Far away from the pace and frenetic energy of the cities lies another way to see Europe, a way to relax and gently take in whatever it is you are passionate about without the stress of hotels, taxis and traffic. Barge trips in France provide an elegant way to see the country from the water. Surrounded by spectacular scenery, a knowledgeable crew, and other like minded guests, the floating hotel experience is unlike anything you will get elsewhere on the continent. |
In between gourmet meals and delightful drinks, your vessel will deliver you to parts of the country where you can really excite the senses. And, if you have special interests, there are themed cruises to suit. Below are just some of the ways that barge trips in France give you the opportunity to pursue your passion in a unique and comfortable way.
The barge trips in France that perhaps best lend themselves to themed exploration are those that take in the stunning wineries and vineyards of the country. Whether in the Loire Valley or further south in Provence, a wine-themed trip on the waterways will be an experience to remember. Enjoy visiting vineyards that line the river banks and get expert guidance as you taste some of the most highly sought after varietals. A knowledgeable guide makes a huge difference and really sets these types of trips apart from going solo.
A Culinary Odyssey
Of course no trip to France would be complete without a thorough exploration of the food of the country. Themed barge holidays that take in the culinary delights of the nation’s many foodie regions are a fantastic way to explore wonderful tastes all while luxuriating on waterways like the famous Canal du Midi. There will be opportunities for you and other guests to visit markets, do food tastings and enjoy world-class cuisine cooked both onboard and on excursions. A must for any food lover.
Painting a Different Landscape
For the budding artists, a themed barge trip is a fantastic way to see some scenery that you would be hard pressed to find otherwise. Specialised vacations that take in the most dramatic and exquisite landscapes are a great way to improve your skill or just to lose yourself in your passion for painting and drawing. The brilliant crew on board know the sights that make the best pictures and will be on hand to show you a wide variety of beautiful landscapes.
What a way to celebrate being newly married, by taking a luxury trip and sipping Champagne in the heart of romance country. This journey on the waterway is a truly wonderful way to see picturesque vistas and enjoy each other’s company in a tranquil and relaxing environment.
A Wonderful Way to Holiday
Barge trips in France provide guests with an inimitable way to pursue hobbies and interests, all while enjoying a relaxing holiday on the water. With so many exciting themes for these types of holidays you’ll want to return year after year. One of the best ways to enjoy barge trips in France is to book with a reputable tour operator. They’ll ensure you get the most out of your experience and provide you with helpful staff who will make it a holiday to remember.
Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK's most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury barge trips in France. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience
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