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2018 FRENCH BOATING GUIDE


Self-drive cruising on the Canal du Midi with Le Boat, an alternative for those who prefer to go their own way


France Afloat +33 (0)3 86 81 54 55 A family business based in France. Motor yachts, barges and budget-friendly boats are just some of the vessels available. www.franceafloat.com


France Cruises +1 210 775 2184


A useful resource for canal and river cruising, providing personalised travel packages, professional advice and insider tips, also covering pre- and post-cruise arrangements. www.francecruises.com


Freewheel Cruises +44 (0)1983 299 395


These barges have all been built or refitted recently, providing comfortable en-suite rooms and high-quality French cuisine. www.freewheelcruises.com


G Adventures +44 (0)344 272 2060 Voyage down the canals of France’s wine country on


intimate riverboats and barges with G Adventures. www.gadventures.co.uk


GreenRiver Cruises +33 (0)6 50 22 90 65


Offers several types of cruises departing from Paris, either on the Seine or on the Canal Saint-Martin. Guests can travel from one island to the other or sail along the quays. www.greenriver-paris.fr


H2olidays


+33 (0)3 80 29 13 81 A Franco-American team in Burgundy offering independent advice on a large selection of carefully selected


boats. Having operated for more than 40 years, H2olidays knows the boats, villages, vineyards, châteaux, restaurants and waterways inside out. www.barginginfrance.com


Holidays Afloat +44 (0)1756 706 515 Whether you’re manning a self-drive boat or unwinding on a


Hotel Barge Alegria +33 (0)4 67 39 76 46 Offering tandem cruises for groups of more than four or six people, enabling large parties to travel in tow on two vessels. www.hotelbargealegria.com


Hotel Barge Caroline +33 (0)6 03 30 95 22


Cruises along the Canal du Midi aboard Caroline, run by couple Ute and Uli Weber. A flowered sun deck and spacious cabins ensure a relaxing stay. www.bargecaroline.com


hotel barge, make your way along France’s beautiful waterways through tunnels, over aqueducts and right into the heart of little towns. www.holidaysafloat.co.uk


Hoseasons +44 (0)345 498 6060


Organises self-catering boating holidays in France, with more than 250 boats available and detailed listings. www.hoseasons.co.uk


Hotel Barge Rosa +33 (0)6 32 32 42 49 As featured on Rick Stein’s French Odyssey. Run by a French- and English-speaking crew, Rosa glides down the Canal de Garonne between Bordeaux and Toulouse. www.barge-rosa.com


Le Boat (UK/ TUI Marine USA) +44 (0)23 9280 8943 +1 855 300 8572


Among the largest and most stylish fleet of self-drive cruisers on Europe’s waterways. The company offers self-drive boating holidays for couples, families and friends, and a handy grading system helps customers match a boat to their budget. www.leboat.co.uk www.leboat.com


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Hotel Barge Enchanté +33 (0)6 98 88 07 61


A double-decker barge stunningly furnished in Art Deco style, journeying from Sallèles-d’Aude to Trèbes. www.enchante-barge.com


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