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Frequently Asked Questions about Canal Cruises

Explore France from a different perspective

So you’re thinking about a Canal Cruise? If you’ve never been on one before, you may have some questions about what you’re likely to experience. Below we’ve put together some questions which will hopefully answer all the queries you have.

Why a Canal cruise?

The purpose of a canal cruise is not to rush from A to B, but to relax in a stress-free environment with fine food and wine, to enjoy the delights of the countryside, and to experience France from a unique perspective. The barges travel neither far nor fast.

What kind of boat will we be staying on?

You will be staying on a barge which have been designed with luxury in mind. Our barges accommodate 4 to 12 passengers. These vessels cruise on small waterways, mostly canals.

Are barges only available for groups to charter or can I book just one or two cabins?

You may choose to charter the entire vessel or book one or a number of cabins on board and join other like minded passengers.

When the vessel is chartered, you and your party will have the full capacity of the boat. In this instance you may request certain deviations from the regular schedule and the service. All special requests must be made known at the time of the booking deposit and will be confirmed in writing.

What amenities can I expect on the boat?

All cabins have private bathrooms with showers. Some suites include bathtubs. Several barges have on deck hot tubs or Jacuzzis and other facilities such as exercise rooms.

What language is spoken on board?

All our crewmembers speak English and are generally British. Other languages like Italian, German and French are also spoken.

Barge Hotel Panache

Will my dietary requests be catered for?

Please advise our reservations department at least 4 weeks prior to your cruise if you have any special dietary requirements such as food allergies or medical conditions.

Once on board, any special requests can be made to the Chef or Captain, and we will try and accommodate.

If there is a birthday or other special event to celebrate during your cruise, please let us know. We will try to accommodate these requests; however, we ask that you understand that in some cases we may be unable to do so.

What sort of activities will I find during my canal cruise?

You can see the itineraries for each of our canal cruises, but typically, when there is a guided tour, you will visit historic and cultural sites of the region such as chateaux and vineyards. Each boat has a designated crew member guide and an air-conditioned van or bus that travels with it.

Aren’t canal cruises just for older travellers?

Not at all! Canal cruising is for everyone who likes the idea of travelling in style at a leisurely pace, and experiencing France from a different perspective, allowing you to get closer to the scenery.

I’m travelling on my own, will I pay the same price as the one stated?

Prices are applicable to two guests sharing a twin/double cabin. Prices for single travellers will incur a single supplement on all vessels except those with single cabins.

What’s included within the price?

All meals catered for by our on-board Master Chef, all good regional wines served throughout the cruise, open bar with a large selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages, chauffeured and guided sightseeing tours and use of all barge facilities such as bicycles. Some barges also have a jacuzzi, sauna, or a TV/DVD room.

Local transfers to your barge are also included.

Barge Hotel Anjodi

What’s not included?

Travel insurance. We strongly advise you to purchase necessary travel insurance for your trip.

How long are your canal cruises?

Barge cruises are six nights / seven days in length. The great majority of our departures are on Sunday and finish on Saturday morning although some weekday departures are available. It is possible to do multiple cruises joined together and we occasionally have special extended cruises.

What seasons do they cruise?

Our cruises start early April and end mid-November.

Do your boats cater for disabilities?

Some barges are wheelchair accessible and have all the facilities required for those who are less physically able including a lift. However, please check with us prior to booking, and we can advise if the cruise you are looking at will be suitable for you.