One of the most underrated regions in terms of tourism, lying between Champagne and Switzerland, the Franche-Comté has everything to offer. From pine forests, waterfalls and mountains, the scenery is incredible. Food and wine lovers rejoice with world famous wines and Michelin starred restaurants boat side!
Whether your desire is for pure independence and you want to set your own pace, or prefer a taste of luxury with a staff to guide your excursions, prepare your cuisine and recommend fine wines from the region…you can rely on The French Canal Connection’s expertise and personal attention to create the perfect canal cruising barge holiday for you.
The French Canal Connection is the resource you can trust for booking a Self-Drive or Luxury Barge Vacation anywhere in Europe. Our sister companies, Virgin Island Sailing, Ltd. and Seven Seas Yacht Charters, are longtime leaders in the yacht charter industry with exceptional reputations for professionalism. Through The French Canal Connection, we offer you same level of service for barge cruises in Europe.
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See the real lowlands of Holland with its windmills and cheese! Like the locals, you can take your bikes to the cheese market of Gouda, or to the world’s largest flower market in Lisse. Your boat is the perfect basecamp for all the summer festivals in Dokkum, Bolsward and Sneek!
Visit Brittany, the magical land of folklore, tradition and festivals. This region has so much to offer! Pick up world famous beauty products at Yves Rocher then visit the Little Venice of France! Beautiful chateaux dot your path as you take in the spectacular scenery. Don’t forget to take some cider home with you!
Enjoy Bordeaux’s world famous wine and slurp oysters at the Saturday markets along the Canal de Garonne as well as visit world famous vineyards on this hotel barge cruise. You will also come across medieval bastide towns, the fortified village of Vianne and walk in the footsteps of kings and queens in the medieval town of Nerac.
Provence is a true Mediterranean region in the south of France. It is characterized by its laid back way of life and perhaps most often depicted as sprawling fields of lavender. Provence is full of beautiful hilltop villages with sweeping views over the lush countryside. It is also home to some of the most important towns in the Roman Empire such as Nîmes and Arles, where you can see the remains of grand Roman amphitheaters and temples. These towns sit on the banks of the mighty River Rhône that runs through Provence at its western border. At Arles, the Rhône divides into the Grand Rhône and the Petit Rhône, both flowing to the Mediterranean and forming the Camargue Delta.
Experience the Alsace region of France, known as the “land of castles”, where you and your crew can take in its rich history. Ride the Arzviller boatlift, Enjoy modern art museums, funky shopping, dip in thermal baths, ride roller coasters and even go fishing! Alsace and Saarland offers something for everyone in this small yet distantly cosmopolitan region.
The ultimate location for wine connoisseurs. Visit Chablis, Sancerre and many more wine producing regions! This is the perfect location for a two week cruise filled with hiking, watersports and picturesque villages. A great location so close to Paris! Boasting some of the most breathtaking chateaux France has to offer. Luckily this canal has not changed much over the centuries. Stop by Leonardo De Vinci’s home, quaint postcard villages such as Bourre and savor some of the finest wine tasting to be had. Relax on your hotel or self drive barge and take in the stunning views this ancient canal has to offer.
On your hotel barge you will see endless vineyards as far as the eye can see. Stop for some Champagne tasting at the cellars of Moet et Chandon. See where kings and queens were crowned at some of the most beautiful castles and cathedrals France has to offer.
Picardy is the cradle of Gothic art and architecture with its six splendid cathedrals, particularly France’s monumental one in the capital of the region, Amiens. Picardy over the years has been a war-torn region that was often the place of invasions and battles. The two World Wars ripped through this region, leaving behind a fascinating legacy for visitors today, notably the battlefields of the Somme, now so tranquil.
Cruise around beautiful Paris, the City of Light! See all the major sights like the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower and L’Arc de Triomphe and cruise along the Seine and canal Saint-Martin. A great way to discover Paris if it’s your first or fiftieth time in France. Cruises in Paris range between 4 and 7 days.
Portugal is open for cruising year round! Have fun on the Grand Lago in the sunshine (more than 300 sunny days per year) and clear warm waters. Opportunities for fun are endless: cycling, horseback riding, fishing, quad riding, exploring archaeological gems and castles, shopping in lakeside towns and experiencing traditional regional cooking. Make sure you moor your boat at least once on an uninhabited island and be Robinson Crusoe! All boats in Portugal come with sounders, GPS, barbecue and DVD/monitors!
If you’re looking for plush greenery and beautiful wetlands, Ardennes is the area! The Celtic meaning for Ardennes immediately translates to “dense forest,” as it is home to some of France’s rarest birds, wild boar, roe deer and amazing rarities such as fly-catching sun-dew and orchids! You will have the pleasure of twisting and turning around the breathtaking Charleville-Mezieres and catching up on plenty of World War I sights and relics. Champagne lovers rejoice! Traveling south from Pont-A-Bar, you can sip all day on local Champagne!
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Sophie caught the travel bug at an early age and has traveled extensively in Europe and the Caribbean. She finally decided to turn her passion for travel into a career and can’t wait to help plan the best barging holiday for you!Contact Sophie