French river cruises are a great option for a family holiday with a difference. Exploring the beautiful countryside of France via the waterways will be an unforgettable experience for adults and kids alike. |
Every day will bring something new. The kids will be kept entertained with a whole host of activities: whether it’s simply mooring in a new village, riding bikes through woodland, swimming in lakes, going sightseeing, or navigating through locks.
Fuelling the Imagination
The kids will love letting their imagination run wild, pretending to be pirates, warship heroes, and adventurers setting sail to distant lands. (Tip: if you bring a couple of different hats with you that can make all the difference to their games.)
The landscapes will evolve as you cruise along the canals, too, changing up the environment and keeping everyone excited to discover what lies just around the corner. When you stop off at a medieval hamlet or a stunning rural vineyard, the children will enjoy a new setting for their daring adventures.
Keeping Everyone Entertained
The novelty of staying aboard a floating hotel will go a long way towards keeping the kids engaged and active. They will love carrying out the day to day tasks involved with boat life, but it’s still good to be prepared with some other activities.
Bring activity books, toys, and board games. There is a chance that the barge’s WiFi and television signal won’t work in every spot you stop off on French river cruises, so it’s great to have alternatives to technology. Pick up a pair of binoculars to bring with you for wildlife spotting. See who can spot the most ducks, birds, or other animals to keep them interested. Pack some inexpensive or disposable cameras for the children to take pictures with. They will love acting out the role of a photographer on an expedition, but you don’t want them to drop an expensive camera into the canal!
Safety on Board
As you can see, French river cruises are an excellent option for large families. Having multiple adults to help operate the locks and watch over the kids is ideal. There are also other ways to make sure everybody is staying safe.
You can get children to wear life jackets while you cruise along. Make sure they know not to run by the edge of the water. When the boat comes close to the side, only step onto the towpath when it has slowed.
It can be tempting to look for a long itinerary of places to visit on French river cruises, but having plenty of stops to your journey instead of powering on will give the kids time to stretch their legs and explore.
Some of the best memories will be of the random places you discover together along the way — not just the time you spend in the list of must-see destinations that you plan in advance.
To really get the most out of your experience, we would recommend booking French river cruises with a reputable tour operator. They will be able to advise on the most appropriate trip for a family and give you more information about the sights and activities en route.
Author Plate Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK's most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury French river cruises. 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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