Canal Cruises in France
Meander along France's waterways as the idyllic countryside rolls by
Discover France in complete luxury with Belle France’s canal cruise holidays. Relax on board and take in the sights as your river barge drifts along canals and waterways, past the gorgeous French countryside.
Your floating, all-inclusive barge will carry you from one peaceful mooring to the next, while your knowledgeable captain and tour guide tell you about your surroundings. You’ll also have an on-board housekeeper to keep everything in order and a chef to ensure you’re superbly wined and dined. Along the way there are plenty of opportunities to stop and explore places of interest, visit local markets and perhaps have a wine tasting.
Want to get a taste for our canal cruise holidays? Check out our canal holiday videos.
Canal Cruise Videos
Our luxury vessels are 6-12 berth and have en suite facilities, air-conditioning and an open bar. There may even be a hot tub on deck for the ultimate way to watch the world go by.
Treat yourself to a unique and unforgettable experience of France.
10 Matching Holidays
World War One Commemorative Cruise - Stage 2
Sites of historic and artistic significance in Northern France
Take a gentle cruise through landscapes that saw heavy engagement throughout The Great War and pay homage to those who bravely fought for their countries. We see many monuments erected in memorial of fallen heroes and towns and...
Burgundy Canal Cruise
Gentle cruise through lush green countryside
Climb aboard the 12-berth L’Impressioniste for a passage through the picturesque locks and sleepy villages to discover the best of Burgundy. You’ll sample the exquisite wines of the region, visit the Cistercian Abbeyat La Bussière and explore the...
Gascony Canal Cruise
Tranquillity in the depths of Aquitaine
Your 8-berth floating hotel, the Rosa, played host to top chef Rick Stein in his TV Series, The French Odyssey and will take you from Toulouse to Agen through some of Gascony’s most beautiful countryside. Accompany the barge`s chef to...
Bordeaux Canal Cruise
Immerse yourself in the history and landscape of winemaking
The world-renowned fine wine region of Bordeaux has been producing exceptional vintages for over 2,000 years and we take a journey through natural landscapes, medieval bastide towns and iconic vineyards to discover the complex science of...
Champagne River Cruise
A voyage of sparkling Champagne, picturesque châteaux and gastronomic delights
Explore the undulating plains of a region famous for its bubbly apéritif and majestic cathedrals and châteaux, starting with an evening cruise through Paris, taking in the stunning floodlit Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. Meander your way along the...
Canal du Midi Cruise
Enjoy your own gastronomic odyssey
Embark on a journey along sections of the Canal du Midi aboard the enchanting hotel barge, Anjodi, famous for taking Rick Stein on his 400 mile French food exploration in the TV series Rick Stein's French Odyssey. As well as indulging in the fabulous...
Loire Valley River Cruise
Cruise through spectacular scenery in the Valley of the Kings
Aboard the only hotel barge sailing through the Loire Valley, you'll be treated to a unique view of the valley's numerous châteaux, many with expansive river frontages and the odd one even crossing the river above the barge, such as the elegant...
Wines of Bordeaux Cruise
Indulge your palate in the gastronomic heart of Aquitaine
On board the hotel barge Mirabelle you will meander your way through the chateau-laden countryside of the historic Bordeaux wine region. Take a trip back in time as we visit all the finest wine-producing communities, passing orchards, meadows and...
World War One Commemorative Cruise - Stage 1
Voyage through century old battlefields visiting evocative memorials to the fallen
Join Panache on a fascinating journey through landscapes in Northern France that once witnessed events that changed the course of history. We journey along the Canal du Nord, the centre of many battles during World War One, stopping off at...
Alsace & Lorraine Canal Cruise
Cruise through historic landscapes and famous wine country
Aboard the twelve berth Panache, your floating hotel, you'll discover the beautiful waterways of Alsace & Lorraine. With a distinctive German influence, the little known area of Alsace, in eastern France, is an eclectic mix of historic...