When it comes to exploring the delights of France, barge trip holidays are one of the most enjoyable, relaxing and genuinely fulfilling ways of doing it. The opportunity to really get to see the landscape, its people, places and cuisine, without the rush and jostling that’s quite often associated with European travel (particularly in peak periods) is appealing to many. Joining one of these wonderful cruises aboard a luxury floating hotel has become one of the hottest holiday tickets around – and for very good reason. |
For those who travel alone, for whatever reason, a cruise along tranquil waterways may seem like something more suited to couples or families, but that’s definitely not true for those who want to visit a range of European destinations, including France. Barge trip holidays for solo travellers are available and, what’s even better, is that if you choose a respected and reputable operator, the itineraries are designed to be perfectly suited to a single person.
What’s the Difference?
So, what’s the difference between a solo cruise and any other barge cruise in France? Barge trip itineraries are designed to offer the most relaxed, inclusive and immersive experience, allowing guests to soak up the views, food, local culture and history, on board and on well thought out shore excursions. The bottom line is that the ones aimed at solo travellers are no different whatsoever in those departments!
The special solo cruise itineraries are, however, designed to allow for a wonderful sense of camaraderie to develop between guests. Meals and on-board and shore activities are intended to foster conversations and help even the most reticent of new solo travellers to feel comfortable. (There’s usually a mix of first-time single travellers and seasoned solo adventurers.)
Like Minded Guests Lead to Memorable Experiences
Because everyone is in the same boat (pun intended!) it’s much easier to relax in the company of strangers. It’s impossible to be nervous when you sit down to a wonderful meal with a small group of people and share travel experiences, life stories and good food and wine; this really is one of the best ways of getting to know people.
Shore excursions, too, are planned out to make everyone feel confident and comfortable as guests explore markets, historical sites, chateaux and vineyards. Even just relaxing on the deck of the barge with a glass of wine in hand becomes a social event. The ambience is friendly and laid back and some groups become so close they turn the experience into an annual event!
Don’t Let Being Solo Hold You Back
It’s easy to feel intimidated by the thought of venturing off on holiday alone, but when it comes to the glorious countryside and culture of France, barge trip holidays can be perfect for the single person. As long as you do your research thoroughly and choose an operator that offers specific itineraries designed to make you feel comfortable, you’ll find that a truly warm and welcoming experience awaits.
So don’t be shy! Book a holiday to cruise through the magnificent waterways of France and get to see the real heart and soul of the country while making new friends and memories to last a lifetime.
Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK's go to experts and most respected provider of all-inclusive luxury barge holidays. If you're looking to experience the best of France, barge trip itineraries are the way to do it. 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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