French Waterways meets the Saint Louis hotel barge

  The Saint Louis hotel barge cruises the lesser known waterways of South West France, along the Canal de Garonne. This area is known for its history and beauty, and of course, the wines of St Emilion and Bordeaux. Your hosts on the Saint Louis are Peter and Wendy; they are Irish…

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Offers, last minute discounts – Cruise in France

Belmond Alouetter offers french-waterways.com

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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Bénédictine, Chartreuse, Crème de Menthe: part 4 of our essential guide to French liqueurs

Creme de menthe - French liqueurs

In the next post in our series about French liqueurs we go herby, very herby actually: Bénédictine, Chartreuse, Crème de Menthe. Taking plants and spices as their base, herb-based French liqueurs include some of the world’s most complex recipes and best known tipples. From the sickly-sweet and oh-so-vintage Crème de…

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Buzet’s new bike faciliites

The delightful port at Buzet-sur-Baise has recently enhanced its excellent bike facilities, as part of the Canal des Deux Mers à Velo initiative**. As well as the groovy blue bike racks, located next to the Capitainerie and washrooms, the cycle area now features a set of those often-necessary tools (hanging…

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Nivernais need to know

Nivernais canal boat hire base

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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Five stars on a Hotel Barge

How can luxury possibly work on a hotel barge? (Or even fit under this bridge?) Take an ex-commercial Dutch or Fressinet barge, or build a brand new one. You’ll need to fit spacious cabins, with twin or double beds, hanging and storage space, a writing desk and chairs. Each will…

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Beyond le vin – an essential guide to French liqueurs

In the first of our posts making up the French Waterways essential guide to French liqueurs, we go beyond le vin to another level of alcohol. Stronger, richer and better for digestion but just as quintessentially French. Liqueurs might make up a fraction of French alcoholic beverage production, but they…

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Luxury hotel barge cruising in 2017

Hotel barge cruising 2017 French Waterways

Forty seven hotel barges grace the pages of French Waterways this year. We’re delighted to offer such a full fleet of hotel barge cruising holidays in France. There are plenty of familiar faces in the portfolio and a perfectly sized handful of newbies. Here we’ll talk you through some of the trends…

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LUXURY HOTEL BARGE DISCOUNTS + Single Supplement Waivers

  Single Supplement Waivers on remaining cruises for 2017 (as at 16 July 2017). Only pay for yourself in a double cabin on these dates: Burgundy, Canal de Bourgogne: Finesse 8 guests – 20, 27 Aug L’Impressionniste 8 guests – 23 July; 6, 20 Aug; 3 Sept La Belle Epoque 12…

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Le Boat’s New Year Offers – deadline 31 January

See the fleet Send an enquiry Fantastic discounts are available for bookings confirmed by 31 January: March, April* & May, all regions: 15% off all boats for 3 nights minimum except for Royal Mystique, Mystique and the Horizon range *(8th – 17th April 10% only) Family discount 5% off for…

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