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Description: Home of The Barge Company - France and Europes premier Barge Vacation Booking Company. Luxury cruise vacations on the canals and rivers of France, Scotland, Ireland, England, Holland and Germany.
SO, WHERE CAN YOU CRUISE. - In all the countries listed at the top of this page. But, the majority of hotel-barges cruise in France — choose from Burgundy. Upper Loire. Central Loire. Champagne. Franche-Comtй. Alsace-Lorraine. Normandy. Bordeaux. the Rhone Valley. Provence and the Canal du Midi .
On the first day you are picked up at an agreed local meeting point and then transferred to the barge. This is usually in the barge’s luxury air-conditioned minibus which is exclusively for your group and which follows you as you cruise your itinerary. Each day you will usually cruise for half a day, and for the other half, take a side trip away from the barge on an excursion with your personal barge guide. Entrance fees to places visited are included in the cruise price (on most barges), as are delicious and varied buffet breakfasts, gourmet lunches and dinners, with wines included. Open bar (unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages) is also included in the price (except on a couple of barges, where indicated), as is the use of any on board facilities such as spa pool, bicycles, gym equipment, etc. At the end of the cruise you are transferred back to the arranged drop-off point for your onward travel.
Excluded from the cruise price is travel to/from the barge meeting/drop-off point, airfares, personal insurance and expenditure, and crew gratuities (suggested 3—5% p.p.)
ABOUT THE PRICES. Cruise prices vary between about US$1,790 and over US$5,000 per person based on two passengers sharing a double or twin cabin. If that sounds like too much for you, there are also half board hotel-barge cruises and B+B barge cruises that are priced much lower that this.