Last chance: these barges are almost full for 2016.

Something about these hotel barges makes them unique. That extra special something that everyone looks for in a French river vacation. In fact, they’ve been so popular that there are hardly any dates left this year especially if you fancy a French hotel barge holiday during June and September.

Read our who’s who of the most popular hotel barge bookings this year to find out why everyone’s been booking them. And remember – don’t leave it too late to book yours. Enquire now for available dates.

Saint Louis – you choose the itinerary

St Louis deckThe luxury here comes in being able to choose your cruise route through historic Aquitaine and Gascony, two delightful corners of southwest France, off the well-beaten tourist track. Relax on the super-size sundeck as you glide down the Canal de Garonne on your tailormade itinerary and learn all about the sights and sounds from your on board hosts whose local knowledge (especially on the Bordeaux vineyards) is second to none. And as you’d expect from a luxury experience, gourmet French dining comes at its best.

Grab the last-remaining availability on this tailormade experience


Saroche – so, so spacious

Hotel barge SarocheYou almost wouldn’t know you were on a boat aboard Saroche. Being the largest barge in the region, space is a given absolutely everywhere. From the 190 square feet of your cabin, with its 7ft high ceiling, to the extra large sundeck complete with hot tub, this hotel barge cruise gives you all the room you need. And this full-board cruise, including all the wines chosen by the qualified Sommelier captain, means all you have to do is sit back and relax as you watch the lovely landscapes of Champagne and Burgundy drift by.

Enquire about the last remaining dates on the Saroche


Wine & Water – that perfect French combo

wine and waterExplore the lovely corner of Burgundy between Dijon and Pouilly-en-Auxois on and off-board the aptly named Wine & Water. This hotel barge cruise combines the best of the Ouche valley – pretty villages, local markets, ancient abbeys, fine dining and the fabulous wines of the Cote D’Or – with a unique barging experience. Think gourmet meals (all prepared by Cordon Bleu chef Beatrice), perfect river views from the large windows plus true relaxation on the sundeck and in the Jacuzzi tub.

Find out last available dates for Wine & Water or enquire for 2017


Enchanté – you really will be enchanted

enchanteIt’s not just the 5* luxury on board (Enchanté forms part of the Grand Luxe collection) but the cruise itself, one of the most popular hotel barge vacation routes. This top-class roomy barge glides along the Canal du Midi – probably the best-loved waterway in France and definitely one of the most picturesque. Taste the fine Minervois wines and the famous Lucques olives, tour the spectacular citadel of Carcassonne and lovely Minerve and Lagrasse, and discover all the delights in Narbonne including its colourful market. The wide towpath makes exploring the Canal du Midi riverbanks on foot or by bike easy too.

Find out when the last cabins are available


Amaryllis – when luxury comes with a capital L

amaryllisFrom the moment you step aboard the Amaryllis, it’s all about luxury and attention to detail. Part of the Belmond (former Orient Express) luxury fleet, this hotel barge oozes exclusivity from bow to stern. From the perfect combination of Louis XV furniture with all the mod cons you need, to the comfy loungers on the sundeck next to the heated plunge pool; from the king-sized beds to the intimate dining area; from the personal care and attention you receive from the crew of six to the tailormade gourmet menus… This is a hotel barge cruise in Burgundy you know you deserve.

Enquire now about the last cabins available on the Amaryllis


Fleur de Lys – elegance on water

fleur-de-lysOne of the best-looking hotel barges on the French waterways, the Fleur de Lys is also the essence of elegance. Part of the Grand Luxe collection, the fine furnishings and fittings in this barge perfectly imitate those in the French chateaux that line the banks along this Burgundy cruise. The sumptuous décor in the salon is complemented by a grand piano while the fittings in the separate dining room make for impossibly romantic candlelit dining. And in the cabins, the stateliness continues, offering fabulous four-poster beds for peaceful slumbers.

Find out the last available dates on the Fleur de Lys


Alouette – just the four of you

alouette_aThe Alouette gives you that rare treat – the chance to get away from it all and almost everyone. And in luxury surroundings. This charming hotel barge, beautifully decorated in French country-style, sleeps just four guests as it winds its way along the lovely Canal du Midi. On board accommodation is spacious from the relaxing sundeck to the comfortable en suite staterooms. Wining and dining is candlelit while you enjoy table d’hôte menus composed of the very best regional cuisine paired with hand-picked wines.

Treat yourself to one of the last cabins available this year on the Alouette


Hirondelle – so good you won’t want to leave

hirondelle_12Hotel barge cruises don’t come much more relaxed than those on the Hirondelle, a craft made for getting away from it all. Relaxation starts the moment you step on board and continues all the way down river. Soft furnishings and plenty of natural light flowing through the large picture windows create a laid back atmosphere that continues above on the sundeck, perfect for basking in the sun by day and star-lit dining by night. Sleep comes all too easily in the extra-comfy guest cabins. As we said, once on board you won’t want to leave.

Find out when you can experience the Hirondelle


Napoleon – a cruise fit for an emperor

napoleonRated as the finest hotel barge cruising the majestic Rhone, the Napoleon offers a holiday made for an emperor. From the stately décor on board to the magnificent scenery outside, this is all about a holiday of a lifetime. With no less than three decks (the top deck comes complete with Jacuzzi and exercise equipment), spacious guest cabins (these are all en suite and above the waterline) and sumptuous interiors, the Napoleon makes her regal way along the Rhone. And here too, all is resplendent – scented lavender fields, sun-drenched vineyards, charming riverside villages… Provence at its very best. No wonder Cézanne and Van Gogh were inspired.

See which dates are available for your inspired holiday