Welcome to the luxury of European barging. An extensive matrix of canals were built in France and throughout Europe approximately 300 years ago to encourage and advance commerce. The typical hotel barge is a flat-bottomed boat, originally built for river and canal transport and designed for hauling cargo through the canals of Europe, but these vessels are no longer large enough to compete in this industry by today's standards. Owners of these barges renovated them to use as luxury Hotel Barges, and today are transporting vacation seekers through the same canals they once hauled grain or coal through. The Hotel Barges cruise these waterways at a leisurely pace offering passengers the chance to enjoy the marvelous sights that might otherwise be missed.
The luxury barges that French Barge Vacations represents were picked due to the personal relationships we have with the barge owners, the quality of the food and service onboard and of course the quality of the cabins, and barge it's self. French Barge Vacations teamed up with individual barge owners and we represent them as an extension of their barge crew. This way we know you will be personally satisfied with your barge vacation experience all the way from your initial booking inquiry till you're safely on your way back home. Enjoy the vacation of a lifetime as you cruise down the canals and waterways of France and Europe, while being served fine wines, gourmet meals, and delicious regional cheeses.
Discover charming Holland in the spring. Holland is famous for a wide variety of spectacular tulips, impressive cultural and artistic history fused with amazing modern architecture, awe-inspiring windmills. Enjoying a canal cruise in Holland will captivate you!
France's famous winemaking regions are characterized by chateaux, and historic towns, where most of our French barge vacations take place. Cruise the canals through famous regions such as Burgundy and Provence, enjoying wine tasting and daily excursions.
The Shannon River gentle curves, passing crumbling ivy covered ruins, medieval garrisons, and sleepy market villages. The ever-changing landscape slipping by, descending through Meelick lock and pausing as Portumna Swing Bridge is opened to allow the Shannon Princess onto idyllic Lough Derg
Belgium is situated in the heart of Europe and among the most attractive countries in Europe for foreign visitors. Known for its amazing culture, architecture, food and diversity. Visit the medieval art cities of Antwerp Bruges and Ghent. A good way to see its distinctive 13th and 14th century architecture is by boat.
Alsace and Lorraine is a rare border region of France, which had been fought over for centuries by France and Germany, their troubled history includes many military strongholds and cemeteries. But discover the peaceful region with rolling landscapes of pastel painted villages, vineyards of Alsatian wines, fortified towns, and amazing architecture reminiscent of Baroque, Gothic, and Romanesque.
French Barge Vacations began with an inspiration: To offer the best vacation experience for European canal and river cruising. We are your barge vacation travel experts, offering expert guidance and insider tips for luxury vacation cruises throughout France and Holland. We offer personalized travel packages designed to meet your individual vacation expectations. Our experience, adeptness, and excellent personal contacts provide us the ability, to give you the best travel experience available.
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What Others had to Say...
One of the most superb barging experiences we've had. What incredible hospitality, graciousness, amazing cuisine & the most elegant accommodations. Thank you.
What a trip, what a wonderful time, Barging through France, Food great, company great accommodations, perfect. Side trips superb.
I can't begin to express how absolutely wonderful the fairytale trip on your yacht was. Carol and I still have to pinch ourselves to make sure it was real. Our every wish you made come true.
We had the opportunity and privilege of joining Absoluut2 where we navigated the canals, locks and rivers of The Netherlands. We recently booked Absoluut 2 for our next trip onboard.