When thinking about barge trips in France, Paris is perhaps not the first city that comes to mind. However, the world-famous city is one of hundreds of fantastic destinations that is great to explore on the water. No place captures the charm, culture and idiosyncrasies of France quite as much as Paris, and you don’t always need to battle the crowds on land to see why it has fascinated tourists and visitors for centuries. |
Many barge trips in France start or end in Paris and you’ll be able to see a very different side to the city from the water as you cruise slowly along. Even if you’ve explored the major sights on foot, there’s nothing quite like seeing them from the comfort of the deck.
One of the most famous museums in the world, the Louvre is something you might not have thought would be able to be appreciated on barge trips in France. But while crowds flock to the gallery to see famous artworks such as the Mona Lisa, what many miss is the stunning architecture and grand scale of the building itself. A view from the river as you meander slowly by ensures this spellbinding feature is not overlooked.
From the water you can also see the masterpieces of centuries past in the Grand Palais and Petit Palais. Combining different architectural styles, these palaces are positioned at a bend in the river. To see them in all their majesty, you’ll pass beneath one of the finest bridges in the city as well.
Spectacular Cathedral Views
The small but culturally important Ile de la Cité is home to the world-famous Notre Dame cathedral. Instantly recognisable from land, but with a view that is unparalleled and unique from the water, the sight of this majestic landmark will stay with you forever. The island also houses Pont Neuf and the Square du Vert-Galant gardens, two of the best-known romantic sites in the city. Your view from the water will be spectacular.
Just across the span of the river from the Louvre lies the equally renowned Musée d’Orsay. It is an iconic sight of the city and one of the most famous museums in the world. Seeing it from a barge is a great way to appreciate its size and majesty. From your vantage point you’ll be viewing the wonderful building without the crowds, in the only way that it is possible to do so.
A French Icon
Visible from almost anywhere in the city, the Eiffel Tower is nowhere more spectacular than from the water. Your view from the waterway will be unobstructed, tranquil and completely overwhelming. Of course you can always visit on foot, but for those looking to enjoy this stunning sight in peace, from the deck of a barge is the perfect opportunity to do so.
A Relaxing Metropolis
Barge trips in France offer a unique opportunity to see the top sights of Paris without having to deal with the stresses that come with manoeuvring around a crowded metropolis. It’s far more relaxing and it’s also a great way to see things from a different perspective.
The best way of experiencing barge trips in France is to book with one of the reputable companies offering a range of itineraries. They will accommodate your needs perfectly and arrange any excursions and activities in a way that suits you. It’s the only way to get a tailor- made trip that you’ll remember forever.
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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