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Barge cruise from Paris

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Barge cruise from Paris

We are a retired couple from the USA planning vacation in France.

We'll start at Provence for 10 days and we think on going from there to Paris. We always wanted to be on a river or canal cruise and we hope to be able to make it part of our stay inParis.

We think 4-5 nights should be sufficient.

Any reommendations or ideas / tips/ advises?

What companies would you recommend (web sites)?



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1. Re: Barge cruise from Paris

River cruises from Paris are done by the large cruising companies such as Viking or AMA Waterways:



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We took a wonderful barge cruise last year that I would highly recommend. It does not leave directly from Pairs but they provide free van transportation to/from Paris.

Here is a link to their website: http://hotelbarge.com

Feel free to private message me if you have any specific questions or want the contact information for the owner.


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Thank you.

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Hello Sam. Sounds like great trip! With regard to the barge side of your trip, you have a lot of options. The big river cruise companies only cruise the big rivers such as the Seine but in my opinion the real beauty of French waterways lie in the smaller canals. These only have relatively small locks that can't accommodate the huge river boats. The Seine links into the Marne River through to Champagne and you will find a barge called Nouvelle Etoile that cruises right out of Paris's Basin de la Arsenal. It's not cheap but a very highly regarded high end hotel barge.

The French rail system is superb, so don't limit yourself to simply Paris. In around two hours on simple to book super fast direct TGV trains, you can be in Lorraine, Burgundy, Alsace, the Ardennes and Loire.

Then you have a myriad of barges cruising the stunning smaller canals I mention.

We own a vessel called Barge Nilaya that cruises many different routes in these regions but there are many others. A lot will depend on how deep your pockets are.

If you decide on your budget, then google barge cruise plus the choice of region, you'll come up with lots of choices.

There are self catering skippered Dutch barges like Johanna in Lorraine, bigger Peniche sized barges for six like Jubilant in Burgundy and Stern in the Loire.

Most of the above are smaller owner operator barges offering more informal personal experiences than the far more formal but luxurious hotel barges.

You pay your money and take your choice but they are all to be found within a $50 and couple of hour train ride from Paris.

If I can be of any further assistance, please dont hesitate getting in touch.

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