 2015REGION: France: Canal du Midi: Prices listed are 10% off per person for 'value season' cabin pricing for specified 2015 cruise dates. A 10% charter discount is also available for Apr 12, so please see below for more information. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
ENCHANTE
WEBSITE
8$5,890$5,301$589Mar 29, Apr 5, 12Apr 11, 2015REGION: France: Canal du Midi: Prices listed are 10% off per person for 'value season' cabin pricing for specified 2015 cruise dates. A 10% charter discount is also available for Mar 29 & Apr 5, please see below for more information. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
HIRONDELLE
WEBSITE
8$5,650$2,825$2,825Apr 5, 12, 19, 26 & May 3, 10Mar 25, 2015REGION: France: Burgundy: Book one passenger at full price and get 50% off the cabin price for your companion. Prices listed are 50% off 'regular season' cabin prices for companions on specified cruise dates. Double occupancy is required to qualify for this discount. See below for charter discounts on these same dates. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
L'ART DE VIVRE
WEBSITE
8$4,450$4,005$445Apr 19, 26Jan 9, 2015REGION: France: Burgundy: Prices listed are 10% off per person for 'value season' cabin pricing for specified 2015 cruise dates. A 10% charter discount is also available for same dates, please see below for more information. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
L'ART DE VIVRE
WEBSITE
8$4,450$4,005$445Apr 12Apr 11, 2015REGION: France: Burgundy: Prices listed are 10% off per person for 'value season' cabin pricing for specified 2015 cruise dates. A 10% charter discount is also available for this date, please see below for more information. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
L'IMPRESSIONNISTE
WEBSITE
8$5,090$4,581$509Apr 19Jan 9, 2015REGION: France: Burgundy: Prices listed are 10% off per person for 'value season' stateroom cabin pricing for specified 2015 cruise dates. Discount also applies to 'value season' junior suite pricing. A 10% charter discount is also available for same date, please see below for more information.Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
L'IMPRESSIONNISTE
WEBSITE
8$5,090$4,581$509Apr 5, 12Apr 11, 2015REGION: France: Burgundy: Prices listed are 10% off per person for 'value season' stateroom cabin pricing for specified 2015 cruise dates. Discount also applies to 'value season' junior suite pricing. A 10% charter discount is also available for same dates, please see below for more information.Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
LA BELLA VITA
WEBSITE
20$3,790
$4,190
$3,290
$3,690
$500All avail Mar & April 2015 cruise datesREGION: Italy: Venice: Prices listed are $500 off per person 'value & regular season' stateroom pricing, for group bookings of 6 or more passengers on specified cruise dates. Discount also applies to junior suite pricing. 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$3,790$3,411$379Apr 19Jan 9, 2015REGION: Italy: Venice: Prices listed are 10% off per person on 'value season' stateroom pricing. Discount also applies to junior suite pricing. 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$3,790$3,411$379Mar 29, Apr 5, 12Apr 12, 2015REGION: Italy: Venice: Prices listed are 10% off per person on 'value season' stateroom pricing. A 10% charter discount is also available for same dates, please see below for more information.Discount also applies to junior suite pricing. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
LA BELLE EPOQUE
WEBSITE
12$5,890$5,301$589Apr 19, 26Jan 9, 2014REGION: France: Picardy: Prices listed are 10% off 'regular season' stateroom pricing for specified cruise date. THIS IS A COMMEMORATIVE WWI CRUISE IN NORTHERN FRANCE NOT BURGUNDY. Discount also applies to 'regular season' junior suite pricing. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
MAGNA CARTA
WEBSITE
8$4,490$4,041$449Mar 29, Apr 12, 19Apr 18, 2015REGION: England: Thames River Prices listed are 10% off per person on 'value season' suite pricing for specified cruise dates. A 10% charter discount is also available for Mar 29 and Apr 12, please see below for more information. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
NAPOLEON
WEBSITE
12$6,350$3,175$3,175Apr 5, 12, 19, 26 & May 3, 10Mar 25, 2015REGION: France: Provence: Book one passenger at full price and get 50% off the cabin price for your companion. Prices listed are 50% off 'regular season' cabin prices for companions on specified cruise dates. Double occupancy is required to qualify for this discount. See below for charter discounts on these same dates. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
PANACHE
WEBSITE
12$5,250$4,725$525Mar 29, Apr 5Apr 4, 2015REGION: Holland: Tulip Cruise: Prices listed are 10% off per person for 'value season' cabin pricing for specified 2015 cruise dates. A 10% charter discount is also available for Mar 29, please see below for more information. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
PANACHE
WEBSITE
12$7,100$5,250$1,850Apr 5Apr 4, 2015REGION: Holland: Tulip Cruise: Prices listed are single supplement discount for single travellers for specified 2015 cruise dates. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
ROSA
WEBSITE
8$4,190$3,771$419Mar 29, Apr 5, 12, 19Apr 18, 2015REGION: France: Gascony: Prices listed are 10% off per person for 'value season' cabin pricing for specified 2015 cruise dates. A 10% charter discount is also available for the Mar 29, Apr 5 and 12, please see below for more information. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
SCOTTISH HIGHLANDER
WEBSITE
8$4,090$3,681$409Apr 26Jan 9, 2015REGION: Scotland: Caledonian Canal: Prices listed are 10% off per person for 'value season' cabin pricing for specified cruise date. Discount also applies to suite pricing. A 10% charter discount is also available for same date, please see below for more information. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
SCOTTISH HIGHLANDER
WEBSITE
8$4,090$3,681$409Apr 5, 12, 19Apr 18, 2015REGION: Scotland: Caledonian Canal: Prices listed are 10% off per person for 'value season' cabin pricing for specified 2015 cruise dates. Discount also applies to suite pricing. A 10% charter discount is also available for these dates, please see below for more information. 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
ALEGRIA
WEBSITE
4$20,300
$23,000
$18,270
$20,700
$2,030
$2,300
All available 2015 cruise datesDec 31, 2014REGION: France: Canal du Midi: Prices listed are 10% off charter for 4 (full week pricing) on value, high and prime season prices for all available 2015 cruise dates. To receive this offer, cruises must be booked by Dec 31, 2014. Discount also applies to full week charters for 2 and 3 passengers. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
ALOUETTE
WEBSITE
4$30,000$22,500$7,500April 5, 12, 19, 26 & May 3, 10Mar 25, 2015REGION: France: Canal du Midi: Prices listed are 25% off 4 passenger 'regular season' charter pricing for selected cruise dates. Discount also applies to charters of 2 and 3 passengers. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
AMARYLLIS
WEBSITE
8$66,800$50,100$16,700Apr 5, 12, 19, 26 & May 3, 10Mar 25, 2015REGION: France: Burgundy: Prices listed are 25% off 8 passenger 'regular season' charter pricing for selected cruise dates. Discount also applies to charters of 6 and 7 passengers. 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$31,500$3,500Apr 19Jan 9, 2015REGION: France: Canal du Midi: Prices listed are 10% off full charter for 8 'value season' charter prices for specified cruise dates. Discount also applies to charters for 6 and 7 passengers. A 10% cabin discount is also available for same date, please see above for more information. 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$31,500$3,500Mar 29, Apr 5, 12Apr 11, 2015REGION: France: Canal du Midi: Prices listed are 10% off full charter for 8 'value season' charter prices for specified cruise dates. Discount also applies to charters for 6 and 7 passengers. A 10% cabin discount is also available for these dates, please see above for more information. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
CAPRICE
WEBSITE
21$66,800$50,100$16,700May 30, June 6, Aug 15Jan 15, 2015REGION: France: Burgundy: Prices listed are 25% off 'regular season' charter pricing for 15-21 passengers for specified 2015 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$29,000$26,100$2,900Apr 12Apr 11, 2015REGION: France: Canal du Midi: Prices listed are 10% off full charter for 6 'value season' charter prices for specified cruise dates. Discount also applies to charters for 4 and 5 passengers. A 10% cabin discount is also available for April 12, so please see above for more information. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
ENCHANTE
WEBSITE
8$44,500$40,050$4,450Mar 29, Apr 5Apr 4, 2015REGION: France: Canal du Midi, Provence: Prices listed are 10% off full charter for 8 'value season' charter prices for specified cruise dates. Discount also applies to charters for 6 and 7 passengers. A 10% cabin discount is also available for these dates, please see above for more information. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
FLEUR de LYS
WEBSITE
6$50,200$37,650$12,550Apr 5, 12, 19, 26 & May 3, 10Mar 25, 2015REGION: France: Burgundy: Prices listed are 25% off 6 passenger 'regular season' charter pricing for selected cruise dates. Discount also applies to charters of 4 and 5 passengers. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information
HIRONDELLE
WEBSITE
8$45,500$34,125$11,375Apr 5, 12, 19, 26 & May 3, 10Mar 25, 2015REGION: France: Burgundy: Prices listed are 25% off 8 passenger 'regular season' charter pricing for selected cruise dates. Discount also applies to charters for 6 and 7 passengers. See details above for a 50% off companion booking cabin discount on these same dates. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
L'ART DE VIVRE
WEBSITE
8$33,000$29,700$3,300Apr 19, 26Jan 9, 2015REGION: France: Burgundy: Prices listed are 10% off full charter for 8 'value season' charter prices for specified cruise dates. Discount also applies to charters for 6 and 7 passengers. A 10% cabin discount is also available for same dates, please see above for more information. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
L'ART DE VIVRE
WEBSITE
8$33,000$29,700$3,300Apr 12Apr 11, 2015REGION: France: Burgundy: Prices listed are 10% off full charter for 8 'value season' charter prices for specified cruise dates. Discount also applies to charters for 6 and 7 passengers. A 10% cabin discount is also available for this date, please see above for more information. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
L'IMPRESSIONNISTE
WEBSITE
12$57,000$51,300$5,700Apr 19Jan 9, 2015REGION: France: Burgundy: Prices listed are 10% off full charter for 12 'value season' charter prices for specified cruise dates. Discount also applies to charters for 8, 9, 10 and 11 passengers. A 10% cabin discount is also available for same date, please see above for more information. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
L'IMPRESSIONNISTE
WEBSITE
12$57,000$51,300$5,700Apr 5, 12Apr 11, 2015REGION: France: Burgundy: Prices listed are 10% off full charter for 12 'value season' charter prices for specified cruise dates. Discount also applies to charters for 8, 9, 10 and 11 passengers. A 10% cabin discount is also available for same dates, please see above for more information. 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$70,500$63,450$7,050Mar 29, Apr 5, 12Apr 11, 2015REGION: Italy: Venice: Prices listed are 10% off full charter for 20 'value season' prices for specified cruise dates. Same discount also applies to charters for 12, 14, 16 and 18 passengers. A 10% cabin discount is also available for these dates, please see above for more information. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
LA BELLE EPOQUE
WEBSITE
12$57,000$51,300$5,700Apr 12Jan 9, 2015REGION: France: Picardy: Prices listed are 10% off full charter for 12 'value season' charter prices. Discount also applies to charters for 8, 9, 10 and 11 passengers for specified cruise dates. THIS IS A COMMEMORATIVE WWI CRUISE IN NORTHERN FRANCE NOT BURGUNDY. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
MAGNA CARTA
WEBSITE
8$33,200$29,880$3,320Mar 29, Apr 12Apr 11, 2015REGION: England: Thames River Prices listed are 10% off full charter for 8 'value season' pricing for specified cruise dates. This discount also applies to charters for 6 and 7 passengers. A 10% cabin discount is also available for same dates, please see above for more information. Cannot combine with any other offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
NAPOLEON
WEBSITE
12$76,100$57,075$19,025Apr 5, 12, 19, 26 & May 3, 10Mar 25, 2015REGION: France: Provence: Prices listed are 25% off 12 passenger 'regular season' charter pricing for selected cruise dates. Discount also applies to charters for 8, 9, 10 and 11 passengers. See details above for a 50% off companion booking cabin discount on these same dates. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information.
PANACHE
WEBSITE
12$57,000$51,300$5,700Mar 29Mar 28, 2015REGION: France: Alsace: Prices listed are 10% off full charter for 12 'value season' charter prices for specified cruise dates. Discount also applies to charters for 8, 9, 10 and 11 passengers. A 10% cabin discount is also available for same date, please see above for more information. 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$36,000$1,900Apr 26, May 3, 10, 2015Apr 25, 2015REGION: 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 Apr 25, 2015. Cannot combine with any other special offer. Valid only for new bookings. Contact us for availability and additional pricing information
ROSA
WEBSITE
8$31,200$28,080$3,120Mar 29, Apr 5, 12Apr 11, 2015REGION: France: Bordeaux/Gascony: Prices listed are 10% off full charter for 8 'value season' charter prices for specified cruise dates. Discount also applies to charters for 6 and 7 passengers. A 10% cabin discount is also available for these dates, please see above for more information. 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$28,350$3,150Apr 26Jan 9, 2015REGION: Scotland: Caledonian Canal: Prices listed are 10% off full charter for 8 'value season' charter prices for specified cruise date. Discount also applies to charters for 6 and 7 passengers. A 10% cabin discount is also available for same dates, please see above for more information. 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$28,350$3,150Apr 5,12,19Apr 18, 2015REGION: Scotland: Caledonian Canal: Prices listed are 10% off full charter for 8 'value season' charter prices for specified cruise dates. Discount also applies to charters for 6 and 7 passengers. A 10% cabin discount is also available for these dates, please see above for more information. 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!
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.




Open 7 days a week!
Call 1-877-642-2743
(outside US/Canada: phone 001.443.321.3614)
Experience barging in France, England, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Belgium, Germany, or Italy to see why everyone says this is the most pampered experience along waterways of incredible beauty.

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!

Return to TOP of PAGE
Return to "BARGES IN FRANCE" Home Page
Return to "BARGES IN EUROPE" Home Page
Return to "BARGES IN ENGLAND" Home Page
Return to "BARGES IN SCOTLAND" Home Page
Return to "BARGES IN IRELAND" Home Page
Return to "BARGES IN HOLLAND" Home Page
Return to "BARGES IN GERMANY" Home Page
Return to "BARGES IN ITALY" Home Page


Special Places Travel, LLC
"Barges in France (and the rest of Europe) ... for the experience of a lifetime!" ™

For booking information,
Phone (toll-free): 1-877-64-BARGE (1-877-642-2743)
Outside of the U.S.: 001.443.321.3614
or E-mail: info@specialplacestravel.com

This web site has had visitors.

BACK TO TOP OF PAGE
About this Web Site: ...
Web site creation by Don Dillin of www.specialplacestravel.com.         Questions? Call 1-877-64-BARGE, or send an email to info@specialplacestravel.com
The contents of this web page Copyright © 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 by Special Places Travel, LLC. All rights reserved. The contents of this web page including browser displayed (visible) content, graphics and photos, and html properties/content, may not be reproduced without permission. "Barges in France ... for the experience of a lifetime"™, "Barges in France, Barges in Europe ... for the experience of a lifetime"™ are service marks of Special Places Travel, LLC.


Barges in France, A Division of Special Places Travel, LLC.
Barges in Europe, A Division of Special Places Travel, LLC.

Accredited, Better Business Bureau; Member: American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), Outside Sales Support Network (OSSN). Bonded. Founded 1997. American Express, Visa, Mastercard, Discover accepted.

Accredited, Better Business Bureau. Member, ASTA-American Society of Travel Agents, 
CLIA-Cruise Lines International Association, OSSN-Outside Sales Support Network. 
Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover Cards Welcome
Accredited, Better Business Bureau. Member, ASTA-American Society of Travel Agents, 
CLIA-Cruise Lines International Association, OSSN-Outside Sales Support Network. 
Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover Cards Welcome