The food, the art, the architecture, the wine, the scenery: there’s nothing quite like the culture and the customs of the French. Canal holidays offer a wonderful way to see this remarkable country while enjoying a unique and relaxing environment. It’s slower than most trips, allowing you to take your time, see the sights that really appeal to you and, floating along the waterways, relax like you’ll never have relaxed before! |
French canal holidays are also a brilliant way to ensure that every member of the family gets something out of the trip. It is one of the few modes of travel that lends itself to grandparents, parents and children alike. Everyone gets to see and do what they want in their own time, and if anyone wants to simply stay on board, they can!
Chartering a barge with your loved ones is a fantastic way to explore the countryside of France, while bonding with those closest to you. One of the best bits about it is the option to have a private barge. Seeing the sights and attractions that are important to you and your family means never having to compromise on your French canal holiday. It’s all up to you!
With the whole family on board it might seem hard to decide exactly where to go and what to do, but thanks to the floating nature of your ‘hotel’ you can move quite freely between activities. If the grandparents want to take the children to the zoo, the barge can accommodate them while also dropping the parents at a local vineyard for a wine tasting. With everyone reconvening back on board after the activity there’s plenty of time for mixing it up.
Ease and Simplicity
With such a flexible approach to families, barge holidays offer ease and simplicity that you just don’t get on a road-trip or resort based vacation. Your meals, activities, excursions and indeed your daily timings can be changed to accommodate your family wishes. You can eat a menu that caters for the tastes of children and grandparents alike, and meals can be arranged around your trip to the go-karting or to the romantic Michelin-starred restaurant.
Getting the Family On Board
The great thing about a French canal holiday for a family is the inclusiveness. No matter who is along for the trip, they’ll find something to keep them entertained, captivated, and relaxed as you travel down the waterways. To get the most out of your holiday, a reputable tour operator can make all the difference. They know how to please families and will provide an exciting and memorable occasion.
A voyage down the river, the summer air, a glass of wine in your hand, children playing cards on the deck: could there be an image more distinctly French? Canal holidays offer the perfect way to explore and we hope we have inspired you here.
Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK's most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury French canal holiday itineraries. 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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