Superior quality hotel barges cruising in France

Here are selected details of the very high standard 4 Star Excellence quality level hotel barges taken from the comprehensive list of barges in France. Each linked barge page has descriptive information prepared from owners’ own words – plus some key facts. Links enable you to request more information, by email form or phone.

Guide price levels are within the approximate range $4,500 to $5,500 (per person, per cruise week) – a booking enquiry response will provide accurate quotations for the type of boat and time of year that interests you. The more intimate Premier barges book ‘Charter Sailings’ (the entire boat) and the larger Cruising barges book ‘Hotel Sailings’ (by the cabin).

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Style: 4* Excellence - average price per person from 4,750 USD

LucioleOwner Operated

The Luciole makes everyone happy. With over 50 years cruising under her belt, Luciole knows exactly how to please, combining comfort, exceptional... Read more

Le PhenicienOwner Operated

Le Phenicien combines luxury cruising with perhaps the most varied and fascinating route of all hotel barges; great towns and cities of the Rhone... Read more

La Belle EpoqueE W Fleet

La Belle Epoque is spacious and luxurious, just the perfect barge for 12 guests to explore the delightful Burgundy region. She has been designed... Read more

PanacheE W Fleet

Panache is a stylish 12 passenger luxury hotel barge cruising all summer through Alsace and Lorraine, with some cruise in Champagne and Paris... Read more

L’ImpressionnisteE W Fleet

A beautiful barge for up to 12 guests cruising in glorious southern Burgundy. She is richly decorated, with a wood-panelled saloon, comfy leather... Read more


The Belmond Hirondelle offers elegance and luxury whilst cruising the most beautiful parts of central France. Simply sit back and infuse the... Read more

La Vie en RoseOwner Operated

La Vie en Rose, a classic cargo barge from the 1930's, previously operating as a hotel barge under the name of Who Knows, is re-born, completely... Read more

Rendez-VousOwner Operated

Hotel Barge Rendez-Vous offers high quality accommodation and cruising on the famous Burgundy canal. With fresh and tidy decor she provides 6 guests... Read more

Wine & WaterOwner Operated

A superb cruise, especially if you are a wine enthusiast, in glorious southern Burgundy, the heart of the world renowned wine-making country. Wine... Read more

MeandererOwner Operated

Meanderer truly represents floating luxury - cruising the charming waterways of the Upper Loire region where the itinerary takes in its rich... Read more

SarocheOwner Operated

Saroche is a classic barge with those graceful lines that make hotel barge cruising superbly elegant and stylish. As one on the largest hotel... Read more

Saint LouisOwner Operated

Hotel barge Saint Louis provides a luxury cruise along the beautiful, calm waterways in the historic lands of Aquitaine and Gascony in south-west... Read more

Clair de LuneOwner Operated

Clair de Lune offers relaxed superior cruising for four to six guests along the iconic Canal du Midi in southern France. She is tastefully... Read more

AlegriaOwner Operated

Alegria is a very striking, much photographed hotel barge - unique along the Canal du Midi with her large round port-hole style picture windows -... Read more

RandleOwner Operated

Varnished mahogany and sparkling glass and brass are the hallmarks of style aboard the very pretty Randle. She is classic River Boat style, more... Read more