A self-drive boating holiday in France takes family fun to a new level, but with plenty of relaxation time too. Each new day brings a new adventure, whether it’s crewing the boat, bike riding, canoeing or exploring the attractions, towns and villages en route. Stock up in fabulous local markets, discover charming cafés and restaurants but, above all, relax and enjoy all the scenery. Then, at the end of the day, there’s a comfy bed and a gentle waterway to lull everyone to sleep.
Many hotel barges are available only as a whole boat charter, which makes them the perfect setting for the holiday of a lifetime. These beautifully converted or newly built barges offer boutique hotel luxury and gourmet food and drink, all while cruising through some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. You’ll be looked after by an experienced crew who will show you the sights on the way and can often provide a specially crafted family cruise with activities for children and adults built into the itinerary. Which all makes for a truly exclusive cruise your family will never forget.
There is an increasing number of family-friendly cruises offering a great alternative to the usual family holiday. With a new destination and one or two excursions every day, children will never be bored. Older children especially will be fascinated by the culture and history coming to life in front of them. On board, there are casual dining options for family suppers and the chance to try delicious local specialities (as well as child-friendly classics). And as most cruises are all-inclusive, budgeting for this family holiday is child’s play.