Self-catering hotel barge cruises

Would you like to try a new experience? Something different?

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Self-catering might be just what you’re looking for. At a fraction of the cost of a full board or half board hotel barge vacation you can still cruise in style. On a self-catering hotel barge cruise you will have:

  • captain and crew – to navigate and look after the boat and locking and mooring
  • beautiful, comfortable en-suite cabins and a cosy saloon with everything provided
  • fully-fitted galley with fridge, freezer and dining table
  • sun-deck with dining area, loungers and perhaps even a hot tub
  • freedom – to cook what you want, when you want, or eat out in  local restaurant

Your crew will help you shop for food and wine, visit restaurants along the way and can even add guided excursions to your week if you wish.

Self-catering in style sounds delightful, doesn’t it? Enquire now.

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See our self-catering barge in Burgundy: Magnolia

The unique attractions of the Burgundy region are world-famous and the Canal de Bourgogne is delightfully rural flowing down towards Dijon and the Soane river, following the tinkling river Ouche. Stop, explore and marvel at Romanesque monuments, castles and abbeys and taste the delicious wines of Beaune, Macon, Nuits-St-George, Beaujolais, Chablis and Cote d’Or.

See our self-catering barge on the Canal du Midi: Saraphina

Picturesque Languedoc in the sun-drenched South of France is where you’ll find vineyards, sunflower fields and the world-famous, historic, Canal du Midi. Visit Toulouse and Carcassonne, Beziers and Narbonne – stunning ancient cities with markets, restaurant and street cafes – and countless delicious local wines to savour along the way.

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Carcassonne Saraphina self-catering french-waterways.com

Gather your friends and family together, book your cruising holiday and look forward to a whale of a time. Enquire now.


A self-catering cruise is a real hotel barge cruise with all comforts on board and an expert crew to navigate the whole way – but you have the freedom to fend for yourselves when it comes to dining and activities.

A fully-equipped kitchen is at your disposal – to prepare your own meals when you want. The crew will help you shop and suggest a local restaurant if you prefer to eat out.

Although excursions are not included in a self-catering cruise, optional excursions can be purchased as extras, including transport and a guide.

A self-catering cruise, where guests prepare and cook their own meals, are available for charter parties only ie one group or family booking, and for a minimum of 6 nights.

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