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A Taste of France

The essence of France reveals itself, not in great monuments or spectacular sights, but in the unspoilt beauty of its countryside - in fields of scarlet poppies, in glades of poplars throwing dappled light, in the Mediterranean sunlight filtering through vines.

The physical delight of its timeless landscapes is enriched by the enjoyment of life that is evident everywhere, from vineyeards to villages, from château to gîte: a glass of Burgundy tasted at the winery, a meal in a traditional bistro, the clack of metal as farmers play pétanque.  Savour these pleasures as they are meant to be enjoyed - at leisure - on a cruise aboard a barge or as it is known locally, a péniche-hôtel.

The country's canals seem to meander everywhere, from the stone megaliths of Brittany to the cathar castles of the south.  Burgundy and France-Comté are renowmed for their vineyards, Gothic churches and Renaissance châteaux, while a cruise through Provance might follow in the footsteps of painters such as Cézanne and Van Gogh. 

 

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Tailor-Made Itineraries

Tailor-Made Itineraries

Special cruises tailored for wine, golf, cookery and the family on board our luxury barges. More »
Special Offers

Special Offers

Book to travel on selected months during 2013 and enjoy a 30% saving. More »
Meet the Fleet

Meet the Fleet

Our 5 péniche-hôtels are among the most exclusive and lavish ever to navigate the waterways of France. More »
The Waterways of France

The Waterways of France

France's inland waterways weave through some of the country's finest landscapes More »