Planning your cruise

Planning your cruise

Over the years we’ve written lots of articles with tips and suggestions for planning a barge cruise in France and you’ll find them all here.

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Travelling from the UK?

When you think about going on a european river cruise taking a flight or hopping on the Eurostar probably spring to mind.  But as Champagne is in northern France we are just 2.5 hours drive from Calais.  Driving your own … Read More

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COVID Safe Cruising

With just a handful of guests In the COVID-19 environment our policies relating to health and hygiene aboard are constantly reviewed and at the moment it’s impossible to predict exactly what the situation will be when we start our 2021 … Read More

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10 reasons River Cruisers will love a Barge Cruise

Taking a river cruise in Europe has become hugely popular in the last ten years, and for good reason. It’s an affordable, super-convenient way to travel and explore some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery and different cultures. What could be … Read More

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Medieval style Chateau Pierrefonds - an excursion option on 14 night barge cruise

10 quintessentially French experiences

Some of these might seem a bit cliché at first glance but bear with me – as a visitor each of these experiences offers an insight to French culture, history and way of life. And best of all you can … Read More

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Family group from Australia who booked a charter barge cruise

Top tips for organising a charter barge cruise

It really is the more the merrier when it comes to barge cruising, but planning a group trip can feel daunting, so here are my top tips… Plan aheadWe all lead busy lives and trying to co-ordinate multiple people’s diaries … Read More

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Busting myths about barge cruises

6 myths about barge cruising

1. Barge cruises are super expensive Let’s be honest it’s a well-known fact that boats are expensive…and as barges only carry a handful of guests on each trip, your contribution to the annual maintenance costs, diesel costs etc. is always … Read More

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Nicely wrapped gift the perfect way to say thank you for looking after the house, or just we missed you

Top 5 gifts to buy when in Champagne….(spoiler alert: none of them come in a glass bottle)

Gift buying is part of any holiday, whether it’s for your family or the neighbour who’s been looking after your house while your away. Having helped lots of guests choose what to buy here are my top suggestions…….(PS. these all … Read More

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Baby ducklings and their mother

Choosing when to cruise

Throughout the season there’s always something beautiful and unique to enjoy on your cruise. So whether you want to time your trip to coincide with a specific event/special date or you have the whole year to choose from, read on … Read More

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Bunches of tulips at a Paris flower market

5 tips for romance in Paris

Ahhh Paris, the city of love……..Lots of our guests choose to have a few days in Paris before or after a cruise, so in honour of St Valentine’s Day here are my five top tips for surprising your partner with … Read More

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Serenity barge cruising along he tree lined canal