Explore France at a leisurely pace
For travellers who like to divert from the well-worn tourist paths to discover the romance of ‘quintessential France’ without sacrificing comfort levels, head to the water via crewed canal barge or self-drive canal boat.
France offers a scenic network of waterways through the charming villages, colourful markets, wineries and world-famous historical sites of Alsace, Brittany, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne, Loire, Lorraine, Normandy, Paris, Provence and the country’s south.
Passengers may select from the following options:
- Traditional (all-inclusive) crewed French canal barges – accommodate four to twelve passengers in cabins with private ensuite, and offer unforgettable dining, fine wines and personalised activities including guided onshore excursions and complimentary bicycles to explore the nearby countryside and villages. Everything is taken care of from the moment of arrival, with the crew including a captain, tour guide in a comfortable mini bus, house keeper and chef showcasing the very best in fresh local produce. Travellers may choose to simply book a cabin or, alternatively, travel with family members or friends and book out the entire barge. It’s a perfect choice if you really want to get off the beaten track.
- Self-drive canal boats – are perfect for travellers who like to be their own captain, with the freedom to stop whenever and (mostly) wherever they please. It is the ideal way to discover the charm and mystery of hidden France as your boat gently cruises via peaceful countryside, tempting vineyards, historic medieval villages, ancient castles, quaint marketplaces and small local restaurants.
Boats - which range in size and accommodate families through to larger groups – are equipped with a full kitchen, bathrooms, linen and sleeping cabins. No previous experience with boating is required. It’s a great choice for passengers who just want to travel in an intimate group of family or friends.
Special offers are available – please contact our friendly reservations team or your travel agent for recommendations or to book on 1300 858 304, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.frenchtravel.com.au.