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Escorted Barge Cruises

Combining a great rail journey and cruising makes for a relaxing holiday. Enjoy fantastic dining and comfortable cabins and venture ashore for exciting excursions.

Treat yourself to one of our intimate barge cruises. With only 22 passengers per sailing, you'll get a completely personal on board experience and an expert crew looking after you, while your itinerary ensures relaxation, gastronomy and scenery are the order of the day. Gently cruise through French waterways, pausing to sip Champagne at a renowned Maison de Champagne, visit a traditional cheese maker to sample the authentic flavours, and explore notable châteaux, all on a fabulous cruise that exquisitely combines repose and culture. Featuring a range of beautiful ships that boast enchanting interiors and cabins, our barges can moor in towns inaccessible to bigger boats, which means there's always something special waiting around the river bend.

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Loire Valley
4.2 stars(24 reviews)
2023MayJunAugSep
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£2,395 pp
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The Waterways of Alsace and Lorraine
4.6 stars(28 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSep
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France's Waterways from Champagne to Paris
4.8 stars(5 reviews)
2023MaySep
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Secrets of Provence
4.5 stars(22 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAug
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The Waterways of Burgundy
4.2 stars(16 reviews)
2023JunSep
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Secrets of Provence by Barge
28/Sep
Gillie
5 stars
“Wonderful holiday - staff on barge excellent. Food (except the meat) very French and delicious. Places interesting and unusual 'Course Camarguaise' (bulls in arena), olive oil making farm and Roman ruins (Arles) Transfer thro' Paris once again a shambles - Gt Rail need to sort this out - but ride in a Parisian taxi was much more exciting than a coach! More barge holidays will be booked!
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France's Waterways from Paris to Champagne by Barge
17/Aug
Sue Ganley
5 stars
“Brilliant holiday. The barge staff were delightful and couldn’t do enough to make our journey comfortable. The food was delicious and interesting wines and cheeses to complement. Already booked for another barge cruise next year!
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Waterways of The Yonne, Paris and The Petite Seine by Barge
23/Sep
Avid Reader
4 stars
“It was a wonderful trip. Food was excellently cooked and presented. The whole crew were wonderful and did their utmost to keep us happy, surpassing their remit on many occasions. The excursions were interesting and well organised. My only gripe is that we did not have any information about what we were seeing when we sailed through the Seine.
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The Waterways of Alsace and Lorraine by Barge
15/Sep
Mr richard garrard
4 stars
“Actual cruising was brilliant - excellent food, first class & personal service. Very relaxing pace, interesting towns & countryside plus the amazing inclined plane. Highly recommended. Journey from Paris to Strasbourg & return left a lot to be desired. One coach did not turn up, waited for almost an hour in the wrong place for another coach & had reserved tickets on a rail coach that did not run! Took almost 7 hours to get from Paris North to our boat, most of the time hanging around waiting.
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Loire Valley Waterways by Barge
16/Aug
S Bankes
4 stars
“The cruise was most enjoyable, even though it was not the itinerary we had chosen or hoped for. The barge was comfortable enough, the food was excellent and the crew all worked like Trojans. The canal offered a timeless view of the France I remember from the 1960s. That said, I felt that the way the change of itinerary was presented, at the last minute when it must have been known about for weeks, left much to be desired. The company expressed itself happy to offer the new itinerary, when surely what mattered was whether we were happy with it. There was no hint of an apology. The attitude seemed to be "They won't know where any of these places are anyway, so they won't know the difference." Perhaps the legal department doesn't allow apologies? Having got over the initial disappointment, however, this was a most welcome first trip abroad in three years.
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Waterways of Burgundy
8/Aug
Helen
4 stars
“This was a lovely cruise, with fabulous food and wines. It was leisurely and travels on some lovely waterways. The cabins were comfortable and the lounge, dining room and outdoor deck were all delightful. The staff on the barge were very friendly and extremely helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. My main problem was that Croisi Europe did not allocate us to the cabins we had reserved with GRJ. I feel this is an issue with Croisi which needs to be addressed for future cruises. I understand that at least one other customer in addition to my cabin choice had specific reasons for choosing their cabin with GRJ. Otherwise I would have given it 5 stars.
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Working closely with our specialist cruise partners, we have built up an impressive variety of river cruises that will take you all across the continent and beyond. Combining the majesty of river cruising, with the charm of travelling by smaller vessels, our barge cruises offer a different side to the wonder of cruise. Featuring a range of beautiful ships, with enchanting interiors and cabins, our barges can often access parts of rivers which are not available to larger craft, so our barge cruises are always something special.

Departures on these select barge cruises are limited to an intimate 24 passengers per sailing. Travel with an expert crew for a superb, personal on board experience, with a focus on relaxation, gastronomy and scenery. Gently cruise through French waterways, pausing to sip Champagne at a renowned Maison de Champagne, visit a traditional cheese maker to sample the authentic flavours, and visit a stunning historic châteaux, on a fabulous cruise that combines relaxation and culture.

So for those of you searching for the ideal intimate cruise option, take a look at the following tours and embark on your own barge cruise adventure.

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