We might be just a third of the way through 2016, but in the busy world of hotel barge vacations it pays to think ahead. Especially if you’ve got a special occasion in 2017 that needs celebrating in style.

Whether it’s a special anniversary, landmark birthday, honeymoon, friends reunion or family get-together we have just the hotel barge for you. Our fully-equipped hotel barges make unique venues for those once-in-a lifetime celebrations – all you need to do is to decide who’s coming along too and then choose your hotel barge!

Just the 2 of you

For a honeymoon, anniversary or romantic get-away with a difference, why not take your partner down river, away from everyone and everything. Just the 2 of you relaxing and enjoying you-only time on board this hotel barge:

Tara cruises between Dinan and Rennes in Brittany, beyond the usual tourist trail but just as lovely. Relax on board in the comfortable accommodation, dine on the buffet lunch and for dinner treat yourselves to a candlelit meal at one of the restaurants en route or prepare a romantic feast for 2 in the galley. Toast the occasion time and time again with the complimentary (and excellent) French wine. Oh and by the way, the crew leaves the boat in the evening, so you really do have the place all to yourselves! Book your get-away for 2.

Hotel barge Tara

Room for 4

Maybe you and your partner are getting together with another couple for some joint celebrations or it’s a special occasion with your Mum/Dad and siblings. Whatever the occasion, the 4 of you can celebrate in style on:

Aslaug is a modern hotel barge named after a Nordic queen offering all you need for a holiday the four of you will treasure forever. Cruising the River Somme, the Aslaug takes you to a lesser-known corner of France where the tranquil scenery will delight you at every meander. Book your summer getaway on the Aslaug.

aslaug-940x260Randle is a traditional barge with mahogany and brass will take you to upper Burgundy on a choice of routes including the delightful Nivernais. One double cabin and one twin, with a super spacious wheelhouse for all-weather cruising, suits two couples or a family of four perfectly. Enjoy super excursions and meals on shore at local restaurants. Book Randle for your trip today.

River Boat Randle

Looking for more suggestions for hotel barges sleeping 4? Check out our pick of the best.

Slightly larger family group

If you’re including more than 3 couples on your guest-list, the choice of hotel barges is almost your oyster. We’ve got 14 hotel barges sleeping 6 people and 10 with room for 8 guests, including:

Savannah – 3 double cabins and 1 single offer ample room for celebrating your special event in your chosen company. The champagne reception starts you off in style and sets the tone for this lovely cruise down the Canal du Midi with a special extra – a 1-night stay at the stunning Chateau de Pennautier. When you’re not all relaxing on the spacious sundeck or dining en famille on gourmet cuisine, the lovely towns and villages en route make for perfect sightseeing on this holiday of a lifetime. Book your special get-away on Savannah.

(PS: Savannah always over-delivers!)

Hotel barge Savannah and a 2CV tour

Amaryllis – take 7 others away with you on a holiday you’ll all remember forever. This luxury hotel barge (part of the Belmond-Orient Express fleet) offers accommodation that steps back into France’s richly decorated past with its Louis XV furnishings and fine staterooms. The luxury experience continues on deck on the lounger area complete with heated plunge pool and flows over board as you follow the wine trail along the Canal de Bourgogne. Book for 2017 now.

amaryllisSee our other hotel barges sleeping more than 4 – you’ll be surprised at the choice and where you can go.

Everyone’s invited

And if your special occasion in 2017 turns out to include your whole family or club members and wives, we’ve got just the hotel barge to accommodate you. How about:

Le Phenicien – this has to be one of the most luxurious hotel barges on the French waterways and makes the perfect venue for all of you to celebrate that very special occasion. Inside its stunning exterior are 9 roomy double suites, a spacious saloon and bar, and dining room serving delicious Provençal cuisine for up to 18 of you. The teak sundeck has plenty of seating room for you and your guests, and is a great spot for catching up as you watch the French scenery glide past you. And to make this hotel barge holiday uniquely yours, you get to choose the itinerary. Book your special occasion on board Le Phenicien now.

Hotel Barge le PhenicienHaricot Noir – up to 12 of you can experience life on board one of the last remaining original hotel barges in France. Haricot Noir offers 6 cabins (1 has bunks – perfect for the kids in the party!) in stylish but economical accommodation. This self-catering option gives you the opportunity to cook ensemble as the hotel barge makes its way down water in the area around the port of Agde. For a relaxing group get-away at prices you can afford, book a break on the Haricot Noir.

Hotel barge Haricot Noir - Canal du MidiWe’ve got lots of other lovely hotel barges sleeping at least 8 and you can even cruise in tandem! Put two barges together on the same route and share tours and suppers together – great fun. Find the perfect barges for your group river cruise in France.