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Discover rural France, Scotland, and other European destinations on a luxury canal barge cruise!

Experience the beauty and culture of rural France and other destinations in Europe on a Luxury Canal Barge Cruise.

Relax ... Indulge yourself! Be as active as you want to be ... jog or take a leisurely stroll along the canal towpath, or cycle into a nearby village. Join in with friends and family to charter a barge, or just book a cabin for yourself. Savor a week of outstanding cuisine, exceptional wines and cheeses, and personal guided excursions of chateaux and historic places. Take in the breathtaking views while cruising the scenic waterways. And all the while enjoying the fun and friendly crew!

We are your experienced guide to barge cruising on the canals and rivers of France, Scotland, Ireland, England, Holland, Germany, Belgium and Italy. We are leading specialists in barge cruises, offering over 50 vessels in France and Europe. From four to 24 passengers. Our 20 plus years of experience, passion for barging, and thousands of satisfied clients help us guide you with your decisions. Coupled with our knowledge of each barge and their individual nuances, garnered through years of annual visits and thousands of hours of on-board experience, we are positioned to offer honest assessments and to match you with the best barge for your expectations. We focus on you, from your initial planning, to booking, to pre and post cruise travel ideas and to follow up with you after your return home. Personal attention, all along the way.


The barges on this website carry from 4 to 24 passengers. Most were working cargo barges (peniche, in French), but have now been been transformed into elegant floating hotels. Barge cruising is the best way we can imagine to savor life, friendships, cuisine and wines ... a barge cruise through the beautiful countryside, walking along the canal towpath, biking into a village ... private excursions ... passengers call it "the best vacation of their lives."

Barge Cruise Dates and Length:

Hotel barge cruises are typically seven days and six nights, from early April to late October. Most start on a Saturday or Sunday. A few barge cruises are offered as a half week charter cruise.

Hotel Barge Cruise Cost:

Barge cruise prices apply to the 2018 barge cruise season. Please contact us for last-minute 2017 season cruises, as well as for 2018 and 2019 barge cruises and prices. You can charter a river or canal barge cruise for friends or family or book individual cabins on most barges. Charters are a fantastic way to celebrate special occasions, and can be tailored to your interests. All rates listed are in US Dollars (a few exceptions) and range from about $3,000 to $8,000 or more per person, based on double occupancy, and equivalent pro-rata prices per person when chartering a barge cruise. For single occupancy there is usually a single supplement.

Hotel Barge Category:

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

What's Included and Not Included:

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


-- Outstanding cuisine and carefully selected wines and cheeses accompany meals aboard the barge cruise.
-- Beauty and tranquility of the canals and rivers, with the chance to bike and walk along the canal or waterway.
-- Pampering and attention from enthusiastic barge cruise crewmembers, and the luxury of having them provide personal, guided tours of special places along the way.

6-passenger deluxe barge Saint Louis cruises in Southwest France near Bordeaux

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


We are a small, family-run business. We have been aboard all of the barges in France (and other countries), and arranging luxury hotel barge cruises is our only business, since 1997. We're here to help you decide on the best barge cruise for you ... contact us as you begin to plan!

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BARGE CRUISES ... Full Details on Each Barge

Below is the start to our alphabetical list of barge cruises in France, and other countries in Europe. For the complete listings, organized by cruise region, price per cabin based on double occupancy, category of barge, number of passengers, and alphabetically, click on "View All Barge Cruises" below:

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(Deluxe, 4-passengers)

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Region(s): CANAL DU MIDI
2018 Price Per Person: Charter Only
2018 Price Per Charter: $20,300 - 23,000 (USD)

Salon and dining area with unique modern decor, comfortable furnishings, large round windows and round entry door from deck. Sundeck with heated pool and table for outside dining. Two suites with king or twin beds, 190-210 sq ft with ensuite bathroom with shower. Gourmet cuisine and fine wines. French owner on board as captain. Two restaurant meals included. 3-night cruises also available, upon request. Latest visit: 2017

(Ultra Deluxe, 4-passengers)

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Region(s): CANAL DU MIDI
2018 Price Per Person: Charter Only
2018 Price Per Charter: €22,704 - €28,380 (EUR)

Elegant Provencal decor in salon and cabins. Two large cabins with twin or queen beds, 285 sq ft and 223 sq ft including ensuite bathroom with shower. Satellite TV in cabins and salon. Internet in salon. Gourmet cuisine and fine wines. Includes one dinner on shore. Paris train transfers included. Latest visit: 2013

(Ultra Deluxe, 8-passengers)

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Region(s): BURGUNDY: Saone River, Canal du Centre, Canal de Bourgogne
2018 Price Per Person: Charter Only
2018 Price Per Charter: €50,920 - €64,456 (EUR)

Cruises in Southern Burgundy. Elegant large saloon with separate dining room and big picture windows. One upper deck suite 180 sq ft, 3 lower deck suites 227-278 sq ft including ensuite marble bathrooms approx 47-58 sq ft with double sinks, with bathtub or shower. All suites with twin beds or king bed. Upper deck suite is good for those who have difficulty with stairs. Heated pool on sundeck. Beautiful French furnishings throughout. Gourmet cuisine and fine wines. Includes dinner at a Michelin star restaurant. Offers Grand Cru wine cruise. Paris transfers included. Latest visit: 2017

(First Class, 8-passengers)

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Region(s): CANAL DU MIDI
2018 Price Per Person: $4,690 - 5,390 (USD)
2018 Price Per Charter: $35,000 - 40,000 (USD)

Charming, comfortable salon/dining area with good-sized windows. Jacuzzi on sundeck. Four cabins 87-100 sq ft, all with double or twin beds and ensuite bathroom with shower. One dinner on shore included. Golf, wine charters available. Latest visit: 2017

(Deluxe, 6-passengers)

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Region(s): BURGUNDY: Canal de Bourgogne
2018 Price Per Person: $6,500 (USD)
2018 Price Per Charter: $39,000 (USD)

Cruises in Southern Burgundy. Also offers alternate cruise to Lyon. Salon and separate dining area with picture windows skylights and separate library with computer for guest use. Good-sized cabins are 158 sq ft each, including ensuite bathroom, with large shower and king bed or twins. Jacuzzi, canopy and dining table on the large deck. Owners on board as captain and chef. Includes two meals on shore. Gourmet cuisine and fine wines. Paris transfers included. Latest visit: 2015

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FEATURED THIS WEEK ... Barge Cruises in the Fall!

Sunny days and cool nights with crisp, clean air....Ahhh Autumnal Bliss!
Cruise the serene canals of France this fall or next amidst the glorious foliage as leaves change from green to a kaleidoscope of colors and take advantage of the many special discounts being offered!
Featured above is the C'est la Vie cruising in the Upper Loire in the fall of 2016

This page last updated September 20, 2017