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Special Interest and Theme Cruises

Theme cruises offer the opportunity to indulge in a favorite hobby and increase your knowledge of a wide variety of subjects - from gourmet cuisine and fine wine to music, culture and history. Programs include theme-related shore excursions and activities on/off the boat as well as the chance to interact with leading figures in a particular field.

To find the cruise that suits you best, select a theme and discover one-of-a-kind theme cruise vacations.

Our culinary themed cruises are an opportunity for anyone and everyone to increase gastronomic skills while still enjoying the unique and cultured atmosphere that accompanies a barge cruise.

Whether you are an amateur or novice, these celebrated chefs will give you priceless hands-on experience with incredible French cuisine.

Learn to cook like the French, using time-tested techniques and fresh seasonal produce, then venture into town to see how well your results match up to the real thing!

Culinary cruises

  

 

Culinary Cruise aboard Estello - Provence

This Culinary Cruise combines the beautiful scenery of Provence with many opportunities to learn and hone culinary skills both on and off the barge. Groups only of 10 to 20 guests.  Hightlights include:

  • Pastry class at Le Marmiton in Hotel La Mirande, Avignon
  • Cooking class at Le Jardin des Sens in Montpellier
  • Visit to covered market in Avignon with hands-on cooking class on Estello
  • Open-air market in Arles
  • Wine tasting at Chateauneuf du Pape
  • Visit to regional Olive Mill in Moures
  • Visit to Les Baux de Provence
  • Visit to Aigues Mortes
Price: from  $2,600 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.

               Barge  Estello     |     Estello Culinary Itinerary

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Culinary Cruise aboard Le Phenicien - South of France / Provence

You will have "hands on" cooking classes with some of the best chefs in the region. To you, we open the doors of three prestigious properties: La Mirande in Avignon, Le Domaine de Valmouriane in St-Rémy-de-Provence and Le Domaine de ChâteauVirant in Lançon-de-Provence. In these magic places you will touch the finest Provencal cuisine: its authenticity, conviviality, and multiple flavors. Cruises are available in Avignon to Aigues-Mortes direction only for groups of 9 to 15 passengers.

Price: from $3,980 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.

                       Barge Le Phenicien     |      Le Phenicien Culinary Itinerary

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Culinary Cruise aboard Etoile - South of France / Provence

Your cruise combines well-known sights of Provence, open-air markets, typical Provençal recipes with intimate and unusual moorings in Camargue and on the Mediterranean. This itinerary comes with a choice of recipes for you to learn. The barge kitchen is open to the living room and daily demonstrations are given by your chef, Cobie. At the end of this week, you will return home with all new recipe ideas. Charter only for 4 to 8 guests.

Price: from $2,950 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.

                       Barge Etoile     |      Etoile Culinary Itinerary

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Culinary Cruise aboard Alouette - South of France / Canal du Midi

This is a first-class barge cruise for cooking enthusiasts who wish to develop some culinary skills during their week on the water. We can tailor this week, depending on what our passengers are interested in learning and their skill levels. They will also be taught basic knife skills, food handling, and the importance of presentation of the dishes prepared. Charter only for up to 4 guests.

Price: from $6,365 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.

                   Barge Alouette     |      Alouette Culinary Itinerary

Family Barging

This is the perfect holiday for families with children. There are plenty of activities, both interesting for adults and for kids, along with family-friendly itineraries that will keep everybody entertained and satisfied.

Our different Family Cruises offer a variety of hands-on experiences that the whole family will remember for the rest of their lives. Make sure to tell us what kind of food your children like, too. After all, you're never too young to appreciate French cuisine!

 

Family cruise aboard Etoile - Provence

This is the perfect holiday for families with children, lots of activities, both interesting for adults and the young ones too. A relaxing holiday for the family and please tell us about you and your children’s food preferences! Highlights of this cruise can be: Kayak or Canoe to the Pont du Gard, treasure hunt at Les Baux de Provence, horseback riding in Aigues Mortes, the Mediterranean beach or the Adventure Park at Maguelone. The barge has a plunge pool on deck, dvds for children, (do not hesitate to bring your own, the dvd player is region-free), an iPod docking station, lots of games, bikes and helmets are available. Charter only for 4 to 8 guests.

Price: from $2,950 per person, $300 reduction for each child up to 12 years of age.
           Contact Us for dates and details
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Barge Etoile     |      Etoile Family Itinerary

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Family cruise aboard Emma - Canal du Midi

This Family Cruise along the famous Canal du Midi involves many activities that will keep children engaged and entertained. Adults, too, are welcomed to participate, or simply enjoy a relaxing float down the peaceful canal. Horseback riding, swimming, and fishing are just a few of the activies children can participate in during this week-long cruise.

Price: from $4,500 per person, children's discount available upon request.
           Contact Us for dates and details
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Barge Emma     |      Emma Family Itinerary

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Family cruise aboard Renaissance - Upper Loire/Western Burgundy

A wonderful family friendly itinerary perfect for children and adults. This exciting Family Itinerary includes go-karting, swimming, kayaking, tennis and horseback riding. Perfect for young adults and adults who are children at heart! Charter only for 6 to 8 guests.

Price: from $5,690 per person, children's discount available upon request.
           Contact Us for dates and details
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Barge Renaissance     |      Renaissance Family Itinerary

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Family cruise aboard Meanderer - Upper Loire/Western Burgundy

Although low-impact, relaxing barge cruises may appeal to a more mature audience, bringing children on board can sometimes be at the risk of boredom. This family-friendly barge cruise, however, is well-balanced to please every member on board despite the age level. Trips to theme parks and other adventurous activities await you and your family when you cruise Meanderer.  Available for charter only.

Price: from $4,600 per person children's discount available upon request.
           Contact Us for dates and details
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Barge Meanderer     |      Meanderer Family Itinerary

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Family cruise aboard Fleur de Lys - Burgundy

Our specially created itinerary is perfect for a family break on the Fleur de Lys. Families will enjoy horseback riding, various park visits and even an afternoon at a waterpark. This family friendly cruise through Burgundy is sure to please adults and children alike.  Charter only for 4 to 6 guests. To accommodate more guests, Fleur de Lys can cruise in tandem with Amaryllis on charters to offer this same Golf Cruise to up to 14 guests.

Price: from $7,900 per person, children's discount available upon request.
           Contact Us for dates and details
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Barge Fleur de Lys     |      Fleur de Lys Family Itinerary

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Family cruise aboard Savoir Vivre - Burgundy

The Savoir Vivre is a great barge for Family Friendly Cruising. This beautiful family friendly barge cruises the idyllic waterways of Burgundy.The barge has an 8 guest capacity, which can suit typical families with three generations. The whole boat exclusivity is ideal so you can really make yourselves feel at home.

Price: from $3,000 per person, children go half price.
           Contact Us for dates and details
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Barge Savoir Vivre     |      Savoir Vivre Family Itinerary

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Family cruise aboard La Belle Epoque - Burgundy

This is a wonderful chance for the family to get away with a low-stress vacation. We have ample venues for entertaining children and the rest of the family including, but not limited to biking, pony trekking, hot-air ballooning and many accessories to take care of young babies. Older children may enjoy cultural excursions with their parents such as chateaux, museums, vineyard visits and local markets. Charter only for 10 to 13 guests. To accommodate more guests, La Belle Epoque can cruise in tandem with L'Art de Vivre on charters to offer this same Golf Cruise to up to 21 guests.

Price: from $4,550 per person, children's discount available upon request.
          
Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge La Belle Epoque     |      La Belle Epoque Family Itinerary

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Family cruise aboard Nymphea - River Cher, Loire Valley

Mazes, play areas and costumed tours are sure to delight children on this family-oriented cruise itinerary, but it's not all fun and games for the children alone. Special wine tastings are arranged for adults while the opportunities for canoeing and horseback riding are guaranteed to capture the attention of any inquisitive young adult.  Charter only for 4 to 6 guests.

Price: from $3,950 per person, children's discount available upon request.
          
Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Nymphea     |      Nymphea Family Itinerary

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Family cruise aboard Estello - Provence

Family-friendly barge Estello combines its amazing itinerary with additional stops and activities sure to engage every member of the family. Charter only for 20 guests. Highlights of this Family Cruise include:

  • Kayaking and a picnic at Pont du Gard
  • A day at the beach in Aigues Mortes
  • Visit to a chocolaterie in Chateauneuf du Pape
  • Visit to a ranch in the wild National Park of Camargue

Price: from $2,600 per person, $200 reduction for each child up to 12 years of age.
          
Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Estello     |      Estello Family Itinerary

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Family cruise aboard Anjodi - Canal du Midi / South of France

Our family cruise vacation package is tailored to the individual booking and allows families to have the whole floating hotel all to themselves. Barging allows them to visit a new location every day without the drama of packing and unpacking several times during their vacation. An onboard chef provides both the children and adults with a combination of menus that will delight all. Charter only for 6 to 8 guests.

Price: from $4,190 per person, children's discount available upon request.
          
Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Anjodi     |      Anjodi Family Itinerary

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Family cruise aboard Amaryllis - Burgundy

Our specially created itinerary is perfect for a family break on the Amaryllis. Families will enjoy horseback riding, various park visits and even an afternoon at a waterpark. This family friendly cruise through Burgundy is sure to please adults and children alike.  Charter only for 6 to 8 guests. To accommodate more guests, Amaryllis can cruise in tandem with Fleur de Lys on charters to offer this same Golf Cruise to up to 14 guests.

Price: from $7,350 per person, children's discount available upon request.
            Contact Us for dates and details
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Barge Amaryllis     |      Amaryllis Family Itinerary

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Family cruise aboard Roi Soleil - Canal du Midi / Provence

Roi Soleil is a child-friendly canal barge and have had many happy young families onboard. We welcome children on our barge cruises and offer a wide range of activities to suit your children's age-group. We can even provide a fourth cabin for a Nanny to join the barge trips in the crew quarters if required. Charter only for 6 guests.

Price: from $5,650 per person, children's discount available upon request.
          
Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Roi Soleil     |      Roi Soleil Family Cruise

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Family cruise aboard L'Art De Vivre  - Burgundy

The captain will gently navigate the hotel barge down the smaller canals and rivers of Europe allowing families to either savour the delights of the countryside and canal side villages or cycle or stroll alongside the barge, should the family feel the need to exercise. Our housekeeper is ever present to attend to the families every need. Our younger crewmembers take the role of activities counsellors and appreciate that their friendly interaction with children on board is essential to achieve a great vacation for children and parents alike. Charter only for 6 to 8 guests.  To accommodate more guests, L'Art de Vivre can cruise in tandem with La Belle Epoque on charters to offer this same Golf Cruise to up to 21 guests.

Price: from $3,990 per person, children's discount available upon request.
          
Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge L'Art De Vivre     |      L Art De Vivre Family Itinerary

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Family cruise aboard Randle - Burgundy

France is a great place to visit for all the family, a laid back easy going culture and many outdoor activities to do, Burgundy is natures very own adventure playground, every day your children will enjoy many things of interest, cycling along the tow paths to explore the countryside away from cars, net dipping in babbling streams for a whole array of amazing water creatures, ball games at every stop, boules, football, tennis, picnics by the river side in the afternoon sun. And of course many games of Captains and Pirates!

Price: from $2,435 per person, Charter Only.
          
Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Randle     |     Randle Family Itinerary

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Family cruise aboard Athos - Canal du Midi

Enjoy a relaxing cruise through the beautiful canals of Southern France as the Athos takes you for an unforgettable journey complete with a gourmet chef and custom family itinerary to top it off. The whole family is taken into consideration for this week of family fun! Don't forget to let us know what the kids like to eat.....they always give the best feedback! Charter only for 6 to 10 guests.

Price: from $3,650 per person, children's discount available upon request.
          
Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Athos     |     Athos Family Itinerary

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Family cruise aboard Alegria - Canal du Midi

Alegria warmly welcomes families with a maximum of two children. Well known for personalizing their cruises Olivier and Gladys will propose a tailor-made program in order to fit both the parent's and children's desires. The menus are adapted when necessary, as well as the regular supply of soft drinks! Charter only for 2 to 4 guests.

Price: from $4,600 per person, children's discount available upon request.
          
Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Alegria     |     Alegria Family Cruise

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Family cruise aboard Scottish Highlander - SCOTLAND

This family cruise can be customized to your family. Provided is an onboard chef, who can make meals according to the tastes of the family. Adults can relax in peace and quiet with coffee and liqueurs while a few feet away, children may find themselves steering the vessel along a tree-lined canal or perhaps biking together.

Price: from $3,500 per person, Charter Only.
          
Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Scottish Highlander     |     Scottish Highlander Family Itinerary

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Family cruise aboard Magna Carta - ENGLAND

Whether you are young or old or a combination of all ages, or whether there’s cause for celebration, or just a chance to enjoy each other’s company. This voyage, with all that can be experienced, really does take some beating. Henley on Thames is surely one of the most picturesque riverside towns and famous for the annual regatta, the most important amateur rowing tournament in the world.

Price: from $3,700 per person, Charter Only.
          
Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Magna Carta     |     Magna Carta Family Itinerary

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Family cruise aboard Enchante - Canal du Midi

Immerse yourself and your family in relaxing cruise through the enchanting canals of Southern France aboard Enchante. The whole family is taken into consideration for this week of family fun! Don't forget to let us know what the kids like to eat.....they always give the best feedback!

Price: from $5,300 per person.
          
Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Enchante     |     Enchante Family Itinerary

 

France is famous for the unparalleled vintages that have come from this magnificent land. Although other countries have recently been recognized as key players in the world of wines, France maintains its paramount status for having the history, innovations, and sheer passion for wine with which no country could possibly compete.

Our wine-themed cruises are not simply about wine, but the tradition, knowledge and complexity that every bottle of French wine shares. With wine experts at your side or simply with a guide in a 17th century winery, this is truly the most convenient and comprehensive way to discover the wines of France.

Wine Theme Cruising

Wine Cruise aboard Alegria - Midi Languedoc

Alegria owner and captain, Olivier Baudry, partners with Juliet Bruce Jones, a Master of Wine, to bring you this exclusive high-caliber wine cruise through the Languedoc region. With the help of the onboard chef, Olivier and Juliet will introduce you to more than 50 wines from every corner of the Languedoc during this week-long "Wine Lover's Cruise." On board, Juliet will lead you through some special wine tastings before the chef talks you through every wine served on board and why it is served with a particular course of each meal. You will also have the opportunity to talk with many winemakers. Additionally, you will go on an exploration of the Languedoc vineyards and their wonderful wines as you cruise along the Midi Canal through the dreamy wine regions of Minervois, Corbieres, and Coteaux du Languedoc. Charter only for up to 4 guests.

Price: from $5,440 per person (Full Boat Private Charter only / Based on Charter Fare + Additional US$3,360). Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Alegria     |     Alegria Wine Itinerary

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Wine Cruise aboard Randle - Burgundy

The beautiful hills and valleys of Burgundy have been famous for wine production for millennia. It has always been a wealthy and important region fought over by empires and kingdoms since Roman times. Aboard this 6-night wine cruise, you'll taste the best of the region. Charter only for 2 to 4 guests.

Price: from $2,440 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Randle     |     Randle Wine Itinerary

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Wine Cruise aboard Enchanté - Midi Provence

Our wine guide presents a comparative tasting of the white wines currently being produced in the region along with tours of towns such as Carcassonne and the 12th century castle at Cathar. We will explore the region and the best of the many local wines offered along the way. Charter only for 6 to 8 guests. To accommodate more guests, Enchanté can cruise in tandem with Anjodi on charters to offer this same Golf Cruise to up to 16 guests.

Price: from $5,675 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.
           Price includes a comprehensive wine itinerary with the services of a professional Wine Guide,
           and an upgrade to the wine list to include some additional premier and grand cru wines.

Barge Enchanté     |     Enchante Wine Itinerary

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Wine Cruise aboard L' Art de Vivre - Burgundy

Enjoy your morning cruise past gently rolling hills, vineyards dotted with cherry orchards and curious cattle who lift their heads for a better look.  All this is on route to the legendary vineyards that surround the world-famous town of Chablis. Your wine guide will take you through the Grand Cru vineyards as well as the contemporary wineries that keep the legacy of this town alive. Charter only for 6 to 8 guests.

Price: from $4,365 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.
           Price includes a comprehensive wine itinerary with the services of a professional Wine Guide,
           and an upgrade to the wine list to include some additional premier and grand cru wines.

Barge L'Art de Vivre     |     L Art de Vivre Wine Itinerary

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Wine Cruise aboard Estello - Provence

Estello offers an exquisite Wine Cruise on the River Rhone. Highlights of this special itinerary include wine tastings at Chateauneuf du Pape and Pope's Palace, visiting Pont du Gard, discovering Gallo-Roman wines, and sampling organic wines at Chateau des Coccinelles. Guests will also delight in the presence of an onboard sommelier who will instruct participants in how to recognize a wine's region by smell and taste before offering samples of wines from different regions of France. Groups only of 10 to 20 guests.

Price: from $2,600 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Estello     |     Estello Wine Itinerary

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Wine Cruise aboard Meanderer - Upper Loire & Western Burgundy

Although the standard cruise includes two visits to a winery, this theme is expanded to include additional visits, tastings, opportunities to view the wine-making process. We will customize the tours based upon guest preferences and will include classes on understanding different wines. This can be both for the connoisseur and the novice. Charter only for 4 to 6 guests.

Price: from $4,600 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Meanderer     |     Meanderer Wine Itinerary

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Grand Cru Wine Cruise aboard Amaryllis - Burgundy

A 6-night tour aboard The Amaryllis barge and an unmissable opportunity for the wine connoisseur to taste the 33 Grand Crus of Burgundy, including Bonne Mares, Montrachet and Romanée Conti. Travel in superb comfort on our luxury barge, where you will enjoy the delightful scenery and culture of Burgundy at a very relaxed pace. The wines that you will come to enjoy during the cruise are the heart and soul of the region, and have an honoured place in the wine-cellers and at the dinner tables of wine lovers all over the world. Charter only for 6 to 8 guests.

Price: from $10,500 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Amaryllis     |      Amaryllis Wine Itinerary

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Wine Cruise aboard Le Phenicien - Provence

Do you want to know more about how to taste and drink wine? Perhaps you are intrigued by how it is made and the unique characteristics that give each type an individual personality. You will learn all this with our special wine cruise program and you will have fun doing it! This cruise is available to groups from 9 passengers.

Price: from  $3,730 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge  Le Phenicien     |      Le Phenicien Wine Itinerary

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Wine Cruise aboard Etoile - Provence

Wines of abundant varieties are waiting for you.  Visit intimate settings and sample the wines of unique vintners throughout this Provence cruise.  In addition to the savory flavors of France's most well-known passion, guests will enjoy the unspoiled beauty of southern France and its time-spanning Roman influence.  Charter only for 4 to 8 guests.

Price: from $2,950 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Etoile     |      Etoile Wine Itinerary

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Wine Cruise aboard Athos - Canal du Midi

Welcome aboard the Athos, where your wine-themed cruise with us will intertwine good food, an incredible ambiance and great wine! We will explore the beautiful and serene Canal du Midi and the local wineries that wind with us along the canal's route. There will be ample tastings and lessons about the respective wines from the region on this relaxing cruise. Charter only for 6 to 10 guests.

Price: from $3,650 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Athos     |      Athos Wine Itinerary

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Wine Cruise aboard Roi Soleil - Provence / Canal du Midi

If you are looking for a rare or particular vintage of wine we can help you find it, have it waiting onboard for you when you arrive and even help you find others that might suit you as well. There are many wine-makers and sommeliers for us to visit as we make our way through an indulgent week of incredible French wines! Charter only for up to 6 guests.

Price: from $5,650 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Roi Soleil     |      Roi Soleil Wine Cruise

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Wine Cruise aboard La Belle Epoque - Burgundy

Enjoy your morning cruise past gently rolling hills, vineyards dotted with cherry orchards and curious cattle who lift their heads for a better look.  All this is on route to the legendary vineyards that surround the world-famous town of Chablis. Your wine guide will take you through the Grand Cru vineyards as well as the contemporary wineries that keep the legacy of this town alive. Charter only for 10 to 13 guests.

Price: from $4,970 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.
           Price includes a comprehensive wine itinerary with the services of a professional Wine Guide,
           and an upgrade to the wine list to include some additional premier and grand cru wines.

Barge La Belle Epoque     |      La Belle Epoque Wine Itinerary

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Wine Cruise aboard L'Impressionniste - Burgundy

The vineyards of Burgundy have long been a staple in the region and our wine guide is an expert of not just wine, but also the history and variety of methods in which to make wine. We will experience the wonderful wine-infused lifestyle that helps make Burgundy so wonderful, making sure you become a wine expert along the way! Charter only for 10 to 13 guests.

Price: from $4,970 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.
           Price includes a comprehensive wine itinerary with the services of a professional Wine Guide,
           and an upgrade to the wine list to include some additional premier and grand cru wines.

Barge L'Impressioniste     |      L Impressionniste Wine Itinerary

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Wine Cruise aboard Anjodi - Canal du Midi

Our wine guide presents a comparative tasting of the white wines currently being produced in the Languedoc region along with complete tours of towns such as Carcassonne and the 12th century castle at Cathar. We will explore the region and the best of the many local wines offered along the way. Charter only for 6 to 8 guests. To accommodate more guests, Anjodi can cruise in tandem with Enchanté on charters to offer this same Golf Cruise to up to 16 guests.

Price: from $4,565 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.
           Price includes a comprehensive wine itinerary with the services of a professional Wine Guide,
           and an upgrade to the wine list to include some additional premier and grand cru wines.

Barge Anjodi     |      Anjodi Wine Itinerary

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Wine Cruise aboard Emma - Canal du Midi

This cruise is for those who love wine but also want to see the sites of the Languedoc and visit the bustling markets for which the south of France is famed. By alternating ‘sightseeing days’ with ‘wine days’, it provides the perfect balance between sight-seeing, wine tasting and cruising, ensuring that you get the best out of your barge holiday in the Languedoc. Charter only for 4 to 6 guests.

Price: from $4,500 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Emma     |      Emma Wine Itinerary

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Wine Cruise aboard Mirabelle - Bordeaux

Although it might seem that wines from each Bordeaux region are easy to identify, the reality is more complex, and even great connoisseurs can be surprised by the incredible range of bouquets and flavours. Your personal wine consultant for this cruise will clue you in what to watch for and provide all the information you need to understand Bordeaux wines: topography, geology, grape varieties, etc., as well as recommended matches with food.

Price: from $3,100 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Mirabelle     |      Mirabelle Wine Cruise

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Wine Discovery aboard Napoleon - Southern France to Burgundy

Discover the wonder that is Vallée du Rhône & Côtes du Rhône vineyards as well as the famous Beaujolais region during Wine Discovery. This cruise will take you down Southern Burgundy to the Maconnais wine region, where you'll visit the world acclaimed Pouilly Fuisse vineyard. While in the heart of the wine country of Burgundy, you'll catch a visit of Beaune, the wine capital of the region, and explore the "Route des Grands Crus" from Montrachet, Meursault, Pommard, and Gevrey Chambertin where you will meet the local wine producers and owners.

Price:
from $6,450 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Napoleon     |      Napoleon Wine Discovery

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Wine Cruise aboard Caprice - Burgundy

From Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France, to Dijon, the wine capital of Burgundy, this cruise takes place along the Route des crus du Beaujolais and the Cote d’Or Wine Road. This "marriage of wine and food" itinerary includes regional meals in traditional Burgundian bistros, visits to local wine growers and artisans chocolate manufacturer, and of course many opportunities to sample several crus.

Price:
from $3,090 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Caprice     |      Caprice Wine Itinerary

Bicycling Themed Cruises

No matter how relaxing and enlightening a barge cruise through France may be, nothing really competes with the advantages that a week of biking and barging has to offer.

An efficient, healthy and invigorating bike ride with the family through scenic countryside and picturesque villages is a thorough and exciting way to appreciate so much culture and history. Couple that with gourmet food and wine aboard a luxurious canal barge touring the French countryside with you…well it’s hard to beat a vacation like that!

 

Bicycling Cruise aboard Le Phenicien - Provence and Camargue

With almost 300 days of sunshine a year, flat lands and tough hills and very good quality roads and trails network our region is a true paradise for bikers. The best part is that  your floating hotel and restaurant is following you! So enjoy your bike ride through scenic France with no worries of having to back-track to you hotel at the end of the day. A different bike ride is proposed everyday with the assistance of a cycling specialist.

Price: from  $3,060 per person. Contact Us for dates and details

Barge  Le Phenicien     |      Le Phenicien Bicycling Itinerary

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Bicycling Cruise aboard Etoile - Provence and Camargue

Your cruise combines well-known sights of Provence with intimate and unusual moorings in Camargue and on the Mediterranean - for an entirely personalized experience. Biking is through mostly flat country side, there is a possibility to bike the Roman roads. Average riding of 20-45 km per day.

Price: from  $2,950 per person. Contact Us for dates and details

Barge Etoile     |      Etoile Bicycling Itinerary

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Bicycling Cruise aboard L'Art de Vivre - Nivernais Canal, Burgundy

Trekking through the vineyards of Burgundy may seem like a fantasy, but this biking themed cruise lets you do exactly that. There is plenty of time for stops along the route as you ride with a professional cycling guide throughout the Burgundian countryside; charming French villages await! Charter only for 6 to 8 guests.

Price: from $4,365 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.
            Price includes daily cycling with a professional Cycling Guide and a bicycle upgrade.

Barge L'Art de Vivre     |     L Art de Vivre Bicycling Itinerary

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Bicycling Cruise aboard Nymphea - Loire Valley

Once aboard the Nymphea you will understand what a wonderful week this will be for you. Biking through Chateaux country is incredibly beautiful and charming. We  will take you and your party, with a professional cycling guide, through many of the Chateaux in the region along with ventures through small villages and picturesque markets. Charter only for 4 to 6 guests.

Price: from $4,285 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.
            Price includes daily cycling with a professional Cycling Guide and a bicycle upgrade.

Barge Nymphea     |      Nymphea Bicycling Itinerary

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Bicycling Cruise aboard Scottish Highlander - SCOTLAND

This cycling theme cruise aboard the 8-passenger Scottish Highlander in the Highlands, where the scenery through the Great Glen is truly spectacular offers a relaxing and interesting cycling experience, with something for every cyclist to enjoy, quaint villages, wonderful scenery and of course, your very own floating luxury hotel to return to each day! Your itinerary will be fully customizable so you can be sure the distances will be right for you.

Price: from $3,500 per person, Charter Only. 
            Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Scottish Highlander     |      Scottish Highlander Cycling Itinerary

Couple hiking

Barge cruising is an excellent way to explore the French countryside, with low speeds and multiple opportunities to go onshore and explore local towns and villages.

A hiking or walking cruise cruise is perfect for adventurous, nature-loving individuals and anyone interested in exploring France intimately on foot.  These week-long adventures combine the beauty of idyllic vistas with plenty of chances to relax on board a charming barge.  Fresh cooked meals will replenish you daily as you look forward to your next onshore journey.

  

Hiking cruise aboard L'Art de Vivre - Nivernais Canal, Burgundy

Burgundy boasts some of Europe’s prettiest canal routes and offers great possibilities for walkers of all abilities. Our barge L’Art de Vivre on the Canal du Nivernais provides a very comfortable base (with a spa pool in which to relax those joints before or after a walk) and your own master chef to prepare delicious regional meals to provide perfect sustenance for a week’s walking! An open bar provides liquid refreshment of all types and a cheerful crew ensure all your needs are catered to. With this carefully planned cruise and walking schedule, you can properly experience the grass roots of Burgundy! Sumptuous food, smooth cruise, calm walking…. In the company of our professional walking guide, saunter along the region’s scenic pathways, through dreamy old villages, past castles and vineyards. Have no fear, we provide just the right balance of exploration, exertion, and relaxation!  Charter only for 6 to 8 guests.

Price: from $4,265 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.
            Price includes daily walking with a professional Walking Guide.

Barge L'Art de Vivre     |      L Art de Vivre Walking Itinerary

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Hiking cruise aboard La Belle Epoque - Burgundy

This unique walking itinerary will include visits to historical Roman sites and picturesque chateaux.  Enjoy the colors, sounds, and smells of Burgundy as your awe-inspiring walking cruise takes you closer to France than you could have possibly imagined.  Charter only for 10 to 13 guests.

Price: from $4,925 per person.  Contact Us for dates and details.
            Price includes daily walking with a professional Walking Guide.

Barge La Belle Epoque     |      La Belle Epoque Walking Itinerary

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 Walking cruise aboard Shannon Princess - IRELAND

Our new Walking Itinerary embraces the luxury and comfort of barging along with the satisfaction and exhilaration of quality guided walking tours in a unique and beautiful environment that only Ireland’s river Shannon can offer. Along with our chauffer driven luxury mini coach and our professional walking guide, Shannon Princess provides the perfect floating vista for your European walking adventure. Our walks are guided by professional walking guides all with backgrounds in Archaeology, History and Natural Science along with a smattering of local knowledge.

Price: from $42,000 whole boat charter.  Contact Us for dates and details.
            Price includes daily walking with a professional Walking Guide.

Barge Shannon Princess     |      Shannon Princess Walking Itinerary

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 Walking cruise aboard Magna Carta - ENGLAND

Discover the heartland of rural England with walks into the Chiltern Hills and stops at some of the most traditional pubs in the country.

Price: from $3,700 per person, Charter Only.  Contact Us for dates and details.
            Price includes daily walking with a professional Walking Guide.

Barge Magna Carta     |      Magna Carta Walking Itinerary

With a vast choice of small boutiques, department stores and local markets, France is well known throughout the world for shopping. One of the best aspects of shopping in France is that each region has specialties that are completely unique to that area

The selection of antiques, clothes, foods, wines, specialty items and so much more will amaze as you wander through the stunning streets of France with a guide who will clue you in to the best deals around!

Shopping Themed Cruises

 

Shopping Cruise aboard Etoile - Provence

We wander the narrow streets of lovely Provençal villages and towns, visiting the many little shops where French treasures are awaiting you. Provencal fabrics for table cloths, place mats, lavender scent in pot pourri, cicada pottery….

Price: From  $2,950 per person. Contact Us for dates and details

                         Barge  Etoile     |      Etoile Shopping Itinerary

Chocolate and Wine Theme Cruises

Everybody loves chocolate and everybody loves wine….so here we are. Only a pampering barge cruise through stunning French villages could make this delectable duo more attractive.

Producing wine and chocolate in France has been a finely tuned tradition for centuries and now you can take advantage of this enticing offer that merges these two wonderful pleasures on an unforgettable barge trip through France!

 

Chocolate & Wine Cruise aboard Meanderer - Upper Loire & Western Burgundy

A truly indulgent itinerary awaits as soon as you arrive in Paris. Your gracious hosts will pick you up from Paris in the early afternoon for a Parisian surprise (all we know is that it involves a chocolate fountain!). For a week you will be escorted and offered the opportunity to experience fine wine and incredible chocolate that together will create a flavor your mouth won't soon forget.

Price: from  $4,600 per person. Contact Us for dates and details

Barge Meanderer     |      Meanderer Chocolate and Wine Itinerary

When you think of barging in France, the last thing that comes to mind might very well be a stroll on the back nine.  However, these golf theme cruises have managed to incorporate a luxurious barge trip with some of the best golfing in France.

Many wonderful golf courses in France are located near the scenic waterways, emphasizing the natural beauty and obstacles of the course, and making for a memorable and exciting 18 holes!

Golf Theme Cruises

 

Golf Cruise aboard Emma - South of France / Canal du Midi

Have the best of both worlds and combine a few days of golf with your canal cruise. A selection of golf courses are available along the cruise route; combine your passion for golf with a luxury cruise in the South of France along the world famous Canal du Midi.  Charter only for 4 to 6 guests.

Price:  from $4,500 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.
             Price includes 3 days of golf on different courses, chauffeured transport to courses, green fees, and buggy.

Barge Emma     |     Emma Golf Itinerary

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Golf Cruise aboard La Reine Pedauque - Burgundy

This Golf Cruise combines 3 days of golf with extraordinary land excursions and fine French cuisine both on and off the barge. To accommodate more guests, La Reine Pedauque can cruise in tandem with Niagara on charters to offer this same Golf Cruise to up to 14 guests.

Price:  from $4,300 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.
             Price includes transfers to and from clubs.  Tee times to be paid locally.

Barge La Reine Pedauque     |     La Reine Pedauque Golf Itinerary

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Golf Cruise aboard Niagara - Burgundy

This Golf Cruise combines 3 days of golf with extraordinary land excursions and fine French cuisine both on and off the barge. To accommodate more guests, Niagara can cruise in tandem with La Reine Pedauque on charters to offer this same Golf Cruise to up to 14 guests.

Price:  from $5,550 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.
             Price includes transfers to and from clubs.  Tee times to be paid locally.

Barge Niagara     |     Niagara Golf Itinerary

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Golf Cruise aboard Enchanté - Canal du Midi and Provence

Imagine you and your friends combining your love of golf with a leisurely cruise aboard Enchanté, a fully-crewed luxury hotel barge, drifting along tranquil waterways past some of the most beautiful scenery in the South of France. Your floating hotel is furnished with every modern comfort. The finest gourmet cuisine is prepared by your on-board master chef, complemented by a wide array of fine regional wines and an open bar, and of course, the experienced and knowledgeable crew is there to attend to your slightest need. Charter only for 6 to 8 guests.

Price:  from $5,800 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.
             Price includes 4 pre-booked and paid tee times and transfers to and from the clubs.

Barge Enchanté     |     Enchante Golf Itinerary Midi     |     Enchante Golf Itinerary Provence

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Golf Cruise aboard Renaissance - Upper Loire & Western Burgundy

Four days of golf at 18-hole courses in the Upper Loire is what the Golf Cruise on board Renaissance offers its guests.  With courses at exquisite chateaux and woodland parks, this golf itinerary is sure to please any discerning golf and travel enthusiast. The courses on this itinerary are recommended for intermediate and advanced golfers. Charter only for 6 to 8 guests.

Price:  from $6,190 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.
             Price includes 4 pre-booked and paid tee times and transfers to and from the clubs.

Barge Renaissance     |     Renaissance Golf Itinerary

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Golf Cruise aboard Nymphea - The Loire Valley

Four days of golf at 18-hole courses in the Loire Valley is what the Golf Cruise on board Nymphea offers its guests.  With courses at exquisite chateaux and woodland parks, this golf itinerary is sure to please any discerning golf and travel enthusiast. Charter only for 4 to 6 guests.

Price:  from $4,450 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.
             Price includes 4 pre-booked and paid tee times and transfers to and from the clubs.

Barge Nymphea     |     Nymphea Golf Itinerary

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Golf Cruise aboard Anjodi - South of France / Canal du Midi

A luxury Golf Cruise vacation on the Anjodi cruising the Canal du Midi in the South of France from Beziers to Carcassonne. This relaxing Golf Cruise includes 4 days of golf at 4 different courses as you cruise one of the most memorable regions of France.  Charter only for 6 to 8 guests. To accommodate more guests, Anjodi can cruise in tandem with Athos on charters to offer this same Golf Cruise to up to 18 guests.

Price:  from $4,690 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.
             Price includes 4 pre-booked and paid tee times and transfers to and from the clubs.

Barge Anjodi     |     Anjodi Golf Itinerary

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Golf Cruise aboard Hirondelle - Upper Loire & Western Burgundy

The Golf Itinerary from Guetin to Rogny available on the Hirondelle is perfect for the golf enthusiast. Play 9- and 18-hole courses in beautiful, tranquil regions of the Upper Loire Valley.  Charter only for 6 to 8 guests.

Price:  from $5,500 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.
             Price includes transfers to and from clubs.
             Guests to pay $80 per person per round of golf in green fees locally.
             Itinerary includes 3 to 4 rounds of golf.

Barge Hirondelle     |     Hirondelle Golf Itinerary

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Golf Cruise aboard Amaryllis - Burgundy

The Golf Itinerary from Escommes to Dijon available on the Amaryllis is perfect for the golf enthusiast. Enjoy 18 holes of golf in several enticing locations as you cruise down the beautifully idyllic Burgundy Canal.  Charter only for 6 to 8 guests. To accommodate more guests, Amaryllis can cruise in tandem with Fleur de Lys on charters to offer this same Golf Cruise to up to 14 guests.

Price:  from $7,350 per person.  Contact Us for dates and details.
             Price includes transfers to and from clubs.
             Guests to pay $80 per person per round of golf in green fees locally.
             Itinerary includes 3 to 4 rounds of golf.

Barge Amaryllis     |     Amaryllis Golf Itinerary

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Golf Cruise aboard Athos - South of France / Canal du Midi

The Athos crew makes a tremendous effort to show you the unique and scenic golf courses as they prepare a trip for you and your guests that will be sure to surpass your expectations. This golf theme barge trip is complete with an incredible chef, open bar and all the amenities one would need while cruising the beautiful canals of Southern France. Charter only for 6 to 10 guests. To accommodate more guests, Athos can cruise in tandem with Anjodi on charters to offer this same Golf Cruise to up to 18 guests.

Price:  from $3,650 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.
             Price includes 4 pre-booked and paid tee times and transfers to and from the clubs.

Barge Athos     |      Athos Golf Itinerary

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Golf Cruise aboard Fleur de Lys - Burgundy

Our Golf Itinerary from Escommes to Dijon is available on the Fleur de Lys and is perfect for the golf enthusiast. Enjoy 18 holes of golf in several enticing locations as you cruise down the beautifully idyllic Burgundy Canal.  Charter only for 4 to 6 guests. To accommodate more guests, Fleur de Lys can cruise in tandem with Amaryllis on charters to offer this same Golf Cruise to up to 14 guests.

Price:  from $7,900 per person.  Contact Us for dates and details.
             Price includes transfers to and from clubs.
             Guests to pay $80 per person per round of golf in green fees locally.
             Itinerary includes 3 to 4 rounds of golf.

Barge Fleur de Lys     |      Fleur de Lys Golf Itinerary

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Golf Cruise aboard Meanderer - Upper Loire & Western Burgundy

The Upper Loire region offers golfers the chance to play a number of immaculately presented, picturesque courses (including "Les Bordes" - regularly listed as one of Europe's top five courses) . Culture and fun mix with this classical gof theme barge cruise. Charter only for 4 to 6 guests.

Price:  from $4,600 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.
             Price includes transfers to and from clubs.  Tee times to be paid locally.

Barge Meanderer     |      Meanderer Golf Itinerary

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Golf Cruise aboard Le Phenicien - South of France / Provence

How do you play 5 different 18 holes golf courses in a week and pack/unpack only once? Embark on Le Phenicien's Golf Cruise!  Not for the beginning golfer, this rigorous itinerary allows guests to play on some of the best golf courses in the south of France such as Pont Royal and Nîmes Campagne. This cruise is available to groups and individual travelers and can be mixed with our Provence/Camargue cruise. Charter only for 9 to 18 guests.

Price:  from $3,060 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.
             Price includes transfers to and from clubs.  Tee times to be paid locally.

Barge Le Phenicien     |      Le Phenicien Golf Itinerary

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Golf Cruise aboard Shannon Princess - IRELAND

For championship quality golf try the historic and unforgiving Lahinch, Christy O’Connor Jr. designed Glasson Golf course, or the spectacular Galway Bay Golf Club. All should be enough to inspire and challenge any keen golfer. Tee times can be arranged so that you have time to play a memorable round of golf and still enjoy a relaxing cruise aboard your floating hotel with gourmet cuisine and fine wines.

Price: from $42,000 whole boat charter.  Contact Us for dates and details.
             Price includes transfers to and from clubs.  Tee times to be paid locally.

Barge Shannon Princess     |      Shannon Princess Golf Itinerary

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Golf Cruise aboard Scottish Highlander - SCOTLAND

This golf themed cruise aboard the Scottish Highlander offers golfers the chance to play a variety of courses including:

  • Royal Dornoch Golf Course: This course is one of Scotland's famous links courses designed by Tom Morris.
  • Nairn Golf Club: Nairn's reputation is well founded, hosting many professional and amateur events. Several holes border the North Sea and whilst Scotland's driest course, it is possibly the windiest!
  • Fort Augustus Golf Course: This course is probably the only course in the world kept manicured by a herd of sheep!
  • Newtonmore Golf Course: Newtonmore (established 1893) is a comparatively flat, easy-walking, parkland course full of exciting and invigorating challenges.

Price:  from $3,500 per person, Charter Only. Contact Us for dates and details.
             Price includes transfers to and from clubs.  Tee times to be paid locally.

Barge Scottish Highlander     |      Scottish Highlander Golf Itinerary

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Golf Cruise aboard Magna Carta - ENGLAND

England has some of the greatest golf courses including Hampton Court Palace Golf Course, Walton Heath Golf Club, Wentworth, and Henley Regatta Course, all of which should be enough to inspire and challenge any keen golfer. Tee times can be arranged so that you have time to play a memorable round of golf and still enjoy a relaxing cruise aboard your floating hotel with gourmet cuisine and fine wines.

Price:  from $3,700 per person, Charter Only. Contact Us for dates and details.
             Price includes transfers to and from clubs.  Tee times to be paid locally.

Barge Magna Carta     |      Magna Carta Golf Itinerary

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Golf Cruise aboard L'Impressionniste- Burgundy

Golf enthusiasts will relish this special golf cruise aboard L'Impressionniste. The itinerary includes visits to Golf Blue Green in Quetigny, Golf de Beaune Levernois, and Chateau de Chailly, which was designed by Thierry Sprecher and Géry Watine, professional champion of France in 1989. The courses offer a challenge for all levels of players.

Price: from  $4,666 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.

               Barge L'Impressionniste    |     L'Impressionniste Golf Itinerary

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Golf Cruise aboard Absoluut2 - Upper Loire & Western Burgundy

Combine four days of hitting the green with adventuresome excursions in the French countryside and you get the Absoluut2 golf cruise. With visits to top rates courses, including Les Bordes and Roncemay, and scenic towns of Gien and Sancerre (Wine included!),  this golf cruise is sure to please any golf and travel enthusiast. The courses on this itinerary are recommended for intermediate and advanced golfers. Charter only for 6 to 8 guests.

Price: from  $4,950 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.

               Barge Absoluut2    |     Absoluut2 Golf Itinerary

French Garden Theme Cruises

French Gardens are known throughout the world for how intricate, prestigous and beautiful they are. They have a source of pride for the French as proven by the numurous gardens that seem to be constantly competing with each other.

Most of these incredible gardens are near rivers and canals, making the two a perfect match for one another. Step back to the foundation of canals and gardens and see France the way the French did so many generations ago.

 

Flower Show cruise aboard Magna Carta - ENGLAND

Flower and nature enthusiasts will relish this unique itnerary aboard Magna Carta that encompasses everything horticulture and gardens. Along your relaxing cruise on the Middle Thames, you'll tour some of the most stunning gardens including the world famous Chelsea Flower Show or the Hampton Flower Show in London. Both cruises will also include excursions to Kew Gardens, Savill Gardens in Windsor Great Park and the Cliveden Estate. Select departure dates available in May and July.

Price: from $3,999 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.

  Barge Magna Carta   |     Magna Carta Gardens Itinerary

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French Gardens cruise aboard Emma - Canal du Midi

Is nature your interest?  Flowers?  Beautiful gardens?  Then a combination of a cruise along the canal with visits to some of the most beautiful gardens in the South of France is just what you are looking for. You will be accompanied by a local English horticulturist, Gill Pound, who combines the running of a nursery with garden consultancy and teaches courses in gardening. Select departure dates available in April, June, and October.

Price: from $4,500 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.

  Barge Emma     |      Emma French Gardens Itinerary

 

Tandem cruising can accommodate up to 28 passengers by positioning two barges on the same waterway.

Tandem cruising allows plenty of opportunity to sample the cuisine of another chef, host cocktail parties and enjoy the relaxed refinement encountered whilst cruising in company.

In addition to the daily excursions enjoyed along the cruise routes, we can arrange tennis tournaments, bicycling rallies, golf competitions and more!

A La Carte Cruises

Tandem Cruising

Barges
Group Size
Cruise Region
Esperance & Clair de Lune
up to 12
South of France, Canal du Midi
Caroline & Emma
up to 12
South of France, Canal du Midi
Amaryllis & Fleur de Lys
up to 14
Southern Burgundy, Rhone/Saone & Beaujolais, Burgundy
La Reine Pedauque & Niagara
up to 14
Burgundy
Emma & Athos
up to 16
South of France, Canal du Midi
Enchante & Anjodi
up to 16
South of France, Provence, Canal du Midi
Athos & Anjodi
up to 18
South of France, Canal du Midi
Fleur de Lys & Napoleon
up to 18
Southern Burgundy, Rhone/Saone & Beaujolais, Burgundy
MeandererSavoir Faire
up to 18
Upper Loire & Western Burgundy
Napoleon & Amaryllis
up to 20
Southern Burgundy, Rhone/Saone & Beaujolais, Burgundy
La Belle Epoque & L'Art de Vivre
up to 21
Burgundy
La Belle Epoque & L' Impressionniste
up to 26
Burgundy
Etoile & Estello
up to 28
South of France, Provence

Need more options? Browse our Private Charters selection!

For more information on how France Cruises can help you put together
your own group itinerary, visit our Groups & Charters Department.

 

Tennis

Tennis, as it is most widely recognized, was developed in the late 19th century in the United Kingdom. Since then, participants have enjoyed its rigorous challenges, celebrating the sport on small and large scales as both a leisurely and competitive sport.

Tennis enthusiasts everywhere, even casual players, will enjoy these Tennis Itineraries in France. The beauty of the country's cultural charm, the pleasure of a barge cruise, and the joy of tennis are sure to tempt and please any curious and active traveler.

 

Tennis cruise aboard L'Art de Vivre - Nivernais Canal, Burgundy

Burgundy, as one of France's most widely-recognized and highly-sought vacation destinations, is reason enough for any travel enthusiast to take this cruise.  Those with a passion for tennis will be even more drawn to this cruise.  Enjoy 5 days of tennis and different unique locations during this unforgettable week-long Burgundian barge cruise.  Charter only for 6 to 8 guests.

Price: from $3,990 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.
            Price includes pre-booked and paid courts and transfers to and from the clubs.

Barge L'Art de Vivre     |      L Art de Vivre Tennis Itinerary

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Tennis cruise aboard Athos - Canal du Midi

Provence awaits, and so does the opportunity to enjoy rousing games of tennis at 4 different courts along the Midi.  Enjoy sumptuous post-game dinners and drinks in beautiful locations overlooking some of the most gorgeous vistas France has to offer.  This week in Provence is an excellent choice for the active traveler interested in combinin his or her passion for sport with a love for discovery.

Price: from $3,650 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Athos     |      Athos Tennis Itinerary

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Tennis cruise aboard Magna Carta - ENGLAND

On a tennis cruise in the summer aboard Magna Carta on the River Thames, we will make arrangements for you to play at some wonderful riverside clubs like the Lensbury, the Royal Berkshire, or the Windsor Lawn Tennis Club.

Price: from $3,700 per person, Charter Only. Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Magna Carta     |      Magna Carta Tennis Itinerary

Honeymoon

Nothing says romance like the culture and history of France. A barge cruise in France, in and of itself, can be a very romantic experience, but even more so during one of the most joyous moments of your life: your honeymoon.

A Romantic Cruise aboard a barge in France will introduce newlywed couples to a more tender aspect of the French experience, with visits to exquisitely preserved chateaux, private wine tastings, and candlelit dinners both on board and at some of the region's most acclaimed restaurants.

  

For more choices, consider a private barge charter just for you and your significant other. 

Click here for a listing of 2 person private charters.

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Honeymoon Cruise aboard Nymphea - The Loire Valley

This week-long cruise in the Loire Valley features stops at gorgeous chateaux and wine tastings in charming locations. Enjoy a complimentary bottle of champagne upon your arrival and savor romantic candlelit dinners nightly. Stroll through enchanting towns and villages as you discover France's long-standing history and share the magic of this dream vacation with the one you love. Available for 2-person charter only.

Price: $16,400 whole boat charter. Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Nymphea     |      Nymphea Honeymoon Itinerary

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 Romantic Cruise aboard Esperance - South of France

This 10-day itinerary, in the South of France, includes private tours of the Ramparts of Carcassonne and the Chateaux of Lastours, stay in a romantic chateau hotel, romantic dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant, La Barbacane, and private transfer to the Esperance, your floating hotel for two. You will spend 7 marvelous days on the Esperance,  floating along the  beautiful Canal du Midi.  

Price: $9,500 per person whole itinerary. Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Esperance     |      Esperance Romantic Itinerary

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  Honeymoon Cruise aboard Scottish Highlander - SCOTLAND

The Scottish Highlands offers the most spectacular inland waterway scenery in Europe with the luxury barge Scottish Highlander finding dramatic anchorages such as Urquhart Castle on mysterious Loch Ness. Guests can wander the heather clad shores or relax on board with maybe a “wee dram” of single malt whisky.

Price: $17,900 whole boat charter. Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Scottish Highlander     |      Scottish Highlander Honeymoon Itinerary

Watercolors

Art and France go hand in hand. Impressionists glorified rural towns and sidewalk cafes, yearning desperately to translate the soft, golden sunlight into timeless works of art. Now it's your turn to try.

Painting Cruises in France are some of the most relaxing ways to enjoy a barge vacation. There is no shortage of inspiration as you sail past scenic landscapes and explore centuries-old villages. Whether you are a beginning, intermediate, or advanced painter, there is an itinerary available to match your skill level.

 

Painting cruise aboard Absoluut2 - Amsterdam

This Painting Cruise in nearby Amsterdam is perfect for those who wish to explore their interest in art. An onboard guide will help you develop painting skill as you cruise slowly past romantic Dutch countrysides. See age-old windmills still in operation and many artisans crafting hand-made goods. There's no rush or pressure to cultivate your painting skill.

Price: from $4,350 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Absoluut2     |      Absoluut2 Painting Itinerary

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Painting cruise aboard Athos - Canal du Midi

The beauty of France is yours for the capturing on this Painting Cruise. The light that captivated so many Impressionist artists is now yours for inspiration. Endless vistas, quaint towns and villages, and beautiful sunsets present themselves to you daily as you drift effortlessly along the Midi. This cruise is recommended for intermediate to advanced painters.

Price: from $3,650 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Athos     |      Athos Painting Itinerary

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Art Week painting cruise aboard Fleur de Lys - Burgundy

Whether you're the next Van Gogh or an novice artist, this painting cruise will have something extraordinary for everyone. Enjoy a week of lessons and painting the surrounding countrysides with fine artist David Knapp. 

Price: from $8,250 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Fleur de Lys     |      Fleur de Lys Painting Itinerary

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Art Week painting cruise aboard Napoleon - Southern France to Burgundy

Whether you're the next Van Gogh or an novice artist, this painting cruise will have something extraordinary for everyone. Enjoy a week of lessons and painting the surrounding countrysides with fine artist David Knapp. 

Price: from $6,450 per person. Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Napoleon    |      Napoleon Art Itinerary

Tailor-Made Cruises

If none of the above themes are what you had in mind, France Cruises is open to suggestions and eager to hear about the specialty cruise that would best interest you. Many travelers wish to experience different things while on vacation, and we welcome the idea.

If you have a group interested in developing a unique week-long itinerary, please contact us or visit our Groups & Charters page for more information. We'd love to discuss your tailor-made dream vacation and help make it a reality.

What is any vacation without the ability to take home a souvenir? On these Antiques Cruises, passengers will be able to take home more than a traditional souvenir, they'll be able to purchase a piece of France's history.

Antiques Cruises are perfect for bargain hunters and lovers of collectible memorabilia. Throughout the week, these cruises expose you to numerous types of markets, from antique store to open-air flea markets, as you search for the perfect accents for your home or office. All the while, the luxury of barge cruising presents itself to you as the vehicle upon which your purchasing whims carry you.

Antiques

 

Antiques cruise aboard Meanderer - Upper Loire/Western Burgundy

Part of the beauty of barge cruising is exploring small towns and villages along the way. This antiques cruise goes a step further and offers guests the opportunity to explore flea markets and antique shops in search of France's cultural history. You'll be personally escorted to numerous vendors of furniture and bric-a-brac on this week-long cruise perfect for shopaholics and antique lovers.

Price: from $4,600, Charter Only. Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Meanderer     |      Meanderer Antiques Itinerary

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Antiques cruise aboard Magna Carta - ENGLAND

If antiques are of interest to you, then the barge Magna Carta, on the River Thames, has an itinerary based around the exploration of antiques, which can be booked at no additional cost. On this cruise, there is a real variety of excursions for the antiques-hunter, from tours of well-known antiques centres near London, to visits to smaller, specialist outlets in Windsor, Eton and other delightful villages further upstream.

Price: from $3,700, Charter Only. Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Magna Carta     |      Magna Carta Antiques Itinerary

Our al la carte cruises are an opportunity for anyone and everyone to enjoy the unique and cultured atmosphere that accompanies a barge cruise at your own pace!

Whether going on a mini cruise, extended cruise, or halfboard, barge cruising is an excellent way to explore the French countryside, with low speeds with multiple opportunities to go onshore and explore local towns and villages.

A La Carte Cruises
 

A La Carte Cruises

  • Mini Cruise: From a weekend cruise to five nights, these mini cruises allow guests to experience a taste of barging.
  • Extended Cruise: These longer cruises allow more time for barging.
  • B&B: Barge & Breakfast; Self catering option with no meal plan or guided visits.
  • Half Board/Dine Around: These meal options include all breakfasts & lunches. The dinners will be at passengers expense in authentic local restaurants along the cruise route, all carefully selected and recommended by your Captain, for a true regional French dining experience. The Dine Around option includes the off board meals in the cruise fare.
Barge
Mini
Extended
B&B
Half Board/
Dine Around

Alegria
4 passengers / South of France, Canal du Midi

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Bonheur
4 passengers / Burgundy
 
 
 
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Caprice
21 passengers/ Burgundy
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Caroline
6 passengers / South of France, Canal du Midi
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Esperance
6 passengers / South of France, Provence, Canal du Midi
 
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Etoile
8 passengers / South of France, Provence, Canal du Midi
 
 
 
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Imagine
4 passengers / Burgundy
 
 
 
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La Reine Pedauque
8 passengers / Burgundy
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Libje
4 passengers / Brittany
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L'Impressionniste
13 passengers / Burgundy
 
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Meanderer
6 passengers / Upper Loire & Western Burgundy
 
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Niagara
6 passengers / Burgundy
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Papillon
6 passengers / Burgundy
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Randle
4 passengers / Burgundy
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Rosa
8 passengers / South West France, South of France, Bordeaux & Aquitaine
 
 
 
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Savoir Faire
12 passengers / Upper Loire & Western Burgundy, Champagne, Burgundy
 
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Savoir Vivre
8 passengers / Burgundy
 
 
 
Dine Around
Scottish Highlander
8 passengers / SCOTLAND
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Shannon Princess
10 passengers / IRELAND
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Stern
2 passengers / Upper Loire & Western Burgundy
 
 
 
Dine Around
Who Knows
6 passengers / Burgundy
 
 
 
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Contact Us for dates and details.

Wellness

Wellness is the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind. On these specialty themed cruises, enjoy staying healthy through spa and fitness.

Help your body, mind and soul recover and strengthen through yoga, spa treatments and more. Slow down from the stress of life and enjoy cruising through beautiful sights while recuperating and strengthening.

Whether you are beginning, intermediate, or advanced, there is an itinerary available to match you.

 

Well-Being Cruise aboard Clair de Lune

Unwind and renew yourself atop this wellness cruise. Perfect for those who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, the Well-Being cruise will bring you to another level of relaxation as you cruise through European Canals. With gentle massages, light exercises and overall lazing around à la Southern French, you will leave this cruise feeling rejuvenated and strengthened.

Price: From $5,175  per person. Accommodates 2-4 Passengers. Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Clair de Lune    |      Clair De Lune Well Being Cruise

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Yoga Cruise aboard Golden Odyssey

This Yoga Cruise is perfect for those who wish to explore the art of yoga. An onboard instructor will help you develop skills as you cruise ahead through European Canals. Leave this cruise feeling relaxed and strengthened, as well as knowledgeable in different yoga techniques and exercises.

Price: $29,000 whole boat charter. Accommodates 6-8 Passengers.  Contact Us for dates and details.

Barge Golden Odyssey     |      Golden Odyssey Yoga Cruise

Fishing is the activity of hunting for fish. It is an ancient and worldwide practice that dates back about 10,000 years with various techniques and traditions and it has been transformed by modern technological developments.

Fishing continues to be a favorite pastime in the United States. Try one of our fishing itineraries and see what you can catch!

Fishing Theme Cruises

 

Fishing Cruise aboard Scottish Highlander - SCOTLAND

We offer a fishing cruise in Scotland on the Scottish Highlander. Your ghillie, a specialist fishing guide, will accompany you on all of your fishing trips allowing you to explore the wide range of opportunities that this incredible landscape has to offer. Go sea angling at Oban, loch fishing at Loch Oich and of course boat fishing on the Great Loch Ness. Typical breeds include Wild Brown Trout, Wild Atlantic Salmon and Ferox.

Price: from  $3,500 per person, Charter Only. Contact Us for dates and details

Barge Scottish Highlander     |      Scottish Highlander Fishing Itinerary

 
 
 
 
   

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