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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.

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.

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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.

Fly to

Bordeaux, Geneva, Marseilles and Paris (British Airways), Nice and Lyon (British Airways or bmi)

Train to

Paris and Avignon (Eurostar)

Time difference

GMT +1

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La Belle-Epoque

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Suggested itineraries in France

Quintessential France

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Highlights of Paris

from £1,050

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Paris & the Cote d’Azur

from £2,850

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Connections: Paris, Burgundy and a South of France Cruise

from £3,512

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Connections: Paris, Burgundy and a South of France Cruise

from £3,685

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A French Family Adventure

from £4,250

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Other regions we travel to in France

Our top France offers

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Fairmont Monte Carlo, France

Complimentary night
Experience a more laid-back pace of life this winter with a luxurious weekend away on France's glamorous South Coast. Spend 3 nights at The Fairmont Monte Carlo and receive one night complimentary. Prices start from just £429 per person including international flights, airport transfers and breakfast and are based on two people sharing a Fairmont King Room. Valid for travel between 1st November and 27th December 2014.


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Terre Blanche Hotel & Spa Golf Resort, Provence

Family Offer - Book a Premier Suite and get the second suite with 50% discount for the children
 A mere 45 minutes from Nice airport the drive takes you away from the coast up into the mountains to the Pays de Fayence region; when Lynne, one of our Travel Specialists, visited for a quick break in June the views from the pool in her words were amazing - over the valley to the hills and villages on the other side. Children are made a priority here with dedicated complimentary children's clubs; with its heated children's swimming pool and dedicated 'Pitchoun' restaurant Terre Blanche is a real gem. Travel now when the lavender is in full bloom and experience the true heart of France.
From £900pp (saving £170pp) or £3,600 per family of four for a typical four night stay, based on two adults and two children in Premier Suites, including breakfast, return flights from Nice and private transfers. Valid for travel until 30th November 2014.


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