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Hotel barging is the ultimate in slow-travel and is a wonderfully relaxing way to gently explore the rural waterways of France whilst staying aboard your own floating luxury boutique hotel.

Covering around 70 miles during a six-day journey, with a master chef on board and a well-stocked wine cellar, this is the perfect, leisurely way to soak up the culture, history and picturesque scenery of France whilst enjoying superb world-class food and wine.

Where to stay

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

Burgundy Barge Cruise on board L’Art de Vivre £££££

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Renowned for its world-class wines, beautiful medieval villages and impressive chateaux’s, Burgundy is crisscrossed by a network of canals and some wonderful countryside making it a perfect choice for a hotel barging holiday. Met in Paris, you will transfer to the medieval town of Auxerre to begin a six-day cruise along the Canal du Nivernais passing through delightful locks and countryside ranging from rolling vineyards to pastureland with plenty of opportunities to hop off your barge to explore on foot or bicycle. On shore excursions include wine-tasting in Chablis, home to one of the world’s most famous white wines, a visit to the pilgrimage town of Vezelay and the Romanesque Basilica of St Mary Magdalene plus the chance to explore the 12th Century Chateau de Bazoches.

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Alsace & Lorraine Barge Cruise on board Panache £££££

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Mixing German and French architectures, wine, cuisine and even language, Alsace and Lorraine have a completely distinct feel to the rest of France. Home to fairy tale castles, rolling vineyards, ancient battlegrounds and mountaintop villages, this less-visited corner of France is both fascinating and picturesque.

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Canal du Midi Barge Cruise on board Anjodi £££££

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One of the most picturesque canals in France, lined with charming villages, ancient Roman sites and world-class vineyards, the Canal du Midi now has UNESCO status due to the remarkable feat of engineering taken to construct it. Starting in the pretty village of Marseillan, this six-day cruise navigates some of the 150 mile long, Plane tree-lined Canal du Midi. On shore, highlights include the frescoes at the 14th century Chateau de Perdiguier, famed for its pinot noir and chardonnay wines, the bustling indoor market at Narbonne, the hilltop fort at Minerve and of course the superb medieval fortified settlement at Carcassonne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the cruise, Anjodi will ascend the 7 flight staircase lock of Fonserannes and moor above it before dining out at a Michelin rated restaurant in Beziers.

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Very satisfied with all aspects of our trip. Steppes kept us fully informed of the progress of the arrangements and gave us various choices of hotels.


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