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.
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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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!
The beautiful world heritage site of Canal Du Midi is the most popular self-drive barge travel destination. A perfect place for families and couples alike who want to experience beautiful countryside filled with history, the walled city and castle of Carcassonne, and France’s most fruitful wine region.
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.
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.
Take a cruise down the famous Thames River! Immerse yourself in British custom and stroll through the lush countryside, enjoy quintessentially British pub grub followed by traditional afternoon tea, and do as the royals do on your adventure to Windsor castle!
Experience the fantastic crystal clear waters and natural beauty Germany has to offer, so close to Berlin! Enjoy the nature preserves in Mecklenburg and go paddle boarding, kayaking and swimming. See beautiful lakeside castles! You can also visit the quirky Dutch quarter of Potsdam for some awesome shopping, and enjoy and open-air concert at the Rococo Sanssouci Castle along the way!
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.
Experience the foods and wines that make this canal “France’s new foodie destination.” Boat past some breathtaking scenery: old markets, orchards and vineyards and visit historic fortified bastides. You can learn more about local artists and the rural culture while you cruise past picturesque old villages and quaint farms.
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!
A brand new destination for 2015, it’s the perfect time to explore one of the “new 7 wonders of nature” in the Masurian Lake district. Visit the “summer capital of Poland” and play as the locals do fishing, tanning, kayaking, sailing and sightseeing in over 45 main lakes. Nearby, experience well preserved WWII history, like the Wolf’s Lair where Hitler planned Operation Barbarossa.
The best way to see Venice, the most romantic city in the world, is on a canal boat! Your group can enjoy all that the Adriatic coast of Italy has to offer, including the UNESCO site of Aquileia, the walled city of Trevisio and all the Prosecco you can imbibe, for cheaper than a hotel in Venice! Go horseback riding, enjoy the beach or play a round of golf! You’ll be saying “Belissima” in no time!
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