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Barging in France

FRENCH BARGE CRUISES ON IDYLLIC CANALS AND RIVERS

The Barge Lady is the leading sourcemap of French barging regions for experienced and opinionated advice to help you choose that “perfect barge cruise in France.”

We offer cruises for families…for foodies…for couple groups…for singles…really, for anyone interested in a relaxing and delicious experience on France’s most beautiful waterways! Let us help you select an experience which meets your expectations and your budget. It is all about commitment: We love to visit our barges and rate the food, cuisine, sightseeing, cabins, and overall ambiance – It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!

Click on one of the regions in the navigation bar on the left to view a complete list of The Barge Lady's barge fleet.

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All About your Barge Cruise

A barge cruise is a 6 night/7 day intimate, in depth exploration in a particular region of France. Your cruise route is only 50 miles! So you an float from village to village... past fishermen... wildlife... green fields with mountains in the distance... wave to families out for a walk on the towpath! This is the serene, beautiful and largely unknown France you can experience only from the deck of a canal barge!

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Gourmet Food & Wine

Our hotel barges have private and full-time chefs on board...It's freshly baked croissants from the village bakery for breakfast. . . a sumptuous lunch buffet served on deck . . . a formal (but informal dress, please) four course dinner. It is definitely "Diet Before Departure!" Then there are the 21 cheeses you'll sample and compare and the wines at lunch and dinner. Quiche, pâté, fruit tortes, chocolate mousse and All Things French will make your barge cruise a gastronomic delight!

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Guided Sightseeing

Your guide will personally introduce you to chateaux, local markets, vineyards, walled towns, and basilicas. Shop for local crafts, wine, art, cuisine (think mustard, honey and more) and that odd souvenir that takes your fancy. On a barge cruise you'll experience the off - the - beaten - path in France, but guided and cosseted every step of the way!

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Bicycle along the canal or relax on deck

Bicycle along the towpaths which line your canal, or bike into town and have a cafe in the town square. There's also walking, ballooning and touring. So, you can be as active as you wish to be. On the other hand, you're in France! You might also choose to relax on deck; sip champagne and watch the scenery slip slowly by.