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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
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.



Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Islands, Savannahs and the Amazon by Private Jet

Nights: 26 | from £80,689pp

Fly around the world on an exclusive private jet journey, taking in the mighty Amazon, tropical Samoa and mysterious Papua New Guinea, captivating Asia... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

Special Interest

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Paris & The Cote d'Azur

Nights: 6 | from £1,750pp

Experience the essence of France with this stylish combination of sophisticated city chic in Paris and the elegance of the Cote d’Azur. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Burgundy Barge Cruise

Nights: 6 | from £3,150pp

Meander through the verdant countryside of Burgundy, its hills lined with vineyards, studded with châteaux and grazed by Charolais cattle, on a slow-paced... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Paris City Break

Nights: 3 | from £895pp

Bursting with attractions, art galleries, museums and beautiful parks, whatever you want from your city break, you’ll find it in Paris. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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Azamara Club Cruises – Monaco Grand Prix Voyage for 2016 / 2017

Nights: 5 | from £1,980pp

Join us at the one-and-only Monaco Grand Prix with our cruise partner Azamara Club Cruises Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Anjodi

The eight passenger Anjodi is of classic Dutch design and has been specifically rebuilt to navigate the 300 year old Canal du Midi. She has been completely... Find out more

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Family Holidays

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Enchante

The pretty scenery that lines the Canal du Midi is best viewed from the top of a canal barge, and Enchante is one of the finest (the rooms are the largest... Find out more

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Finesse

Finesse is a modern double-decker hotel barge that cruises the scenic River Saône and Canal du Centre in Southern Burgundy. It can sleep up to eight in... Find out more

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La Belle-Epoque

La Belle Époque, a state of the art luxury hotel barge, has accommodation for 12 passengers and cruises the idyllic waterways of the Burgundy Canal. The... Find out more

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Family Holidays

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L'Impressionniste

The 12 passenger L'Impressionniste began life as a cargo barge in Holland, before being transformed into the powerful canal and river cruiser she is today.... Find out more

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Silversea: A Cruise between Barcelona and Civitavecchia (Rome)

Nights: 7 | from £4,950pp

When it comes to great art, history, food and culture, the Mediterranean has it all. This journey brings you the best of all of these worlds as you venture... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Le Royal Monceau, Raffles, France

France

Stay 3 Pay 2
Book at 3 night stay at Le Royal Monceau, Raffles and pay for only 2 nights. Valid for travel now until 4th June and 12th July - 25th September 2016. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort***** , France

France

Family Offer: 50% off the second room
Book a 7 night stay at Terre Blanche Hotel & Spa and receive 50% off the second connecting Premier Suite or Villa for families with children under 18 years. Valid for travel until 26th November 2016. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Our Europe & Middle East team – Sarah, Eleanor, Lynne, Rob, Aline, Kate and Sandrine are experts in designing the perfect holiday to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout the region, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned. 

Read about our latest experiences in Europe and the Middle East in our Travel Blog pages.

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A first-class service: finding a suitable cruise to fit my parameters; managing to extend the time during which the offer would remain open so as to give me more time to discuss the trip with my travelling companion; and finally making all the train and hotel bookings to make the whole holiday as trouble free as possible. I cannot speak too highly of the way in which everything been conducted.

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