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!
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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Take in medieval hill top towns, rare wildlife and lush vineyards that the Lot River offers aboard your barge. The clear waters are the perfect place for a swim or a paddle and after enjoy some Cahors wine and other delightful regional specialties.
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.
A perfect place for first time cruisers and regulars who want to take it easy, Anjou’s waterways are entirely devoted to pleasure cruising. Here you will find few locks, yet they are open year round and a lock-keeper is always at hand! Discover beautiful castles, delectable local cuisine and sip on local Anjou wines you bought from the vineyards! Anjou is a region filled with history just waiting to be experienced.
One of the prettiest waterways to cruise on in France, Charente has crystal clear water suitable for fishing and watersports. Charente is steeped in history, you will see the stunning 12th century cathedral of St. Pierre and get to visit the quaint town of Cognac where you can have tours and tastings at the Hennessey, Martel and Remy distilleries.
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.
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!
Fisherman and golfers alike will rejoice at what Ireland has to offer. The lakes are filled with salmon, pike, roach and bream while the banks are covered with championship parkland golf courses. Unwind and discover your Irish roots while drinking Guinness at the local Irish pub while on the Shannon-Erne canal. You’ll get to see why this is one of Europe’s most popular boating destinations!
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.
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.
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!
Less busy than the Canal Du Midi but just as charming, the sunny Aquitaine region is an ideal place to book your vacation. Think Bordeaux wines, fois gras and truffles, experience top of the line gastronomy all steps from your boat!
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