If a Self-Drive Barge Holiday is not for you and you still wish to enjoy the scenic beauty and tranquility of the French inland waterways, then a Hotel Barge Holiday may be the answer. This is an enjoyable and relaxing way of discovering the beauty of rural France.

You can explore the French countryside on board a small, floating luxury hotel, attended by an experienced crew, ready to meet your every need. Hosting a small number of guests means attention to detail and an exceptional level of service and cuisine. Hotel Barges have all the modern comforts, with accommodation based on twin and double-bedded staterooms and suites, all with private en-suite shower or bathroom.

The finest regional cuisine is prepared by an on-board gourmet chef. Breakfast and lunch may be enjoyed on the sundeck with a candlelit dinner being the culinary highlight of the day, complimented by the finest French wines.

As your floating hotel cruises at a sedate 6-8Km per hour along the rivers and canals, you have the opportunity to stroll or cycle along the tow path or visit the quaint canal side villages, with your hotel barge waiting at the next lock or mooring. If that sounds too strenuous then just relax on the sundeck.

Daily excursions are arranged so that you may explore the local region, with wine tasting often on the agenda. These trips are either a short distance from the waterway or reached by using the hotel’s minibus.

If you feel the need for exercise, optional activities such as horse riding, golf or tennis are available. On some cruises, hot air ballooning is possible so that you may view the area from above.

Whether you opt for a Hotel Barge or a self-drive Penchinette, these holidays provide a rich experience and a new perspective of a beautiful country.

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