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In France, several regions can be discovered from the deck of one of our luxury barges. The most famous cruising areas in France are Burgundy and the Canal du Midi whilst Alsace and Champagne offer very scenic cruises. Less known but equally delightful experiences on hotel barges are available on the river Cher in the Loire Valley or you could enjoy barging on rural canals in Brittany. To help you choosing, we sorted the boats by region and then by price. Tariff includes full board and open bar. The price mentioned is based on a full charter. Once you have found the right boat for you, fill up a booking enquiry form or contact us.



barges by region & by price

(2018 prices based on full boat in low season / 1US$ = 0.82 Euros)

Paris - champagne

22 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Raymonde / charter for small group / new

From Epernay to Paris. Drinks and excursions are included. Transfer from Paris on day 1 also inluded.


champagne - Alsace

8 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

La Nouvelle Etoile from 6375 Euros

La Nouvelle Etoile is a luxurious barge with very spacious accommodation for only 8 passengers, offering a wonderful blend of traditional elegance and sophisticated, state of the art facilities. The bedroom suites, boast internet access and satellite TV and large double sink bathrooms.

8 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Belmond Lilas from 6365 Euros

Discover the casual, welcoming atmosphere of Lilas. Four generous cabins offer king or twin beds, hosting up to eight guests. Soak up the sun while relaxing in the heated pool on deck, or relax in the shade under the canopy.

8 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Belmond Pivoine from 6365 Euros

From the trompe l’oeil wall mural and embroidered Parisian bed covers to the marble bathrooms, Pivoine is a stylish haven. Up to eight guests can be accommodated in the four contemporary en-suite cabins. .

6 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Saroche from 5193 Euros

Saroche, if you are a wine fanatic, you are on the right boat. Jason, owner, captain, wine expert and brilliant entertainer will take you to Champagne in Spring and through caves running under the city of Beaune in Burgundy. He will make sure you get to taste wines in accordance with your palate.

12 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Panache from 4058 Euros

Panache is a classic Dutch design. She is traditionally furnished in an old ship style with brass and mahogany, creating a comfortable and charming ambience. The excellent accommodation offers a choice of six air-conditioned Junior Suites, all with full en-suite facilities with oversized showers.

6 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Johanna from 3075 Euros

Johanna is operating in Belgium and in France. She cruises on meandering rivers and canals from Bruges to Paris or in the French Champagne and Loire regions. On board Johanna you'll find peace and tranquility as you pass by the quiet countryside, picturesque villages and historic towns.

22 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

madeleine / charter for small group / new

Cruise the Marne-Rhine Canal in Alsace Lorraine from Strasbourg to Lagarde. Drinks and excursions are included. Transfer to Strasbourg on day 1 is also included.

Somme Picardy

4 passengers - 6 nights - 1/2 board.

Aslaug from 1250 EUros - 1/2 board

Aslaug is a new-built, owner-operated barge, 24m long. She welcomes 4 guests in two well-insulated twin cabins. Each has its own en-suite bathroom with toilet, shower and hair dryer. The interior is fitted out in Danish design and cherry-wood furniture. Sun decks with teak furniture.

The Loire

4/6 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Nymphea / 6 passengers from 3633 Euros

Nymphea is ideal for discovering the incredibly beautiful river Cher and Chateau of Chenonceau in the Loire Valley. Refitted throughout, her traditional ship’s interior features a warm classic decor of rich varnished hardwoods, stained glass and a welcoming country house atmosphere.


burgundy Upper - Loire

8 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Renaissance from 5250 Euros

Renaissance has a beautifully appointed lounge with comfortable seating. A bar is stocked with your favorites, and bookshelves contain a Bose CD system, current books, up-to-date periodicals and magazines. All 4 suites can be twins or double. Each has a 60 sq feet private bathroom.

6 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Meanderer from 4612 Euros

Meanderer has 3 en-suite cabins in excess of 125 square feet, large lounge and dining areas, a spacious, teak covered sun-deck and an outdoor heated spa-pool. Meaderer is ideal for exploring treasures of the Upper Loire like historical Rogny-Les-Sept-Ecluses and Eiffel’s Briare Pont canal.

22 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Deborah / charter for small group / new

MS Déborah was launched in 2016 by CroisiEurope. The 131 foot river barge cruises the Loire Canal in the heart of France. It has two decks and carries 22 passengers.

Burgundy Nivernais

12 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Luciole from 3553 Euros

The Luciole accommodates 12 passengers in 8 en-suite cabins : 3 doubles (can be converted to twins), 3 twins and 2 singles. As the first hotel barge she celebrated fifty years of continuous cruising in 2016. Luciole offers theme cruises including the popular “Adventure Charter”.

4 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Randle from 3538 Euros

Randle is a traditional boat, beautifully maintained. Polished brass and varnished wood create typical classic nautical atmosphere inside. With only 2 cabins, it’s the perfect private barge to cruise the scenic Canal du Nivernais. Gourmet cuisine at selected restaurants along Randle’s cruise route.

8 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Art de Vivre from 3437 Euros

The 8 passenger Art de Vivre started life as a Scottish munitions carrier before being transformed by a team of skilled craftsmen into a floating celebration of the Burgundian “good life”. Your crew of four comprise Captain, Tour guide, Master Chef and Hostess, all with a love for the Nivernais canal.

north & south burgundy

6 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Belmond fleur de Lys from 6646 Euros

With interiors enriched by authentic Indian furnishings, including ornate fabrics and four-poster beds, Belmond Fleur de Lys is a visual treat. There are 3 spacious cabins each with en-suite bathrooms. Retire to the lounge after meals and strike up a tune on the grand piano.

8 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

La Nouvelle Etoile from 6375 Euros

La Nouvelle Etoile is a luxurious barge with very spacious accommodation for only 8 passengers, offering a wonderful blend of traditional elegance and sophisticated, state of the art facilities. The bedroom suites, boast internet access and satellite TV and large double sink bathrooms.

8 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Belmond Amaryllis from 6365 Euros

Belmond Amaryllis exemplifies French finesse. Antique Louis XVI furniture, a trompe l’oeil wall mural, embroidered Parisian bedcovers and marble en-suite bathrooms create lavish but comfortable living areas. Four generous cabins offer king or twin beds.

6 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Apres Tout from 6000 Euros

The Apres Tout is the perfect boat for 3 couples or a family. The three huge cabins each have immaculate, practical bathrooms and the spacious light and modern lounge isenchanting. The stunning kitchen of The Apres Tout comes with stools for guests to watch the cook achieve miracles.

8 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Prosperite from 5535 Euros

Prosperite expressly designed to meet the expectations of upscale travellers desiring to experience the luxury of five star travel, Prosperite offers stunning decor in the upstairs salon and some of the largest rooms and highest level of amenities you will find on barges in France.

6 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Grand Victoria from 5316 Euros

On Hemingway, each cabin has a flat screen TV and DVD player. The saloon features large picture windows, allowing light to stream onto the quality leather sofas. With two sun decks, there is an abundance of space to relax inside and out whilst cruising through the stunning countryside.

8 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Finesse from 5250 Euros

Finesse is a brand new, luxurious, double-decker hotel barge with very spacious cabins. There are 4 large suites that can be configured as twins or doubles. The saloon features panoramic windows and a demonstration galley where you can watch the chef prepare gourmet meals.

8 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

C'est La Vie from 5248 Euros

Deb and Olivier own and run C’est La Vie. They are obviously very fond of her and enjoy sharing their immaculate barge with guests. C’est La Vie was originally designed as the private floating home for an American family, her superb and very large 4 en-suite cabins are waiting for you.

6 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Saroche from 5193 Euros

Saroche, if you are a wine fanatic, you are on the right boat. Jason, owner, captain, wine expert and brilliant entertainer will take you to Champagne in Spring and through caves running under the city of Beaune in Burgundy. He will make sure you get to taste wines in accordance with your palate.

6 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

papillon from 4305 Euros

Le Papillon has such character and charm that passengers find themselves wanting to return year after year. She sleeps only six, in three cabins – one double and two twins. Each cabin has en-suite facilities with air conditioning and central heating.

6 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Rendez vous from 4305 Euros

Rendez-Vous is a new and contemporary vessel. Owned and professionally run by the same team as the luxury barge Prospetite, Rendez-vous is aiming at proposing more affordable “casual luxury”. The barge is cruising on the Canal de Bourgogne, one of the most popular barge routes.

8 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Belmond hirondelle from 4303 Euros

Four spacious cabins have oak-panelled ceilings and en-suite bathrooms. Relax in the light-filled lounge or on the splendid teak deck beneath the canopy. Enjoy cooking classes with the chef in his kitchen or the option to attend private cookery lessons at a local chef’s atelier.

12 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

L'impressionniste from 4058 Euros

L’impressionniste is a very attractive barge for a party or a family. With 6 comfortable cabins with modern en-suite on the lower level, the main deck is dedicated to social activities: a spacious lounge with a generous open bar and a long dining table to accommodate 12 guests indoor.

12 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

La Belle Epoque from 4058 Euros

La Belle Epoque was designed with both elegance and passenger comfort in mind and offers a sun-deck spa-pool. The wood paneled saloon together with other luxury facilities, are all fully air-conditioned. The spacious cabins offer a twin or double beds with marble en-suite facilities.

6 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Wine & water from 3500 Euros

Wine & Water offers 3 bedroom suites for 2 to 6 passengers. Max, the captain, is a Burgundy wines specialist organizing private wine tastings in the world famous Burgundian villages on the slopes of Côtes de Nuit and the Côtes de Beaune Dijon and the famous wine town of Beaune.

6 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Magnolia from 2966 Euros

New on the Canal de Bourgogne, the Magnolia is a spacious and luxury vessel completely reconverted into a comfortable and airy hotel barge in 2014. With 3 large cabins and modern en-suites, Magnolia offers a lot of flexibility with 3 or 6 day cruises and a unique “self-catering” option.

8 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Savoir Vivre from 2870 Euros

Savoir Vivre proposes breakfast and lunches on board while taking guests out to the restaurant each night. The ideal way to discover genuine French restaurant’s atmosphere. Cabins are not vast but comfortable, beds excellent and bathrooms immaculate with full size shower.

24 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Jeanine / charter for small group / new

Burgundy From Saint-Léger to Dijon. Transfer included on day 1 from Dijon. Drinks and excursions included.

rhone - Provence

12 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Belmond Napoleon from 4895 Euros

Napoléon features six sizeable cabins, each with an en-suite bathroom. There is also a stately lounge, generous deck and outdoor Jacuzzi. Embark on fascinating Provence tours and visit the region’s multiple highlights, including its iconic wine estates.

canal du midi

4 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Belmond Alouette from 5675 Euros

Alouette offers two beautifully furnished cabins each with an en-suite shower. You’ll set off on excursions each day and discover the Burgundy wine region, visit colourful markets and uncover the history of medieval fortresses.

4/6 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Esperance from 4833 Euros

There is something very special about Esperance. Mathias has a unique talent to deliver personal and dedicated attention to his guests and at the same time make them feel home. The decoration inside Esperance is refined, elegant, the service excellent and the food delicious.

8 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

enchante from 4775 Euros

Enchanté contemporary design is very effective: a very comfortable terrace with a large pool up-front; a chic and full of light lounge and a superb open kitchen to entertain guests willing to watch the Chef at work. On the lower level, 4 spacious cabins with full size shower.

6 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Emma from 4500 Euros

Emma has built her reputation on the excellence of the food and wines served aboard. Liz loves sharing recipes and ideas with her guests over a glass of wine and her kitchen is always open. Her philosophy is to buy the best local ingredients and cook them with flair and imagination.

6 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Roi Soleil from 4400 Euros

Roi Soleil has more to do with luxury yachting than barging. She combines the best of yachts and barges. Her lines and mahogany and brass trim are inspired by the classic motor yachts of the 1920’s while her interior brings you the best of contemporary design and comfort.

6 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Savannah from 4250 Euros

Savannah was used as showroom for the prestigious cosmetic group l’Occitane in the 80’s. The mahogany woodwork and ceramic tiles remain as the signature of this unique canal hotel barge. Savannah was completely refurbished and decorated with luxurious contemporary furniture in 2014.

4 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Alegria from 3950 Euros

Alegria is beautiful - modern, full of light. The two spacious cabins have large round portholes offering excellent views of the Canal. Each cabin has double access: one door leads outside near the pool and the other connects with the lounge. This feature allows intimacy and independence.

4 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Saraphina from 3662 Euros

Saraphina is a Dutch barge 25 metres (82 feet) long and 4 metres wide (12 feet). She cruises on the Canal du Midi between Portiragnes-plage and the majestic medieval city of Carcassonne. 2 spacious cabins with en-suite, comfortable deck to lounge and traditional Dutch bicycles onboard.

10 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Athos from 3600 Euros

Convivial and comfortable for 10 passengers, Athos offers reasonable size en-suite cabins. While cruising the Canal du Midi, you will enjoy delicious meals prepared by a Chef onboard and appreciate the excursions through Languedoc. The city of Carcassonne is part of the itinerary.

6 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Caroline from 3583 Euros

On board Caroline, Ute & Uli’s smiles are contagious. You will find a relaxed atmosphere with a comfortable lounge and dining area and a well equipped kitchen where Ute will prepare gourmet dishes for you. Caroline’s huge flowered sun deck has comfortable teak seating and is carpeted.

8 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Anjodi from 3575 Euros

Anjodi is of classic Dutch design, specifically rebuilt for the Canal du Midi. She was completely refurbished in the tasteful tradition of African hardwoods, hand-crafted paneling and shining brass, creating a charming ambience. The sun deck is spacious and has a heated Jacuzzi.

6 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

mirage from 3321 Euros

Mirage is an authentic 1950 French barge, converted into an elegant floating boutique hotel. Mirage cruises the historic Canal du Midi in southwestern France, providing luxury accommodations for two to six passengers.

4 passengers - 5 nights - full board.

beatrice from 3200 Euros - 5 nights only

Hotel barge Beatrice is a relatively small boat, only 22 m long. She was entirely renovated using clear oak to insure a warm, welcoming atmosphere. The " master " cabin offers a queen size bed, the other has two single beds. Beatrice cruises on the most popular section of the Canal du Midi.

6 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

clair de lune from 3166 Euros

Welcome aboard Clair de Lune, a well-designed barge featuring nicely decorated ensuite cabins, a cozy sitting corner, a spacious and convivial terrace and a spa at the front of the boat. Cruise from Le Somail to Carcassonne, an incomparable voyage on the Canal du Midi.

provence - camargue

18 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Le phenicien from 3274 Euros

All cabins on the Phenicien feature en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning with individual control and superior bedding. On the main deck, the sun of Provence will gently warm you up through the large panoramic windows as you take a little nap or sip a drink in the vast lounge.

22 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Anne Marie / charter for small group / new

Cruise in Provence from Arles to Sète. Transfers included on day 1 and 7 from and to Avignon. Drinks and excursions are included.


bordeaux - gascony

6 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Saint Louis from 5250 Euros

The Saint Louis is one of the most luxurious and best appointed barges on the canal du Midi. She has the largest open sundeck of any barge of comparable size. The salon is tastefully decorated. Three double or twin spacious cabins are equipped with luxurious en-suite facilities.

8 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

rosa from 3450 Euros

Rosa is an old Dutch “Clipper”. Her saloon is particularly welcoming and features attractive wood paneling, comfortable seating and a bar. There are 4 air-conditioned staterooms with full en-suite facilities to accommodate 8 passengers. There is a spacious sundeck with comfortable furniture.

24 passengers - 6 nights - full board.

Mirabelle wine cruise from 3374Euros

Discover Bordeaux vineyards. Onboard, you will taste 4 different wines each day: Saint Emilion Grand Cru, Bordeaux, Sauternes, Medoc, Chateau Margaux, Côte de Blaye, to name a few. Daily excursions are led by a local wine expert, at ease with newcomers and connoisseurs alike.