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Offers, last minute discounts – Cruise in France

Book now for last minute offers and 2017 prices for next year. Choose a super boat to suit your party and treat yourself to a gorgeous French cruise at excellent last minute prices. Click on all the links below to see boat details and make an enquiry. 1. Hotel Barge…

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Nivernais canal boat hire base

Nivernais need to know

The Canal du Nivernais  ranks as one of Burgundy’s best-kept secrets and remains undiscovered by many hotel barge cruisers. Yet the 174km of gliding canal take you through some of the loveliest countryside in central France with plenty of surprises on the way. Get ready to discover medieval villages, centuries-old…

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The Dusseldorf Boat Show, January 2016

‘Boot’, the Dusseldorf Boat Show, the biggest in Europe if not the world. 17 huge exhibition halls and 1,800 exhibitors. Gigantic! We were there for two full days. We attended with our close colleagues David Edwards-May and Jenny Ruff, from waterway consultants and specialist publishers, Transmanche. Together, we manned the Inland Waterways…

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Cruising tales: Digoin to Dompierre-sur-Besbre

Since leaving Auxonne we have travelled 228km and passed through 70 locks. Our engine has run for 41 hours. It’s a Nanni – a Kubota engine that’s been marinised – and it’s never let us down yet, in 8 years. It starts first time and just keeps going. Provided it…

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Cruising tales: Saint-Leger sur Dheune, Canal du Centre (PK 33)

Welcome to the first in our series of cruising tales, our very own experiences of France’s waterways now that we’re back aboard Grehan and waterborne.  For those who don’t know, PK means Point Kilometre. They are marked along the waterways, like the old milestones in the UK, discreetly printed on very…

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