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The feeling of gentle exploration characterises barge cruises. The warm atmosphere and excellent service provided by the English speaking crew combines to ensure a perfect inland cruising experience. All our featured barges are air-conditioned and boast wonderful sundecks and small spa pools.
Each cruise includes a comprehensive programme of excursions and visits. They are a blend of cultural, historical and general interest, which compliment the time spent drifting lazily along the waterways.
The vessels featured are some of the most comfortable available. All barges have outside facing cabins with en suite facilities, drawers and wardrobe space and opening portholes or windows. Each has spacious saloon and dining areas, central heating, air-conditioning or cooling and umbrella-shaded sun decks. Many have a small library, games and a music centre, while some carry bicycles for use on towpaths. Hotel barges are also available for exclusive charter by larger parties. Please note that children under the age of 12 years are not accepted unless it is a charter booking or a special family departure.
FOOD & DRINK
France is renowned for its food, and it is a point of pride that the food aboard our vessels can compete with some of the very best restaurants in each region. On board, the barges daily breakfast include fresh breads and pastries whilst lunches might be a delicious buffet of patés, charcuterie, salads, desserts, fruit and cheeses or a sumptuous picnic. Four or five course dinners are served each evening. Throughout the cruise you will sample fine wines, often from regional vineyards at both lunch and dinner.
Best time to be there
Sunworshippers head to the beaches from June to September. The climate is mainly temperate with the south enjoying hot summers and mild winters.
Bordeaux, Geneva, Marseilles and Paris (British Airways), Nice and Lyon (British Airways or bmi)
Paris and Avignon (Eurostar)
Suggested accommodation in Barges
Suggested itineraries in France
Islands, Savannas & the Amazon: Around the World by Private Jet
Nights: 25 | from £70,600
An incredible around-the-world trip by private jet taking in spectacular destinations, like Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Bali, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Monaco over 25 nights.
Burgundy Barge Cruise
Nights: 6 | from £3,150
Meet in Paris and drive to L’Impressionniste, moored in Fleurey-sur- Ouche, where a champagne welcome awaits you before enjoying a delicious dinner on board.
Nights: 9 | from £3,900
Step back in time for 9 nights as your explore France’s fascinating history: think cobbled streets, gleaming palaces, bustling city squares and world class art.
Highlights of Paris
Nights: 3 | from £1,050
Explore the City of Love's greatest historic and cultural sites on this intoxicating 3 night adventure.
A Wine Infused Tour of Bordeaux
Nights: 4 | from £1,675
Upon arrival in Bordeaux you will be met by a member of the A&K team and driven to Les Sources de Caudalie, your home for the next four nights...
Connections Cruising - Paris, Burgundy & South of France Cruise
Nights: 10 | from £3,685
Uncover the sights of Paris, Monet and his gardens at Giverny, Burgundy and the Roman theatre in Arles on this fascinating 10-night cruise.
Christie’s Art Journeys: The Art of Southern France
Nights: 4 | from £2,995
Join Abercrombie & Kent and Christie’s in the South of France as we travel through the lavender fields of Provence and the Côte d’Azur, a beautiful landscape of Medieval villages trickling down to the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
A French Family Adventure
Nights: 8 | from £4,500
A fun-filled 8 night family adventure exploring Paris by bike, enjoying a perfumer's apprentice workshop at Fragonard in Grasse and the glittering Cote d'Azur.
Prices from £1,039pp for 3 nights saving up to £400pp
Book a 3 night stay at the Peninsula Paris and receive one night complimentary. Prices start from £1,039 per person when staying in a Superior Double on a B&B basis including return international flights and private airport transfers. Valid for travel from now until 10th May 2015. Terms and condotions apply.
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Save £85pp at Royal Riviera
Stay three nights at Royal Riviera and pay for two, saving £85pp. From £645pp, including international flights and transfers. Price based on a family sharing a Superior Garden or Sea View Room on a B&B basis. Valid for travel until 30th April 2015. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
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